Too often, it's uncharted territory. But the time to prepare is before a community is overwhelmed.
We can't have effective policymaking without comprehensive data. By mandating standardized data collection across the state, Florida is leading the way.
Rather than treating them as the enemy, cities should collaborate with them.
China has disrupted our once-thriving recycling programs. Cities and counties should be investing in the recycling industry, not incinerators.
Building on decades of experience, public leaders are finding new ways to tap the power of this powerful, evolving form of data-driven management.
A cost-benefit model is the best route to creating fiscally prudent incentive packages.
These institutions offer statewide resources that municipal leaders should take more advantage of.
Cities and states have the tools to help shape a future that is both clean and equitable.
We need to reimagine them and invest in them as platforms for health, equity and neighborhood wellbeing.
Someday Congress may mandate it, but there's nothing to keep states from moving on their own.
Regional partnerships are a way to help low-income families gain the advantages of resource-rich areas. There's new support from Washington.
Requiring two-person crews raises railroads' costs unnecessarily and discourages investment in technologies that could make shipping safer.
Building on the federal Child Tax Credit would yield dramatic results.
More and more cities are coming to understand that the key to developing their economies is the job-creation assets they already have.
Promising initiatives around the country show what can be done in struggling neighborhoods.
A California court decision could harm not just businesses but also workers and consumers. And the misguided idea shows signs of spreading to other states.
Over-reliance on fines and fees is a big part of the problem, but there are a lot of steps that cities can take.