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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Mar 05
Deep End Youth
Deep End Youth
  • Juvenile Justice
  • Youth & Family

Youth with sustained involvement in the juvenile justice system face serious challenges to making the normal developmental progress that helps cities thrive – for instance, with steps such as completing schooling, getting jobs, and living independently.

This new brief sketches the landscape in which juvenile justice-involved youth travel, as well as the steps that city leaders can…

  • Justice Reform and Youth Engagement
  • Institute for Youth, Education, and Families
Mar 04
  • Transportation
  • Infrastructure

Mobility is central to individual prosperity, commerce and the growth of communities.

When it comes to city streets, commuter highways, rail lines and ports, cities need transportation networks that run like clockwork. But the costs of congestion and maintenance backlogs are ever-growing, and the funding model the nation uses is not keeping pace with our needs.

In “Fixing…

Feb 27
Affordable Housing
Affordable Housing
  • Health & Wellness

As the role of housing as a determinant of success in life — affecting health, access to education, and the opportunity for upward mobility — becomes better understood, cities face the daunting task of eliminating the affordable-and-healthy housing shortfall. The challenge for city leaders is to ensure that city residents can afford a safe and healthy place to live, one that enables them to…

  • Institute for Youth, Education, and Families
Feb 21
  • Race & Equity

Many jurisdictions are creating offices or personnel dedicated to managing the municipality’s racial equity efforts and coordinating across arms of local government. Cities can make policies to develop this infrastructure or to build racial equity assessment processes into regular government functions. Here are a few examples.

  • Race, Equity, and Leadership (REAL)
Feb 21
  • Race & Equity
  • Race, Equity, and Leadership (REAL)
Feb 21
  • Race & Equity

City councils can apply a racial equity lens to key decision points outside of formal legislation. The operations of city departments can be tailored to address the structural causes of racial inequities. In many municipalities, city councils have authority over other decisions like those related to zoning, land ownership, purchasing, and hiring.

  • Race, Equity, and Leadership (REAL)
Feb 21
  • Race & Equity

Municipalities have an obligation to use policy, practice, and procedure to advance racial equity and undo the inequities baked into the law. Here are several ordinances that cities have passed with the express understanding of the racial inequities they are designed to address, ranging across the housing, employment, policing and zoning areas.

  • Race, Equity, and Leadership (REAL)
Feb 02
Rebuild With Us
Rebuild With Us
  • Federal
  • Advocacy
  • Infrastructure

 

Cities call on Congress to frame an infrastructure plan that works collaboratively with cities and reflects key guiding principles.

Sustainable Investment 

Together, cities and our federal partners must address the existing core infrastructure backlog, reestablish long-term funding, and use new technologies that will serve America’s cities for the next 100 years.

  • Federal Advocacy
Jan 28
Government Shutdown
Government Shutdown
  • Federal
  • Budget
  • City Government
  • Leadership & Management

The White House and Congress failed to reach an agreement on the seven remaining Fiscal Year (FY) 2019 spending bills before Friday, December 21, 2018 and forced a partial federal government shutdown.

NLC’s message to our federal partners is simple: Cities expect our leaders in Washington to meet their most basic obligation and keep the federal government open.

On January 25,…

  • Federal Advocacy
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…