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By Jenn Steinfield The future of work is changing. Technology is creating new opportunities but it’s also removing traditional employment in many communities. To help municipalities respond to this shifting change, the National League of Cities and LinkedIn are teaming up to provide cohorts of member cities with insights into career and entrepreneurship trends in

In the fall of 2019, the National League of Cities and the National Association of Counties (NACo) collaborated with PACENation to produce a three-part webinar series aimed at outlining the benefits of PACE (Property Assessed Clean Energy) to local governments, educating local officials about PACE financing and explaining how the program can be used for

You’ve probably heard it before: “Personnel is policy.” It’s the idea that, through their personnel appointments, city leaders transform policy proposals and campaign rhetoric into real programs that succeed or fail on the backs of the people they hire. For mayors who prioritize entrepreneurship, the “personnel as policy” creed is increasingly reflected in who fills

In 2006, Congress created the Edward Byrne Memorial Justice Assistance Grant Program (Byrne JAG) to provide “flexible” funds for state and local law enforcement programs. Last week, the Second Circuit became the first federal court of appeals to rule in favor of the Attorney General’s decision to add conditions to receiving federal Byrne JAG grants. In

As more cases of COVID-19, the Coronavirus, are identified in the United States, local leaders must answer the question about their own role in responding to the outbreak. The good news is that cities, towns and villages have longstanding emergency protocols for public health emergencies such as this and now is the time to show leadership. Here are three things

Last January, President Trump signed bipartisan legislation to benefit cities, towns, and villages with municipal storm sewer systems (MS4s) and publicly owned treatment works (POTWs). The Water Infrastructure Improvement Act codifies the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency’s (EPA) integrated planning framework in the Clean Water Act (CWA). The legislation is short – just 6 pages –

The U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) moved one step closer last week to regulating two PFAS substances under the Safe Drinking Water Act. Last week, the agency announced a proposed regulatory determination for PFOA and PFOS in drinking water – the two most well-known and studied PFAS chemicals. The proposed regulatory determination marks a key milestone

Local governments continue to combat federal telecommunications preemption on behalf of their communities and residents. A panel of judges in the Ninth Circuit Court heard oral argument for a legal challenge mounted by local governments to 2018 orders by the Federal Communications Commission (FCC) limiting local authority over wireless equipment in public rights-of-way. The hearing

As cities have responded to e-scooters being deployed on their streets, the conversation has evolved from how do cities take control of the deployment to how do cities utilize them to advance transportation goals? As a touted first- and last-mile solution, city officials need to ask – who should and would benefit most from access

We are often asked by colleagues and peers from around the country about Rochester’s success in addressing unhealthy housing environments in rental homes. We are proud of the fact that we have reduced rates of elevated blood lead levels (EBLL) in children, which are down by 85% since the adoption of the city’s lead ordinance