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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Sep 17
  • Equity
  • City Government

A new report, Mayoral Views on Racism and Discrimination, explores how mayors of medium-sized and large cities understand race, discrimination and equity in their communities and on a national level.

Co-written by the National League of Cities (NLC) and the Boston University Initiative on Cities (IOC) and supported by The Rockefeller Foundation, the report cites three key findings:…

  • Race, Equity, and Leadership (REAL)
  • Center for City Solutions
Sep 10
  • Finance
  • City Government

The 2018 City Fiscal Conditions survey indicates that slightly more finance officers than last year are optimistic about the fiscal capacity of their cities. However, the level of optimism is still far below recent years. Furthermore, tax revenue growth is experiencing a year-over-year slowdown, with the growth in service costs and other expenditures outpacing it. Taken together, the survey…

  • Center for City Solutions
Aug 27
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small cell
  • Smart Cities
  • Broadband

On January 31, 2017, Federal Communications Commission Chairman Ajit Pai established a Broadband Deployment Advisory Committee (BDAC), which he tasked with making recommendations to the FCC on ways to accelerate the deployment of broadband by reducing or removing regulatory barriers to infrastructure investment. Among other tasks, Chairman Pai asked the BDAC to draft a model code for…

  • Center for City Solutions
Aug 27
  • Smart Cities
  • Broadband

On January 31, 2017, Federal Communications Commission Chairman Ajit Pai established a Broadband Deployment Advisory Committee (BDAC), which he tasked with making recommendations to the FCC on ways to accelerate the deployment of broadband by reducing or removing regulatory barriers to infrastructure investment. Among other tasks, Chairman Pai asked the BDAC to draft a model code for…

  • Center for City Solutions
Aug 24
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small cell
  • Smart Cities
  • Technology

With this seismic shift toward smart cities and the internet of things (IoT), reliance on wireless and wireline broadband infrastructure is becoming greater and greater. Mobile phones, IoT devices and other small wireless gadgets are becoming ubiquitous. Wireless data consumption has reached approximately 1.8 exabytes per month in North America alone, and that number is projected to grow six-…

  • Center for City Solutions
  • Urban Innovation
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
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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