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NLC News

Aug 11

As you plan for all the sessions and networking events you'll attend at this year's Congress of Cities, your accompanying spouse or guest to the conference can now plan for their time in Austin too.  We have arranged an exciting line-up of tours for guests at the conference, and hope they'll join us to explore some of the gems of this city. 

What you hear about Austin is true.…

Aug 04
Press Release
Press Release
  • City Government

City leaders interested in improving outcomes for youth and increasing public safety through juvenile justice reform are encouraged to participate in a series of webinars, during the next phase of NLC’s strategic partnership with the John D. and Catherine T. MacArthur Foundation’s Models for Change initiative.

Building on the success of the Juvenile Justice Reform Leadership Academy,…

Aug 04

This is the fiftth post in NLC’s 90th Anniversary series.

Membership in the National League of Cities (NLC) is a great investment for you and your community. Creating such an organization was on the minds of its founders in 1924, and now, NLC is the country’s oldest, largest and most representative organization serving municipal governments.  Founded as the American Municipal…

Aug 04
Press Release
Press Release
  • Economic Development

The current recovery will go down in history as one of the longest and most lackluster in decades. It has taken nearly five years for the U.S. economy to regain all of the jobs lost during the Great Recession. One of the reasons for the persistent sluggishness has been the fiscal drag from slow-to-recover state and local government fiscal conditions.

While some governments were…

Aug 01
  • Advocacy
  • Federal

Members of Congress will be at home for the remainder of August for their annual summer recess, returning to Washington after the Labor Day holiday. As such, the Federal Advocacy Update will take a break as well - the next edition will be published on Friday, September 12.

In this issue: Congress Goes on Recess, Leaving Critical Unfinished Business Congress Passes Transportation Program…
Aug 01
Press Release
Press Release
  • Transportation

Last week, the U.S. Department of Transportation released the long awaited proposed rule setting new standards for transporting oil by rail following a year's worth of disasters and near disasters.

Both this proposal and a Canadian transportation regulation issued earlier this year would strengthen tank car designs and force shippers to test hazardous materials before shipping.

Aug 01

This week, Congress passed a short term extension of federal transportation programs, avoiding a reduction in federal reimbursements to state departments of transportation for highway, bridge, and transit projects. The bill extends the current federal transportation program through May 2015.

NLC applauded Congress for its work to keep the Highway Trust Fund solvent, and called…

Aug 01

Last week, over 150 local leaders gathered in Saint Paul, MN, as part of NLC's policy development process to consider and debate proposed policy changes to NLC's National Municipal Policy. In addition to special strategy sessions on NLC's advocacy goals, the local leaders, all members of NLC's Policy and Advocacy Steering Committees, considered a wide variety of issues, including…

Aug 01

NLC just launched a video contest to award one lucky city three free registrations to the Congress of Cities and Exposition November 18-22 in Austin. A second city will win three half-price registrations.  We want to see a video from your city!

With a conference theme of "The Future of Cities," the content and sessions in Austin will showcase the innovative ways cities are…

Aug 01
  • Leadership & Management

Doug McGowen is the Director of the Mayor’s Innovation Delivery Team in Memphis, Tenn., and a retired commanding officer of Naval Support Activity Mid-South in Millington. This interview has been edited for length and clarity. Mr. McGowen will present at the NLC University Leadership Summit, August 13-16 in Santa Clara, California. Register now!

National League of Cities: How…