photo - CitiesSpeak blog
photo - CitiesSpeak blog

CitiesSpeak

Recent Posts
Feb 17
photo - Forecasting the Role of Cities in Education
photo - Forecasting the Role of Cities in Education
  • Federal
  • City Government
  • Education

Both cities and the federal government want great schools because they help create a strong workforce, boosting the economy at a local and national level – but the legal and fiscal powers of both levels of government are limited, and the policies of the new administration will likely complicate this dynamic even more.

In the first installment of this series,…

Feb 16
photo - Meet Your Municipal Finance Advocate
photo - Meet Your Municipal Finance Advocate
  • Federal
  • Advocacy
  • Finance
  • City Government

"When cities are given the directive and the resources, projects just get done faster, more efficiently and with better end results."

Every week leading up to the 2017 Congressional City Conference we'll feature a “Meet Your City Advocate” spotlight as part of a series introducing you to NLC's Federal Advocacy team. This week, I sat down with Brett Bolton,…

Feb 16
photo - The Future of Civic Engagement
photo - The Future of Civic Engagement
  • Civic Engagement
  • Civic Tech
  • City Government
  • Innovation

How did a small community of less than ten thousand residents begin to increase public engagement in a way that is helpful to both local officials and constituents?

This is a guest post by Nick Mastronardi and Alex Pedersen.

There is incredible wisdom and powerful data when civic engagement is done right. But when it’s not, we get the unfortunately all…

Feb 14
photo - Local Leaders Take on Tough Issues to Support the Early Childhood Workforce
photo - Local Leaders Take on Tough Issues to Support the Early Childhood Workforce
  • Early Childhood
  • Youth & Family
  • City Government

Giving proper support to the people who care for young children is really a matter of infrastructure in any city – and city leaders should treat it with that level of importance. Here are five key takeaways from the Early Childhood Workforce meeting that occurred in Washington, D.C. earlier this month.

Leaders from seven cities joined the National League of…

Feb 13
photo - What's Next for President Trump's Travel Ban
photo - What's Next for President Trump's Travel Ban
  • Immigration
  • Federal
  • Legal & Legislative

The executive order on refugees has had a significant impact on America's cities – but it could also be an indicator of how the president's executive orders will generally be interpreted throughout the legal system moving forward.

On February 9, the Ninth Circuit Court refused to stay a district court’s temporary restraining order disallowing President Donald…

Feb 10
photo - Cities Are Part of the Prescription to Fix America’s Affordable Housing Crisis
photo - Cities Are Part of the Prescription to Fix America’s Affordable Housing Crisis
  • Federal
  • Housing
  • Economic Development

Dr. Ben Carson will likely take over the Department of Housing and Urban Development (HUD) and its budget. HUD provides significant resources to cities and their residents – so when it comes to affordable housing assistance, what does that mean for cities?

This article was made possible with the research support of American University Department of Public…

Feb 09
photo - The City of Wichita Leads the Way in Career and Technical Education
photo - The City of Wichita Leads the Way in Career and Technical Education
  • Technology
  • Education
  • Job Training
  • Youth & Family

Competing in a global economy demands that we continue supporting manufacturing areas by providing skilled workers with certificates and degrees from qualified community and technical colleges.

This is a guest post by Mayor Jeff Longwell.

As the mayor of Wichita, Kansas, I have seen the importance of investing in Career and Technical Education (CTE).…

Feb 09
photo - Meet Your City Energy and Environment Advocate
photo - Meet Your City Energy and Environment Advocate
  • Federal
  • Advocacy
  • Environment & Sustainability

“[An overhaul of the EPA] is not something that can nor will happen overnight, but I think we know that it is something the new administration is interested in.” 

Every week leading up to the 2017 Congressional City Conference we'll feature a “Meet Your City Advocate” spotlight as part of a series introducing you to NLC's Federal Advocacy team. This week, I…

Feb 08
photo - How Cities Can Support & Finance a Culture of Health
photo - How Cities Can Support & Finance a Culture of Health
  • Health
  • Health Care
  • City Government
  • Community

What does it take to ensure cities are healthier places to live, learn, work and play? A strategy that engages the right stakeholders.

This post was co-authored by Kevin Barnett, Colby Dailey and Sue Pechilio Polis.

When leaders in local government, community development, and the health care system came together to develop a plan for rehabilitating a…

Feb 08
photo - Cities Turn to Home Energy Score to Help Residents Save Money and Reduce Energy Waste
photo - Cities Turn to Home Energy Score to Help Residents Save Money and Reduce Energy Waste
  • Efficiency
  • Housing
  • Community & Housing
  • Energy
  • Environment & Sustainability

An upcoming webinar will show how cities can provide their residents with reliable, low-cost, and easy-to-perform home energy assessments.

When the city of Berkeley, California, launched its Building Energy Saving Ordinance (BESO) in December 2015, other cities around the country started paying attention. The city’s ordinance requires owners of single family…