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Fall is in the Air – and Budget Workshops are Filling Your Agendas

In this month's Finance Advisor Column, Mike Bailey, Finance Director, City of Redmond, focuses on how to make the best use of your upcoming budget workshops and hopefully create the “best budget” for your organization.
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Employee Satisfaction Pays (Sep 30)
Local government managers, boards, councils, and commissions need to seriously consider ways to establish and maintain a “best to work for” culture in their organizations. More from MRSC Insight.

What Makes A Successful Ballot Measure? A Look at the Data (Sep 25)
Since 2011, MRSC has collected data on the results of all ballot measures placed on the ballot by cities, counties, and the special districts we serve. More from MRSC Insight.

Does the Open Public Meetings Act Apply to County Finance Committees? (Sep 24)
A threshold question for any board or committee established by a local government is whether that board or committee must comply with the OPMA. More from MRSC Insight.

Placemaking is Critical for the Local Economy (Sep 25)
Unless communities want to lose the young and the educated, they’d be wise to invest in ways that enhance, rather than detract from, a sense of place. More from Better Cities & Towns.

The 'Simple' Solution to High Employee Health Costs (Sep 25)
A first-of-its-kind report finds that the most effective way to reduce public workers' health expenses isn't popular incentive programs and other cost-cutting policies. More from Governing.

State Shared-Work Program Provides an Alternative to Layoffs (Sep 22)
Facing layoffs in this year’s budget? You may want to consider the Employment Security Department’s (ESD) Shared-Work Program. More from MRSC Insight.

The Core Features of the Data-Powered City (Sep 25)
Today's most innovative civic leaders are using technology to fulfill the promise of efficient and responsive local government. More from Governing.

Millennials Love Transit Most, Boomers Still Stuck on Cars (Sep 25)
A new study shows generations bucking their upbringings, with sheltered Millennials choosing the bus. More from The Atlantic CityLab.

The Death of the Suburban Corporate Campus (Sep 25)
The allure of suburbia as the home of corporate headquarters is over. Like Weyerhaeuser, companies are coming back to the city. More from Crosscut.

Application Open for 2015 ENERGY STAR Awards (Sep 25)
Each year, the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) and the Department of Energy (DOE) honor organizations that have made outstanding contributions to protecting the environment through energy efficiency. More from ENERGY STAR.

Access versus Ownership (Sep 25)
How public and private can work together to provide more options–and, ultimately, an integrated transportation system. More from Urban Land.

HUD Launches $1 Billion National Disaster Resilience Competition (Sep 25)
In partnership with the Rockefeller Foundation, the U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development (HUD) launched a $1 billion National Disaster Resilience Competition. More from HUD.

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