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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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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...

New Series: The Geography of Disaster Risk and Resiliency in America

May 22, 2017 This is the first in an ongoing series of Route Fifty dispatches examining state and local disaster preparedness, emergency response and resiliency challenges around the United States, starting in Alaska and the Pacific Northwest. ANCHORAGE — It’s a natural landscape unlike I’ve ever—and I suspect you’ve ever—encountered. Large and angular...

Booting Out the Homeless and Kicking the Can Down the Road

May 18, 2017 The city manager in Santa Cruz, California, this week restricted access to public spaces adjacent to city hall on evenings and weekends in response to increased use of a courtyard, grassy area and walkways by the homeless. Security costs and health concerns associated with the homeless on city hall grounds...

Tax-Averse County’s Last Public Library Prepares to Close

May 15, 2017 On the website of the Douglas County Library System in southwest Oregon, visitors are currently greeted with an unusual advisory notice, bolded in a red typeface: The LAST DAY to checkout materials will be Saturday, May 27th. All items will be due by Wednesday, May 31st. The check-out limit is...