Supreme Court Casino Case: Win, Loss, or Draw for Cities?

If you gamble at a casino there is no question whether you have won or lost.  Nevertheless in a recent Supreme Court case affecting cities, involving land to be used for a casino, victory or defeat…depends. The U.S. Supreme Court recently held in Match-E-Be-Nash-She-Wish Band of Pottawatomi Indians v. Patchak that the United States can be

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Speech and Sewers: The Supreme Court has been Busy Ruling in Favor of Local Government

The last week of June likely will be big even for Americans who generally don’t give a second thought to the U.S.  Supreme Court because the Affordable Care Act cases and the Arizona immigration case will be decided then. But for at least local government and the State and Local Legal Center (SLLC) the first

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The Latest in Economic Development

This week’s Latest in Economic Development highlights unnecessary business licenses, looks at U.S. manufacturing, and skilled worker shortages.  Have things to add, contact me at mcconnell@nlc.org. Get the last edition of “The Latest in Economic Development” here. While there is lots of excitement about the “re-shoring” of jobs by companies like Starbucks, the state and

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Anything New in Economic Attraction?

Business attraction has been and continues to be an essential part of economic development for many communities. In the context of difficult political, economic and fiscal realities, have economic attraction strategies changed?  I put this question to a group of economic development professionals on the networking site LinkedIn. Surprisingly, most noted that although recruitment strategies

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Untying the Knot of Incarceration, Part 2

Federal Policy:  Where we are, and ways forward This is the second in a two-part series on incarceration and its impact. As national arguments continue over the cost of government at all levels, one area where reform could mean tens of billions of dollars in savings is not receiving a great deal of attention: incarceration.  Proven

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Broadband in the United States

It isn’t new news that the United States lags in broadband adoption and download speeds.  The United States was one of the world leaders on broadband penetration in the 1990s, ranking fourth among other developed and developing nations.  But by 2006, the U.S.’s standing slipped drastically, according to the Organization for Economic Co-Operation and Development,

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Latest in Economic Development

This week’s blog explores connecting skills to industry needs, up and coming entrepreneurial hot-spots, and the proliferation of incubators and accelerators. Comment below or send to mcfarland@nlc.org. Get the last edition of “The Latest in Economic Development” here. Both booming cities and struggling towns are reexamining the linkages between industry and skills development as a

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A Focus on What Divides Us

Democracy is messy. Big surprise! There are no philosopher kings with boundless wisdom available to make decisions for us. We are on our own and each citizen must decide for him or herself what is truth and falsehood and what is reasonable or what is unacceptable. Battles between neighborhood residents and real estate developers are

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Untying the Knot of Incarceration

Part 1 – Assisting Individuals and Communities through Reentry Services This is the first in a two-part series on incarceration and its impact on communities. 12 million individuals are released from local jails each year.  In fact, in an average three-week period, local jails have contact with as many people as state and federal prisons

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The Latest in Economic Development

This week’s blog explores manufacturing’s resurgence, making a place “creative,” and keeping and attracting foreign entrepreneurs and students. Comment below or send to mcfarland@nlc.org. Get the last edition of “The Latest in Economic Development” here. Chatter about manufacturing’s resurgence in the U.S. is being fueled by moves to “reshore” production facilities, growth in advanced manufacturing

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