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NLC News

Aug 13

This is a guest post by Ben Hecht. This post is the first 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.

If we want to see dramatically better results, we need new ways of solving the complex problems facing American cities. The findings from NLC's 2015 Local Economic…

Aug 13

Tax-exempt municipal bonds provide support for infrastructure projects such as the Leonard P. Zakim Bunker Hill Bridge in Boston, pictured above. (photo: Will Damon)

Walking down Commonwealth Avenue in Boston this summer, it was hard to imagine more than six feet of snow in this very place not more than a few months prior. Although the snow has melted (finally), a wake of potholes is a…

Aug 13

Our monthly roundup of the latest news in economic development filtered through a city-focused lens. Reading something interesting? Share it with @robbins617.

Cities and Unequal Economic Recovery. How are local economies faring now that the worst of the recession is behind us? NLC recently surveyed mayors across the country to find out. In Cities and Unequal Recovery, NLC’s Christiana…

Aug 12

This is a guest post by the 2015 Congress of Cities Nashville Host City Team.

Fall color and the Metro Courthouse and Public Square in downtown Nashville, Tenn.

Nashville, known as Music City due to its premier role in the music world, is also a pioneering force for efficient government.

In 1963, Nashville’s elected, business and civic leaders worked together to…

Aug 12

The Supreme Court ruled on a number of cases this term that will affect local governments. (markphariss/Getty Images)

That same-sex couples have a constitutional right to marry and the Affordable Care Act remains intact will forever outshine every other decision from this Supreme Court term. But local governments will ignore the rest of this term at their peril. The Court issued many…

Aug 07

 This post was written by Zach George.

(Jason Dixson)

Last night’s GOP debate marked the beginning of a long but important process to elect the 45th president of the United States. Six months out from the Iowa caucus, the presidential campaign season is quickly ramping up with all 22 candidates (for now) making their pitch to be their party’s nominee…

Aug 07

Last week, President Obama announced first-ever national standards to reduce carbon pollution from power plants. The Clean Power Plan sets state-specific carbon emissions reduction goals, letting the states develop and implement their own plan for meeting the goal. Once fully implemented, the Clean Power Plan will reduce carbon emissions from power plants by 32 percent below 2005 levels by…

Aug 07


EPA Administrator Gina McCarthy with members of the Local Government Advisory Committee

Last month, the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) Local Government Advisory Committee (LGAC) met in Washington, D.C. to discuss key issues at the forefront of local governments such as new water and air regulations, climate change and resiliency, and environmental justice with…

Aug 07
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  • Leadership & Management

The National League of Cities University (NLCU) will host 15 training seminars on November 4-5, 2015 at NLC's Congress of Cities conference in Nashville, Tenn. This annual pre-conference program is one of the largest educational events for local elected officials in the country. As part of this year's seminar selection process, NLC University solicited input from participants through a "People…

Aug 06
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  • 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…