Blogs, Professional, Trade Resources


  • American Planning Association - brings together thousands of people — practicing planners, citizens, elected officials — committed to making great communities happen.
  • International City/County Management Association - Mission is to create excellence in local governance by developing and fostering professional management to build better communities; identifies leading practices to address the needs of local governments and professionals serving communities globally; provides services, research, publications, data and information, peer and results-oriented assistance, and training and professional development.
  • Illinois Municipal League - the formal voice for Illinois municipalities; promotes competence and integrity in administration of municipal government' advocates at the state and federal level.
  • League of Illinois Bicyclists -  statewide advocate for all Illinois bicyclists, promoting bicycle access, education, and safety.
  • Metropolitan Planning Council - Shaping a more sustainable and prosperous greater Chicago region.
  • National Conference of Mayors - official non-partisan organization of cities with populations of 30,000 or more; promotes effective policy; strengthens federal-city relationship; provides mayors with leadership tools; creates mayoral forum.
  • National League of Cities - dedicated to helping city leaders build better communities. Working in partnership with the 49 state municipal  leagues, NLC serves as a resource to and an advocate for the more than 19,000 cities, villages and towns it represents.
  • Urban Land Institute - provides leadership in the responsible use of land and in creating and sustaining thriving communities worldwide.

Blogs, Websites & Publications

  • American City and County - monthly magazine analyzes and concisely explains municipal news, government trends, policy alternatives, and operational solutions.
  • CitiesSpeak - The official blog of the National League of Cities; intended to demonstrate the issues facing cities, show best practices and promote innovation. It is written by NLC staff, members and the occasional guest blogger with individual posts not necessarily reflecting the policies and advocacy of NLC.
  • CityLab - original reporting, sharp analysis and visual storytelling informs and inspires the people who are creating the cities of the future and those who want to live there.
  • Cyburbia - connects planners, students, academics, urbanists and others who are interested in or help shape the built environment.
  • Governing - provide job-critical news, analysis and resources for state and local government leaders; connects America's leaders by providing intelligence and analysis on management, policy and politics to help guide and inspire innovative leaders across state and local government.
  • ICMA SmartBrief - daily snapshot of the local government management community with news from leading news sources.
  • National Trust for Historic Preservation - a privately funded nonprofit organizations that works to save America's historic places. Their mission is to protect significant places representing our diverse cultural experience by taking direct actions and inspiring broad public support.
  • Opportunity Atlas - The Opportunity Atlas in an interactive web site that demonstrates from income levels to rates of incarceration and teen pregnancy — and the characteristics of children's early lives. The research, based on tax and census data, looks at people born between 1978 and 1983 — now 34 to 40 years old — and maps their chances of upward mobility by the neighborhoods of their youth. Built by research from Harvard, Brown and the U.S. Census Bureau.
  • People's Design Library - a digital library lending help to people interested in improving their community. Three collections provide practical advice and examples of the wide range of resources for citizens doing community work.
  • Planetizen - The planning news website, featuring articles, op-eds, jobs, courses, and information for the planning, design, and development community.
  • Planners Web - meeting the needs of citizen planners be providing useful, jargon-free, articles articles and resource information.
  • Project for Public Spaces - the central hub of the global placemaking movement, connecting people to ideas, expertise and partners who share a passion for creating vital spaces.
  • Route Fifty -  News and analysis that impacts state, county and local government leaders across America.
  • Shareable - nonprofit news, action and connection hub for the sharing transformation. Focused on solving the world's biggest cahlenges through the power of collaboration.
  • Shelterforce - covers the worlds of community development, affordable housing, and neighborhood stabilization, and is dedicated to the empowerment and support of low-income communities. It provides a venue on topics from community planning to racial equity, housing affordability to homeownership, and the future of community development.
  • SmartGrowth America - a one stop on the web for the best information on effective growth, development and preservation practices.
  • StreetsBlog - provides information on reducing dependence on cars and improving conditions for walking, biking, and transit. Includes specific blogs for NYC, LA, San Francisco, California, Chicago, and Denver.
  • Urban Data Pioneers - Through Urban Data Pioneers, the city works with citizens to help cities analyze their data and make better decisions. City leaders create teams of citizens and city staff and provide data sets, tools, and training. These teams analyze public problems using that data and present insights to decision-makers who can then create more effective solutions.