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NLC News

Jun 16

In cities, top-line economic growth has not necessarily delivered bottom-line prosperity. Together with the Brookings Institution, NLC hosted an event to examine the rising inequality in cities and focus on concrete ways to address it.

Cities and metropolitan areas are major generators of economic opportunity. Between 2000 and 2013, almost 60 percent of jobs created in the OECD area…

Jun 16

An internet retailer has filed suit against Alabama claiming its new rule requiring all retailers who sell more than $250,000 in goods annually must collect sales tax-regardless of whether the retailer has a physical presence in the state-is unconstitutional.

This lawsuit is the second of its kind. Earlier this spring a lawsuit was filed against South Dakota challenging its law, which…

Jun 15

As part of our efforts to promote professional development among city leaders, each week we'll be featuring a new TED Talk focused on cities, community issues or local government. This week's talk focuses on inspiring civic-minded hacker projects, and is presented by Catherine Bracy, the director of community organizing at Code for America.

Hacking is about more than mischief-making or…

Jun 14

Criminal justice data tools can help city leaders answer this question. Here's how to access and use those tools.

The U.S. now has the highest rate of incarceration in the world – and local jails represent a huge, largely ignored portion of that increase. For each prisoner jailed, some cities even have to pay per diem to the counties in which they are located. (Getty Images)

The…

Jun 12

WASHINGTON — Following news that at least 50 people were killed in this morning's attack on Pulse nightclub in Orlando, Florida, National League of Cities (NLC) CEO and Executive Director Clarence E. Anthony issued the following statement:

"Today, cities across America are reeling from the heartbreaking news that at least 50 people at an Orlando nightclub were killed in the deadliest…

Jun 10

The National League of Cities is relocating from its Pennsylvania Ave. headquarters to 660 North Capitol Street in Washington, D.C. Here’s why that matters.

The new headquarters of the National League of Cities as of July 4, 2016. (photo: Greg Roth)

Location matters. It determines your neighbors, your amenities, your children’s schools – and, if you’re a business, your workforce…

Jun 10

To ensure issues important to cities are top of mind with the Republican and Democratic nominees for president, the National League of Cities is traveling to Cleveland and Philadelphia this July for the national political conventions. At both events, NLC will be hosting an infrastructure briefing and a networking reception for local officials. Our special guest at the infrastructure briefing…

Jun 08

Coupled with a lack of both resources and consistent investment from federal partners, municipal officials are left in the position of not being able to implement known best practices to combat homelessness.

Recent reports have once again documented what every city leader knows – there is not enough affordable housing for low-income residents. In fact, there is no U.S. city in which a…
Jun 08

Today's city leaders often operate in messy, politically-charged, complex environments – but a few simple guidelines can help them bring their "best self" to the tasks that lie ahead.

Paul J. Wiedefeld, the General Manager and CEO of Washington's Metro system, will need to successfully navigate a multi-sector environment in order to restore the system and condense three years of…
Jun 04

KANSAS CITY, MO. — The Kansas Enrichment Network and Missouri AfterSchool Network held a statewide Municipal Summit on Afterschool and Expanded Learning today at the Kauffman Foundation Conference Center in Kansas City, Mo. The Kansas Enrichment Network and Missouri AfterSchool Network were selected by the National League of Cities (NLC) as two of seven statewide afterschool networks (SANs)…