NLC’s 90th Anniversary

NLC is celebrating 90 years of making cities better place to live. Throughout its history, NLC has been at the forefront in supporting strong local leadership and ensuring cities have the capacity and authority to build better communities. This yearlong celebration will culminate at the 2014 Congress of Cities and Exposition in Austin, Texas. Learn more about NLC’s rich history from the links on this page--and check back in for more articles as the year progresses.

  • A New Letter to Cities, 90 Years Later

    A New Letter to Cities, 90 Years Later

    NLC President Chris Coleman writes that this historic anniversary is not merely an occasion to celebrate the organization’s long history, but an opportunity to reflect and reaffirm our continued commitment to making cities better places to live.

  • Supporting Our Nation’s Veterans

    Supporting Our Nation’s Veterans

    Today, as in the past, cities face the reality of thousands of veterans returning home from the battlefield. With their unique skills and experiences, NLC works with local leaders to ensure veterans successfully reintegrate into communities after their military services has ended.

  • Advocating For Our Nation’s Transportation Infrastructure

    Advocating For Our Nation’s Transportation Infrastructure

    From the ISTEA in ’91, to TEA-21 in ’98 to SAFETEA-LU in 2005, to our current transportation legislation, MAP-21, NLC has been a staunch advocate for local interests on transportation legislation.

  • Helping City Leaders Improve the Local Business Climate

    Helping City Leaders Improve the Local Business Climate

    While many mayors and city councils across the country have recognized the value of attracting new industries and businesses for years, there is now more than ever a growing emphasis on fostering local talent and supporting entrepreneurs and small businesses.

  • Why Advocating for CDBG Still Matters

    Why Advocating for CDBG Still Matters

    The 40th Anniversary of the Community Development Block Grant Program (CDBG) is an opportunity to reflect on how NLC’s views of the program have evolved over successive legislative campaigns. NLC has been a champion of CDBG from the very beginning, when President Gerald Ford enacted the program on August 22, 1974.