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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Mar 02
  • Community
  • Aging
Program Goals

The Village of Shorewood, Wisconsin established a framework to help serve residents of all ages beginning in 1999. The impetus for these actions can be summed up by one resident, Lynn Sager, who upon retirement knew she'd need three things: a friendly and supportive community, volunteer opportunities and easy access to goods and services. Of those priorities, she explained, "…

Mar 01
  • Youth & Family

What are the target goals?
Since 2010, city officials in Columbia have led efforts to integrate financial inclusion into city government departments and services, directly funded financial empowerment programs, enacted policies to support financial inclusion and partnered with the private and nonprofit sectors to ensure all of the city's residents have the opportunity to achieve…

Mar 01
  • Youth & Family
  • Education
Summary

L.A. Cash for College is one of the region’s largest financial aid awareness campaigns that works to create a college-going culture in Los Angeles. Since 2001, the program has helped nearly 238,000 students and their families prepare for college and apply for financial aid. Cash for College partnership organizations provide over 150 financial aid assistance workshops free to students…

Mar 01
  • Youth & Family
  • Education
Summary

Representing more than 200 organizations, Remake Learning is a professional network of schools, museums, libraries, afterschool programs, community centers, higher education institutions, education technology companies, philanthropies, and civic leaders working together to inspire a generation of lifelong learners in Pittsburgh, West Virginia, and beyond. With millions of dollars…

Mar 01
  • Education

Summary

Louisville Engaging Children Outdoors (ECHO) provides fourth grade students meaningful experiences in the natural world to cultivate a closer relationship with their outdoor environment. Since its inception in 2008, the ECHO initiative has grown to serve children at six area schools, several regional and national parks, and other Out of School Time (OST) locations.

The…

Mar 01
  • Afterschool

Summary

The City of Grand Rapids has had a focus on improving the quality of its afterschool programs for almost two decades. Grand Rapids' Expanded Learning Opportunity Network, known as The ELO Network, has grown from its beginnings in 2001 to a collaborative of over 100 partners and 60 member organizations, including afterschool providers, business partners, nonprofits,…

Mar 01
  • Afterschool

Amidst growing concerns about juvenile crime, the cities of Brooklyn Park and Brooklyn Center created the Brooklyn Bridge Alliance for Youth, a governing board of top level decision-makers, bound together as one group, to address regional youth issues and create a vision and action plan for positive youth development in the Brooklyn Center and Brooklyn Park areas. By effectively coordinating…

Mar 01
  • Education

Summary

A 100 year old warehouse sitting between Little Rock and North Little Rock has become something very new and exciting in the last three years. Warwick Sabin, creator and executive director of the Innovation Hub, has developed a space that is enriching the region with a new kind of economic development while also preparing a new generation of thinkers and doers. The Arkansas…

Mar 01
  • Education

Summary

In 2008, Philadelphia Mayor Michael Nutter set a community wide goal of increasing high school graduation rates to 80% from 53% in 2007. The secondary goal was to increase baccalaureate attainment rates by 2017. City leaders recognized that getting young people in Philly to graduation and beyond was essential to the economic health and future of the city.  To foster…

Mar 01
  • Economic Development
Summary

In 2006, Orlando Mayor Buddy Dyer created Parramore Kidz Zone (PKZ) to serve as a public-private partnership aimed at "moving the needle" on the academic and economic success of children in Orlando's most disadvantaged neighborhood. PKZ invests in programs that cover all aspects of children's lives, from cradle through college and career. One of the strategies utilized by the PKZ is…