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Articles from Vol. 16, No. 49, December 13

Advisory Council Report Helps Cities Navigate the Global Economy
NLC's Advisory Council met at the Congress of Cities to review their work in 1993 on the topic of cities and towns in the global economy and to plan their 1994 work on the topic of public safety. Chaired by Hal Conklin, mayor of Santa Barbara, Calif....
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Board Puts Emphasis on Health Care, Mandates, Crime
The NLC Board of Directors assessed progress on the 1993 Action Agenda, with particular emphasis on health care reform, crime, and reducing mandates, and initiated planning for the 1994 Action Agenda to guide the organization during the coming year....
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Cities Must Be Leaders in Infrastructure's Future
The 70th Annual Congress of Cities boasted seven tracks designed to offer participants sessions to work through specific issues and develop tangible options for municipal governance. The track on infrastructure and investment, with its four concurrent...
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Coming Changes Pose Uphill Struggle as Well as Chance to Succeed
America's cities and towns--and their elected officials--face an uphill struggle, judging from some of the changes they must cope with. But the same closing general session at which some of these changes were summarized brought to the surface several...
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Economic Upturn Masks Disturbing Long-Term Trends, Reich Tells City Officials
U.S. Secretary of Labor Robert B. Reich had good economic news and strategic advice on economic development for city officials when he addressed attendees at the opening general session of the National League of Cities on Dec. 3. Speaking to a packed...
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Elected Local Officials Must Share Power
Elected city officials must learn to share power in rebuilding not only the physical but social capital of their communities, some 200 delegates attending a series of four workshops on youth, education & families were told last week at the Congress...
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Even with Need Greater Than Ever, HUD Budget Is Straining
Just like every place else, finances are tight at HUD, Secretary Henry Cisneros told NLC's Board and Advisory Council during a luncheon meeting last week. The former NLC President was in Orlando for just a couple of hours, making a special trip...
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Fraser Says Cities Must Put Families Issues on Front Burner
Outgoing NLC leader Donald M. Fraser devoted his President's Address during the Congress of Cities to a call for a national family policy encompassing national health insurance and a minimum wage increase, among other elements. Fraser, who is retiring...
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Local Concerns Emerge as Clinton's Health Reform Package Starts Unfolding
While the nation's mayors and municipal elected officials generally applaud the Clinton Administration's far-reaching health care reform proposal, concerns still exist regarding major gaps in the proposal that could have a profound effect on the future...
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Local Officials Come Together to Shape Change; NLC Members Focus on a Better Future
In reunion-like fashion, thousands of local elected officials came together at the 70th Annual Congress of Cities and Exposition In Orlando for a spirited exchange of ideas in planned activities including preconference seminars, issue-intense mini...
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Local Officials Need Relief from Unfunded Mandate Burden
In recent years, unfunded mandates on local governments, especially those imposed by the federal government, have become one of the single heaviest burdens on the nation's cities and towns. At the same time, funding from the federal and many state...
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NLC Membership Elects Sharpe James to Lead Cities in '94
NLC's members elected their officers and board of directors for 1994 at their annual business meeting during the Congress of Cities in Orlando on December 5. Newark Mayor Sharpe James assumed leadership of the organization, Atlanta Councilwoman...
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NLC Members Revise Mission and Voice for New Year
City and town leaders from every section of the nation voted to adopt new, national municipal policy positions on federal mandates, comprehensive health care reform, telecommunications, local economies, the environment and international Wade issues...
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Officials Look for Ways to Put 'Safety' Back in Public Safety
If any consensus came out of the Public Safety Track of the National League of Cities' Annual Convention in Orlando, it was this: the public doesn't feel safe, and city officials know it. At all four sessions, facilitators, panelists and the audience...
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Persevere, Reno Says, and the New Crime Law Will Help America's Cities; Time Has Come for a Two Way Street
The nation's chief prosecutor told the country's municipal elected officials their voices must be "loud and clear" in support of tough anti-crime legislation set for consideration when the 103rd Congress reconvenes in January. U.S. Attorney General...
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Regional Strength Is Economic Linchpin
Regional networking, community visioning, broad tool use, and dealing with emerging global inferences are the keys for local economies to survive in the 1990s and beyond. This conclusion came as a part of the Local Economies Track of four workshops...
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Shields, Phillips Trade Views on New Political Landscape; America Still Hungry for Change, but Confused about Directions
While 1992 may have been the "Year of Change," much of that change may not have been m specific "wants" as much as in the factors that fuel the hopes of the American political system. And the trends that were set in 1992 are likely to fuel the politics...
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