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Subject: January: 12 Rising Stars, 2014 Issues to Watch and more
Date: Mon Jan 06 19:33:20 MST 2014

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GOVERNING January 2014
January 2014

12 Rising Stars

On a list of the most hated jobs, politicians consistently rank up there with telemarketers, used car salesmen, lawyers, parking enforcement officers and taxmen. So obviously, coming off a year that saw sequestration and the federal shutdown, it's a tough time to be a politician. But these state lawmakers are really making a mark.

What's New This January

POLITICS: Issues to Watch

For states throughout the country this year, there's a common theme: a climate of uncertainty coupled with a sense of genuine opportunity. To that end, we look at the 10 big issues states will tackle in 2014, and six smaller ones they'll also address.


Who's leading the charge for downtown revitalization? In many places, it's corporate entrepreneurs that are reshaping cities.


Municipal officials and entrepreneurs see the power of cultural events as a way to spur short-term tourism while shaping an image of the host city.

EDUCATION: The Fight Over School Reform

As the No Child Left Behind era ends and Common Core begins, two education heavyweights face-off over what we've learned and where we’ve gone wrong.

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Enhancing Productivity Through Transparency and Accountability: Workforce Management
in the Public Sector

The call for lowering large labor costs while increasing visibility into public spending can no longer be met with costly, inefficient manual systems. This Aberdeen white paper reveals how automated workforce management can elevate accountability, compliance and transparency to meet the scrutiny and demands facing public-sector organizations today. Click here to learn more.

Upcoming Governing Events

Outlook in the States & Localities in
Washington, D.C.
February 4-5
Government Technology's California Public Sector CIO Academy in Sacramento, Calif.
February 25-26
Government Technology's Beyond the Beltway in McLean, Va.
March 24

Governing Exchange

Join our exclusive online panel discussions. Connect with peers in other jurisdictions. Your input will help shape Governing's editorial direction, and you'll be among the first to see research results of interest to the entire community of state and local government professionals. We never ask for more than a few minutes of your time. Join now.

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Mark Your Calendars

The National Council of County Association Executives' Presidents and State Executive Directors Meeting in Washington, D.C.
January 8-10
Transportation Research Board meeting
in Washington, D.C.
January 12-16
The Nelson A. Rockefeller Institute of Government and the State Budget Crisis Task Force's Forum on Strengthening the Security of Public Sector Defined Benefit Plans in Washington, D.C.
January 16
The United States Conference of Mayors' winter meeting in Washington, D.C.
January 22-24
The American Society for Training & Development's TechKnowledge Conference in Las Vegas
January 22-24
National Association of State Personnel Executives' conference in Washington, D.C.
January 24-26
National Conference on Public Employee Retirement Systems' Legislative Conference in Washington, D.C.
January 26-28
National Association of Counties' 2014 Healthy Counties Forum in San Diego
January 30
The National Association of Regional Councils' conference in Washington, D.C.
February 9-11

For a complete list of upcoming events of interest to those working in state and local government, visit the Daybook at

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Future Structure: How Ideas Drive What We Build

The second issue of Future Structure further defines soft infrastructure -- the ideas that drive what we build. Additionally, we look at how thinking differently about transportation and building better can improve our communities and make life better for our citizens.

The Cost of Government Guide: Focusing on Fiscal Reform

This year's Cost of Government Summit energized participants to tackle some of the big fiscal problems that lie ahead, including pension obligations, debt-burdened localities, workforce benefits and Medicaid expansion.

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