Michael Grass

Executive Editor Michael Grass, who joined the Government Executive Media Group in June 2014, is the founding co-editor of 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, 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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Acting FEMA Chief Spotlights Agency’s Priorities for State and Local Emergency Managers

March 24, 2017 ALEXANDRIA, Va. — While President Trump’s administration has been dealing with plenty of its own various political crises since his inauguration, the White House has not yet had to deal with a major real-life emergency management situation. While there have been tornadoes and flooding situations, the level of the response...

Seattle Sewage Disaster Raises Bigger Questions About Infrastructure Resilience

March 21, 2017 This is the first in a two part series on the management of wastewater infrastructure. SEATTLE — After a particularly dreary stretch of weather in recent weeks, the sun finally came out on Sunday, drawing throngs of Seattleites to Discovery Park, an expansive promontory of land jutting out into Puget...

California’s Message to ‘Disillusioned’ Federal Employees

March 20, 2017 The week after President Trump’s inauguration in January, Robert Garcia, the mayor of Long Beach, California, told Route Fifty in an interview that while city governments will certainly face challenges in the “new un-normal” of 45th president’s administration, municipal governments like his might stand to benefit in one regard. Many...

Booted From City Hall, a Pro-Slavery Icon Finds New Home

March 20, 2017 The bust of a controversial 19th century U.S. Supreme Court chief justice was removed from the grounds of City Hall in Frederick, Maryland, on Saturday, bringing a long and, at times, controversial effort to a conclusion. Frederick’s elected municipal leaders had previously voted to have the bust of former Chief...

Download Our New Ebook: ‘Navigating America’s Tough Intergovernmental Challenges’

March 14, 2017 With President Trump in the White House and his fellow Republicans in control of Congress, leaders in state, county and municipal governments have been watching what’s playing out in the halls of power in Washington, D.C., and how that could impact their communities on a variety of fronts, including health...

State and Local Agencies in Northeast Prep for Big Late-Season Coastal Storm

March 13, 2017 State and local government transportation, public safety and public works agencies and utility providers are gearing up for what’s shaping up to be a highly disruptive late-season winter storm that could bring coastal flooding and blizzard conditions to an area between Washington, D.C. and Boston on Monday and Tuesday. This...

Route Fifty’s Navigator Awards Are Back for 2017

March 9, 2017 It's one thing to dream up a great idea. It's another thing to figure out how to implement it successfully. For Route Fifty’s Navigator Awards last year, we had different options for designing a program to showcase the accomplishments of teams and individuals who work for or with U.S. state,...

Embracing a Priority-Focused Approach to Local Government Budgeting

February 22, 2017 SNOQUALMIE, Wash. — While observing a recent workshop focused on priority-based budgeting in local governments in this picturesque city near Seattle earlier this month, I couldn’t help think back to a moment in mid-November at the Pittsburgh International Airport. While waiting for delayed luggage to show up, I ended up...

Welcome to the New and Improved Route Fifty

February 22, 2017 Route Fifty’s regular readers may have noticed a few changes around our homepage and article pages. This week, we launched a redesigned home for Route Fifty’s editorial content, which will offer new ways to explore our blog posts, articles and in-depth features through a cleaner interface, on desktop and mobile...

Albuquerque Leverages P3 to Restore a ‘Special But Difficult’ Historic Route 66 Landmark

February 19, 2017 A redevelopment site like the El Vado Motel, an abandoned landmark along historic Route 66 in Albuquerque, can be challenging. Across the nation, countless motor court motels from the mid-20th century sit abandoned, especially on roads that were bypassed by interstate highways. I’ve seen plenty of them over the years,...

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