Frank Fairbanks was a GOVERNING contributor. He has served as city manager of Phoenix since 1990 and was named one of GOVERNING's Public Officials of the Year in 1994.

Frank Fairbanks
June 17, 2009

New Lives for Old Buildings

How one city is smoothing the way for adaptive reuse.
April 1, 2009

Making Everybody a Crimefighter

When crime blights a community, the police are just part of the solution. The key to turning things around is to engage the community itself.
December 10, 2008

Cutting for Excellence

Slashing spending offers opportunities for positive change. But a government's workers need to be part of the process, and they need to know they are being treated fairly.
August 6, 2008

When It's Time to Cut

How do you keep public employees optimistic and productive when budget surgery brings staff reductions? There are ways, writes Frank Fairbanks.
April 30, 2008

The Public and the Price of Lunch

Citizens know that there is a connection between public services and taxes, writes Frank Fairbanks, but the connection is not clear or direct.
January 23, 2008

Overcoming Rivalries to Bring Higher Ed Downtown

Downtown universities, writes Frank Fairbanks, create quality jobs, improve the quality of life in the broader central city, provide new cultural venues and create a positive street environment.
September 19, 2007

Inviting the Public In

What can we do to enhance the public's ability to understand what government is doing and why? Invite them into the budget process, writes Frank Fairbanks.
June 13, 2007

Doing the Community's Will

When city resources are tight, Frank Fairbanks writes, sometimes all you need is community participation to make progress.