Curitiba’s Former Mayor Lerner Offers Valuable Reflections on Designing Sustainable Cities

Last week, Embarq, in conjunction with the other major players in the development world (think: international banks), hosted the ninth annual “Transforming Transportation” Conference to share model practices,  meet with colleagues doing similar work, and address sustainable transport issues worldwide.  This year’s conference focused on “scaling up” – that is, finding ways to emulate/adapt/multiply current

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Mayors Can Be Effective Advocates for Better Schools

The following post was written by Michael Karpman, Senior Associate for Outreach in NLC’s Institute for Youth, Education and Families. Municipal involvement in education has been steadily increasing for at least two decades.  Yet there continues to be a common misperception that mayors who care about education but don’t govern their school districts have few

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The Latest in Economic Development – 1.25.12

This week’s blog entry uncovers the data behind “Made in China,” explores America’s ongoing competitiveness struggles, looks at a couple examples of entrepreneurial-minded cities, and expounds upon the SBA’s new program to support startups. Comment below or send to common@nlc.org. Get last week’s blog here. These days, most household items you use or clothes you

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Cities Use Partnerships to Promote Healthy Eating and Active Lifestyles Among Residents

For many of us, January is a month of pledges.  As the holidays wind down and we’ve tired of gifts, gossip, and gluttony, I find myself- and others around me- buckling down. By the first of the year, we’ve joined gyms, stacked our pantries with the healthiest foods available at the grocery store, and generally

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The Latest in Economic Development – 1.17.12

This week’s blog entry focuses on the friction between economic development incentives and demonstrated results, a trendy way to fund startups that is looking for an extra push, a green-tech cluster in an unlikely state, and the importance of a diverse, high(er) tech economy. Comment below or send to common@nlc.org. Get last week’s blog here.

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The Latest in Economic Development – 1.11.12

This week’s blog entry focuses on continuing trends in innovation, new international trade opportunities, a surprising university that churns out startups, and the implications of deficit reduction. Comment below or send to common@nlc.org. Get last week’s blog here. The harsh realities of deficit reduction are making themselves felt. Wichita, Kansas is feeling the pain after

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The Latest in Economic Development – 1.3.12

A full Latest in Economic Development will return from its holiday hiatus next week, but in the meantime we wanted to briefly post about Mario Polèse’s City Journal article “Urban Development Legends.”  If you’re into economic development, it’s a must read.  The article offers a critique of the major economic development theories for the past

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The Latest in Economic Development – 12/19/11

This week’s blog entry focuses on different economic development strategies to return to growth, including repealing unnecessary regulations pertaining to “green” energy, workforce development strategies, and whether business-attracting subsidies are performing as intended. Have stories you think should be included?  Comment below or send to common@nlc.org. Get last week’s blog here. The idea of repealing

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Pedestrian Firenze

During most times of the day throughout the entire year, the narrow and often times cobble stone streets of Firenze (Florence), Italy are not so much roadways as they are large sidewalks.  Mayor Matteo Renzi is serious about protecting and preserving the historic character of his city – the cradle of the Renaissance.  During his

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