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NACo Launches New Civic Education and Engagement Resources (April 28, 2017)
The National Association of Counties has released an updated and expanded versions of their civic education tools that teach young people how local governments operate and how they can get involved. More from NACo's County News.
Fastest Growing Commute Mode Since 2000: No Commute at All (April 27, 2017)
More Americans now work full-time from home than walk and bike to office jobs. More from Quartz.
To Keep on Trucking, States Streamline Food Truck Licensing (April 26, 2017)
To help a growing food truck industry, some states are cutting through a tangle of local rules and regulations by establishing uniform standards. More from Route Fifty.
Getting the Mentally Ill Out of Jails (April 25, 2017)
Tens of thousands of mentally ill people languish in jail. Many cities and states increasingly are working to get them treatment instead. More from Route Fifty.
The Price Is Right (April 24, 2017)
Parking fees aren’t just about making money. They’re also about changing people’s behavior. More from Planning.
New Autonomous Vehicle Guide Helps Cities Prepare for a Driverless Future (April 21, 2017)
The National League of Cities (NLC) recently released a new guide to help cities prepare for the roll out of autonomous vehicles (AV) in their communities. More from NLC.
Counties Grapple with Short-Term Rentals (April 20, 2017)
Short-term rentals are a mixed bag of complaints and tax revenue for counties. More from NACo's County News.
Small Nature Spaces can Provide Big Health Benefits (April 19, 2017)
Small parks and green spaces are just as important as larger venues when it comes to promoting good health. More from Parks & Recreation.
The Anatomy of a Great Dog Park (April 18, 2017)
Let one of America’s foremost designers of hound spaces lay out what works (and doesn’t). More from City Lab.
Seattle’s Free Shower Program for Homeless Residents (April 17, 2017)
The city of Seattle offers a free shower program for homeless residents through its community centers. More from EfficientGov.
GASB Issues Guidance on Fiduciary Activities (April 11, 2017)
GASB tells counties what constitutes fiduciary activities, how they should be reported and more. More from NACo'c County News.
9 Common Practices for Successful Government Revenue Management (April 10, 2017)
How do the most successful government offices maintain compliance, raise reimbursement and reduce time to collect? More from Route Fifty.
The Push to Build More 'Granny Flats' (April 7, 2017)
Vancouver leads North America in accessory dwelling units. To fight a shortage of affordable housing, some U.S. cities are following suit. More from CityLab.
Mapping the Hourly Wage Needed to Rent a 2-Bedroom Apartment in Every U.S. State (April 6, 2017)
The figures highlight the mismatch between dipping job earnings and soaring housing costs.
More from CityLab.
County and Municipal Cybersecurity (April 5, 2017)
Weak or nonexistent cybersecurity programs represent a massive organizational risk for county and municipal government agencies in the United States. More from CIO.
How Zoning Can Ease Land Assembly (April 4, 2017)
Graduated density zoning boosts the payoff to participating in land assembly--and could increase the supply of affordable housing. More from Urban Land.
Crowdsourced Project Remembers Seattle Spaces Lost to Gentrification (April 3, 2017)
An old arcade, a restaurant famous for its Nordic fare, a ‘90s hub for black artists, a kite shop — these are only a few of the defunct businesses and community hubs immortalized on the Ghosts of Seattle Past website. More from Next City.
A Best Practice from the GFOA: Electronic Payments (March 31, 2017)
The Government Finance Officers Association (GFOA) recommends that governments use electronic payments for all payments. More from NACo's County News.
Utilizing a People-Centered Approach to Engagement (March 30, 2017)
Seattle is continuing to use new and innovative ideas to communicate with members of the public. More from Governing.
6 C's of a Visionary Organization (March 28, 2017)
A successful visionary organization realizes that change cannot occur unless it has a roadmap to reach its destination. More from Public Management.
Assessing Jurisdictional Risk (March 24, 2017)
A thorough all-hazards Jurisdictional Risk Assessment can help a jurisdiction determine what its highest frequency/highest impact risks are. More from Emergency Management.
Small Washington Cities Form Alliances to Provide Services, Improve Efficiency (March 23, 2017)
As the standards for municipal services become more stringent and money becomes tighter, small towns are working with their neighbors to create economies of scale and levels of sophisticated services that they could not afford alone. More from Government Technology.
Operational Excellence Database (March 22, 2017)
The Operational Excellence in Government project, from the Harvard Kennedy School’s Ash Center, pulls together state and local reports on efficiency, pinpointing opportunities for cost savings, into a central database for public-sector excellence.
Communities Can Benefit from Multipurpose Pools (March 21, 2017)
The days of the old rectilinear neighborhood pool have given way to the modern aquatic center. More from Parks & Recreation.
Body-Worn Police Cameras: Separating Fact from Fiction (March 20, 2017)
A look at 5 important claims about body-worn camera technology separating fact from fiction based on the available research. More from Public Management.
Strategies to Combat the Opioid Epidemic (March 15, 2017)
An evaluation of interventions and potential “pay for success” opportunities to treat opiate use disorders and related harms. More from U.S. Health Care Delivery Initiative.
Engineers Give America's Infrastructure D+, Again (March 14, 2017)
But it's not all bad news. The American Society of Civil Engineers reports that some types of infrastructure have improved. More from Governing.
Kick-Starting Data-Driven Government (March 13, 2017)
There are some key questions a city should ask itself before moving forward. More from Governing.
Top 10 Most Bike Friendly Cities in the U.S. (March 10, 2017)
BikingExpert.com looked at locations throughout the United States to find out which are the country’s most bike friendly cities. More from EfficentGov.
Calculating the Cost of Excess Parking in Transit-Oriented Developments (March 9, 2017)
New research shows that transit-oriented developments (TODs) may be saddled with a surplus of parking that is taking a big bite out of project costs. More from Urban Land.
