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Body Worn Camera Data Storage: The Gorilla in the Room (October 5, 2015)
The vast amounts of video data -- and the metadata to track and manage the video clips for retention and chain of custody purposes -- is a technology issue that CIOs are trying to address. More from Government Technology.
Planning is Valuable;The Plan Much Less So (October 2, 2015)
Planning is most certainly valuable--less, however, for the plan that was finally chosen than for the conscious deliberation about all of the contingencies that the team of brainstroming planners could contemplate. More from Bob Behn's Performance Leadership Report.
Why it’s so hard to build truly affordable housing in Seattle (October 1, 2015)
The easy answer is because of money, or lack thereof. But time, space and bureaucracy loom large as well. More from Crosscut.
3 Things Cities Should Do to Be Competitive (October 1, 2015)
Urban areas must strategize to vie for future economic growth. More from Government Technology.
Protecting Big Data (September 30, 2015)
Seattle’s digital privacy initiative aims to keep innovation on track with new data safeguards. More from Government Technology.
Transitioning to Alternative Models of Police Service (September 30, 2015)
Budget issues are big initiators of public safety consolidations. Four communities showcase how they changed public safety services. More from Public Management.
The Benefits of Measuring Public-Sector Performance (September 29, 2015)
Management report cards need to be more than a one-time exercise. More from Governing.
Surgeon General’s prescription for health: Walk more (September 28, 2015)
Surgeon General Murthy announced a national campaign to encourage Americans to walk more and make all communities safer and easier for walking. More from Better Cities & Towns.
The Pay-for-Performance Approach to Reducing Recidivism (September 28, 2015)
The early success of a Pennsylvania program for parolees shows the potential for one form of privatization. More from Governing.
Rethinking Urban Traffic Congestion (September 25, 2015)
If we can’t fix traffic congestion through traditional means what should we be doing? More from Brookings.
Writing Tips for Planners (September 25, 2015)
Two of the biggest ongoing challenges for planners are communicating clearly with the public and maintaining interest on important planning issues. More from UrbDeZine.
Spokane Pilots 'Smart Bus' System (September 25, 2015)
The new tracking system will give riders a sense of security for where the bus is at all times and will be used to create the most efficient routes possible. More from Government Technology.
The Community Economic Revitalization Board (CERB) (September 24, 2015)
The Department of Commerce CERB was established to spur local economic development and provide funding to local governments for infrastructure support including water, storm water, wastewater, public buildings, telecommunications, and port facilities. Visit their website to learn more about program and funding opportunities.
For the Record: Understanding the Technology Behind Body Worn Cameras (September 24, 2015)
Interest in body worn cameras is growing fast. Here are some issues to consider before you deploy. More from Government Technology.
Where Police Don't Mirror Communities and Why It Matters (September 23, 2015)
Minorities are underrepresented in nearly every large law enforcement agency in America. Some police agencies are now looking to change that. More from Governing.
Roanoke, Va., Has Incorporated Social Media Into Everything (September 23, 2015)
Facebook, Twitter and all of their social-network cousins have a home in every government agency. More from Governing.
Portland Metro, High Schools Collaborate on Student Transportation (September 23, 2015)
In a cost cutting measure, Portland is using city buses to transport students to and from school. More from Government Technology.
19 Progressive Recommendations for Seattle's Housing Crisis (September 22, 2015)
The Urbanist chose 19 of the progressive recommendations from a total of 65 put forward by the Housing Affordability and Livability Agenda Advisory Committee (HALA) committee. More from The Urbanist.
California Launches Data-Driven OpenJustice Dashboard (September 22, 2015)
OpenJustice will make large amounts of criminal justice data available to the public with an overall goal of improving safety, strengthening trust, enhancing government accountability and informing public policy. More from Government Technology.
A Wonderfully Clear Explanation of How Road Diets Work (September 22, 2015)
A road diet is a great way for cities to reclaim some of the excess street space they’ve dedicated to cars—generally preserving traffic flows while improving safety and expanding mobility to other modes. More from City Lab.
Get Lean: Optimize Your Business Processes (September 21, 2015)
Join the Center for Digital Government’s Digital Communities program on September 29, 11:00 AM PT, for a free live webinar describing how the city of Boca Raton, Florida developed a business process analysis group to optimize processes and combat resource challenges. More from Government Technology.
From CompStat to RespectStat: Accountability for Respectful Policing (September 21, 2015)
In the same way that CompStat is used to establish norms and expectations within the organization, surveys can be used to reinforce desired behaviors during police-citizen contacts. More from The Police Chief.
Renton Values Diversity through New Program (September 18, 2015)
Learn how the city brought together representatives from its increasingly diverse population to give new resident groups a voice and strengthen community. More from ICMA.
Bye, Bye 'Collector,' Hello 'Avenue' (September 18, 2015)
LA's new Mobility Plan 2035 replaces auto-centric thoroughfare designations with new urban terms. More from Better Cities & Towns.
‘Choice Amenities’ and the Reimagined Urban Landscape (September 18, 2015)
New ideas and players are coalescing to provide attractive options for the livability of cities. That's good news for economic development. More from Governing.
Administration Announces New “Smart Cities” Initiative (September 17, 2015)
The Obama Administration recently announced a new “Smart Cities” Initiative that will invest over $160 million in federal research and leverage more than 25 new technology collaborations to help local communities tackle key challenges.
The Uberizing of the Government Workforce (September 17, 2015)
As the use of contract and temporary workers grows and millennials move into government, the public sector will need to adapt. More from Governing.
Integrating the Legalization of Recreational Marijuana into Local Land Use and Planning Schemes (September 16, 2015)
This article reviews potential vulnerabilities relating to the the integration of recreational marijuana into existing Washington local land use regulatory schemes and suggests best practices for neutralizing those vulnerabilities. More from Environmental & Land Use Law.
Desperate Times Call for Innovation (September 16, 2015)
Governments are searching for short- and long-term solutions that may make significant changes to the funding landscape to support public infrastructure development. More from Government Finance Review.
What Do the Best Government Websites of 2015 Have in Common? (September 15, 2015)
Winning sites in the 2015 Best of the Web competition tend to use simple, high-image, low-text designs; prioritize accessibility and mobility; and start with a design philosophy that puts the user first. More from Government Technology.
Palo Alto, Calif's 'Digital Commenter' Gives Citizens a Voice (September 15, 2015)
The Northern California city launched a new tool that brings community meetings to the citizen. More from Government Technology.
How State and Local Construction Dollars Are Spent (September 15, 2015)
Trends in spending on roads, schools, prisons and stadiums. More from Governing.
The Social Police: Facebook, Twitter Play Role in Modern Policing (September 14, 2015)
Many departments are growing their social media presence to engage with the community and improve their image. More from Government Technology.
The Complicated Link Between Gentrification and Displacement (September 14, 2015)
Gentrification can push residents out of their neighborhoods, but the ultimate effects of displacement are less clear. More from The Atlantic Citylab.
Food Markets Nourishing Development (September 14, 2015)
Though they pose unique development challenges, authentic, locally focused food vendors create unique experiences. More from Urban Land.
Are Tiny Houses the Answer to the Housing Crisis? (September 10, 2015)
Affordable, eco-friendly houses are increasingly appealing to first-time home buyers and others on fixed incomes. More from Government Technology.
Police Body Cameras to Hit L.A. Streets (September 10, 2015)
Los Angeles County is the largest county in the nation to deploy police body cameras. More from Government Technology.
Police Body Cameras Improve Accuracy of Written Reports, Study Shows (September 9, 2015)
Studies find that following an incident, officers reports' based solely on memory can be dubious, and the addition of body-worn cameras improves the accuracy of written reports. More from Government Technology.
Prioritizing Capital Improvement Planning (September 9, 2015)
The prioritization of capital projects has taken on additional importance, given the limited availability of financial resources to meet the competing interests for infrastructure requirements. More from Government Finance Review.
MRSC Budget Resources (September 8, 2015)
New to budgeting? We’ve compiled a succinct overview of a municipal budget and the budget requirements per Washington State law. We’ve also developed a number of tools to help you in the budgeting process. More from MRSC.
Drones a Benefit for Law Enforcement, but Raise Concerns (September 8, 2015)
So far, 26 states have enacted drone-related privacy laws, and all but a handful of states have at least considered such laws. More from Government Technology.
Municipal Bankruptcies Less Taboo, According to Report (September 4, 2015)
Municipal bankruptcies are less taboo than they once were now that cities across the country have emerged more financially sound after filing Chapter 9, according to a recently releasaed Moody’s Investors Service report. More from American City & County.
It Won't be Pretty When Boomers Lose Their Cars (September 3, 2015)
It's already a problem with seniors in the suburbs, and it's going to explode in coming years. More from Mother Nature Network.
Funding for Regional Growth (September 3, 2015)
Mounting evidence suggests that it takes a sustained, comprehensive effort over many years to make lasting improvements in a regional economy. More from Brookings.
New Report Finds Economic Conditions in Cities Are Improving, But Benefits of Growth Are Unequal (September 3, 2015)
The National League of Cities (NLC) released a new analysis based on a survey of more than 250 city officials from cities of all sizes that uncovers dual realities in cities, where even as conditions improve, persistent challenges prevent the benefits of this growth from reaching many. More from NLC.
Seattle to Rely on Green Stormwater Infrastructure (September 2, 2015)
Seattle Mayor Edward B. Murray recently released a draft citywide Green Stormwater Infrastructure Strategy, outlining plans to accelerate green infrastructure approaches for preventing this type of water pollution. More from Water World.
Over-Wide Streets? You May Regret It (September 2, 2015)
A clear body of evidence has accumulated that narrower lanes are safer on major urban thoroughfares that also include pedestrians. More from Better Cities & Towns.
Counties Vet Micro-Housing as Residents Show Interest (September 1, 2015)
County officials are looking at tweaking zoning and building ordinances in response to their residents’ interest in tiny houses —which generally range from 200 square feet to 500 square feet in size. More from NACo's County News.
The Long, Long Haul of Civic Progress (September 1, 2015)
Projects that define cities are complex, difficult undertakings. We need a template for putting these efforts together. More from Governing.
Google Government Innovation Lab Reveals First Prototypes (September 1, 2015)
Kern County, Calif., announces plans for two projects resulting from its work with the search giant. More from Government Technology.
U.S. Supreme Court Rules in Seven Significant Cases for Counties (August 31, 2015)
The court issued many decisions affecting local governments — most of which had unfavorable outcomes. More from NACo's County News.
IT Department Performance Metrics (August 31, 2015)
A new report from the IBM Center for the Business of Government, Creating a Balanced Portfolio of Information Technology Metrics, argues that a balanced portfolio of metrics is needed for project management, operations management, and innovation in order to effectively deliver on IT agency mission objectives.
Local Government Hiring Pace Picks Up (August 28, 2015)
For the second year in a row, state and local governments increased hiring from the previous year, according to a newly released report by the Center for State and Local Government Excellence. More from ICMA.
ICMA Recognizes Leaders in Performance Management (August 28, 2015)
ICMA has officially recognized 48 local governments for their leadership in continuous improvement and community engagement through performance management initiatives. More from ICMA.
The Threat of Wildfire on Development in the West (August 27, 2015)
The future growth of western population centers will create both challenges and opportunities in addressing the risk of wildfire. More from Marten Law.
