RSS Feed This is the NLC News and Events RSS Feed en-us Sat, 25 Apr 2015 15:46:01 Sat, 25 Apr 2015 15:46:01 USDA Grants Available to Plan, Implement Farmers Markets The U.S. Department of Agriculture (USDA) is accepting grant applications for its Farmers Market Promotion Program and Local Food Promotion Program to support local and regional food systems. Applications for both competitive grants are due May 14. Thu, 23 Apr 2015 00:00:00 Bipartisan Energy Efficiency Bill Headed for President’s Signature’s-signature With NLC's support, the Energy Efficiency Improvement Act (S. 535) passed the House by voice vote and is headed to President Obama for his expected signature. The bill, which passed the Senate last month, will improve the energy efficiency of commercial and federal buildings. Thu, 23 Apr 2015 00:00:00’s-signature Louisville Community Conversation Highlights City’s Innovative Cradle-to-Career Initiative’s-innovative-cradle-to-career-initiative Local leaders, educators, parents and community members convened for a "community conversation" on how to create greater community support of Louisville’s Cradle-to-Career Initiative. Wed, 22 Apr 2015 00:00:00’s-innovative-cradle-to-career-initiative Greenbelt, Md. Mayor Emmett Jordan Calls For Transportation Funding Certainty The National League of Cities joined the Environmental and Energy Study Institute and the American Public Transportation Association on "Stand Up for Transportation Day" for a Capitol Hill briefing about the looming expiration of the Transportation Bill, and the potential consequences for cities. Mon, 20 Apr 2015 00:00:00 NLC Submits Tax Reform Recommendations to Senate Finance Committee The National League of Cities was recently invited by Senator Michael Bennett to serve on the Infrastructure, Community Development and Energy working group established by the Senate Finance Committee as it begins to examine the federal tax code. Fri, 17 Apr 2015 00:00:00 Member Spotlight: Councilmember Bill Peloza, Auburn, Wa. In this member spotlight, Auburn, Washington Councilmember Bill Peloza tells NLC of his dedication to civil service and his desire to make his "community a better place to connect with each other." Mon, 13 Apr 2015 00:00:00 Report: Cities Need States to Provide More Authority to Collect Revenue The National League of Cities (NLC) today released its 2015 Cities and State Fiscal Structures report, which found that no state has expanded the fiscal authority of its cities since the start of the recession. The report provides a comparative assessment of local fiscal systems in each of the 50 states, including taxing authority, revenue reliance and capacity, state aid, and tax and expenditure limits. Mon, 13 Apr 2015 00:00:00 Phoenix Community Conversation to Focus on High School Completion and Postsecondary Success Local leaders, educators and members of the business community will convene tomorrow for a "community conversation" on how to support and empower more young people to graduate from high school on time and ready for college and careers. Thu, 09 Apr 2015 00:00:00 Joint Statement Supporting Bipartisan Approach to e-Fairness F​ollowing a meeting this morning, Gov. Gary Herbert (Vice Chair of the National Governors Association), Salt Lake City Mayor Ralph Becker (President of the National League of Cities), Sacramento Mayor Kevin Johnson (President of the U.S. Conference of Mayors), Sen. Curtis Bramble (President­-Elect of the National Conference of State Legislators) issued a joint statement. Thu, 09 Apr 2015 00:00:00 Doris McConnell Elected President of Asian Pacific American Municipal Officials Doris McConnell, councilmember of Shoreline, Wash. was named the 2015-2016 president of the Asian Pacific American Municipal Officials (APAMO) constituency group at the group's annual meeting at the National League of Cities' (NLC) Congressional City Conference in Washington, D.C. Wed, 08 Apr 2015 00:00:00 NLC Launches Project to Incorporate Financial Capability into Local Youth Employment Programs To improve the ability of young people to effectively manage their finances – from spending and saving to building credit and keeping debt manageable - the National League of Cities (NLC) will identify best practices for local leaders to incorporate financial capability strategies into municipal youth employment programs. Tue, 07 Apr 2015 00:00:00 Mayors Day of Recognition for National Service Tuesday is the Mayors Day of Recognition for National Service on April 7, 2015! Mon, 06 Apr 2015 00:00:00 Advanced Foreclosure Course For City Leaders Offered Free by NLC University and Wells Fargo The National League of Cities (NLC) and Wells Fargo today announced that a new course, Understanding Foreclosure: A City Leader’s Guide, will be available for free for the general public. Initially launched last year at the Congress of Cities in Austin, Texas, the course provides city leaders with strategies to successfully address foreclosure in their cities. Wed, 18 Mar 2015 00:00:00 NLC President Ralph Becker Advocates for Federal Transportation Funding NLC President Ralph Becker, mayor, Salt Lake City, Utah testified before the U.S. House Transportation and Infrastructure Committee on the importance of transit to local economic vitality. Tue, 17 Mar 2015 00:00:00 NLC Provides Support to Cities to Make ‘Pay for Success’ Projects a Reality State and local governments to receive technical assistance to advance Pay for Success projects in early childhood education and youth development. Mon, 16 Mar 2015 00:00:00 Rose Center for Public Leadership Working with Mayor Murray in Rainier Beach The Daniel Rose Center for Public Leadership, jointly operated by the National League of Cities (NLC) and the Urban Land Institute (ULI), is working this week with Seattle Mayor Ed Murray to help the city attract investment to implement community goals in the Rainier Beach neighborhood. Mon, 16 Mar 2015 00:00:00 A Message from U.S. Secretary of Labor Tom Perez: Grants and Solicitations Available to America's Cities U.S. Secretary of Labor Tom Perez details the latest Department of Labor grants and competetive funding opportunities for cities. Thu, 12 Mar 2015 00:00:00 Policy and Advocacy Committees