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  • CitiesSpeak

This is a guest post by Gayatri Mohan. This article was originally published as part of a 311 Day series on the PublicStuff blog on March 11, 2015.

Remember Life Before 311?

Residents lucky enough to live in communities that operate 311…

U.S. Chief Information Officer Vivek Kundra (L) talks with San Francisco Mayor Gavin Newsom
U.S. Chief Information Officer Vivek Kundra (L) talks with San Francisco Mayor Gavin Newsom
  • CitiesSpeak

As the economy continues to show hopeful yet nascent signs of recovery, cities remain cautious about their fiscal condition. They continue to face rising costs of services, stark infrastructure needs, employee obligations, and omnipresent…

gambling
gambling
  • CitiesSpeak

This post is a response to the recent Governing article on regulatory compliance.

There has been some recent buzz about the dangers of local regulatory compliance. Regulating businesses is necessary - you wouldn't want to eat at an…

Carrot stick with rabbit
Carrot stick with rabbit
  • CitiesSpeak

 

In a large city, implementing a creative idea doesn’t necessarily mean choosing between innovation and laying off a police officer. Smaller cities, on the other hand, have a significant challenge when it comes to establishing new…

Jason Dixson
Jason Dixson
  • CitiesSpeak

We host our annual Congressional City Conference in March for a number of reasons. Most importantly, March is when Congressional action begins to take place. Before March, new members are likely to still be figuring out the ropes; after March,…

DC
DC
  • CitiesSpeak

In an environment of decreased city revenues, limited state and federal aid and smaller municipal workforces, the value of data-driven decisions is greater than ever.

Decreasing a backlog of housing inspections by 70 percent. Achieving a…

Performance Management
Performance Management
  • CitiesSpeak

For the first time in human history the majority of the world’s population lives in urban areas, including 80 percent of Americans and 3 billion people worldwide. And this number is only expected to grow –…

Map
Map
  • CitiesSpeak

This is a guest post written by Adam Levenson of UNC-Chapel Hill’s MPA@UNC program.

“Trust, but verify.” According to certified public finance officers Stan Helgerson and David Richardson, Ronald Reagan’s famous stance on international…

Trust
Trust
  • CitiesSpeak

This is the seventh post in a series of blogs on the World Urban Forum 7 in Medellin, Colombia.

 

Had my trip to the World Urban Forum been limited to a tour of the city of Medellin, the trip would have been worth it. This is…

Medellin Hills
Medellin Hills
  • CitiesSpeak

This is the fifth post in a series of blogs on the World Urban Forum 7 in Medellin, Colombia.

In…

roundtable
roundtable