Tech & Data

The Immediate Need to Close the Daunting Cyber Workforce Gap

States have to think creatively to attract and retain the talent they need to respond to cyberattacks and other threats.

Tech & Data

Annual State CIO Survey Shows a Continued Shift Away From Mainframes

Cloud computing has made many state’s assess their legacy applications and systems.

Tech & Data

If States Are Going to Be Agile, CIOs Need to Get Their Workforces Onboard

“If agile is going to work, it’s going to be because of the team, not the management,” according to Denis Goulet, New Hampshire’s CIO and Department of Information Technology commissioner.

Public Safety

West Coast Cities and States Should Be More Worried About the Crisis in Puerto Rico

Hurricane Maria has cut off access to drinking water, sewage, electricity and telecommunications across the U.S. commonwealth. Here’s why Seattle or L.A. might end up being the next San Juan.

Management

Check Out These Giant Pumpkins and Cabbages From 2017 State Fairs

PHOTOS: At one agricultural showcase, the bounties from many counties take center stage.

Smart Cities

Disaster Risk and Economic Growth Create Uncomfortable Questions for Civic Boosters

ANALYSIS: Suitors seeking Amazon’s 2nd headquarters should ask themselves: How resilient is their city or region?

Public Safety

As Hurricane Irma Heads North, Officials Urge Floridians to Stay Put

Storm surge swamps low-lying areas as high winds cut power to millions and damage buildings across the Sunshine State.

Public Safety

State and Local Agencies Prepare as Hurricane Irma Threatens Florida in Coming Days

As forecasters await more definite consensus on where the storm is going, emergency managers across the Southeast should be preparing for another major hurricane.

Public Safety

National Weather Service: Texas Flooding Is ‘Beyond Anything Experienced’

Emergency managers and officials are keeping a watchful eye on flood crests along rivers and high water levels in bayous and creeks.

Public Safety

Dallas, Other Cities Playing a Familiar Disaster-Relief Role

As people leave Harvey’s disaster zone, Texas state officials ask that the Dallas Convention Center be ready to shelter 5,000 people by Tuesday morning.

Public Safety

With Harvey Parked Over Texas, Life-Threatening Flooding Will Continue in Houston

Prolonged rainfall will continue through Thursday, stranding residents in the nation’s fourth most-populous city, turning some freeways into rivers and flooding some areas that have never seen high water.

Public Safety

Texas Awaits ‘Devastating and Life Threatening’ Flooding

With Hurricane Harvey forecasted to stall inland, some isolated areas could see as much as 30 inches of rain in the coming days.

Smart Cities

More Good News for a Promising Earthquake Early-Warning Tool

Here’s what’s planned for the next phase of the ShakeAlert system that’s been under development on the West Coast.

Management

Help Us Crowdsource State and Local Government News Links

Two hashtags you can use to help us monitor news from across the nation and where you live: #localgovwire and #stategovwire

Management

Mayor Emanuel: ‘Chicago Will Not Be Blackmailed’ by Trump Administration

The Windy City plans to sue the federal government and “will continue to stand up to President Trump and his Justice Department.”

Infrastructure

The Transit Investments That Stitched Together L.A.’s Winning 2028 Olympic Bid

“LA 2028 is about what we have, not what we’re going to build” in terms of venues. But it also helped that an impressive array of transportation improvements are already underway across the City of Angels.

Smart Cities

The Very Real Dangers of Building in the Wildland-Urban Interface

In central Oregon, the city of Bend and Deschutes County are no strangers to big wildfires. But building more fire-resilient communities isn’t always easy.

Infrastructure

It’s Been 10 Years Since the Deadly I-35W Bridge Collapse in Minneapolis

But “almost nothing has been done in this country to keep it from happening again,” according to former Mayor R.T. Ryback.