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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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Fly High Above West Virginia’s State Capitol

September 11, 2014 There’s only one State Capitol building in the United States that’s also its state’s tallest building. West Virginia’s State Capitol in Charleston, was designed by architect Cass Gilbert and completed in 1932. Gilbert also designed the State Capitols in Little Rock, Arkansas, and St. Paul, Minnesota, along with the Woolworth...

‘In God We Trust’ Plan Irks Some Pittsburgh-Area Officials

September 10, 2014 Some Pittsburgh-area elected officials wanted to avoid a drawn-out messy fight over the separation of church and state in the public arena. So they killed a plan that was already stirring up some local controversy. On Tuesday night, a majority of the Allegheny County Council defeated one council member’s proposal...

Five Key Steps to Make Priority-Based Budgeting Work

September 10, 2014 Earlier this week, GovExec State & Local published a guest post from John Kamensky, senior research fellow for the IBM Center for the Business of Government, about “participatory budgeting,” which, according to the words of Dr. Victoria Gordon of Western Kentucky University, “empowers citizens by placing budget decision-making in their...

Toxic Concerns for Honolulu’s Planned Homeless Camp Site; Indiana Gov.’s ‘Bridge of the Enterprise’

September 10, 2014 Here are some state and local stories from around the nation that you may have missed ... HONOLULU, Hawaii: There’s a big problem with a homeless encampment site on Sand Island that’s been proposed by Mayor Kirk Campbell’s administration—it might be toxic. State health officials have said the heavily industrialized...

San Francisco Supervisor Wants City to Phase Out Its Car Fleet

September 9, 2014 It’s time for San Francisco to reduce its municipal car-fleet footprint. That’s according to Supervisor Mark Farrell, who introduced a proposal on Tuesday that would mandate that the city phase out passenger cars and light-duty trucks from its car fleet and replace them with carsharing services like Zipcar, according to...

Federal Program Bans North Carolina; N.Y.C.’s Elmo Legislation

September 9, 2014 Here are some state and local stories you may have missed around the country ... North Carolina, Minnesota and Alabama are the three states that are banned from the federal government’s controversial Defense Logistics Agency military equipment surplus program for local law enforcement. The reason North Carolina's on the list?...

State and Local Panelists Discuss Collaboration, IT Leadership at Nextgov Prime 2014

September 9, 2014 WASHINGTON — How well is the federal government collaborating with partners on the state and local level? What’s necessary for stakeholders at any level of government to succeed with information technology, project management, public services and cross-sector collaboration? Nextgov Prime 2014’s state and local breakfast panelists shared advice, best practices...

Code Red

September 9, 2014 When Jeffrey Hammerstein started working as a paramedic in the 1980s, the odds of a cardiac-arrest patient surviving were slim. Not just in Wake County, North Carolina, where he still works, but anywhere in the nation. Standard guidelines for cardiopulmonary resuscitation, or CPR, suggested that paramedics only perform the procedure...

Don't Miss State and Local Officials at Nextgov Prime 2014

September 8, 2014 Our Government Executive Media Group colleagues from Nextgov are in the middle of hosting Nextgov Prime 2014 at the Ronald Reagan Building and International Trade Center in the nation’s capital. On Tuesday morning, stakeholders with interests in the state and local government sector will have a breakfast dialogue titled: “Aligning...

Louisville, Nashville and Philadelphia Selected as 1st ‘City Accelerator’ Finalists

September 8, 2014 The Citi Foundation and Living Cities announced on Friday the selection of Louisville, Kentucky; Nashville, Tennessee; and Philadelphia, Pennsylvania, as the first three cities to participate in City Accelerator, a $3 million program that will help cities support innovation and collaboration at the local government level. The resources and technical...