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Alisha Powell Gillis

Management

Introducing Future Cities: Government's Inside Track to 2030

Next week, Route Fifty will host Future Cities—a weeklong digital experience that will help government officials envision what the next decade of city government could look like.

Health & Human Services

It's Time for Governors to Get Tough with Coronavirus Again

COMMENTARY | The recent surge of coronavirus cases has brought us back to square one of our response due to the premature end of statewide stay at home orders.

Management

Will George Floyd’s Death Actually Change How Cities and States Are Run?

COMMENTARY | Institutionalized racism has been an existential threat to the black community for centuries. In the aftermath of George Floyd’s death, it’s up to state and local leaders to usher in badly needed systemwide reform to end racial injustices.

Finance

Saving Main Street: Why State and Local Governments Are Vital for Its Survival

COMMENTARY | Main Street America is facing its toughest crisis ever as people stay at home to slow the spread of coronavirus. State and local governments need to step up to help businesses stay alive.

Management

Speak Bluntly and Carry a Big Stick: Using Straight Talk As a Crisis Communication Tool

COMMENTARY | Governors and mayors are engaging in direct and honest messaging to motivate residents’ responses to the coronavirus pandemic.

Management

The Pandemic Reminds Us Why Governors Still Matter

COMMENTARY | Governors across the United States have taken a proactive, hands-on response to the coronavirus pandemic.

Management

Resilience Renewed in Houston

For the fifth year in a row, the Route Fifty roadshow will explore the biggest themes in state and local government. This year’s roadshow kicks off in Houston, Texas to explore the city’s resiliency journey.

Tech & Data

Being Ready for Anything

This is part of a series of interviews conducted during the 2019 National Association of State Chief Information Officers’ Annual Conference.

Tech & Data

How Slowing Down Helps the Washington State CIO Move Faster

This is part of a series of interviews conducted during the 2019 National Association of State Chief Information Officers’ Annual Conference.

Tech & Data

The Passionate Pursuit of Innovation in Colorado

This is part of a series of interviews conducted during the 2019 National Association of State Chief Information Officers’ Annual Conference.

Management

The 5 Winners of the 2019 Route Fifty Navigator Awards

Here are the teams and individuals we are honoring for tackling challenging problems and coming up with innovative solutions.

Tech & Data

Developing Dual Use Assets for Cybersecurity

Arkansas' chief information officer has a plan for addressing resource shortages in cybersecurity.

Tech & Data

After Action Report: How Texas Responded to a Coordinated Cyber Attack

Texas chief information officer Todd Kimbriel describes how the state initiated its cyber incident response plan in the wake of a coordinated cyber ransomware attack on local governments.

Tech & Data

Building the State Tech Workforce for Today and Tomorrow

Tennessee deputy chief information officer discusses how the state is working to attract and retain a skilled technology workforce.

Management

The Next Frontier of Local Government Management

COMMENTARY | A look at the future of professional local government management.

Tech & Data

Are Local Government Managers Finally Getting Real on Cybersecurity?

COMMENTARY | City and county managers see a tipping point about cybersecurity.