Tag: economic opportunity

NLC Cities of Opportunity Pilot Promotes ‘Healthy People, Thriving Communities’

On any given day, city leaders confront a challenging array of issues. From the lack of affordable, stable housing for city residents to the need for reliable transportation and greater access to good-paying, high-quality jobs, mayors and city councilmembers have no shortage of pressing items on their list of priorities. These to-do lists reflect in

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Oakland Promise Creates Opportunity for Students and Families

This is a guest post from David Silver, Director of Education for Oakland, California Mayor Libby Schaaf. Looking over the crowd on January 28, 2016, one thing was clear: Oakland showed up in a big way.  Under a big tent on a beautiful January day, hundreds of people from all walks of life — students,

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New NLC Task Force to Focus on Expanding Economic Opportunity

Launched by NLC President Matt Zone, the task force will pursue a three-pronged strategy over the next year that will include municipal engagement and peer learning, documentation of promising and emerging city approaches, and education and training for city officials. This post was co-authored by Courtney Coffin and Heidi Goldberg. “Cities are where hope meets

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Opportunity for Cities to Help Young People Achieve Financial Success

NLC is providing guidance to the Consumer Financial Protection Bureau and the U.S. Department of Labor on their new technical assistance opportunity to help cities include financial capability in their youth employment programs. Young jobseekers attend an open jobs call. (Spencer Platt/Getty Images) Each year, millions of youth in cities across the country participate in

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Economically Stronger Families = Economically Stronger Cities

This is the second of two blog posts in response to the Meeting of the Minds & Living Cities group blogging event which asks, “How could cities better connect all their residents to economic opportunity?” In today’s complex financial and economic landscape, families in the lower and middle income brackets can easily find themselves standing

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Cities Lead on Entrepreneurialism and Economic Opportunity

This is the first of two blog posts in response to the Meeting of the Minds & Living Cities group blogging event which asks, “How could cities better connect all their residents to economic opportunity?”  America is a country of entrepreneurs, inventors, and idea creators. From this nation’s founding, new ideas have driven our grand

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