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  • President Obama’s transportation plan includes an upfront $50 billion investment in transportation to jumpstart job creation, the creation of an Infrastructure Bank to leverage federal dollars, a commitment to high-speed rail, and a dedication to environmental sustainability and increasing transportation choices in communities.
    September 13, 2010

    President Announces Vision for New Transportation System

    President Obama’s transportation plan includes an upfront $50 billion investment in transportation to jumpstart job creation, the creation of an Infrastructure Bank to leverage federal dollars, a commitment to high-speed rail, and a dedication to environmental sustainability and increasing transportation choices in communities.

  • Presents summaries of energy saving initiatives across five cities as a result of Energy Efficiency and Conservation Block Grant (EECBG) funds and provides an update on the federal bipartisan effort supporting the continuation of this important program.
    August 19, 2010

    Legislators Commend City Innovation, Ask for Additional EECBG Funding

    Presents summaries of energy saving initiatives across five cities as a result of Energy Efficiency and Conservation Block Grant (EECBG) funds and provides an update on the federal bipartisan effort supporting the continuation of this important program.

  • An innovative energy finance strategy, the Property Assessed Clean Energy (PACE) program, was unexpectedly suspended following an objection by the Federal Housing Finance Agency. This article outlines the importance of this program to local communities and steps NLC has taken in response.
    August 16, 2010

    PACE Clean Energy Program Dealt Setback

    An innovative energy finance strategy, the Property Assessed Clean Energy (PACE) program, was unexpectedly suspended following an objection by the Federal Housing Finance Agency. This article outlines the importance of this program to local communities and steps NLC has taken in response.

  • In a hearing before the House Transportation and Infrastructure Committee, Subcommittee on Water Resources and Environment, Kansas City, Mo., Councilwoman Jan Marcason discussed the important role of clean water infrastructure investment in creating jobs, protecting the environment and improving the quality of life in cities and towns.  Councilwoman Marcason also described Kansas City’s 25-year, $2.5 billion program to improve the city’s water quality.
    July 26, 2010

    NLC Testifies in Support of Clean Water Infrastructure Investment

    In a hearing before the House Transportation and Infrastructure Committee, Subcommittee on Water Resources and Environment, Kansas City, Mo., Councilwoman Jan Marcason discussed the important role of clean water infrastructure investment in creating jobs, protecting the environment and improving the quality of life in cities and towns. Councilwoman Marcason also described Kansas City’s 25-year, $2.5 billion program to improve the city’s water quality.

  • Guest author Bill Fay of the Energy Efficiency Codes Coalition (EECC) explains the importance of building codes for local governments and details on how cities can participate in the International Code Council final action hearings.
    July 12, 2010

    Guest Column: The 30 Percent Solution 2012

    Guest author Bill Fay of the Energy Efficiency Codes Coalition (EECC) explains the importance of building codes for local governments and details on how cities can participate in the International Code Council final action hearings.

  • A new NLC report, “Community Wellness: Comprehensive City-School Strategies to Reduce Childhood Obesity,” focuses on lessons learned by cities that, with technical assistance from NLC, sought to develop and implement local wellness strategies to combat childhood obesity.
    May 03, 2010

    NLC Report Highlights City-School Partnerships to Combat Obesity

    A new NLC report, “Community Wellness: Comprehensive City-School Strategies to Reduce Childhood Obesity,” focuses on lessons learned by cities that, with technical assistance from NLC, sought to develop and implement local wellness strategies to combat childhood obesity.

  • Vice-Mayor of Cambridge, Mass. and 2010 Chairwoman of NLC’s Energy, Environment, and Natural Resources (EENR) Committee Henrietta Davis shares key messages on the importance of energy efficiency for local government from the 2010 National Symposium on Market Transformation.
    April 12, 2010

    A Local Perspective: The Energy Efficiency Mantra

    Vice-Mayor of Cambridge, Mass. and 2010 Chairwoman of NLC’s Energy, Environment, and Natural Resources (EENR) Committee Henrietta Davis shares key messages on the importance of energy efficiency for local government from the 2010 National Symposium on Market Transformation.

  • April 05, 2010

    New Framework for Immigrant-Owned Business Development

    A recent report by Butler University Professors Roberto Curci and Robert Mackoy evaluates the integration of immigrant-owned businesses into local economies. Based on face-to-face interviews with 199 Hispanic business enterprises in Indianapolis, the study creates a framework that classifies immigrant-owned businesses as highly-segmented, product-integrated, market-integrated or highly-integrated.

  • The heads of the three White House Cabinet agencies which founded the federal Livable Communities Initiative addressed the 2010 Congressional City Conference.
    March 22, 2010

    Cabinet Secretaries Discuss Livable Communities

    The heads of the three White House Cabinet agencies which founded the federal Livable Communities Initiative addressed the 2010 Congressional City Conference.

  • Highlights the efforts of four cities using Energy Efficiency and Conservation Block Grant (EECBG) funds. Examples demonstrate the range of energy saving programs made possible through this program – including residential weatherization, expanded transportation options, lighting upgrades and municipal operations.
    March 15, 2010

    EECBG Helps Cities Take the Lead on Energy

    Highlights the efforts of four cities using Energy Efficiency and Conservation Block Grant (EECBG) funds. Examples demonstrate the range of energy saving programs made possible through this program – including residential weatherization, expanded transportation options, lighting upgrades and municipal operations.