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Jul 17

WASHINGTON — The following statement was released after reports that police officers in Baton Rouge, Louisiana, were killed and injured. It is attributed to National League of Cities (NLC) CEO and Executive Director Clarence E. Anthony:

"Today, we learned that an unspeakable act of violence was committed against officers with the Baton Rouge Police Department. Our hearts and prayers go…

Jul 15

As part of our efforts to promote professional development among city leaders, each week we'll be featuring a new video focused on cities, community issues or local government. In this week's edition, Mayor Clint Folsom shares how a revolution in transportation infrastructure, a diverging-diamond interchange, reduced traffic and accidents along a busy highway in Colorado.

Have a…

Jul 15

A new agreement in California shows how cities can improve public safety and help communities by supporting people returning from detention in jail.

Former inmates are less likely to commit crimes that cause them to return to prison if they become gainfully employed. Studies suggests that providing job training, money to get started in legitimate work, and employment opportunities could…
Jul 15
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With both the House and the Senate adjourning for the summer recess, the next issue of the Federal Advocacy Update will be published on Friday, September 9. When Congress reconvenes on September 6, they will face deadlines to pass spending bills to avoid a government shutdown on October 1. It promises to be a busy fall with issues important to cities and towns front and center.

In this…
Jul 15

With both the House and the Senate adjourning for the summer recess, the next issue of the Federal Advocacy Update will be published on Friday, September 9. When Congress reconvenes on September 6, they will face deadlines to pass spending bills to avoid a government shutdown on October 1. It promises to be a busy fall with issues important to cities and towns front and center.

In this…

Jul 14

Throughout this two-year project, our Institute for Youth, Education, and Families will delve into cities’ work on early childhood workforce issues, highlight successes across the country, and bring together local leaders around these issues.

NLC is excited for this new opportunity with the Foundation for Childhood Development and is eager to learn from cities and bring together local…
Jul 14

The nation’s mayors are leading our country with a critical focus on the issues that matter to citizens. From sustainability and entrepreneurship to public health, mayors described their policy goals in their State of the City speeches. In our recent analysis of these speeches, we found the following trends.

An excerpt from the 2016 State of the Cities report focusing on economic…
Jul 14

Economic Development Remains Most Critical Issue for Third Consecutive Year

WASHINGTON — For the third consecutive year, economic development remained the top issue for the nation's mayors, according to a comprehensive analysis of mayoral state of the city speeches released today by the National League of Cities (NLC). In the 2016 State of the Cities report,…

Jul 13

WASHINGTON — Following today's session at the White House with mayors, law enforcement officials, the faith community, civil rights leaders and activists, the National League of Cities (NLC) and U.S. Conference of Mayors (USCM) released the following statement:

"In response to President Obama's call for greater community engagement, our organizations are working with the White House to…

Jul 12

Each quarter, NLC’s Center for City Solutions and Applied Research analyzes local government employment data from the Bureau of Labor Statistics.

With the unemployment rate hovering below five percent, cities hoping to once again grow their ranks will have difficulty finding talented workers. (Getty Images)

From low oil prices and Brexit to the Fed, there are a lot of reasons to…