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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Columbus Tops 6 Other Finalists to Win USDOT’s ‘Smart City Challenge’

June 21, 2016 While the U.S. Department of Transportation hadn’t yet officially announced the winner of the first-ever Smart City Challenge, there was plenty of excitement in Columbus on Tuesday afternoon with news, reported by The Columbus Dispatch, that Ohio’s capital came out on top among six other finalist cities with its plan...

When Parking Lots May Not Be Sound Long-Term Investments for Cities

June 20, 2016 Over the years, municipal governments and other local jurisdictions in the United States have spent billions and billions of dollars to accommodate parked automobiles. A parking garage or surface lot is usually a required element for any sort of development, whether it’s a large public investment like a convention center...

Record-Breaking Heat Bakes Arizona; Trump Prompts Mayor to Leave GOP

June 19, 2016 PHOENIX, ARIZONA EXTREME HEAT | Triple-digit temperatures broke records in Phoenix, Yuma and other locations in Arizona. In the Valley of the Sun, Phoenix Sky Harbor International Airport hit 118 degrees, making it the fifth-hottest temperature ever recorded at the airport. Extreme heat is expected to last through Wednesday, with...

Route Fifty Roadmap: The Road to Hell Goes Through This Michigan Village

June 15, 2016 Route Fifty Roadmap is an ongoing series of dispatches from the semi-regular travels of the Route Fifty staff around the United States. | PREVIOUSLY: Bucksport, Maine PINCKNEY, Mich. — Traveling between Lansing and Ann Arbor, most people stick to the freeways, Interstate 96 and U.S. 23. But if you’re not...

Cities United in Grief Following Orlando Mass Shooting

June 13, 2016 SEATTLE — Sunday’s early morning mass shooting at a gay nightclub in Orlando, Florida, which killed at least 50 people and injured scores more, was the deadliest such attack in American history and the worst targeting the LGBT community. As horrific details emerged from the attack, municipal leaders from around...

Columbus Puts Its Future Bus Rapid Transit Line at Center of Its Smart City Challenge Bid

June 7, 2016 This is the fifth in a series of profiles on the seven U.S. Department of Transportation Smart City Challenge finalist cities, which will be in Washington, D.C., on Thursday, June 9 to present their final grant applications to U.S. Transportation Secretary Anthony Foxx. Read our previous Smart City Challenge finalists...

Michigan Sees Jump in Motorcycle Crash Deaths; Connecticut Is America’s ‘Tailpipe’

June 7, 2016 LANSING, MICHIGAN PUBLIC SAFETY | Back in 2012, Michigan’s motorcycle helmet law was repealed, an effort pushed by motorcyclists who view riding without a helmet as an issue of individual rights. Looking back at the impacts of that law’s repeal, more motorcyclists are being killed in accidents. In 2015, 138...

Route Fifty Roadmap: In Michigan, Some Incremental Successes for High-Speed Rail

June 1, 2016 Route Fifty Roadmap is an ongoing series of dispatches from the semi-regular travels of the Route Fifty staff around the United States. | PREVIOUSLY: Pittsburgh KALAMAZOO, Mich. — This city of around 75,000 residents is about midway between Detroit and Chicago, about 140 miles in either direction along the rail...

Dallas City Manager Announces Exit; Missouri Rice Reaches Cuba

May 30, 2016 Here’s some news you may have missed from over the Memorial Day three-day weekend. DALLAS, TEXAS CITY ADMINISTRATION | Dallas City Manager A.C. Gonzalez told members of the City Council on Monday that he will leave his position in January after three years in the city’s top administrative position. His...

Route Fifty Roadmap: Michigan’s Official Guide to Driving Around a Roundabout

May 24, 2016 Route Fifty Roadmap is an ongoing series of dispatches from the semi-regular travels of the Route Fifty staff around the United States. | PREVIOUSLY: Upper Sandusky, Ohio COLDWATER, Mich. — When you cross a state border on an Interstate highway, there’s usually a good chance that a rest area or...

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