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Public Service—Our Immediate Vocation

Public Service—Our Immediate Vocation

For public servants, Decembers are not only slow, they are slow-motion rewind. Ask a public servant what December means to them and many will tell you that it is a…

Public Servants—Thank You For Delivering Civilization

Public Servants—Thank You For Delivering Civilization

The core values that citizens expect from public servants have not changed over time. Indeed, the expectations are high. Thank you, public servants, for all the services you deliver. …

Liberating Resources to Fund a Better Future

Liberating Resources to Fund a Better Future

Launching new programs and services on a limited budget is a challenge many local governments face. One promising breakthrough solution is repurposing the resources a local government already collects.…

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…

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.…

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…

The Success of Government

The Success of Government

The Merit System Principles are intended to insure a high quality of civil service. Unfortunately, in today’s atmosphere, some of these tenets have been seriously dishonored. The purpose of this…

Optimism In a Time of Political Chaos

Optimism In a Time of Political Chaos

Our current politics, to put it mildly, are chaotic. How should those of us working in public service feel? Public administration is grounded in fact, professionalism and rationality; it is…

Student Loan Debt

Student Loan Debt

Student loans are the ubiquitous burden of younger generations. Their $1.6 trillion balance looms over the lives of millions of borrowers. The ever growing balance has been deemed a crisis…

Public Administration and the Spatial Web

Public Administration and the Spatial Web

Understanding and preparing for the new Web 3.0 world will be a great challenge for public administration in the next few decades of the 21st Century.…

Are We Thinking About Infrastructure?

Are We Thinking About Infrastructure?

A critical and often neglected component of our profession is infrastructure. While we are knowledgeable about the proper actions to take regarding infrastructure, more attention is needed towards the thinking…

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