TABLE of CONTENTS March 2007

Cover Story

Static on the Grid

BY Christopher Swope

States that deregulated are trying to make competition work better for consumers and the state's power supply.

Features

BY Christopher Swope

Courting Talent

Last year, the City of Boston needed help, and a lot of it. Its top management team was suddenly full of holes. In the space... BY Jonathan Walters

Felon Fallout

A couple of years ago, the state of California did something surprising. It changed the name of its Department of Corrections, tacking on the words "... BY Alan Greenblatt

Betting the Farm

The small city of Lenoir, North Carolina, is more High Country than high tech. Snuggled against the Blue Ridge foothills 70 miles northwest of Charlotte, Lenoir... BY Zach Patton

Revving Up the Rails

States are ready to put up big bucks to speed up passenger rail service--if someone would just push freight trains out of the way. BY Josh Goodman

Up Front

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Politics News

Central Figure

Dennis O'Brien has made a career in the middle of the political spectrum. Can he lead from there? BY Sarah Harney
Hidden Section

Breaking the Density Deadlock

A local government that denounced density in blunt terms just six years ago is embracing it now. BY Alan Ehrenhalt
Technology

Broadband's Buzzwords

The difference between my cable company and my telephone company has become a bit blurry. My cable provider wants me to drop my phone company... BY Mark Stencel
Public Money

Fueling a Tax

A drive toward increased efficiency in energy and reduced oil consumption means state revenue systems will undergo wrenching changes. BY John E. Petersen
Potomac Chronicle

SCHIP and Beyond

The children's health program is a model for what broader health care initiatives ought to look like. BY Jonathan Walters

Business for Government

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Health & Human Services

Dialogue in the Delta

It isn't a strong economy that produces healthy people. It's healthy people that produce a strong economy." Peter Johnson is standing in a meeting room... BY Penelope Lemov
Health & Human Services

Dialogue in the Delta

It isn't a strong economy that produces healthy people. It's healthy people that produce a strong economy." Peter Johnson is standing in a meeting room... BY Penelope Lemov
Infrastructure & Environment

Rough Landing: Miami Airport Deals With a $1 Billion Debt

Real-life sinkholes are a problem in South Florida, but the one giving Miami-Dade County officials headaches these days is figurative: Miami International Airport's finances. BY Sarah Harney
Finance

Numbers, Crunched

If budgets are financial plans, then CAFRs tell you what happened to the plan. So why don't more people pay attention to them? BY Sarah Harney
Public Safety & Justice

Great Forensic Expectations

Do TV shows about crime investigation influence real-life jurors? BY Sarah Harney
Energy & Environment

Eco-Friendship: Cities Move Toward Green Building Codes

Several cities have been promoting energy-efficient development by requiring publicly funded buildings to meet specific build-green standards. In recent months, two major cities have upped the eco- friendly ante, applying green building standards to all projects, public and private. BY Sarah Harney
Economic Development

Park With a View: Seattle's Sculpture Garden Opens the City

Sitting at the edge of a once-forlorn downtown neighborhood, Seattle's new and flashy Olympic Sculpture Park could be the city's latest development juggernaut. BY Sarah Harney