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Aug 23

This post is part of a series, 'Galvanizing the Civic Sector to Reduce Gun Violence.'  The series focuses on what several sectors – including parents, teens, schools, hospitals, the faith community and city leaders – can do, independent of state and federal legislative activity, to reduce violence and the number of gun-related deaths.

Most private or business-related foundations do not…

Aug 23

NLC, in partnership with Citi Community Development, is hosting a webinar on Thursday, September 5th from 2:00 - 3:00 pm ET to showcase the growing vitality, experimentation, and creativity of cities in the U.S. “Innovation and the City” will highlight examples from two recent reports by the Center for an Urban Future and NYU Wagner Innovation Labs, including:

Seattle’s Sector Panels to…
Aug 23
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  • Youth & Family

As part of its Models for Change program, the John D. and Catherine T. MacArthur Foundation recently announced an additional commitment of $15 million, in part to establish a new Models for Change Resource Center Partnership that will build on the foundation's nearly 20-year, $150 million investment in supporting juvenile justice reform. 

As…

Aug 22
  • Finance

Build America Mutual Assurance Company (BAM), the nation's first mutual municipal bond insurer endorsed by the National League of Cities, recently reported that Standard & Poor's Ratings Services (S&P) has affirmed BAM's AA/Stable financial strength rating -- the industry's highest S&P rating.

In its Ratings Services report, S&P highlighted BAM's mutual form of…

Aug 19

Recently, President Obama gave a speech in Phoenix, AZ about housing and homeownership. In much of his speech, the President discussed his Administration's principals for reform of the housing finance system, as well as the on-going rebound in home prices. While the city is cited as an example of the housing boom, bust, and recovery cycle - the choice of Phoenix to deliver the speech was…

Aug 19

Throughout the August congressional recess, NLC continues to call on local officials to take action to protect the bonds cities rely on to finance infrastructure projects, create jobs and keep residents' taxes lower. On NLC’s municipal bonds webpage, city leaders will find four ways to lend their voice to this effort:

Write a letter to Congress; Write an op-ed to feature in a local or…
Aug 19

Last week, 32 Kansas mayors, from Wichita to Lenexa signed a letter to the Kansas congressional delegation, urging them to support common sense immigration reform. The letter was sent following a series of meetings and phone calls with local elected officials and other immigration reform supporters around the state. “The immigrant population of Kansas includes valued members of our community.…

Aug 19

The Community Emergency Hub mobile workshop will take place on Wednesday, November 13 during NLC’s Congress of Cities in Seattle, Wash.

When people think about first responders, they often have an image of a firefighter running into a burning building or police officers consoling people in the aftermath of a tragedy. But if we look closely at some of the major disasters that have struck…

Aug 18

I thought I'd never live to see the day. But now it's happened. An attorney general of the United States has finally said he is ready to blow the whistle on America's ill-fated, racially tinged and cruelly applied "war on drugs."

Eric Holder signaled the shift in a speech Monday to the American Bar Association. He admitted that the drug war, which his department has spearheaded, has…

Aug 18
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  • Economic Development
  • Advocacy

NLC corporate partner Comcast has re-launched Internet Essentials, the nation’s largest and most comprehensive broadband adoption program for low-income families.  The program provides low-cost broadband service and the option to purchase an Internet-ready computer for under $150. The program also offers access to free digital literacy training in print, online, and in-person.