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NLC News

Sep 25
  • Transportation

The House was caught by surprise in July when the Senate introduced and approved the DRIVE Act, a bipartisan, six-year transportation bill. Up until that point, the House was focused on additional short-term extensions to keep transportation funds flowing. With no long-term proposal to consider, Senate leaders sensed an opportunity and urged the House to quickly approve the DRIVE Act before…

Sep 25
Colbert Kean Iowa
Colbert Kean Iowa
  • Advocacy

This week, NLC launched its campaign to make city issues a focus in the 2016 presidential election, #CitiesLead2016. Lead by NLC First Vice President Melodee Colbert Kean, council member, Joplin, Mo., city leaders gathered in Cedar Rapids, Iowa, at the center of early presidential campaigning, to announce NLC's plans and issue a call to action for presidential candidates.

"Today we…

Sep 25

In this issue: 

NLC Launches #CitiesLead2016 for the Presidential Election  Will the Federal Government Be Open For Business on October 1?  Deadline October 14: Apply to Serve on a Federal Advocacy Committee Now  Transportation Advocates Turn Attention to the House  Moratorium on Internet Access Taxation Extended in Continuing Resolution City Leaders Continue to Press for E-Fairness  EPA…
Sep 23

The National League of Cities recently joined First Lady Michelle Obama at the White House to announce that 500 cities, towns and counties are now participating in the Let's Move! Cities, Towns and Counties (LMCTC) initiative.

A key part of the first lady’s Let’s Move! initiative, LMCTC helps local elected officials, their staff and communities in their efforts to ensure all…
Sep 23
Press Release
Press Release
  • Community & Housing

This article is the third in a series of mobile workshop spotlights, presented by the City of Nashville ahead of the 2015 Congress of Cities and Exposition. Join NLC in Nashville this November, and sign up for mobile workshops to go on an educational tour highlighting successful programs and ideas unfolding in and around Nashville.

Nashville was at a crossroads in early 2009; it needed…

Sep 23
Press Release
Press Release
  • Economic Development

Mayor Eric Garcetti welcomes city economic development leaders focused on building equitable ecosystems.

LOS ANGELES—The National League of Cities (NLC) convened more than 50 economic development staff from 20 large cities across the U.S. in Los Angeles Tuesday for a two-day summit dedicated to supporting startups and small businesses and strengthening local…

Sep 22

The State and Local Legal Center (SLLC) files Supreme Court amicus curiae briefs on behalf of the Big Seven national organizations representing state and local governments.

*Indicates a case where the SLLC has or will file an amicus brief.

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The Supreme Court’s last term was big for local governments because the Court decided a number of important cases…

Sep 21
Press Release
Press Release
  • Leadership & Management

National League of Cities (NLC) President Ralph Becker, mayor, Salt Lake City, Utah, has appointed a 15-member Nominating Committee that will be responsible for recommending officers and board members to lead NLC in 2016. These leaders will be elected during the Annual Business Meeting at the Congress of Cities Conference in Nashville, Tenn., on Saturday, November 7, 2015.

NLC Past…

Sep 18

This is a guest blog post by Councilmember Melodee Colbert-Kean.

People in Joplin, Mo., know how to adapt to change.

Our city got its start in 1873 as a mining boom town, and we’ve been growing and changing ever since. We’ve seen Bonnie and Clyde, built our Main Street around historic Route 66, and became a diverse, developed city with a beautiful network of parks and museums.…

Sep 16

WASHINGTON — The National League of Cities (NLC) joined First Lady Michelle Obama at the White House today to announce that 500 cities, towns and counties have committed to the five goals in the Let's Move! Cities, Towns and Counties (LMCTC) initiative since July 2012. This historic milestone was announced at a celebratory event honoring the achievements made by local elected officials…