Research and Technical Assistance


Urban trends and topics analyzed and distilled to support your community. 


Our research spans from broad anaiysis of city priorities to deep dives into topics like economic development and snapshots of city success stories. Designed to give your community a road-map for the future, you can browse our research library to find the content most relevant to the needs of your community. 

Research and Publications

Technical Assistance 

Institute for Youth, Education and Families

Institute of Youth, Education, and Families NLC’s Institute for Youth, Education, and Families (YEF Institute) grew out of the belief that to thrive, cities need strong leaders who make the education, safety and health of the families and children in their communities a citywide priority. The YEF Institute focuses on practical help and advice to city leaders. Through the Mayors’ Institutes, technical assistance projects, Leadership Academies and peer learning networks, the YEF Institute reaches cities of all sizes and brings together local leaders to develop partnerships that produce innovative, long-term solutions.

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Initiative on Race, Equity and Leadership

NLC's Race, Equity and Leadership Initiative (REAL) was created to eliminate racial disparities, heal racial divisions and build more equitable communities. Through training and various resources, REAL helps municipal leaders build safe places where people from all racial, ethnic and cultural backgrounds thrive socially, economically, academically and physically. 

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