Tag: State of the Cities

The Re-Emergence of Neighborhoods

For the past five years, NLC’s Center for City Solutions has analyzed hundreds of mayors’ state of the city addresses. In this research, we examine which priorities mayors are focusing on and how their priorities change over time in response to social, economic and political trends. The 2018 State of Cities (SOTC) report covers a sample of

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Why Workforce Development Matters for Mayors

For the past five years, NLC’s Center for City Solutions has analyzed mayors’ state of the cities speeches, which highlight the priorities mayors are focusing on. The 2018 State of Cities (SOTC) report has a sample of 160 mayoral speeches between January and April 2018 and includes cities of all population sizes and across geographic

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We’re Committed to Data and Evidence

At NLC, we hear you loud and clear. For city leaders, using data matters more than ever. You could even say we have the data to back it up: According to this year’s State of the Cities report, a fast-growing set of city leaders are focusing on government data and technology in their state of

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Fort Wayne Tackles the Opioid Crisis

This is a guest post by Tom Henry, mayor of Fort Wayne, Indiana. As the second largest city in Indiana, Fort Wayne, is experiencing tremendous momentum, excitement and investments like never before. Fort Wayne has become a destination city, and people across the country are realizing that this is a great place to live, work and

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Housing and Cities — A Deeper Look at the Numbers

Over the last few years, “The Rent is Too Damn High” has grown from a fringe political party in New York to a constant complaint from millennials, seniors, middle-income wage earners, policy wonks and city elected leaders. While housing issues in a growth economy might seem counter-intuitive on the surface, the research tells a much

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How City Leaders Can Combat Childhood Hunger

During his State of the City address this year, Adam Paul, mayor of Lakewood, Colorado, nailed it. “I have given this a lot of thought,” he said, “and I want to tell you my ‘one thing’ for this year. I want to address childhood hunger in our city. There is no excuse for children to

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Cities Go Digital

“Today, that critical connection to the wider world isn’t just physical. It’s digital.” – Mayor Jim Gray of Lexington, Kentucky, in his 2018 State of the City speech. In this day and age, mayors are utilizing technological developments to create more innovative and engaging municipal services for their residents. From “online city halls” to an

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How Cities Are Tackling Veteran Homelessness

Each year, mayors around the country detail their visions for the upcoming year in their state of the city speeches. With the federal process continuing to be in political gridlock, state of the city speeches have taken on new importance and meaning, giving mayors a bigger and brighter stage to articulate the changes their cities

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Tensions Rise for Local Leaders Trying to Fund Pensions

In light of our just-released State of the Cities 2018 report, this post is the first in a series of blogs that captures what mayors have been talking about most in 2018. According to this May’s State of the Cities 2018 report, intergovernmental relations was a topic of concern for many mayors. Interestingly, mayors across the country

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