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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Dec 14
  • Afterschool

Job training and mentoring are pillars of afterschool in Ville Platte, Louisiana.  In the early 2000s, local officials and community stakeholders in Ville Platte recognized the need to make efforts to improve the quality of life for the city’s youth. In particular, city leaders were adamant about changing the lives of at-risk youth by providing them with employment…

Dec 14
  • Afterschool

Promise South Salt Lake is an initiative within the increasingly diverse community of South Salt Lake, population 24,000, dedicated to building a citywide system of supports for youth and families.  Promise South Salt Lake was officially incorporated as a city department in 2012 with strong support from Mayor Cherie Wood. The South Salt Lake Mayor’s Office, with the support of South Salt Lake…

Dec 14
  • Afterschool

Recognizing the need for continued learning opportunities throughout the summer months, Northfield, Minnesota’s PRIMEtime collaborative partners will run three main summer programs this year. Created in 2007, the PRIMEtime collaborative is a network of afterschool programs and schools that work to provide a continuum of free, year-round, out-of-school time programs to more than 1,000 children…

Dec 14
  • Afterschool
Photo credit: United Way of Essex and West Hudson

Newark, N.J. has emerged as a national leader in the summer learning movement. Since beginning a communitywide assessment of existing summer programs in 2010, local officials have worked closely with the National Summer Learning Association (NSLA),community leaders and key local partners including The Prudential Foundation, the Victoria…

Dec 14
  • Afterschool
Children on a field trip with Bright Futures Community Learning Center.


One woman’s vision of providing high quality afterschool and summer learning opportunities through exposure to diverse perspectives, cultures and activities has changed an entire community. Donna Gaignard has a passion for improving the lives of children and families. When she returned to her hometown of…

Dec 14
  • Afterschool
Many cities may have various afterschool offerings, however, a major consideration is how to target these opportunities to make sure they are equitable. In Denver, the solution to increasing equity came through efficient use of data.

Denver is home to many afterschool programs and providers. The Denver Afterschool Alliance (DAA), a sponsored initiative of the city’s Office of Children's…

Dec 13
  • Economic Development
  • Community & Housing

What are the goals of the program?

Beginning in 2009, in the midst of the home mortgage foreclosure crisis, the city of Coon Rapids implemented a housing rehabilitation program. Over the course of four years, the Home for Generations program successfully remodeled five houses - two ramblers, two split entry homes, and one story and a half. The goal was to demonstrate the cost-…

Dec 13
  • Public Safety
  • City Government

Background

North Dakota's endless cornfields have provided the perfect means of escape for fleeing suspects in police chases. Police in North Dakota sought help using unmanned aerial vehicles, UAV's commonly known as pilotless drones. The Grand Forks County Sherriff's Office received FAA approval to test drones for police assistance in late 2013 and shortly thereafter made their first…

Dec 13
  • Education
  • Youth & Family

What are the target goals?
Through the AmeriCorps VISTA program, the city of Avondale is working closely with one of the local school districts to enhance its Avondale Education and Community Engagement Initiative. This effort assists with the delivery of Science, Technology, Engineering, Arts and Mathematics (STEAM) activities that are geared toward improving academic performance in the…

Dec 12
  • Transportation
  • Economic Development
What are the target goals?

In the absence of any tax increment financing options (TIF) available under Washington State law, the City of Auburn sought to stimulate development in its city center with infrastructure projects financed through alternative means. Revitalization started with the construction of a new regional transportation center in 2000 to link the city with…