Evening Local Planning Short Courses for Fall 2015 (August 27, 2015)
The Department of Commerce's local planning short courses cover planning law, comprehensive planning, and the Open Public Meetings Act trainings required for planning commissioners and boards since 2014.Visit the Commerce Short Course Web page for the most up-to-date list of all Fall 2015 short course offerings.
5 Tools You Need in Your Manager’s Toolbox (August 26, 2015)
Use these leadership tools to make smart decisions and to get the results you want from your organization. More from ICMA.
Why Evidence-Based Policymaking Is Just the Beginning (August 26, 2015)
In delivering social services and other programs, measuring effectiveness is critical. More from Governing.
A Rising Tide of Engagement (August 25, 2015)
The Planning profession leans in on climate change. More from Planning.
Bridging Interests on Local Government Collaboration (August 25, 2015)
This PM article examines current topics of interest on local government collaboration that have joint interest from both academicians and practitioners. More from Public Management.
Why the HALA Single-Family Upzones Died (August 25, 2015)
Just Two weeks after the Housing Affordability and Livability Agenda (HALA) proposals in Seattle were announced, several of its core recommendations were abandoned. More from The Urbanist.
How to Conserve Water Without Bankrupting Water Utilities (August 24, 2015)
The more water people save, the more money utilities lose. But new pricing models could change that. More from Government Technology.
Exit Interviews: Increasingly Important But Often Forgotten (August 24, 2015)
Knowing why employees quit might keep others on the job, something governments struggle to do. More from Governing.
Lawmakers Demand Tighter Drone Regulations as Close Encounters Surge (August 20, 2015)
The FAA in recent weeks received dozens of reports about drones too close to aircraft fighting California wildfires and near-collisions over airports in New York, Minneapolis and Austin. More from Government Technology.
California Municipal Water Agency 'Rolls Out' Unique Tool in Drought Battle (August 20, 2015)
Low-tech offers an elegant solution to water loss and environmental threats. More from Government Technology.
Form-based codes offer predictability (August 20, 2015)
A form-based code (FBC) provides a more predictable built environment and the likelihood of more appealing public spaces with an identifiable character. More from Better Cities & Towns.
Saving Water Partnership (August 19, 2015)
A group of local water utilities in Seattle and King County together with the cities of Everett and Tacoma have set up a new "Saving Water Partnership" web site with tips for reducing water use in response to the ongoing drought in Washington.
Why Are There So Few Age-Friendly Cities? (August 19, 2015)
Why are a few communities, like New York and Portland, OR, working to become more age-friendly for their residents but so many others aren’t? More from Forbes.
Amazon Proposes Drone 'Superhighways' for Cities (August 19, 2015)
The company has proposed a two-tiered drone highway network that could revolutionize package delivery into cities. More from Government Technology.
Municipal Budgeting Video Series (August 18, 2015)
Budgeting Basics is a 10-part video training series hosted by Mike Bailey and provided as a service by AWC to the cities of Washington State in order to help elected officials learn the basics of budgeting for cities.
The Elections No One Cares About (August 18, 2015)
Turnout in local elections has gotten so low that some places might start practically paying people to vote. But there's a simpler, cheaper way to get more people to the polls. More from Governing.
A Model for Decriminalizing Mental Illness in America (August 18, 2015)
America’s jails are filled with people suffering from severe psychological problems. But largely thanks to one judge, Miami found ways to keep the mentally ill out of incarceration and in treatment. More from Governing.
Short Course on Local Planning Videos Available (August 17, 2015)
The State Department of Commerce's entire set of Planning Short Course videos are now available on the Commerce Short Course Web page.
Government Apps Are Popular, But Are They Useful? (August 17, 2015)
What may seem like a great way to engage citizens may not be as effective as cities would like. More from Governing.
10 Mayors On The Issues Facing Cities (August 17, 2015)
From health care to equality to increasing the minimum wage, here's what the leaders of our cities say they need to focus on. More from Fast Company.
Limitations of Police Cameras Come Into Focus (August 14, 2015)
Increasingly more police departments are having their officers record interactions, but the technology varies, as does the quality of the footage, how it is gathered, how long it is stored and how it is released. More from Government Technology.
How Many Households Have an Emergency Plan? (August 14, 2015)
All kinds of emergencies, such as floods, tornadoes or chemical spills, can make it necessary for people to evacuate their home. More from Emergency Management.
Denver’s Peak Academy Creates Change Agents in Government (August 13, 2015)
The people who deliver services directly to the public know a lot. Denver is setting the pace for tapping that resource. More from Government Technology.
How Government Employment Costs Are Growing (August 13, 2015)
The latest federal data illustrates how benefits are becoming more costly for states and localities. More from Governing.
Firefighters in Washington Train with High-Tech Air Packs (August 12, 2015)
The apparatus protects the face and eyes, provides breathable air, warns when that air is running low, allows firefighters to communicate and sounds an alarm when a firefighter is disabled. More from Government Technology.
7 Ways to Ensure a Successful IT Modernization (August 12, 2015)
The risks to holding onto legacy systems are many, but modernizing IT in any sector is not easy or cheap. These tips can help. More from Government Technology.
Evaluating the Impact of Police Body Cameras (August 11, 2015)
Police body-worn cameras are meant to increase accountability, transparency, and trust—and they very well may. But there’s still a lot we don’t know about the effects of this new, rapidly expanding technology. What are some of the potential consequences? More from The Urban Institute.
Milwaukee PD to Outfit Squad Cars with Fireable GPS Trackers (August 11, 2015)
Officers say the technology will allow for a safer, more focused, more effective apprehension of a suspect who flees. More from Government Technology.
Developing Private Accessory Dwellings (August 10, 2015)
Large homebuilders—and small-scale specialists—are coming up with ways to increase the supply of affordable and versatile accessory dwellings. More from Urban Land.
The Changing Face of Regional Partnerships (August 10, 2015)
From the structures being built, to the players involved, and (most importantly) the strategies being pursued, there is a sea change underway in economic development. More from Brookings.
As Fears of West Side 'Megaquake' Danger Grow, State's Emergency Planners Unshaken (August 7, 2015)
Geologists from the USGS Earthquake Science Center office at the University of Washington dismiss recent report as either overly dramatic or just flat-out wrong, and the suggestion the region isn’t preparing for the possible disaster. More from Emergency Managment.
How to Make Streets Safer Worldwide (August 7, 2015)
The World Resources Institute (WRI) has published a 100-page report called Cities Safer By Design that offers design solutions for safer and more sustainable streets. More from Better Cities & Towns.
How Much of Seattle’s Housing is Affordable? No One Knows for Sure (August 6, 2015)
Mayor Ed Murray’s Housing Affordability and Livability Agenda briefly considered developing a strategy to gather data on market-rate affordable units, but the recommendation didn’t make the final cut. More from Crosscut.
Walkable Downtowns Drawing Companies and Talent (August 4, 2015)
Suburban office parks, which developed and spread far and wide as businesses left American cities, are now losing ground to those same cities. More from Urban Land.
Oakland, Calif.’s Real-Time Crime Map Uses Data to Drive Community Engagement (August 3, 2015)
Users can view the latest criminal and emergency activity on a map as it is filtered through the Oakland Police Department’s 911-dispatch system. More from Government Technology.
Mapping America's Rental Housing Crisis (July 30, 2015)
No matter where you live, there's not enough affordable rental housing. Use the Urban Institute's new interactive map to explore the extent of the problem, county by county.
Making Downtowns What They Used to Be (July 28, 2015)
Vibrant centers are work environments that also offer places to live, shop, dine, play, convene, rest, and learn. More from Urban Land.
Stepping Up: How Cities Are Working to Keep America's Poorest Families Housed (July 28, 2015)
Having a place to call home is a signature component of the American dream. But for far too many people, finding safe, decent, affordable housing is extremely stressful. More from The Urban Institute.
Study Finds Most Effective Homelessness Intervention (July 27, 2015)
Providing families with a Housing Choice Voucher, or Section 8 assistance, curbs homelessness better than other forms of intervention, according to the first large-scale study on the issue co-conducted by the U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development. More from The Atlantic.
Implementing a Risk-Based Reserve Strategy in Colorado Springs (July 27, 2015)
Maintaining ample reserves will help make sure your government can focus on coping with the crisis, rather than scrambling to find funds. More from Government Finance Review.
The Scary Things That Can Make You a Stronger Leader (July 16, 2015)
A "stretch" assignment can be stressful -- even terrifying. Here's what one government leader learned from the experience. More from Governing.
Medical Marijuana Emerges from the Shadows (July 16, 2015)
The legal marijuana market is one of the fastest growing industries in the United States. More from Public Management.
A Comeback for the Carpool (July 16, 2015)
Ride-sharing has declined in recent decades, but there's a lot that could be done to revive it. The potential savings are enormous. More from Governing.
Colorado Pot Report (July 16, 2015)
The highs and lows that have followed in the wake of legalization in Colorado. More from Planning.
Strategies for good urban retail (July 16, 2015)
We need a sensible approach to mixed use that reflects realities and limitations of retail, while also maintaining a commitment to vibrant streetlife. More from Better Cities & Towns.
The Science of Games and Budgeting (July 16, 2015)
What can public budget officers do to enhance the perceived legitimacy of tough budget decisions? An answer comes from an unexpected place: games. More from Government Finance Review.
More Businesses Choose Downtowns and Walkable Locations (July 15, 2015)
More and more businesses are choosing to locate in downtowns and walkable suburban locations, in part to attract younger workers who prefer a less car-dependent, more urban lifestyle. More from Better Cities & Towns.
13th Annual Digital Counties Survey — 2015 Results (July 14, 2015)
The Center for Digital Government (CDG) and the National Association of Counties (NACo) have announced the 2015 Digital Counties Survey winners, including a few Washington Counties. More from Government Technology.
National Brownfields Training Conference (July 14, 2015)
The 16th National Brownfields Training Conference, the largest event focused on environmental revitalization and economic redevelopment, will take place on September 2-4, 2015 in Chicago, IL.
Is it Time to Rethink Emergency Service Delivery? (July 13, 2015)
While firefighters' working realities have changed profoundly in recent decades, their government structures and operating protocols remain largely frozen in bureaucratic amber. More from Government Technology.
Amazon Launches $250,000 Cloud Competition for Local Government (July 13, 2015)
Amazon Web Services wants to see governments innovating in the cloud, and this summer they're recognizing the best. More from Government Technology.
America's First Government-Owned Marijuana Store (July 10, 2015)
The Cannabis Corner is the only (but probably not the last) place where public workers are paid to sell pot. More from Governing.
Training May Be Valuable, But Few Governments Measure Its Success (July 10, 2015)
And without proof of its value, cash-strapped states are increasingly cutting training budgets. More from Governing.
Cloud 101 - A Technical Guide for the Non-Technical (July 9, 2015)
Cloud computing continues to increase in popularity but few outside of the IT department can discuss its advantages or challenges in much detail. More from American City & County.
The Next Experiment in Urban Planning: Inclusive Engagement (July 9, 2015)
Seattle is tapping technology to reach previously unheard from -- and often culturally diverse -- citizens. More from Governing.
High-Performance Policing: Getting the Metrics Right (July 8, 2015)
The latest analytics tools can help police and community leaders see the larger public-safety picture. More from Governing.
New Orleans Is Moving From Dysfunction to Data-Driven Decision-Making (July 8, 2015)
About five years ago, New Orleans was declared to be a dysfunctional local government. Now, its creative data strategies are making headlines of a much better kind. More from Next City.
