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May 24

As rents are skyrocketing in cities around the country, smart city policy has an important role to play in keeping commercial space affordable and appropriate for local entrepreneurs.

In Boston's innovation district, the support infrastructure that young companies need to grow – including incubators and accelerators, as well as law, design, advertising, and other professional services…
May 23

Cities can no longer look to their states or the federal government for funding – they need the authority to find creative local solutions. Fortunately, a patchwork of new and traditional tools and approaches is at their disposal.

The way fiscal tools work in each jurisdiction is very much dependent upon the political nuances, demographic makeup and the types of…
May 20

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. As this is Infrastructure Week, this week's talk centers on one mayor's plan to improve his city's roads and transportation options as well as other systems.

Eduardo Paes is the mayor of Rio de Janeiro, a…

May 20

On May 24, the National League of Cities will join the International Economic Development Council in hosting an hour-long webinar on the ways these partnerships can advance local economic goals.

This is a guest post by Jeff Finkle, President and CEO of the International Economic Development Council (IEDC).  

Good jobs, fair taxes, and community health; these goals reflect the…

May 20
  • Advocacy
  • Federal
In this issue: Cities Tell Congress: Infrastructure Matters  Senate Committee Passes Brownfields Legislation with NLC's Support Hill Staff tell Local Officials to Expect More Funding Delays in FY 2017 DOL Publishes New Overtime Rule In Meeting with NLC, Speaker Ryan Talks Fate of Key Municipal Issues  House and Senate Prepare to Conference on Opioid Measures When Is a Political Subdivision…
May 20

College Park, Maryland, Mayor Patrick Wojahn explains why so many local governments are investing in trails – and walking and biking – as a means of transportation.

"While local officials have historically seen trail networks primarily as a means of recreation, people are increasingly using them as ways to get to work, school, or wherever they need to go." (Getty Images)

This is a…

May 20

For Infrastructure Week 2016, NLC broadcast live from our Facebook Page. We highlighted the release of our newest report on local infrastructure funding as well as a Capitol Hill Briefing on securing our nation's water infrastructure, and much more.

Securing Our Water Future -…
May 20

In this issue:

Cities Tell Congress: Infrastructure Matters  Senate Committee Passes Brownfields Legislation with NLC's Support Hill Staff tell Local Officials to Expect More Funding Delays in FY 2017 DOL Publishes New Overtime Rule In Meeting with NLC, Speaker Ryan Talks Fate of Key Municipal Issues  House and Senate Prepare to Conference on Opioid Measures When Is a Political Subdivision…
May 19

As Arlington, Texas, Mayor Pro Tempore Sheri Capehart notes, closing the broadband adoption gap is where city leaders can shine.

Six Flags amusement park rises above the skyline of Arlington, Texas. The city has crafted a unique plan to bring broadband access to residents scattered over a 99-square-mile area. (Image courtesy of the City of Arlington)

This is a guest post by…

May 19

Broken Arrow, Oklahoma, Mayor Craig Thurmond shares exactly how the practice of placing a high level of importance on maintaining and expanding infrastructure has resulted in successful economic outcomes for his city.

"Downtown redevelopment, in what we now call the Rose District, took shape in the form of widened sidewalks with brick lined pavers, decorative street lamps, and mid-block…