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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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Another City Declares a Water Emergency

August 14, 2014 First it was Toledo, Ohio, where a toxic algal bloom at the city’s Lake Erie drinking-water intake prompted hundreds of thousands of area residents to fan out across the region in search of bottled water when officials declared the tap off limits. Then last weekend, a water main break in...

An Opportunity to ‘Restart Government’s Thought Process’

August 13, 2014 Last week, GovExec State & Local spoke with Lea King, executive director of the Silicon Valley Talent Partnership, about how the public-private partnership is helping local cities like San Jose, California, tackle civic challenges by talent-brokering pro bono private-sector assistance. This week, Code for San Jose posted video excerpts of...

As El Paso Public Bikeshare Stalls, Employee Bike Pool Program Pedals On

August 13, 2014 It’s fairly normal for cities to have vehicle-fleet programs for their employees to use for official business. But more and more, cities are adding bicycles to the mix, allowing city workers to use pedal power to make short emissions-free trips on two wheels instead of four that are powered by...

Arkansas Might Be the 1st State to Connect All Its Schools to Broadband

August 12, 2014 A national nonprofit group that works to boost Internet connectivity in schools thinks that Arkansas could be the first state in the country to meet national ConnectED goals to link every student to high-speed broadband. And it’s helping officials in the Natural State study how to do it in a...

As Feds Hold Hearings, Native Hawaiians Press Sovereignty Claims

August 12, 2014 The issue of Hawaiian sovereignty has been a touchy subject in the Aloha State for decades. But the issue has been especially sensitive this summer as federal officials have traveled the state to discuss the future relationship between the Native Hawaiian community and the United States government, which annexed the...

How Local Data Analysis Might Boost Cardiac-Arrest Survival Rates

August 11, 2014 When Jeffrey Hammerstein started as a paramedic in the 1980s, the likelihood of cardiac-arrest patients surviving was extremely low, not just in Wake County, North Carolina, where he still works, but anywhere in the nation. Standard guidelines for cardiopulmonary resuscitation (CPR) suggested that paramedics only perform the procedure for about...

New York City Takes Giant Step to Unlock Its Published Data

August 11, 2014 New York City has published its City Record every day except for legal holidays since 1873. It’s a central repository for municipal information, from announcements regarding public hearings and meetings to procurement information to the proposed and adopted rules coming from city agencies. While parts of the City Record are...

Ohio Program Harnesses Intern Power to Boost Its Export Market

August 8, 2014 Exports are critically important to the state of Ohio. Goods exported from the Buckeye State to foreign markets totaled $50.8 billion in 2013. In 2011, more than a quarter of Ohio jobs were dependent on exports, especially those in the transportation sector. So it’s not surprising that the state tries...

How Silicon Valley Talent Brokering Is Helping Local Cities

August 8, 2014 A major cross-sector collaboration that promotes public-private partnership projects in California’s Silicon Valley is getting $1 million in new funding from the John S. and James L. Knight Foundation to strengthen its abilities to tackle new challenges. The Silicon Valley Talent Partnership, launched in 2012 as a joint initiative by...

Why Yellow Dots Are Popping Up Across Alabama

August 7, 2014 When drivers get into serious car accident, it can sometimes be hard to relay pertinent medical history to paramedics, especially if they’re unconscious or otherwise unable to communicate. But an expanding Alabama program has made it easier for emergency responders in the Yellowhammer State to know if a patient has...