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NLC News

Dec 02

As the Congress of Cities Conference in Seattle drew to a close, NLC's voting delegates, representing more than 1,000 credentialed votes, ratified changes to the organization's National Policy that will be used to guide NLC's federal advocacy for 2014.

The policy changes call for federal action to support the local government perspective in a variety of areas, including infrastructure…

Dec 02

At the Congress of Cities Conference in Seattle, NLC members joined the chorus of voices calling for changes to the National Flood Insurance Program.

In a resolution titled "In Support of an Affordable and Sustainable National Flood Insurance Program," NLC is urging Congress to support the Homeowner Flood Insurance Affordability Act of 2013 (S. 1610/H.R. 3370). The bill will delay the…

Dec 02

This article originally appeared on Data-Smart City Solutions.

At the end of the 19th century, the port city of Galveston on the Gulf of Mexico was the largest in Texas and a booming center of international trade. By dawn on September 9th, 1900—the day after the deadliest natural disaster in American history struck the city—Galveston almost entirely ceased to exist.

Had it hit…

Dec 02

The wellbeing of children, youth and families is a key part of the success of any community. Mayors and city councilmembers see every day the communitywide effects of poverty, child abuse and school failure – and the vibrancy brought to neighborhoods when children and youth reach their full potential.

Many city leaders recognize that local actions to strengthen families and improve…

Nov 27

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

It looks like an abortion case…but it really isn’t.  It just happens to have come up in the abortion clinic context.   It’s actually a speech case; a time, place, and manner case.  And local governments use speech buffer zones all the time in many contexts.  So a lot…

Nov 25

Recruiting new small businesses is one approach for developing a resilient local economy, but cities also need to retain existing local businesses by celebrating their history, acknowledging their contributions to the community’s character, and recognizing the unique goods and services they provide to neighborhoods.

Small Business Saturday, happening November 30th, is an opportune time…

Nov 25
Press Release
Press Release
  • Health & Wellness

NLC’s Institute for Youth, Education and Families has awarded planning grants to 12 cities to help develop outreach campaigns aimed at enrolling eligible children and families in Medicaid and the Children’s Health Insurance Program (CHIP).

Approximately 70 percent of the nation's uninsured children are currently qualified but not enrolled in Medicaid and CHIP, the nation's two most…

Nov 22
  • Economic Development
 

 

City leaders know that Main Street retailers and small businesses are a vital part of their communities. These businesses create jobs, improve neighborhoods and help make cities better places to work, live and play. According to the U.S. Small Business Administration, small businesses represent most of the jobs in our communities, and have generated 64 percent of…

Nov 22
Press Release
Press Release
  • Economic Development

Washington, D.C. - The National League of Cities (NLC) today announced its support of Small Business Saturday, calling on local leaders to participate in the day dedicated to strengthening communities by supporting local small businesses. More than 1,400 communities across America are participating in events on Saturday, November 30 to recognize the contribution local businesses make to create…

Nov 22
NLC Members Elect 2014 Leadership During Congress of Cities

Angelina Panettieri, 202.626.3196

At NLC's 2013 Congress of Cities and Exposition in Seattle last week, the membership elected new officers and board members for 2014. Voting delegates chose Mayor Chris Coleman of Saint Paul, MN, to lead the organization as president for 2014 president; Mayor Ralph Becker of Salt Lake City, UT…