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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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)
Mar 09
Louisville, KY
Louisville, KY
  • Equity

Strong mayoral leadership and a robust foundation of data helped Louisville Metro, the metropolitan government for the combined Louisville/Jefferson county area, begin a process to address the modern impact of segregation policies.

To do this, the city acknowledged past mistakes and facilitated community dialogue to build a vision of a more equitable Louisville. 

This city…

  • Race, Equity, and Leadership (REAL)
Mar 09
Austin, Texas
Austin, Texas
  • Equity

The City of Austin was named the U.S. News and World Report's Best Place to Live award and Forbes' Next Biggest Boom Town in the U.S.

But despite national accolades and the city's immense growth, Austin must face the historically overlooked truth of racial inequity. The Martin Prosperity Institute ranked Austin as the most…

  • Race, Equity, and Leadership (REAL)
Mar 07
Skyline
Skyline
  • Economic Development

The national urban-rural divide narrative is one that touts (or bemoans) the all-consuming growth of our nation’s largest cities and laments rural communities as devoid of economic potential. But this isn't the whole story. 

In a challenge to the conventional narrative, Bridging the Urban-Rural Economic Divide finds that stronger links between urban and rural areas are key to spurring…

  • Center for City Solutions
Feb 13
  • Environment & Sustainability
  • Water & Green Infrastructure
  • Air Pollution
  • Energy
  • Building

In American cities, green design continues to expand its influence. Solar panels, porous pavement, and green roofs are all catching on as ways for developers to reduce environmental impacts of buildings. But what happens when these features and other smart surface design elements are deployed throughout a neighborhood, or even an entire city?

Delivering Urban Resilience is the first…

  • Sustainable Cities Institute
  • Infrastructure & Sustainability
Feb 08
  • Veterans Homelessness

The Mayors Challenge is a network of 517 elected officials, including 450 mayors, 62 county and city officials, and five governors who have made a permanent commitment to ensure homelessness is rare, brief, and non-recurring, beginning with veterans. 

Here you will find local elected officials who have accepted the Mayors Challenge to End Veteran Homelessness.

Each participant…

  • Veterans Housing