In a recent survey conducted by PNC Bank, municipal bond analysts assess important trends in the municipal bond market, including likely impacts of the 2017 Tax Cuts and Jobs Act and infrastructure proposals at the federal level.
The Bloomberg Philanthropies’ 2018 American Mayors Survey is the largest comprehensive public-opinion survey of mayors and city managers. It reveals the most important issues and challenges for American leaders as well as strategies underway to address them.
City Rights in an Era of Preemption, that reveals state preemption of local authority is increasing throughout the country.
The National League of Cities released an update to its report,
The Urban Land Institute’s Center for Sustainability and Economic Performance outlines ten fundamental principles for building resilient cities and regions that successfully anticipate, respond to, and recover from both immediate shocks such as hurricanes and other extreme weather events and long-term stresses such as sea-level rise, poverty, and declining population.
Cybersecurity: Protecting Local Government Digital Resources provides local officials on what policies and procedures local governments are undertaking to protect their computer systems from attacks.
The International City/County Management Association (ICMA) teamed up with its strategic partner Microsoft in 2017 for a report on cybersecurity.
To get an accurate count of nation's population, the Census Bureau depends on state and local government officials and community leaders to get the word out about the importance of every household responding. To help communities tailor their outreach efforts that encourage residents to mail in their census forms, the bureau designed the nationwide
Bridging the Urban-Rural Economic Divide, a new report released March 12, 2018, by National League of Cities (NLC) in partnership with the state municipal leagues, challenges conventional thinking about the urban-rural divide and encourages stronger links between urban and rural areas to spur economic growth.
NLC’s Public Sector Retirement Initiative is a resource for elected officials featuring a series of reports and blog posts to help them navigate the complexities of retirement and healthcare planning and funding for the municipal workforce.
Georgia’s Cities learned more about the new mayor’s prioritization of this ordinance and her continued plans for meaningful justice reform.
On Feb. 6, Atlanta Mayor Keisha Lance Bottoms signed ordinance 18-O-1045, which eliminates cash bonds to secure release from the city of Atlanta Detention Center following an arrest for violation of city ordinances. Criminal justice reform, including cash bail reform, has long been a key priority for Mayor Bottoms and was a centerpiece of her campaign.
The leadership of city and county officials can make or break a community. Good, solid leadership can improve quality of life for residents, attract business and industry as well as strengthen relationships with all stakeholders, especially in times of crisis.
Opportunity Zones is a new community development initiative established by Congress in the Tax Cuts and Jobs Act of 2017 designed to spur long-term private investment in low-income communities nationwide. The program offers a federal tax incentive for reinvesting capital gains into “Opportunity Funds,” which are specialized vehicles dedicated to investing in low-income areas called “Opportunity Zones.”
Metropolitan areas are crucial drivers of growth in the American economy, taking different paths to prosperity depending on their industry mix, policy choices, and available resources. The Milken Institute's Best-Performing Cities (BPC) index provides an objective benchmark for examining the underlying factors and identifying unique characteristics of economic growth in metropolitan areas.
A new report by Greg Kats and Keith Glassbrook of Capital-E in partnership with NLC’s Sustainable Cities Institute examines the community-scale benefits of buildings deploying green design features — and makes a convincing case that local governments stand to gain billions through improved water management, energy efficiency, economic competitiveness, public health and even disaster mitigation.
There are several firms actively soliciting cities in Georgia to hire them to represent the city in opioid litigation. GMA urges member cities to consult with their city attorney before deciding to join the litigation and before signing up with a law firm to represent their city in the litigation.
While popular elsewhere, apprenticeships represent a relatively small number of jobs in the United States. This report assesses the potential for apprenticeships to address the skills gap and other barriers to workforce development in the national economy.