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Senior Editor Michael Grass, who joined GovExec in June 2014, is the founding co-editor of DCist.com and worked as a copy editor at Roll Call, local and online editor at The Washington Post's Express newspaper, deputy managing editor at The New York Observer's Politicker.com, deputy managing editor at Washington City Paper and the D.C., Maryland and Virginia local editor for The Huffington Post. He also managed a non-profit network of state-based policy news sites in Colorado, Iowa, Michigan, Minnesota and New Mexico.
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County Says ‘Third Way’ Transformation Helped It Thrive Despite Great Recession

October 20, 2014 BURLINGTON COUNTY, N.J. — Like other local leaders around the United States during the Great Recession, County Administrator Paul Drayton Jr. and his colleagues in this expansive South Jersey jurisdiction confronted a downturn in property tax revenue that helps fund county services. Between 2009 and 2014, Burlington County, which spans ...

32 U.S. Cities Join Forces for Next Century Cities High-Speed Internet Initiative

October 20, 2014 Mayors and other officials from 32 U.S. cities kicked off a new joint initiative on Monday that aims to improve local high-speed Internet connectivity through next-generation broadband. The Next Century Cities initiative assists innovation-minded municipalities to collaborate and push for gigabit-level Internet speeds as a way to create a more ...

Predictive Modeling vs. Lead Hot Spots; California’s DMV Hiring Spree

October 20, 2014 Here is today’s State & Local news roundup for Monday, October 20, 2014 ... CHICAGO, Illinois: The city government is trying to use predictive modeling to “identify trouble spots before kids are exposed to dangerous lead levels,” Aviva Rutkin writes at New Scientist. "These models are just the beginning of ...

Hawaiian Village In Lava’s Path Awaits Fate Amid New Uncertainty

October 17, 2014 A slowly-moving lava flow that has been creeping toward a village on Hawaii’s Big Island since June has effectively stalled less than a mile from the edge of Pahoa. At least for now. “This still is an active flow,” Mike Poland, a United States Geological Survey research geophysicist at the ...

Former Wisconsin Gov. Jim Doyle Discusses Making ‘Incredibly Hard Decisions’

October 17, 2014 Wisconsin Gov. Jim Doyle left the governor’s mansion in Madison back in 2011 after making some incredibly tough budgetary decisions through the dismal depths of the Great Recession. In a recently uploaded Harvard University Institute of Politics video interview, Doyle discussed some important questions about governance and why some states ...

New Yorkers Love 311; N.C. Sheriff’s New Posse

October 17, 2014 Here is today’s State & Local news roundup for October 17, 2014 ... NEW YORK CITY, New York: Residents of the nation’s largest city really like their 311 service, a new user survey released by the city’s customer service call-center operation indicates. According to amNewYork, 84 percent of the 700 ...

Video: New America Panel Discusses ‘The Responsive City’

October 16, 2014 Last week, the New America Foundation, a Washington, D.C.-based non-partisan public policy institute, hosted a panel discussion featuring Stephen Goldsmith and Susan Crawford, the co-authors of a new book, The Responsive City: Engaging Communities Through Data-Smart Governance. In her introduction, Laurenellen McCann, a civic innovation fellow with New America’s Open ...

Chicago Mayor Rahm Emanuel Says His 2015 Budget Avoids ‘False’ Choices

October 16, 2014 Chicago Mayor Rahm Emanuel on Wednesday unveiled his proposed $8.90 billion city budget for 2015, which cuts the city’s structural deficit to $297 million, nearly half of what it was in 2012. Emanuel’s budget “would avoid increases in the major revenue generators: property, sales or fuel taxes,” Bloomberg News reports. ...

Prisons Hit Hard By Virginia Budget Cuts; Utah’s Time-Zone Change?

October 16, 2014 Here is our State & Local news roundup for Thursday, October 16, 2014 ... RICHMOND, Virginia: Virginia’s prisons will see 90 percent of the 565 layoffs planned for state executive agencies in a budget-cutting plan aimed at cutting spending by $92.4 million this year. As Michael Martz of the Richmond ...

Maryland County Kicks Off Work on New Entrepreneurship Center

October 15, 2014 Officials in Maryland’s Howard County gathered on Wednesday to participate in a ceremonial “wall breaking” project that will transform a contemporary 1970s office building in Columbia into the future home of the Maryland Center for Entrepreneurship. In May, the county bought the vacant building, once home to the Columbia Flier ...