TABLE of CONTENTS November 2012

Cover Story

The U.S. as an Energy Exporter?

BY Dylan Scott

The country is poised to transition from one of the world’s biggest consumers of energy to one of its largest producers.


Senior Cohousing May be the Next Real-Estate Trend

Once a relative novelty, communal living facilities continue to increase in popularity -- and they could become a key part of the way developers and cities accommodate an aging population. View our series on aging here. BY Ryan Holeywell

Tax-Exempt Properties Rise as Cities Cope with Shrinking Tax Bases

A comprehensive solution to replenish municipal coffers has yet to emerge. BY Mike Maciag



When Governors Don’t Play Nice

Louisiana Gov. Bobby Jindal doesn’t even bother working with the state Legislature. Does it matter? BY Brian Peteritas
Public Safety & Justice

One of the Most Segregated U.S. Cities Opens the Race Conversation

Cleveland has started a yearlong series of forums on race relations to educate citizens and city leaders. BY Brian Peteritas

In Vote-Counting, Human Errors Still Creep In

New York has been reluctant to embrace technology when it comes to counting votes. Could the state’s hesitation be the source for its recent election debacles? For full election coverage, go to Governing's Election Center. BY Brian Peteritas

Georgia Attracts Unlikely Students to Government Jobs

An internship program in Georgia is hoping to open young minds to a career in public service. BY Caroline Cournoyer
Potomac Chronicle

It's Time for States, Localities to Think Boldly

Elections and governance have become so intertwined that it’s hard to know when campaigns begin or end. We do know we need big ideas. BY Caroline Cournoyer

Should Gay Marriage Be Decided by States?

The battle between the states and the U.S. House of Representatives over the definition of marriage could signal federalism’s future. BY Caroline Cournoyer
Health & Human Services

Prescription Drug Abuse Fight May Get Easier

Nearly every state has a program to track prescription drugs, but most lack the technology to keep up. Pilot programs in Indiana and Ohio may change that. BY Caroline Cournoyer
Energy & Environment

Microgrid Technology Faces Its 1st Big Test

After two storms left nearly 1 million Connecticut homes and businesses without power last year, the state began testing whether small electric grids can provide power even when the main grid loses it. BY Brian Peteritas
Economic Engines

Do Millennials Want to Call Your City ‘Home’?

Millions of millennials will soon be putting down roots. Cities and suburbs that are less attractive to them have a limited window to turn things around. BY Caroline Cournoyer
Urban Notebook

Casino Developers Court Cities

The latest market for gaming isn’t in the suburbs anymore; it’s downtown, where developers are retrofitting existing buildings and changing the casino as we know it. BY Caroline Cournoyer



West Virginia County Builds Teacher Villages to Save Struggling Schools

McDowell County may be the first rural community to build housing to attract young teachers. It could be a model for other counties facing waning populations and crumbling infrastructure. BY Brian Peteritas
Smart Management

Public vs. Private Employees: Who Wins in a Bidding War?

Instead of simply preselecting private- or public-sector employees, managed competition means projects can be put out for bid with both groups competing for work. BY Brian Peteritas
Idea Center

D.C. Police Fight Crime with Design

District of Columbia police aim to work with developers to design safe environments that prevent crime. BY Brian Peteritas
Idea Center

Building Profiling for First Responders

Camden, N.J., is piloting a new program that maps out abandoned buildings for hazards to increase safety for first responders and nearby businesses. BY Brian Peteritas
Tech Talk

Smarter Traffic Signals Could Make Commuting Easier

Washington, D.C., one of the most congested cities in the country, is testing technology that could ease traffic gridlock. BY Caroline Cournoyer
Public Money

Can California Fix Its Budget Problems?

Changes in its political system may point the way for it to meet financial challenges. BY Caroline Cournoyer