People walking on bridge
People walking on bridge

Civic Engagement

Broad participation by residents in government and public life strengthens democracy and governance at the local level, resulting in a more informed and inclusive community built on trust that can more effectively meet the needs of all stakeholders. In addition to the traditional citizen participation in government, information collected through open data programs offers another avenue to improve governmental transparency, performance, and spur economic growth.

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  • Case Studies & Practices

The Leadership in Community Resilience project will help South Bend assess the extent to which urban forest and other green infrastructure can be developed to help manage stormwater, urban heat, and improve neighborhood quality. By first updating…

  • Case Studies & Practices

In 2016, the city of San Antonio adopted SA Tomorrow, a coordinated planning effort including an updated Comprehensive Plan, Sustainability Plan, and Multimodal Transportation Plan. The plans are intended to help the city manage…

  • Case Studies & Practices

The city of Providence leveraged their Leadership in Community Resilience grant to align with and support an existing Partners for Places Equity Pilot Initiative, an intensive nine-month community-building process. Working with Groundworks Rhode…

Rhode Island School of Design Shellfish habitat project with Providence skyline in background
Rhode Island School of Design Shellfish habitat project with Providence skyline in background
  • Case Studies & Practices

Portland residents and business owners experience the impacts of rising sea-levels and more frequent, intense floods as a result to heavy rainfall on the city’s aging stormwater systems. Nowhere is the threat of climate change on property and…

Portland's working waterfront and historic downtown
Portland's working waterfront and historic downtown
  • Case Studies & Practices

The City of Des Moines is focused on building trust and strengthening relationships with communities in low-income and underrepresented areas that are most susceptible to incurring impacts from climate change. The Leadership in Community…

  • Research Report

Performance management, the process of consistently reviewing performance data to inform decision-making, is a strategy emerging in cities across the country. Performance management practices and tools enable cities to:  make informed program and…

  • CitiesSpeak

As the confetti is cleared away and residents in Cleveland and Philadelphia resume life as normal, what can cities learn from the intersection of technology and the conventions?

Whether they watched on television, on a computer, or on a…

convention
convention
  • CitiesSpeak

This is a guest post by Santiago Jaramillo.

There’s one thing that still remains the same in towns across America. People still crave information about what’s going on in their community. But the way they’ve chosen to consume that…

  • Press Release

WASHINGTON—The National League of Cities (NLC) today recognized seven cities for implementing programs that enhance and promote cultural diversity in their communities. Presented at the "Celebrate Diversity Breakfast" at the 2016 Congressional…

Press Release
Press Release
  • Press Release

Nashville, Tenn.—Councilmember Priscilla Tyson of Columbus, Ohio was elected the 2016 president of the National Black Caucus of Local Elected Officials (NBC-LEO) constituency group during the group's annual membership meeting at the National…

Press Release
Press Release