Get Out the Vote!
Turnout in local elections is less than half the turnout in state and federal elections. Nevertheless, there are many important local candidate races and issues on tomorrow's ballot. What can we do to increase turnout? First, make voting easy and accessible, which may mean finding creative ways to deal with challenging state laws. Second, give people a reason to care about local government. Increasingly, cities and counties are working on issues like environmental protection and education; and they’ve always been the main actor on public safety and health. Make sure your community knows that what happens close to home matters!
President, National Civic League
League Study Shows Need for Reforms in Cincinnati
2022 All-America City Application Available
Where are They Now: An AAC Update
The council-manager system in the City of Cincinnati has eroded over time and needs reform, according to a study recently completed by the National Civic League. The League’s study recommends that the city adopt an ethics code for councilmembers and provide regular training, along with restrictions on private councilmember communications with developers in advance of council approval proceedings.
The National Civic League and our co-convener, the Campaign for Grade-Level Reading (CGLR), invite you to apply for the All-America City Award, the nation’s most prestigious community recognition. The award, now in its 73rd year, offers a moment for reflection, celebration and recognition. The 2022 theme is “Housing as a Platform for Early School Success and Equitable Learning Recovery.” 
Oftentimes communities will participate in the All-America City Award process with initiatives that are in the planning or beginning phases. The jury will hear about grand plans and impressive engagement processes for efforts aiming to solve wicked problems such as homelessness, health equity, public safety and more. We're happy to provide an update on two All-America Cities who have realized their lofty goals. Read more.
Coming this Month: New Model City Charter
Fall Edition of National Civic Review Available
Moving Beyond Welcoming to Community Belonging
As many cities consider amendments to their charters in this month’s elections, the League will be publishing the Ninth Edition of the Model City Charter. This release follows a year of work by dozens of civic leaders to develop revisions to the Model. The new edition continues the League’s tradition of recommending the council-manager form of government, and will also include an emphasis on civic engagement and equity, along with additional changes. Read more.
The Fall Edition of the National Civic Review features 5 policy briefs created by Healing through Policy: Creating Pathways to Racial Justice. The new initiative—a collaboration between The National Collaborative for Health Equity, The American Public Health Association, and The de Beaumont Foundation—seeks to provide evidence-based policies and practices for communities seeking to advance health, racial equity, and justice. Use access code NCL21 to read more.
There has been a lot of focus on creating welcoming communities, but the League hosted a webinar about how we take this one step further to create belonging. The League was joined by the Belonging Initiative to discuss the differences between welcoming and belonging, as well as two new tools to help communities include people fully. The City of Grand Rapids shared its experience with the Belonging Index™ and how the city is advancing equity. 
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Additional Information and Upcoming Events

DOE Announces Solar Access Target: 60 Communities in 6 Months

National Conference on Citizenship Annual Conference: Accelerate Democracy
November 11-12, 2021

NLC City Summit- Virtual
November 15-19, 2021

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 December 15th. 
Contact mikem@ncl.org for more information. 
What We're Reading
Thank you to National Civic League Sustaining Member Communities:

Algoma, WI
Asheboro, NC
Aurora, CO
Danville, VA
Decatur, GA
Denver, CO
Dublin, CA
El Paso, TX
Ft. Lauderdale, FL
Gladstone, MO
Hayward, CA
Illinois Municipal League
Las Vegas, NV
Miami Gardens, FL
Oakridge Neighborhood, IA
Rancho Cordova, CA
Roanoke, VA
San Antonio, TX
Tallahassee, FL
Tampa Housing Authority
Tupelo, MS
Wichita, KS
Thank you to National Civic League Partner Organizations:

American Society for Public Administration
Bridge Alliance
Campaign for Grade-Level Reading
Carl and Lily Pforzheimer Foundation
CGI
Comcast
Google
Government Finance Officers Association
ICMA-RC
International City / County Management Association
Kettering Foundation
National Academy of Public Administration
National Coalition on Dialogue and Deliberation
National League of Cities
National Forum for Black Public Administrators
Rawson Family Foundation
Robert Wood Johnson Foundation
Southwest Airlines
United States Census Bureau
United Way Worldwide
Well Being Trust
W.K. Kellogg Foundation