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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

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.

Aug 18

NLC’s Sustainable Cities Institute (SCI) recently co-hosted a four-day workshop for sustainability coordinators with the non-profit organization Shadowcliff. The workshop took place in the Town of Grand Lake, Colorado and was intended for sustainability coordinators, city managers and other city staff from small- to medium-sized communities that are just beginning to implement sustainability…

Aug 16

This article originally appeared in Governing on July 24, 2013. 

Only in the world of government accounting would tens of billions of dollars in capital assets -- roads, sewers, utilities and other major infrastructure -- be seen as liabilities. As the public sector continues to feel the fiscal strain of building, operating and maintaining this infrastructure, public leaders too often…

Aug 14

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Aug 13

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

The Supreme Court’s October Term 2013 is shaping up to be a big one for cities, even though the Court has 30 or so more cases to accept. Here is a brief overview of a few of the cases the Court has agreed to hear so far that could affect cities.

Town of Greece v.…

Aug 12

Comprehensive immigration reform is on hold in Washington while lawmakers are home for the August recess. Take advantage of this opportunity to encourage Congress to act on immigration reform.

Immigration reform remains an economic imperative for cities, with several recent studies demonstrating the benefits to both the national economy and to local economies. Common sense immigration…