Kobe, Days 2 and 3: From Questions to Answers — The need for local leadership

This post is by Neil Bomberg, NLC’s Program Director for Human Development and Public Safety. What appeared to be a conference without answers was rapidly transformed on the second day into a conference with significant answers on how governments can work toward improving the health of their residents and citizens.  The answers, the conferees agreed,

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The View from The 45th Floor

This post is by Neil Bomberg, NLC’s Program Director for Human Development and Public Safety. Last week while in Japan, I had the privilege of meeting with representatives from the Tokyo Metropolitan Government in their 45 story headquarters building in Shinjuku, Tokyo, Japan.  The twin towers and the adjoining Tokyo Metropolitan Assembly building are visible

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A Conference Burdened by Questions and an Apparent Lack of Answers: Day One of the World Health Organization’s Global Forum on Urbanization and Health

This post is by Neil Bomberg, NLC’s Program Director for Human Development and Public Safety. The first day of the Global Forum on Urbanization and Health was filled with questions that seemed unanswerable.  The presentations by representatives from sub-Sahara Africa, the Middle East, North America, Latin America, Europe, East Asia and South Asia raised numerous

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Heading to WHO Global Forum on Urbanization and Health

It was just a short while ago that the World Health Organization’s Global Forum on Urbanization and Health in Kobe, Japan was month’s away. It is now less than a week away, and the excitement about the meeting appears to be growing. The agenda has been set, the National League of Cities’ role in the

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Housing Needs for the Next Decade

For local policy makers anticipating the economic landscape in the post-recession and post-foreclosure period, there are three factors that will influence decisions about new housing development – the number of homeless families; the slowdown in household formation; and the severe cost burden that so many face for housing. The combination of these factors means that

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International sustainability efforts – not necessarily a world apart

Stockholm, Sweden is a deserving recipient of the first-ever European Green Capital designation awarded by the European Commission and celebrated last week during a three-day conference bringing together municipal leaders from across Europe and the U.S. At the event, delegates learned about the city’s impressive efforts to restore water quality surrounding the city’s 14 islands

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U.S. cities share best-kept sustainability secrets

There is a certain irony that at the first ever European Green Capital Conference the delegation of U.S. local leadership has garnered just as much attention and excitement as the European contingents. The U.S. delegation began the first full day of the conference with a private welcome from Ambassador Matthew Barzun followed by a press

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NLC Delegation Carries Sustainability Message to Europe

A high-level NLC delegation of local officials has begun to arrive at the inaugural European Green Capital Conference, with the intent of sharing the successes and challenges of U.S. work on sustainability, while gathering best practices from across Europe. Stockholm, Sweden, is serving as the host of this inaugural sustainability conference, having been officially designated

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