Earthquake Fears: Tacoma Power Plans Prolonged Low Levels at Lake (March 8, 2017)
By keeping less water behind the dam, Tacoma Power hopes to alleviate risks that might exist to downstream communities should an earthquake of at least 7.5 magnitude strike. More from Emergency Management.
The Promise and Perils of ‘Moving the Boxes’ (March 7, 2017)
Reorganizing a government's agencies and services -- whether consolidating them or breaking them up -- isn't easy. There are some important things to keep in mind. More from Governing.
Social Media's Growing Utility for Government (March 6, 2017)
Public agencies keep finding creative ways to leverage its power for service delivery. More from Governing.
Support Grows for a Seattle to Vancouver Bullet Train (March 3, 2017)
The idea of building a Pacific Northwest high-speed rail line is once again in the headlines. More from Next City.
City Authority Varies Widely From State to State (March 2, 2017)
In a new report, NLC finds that states limit city power through preemption in a number of policy areas, ranging from labor protections to taxing authority. More from NLC.
Using a Service-Level Budget to Evaluate and Prioritize Your Government’s Goals (March 1, 2017)
Governments are complicated, and it can be challenging to prioritize the long list of important, but seemingly disconnected, issues that arise at budget time. More from Government Finance Review.
Embracing a Priority-Focused Approach to Local Government Budgeting (February 27, 2017)
Putting priorities first may seem like a no-brainer, but local government budgeting, as any municipal leader can tell you, can be a complicated task. More from Route Fifty.
King County to Open Safe Injection Sites for Opioids (February 24, 2017)
The nation’s first supervised drug injection sites will open in King County after County Executive Dow Constantine and Seattle Mayor Ed Murray approved recommendations by their joint Heroin and Prescription Opiate Addiction Task Force. More from NACo's County News.
How Did the Oroville Dam Crisis Get So Dire? (February 23, 2017)
Drought, climate change, and aging infrastructure combined to create a looming catastrophe that forced 188,000 Californians to evacuate. More from Route Fifty.
City IT ‘Onion Strategy’ Neutralizes Ransomware (February 22, 2017)
An onion strategy for cybersecurity and employee education reduces what happens to cities when ransomware strikes. More from EfficientGov.
How Technology Is Giving Town Hall Meetings a Modern Twist (February 21, 2017)
Municipalities are using the latest communications tools to make government meetings more available to the public. More from Government Technology.
City Planning Department Technology Benchmarking Survey 2017 (February 16, 2017)
A report on the current state of Internet technology used by 600 cities across the United States, including recommended steps cities should take to improve their technology assets in 2017-2018. More from Planetizen.
U.S. Opioid Overdose Deaths Reach Record Highs (February 15, 2017)
The CDC data are painful reminders of the tragic losses affecting families and communities across the country. More from Route Fifty.
7 Life Saving Public Safety Drone Uses (February 14, 2017)
Find out how a public safety drone could save lives in seven use cases that span from everyday EMS to disaster operations. More from Efficient Gov.
Why Urban Parks Are Essential Infrastructure (February 13, 2017)
As we talk about rebuilding our public works, we need to remember that parks are as important to our cities as roads and bridges. More from Governing.
Portland's Wintry Salt Dilemma (February 10, 2017)
An unusually severe winter is forcing the city to reconsider its decades-long policy of shunning salt on icy roads. More from CityLab.
Why Small Business Matters (February 9, 2017)
Building and maintaining a sustainable local economy includes small business growth, which is hot right now. More from Public Management.
Police Body-Worn Camera Legislation Tracker (February 8, 2017)
Use the Urban Institute's legislation tracker to find out more about the laws in Washington and other states. More from The Urban Institute.
8 Facts to Know About Driverless Cars Before They Hit the Road (February 7, 2017)
As autonomous vehicles become increasingly the norm, Brookings experts provide important facts for policymakers and drivers alike. More from Brookings.
New Report on Smart Cities Released by National League of Cities (February 6, 2017)
The National League of Cities (NLC) recently released "Trends in Smart City Development," a new report featuring case studies about how five cities — Philadelphia, San Francisco, Chicago, Charlotte, N.C., and New Delhi, India — are implementing smart city projects from different approaches. More from NLC. More from NLC.
Why Public-Sector Pay Is a Mess (February 3, 2017)
Government compensation systems are out of touch with the modern economy. More from Governing.
High-Tech Plan Protects Yakima Valley Schools (February 2, 2017)
Schools have been working through planning and technology solutions to keep students safe. More from Emergency Management.
Rise of Recreational Drone Use Calls for New Rules (February 2, 2017)
A panel of unmanned aircraft experts gathered recently to discuss current regulations and potential need for local guidelines as drones become more widely used. More from Government Technology.
Where Should We Focus Our Attention? (February 2, 2017)
Once an agency’s leadership team has chosen its purpose—and gained the support necessary to begin pursuing it—on what should the members of the team concentrate their attention? More from Bob Behn's Performance Leadership Report.
Prove Your Love for Your City! (February 1, 2017)
Last spring over the course of 4 days, 16 events impacting more than 80 Washington cities took place as part of the “2016 Love of Cities Tour” featuring author Peter Kageyama. More from the Alliance for Innovation.
Thurston County Sheriff's Office Launches Public Safety App (January 31, 2017)
In a push for accessibility, the Thurston County Sheriff’s Office has rolled out a smartphone app that features crime reporting, mapping, and push notification options. More from Government Technology.
A Prescription for Action: Local Leadership in Ending the Opioid Crisis (January 30, 2017)
A joint report from the National Association of Counties and National League of Cities explores how cities and counties can combat the opioid epidemic. Read the full report.
