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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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Keeping the Nation’s Busiest Locks Running Strong for Another Hundred Years

July 11, 2017 SEATTLE — Under mostly sunny skies, two military jets flew over the Hiram M. Chittenden Locks on July Fourth to mark the centennial celebration of the nation’s busiest set of locks, which connect the saltwater of Puget Sound with the freshwater Lake Washington and its ship canal. The Ballard Locks,...

A Long-Haul Rail Journey on a Train Trump Wants to Eliminate

June 30, 2017 ABOARD THE CAPITOL LIMITED — Things weren’t going according to plan on this long-distance overnight Amtrak train route connecting Washington, D.C., and Chicago last week Thursday. Amtrak Train 29 left Washington Union Station about 10 minutes late and the café car ran out of Heineken by the time it arrived...

In Madison, a Low-Tech Idea to Use Buses as a Traffic Enforcement Tool

June 19, 2017 The idea of deploying public vehicle fleets with technology like cameras and license-plate scanners is not a new one. From public works vehicles in Washington, D.C., deployed with automatic license plate readers to school buses in Mercer Island, Washington, equipped with stop-arm enforcement cameras, local governments are extending the reach...

When 100,000 People Suddenly Swarm a Rural City of 6,500 Residents

June 14, 2017 “The Geography of Disaster Risk and Resiliency in America” is an ongoing series of Route Fifty dispatches that's part of a larger forthcoming ebook providing snapshots of the very real dangers and disruptions that emergency planners, first responders, public officials and other stakeholders face, plus the strategies and technologies helping...

Route Fifty Navigator Award Nominations Deadline Extended

June 13, 2017 Our team here at Route Fifty is excited to review submissions for the second annual Navigator Awards program, where we will feature 50 individual and team finalists who have demonstrated their abilities to implement a great idea that improves public sector services and the state and local communities they serve....

Cuomo Dispatches Portable Dams to Fend Off Lake Ontario Flooding in Upstate New York

June 13, 2017 The International Joint Commission, the board jointly run by the U.S. and Canada to control water levels in the Great Lakes, announced on Wednesday it would immediately increase the amount of water flowing out from Lake Ontario through the St. Lawrence River. In the Great Lakes, a wet spring has...

How Western Washington’s Geographic Barriers Squeeze Lifelines During Emergencies

June 8, 2017 “The Geography of Disaster Risk and Resiliency in America” is an ongoing series of Route Fifty dispatches that's part of a larger forthcoming ebook providing snapshots of the very real dangers and disruptions that emergency planners, first responders, public officials and other stakeholders face, plus the strategies and technologies helping...

This Promising Tech Tool Can Save Lives Before a Major Earthquake Strikes

June 8, 2017 “The Geography of Disaster Risk and Resiliency in America” is an ongoing series of Route Fifty dispatches that's part of a larger forthcoming ebook providing snapshots of the very real dangers and disruptions that emergency planners, first responders, public officials and other stakeholders face, plus the strategies and technologies helping...

Managing Risk in the U.S. City Facing the Most Danger From Urban Avalanches

June 4, 2017 This article is an excerpt of an ongoing series of dispatches that's part of a larger forthcoming ebook providing snapshots of the very real dangers and disruptions that emergency planners, first responders, public officials and other stakeholders face, plus the strategies and technologies helping our communities be more resilient. |...

Portland Mayor Calls on Feds to Revoke 'Trump Free Speech Rally' Permit

May 29, 2017 With Portland, Oregon, still in shock from Friday’s stabbing deaths of two men who intervened in a volatile situation where a man identified as a local white supremacist started verbally harassing an African-American woman and a friend who was wearing a hijab on a MAX light-rail train, Mayor Ted Wheeler...