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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.
The Daily Crisis Cops Aren’t Trained to Handle (June 21, 2016)
Ten percent of 911 calls involve mental health situations that most police aren’t prepared to deal with, leading to sometimes tragic outcomes. More from Governing.
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.
New Rules Could Ease Rural America's Health-Care Problems (June 6, 2016)
A sweeping Medicaid change has the potential for states to address the dangerous shortage of doctors outside urban and suburban areas. More from Governing.
U.S. Municipal Golf Courses Take Mulligans in Funding (June 6, 2016)
As municipal golf courses across the country struggle to generate revenue to match their costs, city officials are grappling with how to keep the courses and offset their deficits. More from American City & County.
4 Reasons Data Analytics Often Fail (June 6, 2016)
It’s one of the hottest trends in the public sector, but it’s not easy to succeed with data. More from Governing.
California Let 30,000 People Out of Prison and the Crime Rate Didn’t Change (June 6, 2016)
New research provides strong support for the idea that at least some prisoners can be released from incarceration without creating any additional risk to public safety. More from Route Fifty.
The Political Lure of Spending Less in the Present (June 6, 2016)
We know that we could save a lot of money in the future by spending a little now. But we hardly ever do it. More from Governing.
Local Participatory Budgeting Might Not Be ‘One Size Fits All,’ But It’s Catching On (June 6, 2016)
Processes benefit underrepresented communities and low-profile projects, though not necessarily the ones you’d expect. More from Route Fifty.
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.
TIB Adopts Complete Streets Award Program Framework (June 3, 2016)
The Washington Transportation Improvement Board (TIB) recently approved the framework for their Complete Streets Award program. This award may be given to cities and counties that have an adopted complete streets ordinance and show an ethic of planning and building for all users, including pedestrians, cyclists, transit users, and motorists. More from the TIB.
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.
Justice Department Crafting Body Camera Catalog (May 31, 2016)
A forthcoming handbook should be available by December. More from Route Fifty.
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.
Cities seek to regulate Airbnb to collect lodging taxes (May 24, 2016)
As community-driven lodging rental site Airbnb continues exploding in popularity, several cities across the U.S. are seeking to regulate its activities at various levels. More from American City & County.
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.
Bad Bosses (May 13, 2016)
The majority of employee complaints result from weak managerial skills. What's being done to address it? More from Governing.
Cyberthreats in Government Continue to Escalate, Report Says (May 13, 2016)
The results of an annual report centered on the cyberthreat landscape show an increase in attacks across the board. More from Government Technology.
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.
Federal Pilot Seeks to Boost Broadband Connectivity in Rural Communities Nationwide (May 12, 2016)
Five cities (including Toledo, WA) have been named as the testing grounds for the Cool and Connected program, a community-based plan aimed at boosting connectivity and pulling in money for their local economies. More from Government Technology.
No Room for Trees in Seattle’s New Parks (May 11, 2016)
A new park just south of Seattle University shows us an important aspect of the future in a more densely developed city. More from Crosscut.
New Ways that Cities are Leveraging Social Platforms (May 11, 2016)
By taking full advantage of social media, cities now have a relatively easy, low-cost way to hold two-way conversations with residents, reach previously disengaged populations, gauge public opinion, garner feedback, and even analyze posts to make more informed decisions about city services. More from Data-Smart City Solutions.
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.
What Is a Smart City? (May 9, 2016)
Cities like Kansas City, Mo., are claiming the smart city mantle. But how smart are they really? More from Government Technology.
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.
In South Dakota, a Test Case for Online Sales Taxes (May 6, 2016)
Provoked by legislators, online retailers have filed a lawsuit against the state that could have taxing consequences nationwide. More from Governing.
High Housing Costs Driving Population Shifts? (May 6, 2016)
Some parts of the country where housing costs are high aren’t growing as fast as they once were, while more people are moving to areas where it’s more affordable to live. More from Route Fifty.
#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.
Cell Siting Dilemmas (May 4, 2016)
With an increasing demand for wireless services comes more requests for placement of wireless antennas and supporting structures. More from BB&Knowledge.
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.
With Seattle's Long-Awaited Transit Expansion Now Reality, It’s Full Steam Ahead (April 21, 2016)
For traffic-clogged Seattle, the opening of this transit connection has been a long time coming. More from Route Fifty.
GASB Moves to Address Four Pension Issues (April 21, 2016)
The Governmental Accounting Standards Board (GASB) has taken steps to amend its recent pension guidance, addressing four practice issues identified by employers and pension plans. More from Government Finance Review.
City Planners Must Address Pedestrian Safety While Making Walkable/Rideable Cities (April 20, 2016)
Communities have done a great job encouraging residents to walk and bike more. But they’re struggling to keep those same residents safe on the streets. More from Government Technology.
What Governments Look for in a CFO (April 20, 2016)
Is the CFO expected to be the chief enforcer of rules, requirements, and regulations; the technical expert on financial and budget practices and procedures; or the one who provides financial guidance to colleagues and policymakers? The answer is usually yes, yes, and yes. More from Government Finance Review.
5 Steps to Take on Ransomware Using a Defense-in-Layers Approach (April 19, 2016)
While cyberthreats and ransomware attacks cannot be eliminated, this strategy can reduce the chance of devices getting infected with the malware. More from Government Technology.
Why Millennials Are About to Leave Cities in Droves (April 19, 2016)
There’s mounting evidence that millennials’ love of cities was a passing fling that became a shotgun wedding thanks to the Great Recession. More from Fortune.
Facebook Launches Live Video Feature: What Does it Mean for Government? (April 18, 2016)
The new feature could make it easier for state and local governments to get their messages out to the people who already care enough to follow them. More from Government Technology.