Investing in Water: Comparing Utility Finances and Economic Concerns Across U.S. Cities (January 27, 2017)
This brief describes the current context for local water infrastructure investment in the United States, with a particular focus on large drinking water utilities. More from Brookings.
Government Leader’s Guide to Bonds (January 26, 2017)
A new handbook from Governing, A Government Leader’s Guide to Bonds, provides an overview of contract, commercial and fidelity bonds, and addresses how they can be used by agencies to protect taxpayer dollars and strengthen the public procurement process.
Local Governments Can Use a Slideshow to Engage Residents (January 25, 2017)
A slideshow is a great way to share what local governments accomplish for citizens and communities. King County posts one each year. More from EfficientGov.
How Cities are Boosting Public Transportation with Lyft, Uber (January 24, 2017)
Find out why municipalities are striking public transportation deals with ride-hailing companies and how residents access the programs. More from EfficientGov.
Forget the Boot, Parking Enforcers. Meet the ‘Barnacle.’ (January 23, 2017)
Two cities are testing a new, safer way to immobilize vehicles when their drivers haven’t paid parking tickets. More from Governing.
Sacramento, Calif., Police Launch Real-Time Crime Center (January 20, 2017)
A newly announced crime center gives officers in the field real-time, tech-enabled intelligence during large events and critical incidents. More from Government Technology.
How Marijuana Legalization Impacts EMS Services (January 20, 2017)
Injury related to marijuana intoxication is sure to increase with marijuana legalization. The EMS experience in Colorado can help prepare municipalities. More from Efficient Gov.
10 Strategies to End Chronic Homelessness (January 19, 2017)
Ending chronic homelessness takes political will, leadership, collaboration and coordination among multiple state and local programs to align resources for housing and supportive services. More from NACo's County News.
Law Enforcement Agencies Nationwide Deal with Malware, Ransom Demands (January 18, 2017)
The proliferation of ransomware has grown exponentially in just the last two years — from about five variations in 2015 to more than 100 now. More from Government Technology.
Housing in the Evolving U.S. Suburbs (January 17, 2017)
U.S. suburban housing markets are well positioned to remain preferred places to live and work over the coming decades, even as many urban cores and downtown neighborhoods continue to attract new residents and businesses. More from Urban Land.
Local Governments Use Creative Methods to Bridge Infrastructure Financing Gaps (January 12, 2017)
While municipal bonds continue to be the key options for how local infrastructure is financed, local governments are exploring new ways to finance needed expansion, upgrades, and repairs. More from ICMA.
How Fire Departments Could Look Like the Communities They Serve (January 11, 2017)
Cities have struggled with diversity in the fire service for decades. But there's a lot they could be doing to improve things. More from Governing.
Can America’s Aging Stay in Their Homes? (January 10, 2017)
A recent report outlines a number of challenges to aging in place. More from CityLab.
Protected Bike Lanes Save Lives (January 4, 2017)
New research finds that as more distracted drivers take the road, protected bike lanes are keeping bikers alive. More from City Lab.
The Nighttime Economy (January 3, 2017)
If one has any doubt that changes are afoot in the realities of managing downtown social districts, perhaps the trending title of "night mayor" will serve to underscore the demands of a nighttime economy. More from Public Management.
Can Snapchat Help Government Engage a Younger Audience? (December 30, 2016)
The consensus among agencies that have a profile on Snapchat is that it can be used both as a unique story-telling platform, as well as an interesting way to get engagement at events. More from Government Technology.
The Enduring Myth That Government Should Be Run Like a Business (December 22, 2016)
The election of Donald Trump should remind us — again — of the vast difference between managing a company and running a government. More from Governing.
Words of Wisdom for Public Officials Trying to Connect With Citizens (December 21, 2016)
Devoting time and resources to communicating with constituents, understanding their needs and explaining what government is doing is vitally important. More from Governing.
The 5 Basic Things Citizens Need to Know About EMS Service (December 20, 2016)
Most citizens expect their municipalities to provide EMS service, but they are blissfully unaware of some basic facts about paying for EMS. More from EfficientGov.
Governments Buy New Equipment, Technology to Deal with Impending Snow (December 19, 2016)
Winter is coming, and cities, counties and states across the U.S. are buying more snow-removal equipment and using technological means to bolster their snow removal programs and related public communications. More from American City & County.
Skate Parks Ramp Up (December 15, 2016)
As skateboarding goes mainstream, cities are investing in infrastructure. More from Planning.
6 Ways to Engineer Public-Employee Engagement (December 14, 2016)
Less than a third of government workers feel connected to their jobs. Improving that statistic should be a top priority. More from Governing.
What Happens When Golf Carts Hit the Streets? (December 13, 2016)
Growing numbers of seniors in some areas are using golf carts and mixing with traffic on public roads, which worries safety experts. More from Government Technology.
Five Approaches to Reviving Aging Mall Sites (December 12, 2016)
Aging shopping malls—many burdened with high vacancy rates or even abandoned—are being transformed into vibrant, mixed-use destinations that are connected to their surrounding communities. More from Urban Land.
Your Citizen Survey is NOT a Political Poll (December 7, 2016)
Seven ways that citizen surveys are more trustworthy than political polls. More from ICMA.
From Handshakes to Hashtags: Using Every Communication Tool in the Law Enforcement Toolbox (December 6, 2016)
Communication tools available to law enforcement have drastically expanded, and challenged, agencies’ ability to reach the citizens they serve. More from The Police Chief.
Mayors of 18-Hour Cities See Opportunity in Authenticity, Differentiation (December 5, 2016)
The middle tier of U.S. cities—places like Kansas City, Missouri—may have lower populations, fewer cultural offerings, and less cosmopolitan flair than bigger cities, but they also have their own advantages over the behemoths, according to a ULI panel of mayors. More from Urban Land.
