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May 25
photo - Attorney General Memo Undoes Sanctuary Jurisdictions Executive Order
photo - Attorney General Memo Undoes Sanctuary Jurisdictions Executive Order
  • Immigration
  • Federal

On Monday, Attorney General Jeff Sessions issued the government’s first official definition of “sanctuary cities” and made it clear that President Trump’s power to cut off funding from local governments on the basis of immigration policy is limited to cities that "willfully refuse to comply" with a specific section of federal law.

For the most part, and for…

May 23
photo - One Former Mayor Explains How to Deliver an Effective State of the City Address
photo - One Former Mayor Explains How to Deliver an Effective State of the City Address
  • Leadership & Management
  • City Government

Former Mayor Mike Nelson reveals how city leaders can make policy problems relevant to their constituents and shares four concrete guidelines local officials can use when preparing a public speech on just about any topic.

During the ten years I served as mayor of Carrboro, North Carolina, I learned a lot about using a public forum to communicate with my…

May 18
photo - Self-Driving Cars Are Here. Now What Should We Do?
photo - Self-Driving Cars Are Here. Now What Should We Do?
  • Infrastructure
  • Advocacy
  • Federal
  • Transportation

With autonomous vehicles on the ground, local governments face challenging questions about how to plan for them, how to integrate them into mixed traffic environments, and how to develop policy around this complex new technology.

This post was co-authored by Nicole DuPuis and Erich Zimmermann.

Much of the conversation about self-driving cars used to…

May 17
photo - Infrastructure for the 21st Century: The Importance of Broadband to Cities
photo - Infrastructure for the 21st Century: The Importance of Broadband to Cities
  • Broadband
  • Infrastructure
  • Advocacy
  • Federal

Broadband access and adoption help promote economic development and social equity while promoting public health, public safety and educational opportunities for Americans around the country.

This is a guest post by Vice Mayor David Luna.

In a city as big as Mesa, Arizona, with half a million residents and growing, it’s important to stay ahead of the…

May 17
photo - Let’s Be Frank — Municipal Bonds Built This Country
photo - Let’s Be Frank — Municipal Bonds Built This Country
  • Infrastructure
  • Advocacy
  • Federal

From the construction of schools and hospitals to water treatment facilities and roads, municipal bonds provide the means for more than 42,000 state and local governments to finance infrastructure projects.

This is a guest post by NLC President and Cleveland Councilmember Matt Zone.

They’re not as exciting as autonomous vehicles, they don’t carry the…

May 16
photo - Now Is the Time to Act on Infrastructure
photo - Now Is the Time to Act on Infrastructure
  • Infrastructure
  • Advocacy
  • Federal

The 115th Congress has the opportunity to leverage unprecedented public and bipartisan support to address our nation’s infrastructure challenges, and we will have a pivotal opportunity in the coming year to turn the tide.

This is a guest post by Rep. Garret Graves.

America’s infrastructure was recently reviewed by the American Society of Civil…

May 16
photo - Aging Infrastructure Stalls Greatness
photo - Aging Infrastructure Stalls Greatness
  • Infrastructure
  • Advocacy
  • Federal
  • Transportation
  • Water
  • Broadband

Local governments need a federal commitment and partner to improve our water, transportation and broadband systems. America cannot continue to be great without world-class infrastructure.

This is a guest post by Mayor Sal Panto.

The nation’s local leaders know that our nation’s infrastructure has never been a partisan issue. Today, with ailing…

May 16
photo - Cities Are Leading on Infrastructure. Now Congress Needs to Catch Up.
photo - Cities Are Leading on Infrastructure. Now Congress Needs to Catch Up.
  • Infrastructure
  • Advocacy
  • Federal
  • Transportation
  • Water
  • Broadband

To improve our nation's infrastructure, cities need the freedom to explore innovative financing tools — but they also need a renewed commitment from their partners at the state and federal levels of government.

This is a guest post by Councilmember James McDonald.

As federal and state funding for infrastructure has become less predictable, the stress…

May 16
photo - Dueling Lawsuits Challenge and Defend Texas Sanctuary Jurisdictions Law
photo - Dueling Lawsuits Challenge and Defend Texas Sanctuary Jurisdictions Law
  • Immigration
  • Federal
  • Legal & Legislative

It is not just the president who wants to curtail sanctuary jurisdictions — states are getting in on the action, too. Unsurprisingly, local governments are pushing back.

On May 7, 2017, Gov. Greg Abbott signed SB 4 into law in Texas. Among numerous other stipulations, it requires local governments to honor Immigration and Customs Enforcement (ICE) detainers,…

May 12
photo - The Nuanced New World of Economic Development Incentives
photo - The Nuanced New World of Economic Development Incentives
  • Economic Development

Beyond the black-and-white debates of the past, local governments are taking strengths, weaknesses and social equity into account.

This post was originally published in Governing.

With high-profile local-government economic development deals making headlines and the availability of new transparency data on public giveaways, the tax-incentive debate is…