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Getting an Accurate and Complete Economic Picture for Rural Counties

In this month’s Council/Commission Advisor column, Jim McEntire, Clallam County Commissioner, discusses the challenges of getting an accurate, complete economic picture of rural counties and includes sample data he’s compiled for Clallam County.
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Privacy Rights, the Public Records Act, and Unanswered Questions (Sep 19)
In a highly anticipated court decision that was issued recently, the Washington State Court of Appeals had an opportunity to address important unanswered questions related to what privacy rights a public official has under the Public Records Act (PRA). More from MRSC Insight.

What a Public Employee Really Costs (Sep 18)
It's about a lot more than salaries. We need to do a better job of comparing total costs, both across jurisdictions and across comparable jobs. More from Governing.

Budget Forecasting – Revenue Projections Not Easy to Develop (Sep 16)
Revenue forecasts need to be reasonably accurate. A major hurdle to accuracy is the intricacy and judgmental nature of the forecasting process. More from MRSC Insight.

When Citizens Decide How Public Money is Spent (Sep 18)
Inspired by successful efforts in Brazil and other countries, several American communities have undertaken pilot efforts to allow citizens to directly decide how public funds are spent in their neighborhoods. More from Government Technology.

De-Annexation of Property from a City – How Does That Happen? (Sep 15)
It’s a lot easier in Washington State for property to get annexed to a city than it is for the opposite to occur. More from MRSC Insight.

Legalization Issues - the Ins and Outs of Marijuana Laws (Sep 18)
Panel of experts discusses the cultural and logistical issues facing local governments that legalize the use of marijuana . More from American City & County.

Can an App for Borrowing Housewares make Neighborhoods Stronger? (Sep 18)
An app heavily used in Amsterdam makes it easy for neighbors to borrow power drills, ladders and other stuff from each other — and also aspires to build community. More from Citiscope.

How to Recruit, Retain and Organize Volunteers (Sep 18)
Developing a volunteer program before disaster strikes can be invaluable. Here’s how to do it. More from Emergency Management.

Best Practices for Crack Treatments for Asphalt Pavements (Sep 18)
A new report from the Transportation Research Board, Best Practices for Crack Treatments for Asphalt Pavements, presents best practices for crack treatments for asphalt pavements developed through a critical review of the current states of the art and practice.

Culture of Health Spotlights Spokane County (Sep 18)
Spokane County Commissioner Shelly O’Quinn shares her county’s journey into a culture of health. More from NACo's County News.

Virtual Ride-Alongs Help Va. Beach Police Inform Public (Sep 18)
The ride-alongs follow patrol officers through text and photos posted in real time on the Police Department's Twitter account, @VBPD. More from Government Technology.

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