Tag: leadership

In Washington, NLC Leaders Represent City Priorities

For Washington, DC, August is a quiet month. With Congress in recess and the President typically on vacation, the federal government has a chance to hear from constituents and work on long-term plans and issues. For NLC’s Federal Advocacy Committees, however, that pause in the action is golden opportunity. This week, over three dozen city

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Celebrating Women in Local Government

20.4 percent. According to the Center for American Women and Politics, that’s how many women mayors lead in cities with populations of 100,000 and above. Here’s another statistic: in U.S. cities with populations of 30,000 and above, the percentage of women mayors grows slightly to 20.8. And in America’s top 100 largest cities — you

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Five Practices to Help Cities Green their Purchasing

This is a guest post by Arizona State University’s Nicole Darnall, Justin M. Stritch, Stuart Bretschneider, Lily Hsueh and Won No. In the wake of the U.S. withdrawal from the Paris Climate Accord, city leaders are demonstrating environmental leadership across America. More than 367 U.S. mayors in 44 states have committed to reduce their greenhouse gases

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Great Opportunity: NLC Board of Directors and Leadership Positions — Applications Now Open

Leadership makes a difference, and city leaders know that better than anyone. The impact that municipal officials have on their residents — the policies they implement, the decisions they make — will have consequences for the next generations and for the future of their community. Similarly, the impact that city leaders can have on the

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Decatur Mayor Wins NLCU Memorial Scholarship

Each year, the Michael H.T. Lynch Scholarship is awarded to one NLC member to attend the NLC University Leadership Summit. We are thrilled to congratulate to the 2017 recipient, Mayor Patricia Garrett of Decatur, Georgia. Mayor Garrett was selected from a competitive group of essays and applications submitted by leaders from across the country. Prior

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“We Stand with Charlottesville”: 25 City Leaders and National Experts Come Together

More than 20 city leaders participated on a conference call last week to share their experiences and to express their commitment to stand against hate and bigotry. These local elected officials were joined by national experts, who provided helpful insights and resources. We Stand with Charlottesville Councilmember Kristin Szakos from the city of Charlottesville described

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Cities Stand Together to Fight Hate

In response to the tragic events in Charlottesville, the National League of Cities is celebrating #InclusionWeek to support diversity, inclusivity, and hope in America’s cities. On Saturday, a white nationalist demonstration in Charlottesville, Virginia erupted into violence and bloodshed. Across the country, the event sparked an outpouring of grief and sympathy to the victims of

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Making Sense of Charlottesville Through Local Leadership

In response to the tragic events in Charlottesville, the National League of Cities is celebrating #InclusionWeek to support diversity, inclusivity, and hope in America’s cities. This weekend’s horrific events in Charlottesville, Virginia were another devastating episode of explicit individual racism in America. Thousands of self-proclaimed white nationalists, neo-Nazis, KKK members, and their allies showed up

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Four Ways to Fund Effective Economic Development In Your City

For cities, effective economic development demands informed, careful leadership from elected officials. It also demands funding — for investing in infrastructure, programs, education, and incentives. Most communities use a mixture of strategies and funding sources to support economic development programs and initiatives. Some municipalities are also exploring the use of innovative tools and financing mechanisms.

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