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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…

Aug 25

This is a guest post by Sarah Treuhaft. This post is the third 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.

Participants in the SySTEMic Solutions program in Fairfax County make a presentation on robotics. As part of an overall strategic plan for economic growth, cities can…

Aug 25

WASHINGTON – One year after the unrest in Ferguson following the death of Michael Brown, and on the eve of the 52nd anniversary of the March On Washington, the National League of Cities (NLC) will host Undoing Racism in America's Cities and Towns, a forum that explores how city leaders are advancing racial understanding and healing within communities across the nation. The…

Aug 24

This is the fifth post in our financial inclusion blog series. The series provides examples and action steps to help city leaders start or strengthen financial inclusion efforts. This post focuses on the role of community partners in implementing financial inclusion efforts.

Partnerships hold the key to successful local financial inclusion systems. (Michael Blann/Getty Images)

Aug 24

The Pope and the assembled mayors signed a Declaration of the Mayors committing to address the challenges of climate change and its impacts.

The City of Boulder was honored to be invited to a symposium on "Modern Slavery and Climate Change: The Commitment of the Cities" at the Vatican in late July. This meeting of 65 mayors…

Aug 24
  • Environment & Sustainability

Local Climate Leaders Circle Brings Together More Than a Dozen Cities to Highlight Examples of Strong Climate Action

WASHINGTON - A coalition of U.S. mayors and city officials announced today that they will join the UN Conference of Parties (COP) meeting in Paris in December to showcase their cities' climate leadership and call for an ambitious international…