News in Cortland NY

Cortland Featured in National Report on City Leadership for Children and Families

Cortland is featured in a new report highlighting promising city efforts to improve the lives of children, youth and families in communities with populations below 75,000.

Published by the National League of Cities (NLC), “Municipal Leadership for Children and Families in Small and Mid-Sized Cities” describes innovative strategies from more than 40 cities and towns across the country.  The report contains examples of city leadership in areas such as early childhood development, education, health and safety, family economic success, neighborhood revitalization, and youth civic engagement.  Visit to view the report.

Cortland, the only city in New York State, was selected for inclusion in the report for its Youth Center facility.  The Cortland Youth Center offers a wide variety of recreational, educational, cultural and employment services to young residents in Cortland.  A division of the Cortland Youth Bureau, the Youth Center program provides youth with a safe environment, connects them with healthy role models, and encourages them to stay in school and give back to the community.  The Youth Center offers both structured activities and drop-in programs Monday through Saturday for youth ages 11 to 18.  Visit the Youth Center website at

“We are honored to have the success of our youth center in Cortland recognized nationally,” said John McNerney, director of the Cortland Youth Bureau.  Our youth center is an important gathering place that offers many quality after-school and evening programs that are critical to positive youth development.  Our staff should be commended for the way they positively impact our teen population with the goal of shaping productive young adults.”

NLC’s new report is designed to provide municipal leaders with new ideas and inspiration to guide local action on behalf of young people and families in their communities.  The report draws upon information gathered from surveys, interviews, and a scan of promising practices identified by NLC’s Institute for Youth, Education, and Families and state municipal leagues.  It explores the unique challenges and opportunities facing small and mid-sized cities that seek to improve outcomes for children and youth.

The National League of Cities (NLC) is dedicated to helping city leaders build better communities. NLC is a resource and advocate for 19,000 cities, towns and villages, representing more than 218 million Americans.