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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Oct 30
Town Hall Meeting
Town Hall Meeting
  • Leadership & Management
  • Data Management
  • Civic Engagement

Residents often turn to city officials during census cycles. Below are some quick talking points to respond to your residents' most common questions and concerns:

“Participating in the 2020 Census is a civic duty and good for your community.”
The very first responsibility of the federal government under the U.S. Constitution is a count of all…

  • Center for City Solutions
  • Federal Advocacy
Oct 29
UBI mural in Stockton, Calif.
UBI mural in Stockton, Calif.
  • Innovation
  • Race & Equity

Cities are uniquely positioned to lead the country forward through innovation and ferocious experimentation. As we near the 2020s, it is apparent that the nation will need a social welfare system built for this new century and its specific challenges. One proposal governments are increasingly exploring is a policy now widely known as “universal basic income,” or UBI. The proposal represents a…

  • Center for City Solutions
Oct 16
AV
AV
  • Smart Cities
  • Transportation

The unstoppable forces of automation and artificial intelligence are rapidly changing the way we move through, work in and design cities. Technological advancements are transforming the mobility environment as a wide range of companies continue investing billions of dollars to develop, test and deploy autonomous vehicles. As a result, cities nationwide are now hosting autonomous vehicle pilots…

  • Center for City Solutions
Oct 10
Hurricane Michael
Hurricane Michael
  • Emergency
  • Leadership & Management

As Hurricane Michael bears down on the Florida Panhandle and neighboring states, millions of Americans will be impacted by flooding, power outages and wind damage. The storm comes as many states are still in recovery from Hurricane Florence, which struck last month along the Carolinas. 

As leaders of their communities, municipal officials are faced with the daunting tasks of preparing…

  • Member Services and Engagement
  • Strategic Partnerships
  • Infrastructure & Sustainability
Sep 17
  • Race & 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 17
  • Climate
  • Environment & Sustainability

In 2015, Americans generated more than 262 million tons of waste, or nearly 4.5 pounds per person, per day. To handle this load, nearly every U.S. city has developed a solid waste management program that includes recycling. These initiatives have overall proved successful. The recycling rate has tripled in the last 30 years to approximately 25.8 percent in 2015, or nearly 68 million tons. The…

  • 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
  • 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
small cell
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 24
small cell
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