Tag Archives: Federal Government

New Obama Order Focuses on Improving How Feds Work With Cities

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In a bid to improve coordination between the federal government and cities, counties, and tribes, President Barack Obama signed an executive order to create a Council on Community Solutions. The Council, which will include representatives from across the federal government, will aim to streamline how local governments interact with federal resources. The order builds on a growing trend whose advocates point to innovative solutions coming from the bottom up, not the top down; per that thinking, the federal government needs... Read more

Revitalizing Neighborhoods: The Federal Role

Distressed neighborhoods in US cities are a product of centuries of systemic inequalities and there is increasing evidence that living in distressed neighborhoods is harmful for children and families. The recent federal place-based initiatives of the Obama Administration aim to revitalize these neighborhoods. This paper makes recommendations for future federal work in this area. Read report... Read more

Fighting Blight in the Northeast-Midwest: A Capitol Hill Briefing on Vacant and Abandoned Property and the Federal Response, May 24

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Vacant and abandoned property is a problem that plagues many Northeast and Midwest cities still recovering from post-industrial population and job loss. Briefing attendees will learn about: the widespread and persistent effects of abandoned property; the Northeast Midwest-Institute’s work to identify and assess federal resources and legislation that can help communities address blight; and innovative approaches that communities are taking, with the assistance of federal programs, to rehabilitate or demolish property, or reuse land productively post-demolition. Attend the briefing on May 24, 3-4:30... Read more

White House Announces New “Smart Cities” Initiative to Help Communities Tackle Local Challenges and Improve City Services

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​The Administration announced a new “Smart Cities” Initiative that will invest over $160 million in research and leverage more than 25 new technology collaborations to help communities tackle key challenges such as reducing traffic congestion, fighting crime, fostering economic growth, managing the effects of a changing climate, and improving the delivery of city services. The initiative is part of this Administration’s overall commitment to target federal resources to meet local needs and support community-led solutions. Read more... Read more

Here’s How the Federal Government is Working with Local Communities to Create Change, in One Map

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​The Office of Management and Budget (OMB) created a map that displays the federal government’s work in local communities across the country. The map shows projects from more than 15 federal agencies. View map... Read more