Changing Landscape in Local Government

About the Public Sector

Changing Landscape in Local Government

Posted on April 7th, by Marc Plooster in About the Public Sector. 1 Comment

During a recent conversation with a peer and Master of Public Administration student, I realized there is a predicament in municipal administration. For soon-to-be MPAs, there is concern among some who would like to be city managers but are not interested in the present political landscape of many communities. The challenge is multifold: there is … Read More »


Efficiency Initiatives in Local Government

Posted on March 15th, by TL Cox in About the Public Sector. No Comments

In a May 2012 Wall Street Journal article, Leslie Kwoh warned that the term “innovation” was at risk of becoming cliché. To support her observation, she provided a number of examples, the most astonishing of which was a 64% increase in the number of times the word innovation (or some form thereof) was used in … Read More »


Hiring: Take Control

Posted on March 14th, by Stacy Feiner in eligibility/hiring issues. 1 Comment

Hiring the wrong people costs too much. Here’s how to activate a recruiting process that will attract the right people to your talent bench?

No business can afford a bad hire, or to retain employees who don’t perform because the cost of poor talent management processes is staggering: A bad hire can cost up to 10 … Read More »


Government Office Space Can Attract Silicon Valley Talent

Posted on March 12th, by Be Furniture in About the Public Sector. 1 Comment

It’s that time.

Baby boomers are finally leaving their desks behind and signing up for AARP.

A lot of these Boomers worked for the US Government and everyone knows that “government job” equals cement gray tile floors, cement gray desks, cement gray chairs, and cement gray walls. If you have walls. Otherwise, it’s cement gray cubicles.

Millennials are … Read More »


Public-Private Partnerships: A Catalyst for Economic Development?

Posted on March 10th, by Valerie Martinelli in About the Public Sector. 1 Comment

Most local governments have been struggling with cash-strapped budgets and forcibly cutting within agencies and programs. These tight budgets and cuts may lead to poor infrastructure, a decreased access to services and programs, and ultimately, inadequate economic development.

Economic development creates the conditions for economic growth and an enhanced quality of life for citizens by expanding … Read More »


Civic Engagement: It’s Time To Get Involved!

Posted on March 10th, by Olivia Burrell-Jackson in About the Public Sector. No Comments

How many of us are fully engaged in our community? Do we simply see something wrong with our neighborhood and complain about it to our family or do we try to figure out how to get it fixed? When we hear of a law being proposed that don’t agree with (or do!) do we contact … Read More »


Journey to the End

Posted on March 10th, by Liam Ryan in education/training. 2 comments

When I was in college in Liverpool I was fortunate to befriend one of those people that are all too rare in the world. Everybody loved Peter Morgan. His infectious likeability became the social lynch pin of our entire year group. His pranks were both ingenious and hilarious, no matter which side of them you … Read More »


Alma Mater: Your School Recognition & Your Career

Posted on March 10th, by American Public University System in education/training. No Comments

As humans we are comfortable with the familiar. We like big brands and name drop with pride (consciously and subconsciously). Exclaiming, “I drive a Mercedes insured by Geico, with music synced to my iPod, while sipping a can of Coke” is much different than declaring, “I drive a mid-sized sedan insured with PIP insurance, synced … Read More »


Cultural Paper Clip of Contract Management

Posted on March 10th, by American Public University System in About the Public Sector. No Comments

Fact: There is a culture of contract management and acquisition within the federal government, state government and private contractor and vendor organizations, both domestic and international. But what is that culture? And, how is it defined?

When you examine the Contract Management Body of Knowledge (CMBOK), a core guideline for contractors, you will not find the term … Read More »


Reach For The Stars, The Sky Is Not The Limit

Posted on March 10th, by David Shindler in education/training. No Comments

We often refer to the sky being the limit. How claustrophobic says Rachel Wolchin of TheGoodVibe.co. A spacecraft landing on a meteorite shows how far to date the human race has gone beyond its extra-terrestrial ambitions since the Moon landings nearly 50 years ago.

Does pursuing your job and career ambitions feel like mission impossible? Let … Read More »