"All (Constructive) Politics are Local"
While much of the focus on Tuesday's elections is on partisan Congressional fights, hundreds of cities and counties are focused on solving local problems through local votes. Among the ballot issues being considered are measures related to Medicaid expansion, capital improvements and affordable housing. Here's a discussion of some of this fall's ballot measuresas well as a list of mayors up for election.
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After 106 Years of Printing, The National Civic Review 
is Going Online. 
One-Time Free Access!
The National Civic League is offering free one-time access to the first online edition of the National Civic Review. To access this issue, enter the access code NCL18.3 in the box that will appear, and access will be granted. To gain access to all future editions, subscribe or become a member
"Democracy, Voting & Civic Duty: Motivating Quotations on Individual and Collective Responsibility."  
Do you need a dose of inspiration about the importance of civic engagement and democracy? 
If so, check out this  e-book featuring  a collection of quotes that address critical democratic values, voting rights, civic duty and collective responsibility. 
What if farmers and others in rural communities had more influence over the decisions that impact their lives?
With major changes in farming and food systems in the past century, the Interactivity Foundation recently published a discussion guide around rural communities and possible future directions with policy implications. The guide helps facilitate discussions on addressing a number of challenges.

Realizing a More Inclusive Electorate: Identity, Knowledge, Mobilization
Produced by the Diversity and Democracy cluster at UC Berkeley, this brief pinpoints both young people, age 18-29, and many communities of color, as those who are often forgotten by partisan campaigns.  The brief summarizes important new research on public distrust of media, and its relationship to declining support for democracy.
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From our Database: 
The Neighborhood Leadership Academy (NLA)
The NLA in El Paso, TX provides residents with a working knowledge of City government. Plenty of communities offer "citizen academies" or "leadership academies" to help residents navigate the intricacies of city politics and government, but how many offer Dale Carnegie courses to ensure that residents from all parts of the city can become effective leaders?  Read more

Upcoming Promising 
Practices Webinar: 
Community-Wide Visioning 
Join the National Civic League for an upcoming webinar on November 15th to learn more about how two All-America Cities underwent a community-wide visioning process with a specific focus on engagement and equity. Decatur, GA and San Antonio, TX will discuss their respective community-wide visioning processes:  Better Together & SA2020
Register here
Additional Information & Upcoming Events

2019 Letter of Intent Due for All-America City Award
Email this letter by November 14, 2018 to aac@ncl.org to receive a $100 discount on your AAC application fee (full application fee is $250). The letter of intent is not required to submit an application. 

All-America City Hall of Fame Project Application
To celebrate the Award's 70th anniversary and continue recognizing the great work of All-America Cities, the National Civic League has created a Hall of Fame Award to recognize an outstanding civic engagement initiative in the community since winning the All-America City Award. 

8th National Conference on Dialogue & Deliberation (NCDD)
November 2-4, 2018 in Denver, CO

City Summit (National League of Cities)
November 7-10, 2018 in Los Angeles, CA
Smart City Expo World Congress
November 13-18, Barcelona, Spain

Winter 2019 Policy Meeting (Mayors Innovation Project
January 25-26 in Washington, DC

Thank you to National Civic League Sustaining Member  Cities and Towns:

Asheboro, NC
Aurora, CO
Chula Vista, CA
Decatur, GA
Denver, CO
Dublin, CA
Ft. Lauderdale, FL
Illinois Municipal League
Gladstone, MO
Hayward, CA
Lakewood, CO
Little Rock, AR
Rancho Cordova, CA
Roanoke, VA
San Antonio, TX
Tallahassee, FL
Tampa Housing Authority
Tupelo, MS
Thank you to National Civic League Partner Organizations:

American Society for Public Administration
Campaign for Grade-Level Reading
Carl and Lily Pforzheimer Foundation
Delta Dental
Government Finance Officers Association
Greenberg Traurig
International City / County Management Association
Kaiser Permanente
Kettering Foundation
National Coalition on Dialogue and Deliberation
National League of Cities
National Forum for Black Public Administrators
Robert Wood Johnson Foundation
Southwest Airlines
United Way Worldwide
W.K. Kellogg Foundation

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