What You Need to Know About Micromobility

This blog was excerpted from NLC’s recent report, Micromobility in Cities. Shared electric scooters have taken cities by storm, and by now, everyone has either seen or heard about this new way to get around. This old mode of transportation — the kick scooter — has been made new with an electric motor and the ability

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What a Broadband Preemption Victory in Arkansas Means For Rural Cities

For those of us lucky enough to live in areas with easy access to high-speed internet, it can be easy to forget: access to broadband is not created equal. For many in rural areas and even suburban communities, there might be very little or nearly non-existent internet access. More than connecting to Netflix, Facebook or

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Every Week Is Infrastructure Week for Local Leaders

This week, the nation is recognizing Infrastructure Week. There will be events, discussions and advocacy actions across the country. But for cities, towns and villages, every week is infrastructure week. When our residents hit a pothole on the way to work or their houses get flooded by a water pipe break – we are the

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What Housing Means to Washington, D.C.

In November 2018, I had the pleasure of being named chair of the National League of Cities (NLC) Housing Task Force. The 22 members of the task force and I have worked diligently over the last six months to develop a set of recommendations based on concerns by mayors, council members and elected leaders nationwide

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Five Things You Wish Your Community’s Early Childhood Programs Knew

Cities, towns, and villages are places of innovation and solution finding.  If you want to improve early childhood wellbeing—local leaders are key partners. The Networks of Opportunity for Child Wellbeing (NOW) Learning Community is a program of Boston Medical Center’s Vital Village. The learning community’s goal is to support local early childhood coalitions and build

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Here’s a Quality Childcare Alternative Your Municipality Should Support

Finding safe and affordable quality childcare is a tough challenge for families with young children. While many families are familiar with center-based care, family, friend, and neighbor (FFN) care is another common option. Definitions of FFN care differ across states. The term generally refers to care provided at a residence by providers who do not

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Does Your City Have Access to Inclusionary Housing?

Local Tools to Address Housing Affordability: A State-by-State Analysisis the fifth annual report produced in partnership with the 49-state municipal leagues. This post is part of a series highlighting findings from this new report.t The United States is in the midst of a housing crisis — there are not enough homes available for residents across

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How This Local Leader Makes Supporting Moms Policy

On Mother’s Day, many families will either spend precious time with their moms or celebrate the legacies their moms left behind with fond memories. Municipal leaders across the country know that having a thriving and vibrant community means supporting mothers. This commitment to families is seen in the policies and practices that cities, towns, and

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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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