Dealing with the bureaucracy of government is frustrating for citizens and employees. What should be a simple task often takes months and involves multiple departments. Many government officials just accept backlogs and delays as the way things are done while others push for ways to improve how government operates.
The Phoenix Arizona City . . . → Read More: Imagine Issuing A Building Permit In 24 Hours
Chicago Mayor Rahm Emanuel estimates that Chicago can raise $25 million by letting companies advertise on city assets. Chicago has now hired an advertising consultant at a cost of $144,000 to help the City generate advertising revenue.
Other municipalities have considered creative ways to generate advertising revenue such as:
- transit riders . . . → Read More: Chicago Hires An Advertising Consultant, Should Other Cities Do The Same?
By my count there are seven golf courses located in the Town of Amherst, NY (a suburb of Buffalo, population 116,000). Four of the courses are privately owned and three are owned and operated by the Town of Amherst. As reported in the Buffalo News, since 2009 the town owned courses have lost . . . → Read More: Should Local Governments Be In The Golf Business?
Weston Florida is an affluent suburb 25 miles northwest of Miami. When Weston was incorporated in 1996, its residents approved a charter that states the city must use contractors as opposed to city employees to perform traditional government services, unless four out of five councilmembers vote to make an exception.
As a Governing . . . → Read More: How A City of 65,000 Gets By With Only 9 Employees
Every year the Reason Foundation releases an Annual Privatization Report which provides a great overview of the privatization and public-private partnerships taking place in local governments across the country. Highlights include:
- 57 percent of city finance officers report their cities were less able to meet their financial needs in 2011 than in . . . → Read More: Local Governments Across The Country Are Utilizing Public-Private Partnerships