Mayor Ed Murray Announces New Office of Planning and Community Development (July 7, 2015)
With dramatic growth taking hold in Seattle, Mayor Ed Murray wants to overhaul how the City of Seattle manages city planning and capital investments across City government. More from The Urbanist.
The Phone Call That Could Help Governments' Credit Ratings (July 7, 2015)
Some credit ratings agencies actually want governments to call them so they can make their case when things go wrong. More from Governing.
The State and Local Workforce - Analysis and Forecast (July 2, 2015)
The challenges of the past decade have required the state and local sector to make many significant adjustments to its workforce. More from Government Finance Review.
National Endowment for the Arts' Our Town Grant Program (July 2, 2015)
The Our Town grant program supports creative placemaking projects that help to transform communities into lively, beautiful, and resilient places with the arts at their core.
What City Officials Need to Know About Cybersecurity (July 1, 2015)
In the wake of highly publicized data breaches and cybersecurity attacks, city officials are looking at historically underfunded municipal cyberdefense programs. More from Government Technology.
Police Collaborate to Tackle Body Cam Video Release, Storage, Retention (July 1, 2015)
Police leaders from Orlando, Fla., to Dallas, Texas, gathered in the basement of Seattle police headquarters to discuss possible solutions and hear from technology experts. More from Government Technology.
Supreme Court Protects Privacy for Hotel, Airbnb Guests (June 30, 2015)
The Los Angeles Police Department has lost its bid to demand lodging information after practice is declared unconstitutional. More from Government Technology.
GIS Helps Communities Showcase Unique Strengths (June 30, 2015)
In an era of unprecedented competition, municipalities turn to new mapping tools to aggressively market and sell to targeted business prospects. More from Government Technology.
Elevator Speech for New Urbanism (June 29, 2015)
Every advocate of compact neighborhoods should have communications skills and top of the list is the elevator pitch. It should be positive and on the tip of your tongue. More from Better Cities & Towns.
To Drive the Economy, Minneapolis-St. Paul Looks to the Dashboard (June 29, 2015)
The first initiative coming out of Minneapolis-St. Paul's regional economic strategy was not a new skills effort or an infrastructure plan. Instead leaders behind the strategy unveiled a “Regional Indicators Dashboard." More from Brookings.
How Big Data in Government Falls Dangerously Short of the Mark (June 29, 2015)
States and localities are embracing the promise of big data. But just how good is the information they’re collecting in the first place? More from Government Technology.
Recruiting a Diverse Law Enforcement Workforce (June 25, 2015)
The discussion about recruiting, hiring, retaining, and promoting minorities and females in law enforcement has been going on for the last two decades. Even so, many departments still lack needed diversity. More from The Police Chief.
Smaller Towns Get Smarter (June 25, 2015)
Better technology for data analysis and visualization fuels Main Street's move to evidence-based decision-making. More from Government Technology.
Seattle's Future Alleys Look Like Paradise (June 24, 2015)
The city looks to the dank gaps between buildings for “vibrant new spaces.” More from The Atlantic CityLab.
Communities Expand Body-Cam Use Beyond Police (June 23, 2015)
If public calls for the cameras persist and greater demand drives down costs, more agencies might be tempted to experiment with equipping other public employees who often encounter confrontation. More from Government Technology.
Are Some Government Jobs Gone for Good? (June 23, 2015)
In localities badly hurting for revenue, public employment may never return to pre-recession levels. More from Governing.
How Seattle Is Changing the Definition of Garbage (June 22, 2015)
New rules make it mandatory for residents to set aside their organic waste—and they’re working. More from The Atlantic CityLab.
Portland Debuts Rain-Themed 'Creative Crosswalks' (June 22, 2015)
It’s not just being weird this time—there’s a safety value to the new crossings. More from The Atlantic CityLab.
Airbnb Caught in Regulatory Gray Zone (June 19, 2015)
As Airbnb continues to promote an image of helping mom-and-pop homeowners raise a little extra cash, cities from New York to Santa Monica are trying to figure out how best to zone, tax and oversee the new industry. More from Government Technology.
Seattle 2035: Five maps that will determine the city’s future (June 18, 2015)
As increasing density and increasing housing costs raise temperatures all over Seattle, residents and planners are engaging in a comprehensive plan that will determine how the city grows over the next 20 years. More from Crosscut.
Police Open Crime Data to Increase Trust with the Public (June 18, 2015)
Opening data is a way to increase public trust, but there’s a lot of work left to be done on behalf of law enforcement. More from Emergency Management.
Shifting the Focus of Commercial Strips from Moving Cars to Connecting People (June 17, 2015)
Dotted by strip malls, fast-food outlets, and car dealerships, auto-oriented commercial corridors and suburban arterials are among the unhealthiest places in the built environment. More from Urban Land.
Making the Economic Case for More Walkability (June 17, 2015)
Walkability is no longer something that is merely nice to have or a luxury; it is a key to economic competitiveness. More from Urban Land.
How Big (or Small) is Your City’s Middle Class? (June 16, 2015)
Rising inequality and rapid gentrification in places like San Francisco and Seattle raise the concern that some cities are becoming exclusive enclaves for the wealthy. More from Brookings.
What the New Clean Water Rule Means for Metro Areas (June 16, 2015)
In May, the Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) and the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers (USACE) finalized a long-debated clean water rule to limit pollution in a variety of streams, tributaries, and wetlands. More from Brookings.
Cities see Longest Stretch of Job Growth Since Great Recession, According to Jobs Report (June 15, 2015)
Local governments have experienced six consecutive months of employment growth—the longest stretch of growth since the beginning of the Great Recession—according to the May jobs report issued today by the Bureau of Labor Statistics. More from NLC.
New NLC Report on Sharing Economy (June 15, 2015)
The National League of Cities recently released the first national quantitative survey of local elected officials' views on the sharing economy. More from NLC.
Plugged in or wireless, Americans grow more isolated (June 15, 2015)
Restoring the civic commons is key to making progress on many challenges, according to a new report. More from Better Cities & Towns.
Justice Department Issues ADA Guide for State and Local Governments (June 11, 2015)
The U.S. Department of Justice has published a new technical assistance guide, "ADA Update: A Primer for State and Local Governments," to help state and local government officials understand how title II of the ADA applies to their programs, activities, and services.
Chicago's Data-Powered Recipe for Food Safety (June 9, 2015)
A pilot program that brought efficiency to restaurant inspections has broad potential for public health and safety. More from Governing.
ACLU Recommends New Rules for Police Body Cameras (June 9, 2015)
Despite the increased use of body cameras, there are no universal policies governing their use by police departments. More from Emergency Management.
New Mobile App Moves Legislative Process into 21st Century (June 8, 2015)
The app, called Countable, lets users give opinions on proposals and receive notifications when a legislator they opt to follow submits new legislation. More from Government Technology.
Embracing Uncertainty and Change (June 8, 2015)
Resilience planning is the next frontier in creating a viable fiscal future for our organizations. More from Government Finance Review.
5 Startups Helping to Bring Government into the 21st Century (June 5, 2015)
The rise of civic tech is helping bring innovation back to government. Here’s a handful of startups in the mix. More from Government Technology.
Body-Worn Camera Legislation Spikes in State Legislatures (June 5, 2015)
States are considering a high volume of new proposals about police use and retention of body-worn camera video. More from Government Technology.
How Well Can a City Predict Its Future 20 Years Out? (June 4, 2015)
In 1994, Seattle won praise from urbanist thinkers nationwide with its 20-year plan for population and economic growth. More from Governing.
Dashboard Software Helps Parks District Boost Performance (June 4, 2015)
The Park District for Oak Park, Ill., has found that dashboard software has boosted performance and efficiency, thanks to its enhanced reporting tools. More from Government Technology.
The Rise of Melting-Pot Suburbs (June 4, 2015)
In 36 of the 100 largest metropolitan areas, minorities represent at least 35 percent of the suburban population, approximately the same share as the nation. More from Brookings.
The Top 6 Reasons to Be Wary of City Rankings, Ranked (June 3, 2015)
A list-based guide to looking beyond the listicle. More from The Atlantic CityLab.
Houston Becomes Largest U.S. City to Effectively End Veteran Homelessness (June 2, 2015)
Houston Mayor Annise Parker recently announced that Houston has become the largest city in the nation to create a system to house any homeless veteran, effectively ending veteran homelessness in the city. More from NLC.
Manufacturing Startups Head for the Cloud—and Your City (June 1, 2015)
Thanks to the rise of an array of new tools, facilities, and services on the hardware side, a new “hardware renaissance” has begun to spread from Silicon Valley out across the U.S. More from Brookings.
President Launches Police Data Initiative (June 1, 2015)
On the tail end of riots, protests and public disquiet surrounding police conduct, the president announced a new program that pits data against one of America's hottest issues. More from Government Technology.
Cities Give Alleys New Life (May 29, 2015)
Several cities are starting to see more potential in once dangerous and usually underused backstreets. More from Governing.
State Law Establishes Form of Government in 76 Percent of Counties (May 29, 2015)
ICMA’s County Form of Government Survey results show, among other findings, that state law establishes form of government in 76 percent of counties. More from ICMA.
Cities' Use of Visible Technology Creates a Perception of Value (May 28, 2015)
Using technology that residents can see, touch and feel gives a first-hand look at how the tax dollars they have entrusted to their cities are being spent -- and it has a profound and positive impact on their lives. More from Government Technology.
Why Your Government Needs to Be a Hipster Organization (May 28, 2015)
The millennials who will replace today's government workers are looking for a very different workplace culture. More from Governing.
Railroads Required to Plan for a Worst-Case Oil Train Spill in Washington State (May 27, 2015)
A new law requires railroads to plan for the “largest foreseeable spill in adverse weather conditions.” More from Emergency Management.
How Cloud-Based Mobility is Delivering Value to Small Cities (May 27, 2015)
The combination of new cloud-accessible, easily implemented customer relationship management technology coupled with mobility enables meaningful results. More from Government Technology.
Drought Emergency Declared for All of Washington State (May 27, 2015)
The statewide drought emergency will likely lead some farmers to go without water for their crops and some small water districts to look at reductions for their customers. More from Emergency Management.
Guiding Principles for Financial Resiliency (May 26, 2015)
Given the many changes that are underway in local government, anything
we can do to make it easier for the organization to adapt to change is critically important. More from Government Finance Review.
Regulatory Shift May Help Development Located near Transit (May 26, 2015)
Growing mass transit ridership is creating demand for new service and providing fertile ground for transit-oriented development (TOD) projects, including joint development—the use of land owned by transit agencies for development by real estate developers. More from Urban Land.
75 Cities Ranked by Park Score (May 20, 2015)
The Trust for Public Land released its 2015 ParkScore today, ranking the 75 largest U.S. cities on the metrics of acreage, facilities and investment, and access.
New Funding Opportunity Available for Body Cameras (May 19, 2015)
The Department of Justice Bureau of Justice Assistance released an FY15 grant solicitation for state and local law enforcement agencies to establish or expand body-worn cameras. More from NACo's County News.
Regulating Drones and Privacy: So Far, a Piecemeal Approach (May 19, 2015)
The use drones for planning and its related fields has obvious and immediate potential. So far, however, the use of drones lacks a coherent regulatory framework. More from ZwillGen.
Local Ballot Measure Database Update (May 18, 2015)
We recently updated the Local Ballot Measure Database with the results from the April, 2015 election. Of note, all EMS levies, park district levies, and levy lid lifts passed.
