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 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…

Mar 01
  • Education

Medical professionals and educators use developmental screenings to determine whether children are learning basic skills at expected ages or experiencing significant developmental delays. When such delays go unrecognized, as happens far too often, families miss out on opportunities for early intervention and children are much less likely to enter kindergarten ready to learn and succeed in…

Jan 23
  • Resilience
  • Climate
  • Environment & Sustainability
  • Civic Engagement
  • Equity

Over the next few decades, sea level is projected to rise by up to 26 inches in and around West Palm Beach and the entire state of Florida faces a number of hazards including flooding, extreme precipitation, hurricanes, thunderstorms and extreme heat. As the regional temperature continues to increase, it will cause increasing stress public health, natural and built environments, energy,…

Jan 11
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  • Leadership & Management

Each year, mayors, council presidents, and city managers deliver State of the City speeches. These speeches can increase transparency and help local leaders connect with constituents, network with local business, and tout their accomplishments to the region. For these reasons, an effective speech can be a powerful governing tool to add to your repertoire, if it is not already.

Dec 20
  • Land Use

HOW CAN BIRMINGHAM LEVERAGE THE ASSETS OF THE BIRMINGHAM CIVIL RIGHTS DISTRICT (BCRD) INTO A SUSTAINABLE, VIBRANT AND REVITALIZED DISTRICT IN ITS DOWNTOWN?

Birmingham is seeking assistance developing a strategy for leveraging the assets of the Birmingham Civil Rights District (BCRD)—including the City’s plan to invest up to $13 million dollars to renovate the…

Dec 20
  • Land Use

WHAT LAND USE AND IMPLEMENTATION STRATEGIES CAN ROCHESTER USE TO ACTIVATE AND REVITALIZE MAIN STREET, THE GENESEE RIVER CORRIDOR, AND THE BROAD STREET AQUEDUCT, CREATING DYNAMIC CONNECTIONS BETWEEN THESE THREE DOWNTOWN ASSETS?

Main Street runs east-west across the center of downtown Rochester. The Genesee River runs north-south, and both intersect in the center of downtown. The…

Dec 20
  • Land Use
How can Denver catalyze new private investment and redevelopment in the West Colfax area?

How can Denver catalyze new private investment and redevelopment in the West Colfax area that engages and supports existing residents while actively attracting new ones; enhances the positive qualities of existing neighborhood fabric while creating a more compelling and human-focused built environment;…

Dec 16
  • Technology

What are the project goals?

The City of Mooresville made the decision to establish high speed Internet as a basic utility to which all citizens have access. Through a robust technology infrastructure, the city will better equip its students, citizens, and businesses with the tools necessary compete in a global market. Schools will have access to the fastest Internet speeds…

Dec 16
  • Innovation
  • Innovation Districts

Community leaders in Brookings, South Dakota sought ways to jump-start economic development, boost public spiritedness, and unleash the creative ideas of residents in the city and the region. The resulting Creativity Week festival, begun in 2014 and continued in 2015, gives credence to the city's claim as "Creative Capital of the North."

What are the goals?

With a…