The Impact of Rep. Paul Ryan’s Budget on Federal Job Training Programs

By Neil Bomberg, Program Director As I read through the budget proposed by House of Representatives Budget Committee Chairman Paul Ryan (R-WI), I was left wondering why House Republicans are so vigorously opposed to job training programs like the Workforce Investment Act (WIA).  This program – which helps private sector employers find and train skilled

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Chicago’s Path to Better Regional Competitiveness

The city of Chicago stands high on a number of rankings that consider benchmarks such as economic output, educational attainment, public transit assets and quality of place. The numbers are pretty consistent across a number of research studies including the most recent one conducted by the Organisation for Economic Co-operation and Development (OECD). In the

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The State of the Cities in 2012: Restoring Trust in Government

This is the fourth in a seven-part series about mayors’ 2012 State of the City speeches. The economy is slowly recovering from the debilitating effects of the Great Recession to a point that maybe, just maybe, will allow mayors to breathe a little easier.  But they certainly cannot rest their feet on the desk, put

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Local Officials behind Growing Support for CDBG, but Process and Partisanship Remain Significant Challenge

For the 7000 cities and towns that receive Community Development Block Grant (CDBG) funds each year, directly or indirectly, concerns are growing that that the foundation for transformative community projects is beginning to crumble.  Over the last two years, Congress has cut funding for the CDBG program over 25 percent, from about $4 billion to

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The Latest in Economic Development – 3.22.2012

This week’s blog explores New Orleans’ revitalized entrepreneurial culture, presents an alternative read on manufacturing jobs data, explains a couple policies meant to jump start startup creation, and highlights the use of contests to spark innovative solutions. Comment below or send to common@nlc.org. Get the last edition of “The Latest in Economic Development” here. With

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The Latest in Economic Development – 3.16.12

This week’s blog is focused primarily on workforce development and different strategies for job creation. We also explore the boom of US exports to China in the last 10 years and the increase in entrepreneurship among young people. Comment below or send to common@nlc.org. Get the last edition of “The Latest in Economic Development” here.

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The State of the Cities in 2012: Investing in People

Mayors across the country are in agreement that youth must reach higher educational standards and develop problem-solving, conceptual, and analytic skills previously reserved for only a small number of students. The reasons for these high expectations reflect broad social and technological changes that have unfolded over many decades and drastically altered the pathways to a

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