City Solutions and Applied Research

  • State of the Cities 2014

    For the past four years, the National League of Cities has published an annual State of the Cities blog series analyzing mayors’ State of the City speeches. These blogs typically analyzed around 30 speeches and identified trends in city policy and leadership. This year, we expanded the project by conducted a content analysis of 100 mayors’ State of the City speeches and tested for 10 major topics, including Economic Development/Jobs, Transportation and Education.

  • Emerging Innovations from the Front Lines of Urban Development

    “Emerging Innovations from the Front Lines of Urban Development”, explores how cities are developing innovative models for tackling complex urban issues and strengthening their local economies. This series is produced in partnership with Next American City.

  • Home Matters Links Community Voices

    A coalition of community development partners have joined with the National NeighborWorks Association and banking industry leaders Citi and Wells Fargo, both NLC Capstone Corporate Partners, to create the Home Matters™ program. The partners in the Home Matters coalition seek to cut through the policy statistics and focus instead on the street-level stories that define the fabric of a place.

  • About City Solutions and Applied Research

    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.

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