Census 2020: How to Count Hard-to-Count Communities

The census is one of the most basic functions of our federal system, requiring a count of every person in the United States every ten years. A precise count matters for city leaders because the results provide meaningful data for municipal operations as well as inform the allocation of more than $800 billion dollars of

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Connecting Data, Systems and People to Build Community

This is a guest post by Meredith Trimble, senior marketing content specialist for Tyler Technologies.  Local governments stand on the front lines of some of the most significant challenges of our day. From homelessness, the opioid crisis, barriers to justice, and redevelopment challenges, local governments are best positioned to meaningfully address these issues, even amidst

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Building an Early Learning Nation—One Neighborhood Block at a Time

Last month, NLC’s Institute for Youth, Education, and Families brought local leaders from 14 cites together in Orlando, Fla. as part of its City Leadership for Building an Early Learning Nation initiative. During the meeting, local leaders had an opportunity to hear from Orlando city officials who are taking a neighborhood approach to build an

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Growing Entrepreneurs, 1 Million Cups at a Time

In my twelve-year tenure as the mayor of Little Rock, Arkansas, only a handful of topics on mayors and cities captured the national attention in the same way as last year’s discussion on Amazon and their decision to open a competition among cities for a second headquarters. The best part of being mayor is the

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What This Bipartisan Transportation Bill Means for Your City

The National League of Cities (NLC) is pleased to support the Transportation Alternatives Enhancements Act (S. 1098) introduced by Senators Ben Cardin (D-MD) and Roger Wicker (R-MS). This bipartisan bill supports and improves the highly successful Transportation Alternatives Program (TAP). Run by the U.S. Department of Transportation, TAP is a collaborative federal transportation program that leverages

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Why Legacy Cities Matter for America’s Future

The neighborhood where I grew up, and where I still live today, has seen it all. Settled by German and Irish immigrants in the early 1800s, the Detroit-Shoreway neighborhood in Cleveland’s lower West side soon became a hub for people drawn to jobs created by the bustling factories sprouting along the Erie Canal. As canals

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Three New Cities Commit to Supporting a Strong Prenatal to Age 3 Agenda

Fort Worth, Texas; Saint Paul, Minnesota; and Atlanta joined the National League of Cities’ (NLC) Cities Supporting a Strong Prenatal to Age 3 Agenda initiative. Launched In 2018 by the NLC Institute for Youth Education and Families (YEF), the project offers city leaders guidance and support to establish and strengthen prenatal to age 3 strategies

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From Racial Equity and Repair, Strategies for Changing Policy Emerge

Repair. What does it mean to repair decades and centuries of ill-treatment, discrimination, exploited labor, death, and massacre? How do city, town, and village leaders grapple with the legacy of what governments have wrought on people of color and indigenous people throughout the United States in ways that are actionable, restorative, and authentic to the

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In This Community, Nature Activates a Healing Power in Its Young People

This is a guest post written by Michael Anthony Nutter, former mayor of Philadelphia. The Fairmount Park system is one of Philadelphia’s greatest assets, with more than 11,000 acres of greenspace spread across nearly every area of the city. It is a mecca for big events and a refuge for small moments of quiet. Fairmount

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Expect to See a Citizenship Question in the 2020 Census

Predicting the outcome of a Supreme Court case based on oral argument is foolhardy. But unless the more liberal Justices (Ginsburg, Breyer, Sotomayor, and Kagan) are able to pick up the vote of a more conservative Justice (Roberts, Thomas, Alito, Gorsuch, and Kavanaugh) it seems likely the 2020 census will contain a question about citizenship.

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