Today multiple bills are pending to recreate tax-increment
financing. It requires vision, persistence and enough public
investment to attract private capital and development that
This program offers ideas for city officials seeking new ways to
maximize their city’s economic development opportunities.
State policies for achieving sustainability have staked much on
the success of cities. Yet the state’s recent actions signal a
lack of appreciation for the vital function cities serve as
The city provided its senior population with high-quality,
affordable housing close to the services they need.
In tough economic times expectations remain high for cities to
provide quality public services and facilities, though resources
to fund desired projects are scarce. One strategy for
The state’s goals around reducing greenhouse gas emissions are based on a vision that concentrates growth in urban cores and utilizes transit. To meet these goals, cities must be able to make…
While the past few years have presented major challenges for
cities, the events of 2012 included some bright spots as well.
This article presents an overview of the year’s legislative…
In an era of tight economic resources, how can we best promote
the economies of our cities and California as a whole?
Cities throughout California are seeking ways to help create jobs
and revitalize neighborhoods.
Green training programs that focus on youth also contribute to
local economies and job expansion.
The League has met the challenges of the past year, and much work remains to be done.
A new book reminds us how good leaders seize crises to remake
The city took an innovative tack in dealing with unpredictable
electricity rates and used a public-private partnership to train
workers for the green energy industry.
The City of Alhambra took action early this year on an innovative
plan to stimulate economic development and identified a range of
tools to help finance new projects.
The continued expansion in core green industries, such as energy
generation and efficiency, recycling and waste, clean
transportation, water and wastewater, offers cause for guarded
In the wake of the elimination of redevelopment agencies, city
officials and legislators are wondering, “What comes next?”
Gonzales offers an excellent model of an economic development
program that focuses on sustainability and builds trust and