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Economic Development

Economic development is the engine that helps cities grow successfully. Whether it’s promoting an environment where small businesses can thrive, supporting more and better employment opportunities, or offering improved amenities to current and prospective residents and businesses, we have a wealth of resources and strategies you can rely upon.

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As cities across America work to strengthen their economic standing and competitiveness, we must build strong workforce development systems.

"Workforce Investment Strategies to Support Local Economies" is a new resource from the National League…

Worker
Worker

Infrastructure is a bipartisan issue. It's time to rebuild together.

Policymakers, industry experts, and city leaders agree – we must rebuild America’s infrastructure before it’s too late. But, it's not…

  • CitiesSpeak

The national urban-rural divide narrative is one that touts (or bemoans) the all-consuming growth of our nation’s largest cities and laments rural communities as devoid of economic potential. But this isn’t the whole story.

In a challenge…

Urban-rural divide
Urban-rural divide
  • Press Release

WASHINGTON — March 12, 2018 — “Bridging the Urban-Rural Economic Divide,” a new report released today by National League of Cities (NLC) in partnership with the state municipal leagues, challenges conventional thinking about the urban-rural…

Roanoke, Virginia.
Roanoke, Virginia.
  • Research Report

The national urban-rural divide narrative is one that touts (or bemoans) the all-consuming growth of our nation’s largest cities and laments rural communities as devoid of economic potential. But this isn't the whole story. 

In a…

Skyline
Skyline
  • Press Release

National League of Cities, Etsy, Recast City and Urban Manufacturing Alliance Join Forces for Latest Report

Charlotte, N.C. – A new report out today from the National League of Cities (NLC), Etsy, Recast City and the Urban…

maker
maker
  • Research Report

As cities embrace a future permeated by technology, local leaders must continually reassert and revisit community values, while ensuring these values are the foundation of new plans, policies, and programs. 

This…

  • Press Release

New National League of Cities Research Examines Future of Equity in Infrastructure, Public Safety and Economic Development

CHARLOTTE, N.C. – Today, the National League of Cities (NLC) released new research on the future of…

Future of Equity
Future of Equity
  • Research Report

The nation’s smaller cities and towns have a culture, vibrancy and uniqueness all their own.

While innovations such as driverless cars, demand-price parking and data-crunching sensor networks might be pioneered…

  • Research Report

As the maker economy continues to take shape in cities across the country, it is emerging as a potential powerhouse for building strong local economies through creative maker- microbusinesses and small-scale…

Maker
Maker