Tag: Boston

Boston Youth Inspire Peers Nationally

This post was written by Stephanie Killiam, a summer intern for NLC’s Institute for Youth, Education and Families. The Boston Youth Zone deserves a huge spotlight for their historic involvement in the nation’s first ever youth-led participatory budgeting project. Last November, Boston’s former Mayor Thomas Menino challenged Boston’s Youth to decide how to spend $1

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Highlighting Advances in City Policy for Disconnected Youth

The annual member’s forum of the National Youth Employment Coalition serves as a hothouse of ideas for advancing young people through work and education, in the face of the ongoing youth jobs deficit and dropout crisis. This year, three cities’ approaches to better policy and practice for disconnected youth stand out for their breadth and

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Innovation Districts Create New Urban Spaces for Creativity and Growth

This post also appears on CityMinded’s blog. Cities incubate creativity and serve as labs for innovative ideas and policies. One such idea arising more and more is the innovation district. These districts are creative, energy-laden ecosystems with a focus on building partnerships across sectors. Innovation districts attract entrepreneurs, established companies, and leaders in all walks

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Getting Data in Gear

This post was written by Stephen Goldsmith and originally appeared on the Data-Smart Cities Solutions website on June 11, 2013. Stephen Goldsmith is the Daniel Paul Professor of the Practice of Government and the Director of the Innovations in Government Program at the Harvard Kennedy School. He is a former mayor of Indianapolis and Deputy

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State of the Cities 2013: Investing in Education Today for a Better Tomorrow

This is the fourth post in a seven-part series on trends and themes in local leadership. In his 14th State of the City Address delivered at a local high school on Columbus, Ohio’s south side, Mayor Michael B. Coleman stood before fellow city leaders, school district officials, nonprofit and business leaders and residents, passionately calling

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From Miracle to PACT

Two words notably missing from the Building Peace in Boston mobile workshop of the 2012 NLC Congress of Cities: Miracle, and Ceasefire. Twenty years ago, Boston and indeed the nation celebrated a community-police collaboration that brought the number of youth homicides to zero for two years running. Some called this the Boston Miracle; some called

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Engaging the Public on Sustainability

A comic displayed during an NLC Leadership Training session this afternoon summed up a major challenge to sustainability efforts in cities across the country. The image depicts a packed presentation room with benefits of action on climate change listed on a presentation screen. Among the list where items such as energy independence, green jobs, livable

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Embracing the Immigrant Engine

The National League of Cities’ Center for Research and Innovation has joined with Next American City to explore how cities are developing innovative models for tackling complex urban issues and strengthening their local economies.  NLC is featuring a series of case studies, and this post highlights the third and final of the series, The Rise

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Measure, Monitor, Adjust, Repeat: Cities Effectively Use Performance Measures to Achieve Community Goals

“What is City government doing? How well are we doing it? How can we do it better?” These three questions guide Devin Quirk’s work for the City of Boston.  Devin serves as Citywide Performance Manager and runs the “Boston About Results” (BAR) Program, an online database of performance measures that, over the last six years,

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