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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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Take a Look: Boston Mayor Marty Walsh Shows Off His City Hall Office

October 23, 2014 Although there are plenty of signs around Boston that still bear the name of former Mayor Thomas M. Menino, Martin J. Walsh is certainly the current, but is no longer the “new” mayor of Beantown. “I’m not a new mayor anymore,” Walsh told Erica Corsano for a Boston Herald Door ...

Judge Blocks L.A.’s Billboard Rules; Uber’s Next Big Target

October 23, 2014 Here is today’s State & Local news roundup for Thursday, October 23, 2014 ... SPRINGFIELD, Massachusetts: A public-private partnership is taking two vacant downtown buildings and will transform them into the Springfield Innovation Center, which will include a “proving ground for the next generation of Springfield start-up companies,” Jim Kinney ...

Need Cattle-Guard Location Data? Utah Has That and Plenty More

October 22, 2014 If you’re driving into the Salt Lake City area from Wyoming on Interstate 80 and leave the highway at Exit 169 to take the local route through the stunningly scenic Echo Valley, you’ll cross over metal grates in the roadway designed to keep roaming animals from wandering onto the interstate. ...

City Feeds Restaurant Inspections to Yelp; Michigan’s New ‘Anti-Tesla’ Law

October 22, 2014 Here is our State & Local news roundup for Wednesday, October 22 … SAN ANTONIO, Texas: The city opened up two new library kiosks this week at San Antonio International Airport that will allow travelers to charge their electronic devices and download ebooks and music. As Jessica Soto of San ...

Video: Implementing Smart City Policies Amid Dismal Fiscal Conditions

October 21, 2014 There may be no better city in the nation to examine how innovation can take root under bad fiscal conditions than in Detroit. Despite all the dismal headlines about the city’s finances, Detroit is a good place to study how the philanthropic and corporate community stepped up during difficult times ...

‘Cascadia Playbook’ Is Helping Oregon Prep for Major Subduction Megathrust Quake

October 21, 2014 When the Cascadia Subduction Zone produces its next 9.0-plus magnitude megathrust earthquake, it will unleash a catastrophic seismic force across the entire Pacific Northwest, including destructive tsunami waves that will slam into the coast. While California’s high seismic risks often overshadow the dangers lurking in other parts of the country, ...

Take a Look at the Arkansas Capitol’s 15-Year Makeover

October 21, 2014 Although lawmakers in Arkansas at the end of the 19th century had anticipated that it would take five years to finish the state’s new Capitol building in Little Rock, it ended up taking more than 15 years to complete construction. And it’s taken just as much time to do major ...

Massachusetts Tech Sector’s ‘Political Awakening’; Strong-Mayor System for Sacramento?

October 21, 2014 Here is today’s State & Local news roundup for Tuesday, October 21, 2014 ... BOSTON, Massachusetts: While they aren’t flexing their muscles that much in state politics, “IT workers are experiencing somewhat of a political awakening” in Massachusetts, reports Curt Nickisch of WBUR-FM, who revisits a sensitive episode involving a ...

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 ...