Tag: Cleveland

How the Last Fire on the Cuyahoga River Kick-Started the Clean Water Movement

Many American rust belt cities have risen high, fallen hard, and come back to life – and a case could be made that none rose so high nor fell quite so far as Cleveland, Ohio. The fortune of this city on the shore of Lake Erie has ebbed and flowed in tandem with its iconic

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Why Legacy Cities Matter for America’s Future

The neighborhood where I grew up, and where I still live today, has seen it all. Settled by German and Irish immigrants in the early 1800s, the Detroit-Shoreway neighborhood in Cleveland’s lower West side soon became a hub for people drawn to jobs created by the bustling factories sprouting along the Erie Canal. As canals

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Housing and Cities — A Deeper Look at the Numbers

Over the last few years, “The Rent is Too Damn High” has grown from a fringe political party in New York to a constant complaint from millennials, seniors, middle-income wage earners, policy wonks and city elected leaders. While housing issues in a growth economy might seem counter-intuitive on the surface, the research tells a much

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Keeping the American Dream Alive

This is a guest post by NLC President Matt Zone, councilmember, Cleveland. The promise of economic mobility and opportunity lies at the heart of America’s culture and democratic society. At its core, this promise hinges on two basic concepts: first, that everyone has a chance to improve their economic status and wellbeing through personal initiative

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Senator George Voinovich on Public-Private Partnerships

This is a guest post by NLC President Matt Zone, councilmember, Cleveland, Ohio. As president of the National League of Cities, I’ve had the opportunity to connect with hundreds of other city leaders. I’ve come to understand just how many common values and challenges we share — and it has made me a better leader.

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Strategies for Transforming the “Rust Belt”

Many cities, especially the old manufacturing centers hardest hit by economic transformation and demographic shifts, are developing and implementing strategies to attract new residents and new investment. Options that have been or are being deployed to once again grow these cities include targeting immigrants and knowledge workers (“creative class”) as well as place-based initiatives focusing

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Can Regional Cooperation Work in Economic Development?

Lately, economic development incentives has been a very buzzworthy topic. The New York Times is currently running a series based on its investigation into “How Taxpayers Bankroll Business.”  The reason for this newfound focus? As always, it usually comes down to following the money. And since money is tight (on both the state and local

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How Do I Attract Businesses to My Community?

“How do I get companies to locate in my city?” was a top question at packed sessions at the National League of Cities Congress of Cities. Tracey Nichols, Director of Economic Development for the City of Cleveland encouraged elected leaders to promote their regions first and communities second. Making negative comments about neighboring communities while

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The Latest in Economic Development

This week’s blog explores strategic alignment of workforce and economic development, the intertwined fate of colleges and their host communities, and downtown redevelopment.  Comment below or send to mcfarland@nlc.org. Get the last edition of “The Latest in Economic Development” here. No matter where you come down on the skills mismatch debate (and another commentary here

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NLC’s Delegation to Europe: Day 3 [Hamburg, Germany]

On day three of the NLC delegation’s tour of Europe, we arrived in Hamburg, Germany, the European Green Capital in 2011. Hamburg is a beautiful and bustling city that is home to the second largest port in Europe and is a center of renewable energy, aerospace, and media. Our visit to Hamburg kicked off with lunch at

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