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Getting an Accurate and Complete Economic Picture for Rural Counties

In this month’s Council/Commission Advisor column, Jim McEntire, Clallam County Commissioner, discusses the challenges of getting an accurate, complete economic picture of rural counties and includes sample data he’s compiled for Clallam County.
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The Case for Asset Management in Public Works (Sep 11)
What can public works departments do to keep their infrastructure operational, increase efficiency and garner trust from their citizens? The answer lies in using asset management in their maintenance, operations and preservation programs. More from MRSC Insight.

Participatory Budgeting Report (Sep 11)
A new report from the IBM Center for the Business of Government, Participatory Budgeting: Ten Actions to Engage Citizens via Social Media, offers an overview of the state of participatory budgeting, and the potential value of integrating the use of social media into the participatory process design.

Can Body Cameras Really Reduce Police's Use of Force? (Sep 11)
Ferguson police are the latest of more than 1,000 departments to wear body cameras, which are proven to reduce officers' use of force and citizens' complaints against cops. More from Governing.

U.S. Lacks Housing for Older Population (Sep 11)
The Harvard Joint Center for Housing Studies and the AARP Foundation recently published “Housing America’s Older Adults — Meeting the Needs of an Aging Population,” finding that the U.S. Is not prepared to meet the housing needs of its population aged 50 and over, which is expected to hit 133 million people by 2030.

Free Workshop: Electric Vehicle Charging at Work (Sep 11)
Does your local government offer electric vehicle charging at the workplace? Are you considering it? Join MRSC and the Washington Clean Cities Coalition for a free workshop that will explore the legal and policy questions surrounding this issue and help you create an effective electric vehicle charging policy that allows employees to utilize electric vehicles while mitigating any potential risks. Click here to registration and info.

How LEDs Are Going To Change The Way We Look At Cities (Sep 11)
Los Angeles, New York, Chicago, Shanghai, Copenhagen and scores of other cities around the world are deploying LEDs in an attempt to solve most, if not all, of the problems created by inefficient traditional lamps. More from Forbes.

Would You Live in a 180-Square-Foot Space? (Sep 11)
The Seattle City Council recently debated regulatory details about microhousing. Size, parking and sink access are all on the table. More from Crosscut.

Performance Management in Government: The Old is New Again (Sep 11)
As they deploy modern, data-driven tools for public-sector efficiency, today's government leaders are building on work that began many decades ago. More from Government Technology.

Collaboration as a Management and Leadership Strategy for Local Governments (Sep 11)
A survey of local government managers found that 86 percent of respondents said that collaboration was one of their management and leadership strategies, and most were cautiously optimistic about its possibilities. More from Government Finance Review.

Improving Public Safety and Youth Outcomes through Juvenile Assessment and Service Centers (Sep 11)
For youth accused of status offenses, like truancy and misdemeanors, diversion away from arrest and prosecution and into community-based services is a better use of scarce resources and is more effective at improving public safety over the long-term. More from NLC.

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