NLC’s Top Resources of 2022 

December 15, 2022 - (3 min read)

2022 was a great year for cities, towns, and villages across the country, and NLC was there every step of the way to help you advocate for your communities. As we head into 2023, know that our team will continue to be your go-to partner in accessing and maximizing these opportunities. 

Read on for some of our most useful resources and highlights from 2022:

1. Smart City Development  

“Trends in Smart City Development” is a report featuring case studies about how five cities – Philadelphia, San Francisco, Chicago, Charlotte, N.C., and New Delhi, India – are using different approaches to implement smart city projects. 

2. City Fiscal Conditions 2022

The 2022 City Fiscal Conditions report provides the key findings from its survey of more than 1,000 local governments. Explore this report to learn how budget officers coped with recovery and are preparing for fiscal uncertainty ins 2023 and beyond. 

3. Traditional Neighborhood Development

A Traditional Neighborhood Development, or TND, also known as a village-style development, includes a variety of housing types, a mixture of land uses, an active center, a walkable design and often a transit option within a compact neighborhood scale area. 

4. Digital Equity Playbook: How City Leaders Can Bridge the Digital Divide

Get the Overview and Driving Questions summary for the Digital Equity Playbook. Learn how you can bridge the digital divide in your city. 

5. Local Government ARPA Investment Tracker

The Local Government ARPA Investment Tracker is an online resource that compiles information from local governments to offer a detailed picture of how large cities and counties (with populations of at least 250,000) are deploying the American Rescue Plan Act (ARPA) State and Local Fiscal Recovery Fund dollars.  

6. Local Allocations in the American Rescue Plan Act 

The National League of Cities created a dashboard displaying ARPA funding allocations for Municipalities.

7. COVID-19: Local Action Tracker

The National League of Cities and Bloomberg Philanthropies have teamed up to collect and share actions taken by local leaders in response to the COVID-19 pandemic. 

8. Inflation Reduction Act: Clean Energy Project Eligibility for Local Governments

The Inflation Reduction Act into law is the largest federal investment in climate and clean energy, including new opportunities for cities, towns and villages. 

9. Local Governments Using ARPA Local Recovery Funds to Combat Impacts Inflation

The lifeline for local governments within the American Rescue Plan Act (ARPA), the State and Local Fiscal Recovery Funds (SLFRF) program has led to consistent spending for normal government operations and services with minimal interruption at the local level. SLFRF is also helping municipalities manage the impact of inflation on their most vulnerable residents.    

10. Rebuilding Trust and Repairing Relationships with Indigenous Populations 

The Roadmap To Repair: A Guide to How Cities Can Acknowledge and Address the History of Harm to Indigenous Peoples, Rebuild Trust, and Repair Relationships offers guidance to municipal leaders on acknowledging past harm and intentionally moving toward repair. This resource will help guide critical work and efforts in repairing relationships and also help frame discussions on how to create a more equitable world for everyone. 

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