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How Can Public Participation in Government be Improved?

How Can Public Participation in Government be Improved?

It is a question asked by anyone who has been involved in local government.  Over at Governing, Mark Funkhouser has some thoughts: In a recent study entitled Making Public Participation Legal, Matt Leighninger cites a Knight Foundation report that found that attending a public meeting was more likely to reduce a person’s sense of efficacy […]

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A Competitive Economy Needs a Healthy Community

A Competitive Economy Needs a Healthy Community

That’s the argument made by former Kansas City mayor Mark Funkhouser over at the Governing Institute: More and more companies, in their efforts to contain employee health-care costs, are making a community’s obesity rate the most important factor in their business-location decisions, Dr. James Johnson of the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill told […]

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Southern States Take the Lead in Workforce Development

Southern States Take the Lead in Workforce Development

That is the assertion in a recent article in Governing magazine: Southern states [particularly Alabama, Georgia, Louisiana and South Carolina] have become adept at training residents to acquire and keep jobs. Each state’s program is unique, but they share some commonalities. All are offered free of charge to incoming or expanding businesses as part of […]

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