The city did something dramatically different with its budget report to capture the community’s attention about a looming deficit.
Many cities are experiencing very painful financial difficulties. Elected city officials grapple with budget challenges nearly every day. But cities are using a number of innovative approaches to…
In light of a recent court decision, cities should make sure their practices are consistent with the due process rights of parties involved in quasi-judicial proceedings.
The City of Santa Maria’s Listos program emphasizes sharing emergency and disaster preparedness skills, using a culturally appropriate curriculum that overcomes language and trust barriers.
Tips for public agency employees on travel, expense reimbursement and credit card usage.
How does innovation occur in local government? What can local officials interested in seeing their agencies engage in innovation do to support innovation?
Rather than have a national “conversation” about race, President Obama suggested, in effect, that we have millions of conversations about it over the next few years.
The Institute for Local Government is offering several sessions at the League of California Cities 2013 Annual Conference & Expo to provide educational opportunities for city officials.
Many agencies are finding their spending decisions under increasing scrutiny.
Most people are generally unaware of what lies beneath the streets they travel on each day. Understanding the sub-surface infrastructure is an important local government consideration.
Technology offers many ways for local governments to increase and enhance the transparency of their operations. A proactive approach is best when it comes to providing information to residents and…
Local agency officials and staff are wise to be mindful of transparency and fair process issues related to technology.
Examining how other local agencies handle these issues provides a helpful starting place for determining which approach best serves your agency’s needs.
Disruptions in public meetings seem to be increasingly common. This article offers tips for local agency officials on handling conflict and strategies to help make meetings more productive.
Meetings can present a broad range of challenges for local officials. A collection of useful materials offers practical information on related topics that include chairing a meeting, dealing with a…