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Michael Grass

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Michael Grass, who joined the Government Executive Media Group in June 2014, is the founding co-editor of DCist.com and worked as a copy editor at Roll Call, local and online editor at The Washington Post's Express newspaper, deputy managing editor at The New York Observer's Politicker.com, deputy managing editor at Washington City Paper and the D.C., Maryland and Virginia local editor for The Huffington Post. He also managed a non-profit network of state-based policy news sites in Colorado, Iowa, Michigan, Minnesota and New Mexico.

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New York City Takes Giant Step to Unlock Its Published Data

August 11, 2014 New York City has published its City Record every day except for legal holidays since 1873. It’s a central repository for municipal information, from announcements regarding public hearings and meetings to procurement information to the proposed and adopted rules coming from city agencies. While parts of the City Record are...

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Ohio Program Harnesses Intern Power to Boost Its Export Market

August 8, 2014 Exports are critically important to the state of Ohio. Goods exported from the Buckeye State to foreign markets totaled $50.8 billion in 2013. In 2011, more than a quarter of Ohio jobs were dependent on exports, especially those in the transportation sector. So it’s not surprising that the state tries...

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How Silicon Valley Talent Brokering Is Helping Local Cities

August 8, 2014 A major cross-sector collaboration that promotes public-private partnership projects in California’s Silicon Valley is getting $1 million in new funding from the John S. and James L. Knight Foundation to strengthen its abilities to tackle new challenges. The Silicon Valley Talent Partnership, launched in 2012 as a joint initiative by...

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Why Yellow Dots Are Popping Up Across Alabama

August 7, 2014 When drivers get into serious car accident, it can sometimes be hard to relay pertinent medical history to paramedics, especially if they’re unconscious or otherwise unable to communicate. But an expanding Alabama program has made it easier for emergency responders in the Yellowhammer State to know if a patient has...

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New York City Mayor Enlists His Family to Promote Food Composting

August 7, 2014 During his New York City mayoral campaign last year, Bill de Blasio put his family front and center along with his modest-looking Brooklyn home. Now that he’s mayor, de Blasio’s family and that home continue to play a big role in communicating with the residents of the nation’s largest city....

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Civic Innovation Program Leads to New Tool for Visually-Impaired Airport Passengers

August 6, 2014 Back in March, San Francisco Mayor Edwin Lee announced that the city had selected six startup companies to be part of the Office of Civic Innovation’s new Entrepreneurship-in-Residence Program. The startup projects ranged from a smart device to measure neighborhood air quality to a multi-channel emergency communications notification system to...

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San Diego Mayor Dangles Big Monetary Rewards Before City Workers

August 6, 2014 It’s a relatively simple premise: Give a monetary incentive to an employee who comes up with an innovative cost-savings idea and pay for the reward with a portion of the savings. San Diego’s city government will test out that idea for the upcoming budget cycle. In an announcement on Tuesday...

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Lake Erie Drinking Water Scare Prompts New Concerns Over Harmful Algae

August 5, 2014 The toxic Lake Erie algal bloom that sent hundreds of thousands of residents in the Toledo, Ohio, area in search of bottled water this weekend is not only a wake-up call in the Glass City but a reminder of the challenges other cities face when relying on the lake for...

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County Control of Boise’s Streets Is a Hot Potato

August 1, 2014 In Boise, Idaho, the city’s streets are not the city’s. Technically, “public rights-of-way” are under the “administrative authority” of the Ada County Highway District which effectively controls them on behalf of the public. For some city officials in the state capital, that complicated distinction has been a point of contention...

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New Yorkers Throw Out an Obscene Amount of Clothing Each Year

August 1, 2014 In space-starved New York City, it can be too easy for residents to let unassorted stuff pile up in their jammed-packed apartments, especially clothing. It can be even easier to simply throw that clothing away when it’s time to make room for new wares. In fact, nearly 200,000 tons of...