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GMA at 25: Looking Back, Looking Forward

In this month's Planning Advisor column, Joseph W. Tovar, FAICP, takes a look back at 25 years of planning under the state's Growth Management Act (GMA) to see how effective it has been in shaping growth, and a look forward to what the next 25 years might bring.
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Looking Back and On to the Next Chapter – Sue Enger Retires (Dec 18)
After nearly 25 years, Sue Enger, MRSC Planning Consultant, is retiring. More from MRSC Insight.

Washington State’s Landslide Report Lays Out Steps for Preventing Future Disasters (Dec 17)
The SR 530 Landslide Commission makes 17 recommendations and highlights three priorities. More from Emergency Management.

The ABCs of School Security (Dec 17)
The need to review, upgrade, and update school security programs has reached an urgent level due to an increasing rate of active threats and violent incidents in schools. More from The Police Chief.

New Report on Employee Engagement (Dec 17)
The 2014 Employee Engagement Survey by IPMA-HR (International Public Management Association for Human Resources) indicates that less than half of state and local government employees are fully engaged in their jobs. More from ICMA.

Who Pays for Police Misconduct? (Dec 17)
Officer indemnification is costing cities $ millions. More from American City & County.

Drone Regulations Won't Land Until 2017 (Dec 17)
The Federal Aviation Administration says drone regulations are years away, but some big names want them now. More from Governing.

'Hackathon' Asks Techies to Aid Seattle PD on Sensitive-Video Issues (Dec 17)
With police videos increasingly becoming subject to public disclosure, Seattle police are anxious to develop a fast — and inexpensive — way to go through a growing mountain of material and redact sensitive images. More from Government Technology.

Grays Harbor County Plans U.S.’ First Vertical Evacuation Tsunami Building (Dec 17)
Chuck Wallace discusses tsunami mitigation measures in Grays Harbor County, including its plans for a vertical evacuation, tsunami-engineered, safe haven building. More from Government Technology.

Want to Innovate? Determine Your City's Greatest Need and Get to Work (Dec 17)
Governments must ask themselves critical questions before change can happen. More from Governing.

How Government Can Unlock Economic Benefits from Open Data (Dec 17)
Everybody understands how open data makes government more transparent. But the economic value is less clear. More from Government Technology.

4 Tech Trends Changing How Cities Operate (Dec 17)
A recent survey reveals how local governments are using technology (both new and old) to engage citizens and improve performance. More from Governing.

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