RSS Feed This is the NLC News and Events RSS Feed en-us Wed, 14 Oct 2015 00:00:01 Wed, 14 Oct 2015 00:00:01 Cities United Hires Seasoned Leader as First Chief Executive Officer Anthony Smith will lead Cities United as its first chief executive officer, announced Philadelphia Mayor Michael A. Nutter and New Orleans Mayor Mitch Landrieu. Co-founded by Mayor Nutter and Mayor Landrieu in 2011, Cities United serves as a national network of communities focused on eliminating violence in American cities related to African American men and boys. Tue, 13 Oct 2015 00:00:00 Mayor Gary Resnick Testifies Before the Senate on Wireless Broadband Mayor Gary Resnick of Wilton Manors, Fla. testified this week before the Senate Committee on Commerce, Science, and Transportation at a hearing on "Removing Barriers to Wireless Broadband Deployment." He highlighted the role that local governments play in expanding and improving wireless broadband infrastructure in their communities. Thu, 08 Oct 2015 00:00:00 Cities Urge Congress to Pass Legislation Supporting Homeless Veterans Speaking today before the the Senate Committee on Veterans’ Affairs, Elisha Harig-Blaine, principal housing associate for veterans and special needs at the National League of Cities (NLC), told the committee that Congress must act to pass two bills—S. 1885 and S. 2013—to help homeless veterans find stable housing. Tue, 06 Oct 2015 00:00:00 Host City Nashville Announces Musical Entertainment for Congress of Cities From the opening reception to the closing event, visitors attending the National League of Cities 2015 Congress of Cities in Nashville, Nov. 4-7, will have a front-row view of the world-class artistry, sounds and performances of Music City. Fri, 02 Oct 2015 00:00:00 NLC Selects Seven States to Host Summits on Afterschool and Expanded Learning NLC announces the selection of seven statewide afterschool networks (SANs) to receive technical and financial assistance to host statewide municipal summits on afterschool and expanded learning in 2016. Thu, 01 Oct 2015 00:00:00 City Finances Continue to Improve, But New Report from the National League of Cities Shows Recovery from Great Recession Is Incremental A new report released from the National League of Cities (NLC) reveals that municipal finances have stabilized in the wake of the Great Recession, but the recession's effects are still evident in city budgets across the nation. Wed, 30 Sep 2015 00:00:00 EPA Solicits Comments on Updates to Stormwater Regulations Stemming from a 2003 court decision, the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) has established a timeline for updating its Phase II stormwater regulations regarding the procedures to be used for providing coverage to small municipal separate storm sewer systems (MS4s) under general permits. Fri, 25 Sep 2015 00:00:00 City Leaders Continue to Press for E-Fairness NLC continues to work with city leaders in urging Congress to take action in support of e-fairness and closing the online sales tax loophole. Fri, 25 Sep 2015 00:00:00 Transportation Advocates Turn Attention to the House The House was caught by surprise in July when the Senate introduced and approved the DRIVE Act, a bipartisan, six-year transportation bill. Fri, 25 Sep 2015 00:00:00 NLC Launches #CitiesLead2016 for the Presidential Election This week, NLC launched its campaign to make city issues a focus in the 2016 presidential election, #CitiesLead2016. Lead by NLC First Vice President Melodee Colbert Kean, council member, Joplin, Mo., city leaders gathered in Cedar Rapids, Iowa, at the center of early presidential campaigning, to announce NLC's plans and issue a call to action for presidential candidates. Fri, 25 Sep 2015 00:00:00 Engaging New Americans in Nashville Nashville was at a crossroads in early 2009; it needed to address its rising immigrant population. Learn about the city's response, and consider joining the mobile tour on this topic at the 2015 Congress of Cities in Nashville. Wed, 23 Sep 2015 00:00:00 20 Cities Convene in Los Angeles for Small Business Summit NLC convened more than 50 economic development staff from 20 large cities across the U.S. in Los