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Introducing the 2014 Public Officials of the Year

We’re honoring these nine outstanding individuals for their continued commitment to public service, their remarkable leadership and their innovation­­­.


Infrastructure & Environment

What Can Cities Really Do About Climate Change?

Grand Rapids, Mich., stands as tangible evidence of what cities can do to reduce human impact on the environment. But the city’s efforts also underscore its limitations. BY
Health & Human Services

America Won the Battle against Smoking but Risks Losing the War

States have reduced smoking to an all-time low. But future efforts suddenly seem hazy. BY

Exiting Municipal Bankruptcy Only a Step in Road to Recovery

Many cities that declare bankruptcy ultimately emerge from it in a year or two. But regaining the trust of their citizens is a long-term proposition. BY


Politics & Elections

Should Judges Be Allowed to Court Campaign Donors?

That’s what the U.S. Supreme Court will decide in a case that could make judicial elections even more like other political races. BY
Politics & Elections

Message to Lawmakers: Say What You Really Think

A new study shows that when legislators make their stance on even controversial issues public, they convince people to join their side. BY
Management & Labor

Training Future Leaders to Master Policy and IT

As demand for data analysts in government grows, what may be the nation's first master’s program that teaches not just public policy knowledge but technology skills too has launched. BY
Management & Labor

Detroit’s 50-Year Plan

Many cities are partnering with nonprofits, but Detroit’s project may represent the best effort to create a vision for the future and provide the tools to make it a reality. BY

Urban Acupuncture Is Coming to America

Inspired by an idea that originated in 1970s Brazil, urban planners in America are increasingly thinking small scale to solve big problems. BY
Washington Watch

The Police Problem Hiding behind the Humvee

The militarization of police has come under fire, but it’s just a distraction from the real civil rights issues. BY
Politics & Elections

Why Some Politicians Don’t Win Higher Office

Candidates like Texas Sen. Wendy Davis and Cuyahoga County Executive Ed FitzGerald are examples of the Peter Principle: They were both successful, but both lost their campaigns for higher office. BY
Health & Human Services

What Will Happen If Congress Doesn’t Renew CHIP

If the new Congress defunds the Children’s Health Insurance Program, the impact on states will vary. BY
Infrastructure & Environment

Blinded by Light Pollution

Artificial light is a growing problem that’s hurting humans and animals. What are cities doing about it? BY
Urban Notebook

Immigrants Help Reverse Baltimore’s Decline

The city’s aggressive attempts to attract immigrants have helped increase its population for the first time in decades. Should other struggling cities adopt a similar strategy? BY



Where More People Are Putting Down Roots

Having a high number of deeply entrenched residents helps shape the character of a city. See how your city’s population compares to others. BY
Smart Management

So You Won the Governor’s Race, Now What?

The transition from one administration to the next sets the tone for a new governor. But there are ways to mess it up. BY
On Leadership

Why Loneliness Should Matter to Governments

How the public sector can use data and analytics to help knit communities back together. BY
Tech Talk

Open Data’s Hidden Value

States and localities can profit from it, and it’s time to start talking about how. BY
Public Money

Environmental Risks Becoming Part of Bond Assessments

Municipal bond investors have started asking governments to disclose their area's environmental hazards, but a lot of the information they want is not yet known. BY

San Francisco’s Rainbow Crosswalks

Following a trend of jazzing up roadways, the city installed rainbow crosswalks in honor of the LGBT community. BY

100 Blue Ravine Rd
Folsom, CA 95630
(916) 932-1300