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.
Dear Columbus, Columbus… America’s Opportunity City… Ohio’s capital… Our home. For my whole life you have been a place that inspires, challenges, and fights. You are a city that is rich in history and poised for a continued vibrant future. As a product of Columbus City Schools, I know the opportunities you provide for all
Regardless of where you sit within a municipality, be it on the frontlines or in the City Manager’s office, you will inevitably find yourself in a position of responding to human needs. Isn’t that what public service is all about? Isn’t this what we signed up for? Of course, it is not always easy to
This is guest post by Bill Eller, vice president, business development at HomeServe. As Congress and the president eye a bipartisan effort at improving our aging infrastructure, the time for a wide-reaching infrastructure program to rebuild water, electric, transportation and information infrastructure, is now. The need for locally-based planning and financial partnerships, not only to
As America celebrates the 49th Earth Day, we reflect on how much has changed and how much more still needs to change to create a more sustainable world. Municipal recycling has always been closely linked to Earth Day as one of the most direct and personal ways that Americans contribute to sustainability efforts. But if you’ve
Ninety-eight percent of growth in the hundred largest cities since 2000 was from growth in minority populations. A Brookings Institution analysis of the 2011- 2015 American Community Survey found that despite this increased diversity in cities, racial segregation has only moderately declined. Dominantly white neighborhoods in cities were 79 percent white in 2000 and 72
In this day and age, we spend a lot of time talking about our differences, our divisions and our struggles. But the reality is, there is one thing that binds all local leaders together – that four-letter word that we all feel, but can’t always explain: love. As president of the National League of Cities
This is a guest post by Bill Eller currently serves as Vice President, Business Development at HomeServe. Rebuilding water infrastructure will require sustainable investment in local projects; strong local-federal partnerships; and flexible financing strategies. America’s cities are at the forefront of both funding and design of the infrastructure of our country’s future, and that is
With changing technologies and higher constituent demands, cities and state leaders are trying to move faster to build more intimate and meaningful relationships with their constituents. There is pressure to deliver digital services more effectively as a result of online consumerism. Technological change is accelerating at an exponential rate due to industries built around innovation.
The longest partial government shutdown in history has ended, but its lasting consequences cannot be ignored.