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Serving as municipal leaders, our work is ever constant and dynamic. We work tirelessly to respond to constituent needs by developing policy, managing land use, setting direction, negotiating contracts, balancing budgets, and working with various stakeholders. And the work can be quite detailed!   Opportunities like the recent Silicon Valley Future of Cities event, hosted by

The State and Local Legal Center (SLLC) has filed an amicus brief in City of Chicago, Illinois v. Fulton, an important case for local governments. The City of Chicago impounds vehicles when debtors have three or more unpaid fines. When Robbin Fulton’s vehicle was impounded for this reason, she filed for bankruptcy and asked the

Building on President Trump’s support for the 1 Trillion Trees initiative expressed during the State of the Union, House Republican leaders, led by Minority Leader Kevin McCarthy (R-CA), recently unveiled a package of bills aimed at reducing carbon emissions. The plan centers around three themes: carbon capture, clean energy investment and conservation. The initial set

This week the very first infrastructure forum for 2020 Presidential candidates was hosted by NLC’s friend and partner, United for Infrastructure, in Las Vegas, Nevada. Vice President Joe Biden, Senator Amy Klobuchar, Mayor Pete Buttigieg and Tom Steyer all stepped onto the stage to share their perspective and plans on how to tackle our worst infrastructure challenges while they also balance investing in new future infrastructure that’s perhaps electric and more connected than ever before. No candidate also made it

The 2020 Census is a pivotal event for every city in the country. Billions of federal dollars and hundreds of programs from Medicaid to special education and school lunches depend at least in part on the Census count. A robust and accurate count in urban areas often depends on local government and non-profits’ ability to

Partnerships are key to the success of Tucson’s Family Engagement Network and the Early Learning Coalition of Orange County, Florida in improving early childhood outcomes. While the two organizations differ in how long they’ve been working to promote early childhood success, both organizations name similar key elements to successfully partnering with local government and community

Government – especially state and local government – is uniquely positioned to create and deliver solutions to some of society’s greatest issues. The mayors of New York City and Seattle just recently noted at the United States Conference of Mayors Winter Meeting that, shaped by technology, local government is, indeed, at the forefront of change.

Infrastructure investment is essential to moving America forward, but how are Mayor Pete Buttigieg, Senator Amy Klobuchar, Vice President Joe Biden and Tom Steyer going to work with cities to rebuild? In the first-ever candidate forum on infrastructure, NLC will join United for Infrastructure on Sunday, February 16th at 2 PM PST, the University of Nevada Las

“I have no data yet. It is a capital mistake to theorize before one has data. Insensibly one begins to twist facts to suit theories, instead of theories to suit facts.” – Sir Arthur Conan Doyle in Sherlock Holmes Data is objective. Data is nonpartisan. Data can prevent us from acting insensibly. When we look

The United States Tennis Association (USTA) and the National League Cities (NLC) selected Grand Rapids, Los Angeles and Orlando to run pilot initiatives using organized tennis instruction to promote children’s physical activity while developing social-emotional skills that will last through their lifetimes. Under the pilot program, these cities will incorporate quality tennis instruction based on

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