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NLC News

Jun 17

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

Startup in a Day is a new initiative that calls on cities to reduce the time it takes to start a business by streamlining the permitting process.

Take the Startup in a Day Pledge. This week, the White House, Small Business…

Jun 15

Amid the first hot days of summer, and in the recent aftermath of social and economic unrest that roiled Baltimore and the nation, NLC’s annual Mayors’ Education Policy Advisors Network’s (EPAN) meeting took place in Baltimore earlier this month.

The city of Baltimore played host to NLC's recent Mayors' Education Policy Advisors Network (EPAN) meeting. Photo: Getty Images/sborisov…

Jun 15
Press Release
Press Release
  • Advocacy

WASHINGTON - Following the introduction of the Remote Transactions Parity Act today, National League of Cities President Ralph Becker, mayor, Salt Lake City, Utah issued the following statement:

"We applaud and support the legislation introduced today by Representative Chaffetz that will level the playing field between brick and mortar retailers and their online counterparts. It's…

Jun 12

This is a guest post by Thomas M. Larned. This post is the second entry in a two-part series regarding efforts to reform policing practices in response to a growing divide between police officers and the communities that they protect and serve.

President Obama’s Task Force on 21st Century Policing concluded that "the mindset guiding police officers should be that of a 'guardian,' not a…

Jun 11

Every family should have the opportunity to save for their children’s future, but this is simply not the reality for many low- and moderate-income families.

From left to right: Laura Owens, 'I Have a Dream' Foundation; Heidi Goldberg, National League of Cities, Michael Sherraden, Center for Social Development at Washington University; San Francisco Treasurer José Cisneros; St.…

Jun 11
Press Release
Press Release
  • Advocacy

SALT LAKE CITY – More than 200 local leaders are convening this week in Salt Lake City for the National League of Cities (NLC) summer board of directors meeting and policy forum. In addition to a business meeting for NLC's board of directors, the convening is a platform for members of the seven policy and advocacy steering committees to discuss the organization's federal action priorities and…

Jun 11
  • Economic Development

For more information about the initiative and how to join, please see this fact sheet.

WASHINGTON–In conjunction with the White House and Small Business Administration, the National League of Cities today launched a new initiative that calls on cities to reduce the time it takes to discover and apply for all local, state and federal requirements needed to…

Jun 10

Last week, Houston Mayor Annise Parker joined hundreds of service providers, community members and business leaders to announce that the city had built the system necessary to effectively end veteran homelessness.

Mayor Annise Parker discusses how Houston effectively ended veteran homelessness at the official announcement event on Monday, June 1. (Photo credit: U.S. Department of Housing…
Jun 08
Press Release
Press Release
  • Communications

Members of the National League of Cities who are interested in attending the 2015 NLC University Leadership Summit are eligible to apply for a $2,500 Michael H.T. Lynch Memorial Scholarship. The application process is currently underway with a deadline of July 15, 2015. The scholarship recipient can use the award to cover Leadership Summit registration costs and defray travel expenses.

Jun 07

This is a guest post by Jack Calhoun. The post originally appeared here.

Firefighters work to extinguish street fires in the Watts neighborhood of Los Angeles, Calif., August 1965. The historic Watts riots occurred after neighborhood residents watched two white officers scuffling in apprehending a suspected black drunk driver. (image courtesy atlantablackstar.com)

Author’s note:…