Tag: leadership

Five Strategies For Growing Small Businesses in 2018

Last year, Big Ideas for Small Business, NLC’s national peer network on small business development, convened several times to discuss innovative new approaches for supporting local businesses. Many of these successful  strategies are ones you should considering implementing in your own city. Below is a brief recap of our key strategies from 2017. Leveraging Libraries

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What City Leaders Had To Say In 2017

In 2017, local leadership took center stage in the American political arena. Whatever the issue — climate, immigration, foreign affairs, public safety, law — mayors and city councilmembers emerged as a clear voice of reason in an unsteady time. Throughout the year, we’ve proudly worked to elevate the voices of city leaders on CitiesSpeak, bringing

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Our Eight Most Popular Articles of 2017

In January 2017, America’s cities faced a precarious moment. After several years of runaway growth in downtowns and neighborhoods, major cities were at their most wealthy, safe, and vibrant point in decades. Meanwhile, mid-sized cities and small towns continued to struggle with growing challenges — and a divisive 2016 campaign season had laid those inequalities

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The Case for Opioid Prevention and Education Efforts to Save America’s Youth

This is a guest post by Sean Ferns, chief of Community Outreach at the Drug Enforcement Administration. No community has been immune from America’s opioid epidemic. Many people know someone that has battled addiction to prescription opioids or heroin. With 11 million Americans ages 12 and older reporting misuse of prescription opioids in the past year,

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How To Apply For the City Cultural Diversity Awards

The National League of Cities recognizes and celebrates the growing diversity of America’s communities and believes that diversity should be reflected in the activities of all cities and towns across the nation. As a result, the National League of Cities, in partnership with the National Black Caucus Local Elected Leaders (NBC-LEO), established the City Cultural Diversity

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How to Measure Pension Fiscal Health in Your City

The state of retirement funding has become an obvious fiscal concern for city governments, especially since the Great Recession. In fact, a recent National League of Cities survey revealed the cost of employee/retiree pensions ranks third (following infrastructure needs and public safety needs) among the most negative factors impacting city budgets. Perhaps more telling is

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Opioid Addiction Is a Mental Health Crisis, Not a Crime Wave

This is a guest post by Chirlane McCray, First Lady of New York City. It was originally published on NBC News Think. Last year, roughly 64,000 people died from a drug overdose in the United States — the largest annual increase in drug-related deaths ever recorded in our history. Overdoses are now the leading cause of death for

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Confronting Climate Change at City Summit 2017

Whether you’re a newly elected official or a seasoned public servant, the Sustainable Cities Institute (SCI), a National League of Cities program, provides local leaders innovative ideas and personal connections necessary to address challenges related to local energy policy, environmental quality, utility management, and climate-related disasters. This year at City Summit in Charlotte, several sessions

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What City Leaders Have to Say About Diversity

This is a guest post by Janelle Watson, NLC’s Senior Associate for Constituency Group Programs. The National League of Cities celebrates the growing diversity of America’s cities and towns. That’s why NLC and its Constituency Groups created the City Cultural Diversity Awards: to recognize the communities across the country that are creating inclusive environments for of

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Cities Can Tackle Hunger and Food Waste Through Collaboration

This is a guest post by NLC Board Member Priscilla Tyson, council president pro tempore, Columbus, Ohio. In this day and age, everyone should have access to healthy food. Unfortunately, that’s not the case in Columbus and Franklin County, Ohio. Nearly one-in-five children in my city of Columbus, Ohio, is food insecure. This mirrors statistics

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