Counties Examine Police Training in Encounters with Mentally Ill (May 18, 2015)
Local initiatives aim to reduce the number of people with mental illness in jails. More from U.S. News & World Report.
Planning for a Financial Crisis (May 15, 2015)
Before the next financial crisis hits, governments should consider developing a financial crisis policy, including a library of strategies that could be employed to deal with a financial crisis. More from Government Finance Review.
Is a New Digital Divide Emerging? (May 15, 2015)
Will small cities be able to exploit technology the way bigger cities have? More from Government Technology.
Cops Increasingly Use Social Media to Connect, Crowdsource (May 14, 2015)
Communicating with the public is essential, and there are many ways to do so that allow for citizens to easily, anonymously assist in upholding and enforcing the law. More from Government Technology.
What Can Go Wrong with Government Transparency? (May 14, 2015)
While transparency may promote government accountability and reduce corruption, rules to improve openness in government also can have negative consequences. More from Government Techology.
Seattle to Buildings: Give Tenants Transit Passes, Not Parking Spots (May 13, 2015)
The city’s new proposal represents a smart step toward reduced car reliance. More from The Atlantic CityLab.
Feds Unveil Rules to Make Oil Trains Safer (May 13, 2015)
The U.S. and Canadian governments unveiled a long-awaited new standard for the tank cars used to transport crude oil and ethanol that includes numerous safety improvements. More from Emergency Management.
The City with (Almost) No Limits (May 12, 2015)
As the only major U.S. city without formal zoning, Houston has a reputation as a freewheeling place where anything goes. But in truth, a complex patchwork of public and private regulation has evolved to impose order. More from Urban Land.
Verified Facebook Status for States, Localities: Here's How to Get Yours (May 12, 2015)
Facebook verification is officially live for states, cities and counties -- now it's time to get verified. More from Government Technology.
Three steps for coping with your infrastructure problem (May 12, 2015)
Admitting you have a problem is often the first step in fixing the problem. Not so for America’s infrastructure. More from Brookings.
American Community Survey Delivers Key Data for County Decision Makers (May 11, 2015)
Questions such as where to build schools and fire stations and how to allocate scarce resources are informed by data from the U.S. Census Bureau’s American Community Survey.
More from NACo's County News.
When Autonomous Cars Take to the Road (May 11, 2015)
Although technological, financial, and regulatory hurdles remain, fully autonomous vehicles will likely be driving themselves on city streets and highways in the next 20 years. More from Planning.
Long Beach Curtails 911 Overuse with App (May 7, 2015)
Civic hackers have teamed up with Long Beach officials to reduce the high number of 911 calls made by a small group of "super-users." More from Government Technology.
Using Lean Design and Construction to Get More from Capital Projects (May 6, 2015)
The University of California at San Francisco has experienced significant benefits from using
Lean design and construction compared to its experience with traditional capital project delivery methods. More from Government Finance Review.
Google Government Innovation Lab Open for Business (May 6, 2015)
Google officially opens its innovation lab to help government solve challenges, with six spots for jurisdictions available in 2015. More from Government Technology.
What People Want From Police Departments (May 5, 2015)
A recent survey shows how Americans feel about the job police are doing and how they can improve. More from Governing.
Before the Storm: Strengthening Communities with Resilience Thinking (May 5, 2015)
How do we decide where best to invest our creativity and finite resources to make places safer, stronger, and ready to withstand acute shocks? More from Urban Land.
Police Should Increase Use of Digital Communication Tools (May 5, 2015)
A new survey found that citizens across the board want more ways to report crime and to help support crime reduction efforts in their neighborhoods by leveraging new technologies. More from Government Technology.
When It Comes to Housing Affordability, Are Cities Like Seattle Doomed? (May 4, 2015)
At their recent annual gathering, America's urban planners confronted a growing crisis in the country's most expensive cities. More from The Atlantic CityLab.
What we like - and don't like - about our cities (May 4, 2015)
American city dwellers place a high value on their cities’ food offerings, from restaurants to farmers’ markets. We also love historic buildings and good public spaces. Traffic, not so much. More from Better Cities & Towns.
Which States Are Holding Their Cities Back? (May 4, 2015)
According to the National League of Cities, states may be keeping their cities from bouncing back from the recession. More from Next City.
Chicago uses new technology to solve this very old urban problem (May 1, 2015)
Chicago has spent 12 years collecting data on resident complaints. Now the city is harnessing that data to control the rat population, stopping infestations before residents spot rats in the first place. More from Fortune.
Drought Declared in Almost Half of Washington State (April 30, 2015)
Officials said the entire state could be classified as drought-stricken by early May. More from Emergency Management.
Here’s How American Cities Can Learn From Italian Piazzas (April 28, 2015)
You would think this would be clear to everyone by now: Active and permeable ground floors are a sine qua non for the functioning of an urban plaza. More from Next City.
How Livable Will Your Neighborhood Be as You Age? (April 28, 2015)
The AARP's new “livability index” grades communities on seven resource areas that aging Americans will need. More from The Atlantic CityLab.
How Cities Lose Millions in Federal Funds (April 27, 2015)
A new report examines the ways in which struggling cities mismanage federal grants and offers ideas for fixing it. More from Governing.
The Sharing Economy: Can Government Learn to Live With It? (April 27, 2015)
It's a mistake to try to control or regulate innovation. Think about what happened to the music business. More from Government Technology.
The Benefits of Removing Stop Lights (April 24, 2015)
A growing number of experts advocate stop light removal to save money, improve safety, make cities more walkable, and boost traffic flow. More from Better Cities & Towns.
Will King County, Wash., Voters Approve Tax for Improved Emergency Radio Network? (April 24, 2015)
The new system would expand the network and fill in current coverage gaps to ensure essential communication among emergency personnel. More from Government Technology.
New App Transforms Budgets Into Interactive Infographics (April 23, 2015)
'Balancing Act' illustrates how balancing a budget is a game of compromises, letting users tweak the numbers to see how their budget is affected. More from Government Techology.
How Complete Streets Help People and Economies (April 23, 2015)
Streets re-designed with all users in mind—pedestrians, transit users, and bicyclists as well as drivers of motor vehicles—generally deliver safety, environmental, and economic benefits. More from Better Cities & Towns.
The Government Workforce in an Era of Wage Stagnation (April 22, 2015)
With private-sector wage growth outpacing that of the public sector, attracting and keeping talented employees is more of a challenge than ever. More from Government Finance Review.
The Payoffs of Financial Transparency (April 22, 2015)
Most cities are failing to tell their fiscal stories well or at all. New York and Chicago, though, offer models of true transparency. More from Governing.
Local Government in a Digital World (April 21, 2015)
This white paper focuses on the latest types of applications that serve and engage citizens digitally and foster virtual local government. More from Government Technology.
The ‘New Neutral’ Is Here (April 20, 2015)
That’s bad news for those who manage public money. More from Governing.
Storage Costs Cloud Police Cam Issue (April 20, 2015)
Only in recent years has cloud computing made it feasible to start thinking about saving and maintaining the deluge of video data from police-worn cameras. More from Government Technology.
Better streets: What's the priority? (April 17, 2015)
In a Place, automobiles might be accommodated but they are not prioritized. Human scale and comfort are what rule, and all subsequent design decisions reflect that. More from Better Cities & Towns.
Data Wonks and Performance Leaders (April 17, 2015)
Public and nonprofit agencies certainly benefit from the insights produced by data wonks, but to get real humans to act on these insights requires effective leadership. More from Bob Behn's Performance Leadership Report.
Improving Public Services: The Secrets of Award-Winning Cities (April 17, 2015)
Technology is important, but it doesn't work without the right governance structures and partnerships. More from Governing.
Trees Tame Stormwater (April 16, 2015)
Take a look at this neat interactive poster from the Arbor Day Foundation on the importance of planting trees in your community.
Driverless cars will transform transportation infrastructure, land use planning (April 16, 2015)
Counties will have to accommodate technological advances with infrastructure improvements, but will later reap the benefits. More from NACo's County News.
What We Can Learn From the Police That Pioneered Body Cameras (April 15, 2015)
Police across the country are being outfitted with body cameras, but managing all the hours of footage comes at a price and poses unintended consequences. More from Governing.
Data-Driven (April 15, 2015)
Leveraging the potential of big data for planning. More from Planning.
13 Urban Trends to Watch (April 14, 2015)
Massive societal and economic changes are converging to create a new urban reality, a transformation of importance to the millions of Americans in the nation’s metropolitan areas. More from Urban Land.
In Cities and Suburbs, Nearby Jobs Are Harder to Find (April 14, 2015)
For most Americans, especially the poor and minorities, the number of jobs near home is declining. More from Governing.
County Governments' Competitive Advantage: Information Sharing (April 14, 2015)
County governments have a competitive advantage over businesses: counties share everything. More from NACo's County News.
Reinvigorating Local Democracy (April 10, 2015)
Recognizing the opportunities that come with moving away from traditional public engagement practices, more and more local governments are exploring ways to partner more effectively with city residents to identify, understand and solve public problems. More from Governing.
In the Short Run, the Best Defense to Railway Dangers Is a Smart Response (April 10, 2015)
Short of a nationwide ban on crude oil shipments, there isn’t much that can be done quickly.
More from Emergency Management.
Why Cities Hit the Brakes on Red Light Cameras (April 9, 2015)
The use of the once-popular traffic devices has been in decline since 2013. More from Governing.
Managing the Emerging Public-Safety Workforce (April 9, 2015)
We need to re-think the military-style model and find ways to make law-enforcement agencies reflect the communities they serve. More from Governing.
Things People Should Know About P@s$w0rdS (April 8, 2015)
With all the publicity about hacking, viruses, and malware that can lead to identity theft; it is mind-boggling that people continue to use passwords like “password” or “123456.” More from Public Management.
How Government Can Benefit from Becoming Better Storytellers (April 8, 2015)
Most politicians fail to communicate the importance of policies to the public because they lack skills in the art of the anecdote. More from Governing.
The Building Blocks of Local Government Innovation (April 8, 2015)
There's a lot more to it than a light bulb moment. It won't happen without the basic foundations in place. More from Governing.
Guidebook on Pedestrian Crossings of Public Transit Rail Services (April 7, 2015)
A new Guidebook on Pedestrian Crossings of Public Transit Rail Services from the Transportation Research Board presents a wide array of engineering treatments designed to help improve pedestrian safety for three types of public transit rail services: light rail, commuter rail, and streetcar.
How Prepared Is Your Community for an Emergency? (April 7, 2015)
A new survey shows the extent to which Americans around the country have taken measures to prepare for natural disasters or other emergencies. More from Governing.
Recruiting and Retaining A+ Performers (April 7, 2015)
Employers should strive to promote their strengths and confirm their values, showing top talent that it is an employer of choice during both recession and boom times. More from Government Finance Review.
911 in Two Washington Counties May Receive Text Messages in 2016 (April 6, 2015)
New phone systems that will be installed this year are the first steps toward handling more than phone calls at the RiverCom dispatch center. More from Government Technology.
The Little Asphalt solution for sustainable, healthy communities (April 6, 2015)
Little Asphalt minimizes pavement in cities, towns, and suburbs so that real estate can be used for higher value purposes—such as buildings and people-centered activities. More from Better Cities & Towns.
Space and the City (April 6, 2015)
Poor land use in the world’s greatest cities carries a huge cost. More from The Economist.
Complete Streets are safe, effective, affordable, report says (April 3, 2015)
Complete Streets tend to improve safety, boost biking and walking, and
generate economic activity, according to the most comprehensive study to date of this trend. More from Better Cities & Towns.