3 Cities Where User Experience Design Helped Make Services Better (December 2, 2016)
There are often easier ways to do the things that government does. More from Government Technology.
Why the Federal Government Should Stop Spending Billions on Private Sports Stadiums (December 1, 2016)
All together, the federal government has subsidized newly constructed or majorly renovated professional sports stadiums to the tune of $3.2 billion federal taxpayer dollars since 2000. More from Brookings.
Counties Struggle Under Burden of Unfunded Mandates (November 30, 2016)
Federal and state governments increasingly burden the nation's counties with unfunded mandates, with 45 percent of the 48 states with county governments reducing monetary allocations while imposing new directives, according to a new National Association of Counties report. More from Route Fifty.
Why Ransomware is a Civic Threat & How to Protect Police Agencies (November 29, 2016)
Find out how ransomware can shut down a police department and the steps cities can take to protect their public safety operations. More from EfficientGov.
Why Cities Should Invest in Festivals (November 28, 2016)
From their potential to promote branding to the partnerships they create, festivals further both cultural and economic development in numerous cities. More from EfficientGov.
Growing Value through Creative Placemaking (November 22, 2016)
Creative placemaking, done well, can deliver high value to its stakeholders, including the community, developers, and public and private partners. More from Urban Land.
What Empowered Public Employees Could Accomplish (November 21, 2016)
"Participative management" is big in the private sector. Government leaders need to recognize its value. More from Governing.
Review Finds Washington State’s Plan for a Megaquake ‘Grossly Inadequate’ (November 18, 2016)
The largest disaster drill ever conducted in the Pacific Northwest found that the region remains dangerously unprepared to deal with a Cascadia megaquake and tsunami. More from Emergency Management.
New Urbanism's Impact on Small-to-Midsize Cities (November 17, 2016)
In small to mid-sized cities, the impact of New Urbanism can be dramatic. More from Public Square.
9 Surefire Steps to Lockdown Your Cybersecurity (November 16, 2016)
The expectation of cybersecurity has to be met with the same fervor and drive that you strive to meet all your other customer and resident expectations. More from Public Management.
Shots Fired! Is Your Community Ready for an Active Shooter? (November 10, 2016)
Time and learning from experience teaches that there are a number of actions a local government can take to preempt a lethal shooting or effectively cope when one occurs. More from Public Management.
From Police Shootings to Playground Injuries, Lawsuits Drain Cities' Budgets (November 10, 2016)
Municipalities spend millions of dollars a year on settlements and claims from citizens. Some are trying hard to rein in those costs. More from Governing.
City Revenues Expected to Finally Recover From Recession (November 9, 2016)
But cities are still dealing with slow revenue growth and rising costs, according to a new report. More from Governing.
Demographics Can Spell Trouble for a City's Finances (November 9, 2016)
New Census data shows some cities have a lot of residents who consume more public services than they contribute in taxes. That can cause fiscal problems down the road. More from Governing.
Seattle Builds Bicycle Traffic Garden (November 9, 2016)
In an effort to normalize biking and teach kids how to bike safely in the city, Seattle's Cascade Bicycle Club has built a small bike park that simulates road conditions. More from Bike Portland.
Future of Transportation: Shared Vehicles Could Dramatically Alter City Landscapes (November 8, 2016)
Our future roadways will consist of more than self-driving cars and smart traffic systems. More from Government Technology.
Criminals Increasingly Hold Government Computers for Ransom (November 7, 2016)
More and more, hackers are preying on local governments, hospitals and even police departments, and forcing officials to decide whether to meet the demands or risk losing their data. More from Government Technology.
3 Tools for Improving the Customer Experience in Government (November 4, 2016)
America's most successful companies have learned a lot about keeping their customers happy. The public sector can join that revolution. More from Government Technology.
Cities 101 Video - Sewers (November 3, 2016)
In this installment of AWC’s Cities 101, learn how our modern sewer systems work, how they are paid for, and why cities and you should be making a big stink about it.
Benchmarking Study Provides Wakeup Call for City Websites (November 2, 2016)
A new study finds that there's a significant need in the market for website redesign and a set of tools to make those websites more mobile-first, user-centered and services-oriented. More from Government Technology.
Population, Urbanization Drives Growing Importance of GIS (November 1, 2016)
Geographic information system (GIS) and related geospatial technologies are rapidly advancing and emerging as a platform to help communities better plan and manage the complexity of the urban environment. More from NACo's County News.
How Many Police Officers Does a City Need? (October 31, 2016)
There are many factors that go into staffing decisions -- some of which fail to take agencies' actual workloads into account. More from Governing.
New Body Cameras Aim to Remove User Error, Improve Documentary Evidence (October 27, 2016)
The Stockton, Calif., Police Department is upgrading its older body-worn cameras with new units that promise less risk of officer error and more comprehensive coverage during critical events. More from Government Technology.
Counties Still Challenged in Recession’s Recovery (October 26, 2016)
Counties are struggling with the costs of mandated services rising faster than inflation. More from NACo's County News.
Understanding the Scope of the Housing Shortage in the United States (October 25, 2016)
Newly released data and analysis from several sources illustrate a major obstacle to a fully healthy housing market in the United States: the nation is not building nearly enough new residential units. More from Urban Land.
Why (and How) Localities Should Say Yes to Housing (October 24, 2016)
Rules and regulations in many communities can make it difficult to access stable and affordable homes. More from The Urban Institute.
Suburbs Opt for Urban Streetscapes (October 21, 2016)
Some suburbs are building an entire urban downtown from scratch to provide a unique identity and appeal. More from Public Square.
