Local Government Management

Containing the Coronavirus

In King County, Washington, the public health department is relying on temporary staff hired for measles and hepatitis A outbreaks to help investigate a confirmed case of coronavirus.

Containing the Coronavirus

In King County, Washington, the public health department is relying on temporary staff hired for measles and hepatitis A outbreaks to help investigate a confirmed case of coronavirus.

Local Government Management

Using Data to Ensure Equitable Funding for Parks

Cities are beginning to use data to allocate funding to parks in low-income and blighted neighborhoods that haven't seen investment for years, a new report found.

From Worcester to Anaheim, Cities Embrace the Role of Poet Laureate

Cities of all sizes are appointing poets laureate, a typically volunteer position tasked with promoting culture, art and the written word within a community.

'The Mayor Can Set The Tone': How City Leaders Respond to Mass Shootings

Mayors who have seen their cities go through mass shootings discuss how to recover from—and whether it's possible to prepare for—tragedy.

Census Talk with an Arizona Mayor

Mesa Mayor John Giles is an active participant in his city's census preparation and was an outspoken critic of a proposal to add a citizenship question to the 2020 survey.

Lawmaker Sees State Rainy Day Fund as Lifeline For Localities Battling Big-Box Stores Over Taxes

The Indiana legislation could assist local governments dealing with “dark-store theory” property tax appeals.

One of the Largest U.S. Library Systems Just Eliminated Late Fees

The Los Angeles Public Library will eliminate fees for overdue items this spring, joining a growing number of library systems that have identified fines as barriers to access for low-income residents.

Communities Lag in Resiliency Planning, Survey Finds

A survey of city and county administrators found that more than half of communities had not completed or considered a long-term sustainability or resiliency plan.

A New Look at How States Block Local Laws in Areas Ranging From Guns to Taxes

“This is a national preemption movement that is occurring,” says the CEO of the National League of Cities.

Appeals Court Sides With Activist In Challenge Over City’s Bullhorn Restrictions

The California case concerns whether local permitting requirements for using megaphones and other sound amplification equipment infringe on free speech.

Opportunity Zones Investors Show Appetite for Real Estate Over Startups

Nearly three quarters of $4.5 billion that has poured into the program is in investment funds that plan to focus at least in part on residential real estate.

Honolulu Passes Strict Single-Use Plastics Ban

The Honolulu City Council last week passed a sweeping single-use plastics ban that affects the entire island of Oahu, home to 70 percent of Hawaii residents.

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Seven Cities in a Snowy State Ban Snowballs. Now One is Poised to Reverse Course

A handful of Wisconsin cities have identically worded ordinances that ban snowball fights in public places. After going viral for their policy, officials in Wausau are ready to change it.

Swim Classes for Truck Drivers? Utilities Adapt to Climate Change, Flooding Threats

Water and sewer utilities are on the front lines as local governments grapple with severe weather, natural disasters and other climate-related fallout.

A Town Moves Forward After Two 'Thousand-Year' Storms

After two historic floods in less than two years, officials in Ellicott City, Maryland, are putting their hopes in a long-term rebuilding plan that officials say aims to balance recovery and resiliency with historic preservation.

For Public Health Agencies, Hiring in Competitive Field is Particularly Challenging

Hiring managers say competition with the private sector and other factors make it difficult to recruit and retain staff. A new Center for State and Local Government Excellence report details ways that local governments have succeeded despite these challenges.

Boomer and Millennial Public Workers Agree Pensions are a Plus

No matter their age, most state and local government employees in a recent survey said retirement benefits are a big factor in why they stay at their jobs.

The Imperfect Art of Tracking Local Government Financial Stress

California is the latest state to launch a program to shed light on the financial conditions in localities. Systems like this can have benefits, but also limitations.

How Residents' Financial Health Can Affect City Budgets

Missed utility bills and services for the homeless can cost cities millions of dollars per year, experts said Thursday at the Urban Institute. One solution: Figure out how to help people improve their financial health.

Federal Lawmakers Push '.Gov' Web Addresses For Local Governments

A new U.S. Senate bill comes amid concerns that online criminals can “spoof” the public with fake government websites.

How Hundreds of Cities Have Simplified Solar

More than 300 municipalities have received designations from SolSmart, a national program that helps streamline permitting and zoning processes to make solar easier to obtain for residents and businesses.