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NLC News

Aug 06
Press Release
Press Release
  • Advocacy

WASHINGTON—On the eve to the first Republican presidential debate, the National League of Cities (NLC) sent a letter to participating candidates calling on them to discuss the top issues that are at the forefront of concern to cities: the economy, infrastructure and public safety.

"A meaningful presidential debate should include a discussion of the issues that cities face and how each…

Aug 05

The national high school graduation rate recently hit 81 percent, the highest rate in history. Yet, graduation numbers in many cities across the country continue to hover below the national average. These cities are home to large numbers of young people who have not finished high school, and lack a clear pathway to do so.

The map above displays the number of students that have dropped…

Aug 05

This is the third post in our blog series that explains what financial inclusion is and provides examples and action steps to help city leaders start or strengthen financial inclusion efforts. This post focuses on the importance of developing a vision and setting goals to help provide a safety net for struggling families and strengthen local economies.

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As…

Aug 03
Press Release
Press Release
  • Environment & Sustainability

WASHINGTON—Today President Obama will announce the Clean Power Plan initiative to address the threat of climate change. The following statement may be attributed to National League of Cities (NLC) President Ralph Becker, mayor, Salt Lake City, Utah:

"We are glad the administration has unveiled an initiative to act aggressively on climate change. For years cities have been on the front…

Jul 31
  • Advocacy
  • Federal

With both the House and the Senate adjourning for the August recess, the next issue of the Federal Advocacy Update will be published on Friday, September 11. When Congress reconvenes on September 8, they will face deadlines to pass spending bills to avoid a government shutdown on October 1, raise the debt-ceiling to avoid a government default, and to reach agreement on a long-term…

Jul 31
Press Release
Press Release
  • Communications

Nashville is known as Music City, the Silicon Valley of Health Care and one of America's top destinations for tourists and business travelers. These major industries are big employers and economic drivers for the city. As host of the 2015 NLC Congress of Cities and Exposition, Nashville has announced a lineup of high-impact mobile workshops to include Spotlighting City Strengths, Wednesday,…

Jul 31
Press Release
Press Release
  • Economic Development

WASHINGTON—Even as economic conditions in cities have improved in the years since the Great Recession, a new study from the National League of Cities (NLC) found that many factors — including lack of affordable housing, poverty, and skill and achievement gaps — are impeding the long-term economic sustainability of cities. Cities and Unequal Recovery, an analysis based on a survey of more than…

Jul 31

With both the House and the Senate adjourning for the August recess, the next issue of the Federal Advocacy Update will be published on Friday, September 11. When Congress reconvenes on September 8, they will face deadlines to pass spending bills to avoid a government shutdown on October 1, raise the debt-ceiling to avoid a government default, and to reach agreement…

Jul 30
Press Release
Press Release
  • Transportation

WASHINGTON—Following the passage of Surface Transportation and Veterans Health Care Choice Improvement Act of 2015 (H.R. 3236), which includes a three-month extension of federal transportation funding, National League of Cities President Ralph Becker, mayor, Salt Lake City, Utah, released the following statement:

"Today,…

Jul 30
Press Release
Press Release
  • Technology

WASHINGTON—Today the National League of Cities (NLC) and Next Century Cities (NCC), in partnership with Google Fiber, announced a new program to celebrate city-led efforts to bridge the digital divide. The first-ever "Digital Inclusion Leadership Awards" will recognize city governments who are leading successful approaches to tackle barriers to internet adoption. Winners will be announced…