The National League of Cities shared findings this week on the need for mayors to establish equitable pipelines for skilled labor by increasing access to workforce training programs and postsecondary education. Drawing from two years of work with six cities, NLC identified some key goals and policies that can be helpful to develop local talent. Read Route Fifty's summary of the report and the briefing on its release.
ParkServe, a new database and analytics tool, launched publicly on Tuesday, offering detailed information on city parks in more than 14,000 U.S. cities. The tool also allows users to see where public parks are most needed to better guide resources and city planning, and city planners in various cities have already begun using the tool. Learn more about ParkServe from StateScoop or experiment with it yourself to learn more about your community.
NewDEALer in the Spotlight:
Tobias Read, Treasurer
NewDEAL Leader Oregon Treasurer Tobias Read announced new sustainability bonds sold by the state to support solutions to some of the biggest challenges facing Oregon communities in their efforts to spur economic development and improve quality of life. The bonds, which went on sale on Monday, will be used to finance critical projects, with the first round totaling $40 million for the construction of affordable housing. Check out this brief summary about the bonds, or see Treasurer Read's press release for more details.