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Disruption as a Public Service

Code for America | Posted 04.08.2013 | Impact
Code for America

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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.

Some Local Governments Just Saying No To Medical Pot Dispensaries

AP | GEOFF MULVIHILL | Posted 03.10.2012 | Business

More and more states are saying yes to medical marijuana. But local governments are increasingly using their laws to just say no, not in our backyard....

Federal Government Downsizing Slowing Economic Recovery

AP | BY TOM RAUM | Posted 12.24.2011 | Business

WASHINGTON — Conservative Republicans have long clamored for government downsizing. They're starting to get it – by default. Crippled by ...

Bernanke: State Governments Face 'Tough Decisions'

AP | JEANNINE AVERSA | Posted 05.25.2011 | Business

WASHINGTON — State and local governments will struggle with budget shortfalls even as the U.S. economy picks up speed, Federal Reserve Chairman ...

The Clean Energy Road to 2035 Paved by the Hard Work of Local Governments

Martin Chávez | Posted 05.25.2011 | Green
Martin Chávez

Transforming America's energy mix to be fueled by 80 percent clean sources by 2035 will undoubtedly be a significant challenge. How challenging it will be, exactly, depends partly on the way we define "clean energy."

Reflections on Cancún From a Local Government Perspective

Martin Chávez | Posted 05.25.2011 | Green
Martin Chávez

Now that we have the hard fought advancements of "The Cancún Agreements," it is time for the world to implement a global solution -- one where nations support the power of local action.

Banks To Allow Local Groups To Buy Foreclosed Homes Before Speculators

AP | ALAN ZIBEL | Posted 05.25.2011 | Business

WASHINGTON — Major banks are agreeing to give local governments and nonprofit groups the ability to buy foreclosed homes before they are sold to...

Thinking About a Textile Recycling Program? What Every City Should Consider

Mattias Wallander | Posted 05.25.2011 | Green
Mattias Wallander

City recycling programs can't stop at bottles and cans. There's still a lot more local leaders can do to drive down the amount of waste sent to costly landfills each year.

Local Governments Held Hostage By Bank Deals

New York Times | GRETCHEN MORGENSON | Posted 05.25.2011 | Business

In the spring of 2008, the Denver public school system needed to plug a $400 million hole in its pension fund. Bankers at JPMorgan Chase offered what ...

Cash-Strapped State Governments Hike Traffic Fees

AP | DAISY NGUYEN | Posted 05.25.2011 | Politics