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  • Press Release

CHARLOTTE, N.C. – In a report released today, 22 esteemed leaders from cities big and small lay out a road map to help mayors, councilmembers and other municipal officials expand economic mobility and opportunity in their communities and enable…

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American Flag

Throughout much of our history, children have grown up to reach a higher standard of living than their parents. While this has never been realized by all groups, the hope for a better life lies at the heart of the…

Keeping the American Dream Alive
Keeping the American Dream Alive
  • CitiesSpeak

This summer, 32,973 summer youth employees in 25 cities have pledged to save a portion of their pay as part of the America Saves for Young Workers (ASYW) initiative, a partner of the National League of Cities (NLC) Institute for Youth, Education…

Youth worker.
Youth worker.
  • CitiesSpeak

This is the first piece in a three-part series about pensions and healthcare. Each piece will include insights gained at different state municipal league meetings across the country.

The National League of Cities recently visited Wichita…

A city at night.
A city at night.
  • Research Report

Municipal financial empowerment (FE) strategies are efforts undertaken by cities to increase the financial stability of low-income families. FE strategies link vulnerable households to financial services and public benefits, and provide them with…

  • Research Report

A young person’s first job is a critical developmental step toward adulthood. A first job provides an opportunity for youth to engage with the financial system and also infuses earnings into the local economy. In cities across the nation, youth…

  • Toolkit

As a nation, we expect people to work and support their children. All too often, however, parents do exactly what we expect of them only to find they still cannot meet their families’ most basic needs. Today, nearly four million families in…

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City buildings
  • Toolkit

A city thrives when its residents thrive.Yet many families, even though they are employed full time, continue to struggle to meet their families’ basic needs.

Local elected officials across the country have discovered a way to…

City buildings
City buildings
  • Toolkit

Low- and moderate-income families face numerous obstacles to achieving financial stability. Faced with unstable or low-wage jobs, the high costs of housing, transportation, child care, and other necessities, and disconnection from mainstream…

City housing
City housing
  • Press Release


Innovative financial empowerment program a “win-win” for cities and residents

WASHINGTON – Today, the National League of Cities (NLC) released an evaluation report highlighting the positive results of its two-year…