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National Service: A Role Model of Collaboration

Collaboration is defined as working together to achieve something. Public and private partners across the country collaborate to get things done. Collaboration is also one of the greatest assets and…

Shared Services: Myth, Mirage or Magic?

Shared Services: Myth, Mirage or Magic?

The economy that fuels public and private organizations shows signs of new life. But at one point, government had to consider the unthinkable: shrinking itself with good government consolidation. But…

When Elected Officials Are Not at Fault

When Elected Officials Are Not at Fault

It is axiomatic in the field of public administration that “policy directions” from the political top matter more than anything else. Sound policy directions lead to good outcomes. Unsound directions…

Climate Change and State Governments

Climate Change and State Governments

State planning and environmental agencies are headed for conflict with new requirements from the Federal Emergency Management Administration for state disaster mitigation plans. FEMA wants state agencies to address the…

Multi-state Regionalism: The Future of Economic Development

Multi-state Regionalism: The Future of Economic Development

Cities, townships and counties coordinating economic development is not new. Most states can point to a regional economic development approach. However, most state governments’ spend much of their time competing…

The 21st Century Workforce: Global Trends

The 21st Century Workforce: Global Trends

Two decades into the 21st century finds the workplace with as many components and trends as a philharmonic orchestra. Moving pieces, such as globalization, technology, diversity and multigenerational employees, require…

Managing Mission Misalignment

Managing Mission Misalignment

Like most natural disasters, large-scale wildfires do not respect jurisdictional boundaries. This makes them an excellent test case for exploring the sometimes conflicting missions and approaches among the various federal,…

Business Improvement Districts as Public Service Partners

Business Improvement Districts as Public Service Partners

Cities continue to experience economic decline as they try to recoup from the Great Recession. They struggle with budgets which lead to decreased ability to provide additional services to neighborhoods…

Adaptive Strategies For Administrators—Part 2

It is difficult to be a practitioner in public administration today. In many situations, there is a gap between what is taught about public administration and the everyday needs faced…

Marine Tapped to Head Joint Chiefs of Staff

Marine Tapped to Head Joint Chiefs of Staff

President Obama has nominated Marine Corp. Commandant, Gen. Joseph Dunford Jr. as the next Chairman of the Joint Chiefs of Staff. With a military career spanning well over 40 years,…

Light Bulb Moments in Experiential Learning

Light Bulb Moments in Experiential Learning

The experience of the student is the crux of education. Whether it is experiential, project-based, problem-based, inquiry-based or some other trendy moniker, education should move beyond simply gaining knowledge or…

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