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.
- Joplin, MO, could not have recovered from the aftermath of a devastating tornado without state and federal assistance.
- In El Cerrito, CA, City Manager Scott Hanin, along with Assistant City Manager Karen Pinkos and Environmental Service Manager Melanie Mintz, led the city’s partnership with the state of California, the non-profit community, and several funding agencies to revitalize the city’s main commercial corridor.
- In Pennsylvania, three townships, a local water authority, and the state worked together to fix a long-standing pollution problem.