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Sep 15

School resource officers and other police officers in schools can play a crucial role in affecting positive youth outcomes and improving public safety.

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Police officers who respond to the developmental and mental health needs of youth in an informed and age-appropriate way help ensure the safety of everyone in schools, from students to teachers and…

Sep 15

NLC’s Municipal Leadership for Juvenile Justice Reform project is increasing the capacity of city officials to address the needs of runaway youth and keep them out of the juvenile justice system. Join us for our upcoming webinar, Opportunities for City Leaders to Improve Outcomes for Runaway Youth Without Juvenile Justice System Involvement.

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Sep 11
  • Advocacy
  • Federal
In this issue: Get Involved: Become A Federal Advocacy Committee Member Progress Still Needed on E-Fairness Legislation Local Officials Seizing Bully Pulpit on Transportation to get a Better Deal for Cities and Towns New Resources on Supreme Court Sign Case Now Available  EPA Clean Water Rule in Effect in 37 States White House Acts to Address Climate Change NLC Rallies Support for U.N.…
Sep 11

In this issue:

Get Involved: Become A Federal Advocacy Committee Member Progress Still Needed on E-Fairness Legislation Local Officials Seizing Bully Pulpit on Transportation to get a Better Deal for Cities and Towns New Resources on Supreme Court Sign Case Now Available  EPA Clean Water Rule in Effect in 37 States White House Acts to Address Climate Change NLC Rallies Support for U.N.…
Sep 10

This is a guest post written by Ellen Harpel. The post originally appeared on the Smart Incentives blog.

Economic development incentives such as tax abatements can allow cities to spur growth and encourage progress - but these incentives should be used effectively and responsibly. To that end, tax abatement disclosures can support greater transparency, although new disclosure standards…

Sep 10

In his first CitiesSpeak blog post, the inaugural Director of NLC's Race, Equity And Leadership (REAL) initiative encourages city leaders to reflect on this past summer's events and respond with grace to racial tensions in their own communities.

The city of Charleston, S.C., where the Mother Emmanuel AME Church is located. (Sean Pavone/Getty Images)

We have now had a few months…

Sep 09
  • Environment & Sustainability

Last month, President Obama took two key actions to address climate change committing to reduce carbon emissions and promoting energy efficiency and renewable energy programs. Through the first-ever national standards to reduce carbon pollution from power plans and a series of executive actions, the president is demonstrating the U.S's commitment to climate mitigation and adaption…

Sep 09
Press Release
Press Release
  • City Government

WASHINGTON - The National League of Cities (NLC) applauds U.S. Surgeon General Vivek H. Murthy for issuing Step It Up! The Surgeon General's Call to Action to Promote Walking and Walkable Communities today. This call to action marks a historic step in ensuring that Americans of all ages and abilities have access to safe and convenient opportunities to be active and move safely throughout their…

Sep 02
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  • Transportation

Just before the August recess, the Senate passed the "Developing a Reliable and Innovative Vision for the Economy (DRIVE) Act", a bill that authorizes over $50 billion in federal funding annually for six years to support highway, bridge, and transit projects and programs.

At the same time, the Senate was forced to pass another short-term extension for…

Sep 02
Press Release
Press Release
  • Economic Development
  • City Government

Local governments commonly use tax abatements to attract and retain business and jobs in a community. In exchange for the abatement or agreement by the local government to forego tax revenues, the company commits to making certain investments in a community that contribute to economic growth and development. State and local laws govern the use of tax abatement process, and generally…