Using Innovation and Technology to Improve City Services (April 3, 2015)
This report examines a dozen cities across the United States that have award-
winning reputations for using innovation and technology to improve the
services they provide to their residents. More from the IBM Center for the
Business of Government.
Nextdoor Crowdsources Neighborhood Polling on Civic Issues (April 3, 2015)
Governments may gain greater insights with new voting and polling tool for
citizens. More from Government Technology.
ULI Launches Housing Portal (April 2, 2015)
The Urban Land Institute (ULI) has launched How Housing Matters, an
interdisciplinary online portal focused on housing’s role in individual and
LAPD Expects to Start Deploying Body Cameras this Summer (April 2, 2015)
Although the LAPD has not finalized its policy for the cameras, the department
is moving forward with infrastructure work to prepare the divisions that will
use them first. More from Government Technology.
We’re Integrating Health Into Seattle’s Planning (April 1, 2015)
Across Washington State, planners are working to develop tools, build capacity, and strengthen relationships with health departments to improve community well-being. More from APA.
Are you getting the change you want from the status quo? (March 31, 2015)
The future of communities is being written by land-use regulations. If we want to intentionally author our future, we had better get busy and consider the options. More from Better Cities & Towns.
2015 Community Goals: Citizen Engagement (March 30, 2015)
In the third installment of the 2015 Community Goals Series, ICMA brings to you the best resources to help increase Citizen Engagement. More from ICMA.
For Local Governments, Digital Communications are Essential Services (March 30, 2015)
A survey found municipal and county governments rely heavily on websites, social media and mobile services to connect with citizens, but struggled to make them effective. More from Government Technology.
Planning for Employee Turnover (March 25, 2015)
Jurisdictions need to make time to develop a strategy for addressing employee age demographics, just like other strategic planning they undertake. More from Government Finance Review.
Cybersecurity: Taking a Proactive Approach is Key (March 25, 2015)
If we are to proactively defend our cybersecurity, we must move away from historical algorithm audit and analysis to real-time pattern recognition audit and analysis. More from Government Technology.
New Report on Sharing Economy Examines Impact on U.S. Cities (March 25, 2015)
The National League of Cities (NLC) today released a new report, Cities, the Sharing Economy and What's Next, analyzing how the sharing economy impacts five key areas: innovation, economic development, equity, safety and implementation. More from NLC.
Participatory Democracy’s Emerging Tools (March 24, 2015)
What started as groupware in the business world is providing better ways for governments to collaborate with citizens. More from Governing.
Application period opens for pipeline safety grants (March 24, 2015)
The U.S. Department of Transportation, Pipeline and Hazardous Materials Safety Administration is now accepting applications for the 2015 Technical Assistance Grants. More from NACo's County News.
Police Video Recordings Now Changing Evidentiary Landscape (March 24, 2015)
The new wave of police-created videos bring a new set of questions to the fore regarding open records and privacy issues, and an investigation's integrity if video is released immediately. More from Government Technology.
FCC Decision Gives Counties Hope of Blazing Internet Speeds (March 23, 2015)
Communities in North Carolina and Tennessee are moving closer to the information autobahn — ultrahigh-speed Internet — thanks to the Federal Communications Commission’s recent decision on municipal broadband. More from NACo's County News.
Open Data Evolution: From Increasing Transparency to Engaging Citizens (March 23, 2015)
Small, medium and large cities share how open data efforts are evolving in their communities. More from Government Technology.
Rethinking Private Accessory Dwellings (March 23, 2015)
One of the large impacts of single-use, single-family detached zoning has been to severely shrink the supply of accessory dwellings, which often were created in or near primary houses. More from Urban Land.
The Facebook Majority: Where the People Are (March 18, 2015)
Facebook is not the only place for public agencies to maintain a social presence but the numbers suggest it is hard to ignore. More from Government Technology.
Walla Walla County, Wash., Courtrooms Get Tech Upgrades (March 18, 2015)
The system will also allow court hearings to be recorded on video in place of a court reporter, as well as allow computer and video presentations to be projected onto screens in the courtrooms. More from Government Technology.
Wyoming Lawmakers Approve Spending For Northwest Coal Ports (March 18, 2015)
The state of Wyoming sees more potential than risk in financing coal industry infrastructure projects in the state of Washington. More from KUOW.
A Video Tour of the Seattle Bicycle Master Plan (March 17, 2015)
Take a video tour of the bicycle master plan for Seattle, presented by Planning Magazine.
Governing from the Ground Up (March 17, 2015)
How counties contribute to the metropolitan revolution. More from Brookings.
The Path to Improving Civic Engagement (March 17, 2015)
More can be done to bring people into the civic conversation. It's good for governments, communities and our civic process. More from Governing.
The ABCs of Cost Accountability (March 9, 2015)
Want to know how to do less with less? Activity-based costing has great promise. More from Governing.
How Do Municipalities of Different Sizes Use the Internet? (March 9, 2015)
A recent survey found that small cities have the most diverse Internet usage, and the larger the municipality, the more likely it is to utilize social media. More from Governing.
Citizen Disengagement: The Minority Opinion (March 6, 2015)
Residents are disengaging from their local governments for a variety of reasons. This article provides five suggestions for well thought-out resident engagement. More from Public Management.
Port of Chehalis, Wash., Looks at Telecom Infrastructure Expansion (March 6, 2015)
Officials are looking into the possibility of expanding the fiber optic line through its properties with a goal of improving Internet connectivity for tenants at the port and Chehalis Industrial Park. More from Government Technology.
Low Oil Prices Drain Some But Energize Most Local Economies (March 6, 2015)
The impact of oil's price drop depends on how much a local government relies on the oil industry for revenue and jobs. More from Governing.
Why Employee Engagement Matters and Why Engagement Efforts Fail (March 5, 2015)
To improve employee engagement, governments must first understand what drives engagement — in other words, what they need to manage. More from Government Finance Review.
Oakland, Calif., Police Test Cloud Storage for Body Camera Video (March 5, 2015)
The city, which has the largest deployment of police body cameras in the world, will use a data storage system that meets the FBI's standards for security. More from Emergency Management.
Moving to Where the Price is Right (March 5, 2015)
Millennials have flocked to city life, changing neighborhoods as they go. What happens when their needs—and tastes—mature? More from Urban Land.
A New Generation of Economic Development (March 3, 2015)
Cities and metro areas are moving away from traditional economic development strategies to a new model of economic growth that can lead to more inclusive, long-term prosperity. More from Brookings.
High Court to Examine Use of ‘Excessive Force’ (March 3, 2015)
What constitutes excessive force in detention? The U.S. Supreme Court will decide in Kingsley v. Hendrickson. More from NACo's County News.
The Ripple Effect of Baby Boomer Retirements (March 2, 2015)
Nearly 30 percent of state and local government employees have delayed retirement. Still, since no one has figured out how to delay aging, the number of retirements will increase. More from Government Finance.
The PerformanceStat Potential (March 2, 2015)
Part 1 of a series of audio conversations with Professor Bob Behn, Senior Lecturer in Public Policy, Harvard Kennedy School on "What is Performance Stat?" More from the Business of Government Hour.
Ignored or Destroyed by Most, Tent Cities Get More Permanent (March 2, 2015)
Seattle is one of only a handful of places that formally recognizes and regulates homeless encampments. More from Governing.
11 Strategies for Building Community with Affordable Housing (March 2, 2015)
The design quality of affordable housing can have a substantial positive effect on both residents and the surrounding community. More from Urban Land.
The Government Workforce in an Era of Wage Stagnation (February 27, 2015)
With private-sector wage growth outpacing the public sector's, it's more of a challenge than ever to attract and keep talented employees. More from Governing
Evaluating Policy Takes Too Long: Here's What You Can Do About It (February 27, 2015)
Governments can use this approach from the world of design to help them effectively and quickly evaluate new policies. More from Governing.
Free Webcast - Employee or Independent Contractor? (February 26, 2015)
The Federal, State and Local Governments (FSLG) Office of the Internal Revenue Service will be hosting a free webcast - Employee or Independent Contractor? - on March 12, 2015; 11:00 a.m. (Pacific). Register for this event.
The Benefits of a Better Town-and-Gown Relationship (February 26, 2015)
Perhaps the next big thing in local government ought to be a “higher education relations officer” who leverages universities’ assets to benefit the cities they’re in. More from Governing.
How Does Your City’s Streetcar Compare to Others? (February 26, 2015)
This map displays every U.S. streetcar system, side by side, that’s either open or under construction. More from Governing.
As Police Forces Eye Drones, Lawmakers Weigh New Rules (February 25, 2015)
Legal experts say federal law hasn't caught up with the technology, and civil liberties advocates argue that drones can lead to pervasive searches violating innocent people's privacy. More from Government Technology.
11 Streetcar Projects Under Way in the U.S. Right Now (February 25, 2015)
America has a renewed desire for streetcars, as proven by these 11 projects. More from Government Technology.
Do Cities Need Kids? (February 25, 2015)
Seattle is one place that’s trying to figure that out. More from Governing.
Bridging the Gap Between People and Public Services (February 24, 2015)
Several cities and counties across the country have aggregated their service directories into centrally-managed online referral tools to get clients connected quickly and easily to the right services. More from Government Technology.
It’s Always the Year of the Bike in Seattle (February 24, 2015)
From Seattle’s new bike share — and adoption of one of the country’s best bicycle master plans — to the Eastside’s regional trails and Tacoma’s budding bike movement, the Puget Sound Region is solidifying itself as a place for bicycling. More from APA.
Florida's Police Body Camera Bill Runs Into Privacy Concerns (February 24, 2015)
The bill requires the roughly two-dozen law enforcement agencies in Florida that already use body cameras to develop procedures for how to use them, maintain them and store recorded data. More from Government Technology.
Police Body-Worn Cameras: An Overview (February 23, 2015)
The recent events in Missouri brought the discussion of BWCs on police officers to center stage in the United States. More from The Police Chief.
Pittsburgh’s Budget Just Got Way More Click-Worthy (February 23, 2015)
With its February 4th launch, Fiscal Focus places Pittsburgh among several other cities across the U.S. with new budget accountability websites that present city budget figures in ways that make it much easier for citizens to view and understand. More from Next City.
A Security Dilemma for Smart Devices (February 20, 2015)
Wireless-connected devices offer financial benefits for local governments,
but they come at a price. More from Governing.
5 Mobile Parking Apps to Help Cities Ease Traffic Congestion (February 20, 2015)
With traffic congestion and roadway space at a premium, these apps hope to
ease burdens on cities by getting drivers off the streets and into parking
lots. More from Government Technology.
What Does Amazon's New Cloud Email Offering Mean for Government? (February 20, 2015)
WorkMail, the latest addition to Amazon Web Services' suite of cloud
tools, is not marketed to public-sector clients -- but it may have
everything government needs. More from Government Technology.
Is Portland’s New Paperless Building Permit System Doomed? (February 20, 2015)
Portland, OR, is all-in on using technology that enables contractors to
apply for building permits online. But the sheer complexity of the project
and difficulties with the vendor are delaying its completion. More from
Handbook for Transportation-Efficient Growth in Small Communities and Rural Areas (February 19, 2015)
A new publication from the Transportation Research Board, Close to Home: A
Handbook for Transportation-Efficient Growth in Small Communities and
Rural Areas, provides a vocabulary of land use characteristics in small
communities and rural areas. It also estimates the per person change in
daily driving after hypothetical growth occurs according to different
development visions or scenarios.
