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Solvent pensions are crucial to local governments and the employees who serve them because they reduce financial instability. And the first step in reducing that instability is becoming informed. But navigating pension plans for your municipal workforce is no easy task. As several states have reformed their retirement systems since the Great Recession, it is

In a speech peppered with rap and inspirational quotes, Academy and Grammy-award winner Common admitted that he’s often asked why he doesn’t go into politics. Facing a room of more than 2,000 local elected officials, his answer: I’ll leave that to you guys. Common congratulated the local leaders for their service and offered a map

It’s been an incredible four days in San Antonio, Texas at the National League of Cities City Summit. Workshops, General Sessions, mobile tours – and not to mention the Beach Boys – this has been an eventful and exciting City Summit! Here are our top ten moments: Coming Together This year, over 4,000 local officials,

Joe Buscaino, councilmember, Los Angeles, currently serves as the president of the National League of Cities. The thing that makes me most proud today is that 45 years ago as my mother was bringing me home from the hospital after giving birth, Los Angeles’ legendary Mayor Tom Bradley was taking the helm as president of

On the main stage at City Summit in San Antonio, in front of nearly 4,000 local leaders, two 2020 presidential candidates shared their plans to strengthen local communities in America. Continuing the National League of Cities’ 95-year legacy of non-partisanship, 2020 presidential candidates from both sides of the aisle participated. Moderated by Kim Hart, Cities

Today, our nation’s cities, towns and villages commit to Leading Together. On the main stage at the National League of Cities’ City Summit Conference in San Antonio, Texas, Mayor Eric Garcetti of Los Angeles, California unveiled the ‘Leading Together 2020 Cities Agenda,’ a platform, plan and partnership for the 2020 presidential election and beyond. This

This is a guest post by Jason D. King, Senior Vice President of Corporate Communications & Marketing, Clear Channel Outdoor Americas. Many working families would agree that lengthening the typical school day by up three hours would better align with the typical 8-5 workday. That school day extension may not be music to the ears

As of today, 138 cities have formally announced 100% renewable energy goals or targets, while others are actively considering similar goals. Cities have a wide variety of renewable energy procurement options to help them achieve their goals. One such option available to cities is leveraging an electric franchise agreement to partner with their local utility on new

This week, Congress is expected to extend their deadline again for passing the twelve annual spending bills. Following the first deadline of October 1st, the start of a new fiscal year, Congress voted to extend the deadline to November 22nd.  With the new deadline rapidly approaching, Congress is expected to give themselves additional time by

At City Summit 2018, 50 cities committed to new initiatives to support their innovation economies. NLC’s City Innovation Ecosystems program collects and tracks these commitments in order to showcase successes, identify best practices and connect peer cities who can learn together. Here we share the story of one city’s work: Kate Kinnison, R&D Administrator for the