Category: State of Local Government

The Path Forward: Five Critical Needs for Today’s Budgeteers

Jon Stehle recaps the findings from a recent survey on budget processes used by local government.  Governments are hiring in the field of finance, which includes their need to address the challenges and complexities of budget management. The budgeting profession is seeing considerable transformation as practitioners incorporate and integrate emerging technologies and increased access to … Continued

It’s Election Day!

Vote! Vote! Vote! And then, read and listen to ELGL’s exclusive content about the election. Join the discussion in the members-only ELGL Facebook group. Mayor and Candidate for Governor of Alabama Mayor Walt Maddox from the City of Tuscaloosa, Alabama talked about how they handle the influx of fans filling the University of Alabama stadium, … Continued

Beyond the Request for Proposal (RFP)

Brian Alexander is a summer research fellow at CoProcure and a first-year Master of Public Policy candidate at UC Berkeley’s Goldman School of Public Policy. Previously, he served as a Senior Policy Analyst at the Maryland Governor’s Office for Children with a focus on reducing the impact of parental incarceration on children and families. A … Continued

The Pain of Public Procurement: Process

Mariam Pallathucheril is a summer research fellow at CoProcure and a current MPA/MPP candidate at Columbia University (SIPA) and the Hertie School of Governance concentrating in Economic Policy and Technology. She received her Bachelor’s degree in Economics and Government from Georgetown University. Public purchasing is incredibly important; but it’s also a painful process for government staff … Continued

The Pain of Public Procurement: People

Mariam Pallathucheril is a summer research fellow at CoProcure and a current MPA/MPP candidate at Columbia University (SIPA) and the Hertie School of Governance concentrating in Economic Policy and Technology. She received her Bachelor’s degree in Economics and Government from Georgetown University. Procurement is the way governments purchase goods and services. Policies regulate purchasing, but individuals … Continued

The Pain of Public Procurement: Policy

Mariam Pallathucheril is a summer research fellow at CoProcure and a current MPA/MPP candidate at Columbia University (SIPA) and the Hertie School of Governance concentrating in Economic Policy and Technology. She received her Bachelor’s degree in Economics and Government from Georgetown University. Procurement is the way governments purchase goods and services from businesses. Governments use … Continued

I Have to Ask: Civilians in the Police Department

In this series, guest columnists respond to one of three topics selected by ELGL co-founder Kent Wyatt. This week Cassie Johnson (LinkedIn & Twitter), Scottsdale (AZ) Police Department, Police Analyst II, provides a first hand account of working in a police department when you are not a police officer. Not just a career, but an … Continued

Future of Public Hearings

Travis Parker, City of Lakewood Colorado Planning Director, writes about how the role of technology played in changing the public hearing process in Lakewood.   Throughout our country the business of local government is conducted in public hearings. Councils, boards and commissions sit behind a dais on a weeknight and listen to public comment before deliberating … Continued

Local Focus: Banning the M-Word

Local Focus is the League of Oregon Cities’ monthly magazine covering current city issues and trends. It is distributed to 3,500 city officials each month, primarily mayors, city councilors and city managers. ELGL has agreed to write a monthly article for the publication. Classifying and categorizing objects is a deeply ingrained aspect of human nature. Most … Continued

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