Tag: Live Blogs from 2012 Congress of Cities

Financing Housing

A number of discussions were held during NLC’s Congress of Cities on the topics of housing, housing finance and home mortgage foreclosures.  From these discussions a picture emerges that is hopeful at one level but deeply troubling at another. Despite the improvements in the housing sector in the form of sales prices, construction permits and

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Retooling Public Pensions and the Future of Public Work

The issues related to public pensions are tough to tackle. But for the long-term sustainability of our cities, these challenges must be met head on. This was the theme of a workshop held at NLC’s annual Congress of Cities in Boston. On hand to discuss the topic was Kathie Novak from the Center for Priority

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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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Eugene, Oregon to Veterans: “Thanks and welcome home.”

With leaders from across the country gathered in Boston for NLC’s Congress of Cities, about 40 people joined a conversation about housing for veterans with disabilities. The City Manager of Eugene, OR, Jon Ruiz, discussed his city’s Veterans Housing Project. From his personal experience in helping veterans returning from Iraq and Afghanistan, Jon spoke about

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From Miracle to PACT

Two words notably missing from the Building Peace in Boston mobile workshop of the 2012 NLC Congress of Cities: Miracle, and Ceasefire. Twenty years ago, Boston and indeed the nation celebrated a community-police collaboration that brought the number of youth homicides to zero for two years running. Some called this the Boston Miracle; some called

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Building a Healthy Boston

  Access to healthy foods, safe routes to bike or walk to work or school, and affordable and accessible health and social services – these are just a few of a comprehensive set of strategies the City of Boston’s Public Health Commission (BPHC) employs to build communities that are conducive to healthy eating and active

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City Officials Learn from Boston’s Crime Prevention Efforts at Congress of Cities

Violence not only affects victims and their families.  It affects entire communities.  At NLC’s Congress of Cities in Boston, city officials visited the Holland Community Center – one of 35 neighborhood based centers in the city that provide a safe space for youth and their families to participate in recreational activities and receive services. Administered

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Engaging the Public on Sustainability

A comic displayed during an NLC Leadership Training session this afternoon summed up a major challenge to sustainability efforts in cities across the country. The image depicts a packed presentation room with benefits of action on climate change listed on a presentation screen. Among the list where items such as energy independence, green jobs, livable

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