City Solutions Database

Welcome to NLC's City Practices Database. Here, you will find examples of initiatives and projects on a variety of topics being implemented now in cities of all sizes across the country.

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Jan 23
  • Resilience
  • Climate
  • Environment & Sustainability
  • Civic Engagement
  • Equity

The city has set a goal to be the most resilient city for its residents and businesses. As part of this effort they have pursued STAR rating and will receive their certification in December, 2016. The STAR metrics will then be used as a benchmark and guide for continued improvement.

Following the STAR certification and Mayor Muoio's State of the City address in January 2017, the…

Jan 11
Mayor Peduto image
Mayor Peduto image
  • Leadership & Management

Each year, mayors, council presidents, and city managers deliver State of the City speeches. These speeches can increase transparency and help local leaders connect with constituents, network with local business, and tout their accomplishments to the region. For these reasons, an effective speech can be a powerful governing tool to add to your repertoire, if it is not already.

Dec 20
  • Land Use

HOW CAN BIRMINGHAM LEVERAGE THE ASSETS OF THE BIRMINGHAM CIVIL RIGHTS DISTRICT (BCRD) INTO A SUSTAINABLE, VIBRANT AND REVITALIZED DISTRICT IN ITS DOWNTOWN?

Birmingham is seeking assistance developing a strategy for leveraging the assets of the Birmingham Civil Rights District (BCRD)—including the City’s plan to invest up to $13 million dollars to renovate the…

Dec 20
  • Land Use

WHAT LAND USE AND IMPLEMENTATION STRATEGIES CAN ROCHESTER USE TO ACTIVATE AND REVITALIZE MAIN STREET, THE GENESEE RIVER CORRIDOR, AND THE BROAD STREET AQUEDUCT, CREATING DYNAMIC CONNECTIONS BETWEEN THESE THREE DOWNTOWN ASSETS?

Main Street runs east-west across the center of downtown Rochester. The Genesee River runs north-south, and both intersect in the center of downtown. The…

Dec 20
  • Land Use
How can Denver catalyze new private investment and redevelopment in the West Colfax area?

How can Denver catalyze new private investment and redevelopment in the West Colfax area that engages and supports existing residents while actively attracting new ones; enhances the positive qualities of existing neighborhood fabric while creating a more compelling and human-focused built environment;…

Dec 14
  • Afterschool

Job training and mentoring are pillars of afterschool in Ville Platte, Louisiana.  In the early 2000s, local officials and community stakeholders in Ville Platte recognized the need to make efforts to improve the quality of life for the city’s youth. In particular, city leaders were adamant about changing the lives of at-risk youth by providing them with employment…

Dec 14
  • Afterschool

Promise South Salt Lake is an initiative within the increasingly diverse community of South Salt Lake, population 24,000, dedicated to building a citywide system of supports for youth and families.  Promise South Salt Lake was officially incorporated as a city department in 2012 with strong support from Mayor Cherie Wood. The South Salt Lake Mayor’s Office, with the support of South Salt Lake…

Dec 14
  • Afterschool

Recognizing the need for continued learning opportunities throughout the summer months, Northfield, Minnesota’s PRIMEtime collaborative partners will run three main summer programs this year. Created in 2007, the PRIMEtime collaborative is a network of afterschool programs and schools that work to provide a continuum of free, year-round, out-of-school time programs to more than 1,000 children…

Dec 14
  • Afterschool
Photo credit: United Way of Essex and West Hudson

Newark, N.J. has emerged as a national leader in the summer learning movement. Since beginning a communitywide assessment of existing summer programs in 2010, local officials have worked closely with the National Summer Learning Association (NSLA),community leaders and key local partners including The Prudential Foundation, the Victoria…

Dec 14
  • Afterschool
Children on a field trip with Bright Futures Community Learning Center.


One woman’s vision of providing high quality afterschool and summer learning opportunities through exposure to diverse perspectives, cultures and activities has changed an entire community. Donna Gaignard has a passion for improving the lives of children and families. When she returned to her hometown of…