NLC’s Delegation to Europe: Day 2 [Malmö, Sweden]

On the second day of the NLC delegation to Europe we head to Malmö, Sweden, the third largest city in Sweden, and along with Stockholm considered one of the leading cities in Sweden on issues of sustainability. Our group was welcomed to Malmö with a lunch meeting hosted by the National Association of Swedish Ecomunicipalities

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NLC’s Delegation to Europe: Day 1 [Stockholm, Sweden]

NLC’s delegation to Sweden and Germany kicked off the first day of the trip with a breakfast meeting with Ambassador Brzezinski, the U.S. Ambassador to Sweden, and representatives from U.S. businesses with a presence in Sweden.  In his opening remarks the Ambassador underscored the important relationships already present between Sweden and the United States including

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Strengthening Sustainability at Home and Abroad: NLC-led Delegation Heads to Europe

The pursuit of sustainability is in many ways a pursuit of innovation. Far from altering the ultimate processes, systems, services, and objectives of local government – sustainability initiatives seek to find new approaches, use creative solutions, and plan comprehensively to enhance overall efficiency of cities and create healthy, prosperous, and strong communities. Sustainability approaches bring

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Thinking Big on Main Street

As we consider how cities can thrive, we try to look at the big picture.  We often begin at the city level and think beyond it—creating economic linkages with foreign markets, addressing the global issues of energy use and climate change, and focusing on cities’ roles within their regional, national, and international context. But last

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The Latest in Economic Development – 4.9.2012

This week’s blog highlights an innovative high-school training program in Seattle, a “big data” partnership at Rutgers, the development of “frugal innovation,” Midwestern foreign investment, and small business jobs numbers. Comment below or send to common@nlc.org. Get the last edition of “The Latest in Economic Development” here. Many workforce development initiatives focus on job training

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NLC’s Sustainability Program Now Home to the Sustainable Cities Institute

NLC’s Sustainability Program is thrilled to now be the home of the Sustainable Cities Institute (SCI), a database which offers practical and reliable resources to help cities and city leaders with their sustainability goals.  As many of you are aware from our posters at the 2011 Congress of Cities and NCW articles, we have been

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“The Next American Economy”

According to an article from the New York Times, the city of Chicago is preparing to partner with the private sector to invest $7 billion in transit, schools and parks.  In the article, Mayor Emanuel hints that this is the kind of drastic investment that will be required for “building a new Chicago.”  In fact,

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How Cities Support Entrepreneurs and Small Businesses

There’s been no shortage of interest and commentary about the importance of entrepreneurs and small business to the nation’s recovery.  Almost daily, economists and policy wonks engage in a seemingly never-ending discussion on what the “right” businesses are to create jobs. And while these conversations have utility and value, they have not produced many actionable

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The State of the Cities in 2012: Mayors Adopt a Sustainability Framework

This is the last post in a seven-part series about US mayors’ 2012 State of the City speeches. Ten years ago, if you looked far and wide, you may have heard the word “sustainability” in one- possibly two- mayors’ State of the City addresses.  Five years ago, a few more mayors, especially those with a

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The Latest in Economic Development – 4.2.2012

This week’s blog highlights two Wall Street Journal debates revolving around entrepreneurship and startup funding, gives a deserving mention to an increase in women-owned businesses in New York, and explores the recent explosion of interest in learning how to code. Comment below or send to common@nlc.org. Get the last edition of “The Latest in Economic

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