Nov. 9. 2015:

It is Not Just About Shiny Objects: Getting crumbling infrastructure on the radar of local government officials.

You wouldn’t go to your doctor to get a haircut. Nor would you see your accountant to get your teeth cleaned. That is not where their skills and training lie.  So why is it that local governments are being asked to tackle a broad range of issues far beyond their scope and expertise? Pipelines, refugees, GMOs, Smart Meters, childcare, school closures and other pressing social issues are all ...

Nov. 16. 2016:

Managing Assets: When 50 is the new 49.

I recently reached a milestone birthday and must admit, the speed of life has shocked me. I am sobered by the fact that I can no longer legitimately think of myself as young. In my head, I’m still somewhere around 35. How is it that this asset has been self-oxygenating for 50 years? As I reflect on its current condition, it is getting a bit ratty and starting to depreciate. Maintenance costs are going up and it can be a challenge to sustain the existing ...

Feb. 25. 2016:

Truth Serum: What does my new fitness app have to do with asset management?

Call me crazy but in mid-December I decided to download a free fitness app. According to current research, those who track their activity level and food intake have a better chance of reaching their fitness goals. The Christmas season is probably the worst time to be one of those annoying people monitoring their food consumption. In all honesty, tracking my eating did not stop me from indulging but it did give me some great data. It was the ...

Winter 2017 Issue:

NEED or WANT - Is there really a choice?

Imagine that you are having  a  conversation with a close family friend who  is  bursting  with news. He is taking the family to Disneyland for spring  break  and everyone is so excited. They held a family meeting, asked everyone what they wanted to do for vacation and a visit to the Magic Kingdom emerged as the top priority. As he shares the details, you can already see the long faces of your own kids who have been asking to go to the “happiest place on earth” forever and you can hear the ...

Jun. 27. 2016:

How I Personalized Asset Management

I recently reached a milestone birthday and must admit, the speed of life has shocked me.
​I am sobered by the fact that I can no longer legitimately think of myself as young. In my head, I’m still somewhere around 35. How is it that this asset has been self-oxygenating for 50 years? As I reflect on its current condition, it is getting a bit ratty and starting to depreciate. Maintenance costs are going up and it can be a challenge to sustain the existing level of service that I have come to enjoy.  ...

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March 13, 2017:

A Strategic Methodology in Approaching Municipal Budgeting: Think First, React Later

One of the key roles and responsibilities of elected officials is to establish the budget and set the tax rates. In our work with local governments, we often find that the governance team struggles to find a strategic framework to approach this process. Far too often, councils and boards start with what is sure to be the public lightning rod: the tax increase ...


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