Angeles Tuesday for a two-day summit dedicated to supporting startups and small businesses and strengthening local economies. Wed, 23 Sep 2015 00:00:00 NLC President Ralph Becker Announces 2015 Nominating Committee National League of Cities (NLC) President Ralph Becker, mayor, Salt Lake City, Utah, has appointed a 15-member Nominating Committee that will be responsible for recommending officers and board members to lead NLC in 2016. Mon, 21 Sep 2015 00:00:00 National League of Cities Joins First Lady Michelle Obama at the White House to Celebrate Let’s Move! Cities, Towns and Counties’s-move-cities-towns-and-counties The National League of Cities joined First Lady Michelle Obama at the White House today to announce that 500 cities, towns and counties have committed to the five goals in the Let's Move! Cities, Towns and Counties (LMCTC) initiative since July 2012. Wed, 16 Sep 2015 00:00:00’s-move-cities-towns-and-counties White House Acts to Address Climate Change Last month, President Obama took two key actions to address climate change committing to reduce carbon emissions and promoting energy efficiency and renewable energy programs. Through the first-ever national standards to reduce carbon pollution from power plans and a series of executive actions, the president is demonstrating the U.S's commitment to climate mitigation and adaption ahead of the U.N. Conference of Parties (COP21) climate negotiations in Paris later this year. Wed, 09 Sep 2015 00:00:00 Cities Support U.S. Surgeon General’s Call to Action to “Step it Up” and Improve Walking and Walkable Communities’s-call-to-action-to-“step-it-up”-and-improve-walking-and-walkable-communities U.S. Surgeon General Vivek H. Murthy issues the Step It Up! The Surgeon General's Call to Action to Promote Walking and Walkable Communities today, marking a historic step in ensuring that Americans of all ages and abilities have access to safe and convenient opportunities to be active and move safely throughout their communities. Wed, 09 Sep 2015 00:00:00’s-call-to-action-to-“step-it-up”-and-improve-walking-and-walkable-communities Local Officials Seizing Bully Pulpit on Transportation to Get a Better Deal for Cities and Towns When Congress returns in September, transportation advocacy will turn to the House to deliver a bill that maintains the gains in the Senate, and that restores funding to cities and towns under the Surface Transportation Program. Wed, 02 Sep 2015 00:00:00 New GASB Rule Requires Disclosure of Tax Abatements Local governments commonly use tax abatements to attract and retain business and jobs in a community. In exchange for the abatement or agreement by the local government to forego tax revenues, the company commits to making certain investments in a community that contribute to economic growth and development. State and local laws govern the use of tax abatement process, and generally require a transparent process for approving the abatement agreement and compliance by both the local government and the company in filing reports regarding the abatement. Wed, 02 Sep 2015 00:00:00 Moratorium on Internet Access Taxation Set to Expire The Internet Tax Freedom Act (ITFA) is set to expire on October 1 and NLC is fighting to ensure that any further preemption of taxation of Internet access remains temporary. Wed, 02 Sep 2015 00:00:00 EPA Clean Water Rule in Effect in 37 States Last month, following a last-minute preliminary injunction by a North Dakota judge, the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency's (EPA) and U.S. Army Corps of Engineers' (Army Corps) controversial Clean Water Rule (also known as the "Waters of the U.S." rule) went into effect in 37 states. The rule aims to clarify which waters fall under federal jurisdiction of the Clean Water Act (CWA). Wed, 02 Sep 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-RISC Staff Conference 2015 NLC-RISC Staff Conference Mon, 19 Oct 2015 00:00:00 Opportunities for City Leaders to Improve Outcomes for Runaway Youth Without Juvenile Justice System Involvement Youth who run away from home often end up in the juvenile justice system despite having committed no crime. This webinar