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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“My pride is back”: Ending the shame of Veteran homelessness

With Memorial Day approaching, we may find our thoughts drifting to enjoying a few days with family and friends away from the rush of everyday life. But hopefully, for a least a moment, we will reflect on why this three-day weekend in late-May happens. For the more than 22 million veterans, this weekend is a

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Who’s Afraid of Renters?

Perceptions seem to be changing but there remains an unfortunate bias against renters. In a recent essay in the Wall Street Journal (May 4, 2012) author Daniel Gross [Better, Stronger, Faster: The Myth of American Decline and the Rise of the New Economy] offers this characterization. “In the American mind, renting has long symbolized striving

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Congressional Appropriators Side with NLC, Local First Responders on DHS Grants

Over the past week, both the House and Senate Committees on Appropriations marked up legislation that would reject a proposal from the Administration to consolidate 16 targeted homeland security grants into one state-centric grant program called the National Preparedness Grant Program (NPGP).  For the National League of Cities, our members, and first responders across the nation,

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How can cities best help disabled veterans?

During the Iraq and Afghanistan wars, more than 48,000 men and women have been injured. To put that in some perspective, this is about the same number of people living in cities such as Concord, NH, Salina, KS or Olympia, WA. With both of these wars winding down, veterans are in need of homes that

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Digitizing Financial Literacy?

Last month, the National Foundation for Credit Counseling released its annual Consumer Financial Literacy Survey. The results added a bit of color to the picture that has been emerging since the recession of Americans’ financial literacy and stability, and it’s not necessarily pretty. According to the latest survey, more than half (56%) of adults do

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