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The Marketplace Fairness Act and State Tax Revenue

Since e-commerce first blossomed, hundreds, possibly thousands, of brick-and-mortar stores have disappeared. Some were mom-and-pop operations, but the big names have not been exempt. For example, who would have foreseen the disappearance of Borders Books?...

A Citizen’s Guide to Open Government, E-Government, and Government 2.0

Engaged citizens want clear, credible information from the government about how it’s carrying on its business. They don’t want to thumb through thousands of files or wait month after month or go through the rigors of filing claims through FOIA (Freedom of Information Act). They want government information, services, and communication to be forthcoming and swift...

 

Five Inspiring Commencement Speeches by Public Service Leaders

The commencement speech is one of the final milestones that college students experience before leaving academia. The best commencement speeches are not about imparting academic knowledge, but rather sharing wisdom that will provide inspiration, motivation, and hope to those about to leave the classroom behind and begin their careers. Here is a list of some of the most inspiring commencement speeches by public service leaders...

Nonprofit Disaster Relief in Oklahoma: What Can You Learn? How Can You Help?

When disaster strikes, especially major disasters like the devastating tornado in Moore, Oklahoma, it affects the entire country. The media is flooded with images of the damage and stories of survival and heroism. In cities and towns across the country, people want to reach out and help in any way they can. It is important to learn the best ways you can help the disaster relief effort to ensure your assistance reaches its intended destination....

Oklahoma Tornado: What Can State and Local Officials Learn?

When a major disaster like the Moore, Oklahoma, tornado hits, the country gets a clear view of the efficiency of emergency and disaster management in both the local area in which the disaster occurred and in the federal government as a whole. Given that most disasters can’t be predicted, it is critically important for the local, state, and federal governments to be thoroughly prepared to ensure each disaster is handled with care and precision...

Five Historic Preservation Projects Benefiting Main Street

While historic preservation is about preserving our cultural heritage, it can also help create jobs and revitalize communities. The National Trust for Historical Preservation recognizes the efforts of private citizens and local governments that revitalize their commercial districts through preservation with the Great American Main Street Awards. Below are some past winners of this prestigious award and the stories of their success....