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  • September 27, 2011

    Cities Cut Jobs and Infrastructure as Finances Continue to Weaken

    Cities Cut Jobs and Infrastructure as Finances Continue to Weaken

  • Buildings account for roughly 70 percent of U.S. electricity usage and nearly 40 percent of total carbon emissions, reducing the amount of energy used by buildings is crucial to the hope of making cities more sustainable, and as the nation strives to cut energy use in cities, skilled green jobs will be added to local economies.
    August 22, 2011

    More Cities Push for Building Energy Transparency

    Buildings account for roughly 70 percent of U.S. electricity usage and nearly 40 percent of total carbon emissions, reducing the amount of energy used by buildings is crucial to the hope of making cities more sustainable, and as the nation strives to cut energy use in cities, skilled green jobs will be added to local economies.

  • July 11, 2011

    Emerging Issues: Closing the Regional Disconnect

    Boundary crossing for regional governance is on its way to becoming normal. We should put aside the false choice twixt doing nothing or engineering jurisdictional consolidation and instead shift to a focus on regional governance as capacity and process.

  • As part of their 2011 summer meeting, members of the NLC Board of Directors Finance Committee met with the U.S. Department of Transportation, the White House, and their respective Senators to advocate for NLC's top legislative priorities: transportation, CDBG, and comprehensive immigration reform.
    June 13, 2011

    NLC Leaders Lobby Congress, White House on Transportation, CDBG and Immigration

    As part of their 2011 summer meeting, members of the NLC Board of Directors Finance Committee met with the U.S. Department of Transportation, the White House, and their respective Senators to advocate for NLC's top legislative priorities: transportation, CDBG, and comprehensive immigration reform.

  • As communities throughout the country grapple with rising gas prices, electric vehicles and hybrids are getting more attention than ever.  The U.S. Department of Energy’s Clean Cities initiative offers local governments valuable tools and resources for successful deployment of electric vehicles (EVs) and charging infrastructure.
    May 16, 2011

    Clean Cities Can Help Local Governments Pave the Way for Electric Vehicles

    As communities throughout the country grapple with rising gas prices, electric vehicles and hybrids are getting more attention than ever. The U.S. Department of Energy’s Clean Cities initiative offers local governments valuable tools and resources for successful deployment of electric vehicles (EVs) and charging infrastructure.

  • Steve Weathers of Regional Growth Partnership discusses characteristics of successful regional development and strategies for cities to build on and strengthen existing assets.
    March 29, 2011

    Regional Partnerships, Planning Key to Economic Development

    Steve Weathers of Regional Growth Partnership discusses characteristics of successful regional development and strategies for cities to build on and strengthen existing assets.

  • NLC praised First Lady Michelle Obama for recognizing both the public health threat posed by childhood obesity, and the role that municipal leaders need to play in promoting nutrition and fitness in the nation’s communities.
    March 23, 2011

    NLC Commends First Lady’s Work to Reduce Childhood Obesity

    NLC praised First Lady Michelle Obama for recognizing both the public health threat posed by childhood obesity, and the role that municipal leaders need to play in promoting nutrition and fitness in the nation’s communities.

  • NLC has joined with the National Association of Counties (NACo) and the PACENOW coalition to advocate for federal legislation providing local governments the authority to continue PACE programs that finance home and business improvements resulting in increased energy efficiency.
    February 21, 2011

    NLC Briefs Congressional Staff on the PACE Program

    NLC has joined with the National Association of Counties (NACo) and the PACENOW coalition to advocate for federal legislation providing local governments the authority to continue PACE programs that finance home and business improvements resulting in increased energy efficiency.

  • The city of Omaha, Neb., undertakes a public-private partnership to provide basic physical healthcare services at schools, to improve student health and academic success.
    February 11, 2011

    Omaha Recognized for School-Based Health Services and Afterschool Programs

    The city of Omaha, Neb., undertakes a public-private partnership to provide basic physical healthcare services at schools, to improve student health and academic success.

  • Transportation projects require multi-year funding commitments and depend on stable and reliable funding from year to year.  Under the proposed rule change, highway funding authorized by the House Transportation and Infrastructure Committee would be treated as other general spending and therefore be permitted to be used to reduce the deficit rather than improve transportation infrastructure.
    January 10, 2011

    NLC Opposes Change in Transportation Spending Rules

    Transportation projects require multi-year funding commitments and depend on stable and reliable funding from year to year. Under the proposed rule change, highway funding authorized by the House Transportation and Infrastructure Committee would be treated as other general spending and therefore be permitted to be used to reduce the deficit rather than improve transportation infrastructure.