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People walking on bridge

Civic Engagement

Broad participation by residents in government and public life strengthens democracy and governance at the local level, resulting in a more informed and inclusive community built on trust that can more effectively meet the needs of all stakeholders. In addition to the traditional citizen participation in government, information collected through open data programs offers another avenue to improve governmental transparency, performance, and spur economic growth.

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  • CitiesSpeak

As the confetti is cleared away and residents in Cleveland and Philadelphia resume life as normal, what can cities learn from the intersection of technology and the conventions?

Whether they watched on television, on a computer, or on a…

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  • CitiesSpeak

This is a guest post by Santiago Jaramillo.

There’s one thing that still remains the same in towns across America. People still crave information about what’s going on in their community. But the way they’ve chosen to consume that…

  • Press Release

WASHINGTON—The National League of Cities (NLC) today recognized seven cities for implementing programs that enhance and promote cultural diversity in their communities. Presented at the "Celebrate Diversity Breakfast" at the 2016 Congressional…

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Press Release
  • Press Release

Nashville, Tenn.—Councilmember Priscilla Tyson of Columbus, Ohio was elected the 2016 president of the National Black Caucus of Local Elected Officials (NBC-LEO) constituency group during the group's annual membership meeting at the National…

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Press Release
  • Press Release

Mary France Gordon, 1947-2015

 

Mary France Gordon was an employee of the National League of Cities for 23 years, and most recently served as Foundation Director as well as Program Director of NLC's Constituency Groups. She was…

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Press Release
  • Press Release

WASHINGTON - Following the 50th anniversary of the civil rights march in Selma, Ala., the National League of Cities (NLC) today announced the "Race, Equity and Leadership" (REAL) initiative to facilitate an honest discussion around race and…

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Press Release
  • Case Studies & Practices
Background

Realizing that a highly educated city creates the most economic opportunity, the Mayor's Office of Louisville Metro has organized strong partnerships between stakeholders in business, government, and education to increase the number…

  • Case Studies & Practices
Background

In the fall of 2011, community leaders including the City Manager, General Manager of the City's Water and Electric Board, Executive Director of the area's St. Vincent DePaul Society, and the President of the county's Home Builders…

  • Case Studies & Practices

Leaders from the City and County of San Francisco have several formal partnerships with the San Francisco Unified School District (SFUSD) and San Francisco State University. The city also joined with the City College of San Francisco, SFUSD, and…

  • Case Studies & Practices
What are the programs Goals?

Greater University Circle is a four-square-mile area in Cleveland that is home to Case Western Reserve University, the Cleveland Clinic, and University Hospitals.  Together these neighborhood anchor institutions…