Local Government
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2/19/2018

Frank Felix, recently appointed city manager of Nogales, Ariz., says he hopes to improve interdepartmental communication and cooperation to improve city services for taxpayers. Felix previously served Nogales as Mayor John Doyle's executive assistant before being named acting city manager.

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John Doyle
2/16/2018

Leaders of government agencies too frequently stifle innovation by requiring more validation than necessary for new ideas and then overcommitting resources once an innovation has proven worthwhile, writes Alan Pentz. Government leaders should determine what constitutes success and then set key performance indicators and milestones for projects to encourage better manage innovation, he says.

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Government Executive
2/16/2018

The National Recreation and Park Association and the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention have awarded Harrisonburg Parks and Recreation in Virginia a Fit and Strong! grant to create low-impact exercise programs for older residents who have flexibility problems. The Fit and Strong! classes will be woven into the 50 and Wiser program already offered by the city.

2/15/2018

Officials in Oakland County, Mich., are spending $5.8 million on improvements to the county's public radio-communications system, OakWIN. Consoles, radio towers and other equipment that has nearly reached the end of its 15-year lifespan will be replaced, says Deputy County Executive Bob Daddow.

2/15/2018

Owensboro, Ky., resident Nate Pagan will take on the role of assistant city manager. A city commission will need to approve the selection of Davies, along with the selection of recently promoted City Attorney Steve Lynn.

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2/15/2018

National Recreation and Park Association President and CEO Barbara Tulipane noted the health benefits of having parks nearby and that Amazon's proposal for a second headquarters emphasized the outdoors and recreational opportunities. She urged cities to pledge to make parks and green space accessible to all residents within a 10-minute walk.

2/15/2018

Green design could save cities money as well as improve public health, according to a report by environmental consulting firm Capital E. The Delivering Urban Resilience report studied three cities, finding that expanded tree cover and making surfaces cooler were two ways to save money and benefit residents.

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Next City
2/15/2018

San Francisco's Helen Diller Civic Center Playground has reopened after a yearlong $10 million renovation. The playground now has a weather and nature theme and features new light installations and play structures.

2/15/2018

The city of El Paso, Texas, and other organizations are working on an active transportation system for a stretch of canal that would help stormwater and flood management while providing a space for bicyclists and pedestrians.

2/15/2018

Keller, Texas, Parks and Recreation is adding more activities for residents with special needs through its "A Sense of Adventure" program. Events include a fun run, sensory egg hunt and a monthly period where parks are reserved solely for such residents.