Columns & Blogs


  • The Wrong Ways to Elect America's Mayors
  • Holding partisan mayoral elections ensures low voter turnout and disenfranchises vast numbers of voters. So does voting in odd-numbered years. We need to re-think how we approach these important elections.

  • The Real Root of Obamacare’s IT Problems
  • All of the legal and legislative challenges to Obamacare leading up to the opening of the health insurance marketplaces would have wreaked havoc on any IT project.




  • How to Stop a City's Cycle of Decline
  • Troubled cities need to look honestly at their trajectory and forecast for the future -- or else they may become the next Detroit.


  • Meter Shock in Cincinnati
  • Privatizing parking meters was a disaster for Chicago. So why is Cincinnati doing it?




  • What's New in Cities ... and What's Truly New
  • Some of the changes we are seeing just make the old more efficient. But some will have a much deeper impact, and governments that apply old ways of thinking to them will be making a big mistake.




Events & Webinars


  • Finance 101: Best Practices in Financial Literacy
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  • Today more than ever, it is critical for state and local governments to practice sound fiscal management and financial planning. Failure to understand financial outcomes undermines a jurisdiction’s economic and political viability. Yet there’s a big gap between what public leaders know about finance and what they need to know.



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