Foodscrap Waste Prohibited in Seattle (February 19, 2015)
To reduce pollution and increase sustainable activities like composting,
Seattle has banned homeowners and businesses from throwing away food
scraps. More from American City & County.
New guide helps local leaders improve road safety in communities (February 19, 2015)
The 2014 Roadway Safety Guide: A Primer for Community Leaders, published
by the Roadway Safety Foundation, is now available online. More from
NACo's County News.
Can Open Government Be Too Open? (February 18, 2015)
A new rash of public records requests in Washington state have the public
and members of the open data movement divided on just how open government
should be. More from Government Technology.
Virginia on track to end homelessness among veterans (February 18, 2015)
Through successful collaborations between local governments, community
partners and homeless outreach groups, Virginia decreased its population
of homeless veterans by 75 percent. More from American City & County.
Veteran services funded by almost $100M over 12 years (February 18, 2015)
A levy in King County, Wash. has helped fund and expand services for
veterans. More from NACo's County News.
What the CBO’s Latest Predictions Mean for States and Localities (February 18, 2015)
The Congressional Budget Office expects the economy to grow at an even
slower rate than it has in the past. More from Governing.
6 Big Government Management Issues in 2015 (February 18, 2015)
Predictions for six management challenges that will be of high-level
importance for states and localities over the course of this year. More
A Mayor’s Test for Good Decisions (February 13, 2015)
Four questions are all you need. They're simple, but they're not easy. More from Governing.
Pacific Northwest Earthquake Warning System to Get its First Public Test (February 13, 2015)
Companies will be able to work with the system and figure out how to make use of warning times. More from Emergency Management.
What the VW Beetle Can Teach Us About Housing (February 11, 2015)
Is it time to “think small” to be more innovative and sustainable in our urban developments? More from Governing.
Los Angeles renaissance: Why the rise of street vending reveals a city transformed (February 11, 2015)
L.A. is the only one of America's 10 largest cities where street vending is illegal. But that could be changing. More from Salon.
88% of Local Governments Have a Social Media Presence (February 10, 2015)
According to results of ICMA’s recent Digital Use Survey conducted in November 2014, 88% of respondents reported that their local government has a social media presence. More from ICMA.
What, Exactly, Is Gentrification? (February 10, 2015)
It’s hard to define, but it's dramatically changing the urban landscape and bringing a host of new challenges to local leaders. More from Governing.
Tri-City Police Get Software to Monitor Social Media Sites (February 9, 2015)
The software gathers real-time and old posts from around the area and organizes the data for officials to review and track using keyword searches. More from Government Technology.
Harnessing Data to Fight Crime (February 9, 2015)
Police in a Maryland county combined analytics with aggressive goals to put a serious dent in armed robberies. More from Government Technology.
Connecting the Dots: Solar Energy and Community Resilience (February 6, 2015)
Thanks in large part to the wake-up-calls of Hurricane Katrina and Superstorm Sandy, a growing number of communities have identified resilience as a key component of sustainability. More from the American
Welcome to Beer Country (February 6, 2015)
Small breweries are a big deal — and some cities are courting them. More from Planning.
FCC to Pre-empt State Broadband Laws? (February 6, 2015)
The FCC is expected to vacate state laws regarding the creation and expansion of municipal broadband networks. More from Government Technology.
What Budgets Count and What They Don’t (February 6, 2015)
Just about everyone agrees that performance budgeting is good for government. But making it work in practice is tricky. More from Governing.
American Demography 2030: Bursting with Diversity, yet a Baby Bust (February 6, 2015)
The United States is undergoing a “pivotal period of demographic change” that will be as important to the 21st century as the baby boom was to the 20th century. More from Urban Land.
Google Reveals its Innovation Lab for Government (February 6, 2015)
Google plans to institutionalize innovation through a mobile innovation lab that combines its suite of apps with motivated government innovators. More from Government Technology.
Rethinking How America Buys Infrastructure (February 5, 2015)
While PPPs are not a panacea for all or even most of America’s infrastructure challenges, they are increasingly a part of the way that we design, build, finance and govern our assets. More from Brookings.
In Western counties Federal payments to plunge more than 80 percent (February 5, 2015)
Counties across the West should brace for a drastic cut in federal payments used for schools, roads and forestry work after Congress failed to extend Secure Rural Schools, the Forest Service announced. More from NACo's County News.
Office Tenants Choose Mixed-Use Centers (February 3, 2015)
By a margin of 83 percent to 17 percent, office tenants prefer amenity-rich, mixed-use centers—either downtown or in the suburbs. More from Better Cities & Towns.
High court delivers mixed ruling on telecom siting applications (February 2, 2015)
The U.S. Supreme Court ruled on cases relating to cellular tower sitings and specialty license plates. More from NACo's County News.
Future Forecast: Government Technology in 2020 (January 30, 2015)
What advancements will technology bring to the public sector in the next five years? More from American City & County.
Do Credit Ratings Matter Anymore? (January 30, 2015)
Thanks to changes in the market, bond ratings don’t mean what they used to. More from Governing.
How Mayors Can Mend Police's Public Relations (January 29, 2015)
The nation’s mayors released a report highlighting ways cities can rebuild the broken trust between police officers and citizens. More from Governing.
Touting Prevention, Police Put Crime Info Online (January 23, 2015)
A growing number of police agencies are using online crime mapping to let residents know about crime in their area. More from Government Technology.
U.S. Ag Chief Urges Rural Areas to Go High-Speed (January 23, 2015)
Agriculture Secretary Tom Vilsack said his department will soon reopen its loan program, which provides financing for broadband in unserved and under-served areas. More from Government Technology.
Boost Productivity - Simple Ideas That Pay Off Big Time (January 23, 2015)
The easiest route to financial stability is to train employees how to identify and solve problems. More from Public Management.
White House Launches Open Data Disaster Portal (January 23, 2015)
More than 100 data sets can be found at disasters.data.gov along with tools, contests and resources to help first responders and technologists engage with a larger community. More from Emergency Management.
Counties Lag Behind National Recovery, Report Finds (January 23, 2015)
A new National Association of Counties report depicts an economic recovery that hasn't yet been realized at the local level in much of the country. More from Governing.
Pacific Northwest Ports Join the Chorus of Those Questioning Oil Transport Safety (January 23, 2015)
Transporting crude through ports may be too dangerous and environmentally unfriendly, officials say. More from Emergency Management.
Seattle Bets on the Startup Economy (January 23, 2015)
With a total budget of $150,000, Seattle Startup Liaison Rebecca Lovell
seeks to create the infrastructure that would effectively decommission her
own office. More from Government Technology.
System A and System B (January 23, 2015)
When the research favors compact, mixed-use neighborhoods, why does
government favor sprawl? More from Better Cities & Towns.
Top Picks from MRSC's News Scan (January 20, 2015)
This latest roundup of 'Top Picks' from MRSC's news scan focuses on why there aren't more women in local government chief administrative officer positions, some surprising new findings about employee engagement levels, and why elected public executives need a "chief management officer." More from MRSC Insight.
Hiring the Right Person for Your Job (January 16, 2015)
For most managers, the most important decisions you make are hiring decisions. Unfortunately many managers make a common mistake in their approach to hiring that results in making a poor choice. More from MRSC Insight.
First Responders Learn How Drones Can Save Lives (January 15, 2015)
A drone could be flown over a hard-to-reach area before rescuers can climb down embankments or through thick brush, and it could aid in search-and-rescue efforts or determine the hottest areas of a house fire. More from Government Technology.
As Evidence Mounts, Drumbeat for Walkable Streets Grows (January 15, 2015)
Recent research adds to volumes of studies that say walkable streets will make us safer, healthier, and improve the economy and communities. More from Better Cities & Towns.
‘Coal-Ash Counties’ Disappointed by New EPA Regulations (January 15, 2015)
A new law — which EPA calls “the first national regulations to provide for the safe disposal of coal combustion … residuals” — stopped short of designating coal-ash as hazardous. More from NACo's County News.
National Broadband Policies: Brought to You by Cities (January 15, 2015)
Across all of broadband’s key policy components, local policies have a clear role and the greatest opportunity for innovative thinking. More from Brookings.
LAPD Buys Camera-Connected Tasers (January 15, 2015)
One of the largest municipal police forces in the nation is building a connection between weapon and camera. More from Government Technology.
Let's Share the Streets, Dude (January 15, 2015)
As a new wave of apartment towers rises in booming Seattle, the potential value in city streets is gaining exponentially. More from Planning.
What is a Livable Community, Anyway? (January 15, 2015)
In this modern era, the idea of livable communities may be less real to many people than Santa Claus. Yet as long as love, courage, and excellence are real, so are livable communities. More from Better Cities & Towns.
State and Local Government Revenue, Spending Increase (January 15, 2015)
For the first time since 2011, local, state and federal governments have all increased their collective spending. More from American City & County.
May a City Council Meet Outside the Corporate Limits of the City? (January 15, 2015)
The statutes that apply to cities and towns do not limit where the city or town council can meet, although, except for the statutes that apply to first class cities, they do contain a limitation on what types of action may be taken at a meeting being held outside the corporate limits. More from MRSC Insight.
Planning Consultant Carol Tobin Retires (January 14, 2015)
This is the end of an era for planning consultants at MRSC. At the end of January, Carol Tobin, after more than 20 years with MRSC, will follow Sue Enger into retirement. More from MRSC Insight.
Changing the Game: A New Playbook for Government Financial Management (January 8, 2015)
The convergence of advanced analytics, evidence-based budgeting, and behavioral economics has the opportunity to transform not only how programs are evaluated and decisions are made, but also how program design can be improved to create greater public value. More from Government Finance Review.
Thinking Bigger about the Role of Micro Units (January 8, 2015)
New research from the Urban Land Institute suggests that micro units have staying power as a housing type that appeals to urban dwellers in high-cost markets who are willing to trade space for improved affordability and
proximity to downtown neighborhoods. More from Urban Land.
The Public-Administration Quandary: ‘Who’ vs. ‘What’ (January 8, 2015)
In the end, it's usually better to define what a service should be before deciding who should deliver it. More from Governing.
Community Connect Broadband Grant Program (January 8, 2015)
Grants are available through the USDA's Community Connect Grant Program to provide currently unserved remote or rural areas with broadband services fostering economic growth, delivering enhanced educational, healthcare, and public safety services. Due February 17.
Chief Management Officer (January 8, 2015)
Every public executive, appointed or elected, needs a "chief management officer" who is responsible for the operational roles to which the top executive cannot devote sufficient attention. More from Bob Behn's Performance Leadership Report.
‘Whaddaya Think?’ Digital Tools for Engaging Public Input (January 8, 2015)
Public meetings have their place — and they have their drawbacks. More governments are relying on useful apps to harvest ideas and feedback. More from Governing.
Public Finance Predictions for 2015 (January 8, 2015)
Tight budgets, declining oil prices and pension scares are some key finance topics that state and local governments will face in 2015. More from Governing.
The 2014 Takeaways from State and Local Finance (January 8, 2015)
A look back at four of this year's trends in public finance. More from Governing.
Women Leading Government - Why So Little Progress in 30 Years? (January 8, 2015)
Only 13 percent of all local government chief administrative officer (CAO) positions are filled by women, the same percentage as in 1981. Why hasn’t the percentage changed in more than 30 years? More from Public Management.
