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Who's Your CEO - “Chief ENGAGEMENT Officer”?

In this month's Council/Commission Advisor Column, Bob Jean, Washington City/County Management Association Range Rider, asks: What are you doing to actively engage your community … not just inform, not just involve, but ENGAGE? Whether as mayor or manager, you are the CEO-Chief ENGAGEMENT Officer.
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Seattle Adopts an Old Way to Pay for New Parks (Oct 28)
While the city's parks no longer have to compete with police and other essential services for funding, this model has its drawbacks. More from Governing.

A Surge in Oil and Coal Transportation in the Northwest Raises Environmental Concerns (Oct 24)
What role do local governments play in addressing the impacts of increased coal and oil rail transportation in the Northwest? More from MRSC Insight.

The Case for Trailer Parks (Oct 28)
Houses made in a factory are a cheap and energy-efficient way for low-income Americans to become homeowners—plus, these days, the mass-produced units can be pretty spiffy. More from The Atlantic Cities.

When Social Media gets Ugly (Oct 28)
Here are a few tips to help you create a more harmonious online community, and to continue to help you cultivate productive online engagement. More from Engaging Cities.

Facebook Debuts Safety Check Feature for Disasters (Oct 28)
Users within the vicinity of an emergency will get a notification from Facebook asking if they’re safe. More from Emergency Management.

Next-Gen 911: Two States, Two Approaches to Implementation (Oct 28)
Connecticut and Kansas are working to install next-generation 911 systems, which some say are a necessity in an ever-burgeoning wireless mobile society. More from Emergency Management.

Managing a Crisis Before It Happens (Oct 28)
As a public leader, what you do before a calamity strikes is just as important as what you do once you're in the middle of it. More from Governing.

For Smart Growth, Not All Density is Created Equal (Oct 28)
People feel attracted to and comfortable in historic neighborhoods is not just because of their familiarity and walkability but also because they present urban density at a human scale. More from Better Cities & Towns.

Army Corps Accepting Water Resources Project Proposals (Oct 28)
Under the Water Resources Reform and Development Act, which became law in June, the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers is accepting proposals from local governments for feasibility studies and modifications to authorized water resources development projects. The request is open until December 3, 2014. More from NLC.

When the Best Intentions Lead to Disaster (Oct 28)
The VA scandal has its roots in two related management failures. Government leaders everywhere should keep them in mind. More from Governing.

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