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When Enticing Millennials, Cost-of-Living Comparisons Aren’t Always What They Seem

Yes, Columbus may be less expensive, but there’s a catch.

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Download Our Next E-Book: Innovation in Action, Volume 3

Our next eBook captures six stories of how innovators at the state, county and municipal government level are making groundbreaking advances.

Read moreMarch 17, 2015Leave a comment

New Pew Data: Most States Are Still Not Out of the Revenue Hole

Twenty of 25 lagging states have GOP governors, legislatures or both.

Read moreMarch 26, 2015Leave a comment

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The Economics of Religious Freedom Bills

Legislation signed in Indiana this week could allow businesses to discriminate against same-sex couples. Other companies are hitting back.

An artist's rendering of a high-speed train station in California.

Another Reason to Love California High-Speed Rail: It's Drought-Friendly

Despite what critics say, the project will encourage higher-density growth—and save precious water over the long term.

The carpeting at Portland International Airport has been a focus of local obsession, but Portland is also dealing with bigger issues.

Portland’s Pressing Civic Issues Are Bigger Than the Design of Airport Carpet

Among other issues in the City of Roses: An upcoming vote on Uber’s reintroduction and ‘Ban the Box’ discussions.

The Feedback Loop That Will Make America's Richest Cities Even Richer

Certain multisyllabic phrases—geographic sorting, economic agglomeration, cumulative advantage—are all fancy ways of saying smart young people move toward jobs and density.

Salt Lake City's  Rice-Eccles Stadium hosted Olympic events in 2002.

Will a U.S. City Ever Host Another Olympics?

The group planning Boston's bid to host the 2024 Olympic Games now wants to put the idea to a vote. But residents still don't want the mega-event.

How Much Sprawl Costs America

More than $1 trillion, according to a new report.

D.C. Mayor Muriel Boswer

D.C.’s Local Government Promotes City’s Tech Credentials

Mayor Muriel Bowser wants her city to be “a worldwide hub for technology and innovation.”

The terrorist attacks in Paris earlier this year serve as a reminder that the MLAT process needs reform. And state and local law enforcement should be part of the process.

Why State and Local Law Enforcement Should Be Part of the MLAT Reform Process

In a guest article, Bryan Cunningham points out the MLAT problem will get worse as cloud storage providers increasingly globalize data storage.

A crane lifts a 270-ton portion of "Bertha," the massive boring machine cutting a highway tunnel under Seattle.

How Mayors Became America's Infrastructure Mavens

Governors used to lead the push for big projects, but the growing rural-urban divide has brought civic leaders to the fore.

Cities Turn to Social Media to Police Restaurants

Putting restaurant inspection information on Yelp "gives more information to the public about making decisions as far as where to go to eat," says the acting director of San Francisco's health department.