Recreational and Medical Marijuana in Washington State – Looking Back at 2014 and Ahead to 2015 (January 8, 2015)
Recreational marijuana is now being grown and processed at various licensed locations throughout the State of Washington, and it is available in licensed retail stores in many cities and counties. More from MRSC Insight.
Levan's Lens on the Public Records Act – 2014 (December 26, 2014)
The end of the year provides an opportunity to look back over Public Records Act (PRA) legislative and case law developments from 2014. More from MRSC Insight.
Want to Innovate? Determine Your City's Greatest Need and Get to Work (December 17, 2014)
Governments must ask themselves critical questions before change can happen. More from Governing.
New Report on Employee Engagement (December 17, 2014)
The 2014 Employee Engagement Survey by IPMA-HR (International Public Management Association for Human Resources) indicates that less than half of state and local government employees are fully engaged in their jobs.
More from ICMA.
4 Tech Trends Changing How Cities Operate (December 17, 2014)
A recent survey reveals how local governments are using technology (both new and old) to engage citizens and improve performance. More from Governing.
'Hackathon' Asks Techies to Aid Seattle PD on Sensitive-Video Issues (December 17, 2014)
With police videos increasingly becoming subject to public disclosure, Seattle police are anxious to develop a fast — and inexpensive — way to go through a growing mountain of material and redact sensitive images. More from Government Technology.
Drone Regulations Won't Land Until 2017 (December 17, 2014)
The Federal Aviation Administration says drone regulations are years away, but some big names want them now. More from Governing.
Grays Harbor County Plans U.S.’ First Vertical Evacuation Tsunami Building (December 17, 2014)
Chuck Wallace discusses tsunami mitigation measures in Grays Harbor County, including its plans for a vertical evacuation, tsunami-engineered, safe haven building. More from Government Technology.
The ABCs of School Security (December 17, 2014)
The need to review, upgrade, and update school security programs has reached an urgent level due to an increasing rate of active threats and violent incidents in schools. More from The Police Chief.
Washington State’s Landslide Report Lays Out Steps for Preventing Future Disasters (December 17, 2014)
The SR 530 Landslide Commission makes 17 recommendations and highlights three priorities. More from Emergency Management.
How Government Can Unlock Economic Benefits from Open Data (December 17, 2014)
Everybody understands how open data makes government more transparent. But the economic value is less clear. More from Government Technology.
Avoid Being Caught in the KPI Quagmire (December 12, 2014)
The search for the Best Key Performance Indicators (KPIs) is like the search for the Best Practice. Both obessions are a substitute for thinking. More from Bob Behn's Performance Leadership Report.
Forecasting Technology - The State of the Market (December 12, 2014)
Governments can choose from a number of software packages to use in forecasting, and choosing the right one for any given jurisdiction involves a number of factors. More from Government Finance Review.
Local Government Financial Outlook Stable (December 12, 2014)
The fiscal outlook for U.S. local governments in 2015 is neither positive nor negative. It’s stable, according to Moody's Investor Services. More from American City & County
How the ITE Overestimates Traffic (December 12, 2014)
The Institute of Transportation Engineers (ITE) manual for trip generation radically overestimates traffic spurred by new development, measuring "phantom trips" that never materialize. More from Better Cities & Towns.
Capturing the Wisdom of Crowds (December 12, 2014)
Online civic platforms are emerging at an ever-increasing rate, all with the simple goal of harnessing collective intelligence to solve complex social problems and discover opportunities for innovation. More from Planning.
DOJ Readying Release of Gov't Website Accessibility Rules (December 12, 2014)
The U.S. Department of Justice (DOJ) could be nearing completion of a proposed rule that would revamp how local governments approach the design of their websites. More from NACo's County News.
May a County Legislative Body Meet Outside its County to Hold a Joint Meeting with the Legislative Body of Another County? (December 11, 2014)
A recent opinion issued by the Office of the Attorney General, AGO 2014 No. 7, considers whether the legislative authority of one county can meet outside its borders with that of another county. More from MRSC Insight.
Are Muni Bonds Being Replaced by Direct Loans? (December 5, 2014)
Municipalities and banks are getting friendlier, and it's starting to irk credit rating agencies. More from Governing.
Gov't Data Sharpens Focus on Crude-Oil Train Routes (December 5, 2014)
A ProPublica analysis of federal government data adds new details to what’s known about the routes taken by trains carrying crude oil. Local governments are often unaware of the potential dangers they face. More from ProPublica
Draft Washington State Wetland Program Plan (December 5, 2014)
The Washington State Department of Ecology (DOE) is seeking public comment on the draft Washington State Wetland Program Plan (WPP). The comment period ends on December 31, 2014. More from DOE
Obama Requests $75 Million for Police Body Cameras (December 5, 2014)
The White House has said the cameras could help bridge deep mistrust between law enforcement and the public. More from Government Technology.
Denser Suburbs Drawing Homebuyers with Walkable Town Centers (December 5, 2014)
Master-planned communities and suburban models that once dominated homebuilding are shifting to include walkable, compact town centers. More from Urban Land.
NACo's 'County Explorer' Maps County Data (December 5, 2014)
NACo recently unveiled its latest interactive map tool, the County Explorer, a one-stop-shop for county data and profiles for each of the 3,069 counties. More from NACo.
Heads up – Budget Amendments (December 4, 2014)
It's time to turn our attention back to the current budget. Is our remaining budget sufficient to cover expenditures plus the open period? More from MRSC Insight.
Police Body Cameras: Privacy Implications and Other Considerations (December 4, 2014)
In late November, the Washington State Attorney General issued a formal opinion on the application of the Washington privacy law to the use by police of body cameras. More from MRSC Insight.
Easy and Effective Common Sense Risk Management (December 3, 2014)
Managing risk for your agency doesn’t always require sophisticated or expensive systems or extra staff resources. More from MRSC Insight.
Chicago "People Spots" Drive Revenue, Build Community (December 1, 2014)
By converting storefront parking spots into micro-parks, Chicago business owners are learning the value of prioritizing people over cars. More from American City & County
Innovation Goes Beyond Buzzwords (December 1, 2014)
Trends in management and change might come and go, but innovation remains a common thread. More from Governing.
Bright Lights, Big Cities, Bigger Data (December 1, 2014)
Here are four key problem areas and some of the big data solutions cities are using to attack them. More from Fortune.
Cities Find Rewards in Cheap Technologies (December 1, 2014)
Mobile apps, sensors, and other technologies help cities handle growing challenges. More from MIT Technology Review.
The Simple Way to Grade the Public Workforce (December 1, 2014)
Some governments are going back to measuring employees' quantity of output instead of quality. More from Governing.
The Seven Mega Shifts: Government 2020 (December 1, 2014)
Seven major trends have the potential to reshape government - in many cases from the outside - and transform the public sector. More from Governing.
2014 Tax and User Fee Survey Results Online (December 1, 2014)
Cities recently reported municipal taxes and fees, and utility rates. The data is on the Association of Washington Cities' (AWC) website in an easy-to-use spreadsheet. More from AWC.
A Big Bear in the Big City (December 1, 2014)
As bears, cougars and other predatory animals range closer to cities, wildlife agencies are rethinking how best to keep both people and animals safe. More from Governing.
Indigent Defense Standards – Misdemeanor Caseload Limits Take Effect Soon (November 21, 2014)
On January 1, 2015, the misdemeanor caseload limits for public defense attorneys adopted by the Washington State Supreme Court in the new Standards for Indigent Defense take effect. More from MRSC Insight.
NYC to Blanket the City in Free Public Wi-Fi with 10,000 Stations (November 20, 2014)
New York City recently unveiled LinkNYC, a $200 million effort to replace phone booths with up to 10,000 Wi-Fi stations that will serve as wireless Internet hotspots. More from Ars Technica.
Main Street Pursuits (November 20, 2014)
The development and implementation of programs to enhance the attractiveness and vitality of a community’s downtown is the responsibility of elected officials and administrators and should receive considerable attention. More from Public Management
Can Government Mine Tweets to Assess Public Opinion? (November 20, 2014)
The Urban Attitudes Lab is looking at ways to access "big data" on social networking sites to understand attitudes and opinions for civic purposes. More from Governing.
Military Equipment for Police Officers Fuels Debate on Use of Force (November 20, 2014)
Critics of police militarization argue the gear and training tend to lead officers to view civilians as the enemy rather than the people they're supposed to protect. More from Government Technology.
The Community Planning Assistance Team (CPAT) Initiative (November 20, 2014)
APA’s Community Planning Assistance Teams (CPAT) help underserved communities address planning issues through direct engagement with the public and the pro bono skills and experience of professional,
certified planners from around the country. Learn more here.
The Changing Face of Residential: Denser and More Urban Than Ever (November 20, 2014)
Today's renters and homeowners want to live in bustling neighborhoods with good access to amenities and mass transit. More from Urban Land.
Promoting Parking Policy (November 20, 2014)
By using smart phone apps, smart meters and data analytics, municipal parking authorities are helping their cities run more efficiently. More from American City & County.
How Poorly Government Job Growth Compares to Other Sectors (November 20, 2014)
New data suggests job growth for state and local governments is among the slowest of any sector. More from Governing.
Can Government Mine Tweets to Assess Public Opinion? (November 20, 2014)
The Urban Attitudes Lab is looking at ways to access "big data" on social networking sites to understand attitudes and opinions for civic purposes. More from Governing.
Public Works Board's FirstStop Initiative Aims to Better Connect Local Governments to Infrastructure Resources (November 19, 2014)
Through their new FirstStop Initiative, the Washington Public Works Board has brought together a host of resources, including a robust online tool, to provide local governments with the financial and technical support to develop sustainable infrastructure systems. More from MRSC Insight.
Cooperative Senior Housing: An Alternative to Meet the Needs of Today’s Senior Citizens (November 14, 2014)
Innovative alternatives such as senior co-operative housing may better address the needs of today’s seniors than traditional senior housing models. More from MRSC Insight.
What Performance Management Is and Is Not (November 13, 2014)
Real "performance management" requires active leadership. It is not a mere data-collecting chore that can be delegated to a few measurement wonks. More from Bob Behn's Performance Leadership Report.
Aging America: The U.S. Cities Going Gray The Fastest (November 13, 2014)
For years we have been warned about the looming, profound impacts that the aging of the U.S. population will have on the country. Well, the gray wave has arrived. More from New Geography.
Electric Vehicle Charging Stations: To Charge or Not to Charge? (November 13, 2014)
Is it a prohibited gift of public funds if an agency allows public employees and members of the public to charge their personal vehicle at an agency charging station without imposing a fee? More from MRSC Insight.
FCC Rules on Wireless Facility Siting Order (November 13, 2014)
Last month, the Federal Communications Commission (FCC) adopted a "Report and Order" that takes steps to increase broadband deployment. More from NLC.
2014 Digital Cities Winners (November 13, 2014)
In this year's Digital Cities Survey, top cities recognize the value of technology, empower their tech leaders and use new ideas to make life better for everyone who lives there. More from Government Technology.
Law Enforcement Social Media Use Up, But Policies Lacking (November 13, 2014)
Law enforcement officials are increasingly using social for crime investigations and prevention, but few agencies have formal policies in place to govern the practice, according to a new study. More from Digital Communities.
America's Most Internet-Connected Cities (November 13, 2014)
For the first time, an annual Census survey measures local Internet adoption. See which cities have the highest rates. More from Government Technology.
