Embracing the Immigrant Engine

The National League of Cities’ Center for Research and Innovation has joined with Next American City to explore how cities are developing innovative models for tackling complex urban issues and strengthening their local economies.  NLC is featuring a series of case studies, and this post highlights the third and final of the series, The Rise

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Facebook, Jobs and the U.S. Department of Labor

Facebook, Jobs and the U.S. Department of Labor By Neil Bomberg City elected officials have an important new job search tool to share with their constituents who are searching for a job.  In addition to the local Workforce Investment Act (WIA) one stops and career centers, the U.S. Department of Labor (DOL) has embarked on

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Building “Brainpower,” San Antonio Voters Approve New Revenue for Expanded Pre-K

As the news cycle adjusts to a post-election world, one important election result that should not be overlooked is a measure approved by San Antonio voters last week to expand all-day prekindergarten for young children. The result of a year-long planning process led by Mayor Julián Castro, the Brainpower Initiative will raise the local sales

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Local Issues Play Out in National Elections

All eyes may have been turned toward Ohio on election eve in order to discover the outcome of the Presidential contest. However, significant issues impacting the day-to-day lives of Americans were voted on in Michigan, Georgia, Washington, California and other states. Of special note were the events in Tennessee, where the courts had intervened on

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Gigabits Around the Country

The National League of Cities’ Center for Research and Innovation has joined with Next American City to explore how cities are developing innovative models for tackling complex urban issues and strengthening their local economies.  NLC is featuring a series of case studies on foreign direct investment, fiber connectivity, and immigration. This blog highlights the second

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Honoring Those Who Serve Beyond Veterans Day

This year, Veterans Day comes on the heels of a long election season. The divisiveness that characterized this election must now be overcome so that the big issues we face can be addressed. When Congress reconvenes here in D.C. on Tuesday, let’s hope they will remember the values we honor on Veterans Day – patriotism,

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The Latest in Economic Development

This week’s blog discusses a new report focused on the recent (and future) performance of the Great Plains, the Boston Consulting Group’s take on the skills gap, an example of the “knowledge problem” with regard to incentives in Oregon, and preparing your city for millennials. Comment below or send to common@nlc.org. Get the last edition

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New Data Show Nearly 1 in 5 Homes Have Some Type of Accessibility Problem

Last week, the U.S. Census Bureau released the results of the American Housing Survey (AHS). This year’s survey had a core set of questions, as well as supplemental questions regarding home modifications and the needs of occupants living with disabilities. The AHS findings confirm that the existing need for home modifications is enormous. The AHS data show that

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Foreign Investment for Local Growth: The Case of Toledo

The National League of Cities Center for Research and Innovation has joined with Next American City to explore how cities are developing innovative models for tackling complex urban issues and strengthening their local economies. In the coming weeks NLC will feature a series of case studies on foreign direct investment, fiber connectivity, and immigration. This

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Foreclosure Fatigue Sets In as Housing Market Improves

Imagine my surprise at how quickly the attention paid to mortgage borrowers suffering through foreclosures, short-sales and default notices is quickly abandoned as good news continues to arrive in the form of rising home prices and sales. As with wars, famines, natural disasters and celebrity meltdowns, issue fatigue is finally sweeping the mortgage foreclosure crisis

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