will introduce the runaway youth population, provide an overview of state laws for local governments to consider when crafting services for runaway youth and provide local examples of how cities can serve these young people in the community and avoid unnecessary juvenile justice system involvement. Wed, 07 Oct 2015 00:00:00 Ban the Box and More: Strategies for Implementing and Enforcing Fair-Chance Laws Are you interested in learning the role city and county agencies can play in laws to reduce employment barriers for persons with arrest and conviction records? Would you like to increase the effectiveness of your city’s existing “ban the box” or “fair chance” law? Join the co-hosted webinar (National Employment Law Project and the National League of Cities) as city panelist share best practices for robustly enforcing these laws despite challenges including limited budgets and “tough on crime” political agendas. From the government agency perspective, learn about strategies for stakeholder management, proactive compliance, effective community-based outreach and data collection. Tue, 06 Oct 2015 00:00:00 Regional Resilience Leadership Workshop Regional Resilience Leadership Workshop Mon, 21 Sep 2015 00:00:00 PSCP 2015 Fall Meeting PSCP Steering Committee Fall Meeting Sun, 20 Sep 2015 00:00:00 3rd Real Talk Forum (Pre-Summit Event) From Ground-Zero - A REAL Conversation on City Leadership Responses to Racial Tension Wed, 16 Sep 2015 00:00:00 2015 NLC University Leadership Summit: Leading through Tough Times 2015 NLC University Leadership Summit: Leading through Tough Times Wed, 16 Sep 2015 00:00:00 Supreme Court Compliance for Local Governments Webinar The Supreme Court issued a plethora of decisions big and small which require local governments to make changes to stay in compliance with the law. A sign code case requires virtually all local governments to rewrite their sign ordinances. The Court’s same-sex marriage case also impacts local governments as does a hotel registry ordinance case, a cell phone tower case, a fair housing case, a number of jail cases, and many others. Discuss what you need to know about these case and what you need to do to comply with them with Lisa Soronen, State and Local Legal Center. Wed, 02 Sep 2015 00:00:00 National League of Cities' REAL Talk Series: Undoing Racism in America's Cities and Towns National League of Cities' REAL Talk Series: Undoing Racism in America's Cities and Towns Tue, 25 Aug 2015 00:00:00 Revising Sign Ordinances After Reed v. Town of Gilbert In Reed v. Town of Gilbert the Supreme Court ruled that Gilbert's sign code violates the First Amendment. Many, if not most, communities must now revise their sign codes. Most sign codes apply different rules to different categories of signs based on content, which the Supreme Court now generally prohibits. Discuss the practical implications of this case for local governments with John M. Baker, Greene Espel. Wed, 19 Aug 2015 00:00:00 2015 Shadowcliff Sustainability Coordinators Workshop 2015 Shadowcliff Sustainability Coordinators Workshop Sun, 09 Aug 2015 00:00:00 Digital Inclusion Leadership Awards Webinar City governments across the country are collaborating with nonprofits and private sector partners to help bridge the digital divide and get more Americans online. In order to celebrate outstanding leadership and encourage innovative approaches to bridging the digital divide, we're announcing the Digital Inclusion Leadership Awards Program. Thu, 06 Aug 2015 00:00:00 2015 First Tier Suburbs Council Summer Meeting 2015 First Tier Suburbs Council Summer Meeting Wed, 05 Aug 2015 00:00:00 2015 NBC-LEO Summer Conference 2015 NBC-LEO Summer Conference Wed, 05 Aug 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 NLC Hispanic Elected Local Officials (HELO) Summer Retreat 2015 NLC Hispanic Elected Local Officials (HELO) Summer Retreat Thu, 09 Jul 2015 00:00:00 2015 Small Cities Council Steering Committee Meeting 2015 Small Cities Council Steering Committee Meeting Wed, 08 Jul 2015 00:00:00 Startup in a Day Conference Call featuring SBA Deputy Administrator Doug Kramer Monday, June 29 at 4:00pm EST Mon, 29 Jun 2015 00:00:00