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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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Massachusetts Puts Out Welcome Mat for Startups

September 3, 2014 State officials in Massachusetts want to make it clear that the Bay State is no innovation backwater. They want to foster valuable partnerships between the public and private sectors and aren’t afraid at using some cash incentives to draw interest. Last month, Massachusetts launched a first-of-its-kind competition in the state...

What Happens When an Emergency Operations Center Is Damaged by an Earthquake?

September 3, 2014 As Napa County officials were shaken from their beds during the early morning 6.0 magnitude earthquake on Aug. 24, the Northern California county’s key disaster-response personnel began to quickly assess the situation before daybreak. But there was a problem. Among the buildings that sustained seismic damage was the Napa County...

Maine Wildlife Officials Want to Scuttle Bear-Hunting Referendum

September 2, 2014 There are an estimated 30,000 bears in the state of Maine, one of the largest bear populations of any U.S. state. In November, voters in the Pine Tree State will consider a ballot proposal that would ban certain bear-hunting techniques, including using bait, dogs or traps, that animal rights advocates...

Albuquerque’s Mayor Faces Heat After Controversial Veto

September 2, 2014 The mayor of New Mexico’s largest city is facing calls to step down after he vetoed a package of ballot proposals late last week, including one that would have allowed local voters to decide whether small amounts of marijuana should be decriminalized and another on whether taxes should be increased...

First Came the Mermaid Parade Costumes, Then Came a Mayoral Family ‘Smackdown’ Dance

September 2, 2014 New York City Mayor Bill de Blasio loves parades. Earlier this summer, the mayor and his family dressed up for the annual Coney Island Mermaid Parade. This weekend, de Blasio, wife Chirlane McCray and children Chiara and Dante, did their family’s signature Smackdown dance during Brooklyn’s West Indian Day Parade,...

The Best State and Local Reads: Losing Ground in Louisiana, Toxic Oklahoma, New York’s Off-Limits Governor

September 1, 2014 Welcome back from what we hope was a long and restful Labor Day weekend. In case you’re getting back up to steam from being tuned out over the past few days, here’s some great state and local reads that caught our eye. *** Our Atlantic Media colleagues at CityLab published...

San Diego Mayor Starts Process to Have ‘America’s Finest Website’

August 29, 2014 San Diego Mayor Kevin Faulconer admits that “America’s Finest City” doesn’t have America’s finest website. Creating a well-designed local government website is no easy task, so San Diego is trying to be as proactive as possible to make the redesign project as successful as possible. San Diego has partnered with...

How Michigan’s DOT Became Way More Efficient and Technically Savvy

August 29, 2014 In order to make engineering changes to a road-construction project in Michigan, it used to take an average of 30 days to process the necessary paperwork using printed documents and mailing them around from office to office to get all of the needed stakeholder signatures. These days, the contract-modification process...

Indiana Judge Has Unusual Courthouse Dispute With Mayor

August 28, 2014 A local judge in Indiana threatened to send the mayor of Kokomo to jail for contempt of court this week in an unusual and confusing dispute involving construction pipes that blocked an entrance to the county courthouse. Mayor Greg Goodnight was brought to the chambers of Howard County Superior Court...

Harnessing San Francisco’s Startup Talent for Civic Projects

August 28, 2014 Earlier this summer, GovExec State & Local took a look at the mayor of San Francisco’s Office of Civic Innovation’s 16-week Entrepreneur-in-Residence Program, where local startups work with city agencies to build new products to help make local government more helpful, efficient and responsive. We featured one of the program’s...