Annie Gentile

Locals prepare for Congress playing politics with federal disaster relief funding
Local governments should be prepared for the possibility that funding for permanent restoration projects may be delayed.
The key to getting federal aid for disaster recovery
Proper documentation proves critical to unlocking FEMA funding for disaster relief.
Boston aids Haiti earthquake victims
Last year in Boston, where emergency food providers were already feeling the strain from increased demand during the recession, city officials and community groups scrambled to meet a significant uptick in emergency food requests from an influx of refugees following the devastating January 2010 earthquake in Haiti.
Survey: Hunger, homelessness still high
Cities expect resources to dwindle in coming years.
Green Power Partnership helps cities choose their shade of green
As local governments continue to pursue ways to reduce their carbon footprints, many turn to the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency's Green Power Partnership for advice on choosing the most suitable renewable energy options for their operations.
EPA launches Green Power Community Challenge
Yearlong initiative seeks to expand alternative energy use.
Coalition seeks to facilitate Neighborhood Stabilization Program
The National Community Stabilization Trust has been working with local government Neighborhood Stabilization Program grantees to implement those grants.
Neighborhood Stabilization Program off to a slow start
Lack of planning and competition from investors hinder cities' land buys.
Virginia cities lose bid to post notices online
Local governments in several states have been pushing for the right to post their legal notices on their own websites instead of in newspapers, but the movement has stalled in Virginia.
Locals pull legal notices from newspapers
New laws allow online notices, but some debate fairness.
First Lady's childhood obesity plan mirrored by NLC program
The goals of First Lady Michelle Obama's "Let's Move" national campaign against childhood obesity echo a National League of Cities program.
Zoning laws limit burger locations
New study indicates proximity to fast food is unhealthy.
Not all 'john schools' are alike
"John schools" — diversion programs that seek to reduce prostitution rates by educating sex customers about the negative effects of their actions — typically follow the model set by San Francisco's First Offender Prostitution Program.
Teaching old johns 'No new tricks'
Cities experiment with prostitution diversion programs.
Great American Cleanup goes green
Picking up garbage is only part of the Keep America Beautiful's annual three-month Great American Cleanup program, says Gail Cunningham

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