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Michael Grass

Executive Editor Michael Grass, who joined the Government Executive Media Group 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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Fresno Officials Offer Amazon an Unusual Set of Keys to the City

November 27, 2017 SEATTLE — As Amazon.com Inc. weighs the various proposals it received this fall from 238 North American cities and metro areas for the company's sought-after second headquarters campus, the world's third-largest retailer has been playing most of its cards close to vest. The hopeful local governments, however, are subject to...

Test Your Knowledge: Identify These U.S. State and Local Government Seats of Power

November 20, 2017 Seats of government in U.S. states and localities are often very recognizable structures. Sometimes they're not. Other times, they're hard to tell apart—architecturally, some city halls are more impressive than state capitols. The following photo quiz, consisting of 13 multiple choice questions, tests your ability to figure out which public...

When Seconds Matter, Tiny Flaws in User Design Can Slow Things Down

November 12, 2017 SAN DIEGO — The Metropolitan Transit System’s No. 922 bus can be a handy way of going to and from the downtown area of California’s second-largest city and the airport. The 922 has a direct route through the middle of the central business district on Broadway and along San Diego’s...

Public Health Emergency Declaration Extended in San Diego

November 7, 2017 SAN DIEGO — In the restroom of a busy downtown restaurant near the historic Santa Fe Depot, an unusual handle is attached to the door: a “sanitary” opener where you can maneuver the door with your wrist instead of your hand. While such an opener, affixed to the door above...

5 Good Reasons Why Local Governments Should Embrace Long-Term Budget Forecasting

October 26, 2017 SAN ANTONIO — In the world of city and county budgeting, the “balancing of the short term and long term is one of those inherent difficulties with local government.” That’s according to Kurt Wilson, the city manager in Stockton, California. He should know. Wilson was appointed to his position in...

These Days, ‘We Aren’t Innovating in Isolated Business Parks’

October 25, 2017 SAN ANTONIO — While Amazon’s high-profile search for a city to host its second headquarters campus wasn’t the focus of Bruce Katz’s widely attended discussion at the International City / County Management Association’s annual conference on Tuesday—the Brookings Institution’s centennial scholar gave the audience a preview of his forthcoming book,...

How to Rediscover ‘Heart and Soul’ in Small-Town America

October 24, 2017 SAN ANTONIO — In the world of government, the phrase “join the conversation” can sometimes feel a bit hollow. Sure, it’s important to include as many people and stakeholders in civic discourse to gain their input, but in practice, pursuing an inclusive engagement agenda is often harder than it might...

Rethinking Hazard Mapping After Wildfires Entered Urban Areas Thought to Be ‘Unburnable’

October 16, 2017 While California is no stranger to wildfire disasters, the recent blazes in Napa and Sonoma counties and elsewhere will be remembered for years for their ferociousness, destruction and death toll, which as of Sunday night stood at 41, including many elderly people who weren’t able to escape the flames. That...

The Necessity of Creating Fictitious People to Improve Digital Government

October 9, 2017 AUSTIN, Texas — Often in public-sector organizations, creating fictitious people might suggest something nefarious is going on or someone is trying to take advantage of a lax bureaucracy. But in the world of citizen-centric design, agency leaders should encourage teams to create fake people—or personas based on real users—to think...

When an Unnamed Storm Brings Far More Destruction Than a Named Hurricane

October 8, 2017 In the busy and destructive 2017 hurricane season, Hurricane Nate will likely end up as a relatively minor footnote compared to Harvey, Irma and Maria. The quickly moving storm didn’t have time to grow into a ferocious hurricane as it moved across the Gulf of Mexico and made landfall near...