While it is unlikely that the achievements of city-led sustainability will rise to the top of many year-end national polls, it is an encouraging realization that within this growing field, despite the challenges and complexities, each year, really does, bring with it more successes than the last. Whether the underlining impetus is one of necessity or increased acceptance, it’s fair to say that sustainability is gaining ground as an approach to critical issues facing communities of all sizes, all across the country.
The new 113th Congress will bring changes in leadership on Congressional committees dealing with local issues. Although party leadership remains the same in both the House and Senate, retirements, elections and House and Senate Republican rules will force several key changes in committee leadership.
Part one in a three-part series on the state of public pensions.
Friends, family and long-time colleagues gathered in Washington, DC last week to pay tribute to NLC Executive Director Don Borut's long career in public service. The celebration came just a few weeks before Borut's official retirement date at the end of the year.
The current transportation financing system, which primarily relies on a federal gas tax, has been called inadequate by several transportation entities. The limitations of a diminishing Highway Trust Fund (HTF) have spurred a push to explore alternatives to financing transportation infrastructure systems including a mileage-based user fee approach often known as a vehicle miles traveled (VMT) tax.
The City Cultural Diversity Awards have been developed to showcase examples of how cities achieve excellence in diversity. The awards promote the positive results of a total community collaboration and are given to honor community leadership in developing creative and effective programs to improve cultural diversity.
NLC Executive Director Don Borut shares his appreciation for the privilege of working at NLC for 22 years and his reflections on the organization.
The four member councils for the National League of Cities held meetings at the Congress of Cities to discuss the various issues that affect their respective communities and helped to set the future agendas for their work within NLC.
NLC President Marie Lopez Rogers, mayor of Avondale, AZ, released a statement in response to today's school shooting in Newtown, CT. Rogers said, "I am horrified and saddened by today's tragic events in Newtown, Connecticut. On behalf of city leaders from across the country, I wish to express our condolences to the victims and their friends and families."
NLC's online store, ShopNLC, has been re-launched on a new and improved website. Visit the store and enjoy free shipping on items ordered during the month of December.