National League of Cities

The National League of Cities is dedicated to helping city leaders build better communities. Working in partnership with the 49 state municipal leagues, NLC serves as a resource to and an advocate for the more than 19,000 cities, villages and towns it represents.

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It is included in the CJS Resource Library under the categories listed below. Select a link to find other resources in that category.

  • Governance: Because federal rules and regulations often affect local government operations, budgets and development, the National League of Cities works to ensure that federal agencies consider the local government perspective when developing regulatory policy.
  • Legal Issues: Advocacy efforts focus on advancing the National League of Cities annual legislative agenda, monitoring regulatory action, and championing legal issues of national importance to local governments.
  • Research and Evaluation: The National League of Cities provides evidence-based research and analysis that draws upon the experiences and observations of city leaders to help frame and evaluate research agendas.
  • Rural / Small Jurisdictions: Working in partnership with 49 state municipal leagues, the