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NLC News

Dec 20
Press Release
Press Release
  • Leadership & Management

The National Black Caucus of Local Elected Officials (NBC-LEO) has announced the judges for the annual 2014 City Cultural Diversity Awards.  

The City Cultural Diversity Awards Program showcases examples of how cities achieve excellence in diversity. The awards are given to honor community leadership in developing creative and effective programs to improve cultural diversity.…

Dec 20

This article originally appeared on Data-Smart City Solutions.

"Leak the knowledge of the neighborhood into codified systems, like a backward Wikileak. Activate a citizenry."

— Saskia Sassen, MIT senseABLE City Engaging Data 2013

America’s shrinking cities face a tide of disinvestment, abandonment, vacancy, and a shift toward deconstruction and demolition followed…

Dec 20

Now that the Bipartisan Budget Act of 2013 is set to become law, the House and Senate Appropriations Committees have a short window to negotiate FY 2014 funding levels for individual federal programs.  The law allows for an increase of $63 billion in spending above the caps imposed by sequestration for defense and non-defense discretionary programs.  Non-defense discretionary appropriations…

Dec 20

Washington, D.C. - The following statement can be attributed to Clarence Anthony, executive director, National League of Cities (NLC):

"We congratulate the City of Phoenix on the milestone accomplishment of being the first city in American history to end chronic homelessness for veterans of the U.S. Armed Forces. For those who have served and sacrificed for the safety and security of…

Dec 19

Washington, D.C. - The National League of Cities (NLC) welcomed Brooks Rainwater as the organization's director of City Solutions and Applied Research. In that role, Rainwater will be responsible for leading NLC's research efforts and strengthening the capacity of municipal leaders to create strong local economies, safe and vibrant neighborhoods, world-class infrastructure and a sustainable…

Dec 18

Washington, D.C. - Following the U.S. Senate's passage of the bipartisan budget earlier today, National League of Cities (NLC) President Chris Coleman, mayor, Saint Paul, Minn. and NLC's Vice President Ralph Becker, mayor, Salt Lake City, Utah, released the following statements:

"We applaud the U.S. Senate for joining the House in passing a bipartisan budget agreement that demonstrates…

Dec 16

Cities are in a race for relevancy, a race for vibrancy, NLC President Chris Coleman, mayor, St. Paul, Minn., told a House of Representatives panel last week. In his testimony before the House Transportation and Infrastructure Services Subcommittee on Highways and Transit, Mayor Coleman stressed the need for comprehensive transportation networks in order for cities to attract a dynamic…

Dec 16

Even for minor offenses, when youth appear in juvenile court or are placed in confinement they are more likely to re-offend upon release than if they receive community-based services.  A new report from the Vera Institute for Justice reveals that approximately 137,000 status offense cases nationally were handled in juvenile court in 2010 rather than by community-based services.  ‘Status…

Dec 16

This article originally appeared in Government Technology magazine.

Next year, public officials will much more aggressively begin weaving their technology threads into a larger tapestry as the cute and helpful become vital and mainstream. Last year, hackathons and mobile apps proliferated on a growing foundation of open data.

Next year will herald a more widespread…

Dec 13

Lisa Soronen is the Executive Director of the State and Local Legal Center and a regular contributor to CitiesSpeak.

While a recent Washington Post article notes that the Supreme Court isn’t hearing as many cases as usual this winter, the Court has not been shy about taking qualified immunity cases.  Recently, the Court decided to hear two such cases and issued an opinion in a third…