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Mar 13
President Mark Stodola at NLC's Congressional City Conference
President Mark Stodola at NLC's Congressional City Conference
  • Infrastructure
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This week at the 2018 Congressional City Conference, NLC President Mark Stodola delivered an address on America’s infrastructure needs and NLC’s #RebuildWithUs campaign for city leaders. That speech is reprinted here with minor edits.

Good morning. I want to thank all of you for taking time out of your busy schedules to travel to Washington, D.C.

I am acutely aware of the…

Mar 12
Urban-rural divide
Urban-rural divide
  • Economic Development

The national urban-rural divide narrative is one that touts (or bemoans) the all-consuming growth of our nation’s largest cities and laments rural communities as devoid of economic potential. But this isn’t the whole story.

In a challenge to the conventional narrative, Bridging the Urban-Rural Economic Divide finds that stronger links between urban and rural areas are key to spurring…

Mar 08
Keeping the American Dream Live: Expanding Economic Mobility and Opportunity in America’s Cities.
Keeping the American Dream Live: Expanding Economic Mobility and Opportunity in America’s Cities.
  • Financial Empowerment

This is the final blog in a four-part series that highlights recommendations from NLC’s task force report “Keeping the American Dream Live: Expanding Economic Mobility and Opportunity in America’s Cities.”

Almost half of families in the United States do not have enough savings to support themselves for even three months in the event of a job loss or other economic crisis. Financial…

Feb 20
New Orleans
New Orleans
  • Juvenile Justice
  • Social Justice

This is a guest post by Mayor Mitch Landrieu of New Orleans.

Prior to Hurricane Katrina, the city of New Orleans’s jail population exceeded 6,500 inmates. When we came into office in 2010, we made a commitment to the people of New Orleans to reform our criminal justice system and reduce the jail population.

So we got to work.

We launched initiatives like the NOLA FOR…

Feb 16
Mayor Wayne Messam
Mayor Wayne Messam
  • Civic Tech
  • Technology

Autonomous vehicles. On-demand everything. Gig jobs. Big data. Tech innovations are shaping life in cities — impacting how we commute to work and school, altering the way we respond to climate change, and shaping the job opportunities that are available now and in the decades to come. In much of the country, shifts in how we live, work and move are just beginning — but they’re taking hold at a…

Feb 16
Trump
Trump
  • Immigration
  • Legal & Legislative

This week, the Senate took up debate on immigration reform, a long-awaited moment for both this chamber and the country. On the table were several politically charged issues, including both the Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals (DACA) program and President Trump’s proposed border wall.

But after a week of unsuccessful bargaining and a series of failed votes, it’s important for…

Feb 15
  • Economic Opportunity

This post is the first installment in NLC’s Economic Mobility and Opportunity Blog Series.

It’s not too late to make a New Year’s resolution to help your residents gain a solid financial footing. The National League of Cities’ (NLC) recent report offers a road map to help you achieve that commitment.

Keeping the American Dream Alive: Expanding Economic Mobility and Opportunity…

Feb 15
Trump
Trump
  • Infrastructure
  • Congress

After a long wait, Congress now has an extensive infrastructure proposal from the President on their desk to review. The passage of this administration’s infrastructure playbook to Congress kicks off the process in Washington to develop a bipartisan deal that could ramp up the federal partnership in infrastructure investment.

For city officials, who have been talking to the White House…

Feb 14
Supreme Court
Supreme Court
  • Legal & Legislative
  • Immigration

This week, the Supreme Court is expected to decide whether it will review a California federal court’s temporary nationwide injunction to maintain the Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals (DACA) program. It’s a case that has shaken the national immigration debate and put the Trump administration in a bind regarding enforcement.

Now, a federal district court in New York has issued a…

Feb 13
Apparel
Apparel
  • Legal & Legislative

With the 2018 election just months away, America’s courts have been asked to consider and reconsider every aspect of our democracy. From foreign meddling to paper ballot tracking, it seems no detail is too minute to challenge.

Now, the highest court in the country will consider a unique new electoral battleground: Political apparel at polling places.

In a Supreme Court amicus…