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Bill Lucia is a Senior Reporter for Government Executive's Route Fifty. He previously covered Seattle city government for Crosscut.com and holds a master's in public administration from the University of Washington's Evans School of Public Affairs.

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A North Carolina City’s Big Aspiration: Attracting Millennials

May 4, 2015 Hickory, North Carolina, is seeking millennials. The city is getting ready to plop down a sizeable chunk of money on park space, pedestrian improvements and other projects aimed at making the town more attractive to young professionals and the companies where they want to work. Located about 50 miles northwest...

Baltimore Unrest Prompts Note of Caution From Credit Analysts

May 3, 2015 It’s unlikely the recent unrest that has unfolded on the streets of Baltimore will dramatically upset the city’s creditworthiness, at least in the near term, according to a top credit rating agency. But in comments issued late last week, Moody’s Investors Service also included a note of caution. “If the...

New York City’s Data-Driven Approach to Counting Its Street Trees

May 3, 2015 At the northwest corner of Washington Square Park in Manhattan’s Greenwich Village there’s a tree, an English elm. Also known as “Hangman’s Elm,” the tree is said to be over 300 years old, stands about 130 feet tall and has a trunk diameter of more than five feet, according to...

California Leaders Urge Congress Not to Undermine State’s Personal Data Standards

April 30, 2015 A group of California lawmakers is pressing leaders of their congressional delegation to revise a bill moving through the U.S. House, saying it would weaken the Golden State’s standards for when people need to be notified that their personal data has been hacked. The “Data Security and Breach Notification Act...

Big IT Purchases Don’t Always Fit a State’s Procurement Process

April 29, 2015 ALEXANDRIA, Va. — The procurement process states use to buy highway paint or office supplies is not always well suited for big technology purchases. That’s according to Steve Nichols, the state of Georgia’s chief technology officer, who said there’s an alternative procurement approach that the Peach State has used a...

In Drone Debate, States Will Have to Sort Out Data Collection Policies

April 28, 2015 ALEXANDRIA, Va. — It’s the data, not the drones. As states consider how to use and regulate unmanned aerial vehicles, some of the thorniest issues surround what information the aircraft can gather and how this data gets handled and used once it is recorded. That was one of the points...

‘It Takes a While to Educate Finance and Budget People’ on State IT Investments

April 28, 2015 ALEXANDRIA, Va. — Budget officers and others involved in state financial decisions have a problem according to Scott Pattison. Pattison, the executive director of the National Association of State Budget Officers, said there is uncertainty among those that take part in state budgeting processes about how to get the most...

Municipal Sewer Problems Prompt Federal Lawsuit on Flushable Wipes

April 26, 2015 “Flushable” wet wipes are gumming up sewer and wastewater systems, necessitating costly maintenance and repairs, the city of Wyoming, Minnesota is alleging in a lawsuit filed against a half dozen companies in federal district court on Thursday. The city lodged the class action complaint against six manufacturers of baby wipes,...

Peoria’s ‘Budget Challenge’ Puts Residents in the Driver’s Seat

April 22, 2015 There’s pressure building on Peoria’s city budget. As it stands, elected officials in the central Illinois city will need to contend in the coming months with an estimated $10.5 million deficit. About $5.6 million of that projected 2016 shortfall can be attributed to state funding cuts Gov. Bruce Rauner has...

In Civic Tech Circles, There Are Few Better Places to Be Than Philadelphia City Hall

April 21, 2015 PHILADELPHIA — With about nine months remaining in Mayor Michael Nutter’s second and final term in office, 2015 is a time to reflect on some of the noteworthy civic tech projects and tech-forward initiatives that City Hall has undertaken in recent years. The unveiling of Philadelphia’s new open data portal...