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A Natural Approach to Land Use Planning

A Natural Approach to Land Use Planning

We typically approach urban planning the same way an architect designs a building. A natural, organic approach to guiding development based on a small set of simple rules takes a…

Ready to Join: Predictive Markers of Successful City-County Consolidations

Ready to Join: Predictive Markers of Successful City-County Consolidations

One experiment conducted throughout American history has been the consolidation of separate local governments into a single entity, notably in the form of city-county consolidations. The raisons d'etre for consolidation…

Gossip For Good

Gossip For Good

Organizational communication is tough, but what if there were another lever available to move your message?…

Citizen’s Government Academy Experience

Citizen’s Government Academy Experience

Citizen government academies illustrate public officials’ commitment to transparency. They allow citizens to engage with local government, and arm them with knowledge about how government is organized and operated.…

The Public Manager

The Public Manager

Public managers are at the heart of government service. How can public managers be more useful in their citizen-facing, citizen supporting roles? Is there enough flexibility in bureaucracy to design…

Environmental Protection, Exemptions And The Military

Environmental Protection, Exemptions And The Military

The military is exempt from many environmental regulations, rules and laws, raising concerns about long-term impacts. Over time the goal should be to move policymakers and the DOD to a…

Process of Change: United States’ Clean and Affordable Energy

Process of Change: United States’ Clean and Affordable Energy

Affordable and clean energy is a growing necessity for maintaining resilience against climate change. Prioritizing effective sustainable development goals, similar to the U.N.’s call for clean and affordable energy, will…

Marrying Technology And The Public Sector

Marrying Technology And The Public Sector

Technology should not frustrate constituents who are reliant on their local government for assistance. With substantive changes to technology, information and accessibility can work simultaneously to provide the user with…

Do We Need a New Funding Source for Public Education to Improve Quality?

Do We Need a New Funding Source for Public Education to Improve Quality?

States should consider classifying teachers as state, rather than local, employees, raise teacher salaries and accept the full cost of teacher salaries. Such a plan would shift collective bargaining to…

Supply-Side Strategies to Reduce Medical Costs

Supply-Side Strategies to Reduce Medical Costs

Insurance is ultimately a demand-management financing vehicle, and represents only about half of the $4 trillion United States national expenditure on healthcare. This article flips the market analysis over…

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