Mayor Stodola: Afterschool and Summer Learning Absolutely Critical to Hone “Soft Skills” in Workforce Development

NLC President and Little Rock, Arkansas, Mayor Mark Stodola explains the importance of city officials and local business leaders investing in afterschool and summer learning programs as a way to address the “workforce skills crisis.” Last week, seven mayors and corporate executives from their respective cities met in Saint Paul, Minnesota, to explore new pathways

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Trump’s Travel Ban Has Taken Effect. Now What?

The Supreme Court has allowed the third travel ban to go into effect at least temporarily while two federal circuit courts of appeals review decisions from lower courts temporarily blocking enforcement of the travel ban. Even if the government loses before the appeals courts the travel ban will remain in effect until the Supreme Court

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Putting A Face on The Opioid Epidemic

This is a guest post from Richard Leadbeater, State Government Industry Manager at Esri. At City Summit 2017 in Charlotte, N.C., the National League of Cities presented Esri, a leader in geographic information systems (GIS), with a Service to Cities Award for their work on “mapping the opioid epidemic.” Early in my career, I learned

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When Talking Infrastructure, Remember the Municipal Securities Market

This is a guest post by Susan Collet, Director of Government Relations for the Municipal Securities Rulemaking Board. The National League of Cities’ City Fiscal Conditions 2017 study arrived this fall at a time of heightened discussion at the White House and on Capitol Hill regarding policies that can spur more investment in the nation’s infrastructure.

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How To Apply For the City Cultural Diversity Awards

The National League of Cities recognizes and celebrates the growing diversity of America’s communities and believes that diversity should be reflected in the activities of all cities and towns across the nation. As a result, the National League of Cities, in partnership with the National Black Caucus Local Elected Leaders (NBC-LEO), established the City Cultural Diversity

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In St. Paul, NLC Leaders Host Afterschool Symposium

Today, in conjunction with the National League of Cities Institute for Youth, Education, and Families, NLC leaders convened four mayors in Saint Paul, Minnesota to explore how city officials and business leaders can partner with local afterschool and summer learning programs to address the “work force skills gap,” and help ensure local children and youth

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America’s Next Great Workforce Begins with Afterschool

This is a guest post by Richard Leadbeater, State Government Industry Manager at Esri. This week, the National League of Cities (NLC) is convening a symposium of mayors and corporate leaders to discuss and share their perspective on the workforce skills (that have been referred to as “soft skills” or social and emotional skills) gap —

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Cities Are Working to Put Fewer People in Jail. Here’s Why.

Now is the time to prioritize the issue of mass jailing. This large financial burden jeopardizes public safety when low risk offenders are placed in jail, increasing their likelihood of reoffending.  Helping individuals reach stability through connections to treatment and community services decreases the likelihood of continued engagement in criminal activity. Arthur Rizer, Director of

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Three Reasons Why Net Neutrality Matters for Cities

On November 22, Federal Communications Commission (FCC) Chairman Ajit Pai announced plans to roll back net neutrality regulations. The current regulations, which were adopted by the FCC in 2015, classified internet service as a “telecommunications service,” and required that all internet traffic be treated equally, without blocking, throttling (slowing down), or paid prioritization (so-called “fast

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Court Permanently Strikes Down Trump Sanctuary Cities Order

In April, a federal district court issued a nationwide preliminary injunction preventing the Trump administration from enforcing the sanctuary jurisdictions portion of the Enhancing Public Safety in the Interior of the United States executive order (EO). Now, the same federal court has made that injunction permanent — effectively halting enforcement until further notice. According to

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