The National League of Cities is dedicated to connecting city leaders with solutions to address their cities' challenges. Through three unique entities within the organization, NLC provides programs, resources and services that assist cities in a hands-on way.
NLC City Solutions and Applied Research strives to strengthen communities, transform and improve cities, and assist city leaders, by knowing and learning about cities; identifying and sharing promising city practices; fostering effective solutions and innovation; and challenging cities and city leaders to lead. The program areas provide an organizing framework — lenses — through which city leaders can evaluate activities, plan comprehensively for the future, set goals, and measure progress.
The Institute for Youth, Education, and Families (YEF Institute), a special entity within the National League of Cities (NLC), helps municipal leaders take action on behalf of the children, youth, and families in their communities. NLC launched the YEF Institute in January 2000 in recognition of the unique and influential roles that mayors, city councilmembers, and other local leaders can play in strengthening families and improving outcomes for children and youth.
The National League of Cities is committed to helping city leaders build better communities. By building strategic partnerships and NLC-branded programs with select private sector companies and not-for-profit organizations, NLC offers products and services that provide value-added solutions and cost savings to cities and towns and their residents. NLC leverages its communications, conferences and other outreach vehicles to market these programs to the nation's 19,000 cities and towns (NLC Prescription Discount Program is available to NLC member cities only), providing partnering organizations with access and visibility with municipal influencers and decision-makers.