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Jul 25
photo - Planning a More Resilient Future: Four Takeaways From the 2017 Resilient Cities Summit
photo - Planning a More Resilient Future: Four Takeaways From the 2017 Resilient Cities Summit
  • Resilience
  • Environment & Sustainability
  • Infrastructure
  • City Government
  • Community

The 2017 summit centered around how to finance resilient infrastructure and implement actions to build more resilient communities. Here are four key takeaways.

This post was co-authored by Katharine Burgess, Jeremy Sigmon and Cooper Martin.

Last week, an inspirational group of mayors, senior city officials, and nationally-recognized experts gathered in…

Jul 24
photo - 2018 Supreme Court Preview for Local Governments
photo - 2018 Supreme Court Preview for Local Governments
  • Courts
  • Federal
  • Legal & Legislative

Lisa Soronen details the four most interesting cases for local governments to be reviewed this coming fall — plus one monumental case still under consideration that will affect every city in America.

Most of the Supreme Court’s interesting grants for its new term (beginning the first Monday in October) usually come in the fall. It is rare that the Supreme…

Jul 24
photo - What Is the Future of Work in Cities?
photo - What Is the Future of Work in Cities?
  • Job Training
  • Economic Development

From the agrarian societies of the 19th century to the modern digital workforce, the nature of our work and economy has always changed over time.

These forces of change converge in cities, which act as epicenters of bold experimentation as well as unease about the future. Our newest video explores what might be ahead:

While fear about technology's…

Jul 24
photo - District Court Refuses to Reconsider Sanctuary Jurisdictions Ruling
photo - District Court Refuses to Reconsider Sanctuary Jurisdictions Ruling
  • Courts
  • Federal
  • Legal & Legislative

The court rejected the weight the Department of Justice tried to place on the recent memo from Attorney General Jeff Sessions, concluding it is not likely a binding legal opinion. So, is the executive order currently enforceable?

In April, a federal district court issued a nationwide preliminary injunction preventing the Trump Administration from enforcing the…

Jul 24
photo - Tax Reform: A Primer or Another False Start?
photo - Tax Reform: A Primer or Another False Start?
  • Taxation
  • Federal
  • Budget

While summer in Washington, D.C., is a time typically marked by six weeks of Congressional recess, the talk of tax reform is heating up in the nation's capital.

With the release of the anticipated House budget blueprint, titled “Building A Better America,” it seems legislators are ready to turn their attention from healthcare to tax reform. Coupled with the…

Jul 24
photo - Insure Your Bonds: How to Lower Financing Costs for Your City
photo - Insure Your Bonds: How to Lower Financing Costs for Your City
  • Municipal Bonds
  • Infrastructure

Local governments leveraged the municipal bond market to raise more than $200 billion for new investments in infrastructure last year alone — and there are tools out there to further lower the cost of municipal bond financing for cities.

This post was co-authored by Michael Stanton and Rasheeda Senger.

We all know the statistics. The American Society…

Jul 20
photo - Nearly Five Million Youth Are Out of School and Work. Here's How Three Cities Are Planning to Reengage Them.
photo - Nearly Five Million Youth Are Out of School and Work. Here's How Three Cities Are Planning to Reengage Them.
  • Youth & Family
  • City Government
  • Education
  • Job Training

When it comes to reengaging disconnected youth with education and employment, three cities are reaching the same ambitious goals via different routes.

As the saying goes, “If you don’t know where you’re going, any road will get you there.” To create a roadmap and plot a clear course, collaboratives focused on reengaging opportunity youth in the cities of…

Jul 18
photo - Supreme Court Review for Local Governments: June 2017
photo - Supreme Court Review for Local Governments: June 2017
  • Legal & Legislative
  • Courts
  • Federal

In the last month of its term (June), the Supreme Court often issues opinions at a dizzying pace. Below is a very brief summary of the cases decided last month affecting local governments.

When it comes to big cases, the Supreme Court's last term was the quietest in recent memory. For local governments, though, the Court’s term was business as usual. In June,…

Jul 18
photo - Local Leaders Take a Stand for the State and Local Tax Deduction
photo - Local Leaders Take a Stand for the State and Local Tax Deduction
  • Taxation
  • Federal
  • Advocacy

The deduction plays a critical role in helping cities provide vital services such as healthcare, infrastructure improvement and public safety services to their citizens.

This post was co-authored by Brett Bolton and Will Downie.

City and county leaders took to Capitol Hill this week to discuss a critical but often overlooked part of the federal tax…

Jul 13
photo - In Congress, NLC Experts Discuss the State of America's Cities
photo - In Congress, NLC Experts Discuss the State of America's Cities
  • Federal
  • Advocacy
  • City Government

What is the state of America's cities and towns? Where are our most successful and our most challenged communities? What should the federal government's role in cities be — and is there a road map to urban success?

On Wednesday, NLC Second Vice President Karen Freeman-Wilson, mayor, Gary, Indiana, and NLC Senior Executive Brooks Rainwater were invited to…