Stand Up 4 Public Schools

Positive stories about public schools and public school students in Missouri abound. But too often those stories are not told. Stand Up 4 Missouri Public Schools is designed to highlight the successes taking place in Missouri’s public schools. Public education is the foundation of democracy.

Watch this great story about students in Camdenton who are gaining valuable STEM skills at an early age.

The Art of the (Real) Deal


Cities need to innovate. They need to develop new instruments, intermediaries, and institutions to supercharge partnerships with the private and civic sector.

This is a guest post by Bruce Katz. This post is based on remarks given to the National League of Cities 2016 Congressional City Conference in Washington, D.C. on March 7, 2016.

As the contours of the general election begin to take shape, it’s time for cities to step into the ring. Let’s call this the Art of the (Real) Deal.

To put our nation on a path to innovative, inclusive, and sustainable economic growth, we need greater investments in three key areas — innovation, infrastructure, and inclusion. In the eyes of manyobservers, we now face an investment deficit in these areas of $3-4 trillion over the next decade.

We must invest more in basic science and applied research. We must retrofit our crumbling physical infrastructure…

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KCMO Closes the Digital Divide for Local Businesses


This is a recap from Big Ideas for Small Business, NLC’s national peer network helping local governments accelerate effort to support small businesses and encourage entrepreneurship. To learn more about this initiative email

Kansas City, Mo., well-known for its status as a “Gig City,” has the surprising challenge of a digital divide among small business owners. Local business and entrepreneurs have access to a high-speed broadband network that makes all aspects of e-commerce more accessible, such as online sales, advertising, and customer support. However, many mom-and-pops are not taking advantage of the internet to support their businesses.  And they are not alone. Almost half of small businesses nationwide do not have a website.

The digital divide among small business owners is not only an access problem, but an economic one as well.  Businesses that don’t have a website, social media presence, or an email account are limited…

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What Might Obama’s Supreme Court Nomination Mean for Local Government?


Two factors could give us a better sense of how Judge Merrick Garland may view the interests of state and local government in cases: his state and local government experience, and his previous decisions.

As promised, President Barack Obama has nominated someone to fill the vacancy on the Supreme Court. (photo: Getty Images) As promised, President Barack Obama has nominated someone to fill the vacancy on the Supreme Court: D.C. Circuit Court of Appeals Judge Merrick Garland. (photo: Getty Images)

If this were not an election year, Merrick Garland would be a surprising choice. He is known as a moderate, he is older (63), he is a white male, and he has been a judge on the D.C. Circuit Court of Appeals for almost 20 years. If this were not an election year, Senate Republicans would probably be racing to confirm him.

His nomination remains an interesting choice, though, and may leave many city leaders wondering how this might affect cities. If Judge Garland becomes Justice Garland, how might…

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To Be An Effective Leader, Be a Lifelong Learner


“It was clear to me that I could have great policy ideas and a keen grasp of budgeting, but if I didn’t develop key leadership skills, I would never be able to lead my colleagues, my constituents, or my city forward.”

Clarence Anthony welcomes city leaders from across the nation to NLC’s 2015 Congress of Cities in Washington, D.C. (photo: Jason Dixson)

This post originally appeared in the newsletter of the Colorado Municipal League.

When people hear that I was elected mayor of South Bay, Florida at age 24, they often comment that successfully running for office at such a young age must have been difficult.

“No,” I tell them. “Getting elected was the easy part. Governing was the hard part.”

I am fortunate that the skills it took to get elected came naturally to me. But governing required a different set of skills. Some skills were operational, such as…

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