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.
The Center for Research & Innovation 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 Center’s 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 Enterprise Programs offer products and services that provide value-added solutions and cost savings to cities. By developing strategic relationships with private companies and non-profit organizations, these solutions can help meet critical needs of cities and stretch a city budget. NLC is continuing to develop top-quality products and services to offer exclusive savings to cities.