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Viewpoint: Knock down barriers to private investment in water infrastructure

By Van P. Hilderbrand and Lyndsey Bechtel — By removing risks and obstacles, the federal government can unleash a flood of private capital for water....More
Aug 08, 2012

Editor's Viewpoint: 'Round and 'round we go, and where we stop1

Georgia's failed transportation vote shows the public's lack of confidence in government....More

Viewpoint: Treat broadband as a public utility to tap the global economy

By Norm Jacknis — Broadband infrastructure can do more than lure companies to an area; it can connect existing businesses to customers worldwide....More

Viewpoint: Six common, yet costly IT mistakes

Keep IT infrastructure operating smoothly by avoiding these mistakes....More
Jul 11, 2012

Editor's Viewpoint: It ain't just the South that's rising again

Smaller cities are seeing an influx of businesses and Boomers for many of the same reasons....More

Viewpoint: Dodging responsibility for water infrastructure is a monstrous mistake1

By Harlan L. Kelly, Jr. — Three lessons learned during San Francisco's massive water system overhaul....More
Jun 19, 2012

Editor's Viewpoint: The little schools on the big prairie

Extreme positions dominate the national discussion fueled by stories confirming government incompetency or corruption, overshadowing those about....More

Viewpoint: The 10 commandments of public-private partnerships

By Penny Pittman Cobey — Public agencies should consider many factors before entering a PPP....More

Viewpoint: Selling assets to the public

By Dave Coleman — Time to unseal the bidding and amplify the returns....More

Viewpoint: Tips for managing efficiently under tight budgets

By James Nardozzi — Six practical ways to stay within financial constraints in tough times....More
May 21, 2012

Editor's Viewpoint: We will all be monkeys' uncles

Recent technology developments appear to be making humans obsolete....More

Viewpoint: To improve emergency preparedness, adopt a supply chain perspective

By Charlotte Franklin — Before disasters, local governments should line up partners to help deliver recovery supplies to their destinations quickly....More

Viewpoint: Stop wasting energy while treating wastewater

By Justin Rundle — How to reduce energy costs at wastewater treatment plants....More

Viewpoint: Smart water management is good for the economy

By Laurent Auguste — Address failing water infrastructure now for a stronger future....More
Apr 17, 2012

Editor's Viewpoint: Chasing the cloud is just part of the race

While technology is behind the scenes helping governments meet today’s demands, it’s government officials who are driving the trends....More

Derek Prall

Derek Prall is a professional journalist who has held numerous positions with a variety of print and online publications including The Public Manager magazine and the New Jersey Herald. He is a 2008...

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Jason Axelrod is an award-winning journalist who has reported for The Seattle Times, The Arizona Republic, the Phoenix Business Journal and Mother Nature Network, among other outlets. Jason...
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