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Charting a Future Course for Your County or City Strategic Planning: Mission/Vision-Goals-Objectives

In this month's Council/Commision Advisor Column, Stan Finkelstein, Chair, Washington State Public Works Board, begins the first of a two-part discussion about why strategic planning is important and how counties and cities can successfully develop a long-range strategic plan.
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Indigent Defense Standards – Misdemeanor Caseload Limits Take Effect Soon (Nov 21)
On January 1, 2015, the misdemeanor caseload limits for public defense attorneys adopted by the Washington State Supreme Court in the new Standards for Indigent Defense take effect. More from MRSC Insight.

Public Works Board’s FirstStop Initiative Aims to Better Connect Local Governments to Infrastructure Resources (Nov 19)
Through their new FirstStop Initiative, the Washington Public Works Board has brought together a host of resources, including a robust online tool, to provide local governments with the financial and technical support to develop sustainable infrastructure systems. More from MRSC Insight.

Promoting Parking Policy (Nov 20)
By using smart phone apps, smart meters and data analytics, municipal parking authorities are helping their cities run more efficiently. More from American City & County.

Cooperative Senior Housing: An Alternative to Meet the Needs of Today’s Senior Citizens (Nov 14)
Innovative alternatives such as senior co-operative housing may better address the needs of today’s seniors than traditional senior housing models. More from MRSC Insight.

The Changing Face of Residential: Denser and More Urban Than Ever (Nov 20)
Today’s renters and homeowners want to live in bustling neighborhoods with good access to amenities and mass transit. More from Urban Land.

How Poorly Government Job Growth Compares to Other Sectors (Nov 20)
New data suggests job growth for state and local governments is among the slowest of any sector. More from Governing.

Can Government Mine Tweets to Assess Public Opinion? (Nov 20)
The Urban Attitudes Lab is looking at ways to access "big data" on social networking sites to understand attitudes and opinions for civic purposes. More from Governing.

Main Street Pursuits (Nov 20)
The development and implementation of programs to enhance the attractiveness and vitality of a community’s downtown is the responsibility of elected officials and administrators and should receive considerable attention. More from Public Management.

NYC to Blanket the City in Free Public Wi-Fi with 10,000 Stations (Nov 20)
New York City recently unveiled LinkNYC, a $200 million effort to replace phone booths with up to 10,000 Wi-Fi stations that will serve as wireless Internet hotspots. More from Ars Technica.

Military Equipment for Police Officers Fuels Debate on Use of Force (Nov 20)
Critics of police militarization argue the gear and training tend to lead officers to view civilians as the enemy rather than the people they're supposed to protect. More from Government Technology.

The Community Planning Assistance Team (CPAT) Initiative (Nov 20)
APA’s Community Planning Assistance Teams (CPAT) help underserved communities address planning issues through direct engagement with the public and the pro bono skills and experience of professional, certified planners from around the country. Learn more here.

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