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Finance

Public finance is fundamental to the activities of cities and towns and to the health of the national economy. It's how cities pay for the services, invest in infrastructure and support the municipal workforce. Our work features survey and other research reports on the structure, health, and factors affecting city finances, as well as resources for city officials to use in making better decisions. 

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  • Press Release

The National League of Cities is pleased to have joined the U.S. Communities Government Purchasing Alliance (U.S. Communities) in recently honoring the cities of Richmond, Calif., and Stockton, Calif., for saving taxpayer dollars through the use…

Customer Appreciation Award
Customer Appreciation Award
  • CitiesSpeak

This post was co-written by Alysha Davis. President Obama issued a proclamation declaring April 2015 to be National Financial Capability Month. It’s described as a to time to “renew our efforts to support the informed financial decisions that…

Financial capability
Financial capability
  • Press Release

WASHINGTON - The National League of Cities (NLC) today released its 2015 Cities and State Fiscal Structures report, which found that no state has expanded the fiscal authority of its cities since the start of the recession. The report provides a…

Press Release
Press Release
  • Press Release

State and local governments to receive technical assistance to advance Pay for Success projects in early childhood education and youth development.

Pay for Success (PFS) is an innovative contracting and financing model intended to help…

Pay for Success
Pay for Success
  • CitiesSpeak

Our monthly roundup of the latest news in economic development filtered through a city-focused lens. Reading something interesting? Share it with @robbins617.

Shining a new light on income inequality. The issue of inequity is getting prime…

San Diego
San Diego
  • Research Report

For the first time in human history, the majority of the world's population (54%) lives in urban areas, including 80 percent of Americans. This number is expected to grow to 66 percent of the world's population by 2050.

Increasing…

  • Press Release

Washington, DC - City officials are overwhelmingly feeling optimistic about the health and direction of local fiscal conditions for the first time since the recession, according to a new report from the National League of Cities. The 29th annual…

Press Release
Press Release
  • CitiesSpeak

Public sector employment has consequences for the quality of economic recovery since the majority of local government jobs are mid-wage.

It’s no secret that although national employment is on the upswing, the type of job growth we’re…

Boston Police Hiring
Boston Police Hiring
  • Press Release

On Tuesday, September 16, the Consumer Financial Protection Bureau (CFPB) will host a free, full day "Train-the-Trainer" event at their Washington, DC office to prepare interested city officials and staff in the DC, Maryland, and Virginia region…

Press Release
Press Release
  • CitiesSpeak

This is a guest post written by Adam Levenson of UNC-Chapel Hill’s MPA@UNC program.

“Trust, but verify.” According to certified public finance officers Stan Helgerson and David Richardson, Ronald Reagan’s famous stance on international…

Trust
Trust