More stories about Administration & Management

  • Total project management

  • Making choices on the frontline

    The final responsibility for all decisions made in any business belongs to the manager. Managers strive to make informed decisions that will improve communication with staff, implement efficient business practices, and provide speedy resolutions to problems. Clear communication with staff allows...

  • Embracing controversy with confidence

    The most challenging aspect of a municipal water professional's job is not always technology, budgets, and capacity issues. Rather, it is often the increased levels of public attention and conflict over new policies and projects. Managers, engineers, and their customers are finding that they need...

  • Ten reasons to form an advisory board

    There are numerous reasons why a local environmental advisory board or committee is a good idea. Here are 10:

  • EQAB helps solve tough beaver dam problem

  • Sound environmental advice

  • Setting standards

    Nestled in picturesque western Placer County just north of the state capital of Sacramento, the historic city of Lincoln, Calif., is called “a small community with big ideas.” In 1998 this small agricultural town had just 8500 residents. Today it is the fastest-growing city in the state. Lincoln's...

  • The quest for Mayberry

    Most public works directors and other local government employees that have pursued a career in this field have at one time or another began what I like to call a "Quest for Mayberry." Perhaps a better way of putting it is a quest for a utopian society, but being a big fan of the Andy Griffith show...

  • Keeping pace with development

    In Kendall County, Ill., the race is on. As developers scramble to buy farmland, builders scurry to create homes, and people flock to purchase lots, officials entrusted with providing public works must struggle to keep pace with the growing need for services.

  • Delivery alternatives reduce construction costs