All local governments confront common issues:

  • managing the economy
  • creating jobs
  • guaranteeing the safety of residents
  • managing health issues
  • caring for the environment
  • securing infrastructure, including transportation
  • providing students with a good public education

While many people may see these as primarily federal or state issues, the reality is that policy stalemates and structural deficits keep pushing them down to the local level where the proverbial buck stops.

Each one of these issues requires a multisector, multidisciplinary, and intergovernmental strategy to produce the outcomes that matter most to people in their communities.