Open Data is an Untapped Resource for Cities, According to NLC Handbook (November 13, 2014)
In City Open Data Policies: Learning by Doing, the National League of Cities (NLC) identifies how cities can take advantage of the opportunities presented by open data initiatives. More from NLC.
5 Lessons in Crisis Communications from the Ebola Response (November 13, 2014)
What we can learn from one of the biggest risk communication challenges in recent memory. More from Emergency Management.
The Exciting Possibilities of Crowdsourcing (November 12, 2014)
There is a growing trend toward the use of social media and crowdsourcing tools to enhance local government monitoring capabilities and to better target public health and disaster response resources. More from MRSC Insight.
2014 General Election: Bonds and Levy Lid Lifts Struggling (November 7, 2014)
It’s three days after Election Day here in Washington, which means the mail-in ballots are still being counted, but we know the fates of most of the local ballot measures. More from MRSC Insight.
The Hard Work of Restoring Trust in Government (November 6, 2014)
Countering the public's cynicism and mistrust starts with honest, open communication. More from Governing.
Civic Engagement: How to Mitigate Outsider Influence (November 6, 2014)
Although there is always the risk that non-resident participants will attempt to drive the conversation and influence the outcome, online civic engagement can increase public trust in government when implemented in ways that can eliminate or mitigate this type of problem. More from ICMA.
Request for Proposals: 2015 Brownfields Assessment and Cleanup Grants (November 6, 2014)
EPA's Brownfields Assessment and Cleanup grants may be used to address sites contaminated by petroleum and hazardous substances, pollutants, or contaminants. More from EPA
Washington State Traffic Forecast Recognizes Reality (November 6, 2014)
Does Washington's new road forecast spell the end of "build now, pay later"? More from Sightline Daily.
Infrastructure Investment Stays Low Despite Cheap Debt (November 6, 2014)
What is driving this disconnect between low cost financing and inadequate infrastructure investment? More from Brookings.
FCC Issues New Wireless Equipment Rules (November 6, 2014)
On Oct. 21, the Federal Communications Commission released new rules regarding the placement, or “siting,” of wireless facilities such as small cells, macro cells and distributed antenna systems (DAS). More from NACo's County News.
Social Media and Public Health (November 6, 2014)
Foodborne Chicago relies on Twitter and data analytics to protect city residents from dangerous food preparation, handling and storage. More from American City & County.
Open Government Trainings Act Requirements (November 5, 2014)
What if some of your elected or appointed officials have not yet completed Open Government Training Act requirements? More from MRSC Insight.
Four Tools for Retaining Records of Your Social Media Content (November 4, 2014)
Josh Mahar, MRSC Outreach and Communications Coordinator, reviews four popular tools for archiving social media content to comply with the PRA. More from MRSC Insight.
Nepotism: Bringing the Family to Work (November 3, 2014)
Can the parks director hire his brother as a lifeguard at the municipal pool? Is it all right for the county treasurer to hire her spouse as an administrative assistant? The answer to each of these questions requires a review of the practice of nepotism, as well as conflict of interest law. More from MRSC Insight.
Army Corps Accepting Water Resources Project Proposals (October 28, 2014)
Under the Water Resources Reform and Development Act, which became law in June, the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers is accepting proposals from local governments for feasibility studies and modifications to authorized water resources development projects. The request is open until December 3, 2014. More from NLC.
Next-Gen 911: Two States, Two Approaches to Implementation (October 28, 2014)
Connecticut and Kansas are working to install next-generation 911 systems, which some say are a necessity in an ever-burgeoning wireless mobile society. More from Emergency Management.
Facebook Debuts Safety Check Feature for Disasters (October 28, 2014)
Users within the vicinity of an emergency will get a notification from Facebook asking if they’re safe. More from Emergency Management.
The Case for Trailer Parks (October 28, 2014)
Houses made in a factory are a cheap and energy-efficient way for low-income Americans to become homeowners—plus, these days, the mass-produced units can be pretty spiffy. More from The Atlantic Cities.
When Social Media gets Ugly (October 28, 2014)
Here are a few tips to help you create a more harmonious online community, and to continue to help you cultivate productive online engagement. More from Engaging Cities.
Seattle Adopts an Old Way to Pay for New Parks (October 28, 2014)
While the city's parks no longer have to compete with police and other essential services for funding, this model has its drawbacks. More from Governing.
Managing a Crisis Before It Happens (October 28, 2014)
As a public leader, what you do before a calamity strikes is just as important as what you do once you're in the middle of it. More from Governing.
A Surge in Oil and Coal Transportation in the Northwest Raises Environmental Concerns (October 24, 2014)
What role do local governments play in addressing the impacts of increased coal and oil rail transportation in the Northwest? More from MRSC Insight.
Counties Push Crowdfunding for Economic Development (October 23, 2014)
Counties large and small are finding ways to help local businesses get in on collaborative fundraising action through their economic development arms. More from NACo's County News.
Second Superior Court Ruling Upholds City Pot Ban, and Other Pot News (October 23, 2014)
A Chelan County Superior Court judge issued a ruling last week that upheld the City of Wenatchee’s moratorium on the issuance of permits for the production and sale of marijuana and its business licensing provision, as applied to marijuana businesses, that licenses may not be issued for activities that are unlawful under federal law. More from MRSC Insight.
Seattle City Council Pushes Forward on Developer Fees (October 23, 2014)
A Seattle City Council vote Monday sent developers a clear message: Fees to support affordable housing coming your way soon. More from Crosscut.
NLC City Fiscal Conditions 2014 Release (October 23, 2014)
The National League of Cities' (NLC) 2014 City Fiscal Conditions report reveals that although the worst is behind, cities' fiscal conditions have not yet returned to full recovery following the Great Recession.
Stop and Frisk: The Role of Police Strategies and Tactics in Police-Community Relations (October 23, 2014)
Watch and listen to a panel of justice policy experts convened by the Urban Institute discuss how research can inform efforts to control crime while enhancing police-community relations. More from The Urban Institute.
APA's Great Places in America (October 23, 2014)
Seattle's Fremont neighborhood and the Portland Transit Mall made the American Planning Association's (APA) annual list of great places.
The US Cities That Allow the Tiniest Apartments (October 23, 2014)
The development of micro-housing—apartments and other dwellings smaller than 300 square feet—is a growing trend in many popular cities cramped for space. More from Gizmodo.
Elements of a Social Media Strategy (October 23, 2014)
Government that is "for the people" needs to embrace social media in a way that reflects the way citizens use it every day. More from Government Finance Review.
San Francisco Issues Ebola Screening Rules for 911 Dispatchers (October 23, 2014)
Though there have been no cases of Ebola in California, San Francisco’s Department of Emergency Management took a precautionary step and enacted new Ebola-specific screening protocols for the city’s 911 dispatchers. More from Emergency Management.
Advantages and Disadvantages of Three Online Engagement Approaches (October 16, 2014)
With advancements in the infrastructure and design of websites comes new ways to engage the public. More from Planetizen.
Streamlining Processes - Looking at the Details (October 16, 2014)
Lean and continuous improvement methodologies are powerful tools that can be applied to any finance process — even the most routine. More from Government Finance Review.
Time is Right for Infrastructure Investment (October 16, 2014)
In the current economic environment of sub-par growth, there is a strong case for increasing public investment in infrastructure projects, according to a study released by the IMF. More from American City & County.
U.S. City Finances Facing Slow Growth and Increasing Costs (October 16, 2014)
American cities reported the most positive financial data since the 2008 financial crisis, but they still haven’t fully recovered from the recession. More from Governing.
Free Workshops through Smart Growth America (October 16, 2014)
Each year, Smart Growth America makes a limited number of technical assistance workshops available to interested communities for zero cost. Applications are now being accepted for their 2015 workshop series
Pipeline Safety Reminder (October 16, 2014)
Over 110 cities and towns in Washington have major transmission pipelines either within their jurisdiction or within one mile of their boundaries. More from MRSC Insight.
What are the Most Important Skills for Planning Commissioners? (October 16, 2014)
Planners Web recently posted the results of a poll asking: "What are the skills you’ve found most important in serving on a planning commission?" More from Planners Web.
California City to Deploy High-Tech System to Battle Homelessness (October 16, 2014)
Los Angeles plans to spend $213 million on a "coordinated entry system" for the homeless population. United Way will manage the system, which matches homeless people with appropriate agencies and shelters. More from Next City.
Advantages and Disadvantages of Three Online Engagement Approaches (October 16, 2014)
With advancements in the infrastructure and design of websites comes new ways to engage the public. More from Planetizen.
The 'Boring' Trait Google Looks for in its Leaders (October 16, 2014)
Taking an evidence-based approach rather than a gut-driven one, Google debunks conventional wisdom on how to build an awesome team. More from The Next Web.
Emerging Issue: Police Body Cameras in Washington State (October 14, 2014)
The recent fatal shooting of the unarmed black teenager Michael Brown in Ferguson, Missouri, has greatly accelerated an already growing interest in the use of police body-worn cameras across the country and in several Washington communities. More from MRSC Insight.
10 Supreme Court Cases That Matter for State and Local Governments (October 8, 2014)
The U.S. Supreme Court will hear cases this term related to religious freedom in state prisons, taxes on railway carriers, traffic stops and more. More from Governing.
New MRSC Webpage Showcasing OPMA and PRA Practice Tips (October 8, 2014)
MRSC, in partnership with the State Auditor’s Office, Local Government Performance Center, has developed several new Open Public Meetings Act (OPMA) and Public Records Act (PRA) resources, all of which are available on our website. More from MRSC Insight.
Data, Tech Tools Helping Reduce Crime, Says Seattle Police Chief (October 8, 2014)
Chief Kathleen O’Toole credited the city's improvement to the SeaStat program, a bimonthly meeting where officials and prosecutors use crime data and technology to identify trends, develop enforcement strategies and measure success. More from Government Technology.
Forecasting the Future for Technology and Policing (October 8, 2014)
With funding spigots turning off, law enforcement agencies must find ways to operate more affordably, such as using technology in more efficient ways, which also means being smarter. More from Governing.
The Best Government Websites for 2014 (October 8, 2014)
Government Technology's annual Best of the Web contest ranks these 32 state and local websites as leaders in digital information and services. More from Government Technology.
Really Complete Streets (October 8, 2014)
As cities build out, street easements and rights-of-way tend to expand — and parkland per person tends to shrink. But what if streets were the new frontier for parks and recreation? More from Planning.
Cadillac Tax could Drive up Some Health Care Costs (October 8, 2014)
Beginning in 2018, the Affordable Care Act imposes a 40 percent excise tax, often called the “Cadillac Tax,” on high-cost health plans above certain thresholds. More from NACo's County News.
Dallas County takes on Ebola (October 8, 2014)
With one incident of Ebola in Dallas County, Texas, the County Department of Health and Human Services and Dallas County Judge Clay Jenkins are now the "boots on the ground." More from NACo's County News.
The Secret to Making Tough Fiscal Choices: Open Government (October 8, 2014)
When governments make it easy for citizens to know the facts and engage them in the conversation about what needs to be done, reforms can happen. More from Governing.
You Can Negotiate Anything (October 8, 2014)
13 negotiating techniques taught at the Wharton School of Business. More from Public Management.
USDA Announces Grants for Rural Telecom, Broadcast Services (June 5, 2014)
On May 22, the U.S. Department of Agriculture’s Rural Utility Service announced that it is now accepting applications for grants to enhance telecommunications and broadcast services in rural areas. More from NACo's County News.