Mixed-Use Density in a Suburban Center (April 15, 2016)
Building density that supports walkable urban centers is a key strategy of new urbanists—but this goal is challenging in already built-out suburbs. More from Public Square.
Seen and Heard: Bus Surveillance Stirs Controversy (April 15, 2016)
Transit agencies have begun recording sound and video on buses in the name of safety and customer service — but critics say it represents another step in government spying on citizens. More from Government Technology.
Police Use Social Media as Front-Line Tool in Fighting Crime (April 14, 2016)
The prevalence of social media has made it a valuable go-to investigative tool for law enforcement, whether for small-time crimes or more serious cases involving life and death. More from Government Technology.
The Little House that Could (April 13, 2016)
When Hurricane Katrina struck in August 2005, aid for the region arrived in all shapes and sizes from across the US. More from Public Square.
4 Factors Agencies Should Consider When Developing a Social Media Policy (April 12, 2016)
As public-sector organizations grapple with using social media effectively, experts won’t hesitate to advise that a strong, comprehensive policy be a part of the discussion. Here are some things to consider when crafting that policy. More from Government Technology.
Tips from the Top-Tweeting Mayors (April 11, 2016)
Mayors are increasingly relying on Twitter because it lets them take their messages directly to residents. More from GCN.
Evaluating Affordable Housing Development Strategies (April 8, 2016)
Five common strategies for increasing housing affordability are described and compared in this Planetizen blog post.
Issaquah Uses ‘Brady Bunch’ Tactic to Fill Council Vacancy (April 7, 2016)
Issaquah City Council members put their heads together and channeled the Bradys in this retro government service recruitment video. More from Route Fifty.
Drawing People In: Placemaking and the Density Discussion (April 6, 2016)
Placemaking is key to the appeal of high-density projects. Great design—and education—may help win over skeptics. More from Urban Land.
Using Technology to Enhance Civic Engagement (April 5, 2016)
Civic engagement doesn’t happen by default. Technology can help government leaders reach community members. More from Government Technology.
Body-Worn Cameras: What Are the Differences? (March 31, 2016)
Body-worn cameras are commonly seen in the United States as a new tool to improve policing and public accountability. But are all body-worn cameras created equal? More from The Police Chief.
Smart Transportation Planning at Work (March 30, 2016)
Road safety can be significantly improved and fatalities kept at bay by implementing what the Federal Highway Administration calls Proven Safety Countermeasures — evidence-based roadway engineering measures that have not seen widespread implementation nationally. More from NACo's County News.
Ransomware Poses Tremendous Threat to Police Departments (March 29, 2016)
The growing threat of cybercrime has exposed just how vulnerable police departments are to it. More from Government Technology.
How to Coordinate Social Media Outreach Efforts Across Your Agency (March 28, 2016)
Smaller agencies may only have a few social media profiles to manage, but when dealing with a larger city, county or state agency, odds are that there will be a massive number of social media accounts to keep track of. More from Government Technology.
University Partnership Helps Mukilteo Gather Ideas, Data for Midtown Redevelopment (March 25, 2016)
The city of Mukilteo partnered with students at the University of Washington's College of Built Environments to help it navigate economic and regulatory constraints. More from Government Technology.
New NLC Report on the Maker Movement (March 25, 2016)
A new report released by the National League of Cities (NLC), "How Cities Can Grow the Maker Movement," examines the "maker movement" and identifies what cities can do to create, support and grow maker communities locally. More from NLC.
Civic Leaders Must Articulate the ‘Why’ of Change to be Successful (March 24, 2016)
It's not enough to come up with a good idea. You need figure out how to build an army of supporters. More from Government Technology.
Performance Measures in High Performance Organizations (March 24, 2016)
Performance measures are a key tool for organizations committed to high performance. More from ICMA.
Community Policing Revisited (March 23, 2016)
The success of community policing and other related approaches to law enforcement ultimately hinges on collaborative efforts of police practitioners and researchers to evaluate what works—and doesn’t work—to connect the police to the communities they serve. More from The Police Chief.
A Brief History of Public-Sector Measurement and Evaluation (March 23, 2016)
Data-driven policy. Managing for results. Evidence-based programming. We hear these phrases in the policy community constantly but what do they mean? More from Government Innovators Network.
Beautiful Density: Housing Design for a More Livable City (March 22, 2016)
How can we build a denser city as appealing as the single-family fabric that came before it, while managing all the cars? More from Crosscut.
A Make-or-Break Moment in the War on Homelessness (March 22, 2016)
The Housing First approach has seen a lot of success over the past two decades, but it faces serious challenges at a critical juncture. More from Governing.
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.
Seattle Council Approves $1.5 Million Bike-Share Save (March 21, 2016)
Seattle’s city council has voted to spend about $1.5 million bailing out the city’s insolvent bike-share program. More from Next City.
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.
Bus Rapid Transit Systems Deserve Some Love (March 18, 2016)
It may not seem as sexy, but it offers most of the benefits of light rail at a fraction of the cost. 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.
Forget Strategy, Embrace Agility (March 16, 2016)
The ability to be agile--to sense, decide, and act quickly--will replace strategy as the key driver of organizational success in the future. More from Public Management.
Growing Small: How Smaller, Infill Urban Developments Are Making a Big Difference (March 15, 2016)
As the real estate industry continues to evolve in terms of project finance, design, and execution, one idea gaining quiet speed is small development. More from Urban Land.
Police Body-Worn Cameras: Where Your State Stands (March 15, 2016)
Policies concerning body-worn cameras vary considerably across the country. The Urban Institute's legislation tracker lists passed and pending laws across the country. More from the Urban Institute.
Meetings: A Necessary Evil That Can Be Improved (March 14, 2016)
We have to have them, so we might as well make them as productive as possible. More from Governing.
