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Jan 20
  • Social Justice
  • Equity

Today, we celebrate the birthday of Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr., who would be 85 years old if he were still alive today.  Across the country, businesses, governments, and schools are closed to allow people to celebrate the memory of one of history’s most important figures. Dr. King is a towering figure whose commitment to civil rights, nonviolence, and alleviating poverty and inequality…

Jan 13
  • Economic Opportunity

Nearly a year after putting forth the idea in his 2013 State of the Union address, last Thursday President Obama officially announced the Administration’s first five “Promise Zones.” In last year’s State of the Union, President Obama addressed the topic of economic mobility – or the ability to get ahead in life – with a resolve not previously heard in the run-up to his second term election.…

Jan 10
  • Education
  • Career
  • Job Training

More than 82% of U.S. manufacturers say they are having trouble finding the skilled labor they need to fill tens of thousands of jobs.  As reported by CNBC today, this is the situation that a St. Paul textile manufacturer found itself in two years ago after demand started to rise for their American-made products. Since 1904, J.W. Hume has manufactured its products in the U.S. even while…

Jan 09
  • Social Justice
  • Economic Opportunity

Fifty years ago this month, President Lyndon Johnson declared an “unconditional war on poverty in America” in his State of the Union address. In that speech he introduced legislation to bolster educational opportunities, employment, health care, and housing for all, particularly the most vulnerable among us. The War on Poverty would dramatically expand the federal government’s role in reducing…

Jan 06
  • Housing

Last month, Phoenix made the historic announcement that all of their chronically homeless veterans were off the streets. This amazing milestone is the result of collaboration between all parts of the community and the use of data to drive decisions and allocate resources. The accomplishment has sparked a national conversation about whether or not a city can end homelessness. The success…

Jan 01
  • City Government

For the first time in human history the majority of the world’s population lives in urban areas – including 80 percent of Americans and 3 billion people worldwide. As you might expect, increasing population growth in cities leads to increasing citizen demands on local government – demands which come during a time of weak economic growth and fragile fiscal health, no less. For these reasons,…

Dec 23
  • Local
  • Advocacy

An extended conversation with NLC President Chris Coleman. Listen to an abbreviated podcast of this interview on NLC's Sound Cloud account. As the end of the year approaches, top 100 lists, year-in-reviews and “person of the year” recognitions are beginning to make their rounds. What are the year's biggest themes in politics, culture and entertainment? How about for cities? Despite some…

Dec 20
  • Housing

On the streets of Phoenix, there are no more chronically homeless veterans. Zero. Let that sink in for a moment. There are no veterans in the City of Phoenix who have been on the street for more than one year consecutively or have had four episodes of homelessness in the last three years. That is the definition the U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development uses for chronic homelessness…

Dec 20
  • Health & Wellness
  • Exercise
  • Youth & Family
  • Health

This article was written by Jennifer Jennings, Community Health and Aquatics Supervisor, Annapolis Recreation and Parks Department and originally appeared on the Healthy Communities for a Healthy Future website. Annapolis, the capital of Maryland, is a vibrant city proud of its charming colonial heritage and home to the U.S. Naval Academy. The Annapolis Recreation and Parks Department (ARPD…

Dec 12
  • Education
  • School
  • Truancy

At its second national meeting in 2012, the NLC Dropout Reengagement Network set out a number of ambitious goals for itself. These included extending the outreach of the Network further; creating a sense of urgency around the need for reengagement; continuing peer learning; informing federal policy; providing students a voice; and demonstrating impact through narrative and numbers. One year…