• April 18, 2013

    NLC Statement on Wednesday’s Fertilizer Plant Explosion in West, TX

    NLC President Mayor Marie Lopez Rogers responds to Wednesday's explosion at a fertilizer plant in West, Texas: "Today our hearts go out to the entire community of West, Texas who are facing the continued devastation caused by last night's explosion. On behalf of city leaders across the country, we offer our prayers as we grieve with the residents of West, the friends and family of the victims, and Mayor Tommy Mouska."

  • April 17, 2013

    National League of Cities Statement on Introduction of Immigration Reform

    NLC President Marie Lopez Rogers, mayor, Avondale, AZ responded to the introduction of the immigration reform bill in the Senate, and stressed that NLC will be working to make sure the unique needs of our nation's cities and towns are reflected in the bill.

  • April 16, 2013

    National League of Cities Statement on Boston Marathon Bombing

    NLC President Marie Lopez Rogers, mayor, Avondale, AZ responded to Monday's explosions at the Boston Marathon saying, "Our thoughts and prayers are with Boston today as the city starts to reconcile the tragic events of today's explosion..."

  • April 15, 2013

    What Would an Ideal Bill Designed to Improve the Workforce Investment Act Look Like According to NLC?

    While NLC strongly believes that the Workforce Investment Act (WIA) must be modernized, there is no need to gut the entire system and replace it with something new. The nation's one stop system established through WIA has shown itself to be responsive to significant demands when it is adequately funded and supported,

  • April 15, 2013

    Senate Begins Debating New Gun Laws

    A procedural vote last Thursday that would allow the U.S. Senate to debate possible new gun safety laws represented a major move forward for supporters of stricter gun laws. The vote, which broke down largely along partisan lines, was 68 to 31 in favor of allowing debate to continue.

  • April 15, 2013

    President Announces Summer Jobs Program; NLC Offers Support

    In an effort to spur local governments and businesses to hire young people this summer, the President asked mayors across America to work with their local businesses to put low-income youth to work this summer. For the third year in a row, there will be no federally sponsored summer jobs program.

  • April 12, 2013

    Local Leaders Continue to Press for Legislative Solution on Immigration

    As Lawmakers in the Senate ready a legislative framework for an overhaul of the nation's immigration laws, local officials around the nation continue to press for a legislative solution..

  • April 12, 2013

    NLC Wraps Up Local Economic Conditions Blog Series

    NLC staff from the Center for Research and Innovation produced a three-part Local Economic Conditions blog series highlighting different perspectives on the results of the 2013 LEC Survey.

  • April 12, 2013

    Twenty-One Cities to Participate in Leadership Academies on Reducing Childhood Hunger

    NLC has selected 21 cities to participate in two upcoming regional leadership academies that will help them leverage federal funding to reduce childhood hunger.

  • April 12, 2013

    Nearly 5,000 Children Receiving Meals After School Due to 11 Cities’ Efforts

    In the past year, 4,885 additional children in 11 cities have received healthy meals at local afterschool programs as a result of city efforts to leverage federal Afterschool Meal Program funding. NLC provided each city with assistance and pass-through grants through a project supported by the Walmart Foundation.