Tag: San Antonio

In San Antonio, Building a Community for All Generations from the Beginning

San Antonio has built a thriving city that works for all – and it started with a commitment to its youngest. In November, when city leaders head to San Antonio, Texas for the National League of Cities annual City Summit, the host city is a shining example of local leaders working to build a community

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Housing Resilience in San Antonio

Housing affordability is about more than the list price of a home. San Antonio, for example, is one of the fastest growing large cities in the United States. The region’s rapid economic and population growth has caused local housing costs to increase faster than AMI for nearly two decades. For residents, that means homes are increasingly

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When Politics, Science and Faith Come Together

For many world religions, a respect for nature and a desire to care for our planet lies at the heart of their practices and rituals. In 2015, Pope Francis surprised the world with Laudato Si, a papal encyclical on “care for our common home.” Around the same time, 27 Buddhist and 60 Hindu leaders from

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San Antonio Mayor Speaks Up for Cities on Capitol Hill

On Wednesday, March 13th, Mayor Ron Nirenberg of San Antonio, Texas testified before the House Committee on Transportation and Infrastructure on behalf of NLC. The following is a selected set of excerpts from the Mayor’s testimony at the infrastructure briefing: “Aligning Federal Surface Transportation Policy to Meet 21st Century Needs”. The briefing took place during

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NLC Members Tell Congress: Rebuild and Reimagine America’s Infrastructure

The truth is simple: America needs investment in infrastructure. Local governments face challenges around water, transportation and broadband infrastructure, as well as workforce development — and the result impacts our economy significantly. Last week, NLC hosted a congressional briefing to highlight our guiding principles for infrastructure investment. Local leaders traveled to the U.S. Capitol to call on

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Cities Are Taking a Regional Approach to Closing the Skills Gap

This post is the fifth installment in a series focused on NLC’s Cities and Unequal Recovery report, which highlights the findings of our 2015 Local Economic Conditions survey. Apprentice working with engineer to inspect manufacturing machinery. (Getty Images) Economic development consistently ranks as a high priority for local officials across the country. Alongside this priority

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Latest in Economic Development

This week’s Latest in Economic Development looks at a new regional partnership in St. Louis, ideas for improved small business permitting, more on a library co-working space, and the economic development effects of the sequester. Have thoughts to add? Comment below or send to mcconnell@nlc.org. St. Louis City and County announced a new partnership for

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Building “Brainpower,” San Antonio Voters Approve New Revenue for Expanded Pre-K

As the news cycle adjusts to a post-election world, one important election result that should not be overlooked is a measure approved by San Antonio voters last week to expand all-day prekindergarten for young children. The result of a year-long planning process led by Mayor Julián Castro, the Brainpower Initiative will raise the local sales

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Running the Relay: Thoughts on Mayor Castro’s Keynote

San Antonio Mayor and NLC Board Member Julián Castro entered the national spotlight with his highly anticipated keynote speech at the Democratic National Convention on Tuesday night.  While pundits assess the tone and framing of his speech, I find myself reflecting on how its core message of expanding opportunity for all residents is being fulfilled

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