Prepare for Packed 2015 Agenda At this year’s Congressional City Conference, NLC’s seven Policy and Advocacy Committees met to begin their work for 2015. Thu, 12 Mar 2015 00:00:00 City Leaders Hold Advocacy Day on Capitol Hill, White House on Infrastructure & City Priorities City leaders attending the National League of Cities (NLC) Congressional City Conference today held a day of advocacy for passage of a long-term transportation bill and other city priorities on Capitol Hill and at the White House. Wed, 11 Mar 2015 00:00:00 Cities Thank Senators for Introduction of the Marketplace Fairness Act of 2015 America’s cities thank the bipartisan group of senators who introduced the Marketplace Fairness Act today in the U.S. Senate. This legislation is about supporting communities and establishing a fair playing field that allows local businesses to compete with their online counterparts. Tue, 10 Mar 2015 00:00:00 Congress of Cities and Exposition 2015 The conference will offer learning and networking opportunities to city officials including mobile tours highlighting successful programs from the City of Nashville, along with inspiring keynote speakers, informative workshops and engaging peer networking sessions. Wed, 04 Nov 2015 00:00:00 2015 NLC University Leadership Summit: Leading through Tough Times No community is immune to challenges, but city leaders can prepare themselves to handle tough situations. At this leadership retreat designed specifically for local government officials and city staff, you’ll learn how to navigate challenging circumstances with guidance from noteworthy scholars and field experts. You’ll get resources and best practices for a wide range of challenges, including a special session in conjunction with our R.E.A.L. (Race, Equity, and Leadership) Initiative.Join NLC University in Orlando, Florida on September 16-19, 2015, and earn 10 credits in the NLC University Certificate Program. The early rate ends April 1st. Wed, 16 Sep 2015 00:00:00 2015 State League Executive Directors Summer Workshop 2015 State League Executive Directors Summer Workshop Tue, 04 Aug 2015 00:00:00 2015 State League Staff Workshop 2015 State League Staff Workshop Wed, 15 Jul 2015 00:00:00 2015 Summer Leadership Meetings Registration is open for the 2015 NLC Summer Leadership Meetings. Tue, 09 Jun 2015 00:00:00 Innovative Approaches to Infrastructure Funding Innovative Approaches to Infrastructure Funding Fri, 15 May 2015 00:00:00 Exploring Local Broadband Initiatives Internet access is vital to a communities’ ability to thrive in today’s economy. It has empowered citizens and local communities by increasing civic participation, facilitating learning, and strengthening neighborhood businesses. With the availability of the Internet, city, county, and state governments are live streaming meetings for public viewing, publishing text of resolutions and other official documents, and communicating with their constituents directly online. Students can communicate with their teachers and with one another and can access immense databases of information from home, schools, libraries, and even neighborhood coffee shops. Thu, 14 May 2015 00:00:00 2015 Big Ideas for Cities This event will feature mayors from around the country offering compelling talks on ideas, initiatives or innovations that can make a dramatic difference to the future of our cities. Fri, 08 May 2015 00:00:00 2015 NLC-RISC Trustees Conference 2015 NLC-RISC Trustees Conference Thu, 07 May 2015 00:00:00 2015 WIMG Annual Summer Conference 2015 WIMG Annual Summer Conference Wed, 29 Apr 2015 00:00:00 Financial Capability and Youth Employment Programs: Steps to Get Started Financial Capability and Youth Employment Programs: Steps to Get Started Thu, 02 Apr 2015 00:00:00 Learn About NLC's Service Line Warranty Program Ethical business practices and putting the customer first are very important to maintaining Better Business Bureau accreditation. Thu, 26 Mar 2015 00:00:00 Increasing Wireless Communications Services for Your Residents Wireless communications services are vital to cities because it improves the ways residents can get online and access information. In an effort to increase Internet access through wireless networks, the Federal Communications Commission (FCC) has developed a set of rules around wireless siting practices that cities will need to adhere to. Panelists on this webinar will discuss the importance of wireless broadband for their communities and how local governments are getting ready to respond to the new FCC rules. Wed, 25 Mar 2015 00:00:00 Big Ideas For Small Cities Big Ideas For Small Cities Sun, 08 Mar 2015 00:00:00 Forum on the Mayors Challenge to End Veteran Homelessness Forum on the Mayors Challenge to End Veteran Homelessness Sat, 07 Mar 2015 00:00:00 Congressional City Conference 2015 Congressional City Conference Sat, 07 Mar 2015 00:00:00 NLC's New Advocacy Agenda and the Federal Budget The president's budget, released every year on the first Tuesday in February, is the opening salvo in the annual federal appropriations process. Nearly all of the federal programs and funding streams that benefit cities are impacted by this process. City advocates should be aware of the budget arguments being made that can impact them. Thu, 05 Mar 2015 00:00:00 Understanding Foreclosure: The City Leader's Guide Understanding Foreclosure: The City Leader's Guide Thu, 01 Jan 2015 00:00:00 Introduction to the National Center for Mobility Management Webinar The National Center for Mobility Management promotes customer-centered mobility strategies to advance good health, economic vitality, self-sufficiency, and community. This webinar will provide an overview of the NCMM's capacity-building resources available to city and regional leaders and share tips on how to tap into the Center's expertise and national network of regional and community-based organizations. Thu, 11 Dec 2014 00:00:00 Distribution of Federal Spending Federal dollars have a significant impact on state and local fiscal and economic conditions. Each year, the federal government spends over $3 trillion in the states, but the type and amount spent in each state can vary significantly. Thu, 11 Dec 2014 00:00:00