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Race & Equity

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  • CitiesSpeak

This summer, we’ve embarked on a road trip to find out how six cities are building equitable pathways to postsecondary and workforce success. In Austin, we meet with key stakeholders and Mayor Steve Adler to learn about the next steps in ensuring…

Austin, Texas.
Austin, Texas.
  • CitiesSpeak

Across the country, issues of racial equity continue to spark unrest in communities. In cities and towns both small and large, our country has been made to repeatedly stare into the face of our scarred past — and to acknowledge the long road…

Louisville, Kentucky
Louisville, Kentucky
  • Press Release

WASHINGTON — October 2, 2017 — Today the National League of Cities (NLC) Race, Equity and Leadership (REAL) initiative announced that 15 cities will participate in its inaugural National Municipal Learning Community for Truth, Racial Healing and…

Rochester, N.Y.
Rochester, N.Y.
  • CitiesSpeak

This is a co-authored post by Leon T. Andrews, Jr., director of NLC’s Race, Equity And Leadership (REAL) initiative, and Kiara Aponte, NLC’s REAL intern.

According to the U.S. Census Bureau’s latest projection, by 2044 people of color…

A Puerto Rican parade, by Getty.
A Puerto Rican parade, by Getty.

Rural vs. urban. It’s a simple yet compelling narrative about the dichotomous relationship between place and economic growth. It has become our frame of reference for everything from the opioid epidemic to national election results. Often this…

Economic Conditions
Economic Conditions
  • CitiesSpeak

Jim Terrell works in community planning and economic development policy for the city of Minneapolis. This week, he talks about the city's new Access to Capital program and why an equitable approach to economic…

photo - An Inside Look at Equitable Economic Development in Minneapolis
photo - An Inside Look at Equitable Economic Development in Minneapolis
  • CitiesSpeak

John Smith and Jason Ewas work in economic development policy for the city of Boston. This week, they share how equity plays a central role in Boston Mayor Martin Walsh's economic development agenda.

This post is…

photo - An Inside Look at Equitable Economic Development in Boston
photo - An Inside Look at Equitable Economic Development in Boston
  • CitiesSpeak

Mayors play an important role in reinforcing the values of their cities and their residents.

When tensions and uncertainty across the nation are very high, mayors have a responsibility to remind us what we have…

photo - Mayors Embrace Inclusive Values Amidst Hate
photo - Mayors Embrace Inclusive Values Amidst Hate
  • CitiesSpeak

Our annual analysis of mayoral State of the City addresses shows that cities are increasingly focusing on workforce and small business development through an equity lens. Here’s how several mayors from around the country…

photo - Economic Priorities at City Hall: Employment, Entrepreneurship, and Equity
photo - Economic Priorities at City Hall: Employment, Entrepreneurship, and Equity
  • Research Report

City leaders know their cities thrive when their residents are healthy and financially secure. Health insurance coverage, whether through the private market or government-sponsored programs such as Medicaid and the Children’s Health Insurance…

photo - Youth Employment and Financial Capability: A Municipal Action Guide
photo - Youth Employment and Financial Capability: A Municipal Action Guide