“The Next American Economy”

According to an article from the New York Times, the city of Chicago is preparing to partner with the private sector to invest $7 billion in transit, schools and parks.  In the article, Mayor Emanuel hints that this is the kind of drastic investment that will be required for “building a new Chicago.”  In fact,

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How Cities Support Entrepreneurs and Small Businesses

There’s been no shortage of interest and commentary about the importance of entrepreneurs and small business to the nation’s recovery.  Almost daily, economists and policy wonks engage in a seemingly never-ending discussion on what the “right” businesses are to create jobs. And while these conversations have utility and value, they have not produced many actionable

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The State of the Cities in 2012: Mayors Adopt a Sustainability Framework

This is the last post in a seven-part series about US mayors’ 2012 State of the City speeches. Ten years ago, if you looked far and wide, you may have heard the word “sustainability” in one- possibly two- mayors’ State of the City addresses.  Five years ago, a few more mayors, especially those with a

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The Latest in Economic Development – 4.2.2012

This week’s blog highlights two Wall Street Journal debates revolving around entrepreneurship and startup funding, gives a deserving mention to an increase in women-owned businesses in New York, and explores the recent explosion of interest in learning how to code. Comment below or send to common@nlc.org. Get the last edition of “The Latest in Economic

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The Ryan Budget Will Impact Worker Skills and Job Growth

By Neil Bomberg, Program Director Last week, the House of Representatives passed Chairman Ryan’s budget resolution.  Though it has no chance of passing by the Senate, it will have an impact on the way in which the House allocates funds to various line items in the appropriations process.  My view is, and this is a

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The State of the Cities in 2012: Focus on Infrastructure Investment

This is the sixth in a seven-part series about mayors’ 2012 State of the City Speeches. As the rest of America waits for the Federal Government to get its act together and pass a comprehensive transportation bill, cities across the country are recognizing the opportunities that continued infrastructure improvements are having in their cities.  Leslie

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Congress Should Not Follow Paul Ryan’s Plan and Cut or Eliminate Job Training and Pell Grant Programs

By Neil Bomberg, Program Director It is hard to understand, when one looks at the program outcomes for the Pell Grant program and the Workforce Investment Act (WIA), why House Budget Chairman Paul Ryan wants to cut or eliminate their funding.  Both appear to be helping Americans obtain the job skills and education they need

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Local Food – A Conversation for all Regions

“Do you eat food?” This was the question posed by Jim Embry, Director of the Lexington Sustainable Communities Network and local foods “jedi” (according to those in the local ‘food-know’) at the beginning of the Fourth Annual Local Foods Summit held last week in Lexington, KY. “Because if you eat food, you’re part of the

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NLC Supports Senator Harkin’s Rebuild America Act

The following statement on Senator Harkin’s Rebuild America Act is from Donald J. Borut, Executive Director of the National League of Cities. “The National League of Cities thanks Senator Harkin for introducing “The Rebuild America Act.” Since the beginning of the Great Recession, America’s cities and towns have asked the federal government to invest in

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The Impact of Rep. Paul Ryan’s Budget on the Pell Grant Program

By Neil Bomberg, Program Director I was deeply troubled by the impact House of Representatives Budget Committee Chairman Paul Ryan’s (R-WI) budget plan would have on the Pell Grant program, the federal program that provides needs-based grants to low-income post-secondary students. Like the cuts proposed to the Workforce Investment Act, the Ryan budget plan would

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