WANTED: Police for Hire, Minorities Encouraged (October 20, 2016)
Qualified -- and willing -- applicants have become increasingly hard for police departments to find. More from Governing.
The Real Solution to Government’s Performance Problems: Culture Change (October 19, 2016)
The latest management system isn't going to get the job done. Ultimately, it's about leadership and managers. More from Governing.
Feds Issue Guidelines for Increasing Police Diversity (October 18, 2016)
The federal government recently issued guidance to national security agencies and local police departments on how they can diversify their ranks as part of a significant new effort to ease racial tensions across the country. More from Governing.
Trust: The Foundation of a Successful Workplace (October 17, 2016)
Here are six things leaders can do to create a culture of trust, and why they are important. More from Public Management.
APA's 2016 Great Places in America (October 14, 2016)
Each year, to kick off National Community Planning Month, the American Planning Association (APA) recognizes outstanding people, planning efforts, and places that represent the best in planning and community impact. More from APA.
5 Ways Parks Provide a Return on Investment (October 13, 2016)
Parks and public spaces are an integral part of the atmosphere and culture of a city or town. More than that, though, they have a massive positive financial impact – one that is generally overlooked. More from NLC.
How to Sell Missing Middle Housing to Neighbors (October 11, 2016)
In order to build a 'Missing Middle' development, a rezoning and/or a variance is typically required—which means the project must be sold to the neighborhood. More from Public Square.
Leading the Fight Against the Opioid Crisis (October 10, 2016)
Local government leaders and their employees have the resources, tools, and credibility to take the lead on this incredibly complex public health crisis. More from Public Management.
The Rise of Evidence-Based Decision Making (October 7, 2016)
Evidence-based decision making means going beyond this explanation to find out if a program actually produces the results the community wants for an acceptable cost. More from Government Finance Review.
Unlocking Employee Potential through Self-Directed Time (October 6, 2016)
Self-directed time has yielded great advantages in the private sector. The duration of time allotted can vary, but the intention is to allow employees time to be creative and innovative. More from Government Finance Review.
3 Ways Governments Are Fighting Hackers (October 5, 2016)
Agencies are broadening a few conventional tactics to prevent cyberattacks. More from Governing.
How to Best Use Zoning Policies to Spur Workforce Housing Development (October 4, 2016)
The potential and limitations associated with inclusionary zoning, a tool used by a growing number of U.S. cities to encourage or require workforce housing development, are explored in a new ULI report, The Economics of Inclusionary Development. More from Urban Land.
Gamification: A Tool that Government Should Not Ignore (October 3, 2016)
Some argue the teaching and learning tools of gamification not only have a place in education, but in government, too. More from Government Technology.
Citing Health Concerns, Some Cities Consider Dimmer LED Streetlights (September 29, 2016)
At least 13 percent of outdoor lighting is now LED. Is it safe? More from Government Technology.
What Drives Rising Health-Care Costs? (September 28, 2016)
Government leaders across the United States are concerned with rising health-care costs — but what are the root causes of those large and persistent annual increases that we all have learned to take for granted? More from Government Finance Review.
How Can Ride-Sharing Companies Partner with Public Transit? (September 27, 2016)
Across the country, transit agencies and ride-sharing services are partnering up. Will those agencies come to regret it? More from Governing.
Are You a Micromanager? Get Over It. (September 26, 2016)
Fiorello La Guardia, New York's legendary mayor, ran every aspect of the city from his desk. That's nothing to emulate. More from Governing.
NLC Guide on Drones (September 23, 2016)
The National League of Cities'(NLC) guide, Cities and Drones, provides insight into the recently released federal rules relating to drone operation, as well as offering suggestions for how local governments can craft their own drone ordinances to encourage innovation while also protecting their cities. More from NLC.
Considering Privacy Issues Raised by the Use of Unmanned Aerial Vehicles (UAVs) (September 22, 2016)
UAVs have the potential for being very valuable assets to police departments, but if not used prudently, they have the potential for entangling departments in unnecessary civil lawsuits over state-recognized violations of personal privacy. More from The Police Chief.
Supreme Court Preview for Local Governments 2016 (September 21, 2016)
While the Supreme Court is still down a justice, its docket is about half full, which is typical for this time of the year. Four cases in particular on the court’s docket will directly impact local governments. More from NACo's County News.
What Cities Need to Know About Drones (September 19, 2016)
As drones increasingly fly through our cities in the coming years, the regulation of our airspace and the environment in which we co-exist with flying robots becomes more and more present and real. More from TechCrunch.
Before It Runs Off (September 16, 2016)
With water becoming an increasingly valuable resource, more emphasis is being placed on capturing and retaining rainwater and graywater. More from Urban Land.
Coping with Unfunded Mandates (September 14, 2016)
Examine some of the ways in which unfunded mandates can make a public manager’s life difficult, and some potential solutions. More from Government Finance Review.
Localities Struggle to Balance Benefits of Home-Sharing with Affordable Housing (September 13, 2016)
Cities are experimenting with ways to meet the goals of affordable housing while still reaping the benefits of the sharing economy. More from Government Technology.
The Promise of Data-Smart Efficiency for Government Beckons (September 12, 2016)
Embedded in nearly every government effort to corral big data is a hope for greater efficiency, saving tax dollars by using them better. More from Government Technology.
25 Years Later, What Happened to 'Reinventing Government'? (September 8, 2016)
The ambitious public management crusade of the 1990s has made a mark on governments everywhere. But it’s fallen short of some of its goals. More from Governing.
2016 Best of the Web Winners (September 7, 2016)
This year’s best government websites shared in common a simple vision of user-centric content, a desire to iterate and collaborate more quickly than in years past, and to watch the market for the latest trends and standards. More from Government Technology.
