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  • May 20, 2013

    NLC’s Sustainable Cities Institute to Offer Sustainability Training Workshop this Summer!

    NLC’s Sustainable Cities Institute is hosting a Sustainability Coordinator’s Workshop this summer focused on addressing the unique sustainability needs of small to medium size communities.

  • May 17, 2013

    Senate and House Agriculture Committees Advance Separate Farm Bills

    Last week, both the U.S. Senate and House Agriculture Committees passed their own versions of the Farm Bill, which establishes federal policies impacting cities and towns in the areas of rural development, conservation and nutrition.

  • May 17, 2013

    NLC Building Support for Municipal Bonds

    Last week Congressmen Eric Swaldwell (D-CA) signed onto a House resolution celebrating the history of municipal bonds, after being asked to do so by representatives of two of NLC's constituency groups during their joint Capitol Hill lobby day.

  • Thirteen city teams gathered in Chicago recently for the final convening of the Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation’s Communities Learning in Partnership (CLIP) initiative, a three-year project to increase the number of low-income young adults who obtain postsecondary credentials and degrees.
    May 17, 2013

    Cities Celebrate Efforts to Boost Postsecondary Completion At Final CLIP Meeting

    Thirteen city teams gathered in Chicago recently for the final convening of the Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation’s Communities Learning in Partnership (CLIP) initiative, a three-year project to increase the number of low-income young adults who obtain postsecondary credentials and degrees.

  • May 14, 2013

    NLC Advisory Council Member Appointed to FCC Intergovernmental Advisory Committee

    The Federal Communications Commission (FCC) announced today that Sonja Reece, Mayor Pro Tem and Councilmember of Normal, IL will join their Intergovernmental Advisory Committee. Mayor Pro Tem Reece is a current member of the National League of Cities' (NLC) Advisory Council and a past NLC Board Member.

  • Two constituency groups of the National League of Cities, the Asian Pacific American Municipal Officials (APAMO) and the Gay, Lesbian, Bisexual, Transgender Local Officials (GLBTLO), went to the Hill last week to lobby for NLC's top three legislative priorities.
    May 13, 2013

    NLC Constituency Groups Lobby on Capitol Hill

    Two constituency groups of the National League of Cities, the Asian Pacific American Municipal Officials (APAMO) and the Gay, Lesbian, Bisexual, Transgender Local Officials (GLBTLO), went to the Hill last week to lobby for NLC's top three legislative priorities.

  • May 13, 2013

    Extended Senate Debate Expected to Continue on Water Resources Bill

    Last week, the Senate continued consideration of S. 601, the Water Resources Development Act (WRDA), with debate expected to resume this week. The bill would authorize 18 new U.S. Army Corps of Engineers flood protection, navigation and ecosystem restoration projects.

  • May 13, 2013

    Columnist: State 'Business Climates' -- More Myth Than Reality?

    Columnist Neal Perice writes about the various studies that seek to rank business climates within states and asks if there is such a thing as a "right business climate" to draw offices, industries, jobs -- and in their wake, prosperity -- to a particular region.

  • May 13, 2013

    Immigration Reform Debate Underway in the Senate

    Last week, Senators began the arduous pathway to comprehensive immigration reform as the Senate Judiciary Committee held its first markup on S. 744, the bipartisan bill introduced by the so-called "Gang of 8" earlier this month

  • May 13, 2013

    A Rare Moment of Bipartisan Agreement -- The 2014 Education Budget

    The third in a series of articles about the way in which the House, Senate and Administration propose to deal with federal budget items that are important to cities and towns. This article discusses 2014 funding levels for education.