Philadelphia Old City Hall
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  • Fact Sheet
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Through their constitutions or laws, all states establish mechanisms by which local governments are created. Some are created by direct state action - through a charter, for example. However, most are created because state statutes…

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City building columns
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A municipal charter is the legal document that defines the organization, powers, functions, and essential procedures of the city government. The charter also details the form of municipal government, of which there are historically…

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State capitol building
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According to the Education Commission of the States, the majority of local boards of public school systems elect their members. Some school boards, however, have some or all of their board members appointed by the mayor. A sample of…

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school hallway
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Regardless of city size or geography, all cities experience some development outside their boundaries (in the “fringe” areas) often due to less expensive land prices or less restrictive zoning laws. Not only are these fringes socially…

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The Constitution of the United States does not mention local governments. Instead, the Tenth Amendment reserves authority-giving powers to the states. It is not surprising, then, that there is a great diversity in state-local…

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Legislative building
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With the great variation from state to state, there are multiple terms used to identify persons elected to municipal office. The chief-elected official is commonly called the mayor. The mayor may be elected directly or appointed by an…

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Council building
  • Fact Sheet
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With the great variation from state to state, there are multiple terms used to identify persons elected to municipal office. The chief-elected official is commonly called the mayor. The mayor may be elected directly or appointed by an…

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Two people shaking hands
  • CitiesSpeak

Efforts to shop small and shop locally are especially critical because they bolster the local economy – and since local sales taxes are often not collected for online purchases, encouraging residents to support local…

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Food Truck
  • Case Studies & Practices

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North Dakota's endless cornfields have provided the perfect means of escape for fleeing suspects in police chases. Police in North Dakota sought help using unmanned aerial vehicles, UAV's commonly known as pilotless drones. The…

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Two days each week, Andrea R. is usually scheduled to work what her fellow employees call the “clopen” shift. She closes the doors of the large retail store where she works, gets home around midnight, prepares school lunches for her children,…

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Worker