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. 30, No. 49, December 17

Cities Can 'Buy Green' and Save through NLC Program
Cities and towns across the country now have a new option to "go green" and demonstrate a commitment to environmentally sensitive purchasing while saving money at the same time through a national purchasing program sponsored by NLC. The U.S. Communities...
City Leaders Convene to Explore Strategies to Re-Engage Disconnected Youth
Cross-system teams of municipal leaders, school district officials and community partners from six cities convened last week in Newark, N.J., and New York to learn from both communities promising practices to re-engage disconnected youth and to work...
Disagreement over Offsets Prevents Congress from Reaching Agreement on Tax Bill
The House and Senate continue to disagree over how to get tax relief to millions of Americans. Last week, the House passed modified legislation providing a one-year patch to the alternative minimum tax (AMT) and providing spending offsets. The passage...
House Passes Modified Terrorism Risk Insurance Extension
Last week the House passed a modified version of its extension of the Terrorism Risk Insurance Act (TRIA), which is set to expire at the end of this year. TRIA was first passed in 2002 following the September 11th terrorist attacks to provide insurance...
Local Governments Continue to Deal with Immigration Issues
Three recent reports highlight the continuing challenges of immigration and immigrant issues for businesses and state and local governments. In the absence of federal legislation to establish a coherent national strategy on immigration, states, local...
New Report Shows Violent Crime Still on the Rise in Some Communities
A new report from a police research organization concludes that violent crime in cities across the country is taking a new path. Overall, the report suggests that violent crime is decreasing due to police agencies' changes in strategies and community...
NLC Participates in Next Generation 9-1-1 Roundtable Briefing
NLC participated in a briefing last week to discuss how to make emergency services accessible through new and emerging telecommunication technologies such as cell phones and text-based devices. A citizen in crisis dialing 9-1-1 has been a successful...
NLC Report Highlights City Anti-Poverty Strategies
A new online report by NLC's Institute for Youth, Education, and Families (YEF Institute) highlights local poverty reduction strategies from cities across the nation. With guidance from NLC's Council on Youth, Education, and Families, chaired in...
Senate Housing Finance Reform Bill Introduced
Senate Banking, Housing, and Urban Affairs Committee Chairman Christopher Dodd (D-Conn.) introduced legislation last week to curb abusive and predatory mortgage lending practices that have driven the current foreclosure crisis and created a credit...
Walkability = Livability = Billions
Could it possibly be that Washington, for years bashed by politicians, its population shrinking and, at one point, almost bankrupt, has become a model of how the entire nation might smartly develop in the 21st century? I never thought I'd see the...