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The New Data-Driven Government Equation

In a guest article, Kate Bender, Deputy Performance Officer in the Kansas City, Missouri, Office of Performance Management, discusses how hard facts plus citizen perceptions leads to prosperous communities.

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How President Obama Has Left Red States Deeper in the Red

Budgets in conservative states have been cut much more than in liberal or swing states.

Want to Make Municipal TV More Interesting? Use Puppets.

Plenty of programming produced by local governments is boring. But not in Lakeville, Minnesota.


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Watch How Boston Deals With Snow Removal in a Smarter Way

With its SnowCOP software, the public works department isn’t afraid of a massive blizzard.

Are Mobile Crime Alerts Making You Racist?

Citizens want details on crime in their neighborhoods, and law enforcement agencies are giving it to them. But there is such a thing as too much information.

s a truck dumps compost materials inside a receiving area at the Cedar Grove processing facility in Everett, Wash. in 2011.

Seattle's Scarlet Letter Composting System

The city is using public shame to get residents to recycle their food waste.

The Remarkable Turnaround of Atlanta Public Transit

MARTA CEO Keith Parker on the agency's hopeful future.

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San Diego Mayor: ‘We Should Welcome the Chaos of Disruptive Minds’

Kevin Faulconer says that it’s too easy for governments to discourage innovation.

Police Department Offers Simple Idea to Make In-Person Craigslist Sales Safe

Local law enforcement agencies could easily replicate what police in Lowell, Michigan, are doing.

Kevin Lo, the general manager of Google's fiber-optic Internet services, announces during a news conference in Nashville, Tenn., on Tuesday, Jan. 27, 2015, that the city is among four metro areas selected to gigabit-speed connection.

So, Google Fiber Is Coming to Your City. What Are the Next Steps?

Atlanta, Charlotte, Nashville and Raleigh-Durham are the next cities on Google’s expansion list. But it will take time and a lot of planning to make it a reality.

Minneapolis Green-Lights Its Organics Recycling Program Plan

Minnesota’s largest city is embracing the municipal composting movement, which is gaining steam in many U.S. cities.

Pravda on the Plains: Indiana's New Propaganda Machine

From the White House to the Midwest, American politicians are creating—and favoring—state-sponsored media in lieu of the free press.

The Parable of the Good Samaritan by Jan Wijnants.

The Sorry State of 'Good Samaritan' Laws

Whether you can safely help a stranger during a crisis largely depends on where you live.