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Jean Dimeo

Management

Fireworks Are Cancelled Yet Again in Cities and Counties Across the US

Potential fire risks, supply chain issues and worker shortages have put a damper on these popular Independence Day events.

Infrastructure

What Flooding Costs These US Cities

Urban areas will see an increase in three types of flooding by 2050, which will force local governments to spend much more on climate disasters, according to a recent report. 

Finance

States Where Gas Prices Are Over $5 Per Gallon

California is the only state where average gasoline prices are more than $6 per gallon, and there are five states where the average price is around $4.50, the lowest in the U.S.

Management

Why People Are Moving Away From Big Urban Counties

New research suggests that housing costs and remote work are fueling a lasting shift in where people are choosing to live.

Tech & Data

Despite Higher Costs, Vacationers Plan to Visit State Beaches, Lakes and Parks This Summer

Travelers also said that Covid-19 will not impact their trips during the next few months, according to a recent survey.

Finance

The Best-Performing Cities in the US

The top large and small cities based on job, wage and high-tech growth are mainly in the western and southern regions, according to a recent report.

Public Safety

States Where the Most Postal Workers Are Attacked by Dogs

More than 5,400 mail carriers nationwide were injured by canines last year, with California leading the nation in bites, according to a new report.

Finance

States With the Highest and Lowest Rainy Day Funds

Wyoming leads the nation in the operating days in its fund, while Washington has a negative balance.

Tech & Data

15 US Cities Have Housing Markets Overvalued by More Than 50%

Four of those markets are overvalued by more than 60%, with Boise, Idaho leading the pack at 73%, according to a recent report.

Finance

The States That Get the Biggest Boost From Parks and Rec Spending

More than 10,000 local parks and recreation agencies nationwide drive more than $200 billion annually in economic activity, according to a recent report.

Public Safety

Police Oversight Boards Proliferate After George Floyd's Death

A new report says that the growth of review boards could “reshape the landscape of civilian oversight.” 

Management

Largest US Counties Lost Record Number of Residents in 2021

Nearly 70% of urban counties with more than 250,000 people saw their populations erode last year, “an exceptionally high share by historical standards,” a new report says.

Health & Human Services

10 Reasons Workers Are Quitting Their Jobs

Low salaries are just one reason for record-high turnover, according to a recent report.

Infrastructure

New Online Hub to Help Cities Apply for Federal Infrastructure Funding

The $50 million initiative will provide advice and resources to municipalities, especially small towns, through public sector groups and nonprofits, according to Bloomberg Philanthropies.

Infrastructure

How the Pandemic Changed Where Americans Want to Live

Many moved out of cities. But a leading priority people look for in their communities remains the same, according to a new survey.

Finance

Restaurants Urge Mayors to Extend Outdoor Dining Through Winter

The National Restaurant Association sent a letter to the U.S. Conference of Mayors warning that thousands more restaurants could close without support to keep outdoor dining going. 

Public Safety

Canceled Fines and Fees, $0 Cash Bail. Will Pandemic-era Criminal Justice Changes Stick?

A group that advocates for incarcerated people provides states and localities recommendations for keeping citizens who committed minor offenses out of jails and prisons.

Tech & Data

Tech Officials Urge States to Go Further Embracing Analytics

State CIOs are discovering new analytics applications for putting citizens first and improving outcomes, according to a new government association report.

Health & Human Services

Best and Worst Cities for Cat Lovers

Cities in warm climates are among the best for felines and their humans while really big cities are far less than "purr-fect" in this regard, according to a new ranking.

Management

Survey: Half of Business Travelers Leaning Toward Canceling Trips

The downturn in business travel continues to plague hotels and other businesses and could be a drag on some city economies.