The Latest in Economic Development

This week’s blog discusses an innovative, localized way to fund local development projects, two regions focused on mutually beneficial cooperation, an NPR story on insourcing, and the startup culture between the coasts. Comment below or send to common@nlc.org. Get the last edition of “The Latest in Economic Development.” “Why couldn’t people in the community invest

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Sequestration Doesn’t Hurt Veterans, Right? Well actually…

It wasn’t too long ago when the term sequestration was one that practically no one used. Lately though, it seems that a news cast doesn’t go by without the word being mentioned. It is commonly thought that Congress and the Administration made sure sequestration would not hurt any programs that help our veterans, but that

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Can Regional Cooperation Work in Economic Development?

Lately, economic development incentives has been a very buzzworthy topic. The New York Times is currently running a series based on its investigation into “How Taxpayers Bankroll Business.”  The reason for this newfound focus? As always, it usually comes down to following the money. And since money is tight (on both the state and local

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Financing Housing

A number of discussions were held during NLC’s Congress of Cities on the topics of housing, housing finance and home mortgage foreclosures.  From these discussions a picture emerges that is hopeful at one level but deeply troubling at another. Despite the improvements in the housing sector in the form of sales prices, construction permits and

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Do Your Businesses Have the Talent They Need to Succeed?

In 2011, the 10 county region of Northeast Indiana around Ft. Wayne was the leading region for percentage of year over year job growth. The region’s success in the face of challenging economic conditions wasn’t an accident. It was the result of intentional alignment between its workforce and economic development efforts. This concept of workforce as

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Retooling Public Pensions and the Future of Public Work

The issues related to public pensions are tough to tackle. But for the long-term sustainability of our cities, these challenges must be met head on. This was the theme of a workshop held at NLC’s annual Congress of Cities in Boston. On hand to discuss the topic was Kathie Novak from the Center for Priority

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How Do I Attract Businesses to My Community?

“How do I get companies to locate in my city?” was a top question at packed sessions at the National League of Cities Congress of Cities. Tracey Nichols, Director of Economic Development for the City of Cleveland encouraged elected leaders to promote their regions first and communities second. Making negative comments about neighboring communities while

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Eugene, Oregon to Veterans: “Thanks and welcome home.”

With leaders from across the country gathered in Boston for NLC’s Congress of Cities, about 40 people joined a conversation about housing for veterans with disabilities. The City Manager of Eugene, OR, Jon Ruiz, discussed his city’s Veterans Housing Project. From his personal experience in helping veterans returning from Iraq and Afghanistan, Jon spoke about

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Dropout Reengagement Network Progress & Challenges

This week’s convening of the NLC Dropout Reengagement Network in Denver provides a chance to recognize progress in a rapidly growing field – and acknowledge key challenges going forward. Perhaps most notably, the Network that meets this week is twice as extensive as it was last year. It’s inspiring to see additional cities start centers, including Dubuque and Davenport,

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Financing Postsecondary Success

Most city policy and thought leaders can agree on the importance of increasing postsecondary credentialing rates, in the context of broader economic, workforce, and talent development strategies.  Many cities are knocking on NLC’s door asking, “how to?” Strive’s Collective Impact approach is spreading, and typically embraces postsecondary success goals and indicators. But, communities are only

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