Derek Prall

Derek
Prall
Editor,
American City & County

Derek Prall is a professional journalist who has held numerous positions with a variety of print and online publications including the New Jersey Herald. He is a 2008 graduate of Furman University holding bachelor's degrees in both English Literature and Communications Studies.

Articles
Trump's America
Local leaders wonder what the new administration means for them while working to heal a dangerously fractured electorate
The 50 most traffic-congested cities in America
Connected car services company INRIX analyzed congestion in 1,064 cities across 38 countries to determine the cities with the highest traffic congestion. We've included the 50 most congested American cities here; is your city on the list?
Building smarter cities
Smart cities occur where new data technologies intersect with old urban challenges, as the five smart city projects profiled here show.
Trump's inauguration sparks celebration, protest
On Friday, Jan. 20, Donald Trump was inaugurated as the 45th president of the United States. The event was celebrated and protested in major cities across the country and the globe.
Snow, salt and sustainability
Local governments are working to become more sustainable – in both economic and environmental terms – when it comes to snow and ice control.
Los Angeles creates $10 million legal defense fund to protect immigrants from Trump policies
In a bold response to President-elect Donald Trump’s promised crackdown on illegal immigration, on Monday Los Angeles city and county officials revealed their plan to create a $10-million legal defense fund to help residents facing deportation.
Boston Police plans to monitor social media draw praise, criticism
The Boston Police Department may soon enact controversial plan to utilize software that would scan social media for criminal activity and threats. While proponents of the plan say the software will make Boston a safer city, civil liberties groups say it would be an invasion of privacy.
The benefits balancing act
As the public sector workforce evolves, governments are striving to offer the benefits employees want while keeping costs under control.
Trump’s election sparks national outrage, official response varied
The controversial election of 45th president-elect Donald Trump has sparked fear and conflict in many communities across the country. As the nation moves into uncharted waters, America’s cities – in particular their police forces – are charged with maintaining peace and order.
The 50 best small cities and towns in America

Many Americans prefer the cheaper cost of living, tighter-knit networks and shorter commutes that small city life can bring. Financial advising site WalletHub analyzed 1,268 small U.S. cities with populations between 25,000 and 100,000 and compared them based on 30 livability indicators. These indicators were grouped into the larger areas of economic health, quality of life, education and health, safety and affordability. Based on their analysis, they ranked each city in order from best to worst, and we've included the top 50 here. Is your city on the list?

Municipal Leader of the Year: Going all in
North Las Vegas Mayor John Lee bet it all on a long-shot economic development project - and won big.
High-ranking officials are calling for reforms in the wake of high-profile police violence
Art Acevedo, Austin’s police chief, has had it with misconduct in his department, but solving the problem seems to be an uphill battle.
Saving green by going green
The story of Georgetown, Texas and Grand Rapids, Mich.'s use of renewable energy provide an economic advantage for going green.
The 25 worst cities for women
Women face many unique challenges and dangers their male counterparts may deal with face in America's cities. These factors can influence residency decisions, economic development outcomes and public safety policy, among others. This list, compiled by personal finance site ValuePenguin, used 31 metrics across policy and representation, education and wealth, crime and healthcare to rank 261 cities as the best and worst cities for women to reside. The metrics were collected from federal agencies like the CDC, FBI and Census Bureau, as well as nonprofit groups like the Parents for Megan's Law and the Violence Policy Center. Is your city on the list?
Reworking public works
In the face of negative public perception and countless stalled infrastructure projects, American City & County’s 2016 Public Works Leader of the Year, Shane Silsby, turned an inefficient department into a finely tuned machine.

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