Free Bus Passes for Workers: Columbus’s Big Idea to Relieve Congestion Downtown

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Free Bus Passes for Workers: Columbus’s Big Idea to Relieve Congestion Downtown

Columbus, Ohio will be piloting a program that gives downtown workers free bus passes. The city has struggled with downtown parking availability and a low public transit usage rate, which has led to business expansion in suburban areas. To help combat these difficulties and ensure a bustling downtown, the Capital Crossroads Special Improvement District (SID)…

Video: Dennis Smith on the History of MAG and Its Founder

Jack Debolske, the former head of the League of Arizona Cities and Towns and the Maricopa Association of Governments (MAG), passed away this month. Behind the scenes, Debolske helped shape the development of the Phoenix area, probably more than any other single figure. Listen to MAG Executive Director Dennis Smith tell us more about the…

FEMA Resources for Hurricane Recovery Efforts

Hurricanes Harvey and Irma have been at the forefront of our thoughts for a couple of weeks now. We admire all the hard work our members and partners are doing to respond and recover from the recent aftermath of these catastrophic events. As many agencies, organizations, and individuals continue to provide preparedness and relief efforts…

Maine Using Creative Workforce Programs to Improve State Economy

The Maine unemployment rate hit a 40-year low of three percent this spring. While some were quick to applaud political actions, others were more convinced the success had to do with workforce programs. The state has grown concerned about its shrinking population and deep skills gap, so new workforce programs are underway to connect understaffed…

California and San Francisco Sue DOJ Over Sanctuary Cities

The State of California and the City of San Francisco have filed separate lawsuits against the U.S. Department of Justice (DOJ) over the Trump administration’s plans to withhold federal public safety grant funding from cities and counties that do not comply with new sanctuary city policies. They join the City of Chicago, who filed a…

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