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How To Survive Budget Season

It’s the most wonderful time of the year… Budget Season! For communities operating on a July 1 fiscal year, March Madness means more than just college basketball. Spring is the time for many municipalities to forecast their resources for the coming year, prioritize new initiatives, and ensure they are following through on existing obligations. It’s…  Read More…

LWR Recognizes Community Heroes

Life, Well Run is pleased to announce the 2017 Community Heroes who were nominated by their jurisdictions for modeling dedication to local government and serving residents. Life, Well Run received a wonderful response to the call for Community Hero nominations that began in November 2016 with the support of ICMA-RC.  Managers sent in descriptions of their…  Read More…

Professional Management Drives #LocalGov Efficiency & Effectiveness

Professional local government management—through which elected officials hire a highly trained, nonpolitical chief executive to oversee the day-to-day operations of a community—makes a significant difference in that jurisdiction’s creditworthiness, efficiency, and ability to build community, according to a recent review conducted by ICMA, the International City/County Management Association. ` A review of Moody’s Aaa-rated local…  Read More…

A Trend Toward #LocalGov

It could be a lack of Federal jobs or a change in student philosophy, but it appears that more MPA graduates are entering local government jobs than in previous years, according to the Network of Schools of Public Policy, Affairs, and Administration (NASPAA). In recent direct-to-graduate surveys, NASPAA found the trend toward local government to be…  Read More…

Is #localgov Part of ‘The Swamp’? 

Swamps are filled with odorous, stagnant water and creatures that breed disease. November’s highly divisive national election filled the public’s mind with disturbing images like this – rhetorical exaggerations to remind people of any negative experience they’ve ever had with a government agency. But the vast majority of employees at any level of government are…  Read More…