Top Picks from MRSC News and Blog Posts (Oct 20)
Each week Byron Katsuyama, MRSC Public Policy & Management Consultant, scans the Web for interesting and useful news, blog posts, articles, and reports from a variety of local government related sources and posts them to the "In Focus" section of MRSC's homepage. Here are the top picks from his most recent “In Focus” scans. More from MRSC Insight.
Pipeline Safety Reminder (Oct 16)
Over 110 cities and towns in Washington have major transmission pipelines either within their jurisdiction or within one mile of their boundaries. More from MRSC Insight.
Help Improve MRSC’s Web Content by Taking a Short Survey (Oct 14)
We’re seeking your input on how to improve the MRSC subject pages, which allow local government partners across Washington to research a wide variety of topics. The questions should take about 5-10 minutes; please complete the survey by Friday, October 24. Take the MRSC Subject Page Survey.
U.S. City Finances Facing Slow Growth and Increasing Costs (Oct 16)
American cities reported the most positive financial data since the 2008 financial crisis, but they still haven’t fully recovered from the recession. More from Governing.
Emerging Issue: Police Body Cameras in Washington State (Oct 14)
The recent fatal shooting of the unarmed black teenager Michael Brown in Ferguson, Missouri, has greatly accelerated an already growing interest in the use of police body-worn cameras across the country and in several Washington communities. More from MRSC Insight.
What are the Most Important Skills for Planning Commissioners? (Oct 16)
Planners Web recently posted the results of a poll asking: "What are the skills you’ve found most important in serving on a planning commission?" More from Planners Web.
Time is Right for Infrastructure Investment (Oct 16)
In the current economic environment of sub-par growth, there is a strong case for increasing public investment in infrastructure projects, according to a study released by the IMF. More from American City & County.
Advantages and Disadvantages of Three Online Engagement Approaches (Oct 16)
With advancements in the infrastructure and design of websites comes new ways to engage the public. More from Planetizen.
California City to Deploy High-Tech System to Battle Homelessness (Oct 16)
Los Angeles plans to spend $213 million on a "coordinated entry system" for the homeless population. United Way will manage the system, which matches homeless people with appropriate agencies and shelters. More from Next City.
Streamlining Processes - Looking at the Details (Oct 16)
Lean and continuous improvement methodologies are powerful tools that can be applied to any finance process — even the most routine. More from Government Finance Review.
The ‘Boring’ Trait Google Looks for in its Leaders (Oct 16)
Taking an evidence-based approach rather than a gut-driven one, Google debunks conventional wisdom on how to build an awesome team. More from The Next Web.
Free Workshops through Smart Growth America (Oct 16)
Each year, Smart Growth America makes a limited number of technical assistance workshops available to interested communities for zero cost. Applications are now being accepted for their 2015 workshop series.