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Mitch Herckis

Mitch Herckis
Mitch Herckis is Route Fifty’s Senior Editor and Director of Strategic Initiatives. 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.
Management

Whether Opportunity Zones Help Low Income Residents May Fall On Mayors

City leaders are faced with how to prepare for a major economic development opportunity “with very few guardrails at the federal level.”

Management

Ruling Against Colorado, Supreme Court Sidesteps Civil and Religious Rights

Instead, Masterpiece Cakeshop v. Colorado Civil Rights Commission provided state and local governments a lecture on fair governance.

Tech & Data

After a Major Cyber Attack, Does the Public Deserve an Explanation?

The ransomware that crippled Atlanta raises unanswered questions about how to communicate with citizens after a cyber-attack.

Management

Help Us Honor the Best in State and Local Government

Nominations for the third annual Route Fifty Navigator Awards are now open!

Management

States' Rights Advocates Look to Double Down on Supreme Court Sports Betting Win

On issues ranging from sanctuary cities to telecommunications, activists are betting big on the Supreme Court’s sports gambling decision.

Finance

Supreme Court Rules States Can Legalize Sports Gambling, Reaffirming Limits of Federal Authority

The high court made clear that state legislatures have a “dual sovereignty” with their federal counterparts.

Tech & Data

Preparing Governors for the Next Tech Disruption

The National Governors Association seizes an opportunity to prepare its members to for crucial technology policy decisions.

Tech & Data

Maine Is Building Its Tech Workforce From the Ground Up

The Office of Information Technology realized it had a retirement problem. In response, it took on the bigger problem of building a strong technology workforce across the state.

Tech & Data

Texas Is Building a Killer App for Killing Bureaucracy

Chief Information Officer Todd Kimbriel wants a digital assistant to navigate the state’s bureaucracy for citizens.

Tech & Data

Delaware Is Dead Set on Putting Your State’s Broadband to Shame

“My hope is in the next 24 months, we’re going to eradicate this rural broadband issue,” James Collins, state chief information officer, told Route Fifty.

Tech & Data

Oklahoma Aims to Boost Its Economy by Solving Government Problems

The state’s tech team has an ambitious plan to fuel the state’s technology sector; it’s early, but they may be on to something.

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.”