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The New Old(er) US: Are you ready for tech savvy older adults?

The New Old(er) US:  Are you ready for tech savvy older adults?

Can we talk about aging? Yes, we have to. Let’s start by admitting that we are all aging. According to the 2010 census, more than thirteen percent of us in…

Restoring Trust in Government Matters

Despite heightened rhetoric about engaging citizens, improving customer satisfaction and restoring public trust in government, little significant success in doing so is evident today especially when we focus on the…

Emergency Management During Transitions: How to Stay the Course

Emergency Management During Transitions: How to Stay the Course

Much of the literature on emergency management stresses the importance of developing and maintaining a strategic vision. The same is true of public administration in general, with perhaps the greatest…

Administrative Law and Federalism in the Age of Obamacare

Public administrators and agencies exert an enormous amount of authority in American society. They make daily judgments regarding the quality of the food we eat, the water we drink, and…

Assets Building in a Small, Appalachian City

Assets Building in a Small, Appalachian City

In last month’s column, we discussed how communities should focus on their assets rather than their needs when developing economic strategies. Needs-based development often causes communities to offer unwise tax…

Leaders Beware: There be Dragons!

Leaders Beware: There be Dragons!

In ancient times, when map makers drew spots on the map where no one had been and no one knew anything about, they simply wrote: “There be dragons here.” The…

Net Neutrality and the Public Sector: Who is Responsible for That?

Net Neutrality and the Public Sector: Who is Responsible for That?

An essential component in retrieving and disseminating vital information is obtaining access to it in a free and transparent manner. For the public sector, this rule has governed much of…

Basics of Disaster Contracting

Basics of Disaster Contracting

After 20 plus years of doing conventional contracting, I have entered into the world of disaster contracting and the differences are many. I don’t like to use the word ‘conventional’…

More Communities Should Focus on Their Assets and Not Their Needs

More Communities Should Focus on Their Assets and Not Their Needs

Recent reporting by the New York Times has highlighted the amount of taxpayer dollars that state and local governments spend on incentives to attract and retain businesses. At the extreme,…