County Government

Advancing Local Emergency Response 20 Years After 9/11

One of the biggest lessons to come out of the terrorist attacks was the importance of regional cooperation and training in emergency preparedness, experts said.

Counties and States Embrace Fentanyl Test Strips in Battle Against Opioids

Arlington County, Virginia announced that it would begin distributing the strips to addiction-prone people leaving the county jail, the latest in a growing number of government agencies to turn to the tests as a way to prevent overdoses.

One City’s Inventive Plan to Spark Employee Collaboration, Loyalty and Retention

Each of the five analysts hired as a team in San Rafael, California, will be based in a different department, but they’ll train and work together on special projects.

'Vaxfluencers' Getting Residents to Get the Shot

Public health agencies are paying local Instagram and TikTok celebrities to promote Covid-19 vaccines, a relatively new outreach strategy that, so far, seems to be working.

How ARPA Funds Can Help Build an Equitable Recovery

A report released Tuesday provides guidance for state and local spending of the federal recovery funding on programs that focus on equity and provides examples of city and county plans.

Full FDA Approval of Pfizer Vaccine Prompts Swift Mandates for State, Local Government Workers

Following approval for the vaccine, some leaders across the country immediately tell public employees and college students to get vaccinated now.

The Plantation and the Pizza Hut: A Suburban County Reconsiders Its History

Fairfax County, Virginia wants to add unheard voices to its story. That will require changing the way it gathers and evaluates historical information.

Now Available at the Local Library: Basketballs, Air Fryers and Taxidermied Animals

Libraries across the country are diversifying their collections with objects, a growing trend known as the “Library of Things” that aims to help residents learn in new and different ways.

How Governments Can Best Manage Federal Relief Funds

COMMENTARY | There are a lot of challenges to spending the $350 million allocated to states and localities, but effective centralization and standardization can better ensure economic recovery.

Confusion Over How Latest Eviction Ban Will be Enforced

About 80% of counties are covered by the moratorium, but a change in local coronavirus transmission rates will affect eligibility.

Replacing a Government Employee Can Cost 150% of Worker's Salary

COMMENTARY | Public-sector organizations devote considerable resources to hiring, but they often overlook retention and its "evil twin" turnover. Analyzing data and acting on it can help.

This Week in Federal Funding

In the July 13 edition we talk with Erie County, New York executive Mark Poloncarz about plans there for $124 million in recovery spending. And we have a roundup of ARPA action in Alabama, Virginia, Milwaukee and St. Louis.

Amid Pandemic Recovery, Local Health Departments Grapple With Historic Turnover

Nearly 250 public health leaders have left their jobs since last April, the largest exodus on record. In an industry where recruiting is difficult, experts worry that many positions could remain unfilled.

How Local Governments Can Spend Their Federal Funds to Boost Equity

Several county leaders and others offered suggestions for helping communities most in need using American Rescue Plan Act funds at the National Association of Counties annual conference.

As Tourists Flock to Hawaii, One Mayor Asks Airlines for a ‘Pause’

Residents in Maui County have complained about congestion, illegal parking and overcrowding as tourists have resumed travel to the area.

A Welcome Challenge for a Rural County: Deciding How To Spend $1.8M

In Clear Creek County, Colorado, federal relief dollars could go toward addressing long-term challenges in areas like housing and economic development.

What Over 400 Local Leaders Want to See in an Infrastructure Deal

A new survey of mayors and other local elected officials reveals nearly universal support for certain types of investments. Others, including some Biden administration priorities, aren't as popular.

Garbage Truck Driver Shortage is Creating a Mess for Solid Waste Agencies

"As the weather warms up, the garbage is going to get more fragrant and it will be more important for governments to get on this,” says one industry official.

How Cities Can Reduce Violent Crime by Regulating Alcohol Sales

COMMENTARY | There are three straightforward steps that local leaders can take to address alcohol-fueled violence that has accelerated during the pandemic. 

From New Hampshire to California, Parks Departments Embrace Video Games

Esports leagues, where gamers of all ages compete online in tournaments, are an increasingly popular programming choice for parks and recreation departments.