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NLC News

Jul 15

For a half-century and more, there's been an ugly abandonment scene across America -- factories, malls, gas stations and superstores abruptly closing down, fleeing towns and cities. They leave it to mayors and councils to either suffer the scourge of abandoned territory or pay heavy demolition and cleanup costs.

Translation: Local taxpayers are obliged to pay for private industry's…

Jul 15
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Press Release
  • Education

Mayors participating in NLC's new Mayors' Education Reform Task Force joined U.S. Secretary of Education Arne Duncan and school superintendents from several cities in Washington, D.C., today to discuss partnership opportunities between cities and the U.S. Department of Education to foster effective approaches to education reform.

NLC First Vice President Chris Coleman, mayor of Saint…

Jul 12

This post was written by Candace Eudaley, Assistant Executive Director at the East Central Intergovernmental Association (ECIA) in Dubuque, Iowa. ECIA is a council of governments serving Cedar, Clinton, Delaware, Dubuque and Jackson Counties in eastern Iowa.  This post was written in conjunction with a recently released report from NLC’s Sustainable Cities Institute: “Dubuque Gets Engaged: The…

Jul 12
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Press Release
  • Health & Wellness
Cities Aim to Reach More than 25,000 Additional Children in Need
 

NLC's Institute for Youth, Education and Families has selected 15 cities for the second phase of an initiative to combat childhood hunger through federally-subsidized afterschool and summer meal programs.

Over the next year, each city will receive between $40,000 and $60,000 in regranted funding and technical…

Jul 12

This article originally appeared in Governing’s Better, Faster, Cheaper blog on July 3, 2013.  

Twenty-four-hour news coverage and citizen demand for immediate solutions consume most of the time and attention of local-government officials. Yet despite these pressures, the best city leaders still carve out the time to take the risks necessary to make their governments run better,…

Jul 12
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Press Release
  • Economic Development

Francis Slakey is the Upjohn Lecturer on Physics and Public Policy at Georgetown University. He is also the founder and executive director of the Georgetown University Energy Prize (GUEP).

America’s Energy Problem
As a nation, we have yet to fully tap into the enormous potential that energy efficiency offers.  By decreasing energy use, we get more from existing resources,…

Jul 12

Partnerships can play a critical role in advancing sustainability programs and initiatives. That’s the finding of a new NLC report on Dubuque, Iowa’s sustainability initiatives: Dubuque Gets Engaged: The Critical Role of Partnerships in Moving Sustainability Forward.

Through in-depth interviews with various local and regional partners, the report showcases various types of…

Jul 10
  • Health & Wellness

WASHINGTON - Forty local elected officials from across the country joined First Lady Michelle Obama and the National League of Cities (NLC) at the White House today to celebrate the success of Let's Move Cities, Towns and Counties (LMCTC). The elected officials joined the First Lady in marking the program's achievements to date, including engaging 330 cities, towns and counties who have…

Jul 09

In the Supreme Court’s last week in session at the end of June the major opinions of the term are issued.  This year was no exception.  The Court issued rulings in two same-sex marriage cases, struck down Section 4 of the Voting Rights Act, and issued a ruling regarding affirmative action in universities.  While it largely went unnoticed, the Supreme Court also issued its third ruling of the…

Jul 09
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Press Release
  • Health & Wellness

Washington, D.C. - On Wednesday, First Lady Michelle Obama will host local elected officials from communities across the country at the White House, to celebrate their outstanding efforts to address childhood obesity over the past year through Let's Move! Cities, Towns and Counties (LMCTC).

LMCTC calls upon local elected officials to adopt sustainable and…