1 in 5 Americans Now Living in Multi-Generational Households (September 7, 2016)
The number and share of Americans living in multigenerational family households has continued to rise, even though the Great Recession is now in the rear-view mirror. More from Pew Research Center.
GIS Technology Has a Limitless Future for Local Governments (September 6, 2016)
The experiences of one Virginia county demonstrate how the technology can improve decision-making and help guide smart growth. More from Government Technology.
Horsey! Grassroots Public Art Connects People, Past, and Present (September 1, 2016)
Portland's "Horse Project" demonstrates the power of whimsy in the built environment. More from PlaceShakers.
As Affordability Worsens, State and Local Governments Act on their Own (August 31, 2016)
Due to a lack of federal response, some state and municipal governments are taking matters into their own hands in an attempt to add to their supply of affordable housing. More from Rooflines.
A Blueprint for Crisis Communications in Local Government (August 29, 2016)
Advance visioning is crucial to making sure you’re prepared to help when the unthinkable takes place. More from Government Technology.
5 Common Problems Found on Government Websites (August 26, 2016)
Going online for public information isn't as easy as it should be. More from Government Technology.
The Case for Body-Worn Cameras and Digital Evidence (August 25, 2016)
It looks as though the question is no longer if police departments will use BWCs but when and how they will do so. More from The Police Chief.
Drones Will Have an Impact on Your City. Here’s What You Need to Know. (August 24, 2016)
Cities across America will need to decide how they want to manage widespread commercial drone use, how they want to adopt drone technology for themselves, and how best they can encourage innovation while still ensuring public safety. More from Cities Speak.
3 Ways Cities Can Navigate the ‘Silver Tsunami’ (August 23, 2016)
Cities are now five years into a demographic change that will impact nearly every family in America from now until well beyond 2030. In the face of this change, how can city leaders meet the challenge of connecting available resources to the elderly? More from Cities Speak.
Economic Development, Public Safety are Top Issues for Nation’s Mayors, According to NLC Report (August 22, 2016)
For the third consecutive year, economic development remained the top issue for the nation's mayors, according to a comprehensive analysis of mayoral state of the city speeches released today by the National League of Cities (NLC). More from NLC.
Low-Cost Budget Visualization Tool Gains Momentum (August 15, 2016)
Over the last year and a half, an open source budget visualization app called “Visual Budget” — which helps users understand figures with interactive and color-coded diagrams — has seen an increase in adoption rates. More from Government Technology.
What City Leaders Need to Know About Zika (August 11, 2016)
As the first cases of the Zika virus were identified in the contiguous United States, it is important for city leaders to understand the virus and ways they can educate and prepare their communities. More from NLC's Cities Speak.
New King County EMS Protocol to Treat Allergic Reactions Saves Money (August 10, 2016)
King County Emergency Services makes epi-pen mixes for one-fifteenth of the typical auto-injector price. More from NACo's County News.
Police Body Cameras Are Useful, But Flaws Remain (August 9, 2016)
Oftentimes an officer doesn't know a camera is malfunctioning until he or she attempts to download video clips at the end of the shift, and when body cameras are first implemented, it's common for officers to forget to turn them on. More from Governing.
The Difficult Art of Responding to Public Criticism (August 8, 2016)
When accusations are flying or scandal erupts, it's crucial to get the initial response right. More from Governing.
With Hospitals in Critical Condition, Can Rural America Survive? (August 5, 2016)
The worrisome state of rural health care has led many to wonder. More from Governing.
Rezoning Proposed for Seattle's University District (August 4, 2016)
Intended to make the most of a planned light rail station, the city of Seattle has proposed a zoning overhaul for the University District. More from The Urbanist.
Think It Can't Be Measured? Think Again. (August 3, 2016)
In addition to collecting data on performance that’s easy to quantify, you can also “measure the unmeasurable” if you can develop proxy measures that shed an indirect light on the goals you want to achieve. More from ICMA.
The Impact of New Overtime Rules on Government (August 2, 2016)
The federal change won’t just hit state and local personnel costs. More from Governing.
Analytics: Making Sense of City Data (August 1, 2016)
Cities are pilot-testing analytics to support decision-making and to drive better outcomes from the increasing amounts of data they collect and use. More from Government Technology.
Smart Water Meters Will Make Their Way to Walla Walla (July 27, 2016)
The city has decided to sell general obligation bonds to offset the acquisition of smart meters. More from Government Technology.
Customer Relationship Management: Diversity in Service (July 26, 2016)
How are CRM platforms are evolving into retail-like customer service applications for city governments? More from Government Technology.
GIS: An Established Technology Finds New Purpose (July 25, 2016)
Examining the new ways that GIS – now a legacy technology – can make city services more interactive while making them more efficient. More from Government Technology.
ATVs and Public Roadways: A Deadly Combination (July 21, 2016)
ATVs aren't built for roads, but more places are making it legal for them to drive alongside other vehicles anyway. More from Governing.
The 3 Most Common Community Engagement Mistakes (July 20, 2016)
Planners, like any other professionals, live in a kind of bubble. Those charged with dealing with the public run the risk of expecting too much from residents as they design community engagement activities. Here are some of the most common mistakes. More from Planetizen.
Why Affordable Housing Is Hard to Build (July 19, 2016)
There are lots of ideas out there. None of them are working very well. More from Governing.
Bike Share Isn’t Just for Big Cities (July 15, 2016)
Smaller communities are increasingly adopting bike-sharing programs. But they look a lot different than those in big cities. More from Governing.
The 5 Biggest Teamwork Ills (July 14, 2016)
When people are part of a group, they can tend to put forth less effort. Learn more about why this happens. More from Public Management.