Aging Voting Machines Cost Local, State Governments (March 14, 2016)
High-priced computerized machines have been falling out of favor with cash-strapped local governments, which also worry the machines could be hacked and lead to voter fraud. More from GCN.
What Makes An Attractive City? Try These 6 Points (March 11, 2016)
A city’s beauty is key to its success and citizens' quality of life. More from ArchDaily.
Othello Creates New Emergency Management Program (March 11, 2016)
The ordinance replaces the city’s now-obsolete civil defense ordinance, which was written in the 1950s or ’60s. More from Emergency Management.
Cities Discover Smarter Ways to Survey Residents (March 11, 2016)
Municipalities have begun implementing online forums, social media announcements and other new age polling techniques to gauge popular opinion. More from Government Technology.
Remaking Economic Development (March 10, 2016)
Leaders in cities and metro areas have an opportunity to remake economic development—to adopt a broader vision of economic development that can deliver continuous growth, prosperity, and inclusion in cities and metro areas. More from Brookings.
Seattle Calls for its Data to Be ‘Open by Preference’ (March 9, 2016)
Mayor Ed Murray’s executive order requires new standards of governance and policy around open data across all city departments. More from Government Technology.
Dashboard Shows Bed Availability for Substance Abuse Treatment (March 9, 2016)
With information collected from state-certified treatment providers, the Bed Availability Dashboard lets users search for openings by location, age and gender. More from GCN.
Gig Harbor City Council Considers Transparency in Government (March 8, 2016)
A dedicated platform would turn data into easy-to-use information that is customizable for the city, but cannot be manipulated by users. More from Government Technology.
Durham N.C., Launches Uber-Integrated Public Transit App (March 8, 2016)
Transloc Rider will integrate Uber ridesharing, public transit and even walking to offer several options with both prices and travel times. More from Government Technology.
Seattle Begins Three-Year Web Portal Refresh (March 7, 2016)
The first phase of Seattle's new website launches with mobile content and service delivery in mind. More from Government Technology.
How Cities Can Solve Police Challenges with Open Data (March 7, 2016)
In the past year we have witnessed a complete shift with many police departments today embracing data transparency as the foundation to enhancing – or, in some cases, restoring – trust. More from NLC's CitiesSpeak.
Counties Look at Drones Ahead of FAA Regulations (March 3, 2016)
Unmanned aircraft systems, or drones present opportunities for county use but may need regulation. More from NACo's County News.
Mapping the Hourly Wage Needed to Rent a 2-Bedroom Apartment in Every U.S. State (March 3, 2016)
The figures highlight the mismatch between dipping job earnings and soaring housing costs. More from CityLab.
Why Steve Jobs Might Have Failed at Government Innovation (March 2, 2016)
Would Steve Jobs or others who failed at their initial goals have been given the chance to succeed and be innovative if that initial failure had occurred in government? More from Government Finance Review.
Boston’s CityScore Tracks Runs, Hits and Errors in Service Delivery (March 1, 2016)
Residents and city officials in Boston who want to know the score when it comes to city services can now check CityScore, a baseball-themed online scoreboard that uses data from across departments to provide a single performance measure of the city’s health. More from GCN.
Civilian Oversight’s Important Role in Police Reform (February 29, 2016)
It should be about changing dysfunctional law-enforcement cultures, not just busting rogue cops. More from Governing.
It’s Time to Redesign the Big Old Red Fire Truck (February 29, 2016)
City streets are getting slimmer. Shouldn't emergency vehicles do the same? More from CityLab.
What Expanded Light Rail Means for Seattle (February 26, 2016)
With new stations opening in March, the city takes a crucial step toward a much-needed transit overhaul. More from CityLab.
Almost All Police Departments Plan to Use Body Cameras (February 26, 2016)
Even though every cop will likely wear a recording device in the not-too-distant future, a new report reveals there's little consensus about how to use them. More from Governing.
How Governments can Close Broadband Gaps (February 25, 2016)
A recent Brookings Institution report suggests how governments can improve local broadband connectivity rates. More from GCN.
Rethinking the Game Plan for Stadium Financing (February 25, 2016)
Is a 30-year bond realistic when the economic lives of stadiums are proving to be much shorter? More from Governing.
Startup Helps Cities Launch Crowdfunding Campaigns (February 24, 2016)
Citizenvestor helps local governments launch crowdfunding campaigns for everything from dog parks to bike racks. More from Government Technology.
Poorly Designed State and Local Government Websites Might Violate Federal Rules (February 23, 2016)
Making digital resources accessible to those who are blind or have limited or impaired vision is important for Americans With Disabilities Act Title II compliance. More from Route Fifty.
Little Homes in Big Backyards: San Francisco's Housing Solution? (February 23, 2016)
Bay Area cities are loosening restrictions on so-called accessory dwelling units, which homeowners can build in their basements, attics, or out on their lawns. More from The Atlantic.
Census Launches Web Tool for Regional Data Analysis (February 22, 2016)
The Census Bureau has released a new web application that allows planning and economic development users to explore regional data from the Bureau’s economic programs and the American Community Survey. More from GCN.
L.A.'s Library of Open Data Sparks Better Government (February 22, 2016)
The city has created a path for other municipalities to make it easier than ever for agencies to share information with the public and each other. More from Governing.
Kansas City, Mo., Launches Uber-Style On-Demand Shuttle Service (February 22, 2016)
In this one-year pilot program, city residents can use a smartphone-connected network of 10 passenger vans that will give them access to more work opportunities. More from Government Technology.
Retail Parking: A View from Google Earth (February 19, 2016)
Google Earth can be a helpful tool for understanding parking utilization and the effectiveness of parking regulations. More from Planetizen.
When Height's Not Right for Urban Planning (February 18, 2016)
We don't always have to build up to fit more people into a city. Vancouver and Seattle offer alternative solutions. More from Governing.
