By Camden Podesta
By Camden Podesta
Sylvia Lovely will serve as a presenter for the interactive seminar, “Seize the ‘Movement’: Making the Local Food Movement Work for You” at the Congress of Cities conference on Wednesday, November 13, 2013 in Seattle, Washington.
Shortly after midnight on Thursday, Oct. 17, the President signed legislation (H.R. 2775) that temporarily ended the 16 day government shutdown and averted a catastrophic default on the nation’s debt obligations.
Every year before the Supreme Court’s term officially begins, the Court holds its “long” conference, where it considers whether to hear over 2,000 cases. This year the Court accepted eight of those cases, two of which will have an impact on cities.
Cities struggle to replicate best practices because there’s no single blueprint for fiscal success and very little actually can be replicated by another city or town.
National Save for Retirement Week is October 20-26. The U.S. Congress thinks it's so important that Americans reflect on their personal retirement goals — and determine if they're on target to reach those goals — that the lawmakers designate one week in October to focus on the issues. ICMA-RC, an NLC Capstone Corporate Partner, supports the week and provides online resources to assist employers and employees at www.retirementweek.org.
NLC’s member councils are an effective way to get involved in the organization and make an impact. NLC has five member councils: the Small Cities Council, the Large Cities Council, the First Tier Suburbs Council, the University Communities Council, and the Military Communities Council.
NLC released its City Fiscal Conditions in 2013 report on October 10, 2013. The report finds that cities are slowly recovering from the recent recession but still bracing for further financial uncertainty.
HUD, in an effort to provide clearer guidance, standards, and oversight to cities and other grantees subject to the Fair Housing Act, is proposing a new Fair Housing rule. For cities, two proposed changes stand out for their potential to impact local control.
Elected officials from across the country convened in Savannah, GA last month for a series of skill-building sessions aimed to strengthen and enhance their interpersonal skills and their work as city leaders. The meeting was NLC's 21st Annual Leadership Summit. This year's summit centered around focusing on strengths and finding common ground within personal, council, and state-wide relationships.