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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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…

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
  • Race & 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
  • Race & 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