March 30, 2016
Policies are one thing. Implementing them is another. The next president needs to pay attention to our intergovernmental system.
September 25, 2015
Many challenges lie ahead. Cities and counties will need to collaborate and innovate as never before.
June 9, 2015
There are times when transportation and other infrastructure work just as they should. Smart cities look for ways to make that happen all the time.
December 3, 2014
Communities that cultivate a network of institutions and pay attention to the "3 Es" of resiliency will be better able to respond and adapt to new challenges.
September 8, 2014
As they deploy modern, data-driven tools for public-sector efficiency, today's government leaders are building on work that began many decades ago.
April 29, 2014
To sustain excellence over time, governments need to build leadership at all levels of their organizations.
October 30, 2013
It's been 20 years since "Reinventing Government" was published. The book's lessons continue to resonate among innovative governments across the country.
July 24, 2013
The challenges facing today's governments require a management approach that cuts across disciplines and departments.
May 1, 2013
The challenges that lie ahead can be expected to produce plenty of innovation, but they will test the leadership capacity of elected and appointed officials.
January 2, 2013
In the Federalist Papers, the Founders articulated their goals for a new system of government. Today's local governments need something similar to be ready to deal with the challenges they face.
October 17, 2012
Local governments are leading the way in engaging the public in decision-making. More and more, technology is the key.
June 27, 2012
Our cities and counties enjoy the highest level of citizen trust of any level of government. That’s why they will lead the way despite the fiscal challenges to come.
January 25, 2012
The fiscal challenges facing local governments won't go away soon. Here's why that's a good thing.
August 24, 2011
Today’s most effective leaders are very different from the public administrators of the past. The challenges have changed, and the old rules no longer apply.
January 5, 2011
ICMA's executive director discusses his organization's guidelines to ensuring fair compensation.
September 13, 2010
The U.S. can learn a lot from other parts of the world about promoting energy sustainable communities.
Local government leaders have the tenure and familiarity with a place to create and sustain communities.
A new book takes the mystery out of what separates top performers from everybody else, and reveals the keys to high performance.
The economic crisis has ushered in permanent changes by empowering managers to challenge assumptions.
The key is creating meaningful value -- and sustaining it.
The key to retaining government's best people is knowing what makes them tick: They want to make a difference, and they thrive on complex tasks.
Most infrastructure is local. That's where stimulus spending can do the most the quickest.
There are no miracle cures. The key is focusing on the strategic big picture.
Economic policies are unlikely to succeed if they are driven by the federal government alone. It is clear that states, regions and local governments have a vital role to play.
Since 1994, the Center for Performance Measurement, created by ICMA, has helped participating jurisdictions improve the effectiveness and efficiency of their public services through the collection, analysis and application of performance information.
Robert O'Neill identifies eight insights learned from communities that have, or hope to, build diversified, successful economies.
Does the latest management trend -- evidence-based management -- complement or confuse our current management practices?
Identifying creative approaches is imperative to attract and develop a cadre of skilled, committed, and trained individuals to serve in state and local government.
State and local governments invest only a fraction of what the private sector does in research and development. To make up for that lack of investment, states and localities need a new approach to research, innovation, and the development of best practices.
Federal, state, and local officials must make the ecological choices that address current needs and enhance the livability of our communities today without compromising the capacity of future generations to do the same.
It is time to move away from a "command and control" approach to a disaster-assistance system that relies instead on a network of partnerships.
Government employees' contributions to their organizations revolve around six key areas of commitment.
The federal government's long-range financial projections demand that local and regional governments create innovative ways to address challenges and opportunities.