National Hub for TOD Resources (July 13, 2016)
TODresources.org is a digital hub for the nation’s leading information and ideas about outstanding Transit-Oriented Development (TOD) projects. The new site includes a database of the leading research on TOD, information about funding and financing options, and opportunities for TOD professionals to connect with one another.
Roundabout Practices Report (July 12, 2016)
A recent report from the Transportation Research Board, Roundabout Practices, summarizes roundabout policies, guidance, and practices within state departments of transportation (DOTs) as of 2015.
Building a Culture of Engagement with Lean Continuous Improvement (July 11, 2016)
To replace the traditional culture with something better, a number of government finance organizations have turned to Lean management. More from Government Finance Review.
Is Your City Ready To Take The Big Jump on Biking? (July 8, 2016)
The Big Jump Project is a three-year effort to help 10 places achieve a big jump in biking – a doubling or tripling of people riding – by building a network of safe and comfortable places to ride and engaging the community.
Dot-Govs Get a Much-Needed Facelift (July 7, 2016)
Several big cities are decluttering and redesigning their government websites to make them easier to use. More from Governing.
Federal Aviation Administration (FAA) Recognizes Local Authority in New Drone Regulations (July 6, 2016)
In a win for local governments and local decision-making authority, new rules on drones issued by the FAA, recognize that city leaders should play a role in regulating how, when and where they operate in their communities. More from NLC.
Legalizing the Tiny House (July 5, 2016)
Bringing rogue housing in from the cold. More from Sightline.
Study Finds Negative Effects of Police-Worn Body Cameras (June 30, 2016)
A new study has found that when police-worn body cameras are in play, citizen assaults on cops went up. More from Government Technology.
911 Dispatchers Use New Technologies to Quickly Locate Cellphone Callers (June 29, 2016)
The key to successful 911 call location for local agencies is the incorporation of several new technologies including phones with better GPS locating capabilities and the 911 center's adoption of CAD systems synced with Google Maps. More from Government Technology.
Seattle's Civic Tech Advocate Promotes Innovation, Engagement (June 28, 2016)
Candace Faber is working to figure out how to create real space for more innovative thinking about how the city uses technology to solve civic problems. More from Government Technology.
The Manager-Police Chief Relationship (June 27, 2016)
Build a respectful, supportive manager-chief relationship to ensure public trust and confidence. More from Public Management.
Key Findings on Housing Affordability (June 24, 2016)
Local governments increasingly cite high housing costs as a barrier to economic development. More from ICMA.
Seattle’s Housing Future Depends on a Mathematical and Political Balancing Act (June 20, 2016)
The centerpiece of Seattle’s Housing Affordability and Livability Agenda (HALA) is an innovative policy called Mandatory Housing Affordability. More from Sightline.
The 'Silver Tsunami' Has Arrived in Government (June 17, 2016)
Significantly more state and local workers are retiring or quitting, according to a recent survey. More from Governing.
Strategic Planning: A Basic Framework (June 10, 2016)
Strategic planning is, at its core, a tool governments can use to determine where they are, where they want to be, and how to get there. More from Government Finance Review.
Getting to Great in Human Resources (HR) (June 9, 2016)
There cannot be great county, city or school district governance without great HR. More from NACo's County News.
Local Governments Pick Up Hiring in 2016 (June 8, 2016)
The latest jobs report shows local government employment increasing, while state and federal employment stagnates. More from Governing.
Inclusionary Zoning Does Not Drive Up Housing Costs (June 6, 2016)
New research shows that it doesn’t raise housing costs, but it doesn’t help very low-income families much, either. More from The Atlantic City Lab.
Overtime: The Good, the Bad and the Unsafe (June 2, 2016)
It's important to know when overtime is a smart financial decision and when it's better to send employees home. More from Governing.
Ransomware Infections Are Becoming an Epidemic (June 2, 2016)
Ransomware been around for a while, but it’s become a huge problem in just the last six months. Here is a little background and what to do if you find yourself the victim. More from Government Technology.
Portland Demos its 'Smart City' Transportation Tech (June 1, 2016)
City officials are preparing an application that includes new, smarter infrastructure, as well as an app that would let residents compare various transportation options and pricing on the fly. More from Government Technology.
5 Reasons the Public Sector Needs to Adopt a Mobile Strategy (June 1, 2016)
Optimizing web content for mobile users is crucial for helping citizens access information and services now that more people are on smartphones than ever before. More from Government Technology.
Public Employee Surveys: Worthwhile or Worthless? (May 31, 2016)
It depends on how governments use the results. More from Governing.
Weathering Fluctuations in Building Permit Revenues (May 27, 2016)
Economic fluctuations make it difficult for governments to break even on the cost of providing building permits. More from Government Finance Review.
Suburbia Gets No Respect, But It Could Become a Very Different Place (May 25, 2016)
Communities outside center cities may become critical to sustaining urban areas as they evolve in the decades ahead. More from Smithsonian.com.
Social Media's Place in Data-Smart Governance (May 25, 2016)
Cities are learning to mine this trove of information to predict the impact of future events and significantly improve operations. More from Governing.
Positive Steps as FDA Issues New Rule to Regulate E-Cigarettes and other Tobacco Products (May 24, 2016)
The Federal Drug Administration has finalized a rule extending its authority to regulate additional tobacco products, including electronic cigarettes (e-cigarettes). More from NACo's County News.
Trauma Takes Its Toll (May 23, 2016)
Emergency responders are at heightened risk for post-traumatic stress disorders. Managers can help support their well-being. More from Public Management.
Why It’s Getting Harder to Learn What the Public Thinks (May 20, 2016)
Public officials need to understand how opinion research is evolving to meet modern challenges. More from Governing.
