Why You Should Start Planning “Fair Saturday” in Your City

Supporting arts and culture initiatives like the Fair Saturday movement allows your city to take advantage of a $730 billion industry that creates strong, vibrant communities, employs local workers, attracts tourism, and boosts local economic development. Summer in cities is marked by community gatherings, farmers’ markets and a buzz of outdoor activities. In many places,

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6 Ways the City of Decatur Became a Model of Inclusion, Diversity & Citizen Engagement

The city’s Better Together initiative has resulted in a community action plan focused on six steps that promote equity and community dialogue among residents. This is a guest post by Linda Harris. What is the role of local government in creating a space for community dialogue among residents? How do you bring everyone to the

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Legislation Would Allow Tourists to Carry Concealed Weapons in Your City

Consider the following scenario: Tom, who lives in Arizona, plans to take a trip to New York City to see the sites, visit the Statue of Liberty, and walk through Central Park. In Arizona, he can carry a concealed handgun without a permit. When he visits New York City, he plans to bring his weapon

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Is the President’s Travel Ban Headed to the Supreme Court?

The Fourth Circuit concluded the revised travel ban likely violates the Establishment Clause, noting that its “text speaks with vague words of national security but in context drips with religious intolerance, animus and discrimination.” The Department of Justice (DOJ) has filed a brief asking the Supreme Court to review the Fourth Circuit’s recent decision temporarily preventing President Donald Trump’s

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Five Things City Leaders Should Know About the Paris Withdrawal

After President Donald Trump announced Thursday that the U.S. will withdraw from the Paris climate agreement, hundreds of city leaders spoke out to denounce the decision. From New York to Pittsburgh to Dubuque, Iowa, mayors and councilmembers pledged to oppose the withdrawal, work on alternative actions, and continue to address climate change in their own

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On Climate, Local Action Trumps National Rhetoric

This post was co-authored by Christiana McFarland and Trevor Langan. It originally appeared on Route 50. Read the full article here. While President Trump sent a signal that the United States is unwilling to lead in the fight against climate change, it’s local governments that have committed to action. By abandoning the historic Paris climate

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The Attorney General Defined Sanctuary Cities. Here’s What You Need to Know.

On Monday, Attorney General Jeff Sessions issued the government’s first official definition of “sanctuary cities” and made it clear that President Trump’s power to cut off funding from local governments on the basis of immigration policy is limited to cities that “willfully refuse to comply” with a specific section of federal law. For the most

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One Former Mayor Explains How to Deliver an Effective State of the City Address

Former Mayor Mike Nelson reveals how city leaders can make policy problems relevant to their constituents and shares four concrete guidelines local officials can use when preparing a public speech on just about any topic. During the ten years I served as mayor of Carrboro, North Carolina, I learned a lot about using a public

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Self-Driving Cars Are Here. Now What Should We Do?

This post was co-authored by Nicole DuPuis and Erich Zimmermann. Much of the conversation about self-driving cars used to swirl around the anxious notion that they are coming and that their unprecedented technology promises chaos for unprepared roads. Now we can say definitively that they are here — and this reality is something that cities

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Let’s Be Frank, Municipal Bonds Built This Country

From the construction of schools and hospitals to water treatment facilities and roads, municipal bonds provide the means for more than 42,000 state and local governments to finance infrastructure projects. This is a guest post by NLC President and Cleveland Councilmember Matt Zone. They’re not as exciting as autonomous vehicles, they don’t carry the glamour

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