TABLE of CONTENTS November 2006

Cover Story


Smart Decline

In 40 years, Youngstown has lost more than half its population. Those people aren't coming back. But shrinking doesn't have to mean dying. BY Christopher Swope

Welfare Workout

The feds thought the states were gaming welfare reform. Now states have to deal with a new round of rules. BY Ellen Perlman

Across-The-Board Innovator

No issue is beyond his realm of interest. BY Jonathan Walters

Civic Booster

Luring businesses by improving quality of life. BY Josh Goodman

Wi-Fi Visionary

Helping all of Philadelphia connect to the Web. BY Ellen Perlman

Abolitionist Apostle

On a mission to end chronic homelessness. BY Christopher Swope

The Deal in The Details

A shared-sacrifice approach to expanding health coverage. BY Alan Greenblatt

Loyal To The Library

But willing to loan out her management skills. BY Anne Jordan

Urban Outfitter

Helping cities thrive, not just survive. BY Rob Gurwitt

Everyman's Executive

Restoring public confidence in the wake of a scandal. BY Zach Patton

Steady in A Storm

Reassuring and rebuilding Mississippi after Katrina. BY Alan Greenblatt


Resolution is a valuable commodity in a public official. Rigidity rarely is. Year after year, the men and women honored by Governing magazine are those who can change and adapt--to new issues and circumstances or to the need to take on a whole menu of difficult challenges simultaneously. BY Alan Greenblatt

The Nuclear Option

Building nuclear power plants has been unthinkable in this country for a quarter-century. It's getting thinkable again. BY Josh Goodman

California's Auto Upgrade

Car insurance rates in the state can no longer be based first and foremost on the driver's address. BY Christopher Swope

Pedal Pushers

Fair- and foul-weather cities alike are gearing up to make it safer and easier for commuters to bicycle to work. BY Zach Patton

Up Front

Energy & Environment

Troubled Waters

Offshore oil drilling sounds like a bonanza to some state interests-- and a nightmare to others. BY Sarah Harney

Blackberry Mayor

Nobody does constituent service better than Adrian Fenty. But as D.C.'s chief executive, he'll need a much bigger repertoire. BY Sarah Harney
Health & Human Services

Smoke Signals

No-smoking ordinances have proved surprisingly resistant to challenge. BY Sarah Harney
Health & Human Services

Smoke Signals

No-smoking ordinances have proved surprisingly resistant to challenge. BY Sarah Harney
Management & Labor

The Albany Triopoly

In New York, it's the governor, the Assembly speaker and the Senate president who decide all the state's crucial policy questions. BY Sarah Harney

The Business of Government


License Reinstatement: Florida Puts Bad Drivers Online

This summer, the Florida Department of Highway Safety and Motor Vehicles approved its first online Advanced Driver Improvement course. It's a 12-hour class required for Florida drivers who have temporarily lost their driving privileges because of excessive points, habitual traffic offenses or court order. BY Sarah Harney
Infrastructure & Environment

Easing the Campus-Parking Crunch

Car-sharing companies come to undergrads' aid. BY Sarah Harney
Tech Talk

Addicted To Data

Policy makers are demanding unified databases, but mixing and matching data are more difficult than they think. BY Sarah Harney
Smart Management

Speed Limits

Response time is the easiest but not necessarily the best measure of performance. BY Sarah Harney
Health & Human Services

The Biological Boom

As biologic drugs enter the mainstream, they could break the Medicaid bank--and the health care system. BY Sarah Harney
Economic Development

Empty Bowls

Building a sports venue to attract a team or spark redevelopment is an increasingly risky venture. BY Sarah Harney

Housing Tax Bubble

Rising property values fomented tax reform in South Carolina, but restrictions in the new law may haunt the state. BY Sarah Harney
Energy & Environment

Up in Smoke

St. Lucie County, Florida, will be making the most of its trash. Geoplasma, an Atlanta-based waste processing company, is set to invest $425 million to build a plant that will vaporize garbage using temperatures hotter than the sun. BY Sarah Harney