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.

May 02
  • Afterschool

by Michael Karpman

Throughout the country, cities and United Ways are working together to improve outcomes for children and families by leveraging each other's capacity to engage residents and organizations around common goals, track progress and sustain momentum over time.

To identify opportunities for enhancing these partnerships, NLC's Institute for Youth, Education and…

  • Institute for Youth, Education, and Families
Apr 17
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  • Financial Empowerment

Families who do not use bank accounts and other safe, affordable financial services often live paycheck to paycheck — and precariously close to a serious financial crisis. Often considered the “on-ramp” to financial stability, a bank account provides a family with the means to save and make the basic financial transactions necessary for day-to-day life. Yet millions of American families lack…

  • Institute for Youth, Education, and Families
Jun 01
  • Land Use
  • Environment & Sustainability
  • Community
  • Economic Development
  • Downtown
  • Neighborhoods

This model RFP is for the City of Flagstaff's second phase of proposals for a mixed-use Traditional Neighborhood Development of approximately 27 acres along John Wesley Powell Boulevard in Flagstaff, Arizona.

This is a detailed request for proposals (RFP) that can be used as a model for other cities looking to promote or create traditional neighborhood developments. This RFP requires a…

  • Sustainability
Dec 21
  • Youth & Family

No challenge facing cities and towns is more urgent than protecting our children and youth.  Ensuring children’s safety at home, keeping them out of harm’s way on the streets and at school, and shielding young people from influences that can draw them into acts of crime and violence – these steps are essential to the well-being of our communities.

The lives of young people in our…

  • Institute for Youth, Education, and Families