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Timothy B. Clark

Editor at Large Tim Clark served as editor in chief, publisher and president of Government Executive in the years since it was acquired by National Journal Group in 1987. He and his colleagues have built Government Executive into an essential source for federal managers, a shaper of the government management debate and a key player in the good-government movement. Clark has spent his journalistic career studying and writing about government, and is a founder of National Journal, Washington’s premier source of political insight. He also founded Empire State Report, a monthly magazine about government in New York. He is a fellow and former board member of the National Academy of Public Administration.
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Donald Trump Finds Fertile Ground North of Maine’s ‘Volvo Line’

June 30, 2016 BANGOR, Maine — Most Trump rallies seem to generate both controversy and a kind of circus atmosphere, and the one in Bangor on Wednesday was no exception. Trump flew into this city of 33,000 people—third largest in Maine—in the hope of earning at least one electoral college vote, which he...

New Climate Scenarios Put Major Sections of Boston Underwater

June 23, 2016 If there was a good reminder about how much of the city of Boston is low-lying and built upon reclaimed land that was once part of the harbor and Charles River, it came this week. Thirty percent of Boston could be underwater by the end of the century, according to...

L.A. River Restoration Gets Boost With New Data Resource

June 22, 2016 The complex task of revitalizing the Los Angeles River just became a bit easier, thanks to release of a new planning aid assembled by the nonprofit organization whose mission is to help restore the desultory, concrete-lined channel that drains the L.A. basin. The online resource was unveiled yesterday by the...

Route Fifty Roadmap: Penobscot River Town Seeks Life After Paper

June 10, 2016 Route Fifty Roadmap is an ongoing series of dispatches from the semi-regular travels of the Route Fifty staff around the United States. | PREVIOUSLY: Kalamazoo, Michigan BUCKSPORT, Maine — Paper was king in this small town on the Penobscot River until October 2014, when the Verso Paper Mill laid off...

Route Fifty Roadmap: Memorial Day in a Small Maine Town

May 30, 2016 Route Fifty Roadmap is an ongoing series of dispatches from the semi-regular travels of the Route Fifty staff around the United States. | PREVIOUSLY: Coldwater, Michigan NORTHEAST HARBOR, Maine — In this tiny, no-stoplight town, on a rainy Memorial Day, around 200 people turned out to honor citizens who had...

Los Angeles Faces Major Funding Challenges for Its Ambitious River Restoration

May 12, 2016 How many billions of dollars will be needed to restore the concrete-lined, barely moving Los Angeles River as an ecological, cultural and economic force in the life of the nation’s second-largest city? And, just as important, where will the money come from? Answering these questions is crucial to realizing the...

Where a Wall Is Not Enough: Inside the Effort to Secure the Arizona Border

April 26, 2016 NOGALES, Ariz. — I was on the scene here at Arizona’s largest border crossing when federal agents won a small victory in the nation’s battle against drug trafficking. Screening people walking across the Mexican border in early April, an officer detected something suspicious in the behavior of an American teenager....

Foes and Friends on the Arizona Border

April 24, 2016 NOGALES, Ariz. — I was on the scene here at Arizona’s largest border crossing when federal agents won a small victory in the nation’s battle against drug trafficking. Screening people walking across the Mexican border in early April, an officer detected something suspicious in the behavior of an American teenager....

Examining Phoenix-Area Datasets Helps Policymakers Better Understand Educational Needs

March 29, 2016 Using extensive datasets and sophisticated mapping tools, Arizona Literacy Director Terri Clark is making determined progress against her goal of making every third-grader proficient in reading. It’s a big challenge in a state where 148,697 children five years of age and younger live in poverty—and where linguistic challenges, especially among...

A Big Data Tussle Over Phoenix ‘Brain Drain’ Rankings

March 22, 2016 A small moment of drama occurred Friday as I was interviewing the technical genius behind one of the best urban big-data analytical operations in the country. Anubhav Bagley was walking me through an hour-long demonstration of the extensive data site maintained by the Maricopa County Association of Governments in Arizona...

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