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The Roy and Lila Ash Center Salutes Fresh Ideas

When something works it should be rewarded! Harvard's Roy and Lila Ash Center for Democratic Governance and Innovation affirms creative and innovative government programs with both national recognition and financial incentives. Since 1985, approximately 500 ground breaking government initiatives from over 27,000 applications have received commendations. In

Bridging the Gap Between:  Ideas on Local Government Nonprofit-Collaboration

Thomas Edison once said, "To have a great idea, have a lot of them." As grants become more competitive, and given this period of uncertainty with federal funding, local governments are experimenting with new ways to meet their community's needs. Shawnee Bigelow's Building Capacity: How Community Coalitions Are Improving the Chances of Federal Funding Awards was our

Supporting and Enhancing Your Budget to Benefit Your Community:  A Free Webinar

What do you do when leadership asks you for a strategic funding plan? How do you leverage existing resources to bring more funds to your state, local government, or nonprofit organization? On Wednesday, August 30, one of the nation's leading grants management experts, Merril Oliver, CGMS, will guide attendees on how to use approved budgets as the foundation to a more robust strategic funding plan that drives programs and projects for the public good. 

Public Service Recognition Week - Thank You! Thank You!  Thank You!

Since 1985, the first Sunday in May starts off what has been officially designated by Congress as Public Service Recognition Week (PSRW), a time to honor those who work in local, state, and federal government. Organized by the Public Employees Roundtable, events range from a Congressional breakfast and a 5K run/walk in Washington, DC, to school children all over the county meeting the people who make their town councils tick. National or local, small or large, black tie required or blue jeans recommended, to capture the spirit of PSRW, a commemoration only needs one ingredient to be successful, a genuine appreciation for America's hardworking public servants.

A Quiz in Honor of National County Government Month

April is National County Government Month. Counties across the country are encouraged to raise public awareness of just how important they are in maintaining quality of life for the residents they serve. For instance, counties maintain about 45% of all our domestic roads, own 976 hospitals and operate 91% of all local jails. How much do you know about counties? Take our quiz below and find out!  Then add a fun fact about your county in the comment section below.

The Silver Civil Service Tsunami - How Local Governments Plan to Stay Afloat

Sipping margaritas at the beach. Scoring a hole-in-one on the greens. Or simply playing with the grandkids in the yard. If we could peek into the minds of U.S. workers, we might find these day dreams sneaking in with increasing frequency. That is because a growing number of employees will soon be eligible for retirement. Sometimes referred to as the "silver tsunami," demographers have long noted that the median age of the workforce has been inching upwards due to that huge cohort of folks born between 1946 and 1964 known as the baby boomers. Almost 10,000 of them are already retiring every day with more to come in the future. While this trend affects employers across the board, it has a special implications for government agencies. Statistically, public servants tend to be older than their private  counterparts. How are municipalities preparing for the loss of so much know-how and experience?

The Definitive Guide to an Effective Grant Funding Strategy

Is your municipality interested in increasing revenue? Reducing administrative burdens? Improving outcomes?  eCivis reviewed dozens of local governments to evaluate their grant acquisition and management strategies. High performing organizations had three key characteristics that made them effective. To find out what they are, download our free guide to effective grant funding strategies.

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