Sign of the Times (February 17, 2016)
The Supreme Court weighed in on signs last summer, but for planners those regulations are always on the docket. More from Planning.
Police Use New Technologies to Fight Crime (February 16, 2016)
The software, hardware and communications networks, more and more of them based on mobile systems, can equip officers with enforcement and investigative tools for use in the field. More from Government Technology.
Rewriting the Rules of Public Engagement (February 16, 2016)
Public meetings can be like purgatory. Cities are showing us there’s a better way. More from Governing.
How Citizens Can Have a Genuine Voice in Policymaking (February 11, 2016)
There's a lot that our governments could do beyond giving people three minutes at a public-hearing podium. More from Governing.
What a Brown Delivery Truck Could Teach Government (February 11, 2016)
The technology that UPS uses to optimize its routes and achieve big savings shows how powerful data analytics could be across the public sector. More from Governing.
Crafting a Plain-English Financial Policy (February 10, 2016)
Financial policies must be communicated effectively and accurately in order to be of practical use to end users and governing boards. More from Government Finance Review.
Shedding Light on Gunshot Incidents (February 10, 2016)
Embedding gunfire detection technology in city streetlights will add to Smart City infrastructure. More from American City & County.
The Promise of the $20,000 House (February 9, 2016)
In Alabama, the Rural Studio design workshop has spent years refining prototypes for a cheap, well-made small house. Soon, they'll start selling the plans. More from CityLab.
Cities’ Pension Liabilities Are About to Look a Lot Worse (February 9, 2016)
A new GASB rule affecting cities that are part of state cost-sharing retirement plans will be painful, but it's a step forward. More from Governing.
Considering an Onsite Clinic (February 8, 2016)
Governments that consider onsite clinics look at cost savings, of course, but they also consider whether clinics are a good choice in the first place. More from Government Finance Review.
Big Data on the Beat (February 8, 2016)
Predictive policing seeks not just to fight crime but to anticipate and prevent it. More from City Journal.
7 Ways Local Governments Are Getting Creative with Data Mapping (February 5, 2016)
Government entities appear to be using maps more and more as a tool for creating useful applications. Here are seven ways they're doing it. More from Governing.
Will U.S. Cities Design Their Way Out of the Affordable Housing Crisis? (February 4, 2016)
“Missing middle” architecture could ease rents — and allow more Americans to build real estate wealth. More from Next City.
Civic Labs: Improving Public Services From the Bottom Up (February 3, 2016)
Innovation platforms are springing up all over, engaging citizens in the process. Government's challenge is to manage and nurture them. More from Governing.
Survey Reveals Mayoral Priorities Across the Nation (February 2, 2016)
Regardless of city size or location, the nation’s mayors feel roads need to be fixed, mass transit should be expanded and bike infrastructure bolstered. More from American City & County.
Seattle Rolling Out 12 Safe Routes To Schools In 2016 (February 2, 2016)
Twelve schools across Seattle will see safety improvements in 2016 as part of the city-wide Safe Routes to School (SRTS) program. More from The Urbanist.
Despite Consensus on All Police Wearing Body Cams, Implementation Questions Remain (February 1, 2016)
Even though every cop will likely wear a recording device in the not-too-distant future, a new report reveals there's little consensus about how to use them. More from Government Technology.
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.
Boston Mayor to Unveil Data-Driven Performance Platform (January 28, 2016)
Whether benchmarks are being met on school attendance, the number of missed trash collections, stabbings and more is there for all to see. More from Government Technology.
What’s Next for Local Minimum Wages? (January 27, 2016)
More and more, cities are asserting what small degree of independence they have to share the bounty of their economies, especially when it comes to the fight for a higher minimum wage. More from Next City.
Police Connect with Community Through Social Media (January 26, 2016)
After a year of tense relations with police in cities across the country, some police departments are embracing social media to show the human side of their jobs. More from Government Technology.
Bloomberg Philanthropies Helps Propel Data-Driven Initiatives (January 26, 2016)
The foundation is providing a useful roadmap for results-oriented governance. More from Government Technology.
Urban Planners Benefit from Host of Tech Tools (January 25, 2016)
In a world of interconnected systems, there are plenty of platforms that can help decision-makers see the big picture. More from Government Technology.
Seizure of federal refuge in Oregon frays nerves (January 25, 2016)
Harney County, Ore. Judge Steve Grasty says he plans to bill Ammon Bundy and his followers for costs the county has incurred during the group’s takeover of a federal wildlife refuge. More from NACo's County News.
Strategies for Making Government Social Media Awesome in 2016 (January 21, 2016)
Here are six social media resolutions governments should consider as they kick off the new year. More from Government Technology.
When Police Are Guardians, Not Warriors (January 21, 2016)
Cops need to be more than law enforcers. They need to be equipped to deal with the social problems of the communities they serve. More from Governing.
Real Lean is not Just about Cutting Costs (January 20, 2016)
When a public agency seeks to employ Lean, it needs to not merely eliminate waste but to ask: “How can we do a better job achieving our public purpose?” More from Bob Behn's Performance Leadership Report.
Fifteen Fun Facts about NoaNet (January 20, 2016)
Northwest Open Access Network (NoaNet) was just a dream back in 2000, but, fifteen years later, it’s one of the largest open access networks in the state of Washington. More from NoaNet.
The Sharing Economy: Ride Sharing Offers Transportation-Related Benefits (January 19, 2016)
Some cities are conducting research and investing funds to study how ride-sharing models can help them become more innovative in terms of transportation. More from Government Technology.
Local Solar (January 19, 2016)
What do leading solar communities have in common? It may not be what you expect. More from Planning.
Workforce of Tomorrow Report (January 14, 2016)
A new report by the Local Government Research Collaborative and the Center for State and Local Government Excellence, Workforce for Tomorrow, recommends six action strategies to build the workforce of tomorrow.
