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NLC News

Sep 06

Washington, DC – The National League of Cities (NLC) President Marie Lopez Rogers, mayor of Avondale, AZ releases the following statement in reaction to the August unemployment report:

“Month after month we have seen the unemployment rate remain well above 7%, the lack of good paying and full time jobs, and now today, the participation rate dropping to historic lows. The nation…

Sep 05
  • Leadership & Management

The following is NLC's quarterly member update on the U.S. Communities Purchasing Alliance. 

 

When it comes to public procurement, using a cooperative purchasing program is a common practice for cities and towns. The U.S. Communities Government Purchasing Alliance is the only purchasing cooperative sponsored by the National League of Cities (NLC) and four other national…

Sep 03
Press Release
Press Release
  • Community & Housing

The U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development (HUD) has proposed a new rule to encourage greater compliance with the agency’s goal of “affirmatively furthering fair housing” as required under the Fair Housing Act.  Local governments and states receiving HUD grants would all be subject to the proposed rule, which is open for comments until Tuesday, September 17th, 2013.

 

Sep 03
  • Health & Wellness
Beginning October 1, 2013, a new Health Insurance Marketplace will open in every state, giving Americans a whole new way to shop for health insurance.  With that, every American will be able to begin the process of obtaining affordable, quality health insurance.  
  “As elected officials, there is so much that we can do to help both our uninsured residents obtain health care coverage, and…
Sep 03

Come for the workshops, but stay for NLC’s closing gala — Experience Seattle: A Celebration of Northwest Music and Food!  The Congress of Cities’ end-of-conference celebration will be held at Seattle’s Experience Music Project (EMP) museum. EMP is one of Seattle’s most famous attractions, and participants can look forward to music, dancing, and spectacular food from world renowned chefs in…

Sep 03
Press Release
Press Release
  • Leadership & Management
In August, the National Urban Fellows (NUF) Program announced the election of Carolyn Coleman to its Board of Directors.  Coleman is the Director of Federal Advocacy at the National League of Cities. Through its Academic and Leadership Development Fellowship Program and other initiatives, the National Urban Fellows program is a national voice for excellence in leadership development, diversity…
Sep 03

STAR Communities is pleased to announce the opportunity for U.S. cities and counties to measure progress towards community sustainability through participation in the 2014 Leadership STAR Community Program. With extensive support from STAR Communities staff, the selected Leadership STAR Communities will spend a year working through the STAR Community Rating System together with the goal of…

Sep 03
  • Education

Municipal leaders are increasingly aware that the learning experiences children have early in life are key predictors of their future academic success and overall well-being. Across the country, mayors are playing a key role in working with educators, philanthropic leaders, service providers and parents to provide all children with the necessary skills to succeed throughout their schooling,…

Sep 02
Press Release
Press Release
  • Economic Development

Fatima A. Shama, Commissioner of Mayor Bloomberg's Office of Immigrant Affairs, is scheduled to speak at the 21st Annual Leadership Summit to be held in Savannah, Georgia, on September 26th-28th, 2013. Commissioner Shama will lead the third general session of the Leadership Summit on Friday, September 27th. Her session will focus on guiding summit participants on a path to finding common…

Sep 01

Fresno, Calif., is not a town known for wealth, elegance or great urban planning. It's in an area of California's Central Valley known for some of America's most concentrated poverty. It has many low-wage industries, few high-wage ones.

And not a great history of honest public dealing: A massive FBI sting in the 1990s revealed how developers were buying up farmland, paying off council…