Finding Partners for Your City’s Affordable Housing Solutions

The affordable housing crisis looks different in every American city. Demographics, natural resources, and infrastructure are just a few factors that influence community needs—and they vary from place to place. NLC’s most recent report,  Homeward Bound: The Road to Affordable Housing provides direction for how elected officials and community leaders can implement policy changes, building

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When Politics, Science and Faith Come Together

For many world religions, a respect for nature and a desire to care for our planet lies at the heart of their practices and rituals. In 2015, Pope Francis surprised the world with Laudato Si, a papal encyclical on “care for our common home.” Around the same time, 27 Buddhist and 60 Hindu leaders from

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Top Local Workforce Challenges: Recruitment, Retention, Compensation

Having a stable job, and being able to retire comfortably, are part of the American dream. But because of complicating factors, such as a changing economic landscape and automation, these previously stalwart aspects of many careers have started to disappear. Unfortunately, local government jobs aren’t immune to these changes. But what exactly is happening, and

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Five Things to Know About Congestion Pricing in NYC

Congestion Pricing — the infamous urban traffic reduction tool, utilized by London, Singapore and Stockholm — has been approved for usage in New York City. NLC’s new report, Making Space: Congestion Pricing in Cities, details both the existing global congestion pricing programs and what we know about the one in New York City. On March

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How Preemption is Expanding and Changing in 2019

During the 2019 legislative sessions, state lawmakers again passed preemption laws limiting local power, including authority over minimum wage, regulation of e-cigarettes and local contracting powers. This, according to a new report from the Local Solutions Support Center and State Innovation Exchange entitled “The Growing Shadow of State Interference,” highlights the work of 2019 state

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Leadership at the National League of Cities: Q&A

On Monday, August 19th, the National League of Cities held a panel with three local elected officials to talk about the value and experience they each gained through holding a position within NLC. What follows is a transcript of their thoughtful testimony. Learn more about the NLC Leadership Applications! Clarence Anthony, CEO and Executive Director,

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Saving Urban Trees

This is a guest post by Dr. Gary Lovett, Senior Scientist and Forest Ecologist at the Cary Institute of Ecosystem Studies in Millbrook, NY.  When Asian longhorned beetles were first discovered in Worcester, Massachusetts in 2008, it came as a shock. “I knew our life was going to change,” said Patty Ruffini, then the United

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Los Angeles: My City, and City to the World

This is a guest post by Greg McGrath, Southern California Regional President, Clear Channel Outdoor Americas Los Angeles is my home. It’s a city that offers something for everyone. And it’s an abundance of diversity that is “home to the world.” Our communities wear their culture on their sleeves and our streets tell our city’s storied

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Rochester, New York – A Legacy of its Own

I was born and raised in Rochester, NY, a legacy city historically famous for being the birthplace of companies like Cunningham Stage Coach, Bausch and Lamb, Eastman Kodak Co. and Xerox.  First dubbed the “Young Lion of the West” thanks to our Erie Canal, we were one of America’s first boomtowns. Later, Rochester was referred

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