Public-Sector Innovation and the Culture Factor (January 13, 2016)
Front-line workers know what needs to be done to make government more efficient. Encouraging them to share their ideas is critical. More from Governing.
Parking Hysteria is the Norm, and That Ain't Right (January 13, 2016)
Don’t assume that common sense will prevail. Parking can be such a hot button issue that it clouds the minds of otherwise reasonable people. More from Better Cities & Towns.
Top 10 Websites - 2015 (January 12, 2016)
Planetizen's annual list of the ten best planning, design, and development websites, representing some of the top online resources for news, information, and research on the built environment. More from Plantetizen.
What the Fed Rate Hike Means for the Municipal Market (January 12, 2016)
The Federal Reserve is raising short-term interest rates for the first time in nearly a decade. More from Governing.
Is Bigger and Better Always the Best for Suburbia? (January 11, 2016)
Old houses are being torn down and replaced in suburbs all over the country. But not everyone, especially the people being priced out of once-affordable neighborhoods, is happy seeing the past obliterated. More from Governing.
Why Transit Oriented Development Doesn’t Need Transit (January 11, 2016)
Based on recent findings, sustainable urban developments aren’t limited to the finite land right near rail stations. More from Government Technology.
Urban Management's Abundant Technology Toolbox (January 8, 2016)
In a world of interconnected systems, there are plenty of platforms that can help decision-makers see the big picture. More from Governing.
Learning to Share: How Cities Are Benefiting from the Sharing Economy (January 8, 2016)
Can the sharing economy have a lasting impact on local government? More from Government Technology.
Become a More Inspiring Leader in 2016 (January 7, 2016)
4 Tips for Broadening Your Mind and Your Leadership Skills. More from Public Management.
A New Standard for What Works in City Government (January 7, 2016)
Bloomberg Philanthropies is providing a useful roadmap for results-oriented governance. More from Governing.
2016 Federal Mileage Rate released by the IRS (January 6, 2016)
The federal mileage rate used for travel reimbursement has been recently released by the IRS. For the first time in 7 years the rate has decreased. The 2016 mileage rate is 54 cents per mile, down from 57.5 cents for 2015.
LAPD Body Cameras Delayed Due to City Council Concerns (January 6, 2016)
Although both the mayor and police chief support the measure, the council has reservations about the price of implementation and whether that money could be better spent elsewhere in the department. More from Government Technology.
Top Gifts of the Season Create Heartburn for Local Governments (January 5, 2016)
The popularity of drones and hoverboards has gotten ahead of the regulations that would control their usage. More from ICMA.
How Public-Sector Employment Fared in 2015 (January 5, 2016)
All levels of government experienced weak job growth, while the private sector expanded five times faster. More from Govering.
Fixing Sign Codes After Reed: All Is Not Lost (January 4, 2016)
Facts on the Read v. Town of Gilbert Supreme Court Decision. More from Public Management.
A Roadmap to Better Broadband (January 4, 2016)
Communities face a lot of challenges in improving Internet access. The key is engaging stakeholders in a collaborative process. More from Government Finance Review.
Future of Policing: 4 Factors to Consider When Deploying New Technologies (December 30, 2015)
Law enforcement administrators would be well-advised to consider a number of factors before deploying such new technologies as body cameras, drones and data analytics. More from Government Technology.
7 Ways Government Can Use Data More Effectively (December 30, 2015)
From city managers to auditors, local officials offer ways to fix data collection. More from Government Technology.
Joining Forces (December 29, 2015)
Comparing performance with peer jurisdictions helps managers track progress and provide accurate information on service delivery. More from Public Management.
Top 10 Tactics Cities Can Use to Do More with Big Data (December 29, 2015)
By 2020, we will create approximately 44 trillion gigabytes of data each year — and cities worldwide are trying to find new ways to use this data to improve planning and decision-making, increase transparency, and build smarter, more resilient networks. These strategies can help. More from Government Technology.
Airbnb Now Collecting Sales and Lodging Taxes in Washington State (December 28, 2015)
Washington State recently reached an agreement with Airbnb to collect sales and lodging taxes from Washington property owners advertising on its site. Airbnb began collecting these taxes on October 15, and cities will see their first distributions this month. More from Airbnb.
Broadband Adoption Rates and Gaps in U.S. Metropolitan Areas (December 28, 2015)
It is critical that policymakers closely track broadband adoption rates: the share of households with a DSL, cable, fiber optic, mobile broadband, satellite, or fixed wireless subscription. More from Brookings.
Getting Real About Performance Management (December 22, 2015)
Only when performance information is used in a serious effort to improve results is a program, department, or organization engaging in performance management. More from Public Management.
Are You Missing Out? Tap These Performance Management Resources (December 18, 2015)
An introduction to the ICMA's Performance Management and Analytics topic page and the resources you can find there. More from ICMA.
Livability for All (December 18, 2015)
Through its work on livable communities, AARP supports the efforts of neighborhoods, towns, and cities to become great places for people of all ages. More from Planning.
Improving the Budget Process (December 17, 2015)
There are many ways to improve the budget process that don’t require administrators to reinvent the wheel. More from Government Finance Review.
Where Are Lower-Income Renters Supposed to Live? (December 17, 2015)
While more Americans across all income levels and in all cities are choosing to rent instead of buying a home, apartments are increasingly only being built for high-income renters, a new
report finds. More from Next American City.
State of Social Media: What’s Changed in 2015? (December 16, 2015)
As the year comes to a close, it’s helpful to reflect on how government social media has changed and what to expect in 2016. More from Government Technology.
What Traffic Engineers can Learn from Doctors (December 16, 2015)
If traffic engineering had been practiced more like medicine, the combination of data and proposed solutions would have resulted in a substantial soul-searching and in a reversal of common practice. More from Better Cities & Towns.
