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Chicago, San Francisco, and California Sue Over “Sanctuary City” Rules

Two American cities and one U.S. state have filed suit against Attorney General Jeff Sessions over grant restrictions for so-called “sanctuary cities” — raising the prospect of further fights and delays on contentious immigration issues. In July, the Department of Justice (DOJ) added two new requirements for states and local governments to receive federal Edward

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10 Tips for Understanding Grants

Applying for a grant—be it federal, state or private—can be a difficult, time consuming process. NLC Grant Access will streamline the process. As an NLC member, you have an entire database dedicated to helping your municipality fund crucial initiatives. Find a grant that fits your city’s next venture, like: building a library, investing in public infrastructure

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Community Schools Serve Students and Families Better

With local education budgets under threat nationwide, Philadelphia Mayor Jim Kenney explains how the community schools model helps more students succeed in and out of the classroom even when school districts are underfunded. This is a guest post by Mayor Jim Kenney. This past month, Philadelphia had the honor of hosting the National League of

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The Short-term Rental Market Is Booming. Here’s Why Cities Should Regulate It.

When drafted and enforced thoughtfully, city ordinances work as intended to regulate Airbnb-style short-term rentals — but state preemption is complicating the issue and presenting a new challenge to local governments. This is a guest post by Ulrik Binzer. Short-term rentals are no longer just a vacation destination issue The dramatic rise of Airbnb and

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From Public to Private: Building Bridges at the NLC Capstone Leaders Forum

City leaders and the private sector must collaborate for our cities to succeed. NLC’s Capstone Leaders Forum brought together public- and private-sector thought leaders to discuss issues ranging from addressing the workforce skills gap to the importance of data. For local leaders, making their communities economically successful is often at the top of their to-do

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The State of America’s Cities in 2017, According to Mayors

While the national outlook in America has changed drastically in just a short period of time, one thing has remained constant: mayors are focused on achieving real results for their communities by lifting up their constituents in spirit and increasing their opportunities for success. Each year, mayors across the country deliver State of the City

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Infrastructure for the 21st Century: The Importance of Broadband to Cities

Broadband access and adoption help promote economic development and social equity while promoting public health, public safety and educational opportunities for Americans around the country. This is a guest post by Vice Mayor David Luna. In a city as big as Mesa, Arizona, with half a million residents and growing, it’s important to stay ahead

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The Nuanced New World of Economic Development Incentives

Beyond the black-and-white debates of the past, local governments are taking strengths, weaknesses and social equity into account. This post was originally published in Governing. With high-profile local-government economic development deals making headlines and the availability of new transparency data on public giveaways, the tax-incentive debate is in the spotlight in a serious way. The

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Can Tech and Government Get Along?

Innovation does not diminish the need for an effective regulatory framework — but does government have the right strategies and tools to effectively engage a deluge of emerging technologies and citizen entrepreneurs? As Tim Woodbury explains, government can take a lesson out of Silicon Valley’s playbook. This is a guest post by Tim Woodbury. It

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An Inside Look at Equitable Economic Development in Houston

We meet one of NLC’s Equitable Economic Development (EED) Fellows, Gwendolyn Tillotson of Houston, and discuss how the city is reaching its most vulnerable communities and increasing their access to employment and job training opportunities. This post is part of a series on NLC’s Equitable Economic Development (EED) Fellowship. Carlos Delgado: Gwen, thank you for

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