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NLC News

Sep 02

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…

Sep 02
Binary Code Waves
Binary Code Waves
  • Advocacy

The Internet Tax Freedom Act (ITFA) is set to expire on October 1, and NLC is fighting to ensure that any further preemption of taxation of Internet access remains temporary. ITFA is a moratorium that prohibits state and local governments from taxing access to the Internet (ie Internet subscriptions). When ITFA first became law in 1998, the Internet was very new and to encourage its widespread…

Sep 02

Last month, following a last-minute preliminary injunction by a North Dakota judge, the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency's (EPA) and U.S. Army Corps of Engineers' (Army Corps) controversial Clean Water Rule (also known as the "Waters of the U.S." rule) went into effect in 37 states. The rule aims to clarify which waters fall under federal jurisdiction of the Clean Water Act (CWA…

Sep 02
Shopping Online
Shopping Online
  • Advocacy

As Congress returns to its work this month, NLC continues to press for progress on e-fairness. Since Congressman Jason Chaffetz (R-UT) introduced the Remote Transactions Parity Act (RTPA, HR 2775) this summer, hundreds of city advocates have called on their representatives to cosponsor this bill.Besides the hundreds of city officials who have taken action in support of the legislation, the…

Sep 01

This is a guest post by Josh Russell and Jason Wiens. This post is the fourth installment in a series focused on NLC's 2015 Cities and Unequal Recovery report, which highlights the findings of our 2015 Local Economic Conditions survey.

Startup density varies from city to city across the United States. (Kauffman Index of Startup Activity)

City leaders across America understand…

Aug 31

This is a recap from Big Ideas for Small Business, NLC’s national peer network helping local governments accelerate effort to support small businesses and encourage entrepreneurship. To learn more, email robbins@nlc.org.

Half a century ago, the city of Chattanooga’s reputation was more closely tied to pollution than to innovation. Now, after significant focus on building a strong…

Aug 31
  • Environment & Sustainability
In ULI Fall Meeting

The Rose Center for Public Leadership in Land Use has selected ten public officials to receive scholarships to attend the ULI Fall Meeting in San Francisco, October 5-8. The winners, all management-level, public-sector ULI members representing a cross-section of professional disciplines from eight U.S. states and two foreign countries, are either active with ULI in their…

Aug 28

This is a guest post by Amber Snowden.

State and local governments face ongoing fiscal challenges resulting from high levels of unemployment, still recovering housing values, decreased or flat commercial activity, and increased demands on social services. Exacerbating these budget shortfalls, public pensions have not yet returned to their pre-recession funding levels.

Public…

Aug 28

NLC's James Brooks visits the outdoor mecca of Jackson Hole, Wyo., and uncovers the risks and promise of successful place making.

The streets of Jackson, Wyo., with ski slopes in the background. (WitGorski/Getty Images)

Jackson, Wyo., is an excellent example of successful place making. Blessed with supreme natural beauty, the town of Jackson and surrounding Teton County have…

Aug 28

This is a guest post by Dr. David Ricketts.

Designed to enable cities to be innovation leaders in the future, the 2015 Strategic Innovation Summit: Enabling Economies for the Future will take place at Harvard University in Cambridge, Mass. (coleong/Getty Images)

In a global world, simply providing the basic necessities, including education, infrastructure and resources is not…