Nation's Cities Weekly

Monthly publication has articles and news briefs that cover municipal issues, such as government, economy, immigration, housing and transportation and after school programs.

Articles from Vol. 23, No. 21, May 29

Austin Mayor Calls for `Equity' to Help Low-Wage Workers
Succeed in the New Economy and Advance Out of Poverty Mayor Kirk Watson of Austin, Tex., urged cities to promote "equity" and set "regional goals" in workforce and economic development in order to help low-wage workers move into family-supporting...
CED Members Focus on Disaster Assistance, Trade Compacts
Natchez, Miss., Mayor Larry "Butch" Brown, hosted the spring meeting of NLC's Community and Economic Development (CED) Steering Committee on May 18-20. Richland, Wash., Council Member Larry Haler, chair of the committee, moderated the meeting. The...
Cities Urge Consolidation of Homeless Program Funding
Cities spoke out last week, asking the federal government to give them greater flexibility and a reliable stream of resources to meet the challenges of homelessness. Speaking before the Senate Housing and Transportation Subcommittee, Barbara Richardson,...
House Unit Proposes Delay for TMDL Regulations
The House Veterans Affairs, HUD, and Independent Agencies Appropriations Subcommittee (James Walsh, R-N.Y., Chairman), in addressing fiscal 2001 funding for the Environmental Protection Agency, is proposing to impose a delay on promulgation and implementation...
Learning Fair Is Event Highlight
Approximately 1,300 middle and high school students celebrated the 12th annual National Youth Service Day in the District of Columbia. They kicked off the first Service Learning Fair sponsored by the D.C. Service Learning Initiative as an all day event...
Local Officials Convene on Technology Leadership
At a wooded, campus setting, city and county officials convened to explore the future of technology and its impact on local government. Led by the staff of IBM's Advanced Business Institute, the Information Technology Leadership Institute focused on...
President Clinton, Speaker Hastert Announce Bipartisan Economic Development Plan
In the spirit of bipartisan cooperation, President Clinton and House Speaker Dennis Hastert (R-Ill.) announced at a White House ceremony their new economic development agreement that would encourage private investment in economic development in distressed...
Report Urges Focus on Advancing Low-Wage Workers; Cities Share Experiences in Casey Foundation's Jobs Initiative
Local officials and other policymakers should move beyond "work first" (placing former welfare recipients into the first job available) and invest in strategies that help low-income residents advance into good jobs that pay family-supporting wages,...
Student Government Days Teaches Young People about City Hall
Educators vow the best way to teach is to involve all the senses -- let the students see it, smell it and feel it. So when the Bainbridge hosts the annual student government days, the experience is quite educational. From the stench of a sewer treatment...
Supreme Court Deals Cities A Victory and A Defeat
The U.S. Supreme Court dealt cities nationwide a win and a loss in two important cases handed down last week. In the first case, Vermont Agency of Natural Resources v. U.S., No. 98-1828, the Court held that a private individual may not bring suit...
Village Takes Steps to Revitalize Its Downtown
SMALL CITIES As a hub of activity for four townships, officials in the small village of Ortonville, Mich., knew the importance of its downtown and in 1999 made enhancement of its downtown a priority. With funding from the Ortonville Downtown...