Tag: cities

Research, Innovation and Cities: The Year in Review

Throughout 2016, NLC’s Center for City Solutions and Applied Research presented and spoke on a wide range of city topics to audiences from San Francisco to Shanghai and everywhere in between – making sure that, wherever possible, city voices are elevated and heard. This year has been one of growth and success for NLC’s Center for City Solutions

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Does the Maker Movement Hold the Key to Economic Growth?

The power of this movement is its ability to draw production back into cities. This can have profound economic and social benefits. A man builds a 3D printer at a makerspace. (Getty) This is an excerpt from NLC’s upcoming report, The Maker Movement. The report was created in partnership with the Department of Public Administration and Policy at American

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Sandy Recovery Highlights Resilience Lessons

The Chen residence in the Midland Beach neighborhood of Staten Island is occupied once again. During the 2012 superstorm known as Hurricane Sandy, the Chen home was inundated with 10 feet of flood water, as were other residences in the Midland and New Dorp Beach areas. As of March 2015, the Chen family is back

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The Sharing Economy and the Future of Cities – What’s Next?

This post was co-authored with Lauren Hirshon. Brooks Rainwater and Lauren Hirshon recently published the National League of Cities report “Cities, the Sharing Economy and What’s Next.” The sharing economy is impacting cities. Around the world, innovative sharing economy technologies and business models are redefining how city dwellers access resources and consume goods. City leaders

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Cities Can Still Help Children and Families Get Health Insurance

“It doesn’t matter why people don’t have insurance; what matters is that we help them get it.” -Valerie McDonald Roberts, City of Pittsburgh (Getty Images) Although the 2015 deadline to enroll in health insurance through the Affordable Care Act’s Healthcare Marketplace has passed, there are still ways for children and families to get covered. Depending

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Open Data Is Finally Making A Dent In Cities

This post originally appeared on Fast Company’s Co.Exist blog. Open data can help you find your lost dog, make your commute more efficient, and make government more transparent – if cities will let it. (Getty Images) What is the best way to get from 12th Street to Main, and should I take the subway, a

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Top 3 Ways to Foster Civic Innovation

This is a guest post by Gayatri Mohan of PublicStuff. Innovation is all around us, and it’s more than just a buzzword. Cities of all sizes are tapping into multiple channels and local resources; they’re creating effective strategies for innovation in governance. In a recent article by Jonathan Reichental, CIO of Palo Alto, he explains the

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Inequality, Instagram and Incubators: This Month in Economic Development

Our monthly roundup of the latest news in economic development filtered through a city-focused lens. Reading something interesting? Share it with @robbins617. Could Instagram walk-around tours help cities attract visitors and showcase local landmarks? (Photo Credit: David Maloney) Shining a new light on income inequality. The issue of inequity is getting prime-time coverage from the White

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Smile for the (Red Light) Camera!

This is a guest post by Elizabeth Madison. Do you think red light enforcement cameras reduce traffic accidents? Or do they exist simply to provide revenue? In either case, their successful implementation depends on the ability of local law enforcement to accurately and reliably measure changes in traffic accidents that occur where the cameras are

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