The Sharing Economy: Implementing Equipment-Sharing Systems (December 15, 2015)
Government equipment sits idle as much as 70 percent of the time, so why not share with each other? More from Government Technology.
Getting Smart About Local Governments and Criminal Justice (December 15, 2015)
There are some essential elements for an effective system for reducing arrests and incarceration. More from Governing.
Spokane PD Body Cam Study to Evaluate Cameras’ Effects on Force, Complaints (December 14, 2015)
The results so far have generally been positive, with most citizens in favor of police body cameras. More from Government Technology.
Chicago Plans Body Camera Program Expansion Amid Public Outcry (December 14, 2015)
The Chicago Police Department will be expanding its body-worn camera program from a 29-camera system to a 1,400-camera system, a move that comes as the city grapples with the fallout from a questionable 2014 officer-involved shooting. More from Government Technology.
Election Follow Up: Votes and Views on Post-Poll Results (December 14, 2015)
Two county tax-related measures that passed on Election Day are attracting attention because of their novel approaches to community problems. More from NACo's County News.
Failure Has To Be An Option (December 11, 2015)
Across the spectrum of human endeavors - from leadership, to science, to business, to music, to technology - great successes were achieved only after an inevitable series of failures. More
from Bob Behn's Performance Leadership Report.
Seattle Begins Three-Year IT Consolidation (December 10, 2015)
Over the next three years, Seattle will consolidate its disparate IT departments into a new agency, called Seattle IT, and city officials expect big things from the change. More from Government Technology.
Lawmakers Struggle to Legalize Airbnb (December 10, 2015)
States and cities want to tax and regulate increasingly popular short-term rentals. More from Government Technology.
When Arts and Culture Take Center Stage (December 10, 2015)
Taking a proactive approach to arts and culture planning, rather than a reactive one, is the best way to ensure realistic, effective arts and culture plans that complement the surrounding community and minimize unintended consequences. More from Planning.
How Are You Doing? Performance Information for the Public (December 9, 2015)
Here are some tips from ICMA's Center for Performance Analytics to help put performance data into perspective for the public. More from ICMA.
How Transportation Planning Is Stuck in the Past (December 9, 2015)
As a new report makes clear, few of our urban areas are adapting to the changes that are revolutionizing the way we get around. More from Governing.
Public Wants Police Body Cameras, Study Says (December 8, 2015)
Roughly 60 percent of the public believes that police body cameras will help community/police relations, according to a report commissioned by a body camera developer. More from Government Technology.
What colleges do for local economies: A direct measure based on consumption (December 8, 2015)
Most economists and policymakers know that people who complete a college degree tend to earn more than people who have not attended college. Yet they often overlook the fact that these benefits extend beyond individual workers. More from Brookings.
Open Data Activists Reach Settlements With Seattle Police, Others (December 7, 2015)
Over the past several years, the Center for Open Policing has sued the city of Seattle, the State Patrol and the Tacoma Police Department over access to public records and strategically rolled the resulting financial victories into its work. More from Government Technology.
Beyond Shovelware: Finding the Right Tools for Engagement (December 7, 2015)
City governments face increased demand to “do engagement,” without the corresponding investment in capacity. More from Governing.
How Should Uber Be Regulated? (December 7, 2015)
States and cities are trying to figure out how to regulate — and tax — rapidly growing companies that connect passengers with drivers through a mobile app. More from Government Technology.
How Seattle's Mandatory Affordable Housing Program Will Work (December 4, 2015)
The Seattle City Council recently took the first legislative step in the Housing Affordability and Livability Agenda (HALA) process. More from The Urbanist.
How Did Instagram Fight Blight in Alabama? (December 4, 2015)
Like many cities, Mobile, Ala., didn't even know how many blighted properties it had. Instagram offered a cheap and simple way to start figuring that out. More from Government Technology.
LeadershipTalks: Jay Covington on Building an Inclusive City (December 3, 2015)
In an interview with ICMA,Jay Covington, chief administrative officer of Renton, talks about the success he has had in building an inclusive city, and shares a few of the best tools and technologies he used to get his community there. More from ICMA.
FCC caps rates on jail inmate phone calls (December 3, 2015)
The Federal Communications Commission (FCC) has approved new rate caps that limit how much inmates — including those in county jails — can be charged for making phone calls. More from NACo's County News.
Integrating Forecasts into Decision-Making (December 2, 2015)
What steps can be taken to make forecasts more meaningful to the people who need
them? More from Government Finance Review.
Amazon 'City on a Cloud' Innovation Challenge Winners Announced (December 2, 2015)
A handful of local governments were recognized for their innovative uses of cloud-based solutions and tools. More from Government Technology.
The Temperament of a Great Leader (December 1, 2015)
How do you handle the insults that come with public life? Techniques can help, but the best leaders draw on something deeper. More from Governing.
LAPD Approves 5-Year, $31 Million Body Camera Contract (December 1, 2015)
Many people are applauding the move by Los Angeles for increasing transparency and accountability of the city's law enforcement. More from Government Technology.
'Let it Rain: Great Places Still Shine When the Sun Does Not (December 1, 2015)
What makes neighbourhood character strong and compelling enough to tempt us to move through it on foot even in the rain? More from Better Cities & Towns.
New Report from the NLC Explores the Future of Mobility and Technology in Cities (November 30, 2015)
A new report released today from the National League of Cities (NLC) explores trends in mobility and technology in cities and identifies what cities can do to move seamlessly and efficiently into the future of mobility. More from NLC.
FCC caps rates on jail inmate phone calls (November 30, 2015)
The Federal Communications Commission (FCC) has approved new rate caps that limit how much inmates — including those in county jails — can be charged for making phone calls. More from NACo's County News.
