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THE FUTURE OF Community Design

The Census Goes Digital – 3 Things to Know

Collecting census data online creates new risks to the accuracy and integrity of the information. Here's what you need to know.

By Anjana Susarla, Michigan State University  |  February 28, 2020
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THE FUTURE OF What’s Next

Legislators Face Tech-Heavy Agenda as They Confront the Future: Digital Issues to Watch

Never before have policymakers faced such daunting questions on regulating and legislating the growing impact of digital technology. We pick the most important issues they will grapple with this year.

By Skip Descant, Alan Greenblatt, Zoe Manzanetti, Tod Newcombe, Zack Quaintance, Lucas Ropek  |  February 27, 2020
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THE FUTURE OF Finance

Tax Incentives: The Losing Gamble States and Cities Keep Making

Study after study shows that tax incentives don't pay off in real economic gains and often fail to produce the jobs that were promised. When managed correctly, however, they can build on local strengths.

By Alan Greenblatt, Senior Staff Writer  |  February 26, 2020
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THE FUTURE OF What’s Happening Now

How Social Media Is Elevating Engagement for Local Government

It's being used in increasingly powerful ways to enhance communications in hundreds of communities, helping to create trust, facilitate transparency, address residents' concerns and solve problems.

By Chris Hsiung, Deputy Police Chief, Mountain View, Calif.  |  February 25, 2020
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In the Arena

Lydia Mihalik Leads with a Fearless Adopted-Buckeye Heart

Lydia Mihalik is a fierce team leader and has a passion for improving the lives of others, two qualities that have suited her perfectly for Ohio’s public service as director of the Development Services Agency.

By Cathilea Robinett  |  February 25, 2020
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Lydia Mihalik Leads with a Fearless Adopted-Buckeye Heart

Lydia Mihalik is a fierce team leader and has a passion for improving the lives of others, two qualities that have suited her perfectly for Ohio’s public service as director of the Development Services Agency.

$200 million

The amount that the Federal Communications Commission is fining telecom companies, like T-Mobile, AT&T and Verizon, finding that they broke federal law by sharing customer geolocation data without the necessary consent. Critics contend the sanctions are just “a set of comically inadequate fines that won’t stop phone companies from abusing Americans’ privacy the next time they can make a quick buck.”

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