City Solutions and Applied Research

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. Our programs and areas of subject matter expertise provide an organizing framework - lenses - through which city leaders can evaluate activities, plan comprehensively for the future, set goals, and measure progress.

  • Rose Center for Public Leadership in Land Use

    The Rose Center encourages and supports excellence in land use decision making by local governments. A program of the National League of Cities in partnership with ULI, the Rose Center seeks to foster creative, efficient, practical, and sustainable land use policies by providing public officials with access to information, best practices, peer networks, and other resources.

  • Sustainable Cities Institute

    NLC's Sustainable Cities Institute provides cities and sustainability professionals with robust collection of timely, vetted, and practical resources to identify and implement solutions to advance their goals and strengthen their communities.

  • Veterans' Housing

    In partnership with The Home Depot Foundation, NLC's Veterans' Housing program is focused on ensuring every veteran has a safe place to call home, particularly homeless veterans. A vital first step to help with the reintegration of America's heroes is making sure that veterans and their families have stable housing.