Category: workforce

In This Community, Nature Activates a Healing Power in Its Young People

This is a guest post written by Michael Anthony Nutter, former mayor of Philadelphia. The Fairmount Park system is one of Philadelphia’s greatest assets, with more than 11,000 acres of greenspace spread across nearly every area of the city. It is a mecca for big events and a refuge for small moments of quiet. Fairmount

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How Cities Around the Country Address Rising Pension Liabilities

In advance of our annual State of the Cities report, which will be released later this year, this blog series captures speeches given by mayors in 2018 and shares their sentiments around the fiscal responsibility of their cities and the retirement needs of their workforces. Amid decelerating property, sales and income tax revenue growth, mayors

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Don’t Run Out of Money: Why Annuities Matter

Running out of money in retirement is a major concern for many American workers. The phenomenon is dubbed longevity risk because of the potential danger of exhausting one’s assets before death. A core objective of any retirement plan should be to provide lifetime income insurance in the form of an annuity, which provides pension benefit

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Retirement Plans Use Too Much Jargon, Say Employees

City governments, in their roles as employers, are striving to attract talent that can support the critical work of serving communities. However, the wages of state and local government employees tend to be lower than for private sector employees with similar backgrounds. So, how can municipal employers provide a more competitive alternative? One way is

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Suburban Astronomy 101

This is a guest post by Jeff Marcell, senior partner with TIP Strategies, Inc. Some 725,000 people live in the City of Seattle. As impressive as that number sounds, it is dwarfed by the fact that Seattle’s metropolitan area, as defined by the US Census Bureau, includes a whopping 3.9 million residents. You can do

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How Out-of-School Time Programs Support Workforce Preparation in Arkansas

This is a guest post by Laveta Wills-Hale, the Network Director of the Arkansas Out of School Network. As the holidays season is upon us and the first half of the school year has come to an end, we have an opportunity to reflect upon the myriad of experiences that many children have had over

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Ensuring Sustainable Pension Funding for Your City

We’ve been hearing about municipal bankruptcy and Chapter 9 a lot over the past few years. But to what extent has this become the norm? Very little, according to a Governing analysis of eligible local governments that have filed for bankruptcy protection. In fact, there have been a total of only 680 bankruptcy filings since

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On Helping Teens Get Their First Jobs

This is a guest post by Trinh Nguyen, Director of the Mayor’s Office of Workforce Development (OWD) in Boston and Alicia Sasser Modestino, associate professor with appointments in the School of Public Policy and Urban Affairs and the Department of Economics at Northeastern University. The U.S. is currently experiencing its longest stretch of continuous monthly

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How One City Uses a Trust to Control Pension Costs

Pensions are consuming local governments’ budgets, and many are struggling to make their payments. In Walnut Creek, California, as in a lot of cities around the nation, revenues are flattening, while expenses for employee benefits and basic services are rising. Not to mention, as our cities continue to age, infrastructure needs are ever present. Even

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Yes, Cities Can Pilot Universal Basic Income

Cities face a number of labor-related challenges, including job automation, precarious work arrangements, economic insecurity and growing inequality. Universal basic income (UBI) is a potential solution. UBI is an unconditional cash payment that either supplements or replaces existing social welfare systems. Unlike traditional programs, which are conditional and means-tested, UBI provides recipients with the autonomy

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