TABLE of CONTENTS January 2003Cover Story
BY Christopher Swope
Creative approaches to the design and retrofit of public buildings prove that safety doesn't have to be ugly.
As it heads to state legislatures, the agreement brings taxes on Internet and catalog sales one step closer.
Republicans control more legislatures this year than they have in decades. They didn't pick the easiest time to take over.
Coming up with the cash and willpower to build IT projects across agency lines
There's a form of gun regulation that could save thousands of lives a year. If we weren't so paranoid, we'd adopt it.
Last December, Michael Spence, Montana's chief medical officer, got an unexpected piece of mail. It was a Christmas card from the management of the Super 8 motel in Libby, Montana--a reminder of just how much time he had spent in the small town more than 300 miles away from his office in the state capitol of Helena.
Some cities have long had an appealingly simple answer to urban problems: annex their way out of them. The problem of cities, they say, is that affluent suburbs have surrounded them, so the secret is to annex those areas before they can incorporate.
The Business of Government
When the governor or mayor comes from the IT business world, it makes implementing e-government easier--at least it should.
The latter is the case in Massachusetts, where a new program allows players in some 350 communities to virtually rebuild their cities and learn the economic, fiscal and political ramifications of their choices.
By touting its success, advocates hope to spare the children's health insurance program from the budget ax.
Occasionally, a well-meaning piece of legislation turns out to embody the law of unintended consequences.
The people who work in the North Carolina state capitol building ain't afraid of no ghosts. But that's not because they think the apparitions are a hoax.
A key factor in muni bond ratings these days is the quality of governance or 'political risk' of an issuer.
Thirty years ago, Atlanta was one of the first cities the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency took to court to clean up its municipal sewage discharges.
When Memphis' new sports and entertainment center opens in 2004, the Pyramid of Memphis will join a parade of underused and unpaid-for sports stadiums. Among other arenas struggling to compete with newer, nearby facilities are Minneapolis' Target Center and the Miami Arena.
Back when he was the mayor of Glen Cove, New York, Thomas Suozzi was fond of advertising the city's benefits in newspapers. Now that he is county executive of Nassau County, Suozzi is using the same technique, only on a much grander scale.
The power of people to improve the way government works was the recurring theme of Governing's annual management conference, held September 17-19, 2002, in Austin, Texas. The program dialogue moved beyond the nuts and bolts of measuring performance to the finer points of using measures to motivate and improve performance.