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One of the most important responsibilities of local government is maintaining and improving infrastructure – transportation, water/sewer, technology and communications – that benefits all residents. This area is also one of the biggest challenges for cities given the great cost and the limited funding available. Our research helps cities learn about traditional and more creative solutions in all areas of infrastructure.

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  • Research Report

As cities embrace a future permeated by technology, local leaders must continually reassert and revisit community values, while ensuring these values are the foundation of new plans, policies, and programs. 

This…

  • Press Release

New National League of Cities Research Examines Future of Equity in Infrastructure, Public Safety and Economic Development

CHARLOTTE, N.C. – Today, the National League of Cities (NLC) released new research on the future of…

Future of Equity
Future of Equity
  • Press Release

WASHINGTON — October 25, 2017 — The National League of Cities, National Association of Counties and U.S. Conference of Mayors today issued the following statement on President Trump’s directive to Transportation Secretary Elaine Chao to establish…

Drones
Drones
  • Press Release

WASHINGTON — September 6, 2017 — Today, the U.S. House of Representatives passed the SELF DRIVE Act (HR3388), a bill that provides for information on highly automated driving systems to be made available to prospective buyers. In response to…

Autonomous Vehicles
Autonomous Vehicles
  • CitiesSpeak

The 2017 summit centered around how to finance resilient infrastructure and implement actions to build more resilient communities. Here are four key takeaways.

This post was co-authored by Katharine Burgess,…

photo - Planning a More Resilient Future: Four Takeaways From the 2017 Resilient Cities Summit
photo - Planning a More Resilient Future: Four Takeaways From the 2017 Resilient Cities Summit
  • CitiesSpeak

Local governments leveraged the municipal bond market to raise more than $200 billion for new investments in infrastructure last year alone — and there are tools out there to further lower the cost of municipal bond…

photo - Insure Your Bonds: How to Lower Financing Costs for Your City
photo - Insure Your Bonds: How to Lower Financing Costs for Your City
  • CitiesSpeak

As unlikely as it may seem, ‘infrastructure’ has become one of the buzzwords of the day. One can hardly strike up a conversation about politics in Washington without the president’s promise of an infrastructure package…

photo - How Infrastructure Became Washington's Latest Obsession
photo - How Infrastructure Became Washington's Latest Obsession
  • CitiesSpeak

While proponents argue the infrastructure proposal would deliver greater control to states and local governments, the proposal appears to back down on a direct investment in infrastructure that cities and the nation…

photo - 6 Things Cities Need to Know About Trump’s Infrastructure Plan
photo - 6 Things Cities Need to Know About Trump’s Infrastructure Plan
  • Press Release

Annual “State of the Cities” Report Finds Mayors Expanding Leadership Roles to Fight Attacks on Local Control, Address Top Issues for Cities

WASHINGTON — May 24, 2017 — A comprehensive analysis of mayoral state…

SOTC Banner Image
SOTC Banner Image
  • CitiesSpeak

With autonomous vehicles on the ground, local governments face challenging questions about how to plan for them, how to integrate them into mixed traffic environments, and how to develop policy around this complex new…

photo - Self-Driving Cars Are Here. Now What Should We Do?
photo - Self-Driving Cars Are Here. Now What Should We Do?