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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.
Smart Cities

Railroad Crossings Are Dangerous and Ripe for Disruption

How we keep people on foot and in cars from getting hit by trains hasn't changed much in the last century.

Health & Human Services

A New Approach for Families Experiencing Homelessness In Boston

2018 NAVIGATOR AWARD WINNER: Annissa Essaibi-George, Boston City Councilor, City of Boston, Massachusetts.

Smart Cities

Las Vegas’ Smart City Approach Is More Than Just Dazzle

2018 NAVIGATOR AWARD WINNER: Michael Sherwood, Director of Information Technology, City of Las Vegas, Nevada

Management

Mixed Results for Democrats in Battleground Governors Races

Democrats picked up seven seats, but also lost a few competitive races.

Tech & Data

Brian Kemp Was Warned of a Cyber Vulnerability. He Weaponized It—Again

Georgia’s secretary of state and Republican gubernatorial candidate has a history of attacking those who point out the flaws in his state’s election cybersecurity.

Infrastructure

Can ‘Mad Libs’ Save Our Failing Infrastructure?

A resiliency team takes an out-of-the-box approach to America’s least sexy problem.

Management

As Trump Mulls A Federal Rollback, States Are Adding Transgender Rights

More and more states are allowing flexibility to people on how they are identified on official government documents, a key issue for transgender advocates.

Tech & Data

Eliminating Tech Tribalism in Government

Are public sector agencies ready take tech collaboration to the next level? Our survey says government officials want to, but don’t know where to start.

Tech & Data

Digital Record Deluge Threatens to Swamp States

States allocate less than one-hundredth of one percent of their budget on archives despite exponential data growth.

Tech & Data

Election Officials Tout 2018 Security Coordination as 'Miles' Ahead of 2016

Two key officials say offices at all levels of government are rapidly bolstering defenses ahead of November elections.

Tech & Data

Verizon Faces Heat Following Fire Department’s Data ‘Throttling’ During Blazes

Emails describe wireless speeds so slow there was “no meaningful functionality,” raising questions as the company attempts to compete for first responders’ business.

Public Safety

Baaaad Commute: Goats Are the New York City Subway’s Latest Struggle

Some crazy kids blocking the N train is the latest in a string of brash, goat-related incidents across the New York City region.

Management

Report: Many Cities Are Not Equipped to Go It Alone in the Trump Era

Despite calls for local control, communities are only given a limited set of tools and are facing historic fiscal pressures. That could be a looming problem for many cities, according to a new report.

Smart Cities

Five States To Get A Smart Tech Boot Camp

The states will be the first in the multi-year "Smarter States, Smarter Communities" learning lab, which grows out of National Governor Association Chair Brian Sandoval's 'Ahead of the Curve' Initiative.

Management

China to Governors: A Trade War 'Brings Mutual Destruction'

At the National Governors Association meeting, governors agreed with Japanese and Chinese delegations that trade helps their local economies.

Management

When Push Comes to Shove, Here Are Local Leaders' Priorities

Route Fifty asked local government officials what is most important to their communities’ future. Their answers may surprise you.

Tech & Data

A Moneyball Approach to Clean Water in California

Up to 1 million Californians lack access to clean, safe drinking water at some point during the year. Data scientists believe they are part of the solution.

Infrastructure

U.S. Cities Ready to Compete for a World Cup Windfall

With estimates nearing a half billion in net economic benefit for cities that play host to the games, the 2026 World Cup makes Amazon HQ2 seem very 2018.