The Windy City Advances Drone Rules (November 24, 2015)
The proposed regulations will prohibit flying drones within 5 miles of airports and over private property in which the pilot is not given permission. More from Government Technology.
P3s: An Infrastructure Development Tool to Evaluate with Caution (November 24, 2015)
A complete and thorough understanding of the details contained in the partnership agreement is critical in protecting the public participants’ interests and ensuring the benefits of a P3 arrangement. More from Government Finance Review.
Better Regional Planning is Key to “Selling” Higher Densities (November 23, 2015)
If communities are planned on a regional level, illustrating the big-picture consequences and impacts, then community leaders are often more open to high-density projects. More from Urban Land.
Another Drone Incident, This Time in Seattle (November 20, 2015)
Incidents like this -- a flying drone that hit the giant Ferris wheel near downtown Seattle’s waterfront -- are increasing in popularity across the country, and are forcing many to push for more regulation. More from Government Technology.
Historic Seattle Gridlock Leads to Influx of Traffic Apps (November 19, 2015)
Instead of overhauling the city's infrastructure, some officials are moving toward more data -- much of which is supplied through apps by users who don't even realize it. More from Government Technology.
Broadband Funding: It's There for Those Who Know Where to Look (November 18, 2015)
A new report guides communities toward the types of questions they should be asking when coffers are low but implementing broadband is a must. More from Government Technology.
Cops and Body-Worn Cameras (November 17, 2015)
Lessons Learned from Phoenix's Deployment of Body-Worn Cameras. More from Public Management.
Where Can Families Live? (November 17, 2015)
In many urban centers, families are finding themselves priced out of the market for housing large enough to accommodate them. Some cities are trying to fix the problem, but it’s not easy. More from Governing.
Twitter’s New Polling Feature: Just Fun and Games, or Valuable Tool for Government? (November 16, 2015)
Twitter’s newly announced polling feature looks like a lot of fun for its throngs of avid users, but could it also bring value to savvy organizations looking for instant feedback from the public? More from Government Technology.
How a Group of Neighbors Created Their Own Internet Service (November 13, 2015)
Powered by radios in trees, homegrown network serves 50 houses on Orcas Island. More from ARS-Technica.
Social Media a 'Game-Changer' for Police Investigations (November 10, 2015)
Research shows that police departments have much higher "clearance rates" for their cases when the public helps with investigations. More from Government Technology.
How One City Is Increasing Diversity in Politics (November 10, 2015)
Seattle is largely run by older white men, but changes in the city's election law will likely make its politicians more representative of the people. More from Governing.
Tech-Savvy Portland Aims to Make Growth Inclusive (November 9, 2015)
As cities across the country begin to explore ways to make sure economic growth reaches more workers, Portland is emerging as an unlikely model for inclusive strategies. More from Brookings.
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.
Recipe for a Successful Wellness Program (November 6, 2015)
Studies are mixed on the effectiveness of incentivizing employees to get healthier. But one county is chalking up some big savings. More from Governing.
Digital Cities Survey 2015 – Winners Announced (November 6, 2015)
Open to all U.S. cities, the survey questions focused on the Top 10 initiatives for which cities were most proud in the areas of citizen engagement, policy, operations, and technology and data. 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.
Police Body Cameras Offer Sense of Trust, Study Shows (November 5, 2015)
A new study found that officers had fewer complaints filed against them and resorted to force less often when equipped with body cameras. More from Emergency Management.
Can Transparency, Open Data Help Fix the Land Zoning Process? (November 5, 2015)
Zoning and land use ordinances can vary by city, county and state, and are often unclear and confusing -- but they have an enormous impact on our daily lives. More from Government Technology.
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.
Cities Begin to Take Advantage of App-Based Economy (November 4, 2015)
While many places try to regulate or ban sharing-economy companies like Uber and Airbnb, a few are instead working with them to improve their emergency preparedness and transportation options. More from Government Technology.
A Tipping Point on Evidence-Based Policymaking (November 4, 2015)
More and more, governments are turning to data to answer a crucial question: What works? More from Governing.
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.
Three Good Reasons to Invest in Missing Middle Housing (November 3, 2015)
The demand for walkable living is growing, but the demand can't be met with single-family houses and high-rises only. Missing Middle provides density at a neighborhood scale. More from Better Cities & Towns.
Regional Initiative to Create 700 Affordable Workforce Housing Units (November 2, 2015)
Under a new regional initiative, some 700 affordable workforce housing units could be developed on or near light rail stations. More from The Urbanist.
The Clock Is Ticking on Seattle’s Affordable Housing Solution (November 2, 2015)
Seattleites hope policy change can stop their city from becoming San Francisco’s northern high-rent twin. More from Next City.
Influx of Drone Rules Prompts Search for ‘Happy Medium’ (November 2, 2015)
Drone operators have argued that only a small minority are endangering aircraft and flying in no-fly zones, and some of the proposed restrictions are too onerous. More from Government Technology.
The Challenges and Promise of Program Budgeting (October 29, 2015)
There are many reasons to consider adopting program budgeting, but perhaps the most important is its ability to create a more transparent budget. More from Government Finance Review.
4 Faces of Leadership and the Importance of the Vision Thing (October 29, 2015)
Whether it’s a presidential candidate, an NFL coach, or a local government manager, people admire a leader with vision. More from Public Management.
NASCIO Releases its First Cybersecurity Guide for State, Local CIOs (October 28, 2015)
The National Association of State Chief Information Officers (NASCIO) has released its first cybersecurity guide for state and local chief information officers. More from American City & County.
The Sharing Economy Shakes Up Cities (October 28, 2015)
The next wave of change for cities will come from a combination of the sharing economy, and self-driving cars, which one expert says will become a reality within five to 10 years. More from Government Technology.
The Local Government Annual Budget Process (October 27, 2015)
The systems approach to management is a way to understand a local government's annual budget process. More from Public Management.
