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NLC News

May 31
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  • Public Safety

As part of its bold $75 million Safety and Justice Challenge to change the way America thinks about and uses jails, the John D. and Catherine T. MacArthur Foundation recently announced the 20 jurisdictions selected to receive $150,000 planning grants.

The MacArthur Foundation created the initiative to support more just and effective local justice systems that…

May 29

This is a guest post by Patrice Chamberlain, director of the California Summer Meal Coalition. 

Summer is right around the corner, yet in many low-income communities, this time of year can leave children with limited access to learning opportunities, few safe places to gather and without access to the free or reduced-price meals they received through their school lunch and breakfast…

May 29

What should cities do to prepare for a future where technological innovations not only continue to disrupt traditional approaches, but catapult forward at an accelerated pace?

Let’s start with what the near future might hold. One big shift on the transportation front could be the advent of networked driverless cars.…

May 22
  • Advocacy
  • Federal
In this issue: NLC and Cities Lead During Infrastructure Week 2015 NLC Applauds House Support for Local Concerns in EPA "Waters of the U.S." Rule  House Committee Approves Justice Appropriations Measure  NLC Files Comments with IRS on ACA "Cadillac Tax"  OMB Approves Wireless Siting Rules  Supreme Court Declines to Decide (Most of) Disability Arrest Case  Supreme Court Rules Maryland May…
May 22

In this issue:

NLC and Cities Lead During Infrastructure Week 2015 NLC Applauds House Support for Local Concerns in EPA "Waters of the U.S." Rule  House Committee Approves…
May 19
Graffiti in New York following the devastation cased by Hurricane Sandy in 2012. (photo: Ayasha Guerin / inhabitat.com)

The Chen residence in the Midland Beach neighborhood of Staten Island is occupied once again. During the 2012 superstorm known as Hurricane Sandy, the Chen home was inundated with 10 feet of flood water, as were other residences in the Midland and New Dorp Beach areas…

May 18
Press Release
Press Release
  • Advocacy

Council Member Jeff Moore, Longmont, Co. meets with Federal Communications Commissioner Mignon Clyburn

City leaders from around the nation came to Washington this week to push for greater investment in infrastructure, as part of NLC's recognition of Infrastructure Week. NLC President Ralph Becker, in addition to leaders…

May 18
Press Release
Press Release
  • Advocacy

"Cities are economic engines, and right now our engines ought to be racing. We hope that Members of Congress will understand our participation as a message that when they are finally ready to solve these seemingly intractable challenges to funding our nation's infrastructure, we will have their backs through the tough votes, and…

May 15
Press Release
Press Release
  • Economic Development
  • Community & Housing

Applications for funding are now being accepted by the federal Assets for Independence (AFI) program to implement asset building projects that serve low-income individuals and their families. State and local government agencies are eligible to apply for AFI funding, along with 501(c) nonprofits and other types of organizations. For more details, view the AFI Funding Opportunity Announcement.…

May 13

This article was co-authored by Jeremy Sigmon, Director of Technical Policy at the U.S. Green Building Council (USGBC)

“Resilience is bigger than disaster management,” said Salt Lake City Mayor Ralph Becker, president of the National League of Cities and co-chair of the Resilient Cities Summit hosted last week at the Aspen Institute in Aspen, CO. “It's about preserving and improving…