Judy Cox, MRSC’s Public Finance Consultant, is Retiring! :-( (Mar 3)
And, boy, will she be missed, and not only by the MRSC staff but also by the many, many local government officials she has assisted on thorny finance questions since March 1991. More from MRSC Insight.
Report - Managing Budgets During Fiscal Stress (Feb 27)
A new report from the IBM Center for the Business of Government, Managing Budgets During Fiscal Stress: Lessons for Local Government Officials, analyzes the financial experiences of California local governments from 2007 to 2013 and presents findings and recommendations for managing at the local level given
New MRSC Public Records Act and Open Public Meetings Act Project (Feb 26)
MRSC is partnering with the State Auditor’s Local Government Performance Center to develop some tools and resources that will provide practical assistance for local government officials and staff to comply with requirements of the Public Records Act (PRA) and the Open Public Meetings Act (OPMA). More from MRSC Insight.
Bankrupt Cities? What About Distressed Cities? (Feb 27)
Bankruptcy grabs the headlines, but distressed cities are a more widespread problem – one that few states know how to address. More from Governing.
Happy Birthday, World Wide Web (Feb 27)
In its 25 years, the Internet has drastically changed how government works. More from Governing.
Keeping an Urban Authenticity Alive: Vancouver’s Granville Island (Feb 27)
Granville island’s founding principles for redevelopment, design guidelines, desire for a broad diversity of activities, governance, and financing have all been based on the premise that place making take precedence over profit. More from Urban Land.
Seattle Growth Outpaces Suburbs (Feb 27)
More people moving to urban places means more open space preserved and less congestion in the far suburbs. More from Sightline.
Free Self-Assessment for Civic Engagement (Feb 27)
ICMA's Center for Management
Strategies has extensively researched leading practices in civic engagement. Take the center's free Civic Engagement Organizational Self-Assessment to evaluate your engagement programs.
Meeting the Challenges of Big Organizational Changes (Feb 27)
There are plenty of ways for things to go wrong with any transformational initiative. Leaders need to keep five key success factors in mind. More from Governing.
An Increasing Call for Community Owned Networks (Feb 27)
Plan for your community’s broadband future. More from Community Broadband Networks.
How Can Open Space Add Value to Real Estate Development? (Feb 27)
Experts discuss trends and opportunities in incorporating open space into the development of multifamily and mixed-use communities, from interior courtyards to public parks to wildlife preserves. More from Urban Land.