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NLC News

Sep 22

Starting this fall, the Obama Administration will take the next crucial step in the "My Brother's Keeper Initiative" (MBK) by issuing a challenge to cities, towns, counties and tribes across the country to become "MBK Communities." This challenge represents a call to action for all members of communities to address persistent opportunity gaps faced by boys and young men of color and…

Sep 22

People around the nation – and around the world – are noticing Austin, and that’s no mistake: the City of Austin’s Economic Development Department provides programs and services that lead the growth of Austin’s key industries as well as the speed of doing business in Austin. While there’s no “secret sauce” to be found, the City has developed a multi-sector strategy that has put Austin…

Sep 22

Thanks to the efforts of many diverse support organizations, the Kansas City region is becoming an epicenter for small business owners and entrepreneurs. Through innovative strategies like providing access to capital, mentorship and shared work spaces, the region is working proactively to support local business owners. The region's leading strategies will be explored at NLC's upcoming…

Sep 19

The National Park Service manages nearly 10,000 miles of roadways -- 1,100 miles of which are major parkways.

George Washington Parkway 04 2012 1403 by Mariordo (Mario Roberto Duran Ortiz) - Own work. Licensed under Creative Commons.

If the mention of transportation for national parks leads you to conjure images of dirt roads and unpaved trails, think…

Sep 16

Two-part event explores challenges facing local middle school students and discusses how afterschool programs and other resources are key solutions for keeping youth on the right track

Savannah, Ga. - September 16, 2014 - Local leaders, educators, faith-based organizations, parents, students and community members convened today for a "community conversation"…

Sep 15

"The recovery of the housing market in many cities is the very definition of a double-edged sword."

Earlier this year, President Obama named a mayor to be the new Secretary of the Department of Housing and Urban Development. It’s no surprise that former San Antonio Mayor, Julián Castro was appointed to this position - the selection reflects the unique understanding local…

Sep 15

While the Supreme Court’s next term officially begins on October 6, its “long conference” is September 29.  At this conference the Court will review a backlog of petitions that have been piling up over the summer. SCOTUSblog compiles a list of petitions that it thinks have a reasonable chance of being granted.  Eight of the petitions the Court will consider either during the “long…

Sep 15

This post was written by Ellen Harpel, founder of Smart Incentives and president of Business Development Advisors LLC (BDA), an economic development and market intelligence consulting firm. Post originally appeared on the Smart Incentives blog.

Data is one of the key elements of the Smart Incentives 4x4 framework that enables communities to make sound investment decisions.…

Sep 15

Under the Water Resources Reform and Development Act (WRRDA), which became law in June, the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers (Army Corps) is accepting proposals from local governments for feasibility studies and modifications to authorized water resources development projects. The request is open until December 3, 2014.

WRRDA authorized flood protection, navigation and ecosystem restoration…

Sep 15

Educators and parents from all walks of life know that the African proverb, "it takes a village to raise a child," gets it right. To become thriving members of any community, young people need more than just the love of their guardians or the academic challenges of their teachers; they require a combination of the two, coupled with diverse learning experiences outside of the home and the…