The property of a Sheraton Hotel in Gary, Ind., which had been closed since the mid-70s, sat vacant for an additional 20 years until the city was able to obtain funding from the EPA Brownfields program, a neighborhood stabilization grant, and the Northwest Indiana Regional Development Authority. Combined with local funds, the city demolished the former hotel in 2014. This project has been symbolic to removing blight from the downtown area, allowing the city to position itself for future redevelopment.
Last week, President Obama announced first-ever national standards to reduce carbon pollution from power plants. The Clean Power Plan sets state-specific carbon emissions reduction goals, letting the states develop and implement their own plan for meeting the goal.
Last month, the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) Local Government Advisory Committee (LGAC) met in Washington, D.C. to discuss key issues at the forefront of local governments such as new water and air regulations, climate change and resiliency, and environmental justice with officials from EPA headquarters, as well as the regional administrators.
The National League of Cities University (NLCU) will host 15 training seminars on November 4-5, 2015 at the National League of Cities’ Congress of Cities Conference in Nashville, Tenn.
On the eve to the first Republican presidential debate, the National League of Cities (NLC) sent a letter to participating candidates calling on them to discuss the top issues that are at the forefront of concern to cities: the economy, infrastructure and public safety.
NLC statement on the Obama Administration's Clean Power Plan initiative to address the threat of climate change.
Nashville is known as Music City, the Silicon Valley of Health Care and one of America's top destinations for tourists and business travelers. These major industries are big employers and economic drivers for the city and will be featured in a Congress of Cities mobile workshop hosted by Nashville called Spotlighting City Strengths.
NLC released a new analysis based on a survey of more than 250 city officials from cities of all sizes that uncovers dual realities in cities, where even as conditions improve, persistent challenges prevent the benefits of this growth from reaching many.
For the 35th time in the past decade, Congress has passed a short-term extension to fund the nation’s transportation systems. While Congress has promised further consideration of a long-term bill in the fall, it’s far too long overdue to have a real and robust, long-term plan that would allow greater certainty in the planning process necessary for good projects that contribute to local economies.
The National League of Cities (NLC) and Next Century Cities (NCC), in partnership with Google Fiber, announced a new program to celebrate city-led efforts to bridge the digital divide. The first-ever "Digital Inclusion Leadership Awards" will recognize city governments who are leading successful approaches to tackle barriers to internet adoption.