TABLE of CONTENTS December 2013Cover Story
BY News Staff
These nine officials have demonstrated the true power of public service.
Chicago’s infrastructure bank has been hailed as an innovative new financing model that could revolutionize the way cities build new projects and manage risk. If only it could get off the ground.
He promised to rescue his troubled city as mayor. Did he deliver?
The long-anticipated wave of government worker retirements was delayed by the recession. But now, some agencies report signs it's starting to begin.
POLITICS + POLICY
Are the bad vibes at the federal level encouraging more interest at the lower levels – or is it bad advertising all around for the public sector?
Land bank programs have become a popular way for cities to acquire abandoned property and do something productive with it.
Outgoing Mayor Tom Menino, who was in office for 20 years, has launched what may be the first-ever transition blog to help his successor succeed.
Jurupa Valley is at risk of insolvency. But unlike many cities, its fiscal problems really aren't its fault.
The decision likely means the structure -- once home to the Oilers and Astros and touted as the Eighth Wonder of the World -- will be demolished.
Nearly every state has at some point offered forgiveness to tax evaders. While it raises revenue quickly, it sends the wrong message to taxpayers.
The FCC wants to modernize AM radio, which has lost listeners in recent years. Can it work?
By using redistricting to protect incumbents and reduce the number of truly competitive legislative races, many states have set the stage for all the nasty battles playing out in Congress.
There’s a proposal in Congress that opponents say would create headaches for public pension managers and could make it harder to finance infrastructure development.
The cost of picking up people’s recycling bins is high, but the portion of people who actually recycle is low. That’s why Houston wants to get rid of recycling bins.
Hoping to reinvent the sprawling city, El Paso officials decided to teach the development community the importance of new urbanism. Now, other cities are following in its footsteps.
Despite the bleak employment outlook and negative rhetoric, recent surveys suggest enrollment for public administration programs and interest in government careers has increased.
Governments really are in a competition. A lot is at stake.
The federal government wants to create a single network for emergency communications, and it’s up to states to decide whether they want to join.
Maricopa County, Ariz., has found a way to make paygo pay off.
The nation’s first truly transcontinental road, the Lincoln Highway once made its way through 14 states but has gradually slipped into obscurity.