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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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A Spot to Appreciate Just How Far Detroit Has Come

May 11, 2017 Engaging Local Government Leaders is hosting its annual conference in Detroit this week and for some of the local government professionals from across the nation attending, it’s their first trip to the Motor City. ELGL’s gathering in Detroit is happening as the city has been on an upswing in recent...

Figuring Out a Strategy to Retrofit Suburbia in San José

May 2, 2017 This is fourth in a series of stories looking at this year’s Daniel Rose Center for Public Leadership 2017 Fellowship cities—Anchorage, Grand Rapids, San José and Washington, D.C. On May 2, Route Fifty, as part of a five-city Roadshow series of events, will be hosting a special Rose Center Mayors’...

Route Fifty Roadshow Heads to Seattle

May 1, 2017 SEATTLE — When your specialty is covering U.S. state and municipal government, it’s always great to gather leaders from seemingly very different places from around the nation in one spot to discuss their common challenges so you can better understand how their impacts are being felt and exchange ideas that...

Why Alaskans Are Flocking to a Pipe on the Side of the Road

April 28, 2017 ANCHORAGE — Driving back to Alaska’s largest city from the Kenai Peninsula on a recent bright and sunny weekday afternoon, it was easy to get distracted by the beautiful scenery of the Turnagain Arm, a waterway that’s flanked by snowcapped mountains. The Seward Highway, which runs along the north side...

The Building Blocks of Community Resiliency in Anchorage

April 27, 2017 This is first in a series of stories looking at this year’s Daniel Rose Center for Public Leadership 2017 Fellowship cities—Anchorage, Grand Rapids, San José and Washington, D.C. On May 2, Route Fifty, as part of a five-city Roadshow series of events, will be hosting a special Rose Center Mayors’...

A Big Obstacle in Making the Future NFL Stadium Work in Las Vegas

April 27, 2017 While the NFL’s decision to relocate the Oakland Raiders from the Bay Area to a yet-to-be-built taxpayer subsidized $1.9 billion stadium in Las Vegas is a done deal, there are still plenty of sore feelings about the upcoming move. Take for instance, actor and Oakland fan Tom Hanks, who this...

The Alaska Town That Sank and (Mostly) Disappeared

April 21, 2017 This is the fifth in a series of Route Fifty dispatches from Alaska. PORTAGE, Alaska — Driving along the Seward Highway south from Anchorage, there’s a lot of stunningly beautiful scenery to look at going by out the window. Snowcapped mountains flank Turnagain Arm, a narrow waterway that separates most...

Measuring Puny Rhode Island Against a Small Part of the Nation’s Largest State

April 20, 2017 FLYING OVER MALASPINA GLACIER, ALASKA — The clear, sunny conditions that many parts of the 49th State have been enjoying this week made having a window seat flying from Juneau to Anchorage a special treat. The snowy and mountainous scenery going by 30,000 feet below was especially amazing. The Alaska...

‘We Can’t Fix Alaska on Cuts Alone’

April 19, 2017 This is the third in a series of Route Fifty dispatches from Alaska. JUNEAU, Alaska — Among the 50 states, Alaska is the only one that lacks both an income tax and a sales tax. That unique situation is due in part to the Last Frontier’s bounty of revenue-generating energy...

How Some Alaska Cities Try to Outsmart Bears

April 18, 2017 This is the second in a series of Route Fifty dispatches from Alaska. JUNEAU, Alaska — Coexisting with bears in urban environments is a challenge that’s not unique to the 49th State. From the foothills of the Denver area—where sheriff’s deputies were called to free a bear that somehow locked...