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Thanks to Kelly Thomas, Fullerton's Future Is Now

John Mirisch | Posted 09.24.2012 | Los Angeles
John Mirisch

Don't tell the good people of Fullerton, California that "you can't fight City Hall." Not only did they fight City Hall, they changed it.

Welcome to [Your City's] Customer Service Center

Angel Kittiyachavalit | Posted 09.16.2012 | Impact
Angel Kittiyachavalit

Do you ever think about how the city keeps track of potholes? How they know when street lights need to be fixed? Cities are extremely complex. So how do they manage it all?

Local Governments' Financial Woes Putting Retirees' Benefits At Risk

Reuters | Posted 09.01.2012 | Business

By Joan Gralla July 2 (Reuters) - U.S. states and localities have run up more than $2 trillion of unfunded pension lia...

Community Power vs. the Kochs

Aaron Bartley | Posted 07.07.2012 | Green
Aaron Bartley

While the oil and gas lobby dominates at the federal level, communities across the United States are making great strides in gaining control of energy production by advancing an impressive range of renewable projects.

Saving Our Communities and the Nation Starts from the Ground Up

Sam Adams | Posted 06.30.2012 | Politics
Sam Adams

I help lead one of America's cities -- Portland, Oregon. It is known for being a well-planned city. It's not. At least, not as well as we want it to be. And not as well planned as every American city must be.

Participatory Budgeting Lets Citizens Experiment With Economic Democracy

Michelle Chen | Posted 06.16.2012 | Politics
Michelle Chen

Who'd have thought that voting to add trash cans on the street or renovate public housing could be a democratic milestone?

Why Are We Letting Local Governments Go Broke?

Steven Cohen | Posted 04.21.2012 | Politics
Steven Cohen

We've experienced a three-decade long attack on government. While this may have had the effect of constraining unchecked power, it has also started to destroy critical government capacities. This has been especially true at the local level.

Janell Ross

Bankrupt Jefferson County Relies On 'Volunteer' Staffers For Election | Janell Ross | Posted 02.16.2012 | Business

In bankrupt Jefferson County, Ala., the financial situation has grown so grim that the county does not have the money to hire enough elections divisio...

Just 6 Percent of College Students Want To Work In Government: Poll

The Huffington Post | Alexander Eichler | Posted 02.07.2012 | Business

The public sector, the part of the economy experiencing cuts at every level, may soon be facing a staffing crisis of sorts. Just 6 percent of stud...

Let's Talk: Democracy Depends on Civility

Jennifer Gennari | Posted 04.02.2012 | San Francisco
Jennifer Gennari

These days, self-government is under assault. Unfortunately, a minority faction is overtaking town halls around the nation and suppressing any discussion at all. In the Bay Area the problem is particularly acute.

More Than Fans, Followers and Likes: Measuring Social Media in Local Government

Steve Ressler | Posted 03.31.2012 | DC
Steve Ressler

The goals of agencies will inevitably vary based on their size, location, and purpose. However, they all share the same question: How do we measure social media success if we are looking to track quality, as opposed to quantity, of interaction?

The Heartbeat of Bogotá: Engaging the Population of a City to Reinvent Itself for the Digital Age

Don Tapscott | Posted 03.24.2012 | World
Don Tapscott

Around the world our cities are in desperate need of rejuvenation and transformation. Elected officials are scrambling to equip their cities for the 21st century, talking about creating "open," "networked," and "smart" cities.

Country in Crisis: Looking to America's Mayors to Rise to the Challenge

Arianna Huffington | Posted 03.18.2012 | Politics
Arianna Huffington

I believe the solutions the country is so desperately looking for are going to come at the local level -- from our mayors and engaged citizens working with their communities. It's our cities, not the nation's capital, that are the real idea factory of our country.

Government Accounted For Nearly A Third Of All Layoffs In 2011: Report

The Huffington Post | Alexander Eichler | Posted 01.05.2012 | Business

For government workers and financial sector employees, last year was a particularly bad one -- and 2012 likely won't be much better. More jobs were...

Both Public And Private Sector Wages Barely Grew Over Twelve Months

The Huffington Post | Alexander Eichler | Posted 01.23.2012 | Business

Whether you work for the government or the private sector, it's likely your salary didn't go up much in 2011, but federal workers saw their wages grow...

Public Sector Losing Jobs At Same Rate Private Sector Adding Them

The Huffington Post | Alexander Eichler | Posted 01.03.2012 | Business

When it comes to an economy trying to right itself, if it's not one thing, it's another. Even as the economy seems to be moving -- slowly -- in the...

John Celock

Future Of Ohio Collective Bargaining Law Discussed | John Celock | Posted 12.31.2011 | Politics

A defeat of Ohio's controversial new collective bargaining law in the Nov. 8 referendum may not be the final death blow to parts of the bill. Polit...

Tell Your City Leaders: Join Call for Action on Climate Crisis

Kassie Siegel | Posted 11.23.2011 | Green
Kassie Siegel

We've got to get national leaders off the dime. Here's one way: When city leaders speak out, especially in large numbers, Washington tends to listen.

Americans Guess Over Half Of Federal Tax Dollars Are Wasted: Gallup

The Huffington Post | Harry Bradford | Posted 11.20.2011 | Business

Never in recorded history have Americans been more distrustful of how the U.S. government spends its money. According to a new Gallup poll, Americ...

Outsourcing Done Right for Local Government

Luis Andre Gazitua | Posted 10.26.2011 | Latino Voices
Luis Andre Gazitua

If done right, outsourcing provides the best of both worlds: a robust portfolio of services offered to the taxpayer at a price they can tolerate and, more importantly, afford.

S&P Threatens To Downgrade State And Local Governments

The Huffington Post | Harry Bradford | Posted 10.19.2011 | Business

Standard and Poor's decision to downgrade the United States' sovereign credit rating has already sent shock waves through the stock market and worsene...

Want Cable/Broadband Competition? Build Community Networks

Christopher Mitchell | Posted 09.14.2011 | Technology
Christopher Mitchell

2011-07-15-twc.jpg The federal government has done little to protect citizens from the telecommunications industry's natural tendency toward consolidation and monopoly.

The Bin Laden Effect: In Praise of Our Government

Peter Block | Posted 07.04.2011 | Politics
Peter Block

By Peter Block The death of Osama bin Laden completes a painful chapter in our history. The reaction of many is celebration. Some will use this occas...

Reorganizing Beyond the Beltway

Dan Carol | Posted 07.04.2011 | Politics
Dan Carol

While it's good that we are focused on streamlining how big federal agencies can more effectively deliver outcomes, let's not forget that the biggest bang for the buck may come from moving the buck from D.C. to community-led growth.

City Planning: How Cities Can Save Local Manufacturing Businesses

Larry MacDonald | Posted 06.06.2011 | Business
Larry MacDonald

All across America, small to medium manufacturing businesses are shutting down, resulting in lost jobs and lost revenues for cities. Everyone loses. ...