Public Management

The official monthly magazine of the International City and County Management Association (ICMA). Publishes news and information on topics and issues of concern to local government managers as well as feature articles on local government from the perspect

Articles from Vol. 86, No. 8, September

AIG Environmental[R]: Brownfields Redevelopment: A Window of Opportunity
With over two decades of experience in environmental insurance, AIG Environmental[R] creates environmental insurance programs designed to reduce the repercussions of unexpected circumstances. Environmental insurance provided by member companies of...
Be the Difference
Ever heard of blue penguins (Eudyptula minor), common short-beaked dolphins (Delphinus delphis), or white-faced herons (Ardea novaehollandiae)? How about domestic dog muck (Stercus caninum), the common plastic can holder (Anuli and solvendum plasticati),...
Helping Employees Make Sound Ethical Decisions
Many of our cities and counties have ethics laws that sit on their shelves. What are some ways to raise the ethical awareness of local government employees? Montgomery County, Maryland, recently launched an initiative to help its employees understand...
How to Benchmark with Easily Available Resources: Ensure That You're Comparing Apples to Apples
Three years ago, the new mayor asked me, as city manager, to come in and help him turn our huge aircraft carrier, city hall, around and move Fresno, California, in the right direction. Management colleagues cautioned me that Fresno was a complicated,...
Stock Carries on the Family Tradition
The apple didn't fall far from the tree in the Stock family. Barry Stock, 44, has been Savage's (Minnesota) city administrator for the past year. Before that, he served as the city's economic development director, deputy city administrator, and...
The Brownfields Equation: Making Projects Add Up
Most local government managers would agree that economic growth and housing development are worthy of their time and resource investments. The ways in which these local government and community priorities are achieved, however, vary dramatically depending...
The Day the Sky Fell: The Space Shuttle Columbia Disaster
It is every public official's worst nightmare: something crashes out of the sky into your community. It's the one-in-a-billion contingency that you grit your teeth over and hold your breath and hope it doesn't happen. But at 8:00 in the morning on...
The Institutional Control Umbrella
As brownfields cleanup and revitalization continues to grow as an important component of community redevelopment, brownfields properties increasingly involve the use of legal restrictions on future land uses. These restrictions seek to protect human...
Updated Study Calculates Cost of a Snowstorm
Six years ago, the Salt Institute, Alexandria, Virginia, commissioned a study by Standard and Poor's to estimate the cost of not responding adequately to winter ice and snow storms. Costs identified by the economic forecasters included lost wages of...