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This is the third article of a four-part series entitled Why Local Governments Fail at Economic Development. The first article addressed how local government officials “fail to define and sell their unique sizzle” – the things that make their community great and the things that set them apart from other communities – things that will … Read More »
Some government job candidates miss a critical part of the hiring process. The step most often skipped is post-application follow-up. There are three reasons to follow-up after you submit your application. The first reason is to ensure the application was received or uploaded into the electronic system. The second is to strengthen your candidacy. The … Read More »
Public-Private Partnerships is a phrase that is often overused and under supplied. In today’s economic environment, I have found that genuine partnerships are needed to achieve the return of investment, time, and energy for both the private and public sectors. Building a community, revitalizing a downtown, and creating a special place, is difficult work. Cities can grow or … Read More »
I have served local governments for over 27 years and I can truly say the experience and opportunity to make a difference in the lives of so many is a rewarding experience and one I would not trade.
My passion, which I began to realize many years ago, was in creating great public spaces that stimulate … Read More »
In times such as these, many people still have a feeling that public sector employees are overpaid, underworked, and (frankly) untouchable. The reality of public service is they are not. Coming from the private sector 12 years ago to the public arena, I vowed never to forget where I came from. I even keep an … Read More »
By now, we’re all aware of the dreaded sequester — or group cuts to federal spending — that recently went into effect. According to The Washington Post, although the sequester was originally meant to serve as an incentive for the Joint Select Committee on Deficit Reduction to cut $1.1 trillion over the next decade, not … Read More »
For seven years Public Works magazine has asked readers – city, county, state, special district, and township employees who oversee their community’s infrastructure assets — how much they’re paid.
The latest statistics can be found here.
For some communities, furloughs are no longer enough to close the gap between available revenue and community need. For several years, … Read More »
For as long as most of us can remember the words “government employee” have been synonymous with steady, reliable employment where terms like “downsizing” and” rightsizing” seldom applied and the threat of being laid off was as remote as snowfall in Miami Beach. Then the housing bubble burst, banks failed, retail sales plummeted, and unemployment … Read More »
This is the second article in a four-part series on Why Local Governments Fail at Economic Development. The first article addressed how local government officials “fail to define and sell the sizzle” that makes their community attractive for a new businesses considering relocating there. Local public officials love to pitch the fact that they have … Read More »
Is the distinction between working in municipal, state/provincial or federal government an ever-narrowing focus to smaller geographical areas and more localized issues? No.
Consider this: cities are the economic engines of a country. Innovation, research and technological progress come from cities. The home of the knowledge economy is increasingly in large urban centres, and … Read More »