National League of Cities

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U.S. Mayors List Infrastructure as 2023’s Top Concern

The National League of Cities (NLC) has published an analysis of mayoral speeches from various U.S. cities, along with Census data and resident sentiments, in the latest edition of the annual “State of the Cities” report.

August 2, 2023 - National League Of Cities

Wireless Internet

Federal Bill Would Preempt Local Authority on Telecommunications Siting

A congressional committee advanced a bill recently that would streamline telecommunications infrastructure investments by preempting local control of siting decisions.

June 12, 2023 - National League Of Cities

Gray houses under construction

APA Announces New ‘Housing Supply Accelerator’ in Partnership with the National League of Cities

The American Planning Association and the National League of Cities have announced a new partnership to find and implement solutions to the national housing affordability crisis.

January 26, 2023 - American Planning Association

Stormwater Infrastructure

State of the Cities: Mayors Focused on Infrastructure, Economic Development

Mayors around the country are pledging to bolster infrastructure projects with new federal funding, generate economic growth, and support the most vulnerable residents.

June 28, 2022 - Smart Cities Dive

Traffic Safety

Cities Call Out States for Blocking Traffic Safety Progress

The National League of Cities went to Congress and called on states to stop focusing on vehicle throughput and start prioritizing traffic safety.

June 15, 2022 - Route Fifty

Roads and Bridges

Insufficient Infrastructure Funding Cited as Top Concern by 91% of Cities

In a survey by the National League of Cities, local leaders overwhelmingly cited a lack of funding as a top factor affecting infrastructure decisions.

May 18, 2021 - National League Of Cities


Report Details Dire Fiscal Straits of Local Governments

The National League of Cities has produced a highly-anticipated report detailing the fiscal fallout of the sudden and swift economic downturn that followed the coronavirus to American shores.

August 20, 2020 - National League Of Cities

City Hall

Cities Report Declining Revenues

The annual "City Fiscal Conditions" report by the National League of Cities delivers a warning signal about the state of the economy.

October 29, 2019 - Route Fifty

Metropolitan Detention Center

National League of Cities Urges Locals to Consider Congestion Pricing

The Overton Window is widening on the subject of congestion pricing.

August 16, 2019 - Smart Cities Dive

City Hall

State of the Cities 2019

The National League of Cities has released their annual analysis of the top issues mayors are talking about in the United States.

May 27, 2019 - CityLab

Bike Share Electric Scooters

A Local's Guide to Micromobility

Local governments struggling to keep up with the fast-paced innovations of the micromobility industry can make use of a new report from the National league of Cities.

April 28, 2019 - Smart Cities Dive

State Capital of Utah

Finding Ways for States and Cities to Work Together to Solve the Housing Crisis

The National League of Cities has a new report surveying local tools for addressing the housing affordability crisis. State partnerships are included.

April 9, 2019 - Governing

Highway Construction

Cruising for a Bruising: City Revenues Slowing, Expenditures Speeding

A report on the fiscal conditions of cities sounds alarms about potential challenges ahead.

September 22, 2018 - Governing

Baltimore City Hall

When 160 Mayors Talk About the State of the City

An annual report aggregates the State of the City speeches of mayors all over the country.

June 2, 2018 - National League Of Cities

Los Angeles Medical Center

Kaiser Permanente to Fund Housing Efforts in Eight States

The healthcare provider's decision to spend $200 million on housing programs reflects the growing awareness of the intersectionality of housing and health.

May 22, 2018 - CityLab

Main Street

National League of Cities to Study State Preemption of Local Laws

The mission of the National League of Cities is to advocate for cities—and the organization is now gathering evidence to push back on growing amount of state preemption of local control.

March 27, 2018 - CitiesSpeak

Keeper of the Plains

National League of Cities Offers Technical Assistance on Institutional Racism

The Race, Equity and Leadership (REAL) Initiative will help six cities identify and improve institutional racism.

February 14, 2018 - Smart Cities Dive

Big Brother

66 percent of Surveyed Cities Investing in Smart Cities Technology

The "Cities and Innovation Economy: Perceptions of Local Leaders" report reveals the traction smart cities technology is gaining in municipal budgets.

November 12, 2017 - TechRepublic

San Francisco City Hall

Analyzing 2017's 'State of the City' Addresses

The National League of Cities has released its annual report aggregating the "State of the City" speeches from over 100 U.S. mayors, revealing the ambitions and concerns of the nation's local leadership.

May 31, 2017 - Next City


Cities See the Light at the End of the Fiscal Tunnel

The "City Fiscal Conditions 2016" report by the National League of Cities is willing to allow new levels of optimism.

October 20, 2016 - Governing

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