FHWA prepares to knock down complete street barrier (October 27, 2015)
The Federal Highway Administration wants to drop 11 of 13 mandatory standards for thoroughfares under 50 mph, which is another domino falling in favor of complete streets, engineers say. More from Better Cities & Towns.
Community Broadband Easily Explained (October 26, 2015)
Broadband is magic that directly or indirectly enables us to do things we could not do before, or do them more easily. More from Government Technoloygy.
The Retirement Tsunami (October 26, 2015)
Government workers are retiring in waves and communities who don’t prepare could affect their ability to provide services and attract businesses. More from American City & County.
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.
Since 2000, American Commuters More Likely to Work from Home or Use Alternate Modes (October 23, 2015)
The share of workers at home has risen nationally from 3.2 percent to 4.5 percent, surpassing the rate of growth in all other commuting categories. More from Brookings.
Video - Rebecca Ryan Delivers 44 Trends in Future Local Government (October 22, 2015)
The Government Performance Consortium, a partnership between MRSC, the State Auditor's Office, AWC, and others, recently hosted this presentation on "The Future of Government"by Rebecca Ryan.
The Need for (Broadband) Speed (October 22, 2015)
It’s 2015 and too many Americans still lack broadband Internet service. What’s the problem and who should fix it? More from Government Technology.
How Long do Police Body Camera Recordings Need to be Kept? (October 21, 2015)
Washington State Archives recently published a new advice sheet directing agencies to the appropriate records retention schedule for police body camera and other mobile footage recordings.
Paramedics Make House Calls to Reduce ER Visits (October 21, 2015)
Since the program started in March 2014, paramedics have seen about 800 patients throughout the area and have been in contact with about 2,300 patients. More from Emergency Management.
Updated Edition of the Washington Open Government Resource Manual (October 20, 2015)
The Washington State Office of the Attorney General has issued a new edition of its Open Government Resource Manual. The manual contains information on the Open Public Meetings Act (OPMA), Chapter 42.30 RCW, and the Public Records Act (PRA), Chapter 42.56 RCW.
Rural Towns Farm More Servers, Fewer Crops (October 20, 2015)
Server farms are supplanting scrub brush and cornfields, underwritten by small-town tax breaks. More from Government Technology.
How to Revitalize Poverty-Stricken Areas a Conundrum for Urban Planners (October 20, 2015)
Do you focus on improving struggling neighborhoods in the hopes that everyone in the neighborhood will be better off, or on helping people get a leg up, even if it means they leave the neighborhood? More from Government Technology.
4 Forces Shaping Local Government’s Future (October 19, 2015)
Many challenges lie ahead. Cities and counties will need to collaborate and innovate as never before. More from Government Technology.
U.S. Surgeon General Details Steps for Walkable Cities (October 19, 2015)
Vivek Murthy says brighter street lights, reduced speeds and more crosswalks are among the ways that cities can encourage walking. More from Government Technology.
Government's Best Websites at a Glance (Infographic) (October 16, 2015)
The majority of citizens will probably visit their city or state's website at some point -- here's a quick look at who's doing it right. More from Government Technology.
Glendale, Calif., Takes Head-on Approach to Rumor Control (October 16, 2015)
Rumors get squashed and the relentless voices of online trolls get countered by facts in a new take on government public relations. More from Government Technology.
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.
Data Costs from Body Cameras Worries Some Counties (October 15, 2015)
Body-worn cameras can give law enforcement transparency and provide for valuable training footage, but also add tremendous costs on the back end. More from NACo's County News.
Questions about Redistricting, Labor Relations on the Docket for Counties this Supreme Court Term (October 15, 2015)
The October 2015 Supreme Court term is one to watch and not just because the court has accepted numerous cases on controversial topics affecting local governments. More from NACo's County News.
The Promise and Pain of Building a Regional Justice Information Network (October 14, 2015)
This network in the Pacific Northwest not only links data for police officers in the field, it also provides a common platform for jails, computer-aided dispatch centers and district attorneys’ offices. More from Government Technology.
The Panhandler Dilemma (October 14, 2015)
When cities try to regulate them, they find themselves in a legal minefield. More from Governing.
Boston Gives Youth Control Over Part of the City Budget (October 13, 2015)
A participatory budgeting program lets young people between the age of 12 and 25 decide how to spend $1 million a year. More from Government Technology.
Citizen Advisory Boards in Contemporary Practice: A Practical Approach in Policing (October 12, 2015)
Today, it is critically important for all police organizations to promote and cultivate citizen involvement with their agencies. However, implementing boards and commissions must be done thoughtfully and purposefully in order to establish a meaningful, effective relationship. More from The Police Chief.
Portland Moves to Bolster its Bike Network (October 12, 2015)
Portland is at a tipping point. Bicycling is key to sustainability; along with walking it is the most energy efficient and healthy form of transportation. More from Better Cities & Towns.
The Upcoming Supreme Court Cases That Matter Most for States and Localities (October 9, 2015)
The justices will hear cases this month on collective bargaining, juvenile justice, water rights and more. More from Governing.
Government’s Continuing Budget-Buster: Paid Sick Leave (October 9, 2015)
Few cities and counties have taken the steps they should to get these costs under control. More from Governing.
City Finances Continue to Improve But Recovery Is Incremental (October 8, 2015)
A new report released from the National League of Cities (NLC) reveals that municipal finances have stabilized in the wake of the Great Recession, but the recession's effects are still evident in city budgets across the nation. More from NLC.
Here’s How Cities and Anchor Institutions Can Work Together to Drive Growth (October 7, 2015)
At a time when local governments are confronting challenges on multiple fronts ranging from rising inequality to fast-moving global economic tides and reduced state and federal support, collaboration has never been so important. More from Next City.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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 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.
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.
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.