Nigel Jacob, Urban Technologist-in-Residence at Living Cities and convener of its City Accelerator initiative, speaks at Lipscomb University's Collaboration 101 conference about leading examples of urban innovation that relied on collaboration and the emerging practice of collective impact to improve the lives of low-income residents.
Jacob is scheduled to speak at 1:50 Eastern/ 12:50 Central/ 10:50 Pacific on Tuesday, October 21.
At 1:50 p.m., former POY and leader of the City Accelerator initiative Nigel Jacob will discuss urban innovations to help the poor.
Penelope Lemov is a correspondent and part-time editor for GOVERNING. She writes two e-newsletters -- one on finance, the other on taxes and revenue -- and edits features and columns every month. She is the former Health columnist for GOVERNING and was senior editor for several award-winning GOVERNING features. She is also the founder and writer of the blog, www.grownchildren.net.
Just about every state and local public pension is back on its heels, experiencing major portfolio and prestige losses and cost threats. That's why it's pleasantly diverting to see a new study on the economic impact of state and local pension plans.
State tax collections had a strong case of the milds in the second quarter of 2007--a 6.1 percent increase in tax revenue, compared to the same quarter of 2006. That said, this nominal growth rate, as measured by the Rockfeller Institute's "State Revenue Report," was weak by long-term historical standards.
The West Virginia legislature recently gave the thumbs up to a radical experiment in health care: doctor-run pay-in-advance plans that provide a family unlimited primary and urgent care for $125 a month. No insurance coverage is involved.
Having worked on both sides, Coughlin is passionate in his belief in the assisted-living philosophy, and that belief drives the way he approaches regulation. A key part of assisted living, he points out, is a resident's right to autonomy, but autonomy poses safety risks.
A growing number of states and localities are turning to incentives to
move the employees they insure into healthier lifestyles. Indiana is
going one step further. It is trying to target employees who are at
risk for illnesses and offering them special services to improve their
odds of staying healthy.
A few weeks ago, Governing sat down with Michael Leavitt, the U.S.
Health and Human Services secretary and former governor of Utah, to
talk about changes that could be in store for the Medicaid program.
Here are some key points he made.
There's no going back. Money may be short, some basic services may be in a funding freefall, but online government is a way of life. "No one would dispute that information technology has become the backbone of commerce," wrote Nicholas G. Carr (next page) in a recent Harvard Business Review article.
Sixteen states are on Moody's Investors Service negative outlook and four on negative watch, with "future credit deterioration likely," according to Robert Kurtter, senior vice president of state ratings for the credit-rating agency. Moody's had already downgraded eight states in the past two years.
There's a dagger at the heart of any solution to the crisis in health care costs--but it's not the skyrocketing price of prescription drugs. Rather, it's the uninsured: the 41 million Americans--one in seven-- who can't afford, aren't offered or choose not to carry health insurance.
Massachusetts and New Mexico made news three years ago when they issued bonds for construction projects and promised to repay the loans with federal highway grants they had coming their way. Now, Chicago has come to market with a variation on the grant-anticipation theme.
After years of benign neglect, the municipal bond market is back in
the spotlight. Falling interest rates, a volatile stock market and a
weakening economy created a resurgence of interest in both issuing and
buying muni bonds in the first three quarters of the year.