Category: Leadership

Good Performance Management is Good Government

This is a guest post by Oliver Wise, director of the Socrata Data Academy. Local governments are stretched thin. Not only are they responsible for public services such as utilities, transportation, police, and tourism, they are also expected to respond to emerging issues that have no clear path forward: natural disasters, homelessness, and the opioid epidemic.

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How Preemption is Expanding and Changing in 2019

During the 2019 legislative sessions, state lawmakers again passed preemption laws limiting local power, including authority over minimum wage, regulation of e-cigarettes and local contracting powers. This, according to a new report from the Local Solutions Support Center and State Innovation Exchange entitled “The Growing Shadow of State Interference,” highlights the work of 2019 state

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Leadership at the National League of Cities: Q&A

On Monday, August 19th, the National League of Cities held a panel with three local elected officials to talk about the value and experience they each gained through holding a position within NLC. What follows is a transcript of their thoughtful testimony. Learn more about the NLC Leadership Applications! Clarence Anthony, CEO and Executive Director,

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Making Health Policy Consumer Friendly with Restaurant Grading

The Only Secret Should Be the Sauce By Dr. Jonathan Fielding Americans don’t just love to eat; we love to know about the foods we’re eating. Labels in restaurants increasingly inform the consumer about ingredients, calories, and even how animals have been raised. But good luck trying to find out if your restaurant choice fares

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How States and Cities Can Fight the Housing Crisis, Together

At first glance, the housing challenges in our two states couldn’t seem more different. California’s economy ranks as the world’s fifth largest and is home to several of the most expensive housing markets in the nation. Michigan, on the other hand, is often cited as the standard for rust belt decline. Its major cities and

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Implicit Bias, Liability and Cities

We all have bias. An inescapable reality of humanity, bias is the evaluation of one group and its members relative to another and can be implicit or explicit. Implicit bias refers to the way people unconsciously and sometimes unwillingly exhibit feelings, attitudes, and judgments towards other individuals and groups. By understanding the implicit biases embedded

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How This Local Leader Makes Supporting Moms Policy

On Mother’s Day, many families will either spend precious time with their moms or celebrate the legacies their moms left behind with fond memories. Municipal leaders across the country know that having a thriving and vibrant community means supporting mothers. This commitment to families is seen in the policies and practices that cities, towns, and

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