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Is 5G Really a Thing? A Local Government Perspective

Is 5G Really a Thing? A Local Government Perspective

As our march into the future grinds on, local governments are the last hurdle between 5G and our mobile devices. What’s a 5G and should local governments be afraid?…

Reap What You Sow: Rural Midwest Community Action on Climate Change

Reap What You Sow: Rural Midwest Community Action on Climate Change

The Rural Climate Dialogues in greater Missouri are one of many examples of local governments and citizens becoming change agents within their communities in the direction of combatting climate change.…

Profiles of Excellence

Profiles of Excellence

As president of the National Civic League (NCL), Doug Linkhart brings more than 40 years of experience to the public policy arena. Here he shares his perspectives on equity. …

Egyptian and American Regime Disruptions and Interest in the MPA and MPP

Egyptian and American Regime Disruptions and Interest in the MPA and MPP

With the perceived move away from democracy in different parts of the world, are students moving away from the study of Public Policy and Public Administration?…

Controversial Issues Facing States in the New Year

Controversial Issues Facing States in the New Year

As policymakers and academics look forward to the beginning of a new year and new decade, the general election will determine the control of the White House, the United States…

More Than Rhetorical Value

More Than Rhetorical Value

Blessett was the 2019 recipient of ASPA’s Gloria Hobson Nordin Social Equity Award. This column is an adaptation of the remarks she delivered during the awards program.…

Hope and Optimism: Welcome to 2020!

Hope and Optimism: Welcome to 2020!

How can personal attitude or outlook affect policy? Optimist or pessimist, can one’s perspective on life and society help to shape public policy? …

Resolving to Improve Situational Awareness for Public Health Emergencies in 2020

Resolving to Improve Situational Awareness for Public Health Emergencies in 2020

Government officials and policymakers must take stock of how far we are in preparing for and responding to a public health emergency, and the vulnerabilities that still exist. Of particular…

If You Need Me, I’ll Be At Home

If You Need Me, I’ll Be At Home

Telecommuting is a perk and a benefit that should not be viewed as an employee entitlement. Rather, it is a tool to help the organization.…

T.R.U.S.T: The Real Understanding of Social Trust

T.R.U.S.T: The Real Understanding of Social Trust

Valued-based care models aim to enrich patient-centered care and health outcomes while also reducing health costs in the United States healthcare delivery system. …

Asking Hard Questions, Softly—but Persistently: a Key Skill in Collaboration

Asking Hard Questions, Softly—but Persistently: a Key Skill in Collaboration

Collaborative efforts demand trust that partners will share resources in working toward shared goals. Asking hard questions in the right tone, at the right time, can be a leadership contribution…

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