Research & Publications

The National League of Cities strives to strengthen communities, transform and improve cities, and serve as a resource for local elected officials. Our research and publications advance these goals by providing critical data, identifying promising city practices, sharing inspiring and informative stories, and fostering effective solutions and innovation. Through original content such as reports, issue briefs, news articles and blog posts, we explore the issues facing cities today and foster a dialogue that helps city leaders build better communities.

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Jun 29
  • Climate
  • Communications
  • Environment & Sustainability

Despite lingering disagreement about the causes of climate change, its impacts have reached cities and towns across America. That is why thousands of local leaders have already started working to cut energy use, use more renewables, improve transportation systems, reduce waste, and prepare their communities. Through local climate and sustainability action, cities and towns are creating jobs,…

  • Sustainable Cities Institute
Jun 26
Future of work image
Future of work image
  • Sharing Economy
  • Smart Cities

The National League of Cities’ Center for City Solutions has analyzed occupations at three levels of automatability as well as the highest-ranking skills associated with those occupations. The goal of this report is to identify growing American occupations and their susceptibility to automation, ranking them with low, medium, or high automatability. Analyzing these rankings will help city…

  • Center for City Solutions
Jun 25
  • Health & Wellness
Invitation to Join

To harness the power of city leadership to address social determinants of health, the National League of Cities (NLC) is piloting Cities of Opportunity, which offers an agenda for action that seeks to improve the health and well-being of city residents. Through the pilot, NLC will help city leaders develop and implement robust, integrated action plans for their communities…

  • Health & Wellness
  • Institute for Youth, Education, and Families
May 29
Cityscape 2018
Cityscape 2018
  • City Government
  • Infrastructure

Each year, mayors across the nation detail their vision for their city’s future in a seminal address—their state of the city speech. These speeches have taken on new significance as mayors emerge as focal points in the intergovernmental context. While many state and federal partners are mired in political gridlock or actively disinvesting in cities, mayors consistently demonstrate the capacity…

  • Center for City Solutions
May 24
blockchain imagery
blockchain imagery
  • Technology
  • Civic Tech
  • Sharing Economy

Public trust in American lawmakers (particularly at the national level), elections and democratic institutions has plummeted in recent years. While there are many contributing factors, the explosion of digital information, digital misinformation and outright abuse has played a major role in this downward trend. To restore confidence in the core tenets of our society, leaders need solutions…

  • Center for City Solutions
May 11
  • Housing
  • Neighborhoods
  • Community & Housing
What was the goal of the initiative?

The UnitedHealthcare and Chicanos Por La Causa Partnership for Quality Affordable Housing and Supportive Health and Wellness Services was developed to acquire, develop, and operate, multi-family housing units for low-income…

  • Center for City Solutions
Apr 16
Worker
Worker
  • Economic Development
  • Equity
As cities across America work to strengthen their economic standing and competitiveness, we must build strong workforce development systems.

"Workforce Investment Strategies to Support Local Economies" is a new resource from the National League of Cities that explores key areas that should be considered when preparing for the future of work: 

Supporting & Scaling Pathways Through…
  • Federal Advocacy
  • Center for City Solutions
Apr 02
  • Health & Wellness
  • Opioid Crisis

Ahead of the planned Mayors’ Institute on opioids in May, the YEF Institute’s Health and Wellness team released a new report, “Opioid Use Disorder: City Actions and Opportunities to Address the Epidemic.”  This resource for cities contains short examples of efforts in cities from across the county, including an emphasis on state and local strategies that inform our collective efforts to…

  • Institute for Youth, Education, and Families
  • Center for City Solutions
Mar 09
Takoma Park
Takoma Park
  • Equity

Takoma Park, Maryland, a Washington, DC suburb of 17,600 people, recognizes that racial inequities have become institutionalized in the policy and practices of many agencies. To ensure their city works for all its residents, Mayor Kate Stewart and the city council committed to address racial equity proactively and deliberately as part of its decision-making process. This city is working toward…

  • Race, Equity, and Leadership (REAL)
Mar 09
New Orleans
New Orleans
  • Equity

When New Orleans Mayor Mitch Landrieu set out to remove a series of confederate monuments lining the city spaces, it sparked national conversation--and action.

But while the story captured the nation's attention, the Mayor and the city's efforts to address racial inequities and begin a process of racial reconciliation in New Orleans were both broader and more comprehensive than…

  • Race, Equity, and Leadership (REAL)