Planning for the Car-Free Generation (May 19, 2016)
Millennials are blazing new trails when it comes to transportation. Are you ready? More from Planning.
New ULI Report Looks at Next Frontier in People-Friendly Design (May 18, 2016)
Similar to transit-oriented development, trail-oriented development takes advantage of and leverages infrastructure that supports active ways of getting around in urban areas. More from Urban Land.
CIOs Fear Mass Exodus of Government IT Workers (May 17, 2016)
States are not only anticipating a wave of retirements but also trouble filling the vacancies. How are they preparing? More from Governing.
Making a Drug More Available to Save Addicts' Lives (May 17, 2016)
There's a growing movement to make the drug that can reverse overdoses widely available at pharmacies, police departments and schools. More from Governing.
Dog Parks Lead Growth in Urban Parks (May 16, 2016)
Off-leash dog parks led the pack in new urban parks, growing by 4 percent in 2015 and 89 percent since 2007, according to The Trust for Public Land. More from PR Newswire.
Local Government That Clicks (May 16, 2016)
Civic technology, including volunteer assistance, is one part of the rapidly developing IT world. This article focuses on efforts that use the services of volunteers and local government-nonprofit fellowships. More from Public Management.
Why ‘Open and Frugal’ Should Be the Default for Government IT (May 12, 2016)
So many projects cost too much and take too long. It's time for a better approach. More from Governing.
How to Be a Citizen Placemaker: Think Lighter, Quicker, Cheaper (May 10, 2016)
If vibrancy is people, and citizenship is creative, it follows that the more that citizens feel they are able to contribute to their public spaces, the more vibrant their communities will be. More from Project for Public Spaces.
Losing Experienced Workers Is Costly (May 9, 2016)
Public employers can develop a strategy to benefit from the knowledge that older workers offer to the workplace. More from Public Management.
#CityHall is Trending: How to Take Advantage of All the Tools (May 5, 2016)
With the help of social media, city governments have been able to build sustainable platforms for two-way conversations with citizens Instead of the traditional one-way city announcement. More from Government Technology.
Study highlights disparities between the health of urban, rural counties (May 5, 2016)
The recently released 2016 County Health Rankings report found that there are significant gaps in health that exist between the counties of each state, particularly between rural and urban environments. More from American City & County.
The Best Complete Streets Policies of 2015 (May 3, 2016)
Smart Growth America recently unveiled The Best Complete Streets Policies of 2015, their annual ranking of Complete Streets policies that highlights the nation’s best.
Raising the Minimum Wage (May 3, 2016)
If a local minimum wage ordinance is being considered, a work plan to engage with residents, businesses, and stakeholder groups is needed. More from Public Management.
Public-Private Partnerships Are the Best Way to Expand Internet Access, Says Seattle Mayor (May 2, 2016)
Some residents and interest groups have long pushed for a city-run broadband network, saying it would help reduce access inequality. More from Government Techology.
In Search of Organizational Excellence? (April 27, 2016)
Achieving organizational excellence is a journey. It requires commitment and effort, plus it has major benefits. More from Public Management.
How Lyft and Uber can Improve Transit Agency Budgets (March 21, 2016)
The emergence of ride-hailing companies seems to pose a challenge to the nation’s transit agencies. But they could also provide an opportunity for collaboration that would improve the mobility of the agencies’ neediest customers. More from Brookings.
Can the University of Washington's New Light Rail Station Transform Seattle? (March 18, 2016)
As the station opens, thousands of students, faculty, staff and visitors will have a new option for -- and mindset about -- crossing the gridlocked city. More from Government Technology.
NLC Releases New Guide on Community Policing (March 17, 2016)
A new publication from the National League of Cities' (NLC), Policing in the 21st Century, offers guidance on how city leaders can work together with their city's law enforcement officials to implement the principles of community policing. More from NLC.
The Value of a National Comparative Performance Database (March 17, 2016)
The ICMA Center for Performance Analytics works with consortia of communities that seek to benchmark their performance against their peers. More from Government Finance Review.
Body-Worn Cameras: Using the Wealth of Data Effectively (January 29, 2016)
The richness of body-worn camera data has created opportunities for deeper analysis of police-community interactions and has the potential to improve policing by identifying best practices and then using the knowledge gained to train current and future officers. More from The Police Chief.
Using Mobile Apps in Government (January 28, 2016)
A new report from the IBM Center for the Business of Government, Using Mobile Apps in Government, documents the state of mobile apps at the federal, state, and local levels.
How Will We Handle a Sky Full of Drones? (November 6, 2015)
Regulating them will be a challenge for governments at all levels, but we're going to have to figure out how to do it. More from Government Technology.
Land Use and Municipal Budgets - The Fiscal Connection (November 5, 2015)
Sprawling suburban development isn’t just bad for the environment, human health, and quality of life; it’s also bad for budgeting. More from Government Finance Review.
Embracing & Managing Negative Feedback (November 4, 2015)
The immediate access to citizen feedback rendered possible by our digital world presents new and faster means for government organizations to improve their services. More from the IBM Center for the Business of Government.
Reserve Policing in the United States: Citizens Volunteering for Public Service (November 3, 2015)
Reserve and auxiliary law enforcement volunteers are an understudied but potentially valuable asset to communities and criminal justice agencies. More from The Police Chief.
The Enduring, Versatile Katrina Cottage (October 23, 2015)
Ten years ago, designers unveiled the Katrina Cottage—which has helped to spur the “tiny house movement” and continues to influence affordable housing. More from Better Cities & Towns.
Why Towns Are Falling In Love With Golf Carts (October 15, 2015)
Decades after they rolled off the links and into airport terminals, theme parks, and university campuses, golf carts are gaining currency as a mobility option in pockets of the United States. More from The Atlantic.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.