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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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Finding Jobs for the Hard-to-Employ

October 30, 2018 Even with a historically low unemployment in most areas of the country, many people still struggle with finding jobs. They lack the skills or educational background needed for the available openings and often have trouble getting to work or finding child care. In Hennepin County, Minnesota, officials are trying to...

When the Beach Is Out of Reach—Coastal Access Becomes a Growing Concern

September 9, 2018 NORTHEAST HARBOR — Maine, it is said, has more coastline than any other state. Measured along the twists and turns of countless coves and inlets, the coast stretches 3,478 miles, a few more than California’s—and over 5,000 miles if one counts the shorelines of numerous coastal islands. But Maine does...

Onshore Fish-Farming Proponents Have a New Arrow in Their Quiver

July 27, 2018 BELFAST, Maine — In the drawn-out process of approving a major fish-farming enterprise here, a new consulting report has given proponents of the project a fresh arrow in their quiver—and suggested that the technique could be deployed in many other places. City officials here have been taken to court by...

New Industry Promises to Bring ‘Made in America’ Label to Fish

July 17, 2018 BELFAST, Maine — Here on the Penobscot Bay, an entirely new industry is offering the hope that the United States might become significantly less dependent on foreign sources to meet its huge appetite for seafood. In Belfast, and further up the bay in Bucksport, investors are planning onshore farms to...

Portland, Maine Ready to Flip Switch on Smart Traffic Signals

June 28, 2018 PORTLAND, Maine — City officials here will flip the switch next week on an innovative system designed to ease traffic flows through the most congested intersection in the Pine Tree State. They expect the Morrill’s Corner project to cut wait times along the important commuter roads feeding through the intersection...

Housing Affordability Rises on the National Agenda

June 4, 2018 When Kaiser Permanente last month announced it would commit $200 million to address homelessness in areas it serves, the huge health care provider served notice that the private sector is recognizing that housing insecurity is both a pressing health problem and a significant drag on economic growth in key parts...

As Courts See Local Flood of Opioid Lawsuits, Litigation Strategies Can Vary By State

May 13, 2018 There’s no doubt that there are many state and local governments currently bringing lawsuits against drug manufacturers and distributors in hopes of seeking damages related to the opioid abuse epidemic. There are so many that it’s sometimes hard to track—the newest group of local governments, including 30 counties in California...

Legal Shootout at the Broadband Corral

April 11, 2018 In the nationwide struggle to preserve cities’ rights to regulate broadband carriers, the city of McAllen, Texas, occupies a singular perch, and its city attorney, Kevin D. Pagan, has achieved a moment in the spotlight. McAllen is at the top of the list of 31 cities that are plaintiffs in...

Preemption Battles Continue as Cities Look to Improve Internet Connectivity

April 6, 2018 FROM NEXTGOV arrow The day before the Georgia State Legislature wrapped up its session on March 30, the House passed a controversial bill to assert the state’s power over its local governments in the fraught debate about who should set the terms for deployment of broadband technology. The vote was 143-10. But even...

Preemption Battles Continue as Cities Look to Improve Internet Connectivity

April 5, 2018 The day before the Georgia State Legislature wrapped up its session on March 30, the House passed a controversial bill to assert the state’s power over its local governments in the fraught debate about who should set the terms for deployment of broadband technology. The vote was 143-10. But even...