A Look Back: LBJ on Mayors, the Supreme Court and Voting Rights
“When the burdens of the presidency seem unusually heavy, I always remind myself it could be worse. I could be a mayor.” –President Lyndon B. Johnson. LBJ was not only insightful regarding leadership, but courageous when it came to voting rights and civil rights, appointing the nation’s first Black Supreme Court Justice 55 years ago. Read more.
President, National Civic League
Portland Oregon Considering New Form
of Governance
Overcoming Polarization through Education and Engagement
Social Determinants of Health: Success starts with communities
Portland Oregon has been an odd duck when it comes to governance structure, but that may change soon. Portland’s third Charter Commission has just released its first progress report on reform and is recommending a change from a commission form of government to one that separates legislative and executive roles.
Political polarization has been on the rise, and it’s limiting our ability to address some of the vexing problems of our time. Differences of opinion on policy issues are not new, but more troubling is the trend of seeing political rivals as antithetical to American values. Organizations like Civic Genius have turned to deliberative democracy. Read more.
The pandemic has laid bare the factors that contribute to health disparities. While much of the focus has been on increasing access to affordable health care, Healthy People 2030 offers a useful framework for addressing poor health outcomes that implicates the city manager as much as the physician.
Equity & Engagement Through Structural Change
Accepting Applications for 2022 Health Equity Award
Four Weeks Remaining in Solar Campaign
Local government leaders have been attacking the equity and inclusion crisis on many fronts—for example, through policing reform, through modernization of election and voting practices, and through ordinances, policies, rules, and offices to advance equity. One overlooked tool that offers an opportunity for real change through structural reform is the local government’s charter. As we step further into this new decade, a revised and updated edition of the Model City Charter institutionalizes equity and civic engagement. Read more in this joint article by Marc Ott and Doug Linkhart.

The 2022 Robert Wood Johnson Foundation-National Civic League Award for Health Equity recognizes and honors individuals who have successfully sought to address health inequity and to improve health outcomes for disproportionately impacted populations. The RWJF-NCL Health Equity Award acknowledges the disparate systems that affect individual and community health and welcomes applications from individuals doing work around access to quality care, education, employment, income, community environment, housing, and public safety. Learn more and apply by April 15, 2022.
The National Civic League has worked on the Solsmart program, led by the International City/County Managers Association (ICMA), to support local governments with no-cost technical assistance to make solar energy access easier and more affordable to their communities. Since 2016, over 400 local governments in 41 states have become SolSmart designated - and every community is invited to still join. Four weeks are left to participate in the recent initiative from the U.S. Department of Energy, to achieve 60 new SolSmart designees by the end of March 2022. Read more.
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Additional Information and Upcoming Events

National League of Cities:
Congressional City Conference
March 14-16, 2022

American Society for Public Administration:
2022 Annual Conference
March 18-22, 2022

National Forum for Black Public Administrators:
Forum 2022
March 30-April 3, 2022

NCDD Event Calendar
The calendar lists upcoming events related to dialogue, deliberation, and civic engagement.

Now accepting article proposals for National Civic Review
We are interested in 1,200-3,000 word articles. 
The deadline for the fall issue is March 15th. 
Contact mikem@ncl.org for more information. 
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El Paso, TX
Ft. Lauderdale, FL
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Roanoke, VA
San Antonio, TX
Tallahassee, FL
Tampa Housing Authority
Tupelo, MS
Wichita, KS
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American Society for Public Administration
Bridge Alliance
Campaign for Grade-Level Reading
Carl and Lily Pforzheimer Foundation
Government Finance Officers Association
International City / County Management Association
Kettering Foundation
MissionSquare Retirement
Murray and Agnes Seasongood Foundation
National Academy of Public Administration
National Coalition on Dialogue and Deliberation
National Collaborative for Health Equity
National League of Cities
National Forum for Black Public Administrators
Next Fifty Initiative
Rawson Family Foundation
Robert Wood Johnson Foundation
Southwest Airlines
United States Census Bureau
United Way Worldwide
Well Being Trust
W.K. Kellogg Foundation