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Mitch Herckis

Mitch Herckis
Mitch Herckis is Route Fifty’s Senior Director of Programs. Mitch has spent 15 years focused on state and local public policy on behalf of non-profit organizations, the private sector, and now Route Fifty. Mitch most recently served as Director for State and Local Government Programs at a cybersecurity company. Mitch has also served as the Director of Government Affairs for the National Association of State Chief Information Officers (NASCIO), and Senior Legislative Counsel and Principal Associate for Federal Relations at the National League of Cities. Mitch has also served as a consultant, strategist, and advocate for individual states, cities, and towns on a variety of public policy concerns. He has represented federal employee associations to Congress and the Administration, and served as a producer and co-host for a Clear Channel radio talk show. Mitch holds both an MA and BA in Political Science from American University.
Tech & Data

When the FBI Calls to Say Your State Has Been Hacked By Iran

Indiana CIO Dewand Neely shares how his state came to be named in “one of the largest state-sponsored hacking campaigns ever prosecuted.”

Management

Q&A: Cities Must Look at Education 'Beyond the Schoolhouse Doors'

West Sacramento Mayor Chris Cabaldon is an evangelist for the idea that mayors can build a “cradle-to-career approach, but all of it outside of the classroom.”

Management

State Legislatures—And Careers—Are Shaped by Gender Bias

A new analysis of 25,000 careers in state legislatures suggests women are being pigeonholed into “women’s issues,” and passed over for key roles in favor of their male counterparts.

Infrastructure

Breaking Up Is Easy. Reforms Are the Hard Part

Findlay, Ohio broke ties with the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers after a decade of frustration and flooding. Now their mayor wants the feds to change how they do business.

Health & Human Services

Dayton Refuses to Fit the Mold of a City Plagued by the Opioid Epidemic

Despite leading the nation in accidental overdose deaths, the city is seeing economic growth and launching innovative educational programs, according to Mayor Nan Whaley.

Health & Human Services

Trump’s Opioid Crisis Looks Similar, Yet Altogether Different From State and Local Experience

The president’s speech in New Hampshire had a mix of bipartisan solutions, along with highly political ideas and rhetoric that could destroy broad support for his initiative.

Management

What Trump-era Economic Policies Mean to the Mayor of U.S. Steel’s Hometown

Gary, Ind. Mayor Karen Freeman-Wilson spoke with Route Fifty about the what she dislikes and likes about the tax overhaul, steel tariffs and education, as well as being sued for being a “welcoming city.”

Management

A Focus on Inclusion From Mayors

Columbia, S.C. Mayor Stephen Benjamin: “If we don’t speak to that as a strength every single day, then we’re missing out on what it takes for us to be a competitive and prosperous city well into the 21st century.”

Tech & Data

To Tackle the Opioid Epidemic, Look to the Sewers

At a civic tech pitch led held by mayors at SXSW, innovators put forward solutions to pressing problems facing cities.

Tech & Data

Cities Join the Branding Bonanza

The nation’s cities are among the many brands trying to promote themselves to innovators at SXSW.

Management

The President of Everywhere, USA

We asked South Bend Mayor Pete Buttigieg about a recent Politico headline, automation and much more at SXSW.

Management

The Mayor’s Life at SXSW

In the background of a busy week of innovation, ideas, movies and music in Austin, Steve Adler is dealing with tricky challenges, like state legislative preemption and traffic congestion.

Smart Cities

Mayors Set to Converge on Austin for SXSW

The event provides the local leaders with a forum to dream up what’s next for American cities and towns with tech leaders, futurists and other visionaries.

Finance

Trump’s Trade War Could Stall Kentucky’s Bourbon-Fueled Boom

An international tit-for-tat could have consequences for Kentucky and other regional economies.

Finance

States Dive Into Cryptocurrency Fray

From dealing with Ponzi schemes to financial windfalls, state leaders are weighing how to best handle the future of nationless money.

Tech & Data

Welcome Robot Overlords! Now We Can Get Some Real Work Done.

Despite tech transforming government, public employees aren’t concerned for their jobs. Maybe because it’s letting them focus on the work they signed up for.

Tech & Data

San José Mayor Quits FCC Broadband Group Citing ‘Predetermined, Industry-Favoring Outcome’

Liccardo’s resignation reflected critic’s frustration over the committee focus on industry concerns with state and local government.

Tech & Data

Dear State and Local Gov: FCC Chair Ajit Pai Is Just Not That Into You

Pai even blew up an intergovernmental advisory committee after members asked to talk to him about its future.

Management

Route Fifty’s 2018 Management Survey Results Are In

Among our takeaways: senior personnel need to open a dialogue with rank-and-file employees.