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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Nov 19
Houses
Houses
  • Veterans Homelessness

The Pikes Peak Veteran Housing Fund (PPVHF) is a community program aligned with the Mayor’s Challenge to End Veteran Homelessness to ensure homelessness is rare, brief, and non-recurring in our strong military community. The City, in conjunction with RMHS/HAV-SSVF, the Community Advisory Council on Veteran Homelessness (CACVH), the Pikes Peak Continuum of Care (CoC), and our overall community…

Nov 09
City innovation ecosystems
City innovation ecosystems
  • Business
  • Innovation
  • STEM

Today, the National League of Cities is announcing 50 cities, along with a number of universities and national organizations that have made specific and bold commitments to ensure their communities will thrive in the modern, innovation-driven economy. These cities are leading the nation with unique and effective local partnerships, transformational new initiatives, and significant resources…

  • Center for City Solutions
Nov 06
Park Forest
Park Forest
  • Equity
  • City Government
  • Social Justice
Building on a Unique History as an Integrated Village

The Village of Park Forest was established in 1948 to house military veterans as the nation’s first planned community after World War II. Park Forest was initially designed as one of the few communities without restrictive covenants by religion. Building on that ten-year tradition, Park Forest was racially desegregated in 1959 when the…

  • Race, Equity, and Leadership (REAL)
Nov 06
San Antonio
San Antonio
  • Equity
  • City Government
  • Social Justice
Developing an Office of Equity

In 2017, San Antonio, Texas was ranked one of the most unequal cities in the country by the Economic Innovation Group. Recognizing the ranking and the history of segregationist policies that led to it, San Antonio’s leaders are making an effort to reconcile their past with an equitable future for their residents through the San Antonio Office of Equity.

  • Race, Equity, and Leadership (REAL)
Oct 30
  • Housing
  • Veterans Homelessness

Veterans are more likely to own their own homes, but they tend to be older and more likely to have some form of a disability than non-veterans. Increasingly, local leaders are confronted with the costs associated with more residents — both veterans and non- veterans — aging in their communities. Calls to first responders regarding preventable slips, falls and other injuries related to mobility…

  • Center for City Solutions
Oct 30
Town Hall Meeting
Town Hall Meeting
  • Leadership & Management
  • Data Management
  • Civic Engagement

Residents often turn to city officials during census cycles. Below are some quick talking points to respond to your residents' most common questions and concerns:

“Participating in the 2020 Census is a civic duty and good for your community.”
The very first responsibility of the federal government under the U.S. Constitution is a count of all…

  • Center for City Solutions
  • Federal Advocacy
Oct 30
Family on porch
Family on porch
  • Leadership & Management
  • Data Management
  • Equity
  • Local

"Municipal governments have an important relationship with the census — both as consumers of the invaluable data it gathers and as partners in ensuring the complete and accurate count of our cities." 

The National League of Cities (NLC) supports the Census Bureau’s mission to “serve as the nation’s leading provider of quality data about its people and economy.” We also understand the…

  • Center for City Solutions
  • Federal Advocacy
Oct 29
UBI mural in Stockton, Calif.
UBI mural in Stockton, Calif.
  • Innovation
  • Equity

Cities are uniquely positioned to lead the country forward through innovation and ferocious experimentation. As we near the 2020s, it is apparent that the nation will need a social welfare system built for this new century and its specific challenges. One proposal governments are increasingly exploring is a policy now widely known as “universal basic income,” or UBI. The proposal represents a…

  • Center for City Solutions
Oct 16
AV
AV
  • Smart Cities
  • Transportation

The unstoppable forces of automation and artificial intelligence are rapidly changing the way we move through, work in and design cities. Technological advancements are transforming the mobility environment as a wide range of companies continue investing billions of dollars to develop, test and deploy autonomous vehicles. As a result, cities nationwide are now hosting autonomous vehicle pilots…

  • Center for City Solutions
Oct 10
Hurricane Michael
Hurricane Michael
  • Emergency
  • Leadership & Management

As Hurricane Michael bears down on the Florida Panhandle and neighboring states, millions of Americans will be impacted by flooding, power outages and wind damage. The storm comes as many states are still in recovery from Hurricane Florence, which struck last month along the Carolinas. 

As leaders of their communities, municipal officials are faced with the daunting tasks of preparing…

  • Member Services and Engagement
  • Strategic Partnerships
  • Infrastructure & Sustainability