Infrastructure

Biden's Infrastructure Czar Offers Tips for Cities Seeking Grants

Mitch Landrieu, a former mayor, suggested that local governments can act now to prepare for competitive funding programs available under the new $1.2 trillion public works law.

Health & Human Services

How Governments Can Boost Workplace Safety After Supreme Court Wrongly Halts Vaccine Mandate

COMMENTARY | Although the Supreme Court struck down the federal government’s Covid-19 vaccine or test mandate, states, localities and businesses still can protect workers from the virus.

Health & Human Services

Mayors Struggle With How to Push Vaccination Rates Higher

Incentive programs remain on the table, along with requirements for showing proof of vaccine to enter indoor spaces.

Sponsor Content

Bringing Energy Resiliency to the Forefront of Disaster Preparedness

As the former Mayor of Hoboken, NJ, author Dawn Zimmer led her City through Superstorm Sandy, learning firsthand the importance of energy resiliency to keep her community safe.

Tech & Data

Silicon Valley’s New Obsession

A group of tech founders, crypto billionaires, and star scientists is launching a fleet of science labs.

Public Safety

3 US Cities Win Bloomberg Global Mayors Challenge

Cities in New Jersey, Arizona and Minnesota were selected for their unique programs to help residents get jobs and to accelerate opioid treatment.

Finance

Small Cities Worry Cybersecurity Money Won't Reach Them

Ransomware attacks have wreaked havoc on state and local governments. There are new federal cybersecurity grants to help but small places may lack the staff resources to get them.

Management

How Republicans Are Using Preemption to Advance Voter Suppression

COMMENTARY | Expect GOP-led states to continue restricting voting rights in 2022.

Finance

Federal Policies Help Spur Municipal Bond Market, but Headwinds Remain

Analysts are generally optimistic about the stability of government finances, but lingering issues—Covid, inflation and supply chain bottlenecks—pose economic and fiscal risks in the short term.

Management

5 Unusual State Laws Across the US

There is a wide range of unlikely state laws nationwide, including ones prohibiting biting a person's arm (or leg) off to swearing at kids' sports events.

Management

Can a Christian Flag Fly at City Hall? Supreme Court Will Decide

Shurtleff v. Boston raises important questions about free speech and religion in public spaces.

Public Safety

Does Being a Victim of a Crime Shift a Politician’s Views?

Representative Mary Gay Scanlon speaks about having her car stolen from her at gunpoint.

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Route Fifty Ebook: Infrastructure at a Turning Point

Route Fifty looks at the latest trends with infrastructure investment, following the passage of a major federal law that will funnel over a trillion dollars towards public works.

Finance

Biden Aide Urges Mayors to Direct ARPA Spending Towards Workforce

Given flexibility in using American Rescue Plan Act dollars, cities are asked to focus on recruiting and retaining essential workers.

Tech & Data

Can AI-powered Congestion Pricing Improve Transportation Equity?

New research suggests big data and machine learning can create an equitable approach to tolling and improve traffic congestion.

Tech & Data

Detroit Tests Cloud-enabled Pavement Monitoring

In-vehicle sensors collect and analyze data and send it to the cloud where the city can access it as a GIS layer to see road surface ratings.

Public Safety

Feds Unveil New Plan to Combat Wildfire Dangers

The strategy emphasizes preventative measures, like thinning and controlled burns, on lands that pose high risks.

Health & Human Services

Officials Struggle to Regulate Pop-up Covid Testing Sites—and Warn Patients to Beware

High demand for Covid screening and scarce supply have opened the door to bad actors. State officials are sounding the alarm about dubious street testing operators that could put people’s personal data, their health or wallets at risk.

Finance

Cities and States Find New Ways to Tax Streaming Services

Governments are desperate to recoup lost revenue as people cut the cable cord.

Management

6 Steps to Writing More Effective Government Job Posts

COMMENTARY | Public sector job posts are in dire need of a makeover. Here are the things to consider.