City Solutions Database

Welcome to NLC's City Practices Database. Here, you will find examples of initiatives and projects on a variety of topics being implemented now in cities of all sizes across the country.

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Feb 02
  • Education
  • Community

With former Mayor Ron Loveridge as the convener and champion of postsecondary completion, Riverside is seeing enormous gains through its Completion Counts program. When the city found that only 17.5% of cohorts in the Alvord and Riverside Unified School District's Class of 2002 completed a postsecondary degree, city leaders knew actions had to be taken. With the support of a $3 million grant…

Jan 05
  • Economic Development

The fiscal systems of cities are defined by the states in which they are located. These systems can create an environment that either allows municipalities to fund their share of resident needs and to thrive economically or constrains the ability of cities to balance budgets and deliver basic services.

Cities and State Fiscal Structures examines how the key components of these systems…

Dec 04
  • Education
  • Economic Development

To address a gap in science, technology, engineering, and math (STEM) fields, Mayor Tom Bates co-founded the East Bay Green Corridor Partnership in December 2007 along with neighboring mayors, UC-Berkeley, and Lawrence Berkeley National Laboratory. Engaging local leadership from the entire region, especially after the initiative's expansion in 2009, the East Bay Green Corridor promotes green…

Dec 03
  • Education
  • Early Childhood

An offshoot of the larger Fast Forward initiative, PeopleFirst identifies and promotes innovative education and workforce development programs. With Mayor A.C. Wharton's support, the goal of PeopleFirst is to create and maintain a framework so the educational pipeline in Memphis can guide the maximum number of students to postsecondary success. The strategies employed by PeopleFirst begin with…

Dec 03
  • Education

When he was developing his city's postsecondary success agenda, St. Louis Mayor Francis Slay knew that a regional approach would be crucial. Colleges that educate and businesses that hire may be in neighboring towns, and creating partnerships across localities and sectors presented an opportunity to align educational goals with industry needs. Postsecondary success has become a priority given…

Dec 03
  • Education

Former Portland Mayor Sam Adams made a commitment to education. He sought to increase the high school completion rate by 50% and double the number of youth who go on to postsecondary education or training. With Portland boasting Oregon's largest community college (Portland Community College at over 86,000 students), the city leadership was in a unique position to make improvements to the city'…

Dec 03
  • Community
  • Education

Realizing that improving education outcomes for its youth is crucial to future economic success, New York City is pushing for policy and attitude change towards college with the Graduate NYC! program. With the support of a $3million, three-year grant from the Bill and Melinda Gates Foundation and its Communities Learning in Partnership (CLIP) initiative, Graduate NYC! is working towards the…

Dec 03
  • Education

Although New Haven serves as the home of one of the world's premier universities, former Mayor John DeStefano, Jr., understood that the city's achievement gap and high dropout rates presented obstacles to improved economic stability. To counteract these potential barriers to a more successful city and make New Haven a top urban school district, the mayor launched a district-wide reform agenda…

Oct 10
  • Transportation
  • Traffic
What are the target goals?

The system aims to manage parking resources in the city of San Francisco, with the ultimate goal of making the roadways and thoroughfares more efficient for all users and modes and transportation (this includes public transit users, pedestrians, bicyclists, residents, tourists and business owners). This system, generally referred to as demand-responsive parking,…

Aug 01
  • Climate
  • Resilience
This tool kit is designed to help local governments reduce the effects of increased heat on their communities and citizens.

It provides an analytic tool for policy makers to consider a combination of four built-environment changes (cool roofs, green roofs, cool pavements, and urban forestry), providing clear criteria for selecting among these approaches.