Why Aren't Many People Voting Tomorrow?

Local elections, especially in odd years, attract fewer than half as many voters as national elections. A 2016 study from Portland State University showed an average turnout of only 23% in 50 cities. The National Civic League has always promoted off-year local elections as part of our Model City Charter to encourage greater focus on local issues and candidates. The good news is that cities and states are making it easier to vote and many nonprofits are engaged in efforts to increase turnout, partly to gear up for 2020. See some examples here.
President, National Civic League

Decatur Porchfest: The "Blockiest" of Block Parties
Decatur, GA's 2019 Porchfest was the nation's largest, with 240 front porches in the Oakhurst neighborhood hosting bands and neighbors for a fun way to strengthen their community. The neighborhood's 4th annual festival took place on October 12, with each porch hosting a local band.  Learn more.
Now Available, Fall Edition of National Civic Review 
This issue includes articles on public participation in the arts, health & well-being & other topics, plus an interview with John McKnight, an article by La June Montgomery  Tabron of the W.K. Kellogg Foundation and a speech by David Mathews. Enter the access code 'NCL19' when prompted. 

Approaching Decisions from a Place of Courage, Not Fear 
Alicia Lara, United Way's  Senior Vice President of Impact, was a keynote speaker at the 2019 All-America City Awards. In her remarks, she encouraged attendees to approach decisions from a place of courage and to always put the community at the forefront of those decisions. 

Now Over 300 SolSmart Designees Nationwide!
Solar energy is booming, and local governments are leading the way by reaching a historic milestone. Over 300 communities in 40 states
have now received SolSmart designation for making it faster, easier and more affordable to go solar! Being solar-friendly helps save on energy bills, reduces carbon emissions,and creates local jobs!

Anniversary Feature: 125 Examples of Civic Capital
In honor of the League's 125th Anniversary, we will be using our newsletter to highlight 125 community initiatives that use civic capital to solve problems and build equitable, thriving communities. These towns, cities and counties have been recognized for engaging community members in collaborative efforts to address community problems. 

Denver Accessibility Listening Sessions
This fall, the National Civic League is working with the local disability community here in Colorado to hold a series of Denver Accessibility Listening Sessions. The Denver Division of Disability Rights recently contracted with the League to plan multiple listening sessions throughout the city around accessibility of city facilities, including parks, libraries and other city buildings.  Read more.  

Additional Information & Upcoming Events

Now accepting article proposals for National Civic Review
We are interested in 1,200-3,000 word articles on the topic of resiliency. 
The deadline for the winter issue is December 15th. 
Contact mikem@ncl.org for more information. 

2020 All-America City Application Available

Upcoming Webinar:  Engaging Your Community Outside of City Hall
November 13th at 11 am MT

City Summit (National League of Cities)
November 20-23, 2019 in San Antonio, TX

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

Asheboro, NC
Aurora, CO
Chula Vista, CA
Decatur, GA
Denver, CO
Downtown Fort Worth, Inc.
Dublin, CA
Ft. Lauderdale, FL
Gladstone, MO
Hayward, CA
Illinois Municipal League
Kershaw County, SC
Lakewood, CO
Las Vegas, NV
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
Colorado Health Foundation
Delta Dental
Government Finance Officers Association
Greenberg Traurig
International City / County Management Association
Kaiser Permanente
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

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