New Chapters in People-Centered Placemaking (Dec 6)
Sue Enger, MRSC Planning Consultant, shares some insights and resources that take a fresh look at placemaking and public spaces. More from MRSC Insight.
Court Rules Cities’ Public Defense Systems Constitutionally Inadequate (Dec 5)
A federal district court judge ruled on December 4th that the public defense systems provided by the cities of Burlington and Mount Vernon violated the U.S. Constitution’s Sixth Amendment guarantee of effective assistance of legal counsel to indigent persons charged with crimes. More from MRSC Insight.
The Challenges that Set Public Service Apart (Dec 5)
Given how ready the public is to heap disdain on governments and their workers, it's encouraging that so many still feel passionate about public service. More from Governing.
16-Year-Old Voters Make the Difference in Mayor’s Election! (Dec 5)
You would not see this type of headline in Washington State, but in a small city in Maryland, it actually could happen. More from MRSC Insight.
Floodplain Management and Control - 2013 Competitive Grant Program (Dec 6)
The WA Department of Ecology will be making a solicitation for project proposals for a new flood hazard reduction grant program in the coming weeks. The program is a state-wide competitive grant program that will distribute roughly $11 million in grant funds. Watch Ecology's Floodplain Management website for updates and the formal announcement.
Across-the-Board Budget Cuts Punish the Efficient (Dec 5)
The problem with across-the-board budget cuts is not that they are unfair. The problem with such cuts is that they punish efficient public agencies. More from Bob Behn's Performance Leadership Report.
The Oath of Office for Local Elected Officials (Dec 3)
Now that the fall local government elections are over and results have been certified, the final step that local government elected officials must complete before assuming office is to take the oath of office. More from MRSC Insight.
Barriers & Constraints to Adopting Online Engagement Technologies (Dec 5)
Industry proponents who have been early adopters of online consultation have learned important lessons that have shaped their desires for future use of online platforms. More from Engaging Cities.
7 IT Strategies for 2014 (Dec 5)
The seven technology trends you need to consider when planning for next year. More from Government Technology.
Light, Quick And Cheap: The Big Shift In Urban Planning (Dec 5)
In the past, remaking cities has been central to elaborate urban overhauls. Now, as cities across the United States try to rejuvenate themselves, there is a new mantra: lighter, quicker, cheaper. More from Forbes.
Beyond the Suggestion Box: Government's Crowdsourcing Revolution (Dec 5)
This social media tool is being embraced by governments far and wide. A new report offers guidance on what it can do and how to make it work. More from Governing.