Workforce Status in Downstate Illinois
Employment Changes in Downstate Illinois and Business Climate Perceptions
Promoting Entrepreneurship in Rural Illinois
Local Government Structure and Public Expenditures in Illinois: Does Governmental Structure Matter?
Tax Caps on Illinois Local Governments: How Well Are They Working?
Health Care in Rural Illinois: The Role of Critical Access Hospitals
Illinois' New Look: How the Past Ten Years Changed the State
Developing the Arts: A New Tool for Community Development Programs
Local Government Structure and Public Employment: A Fresh Look at Illinois' Predicament
Do Home Rule Governments Work Better? A New and Different Perspective
Edited by: Norman Walzer and Gisele F. Hamm
This edited volume examines best practices of community visioning programs used across the U.S. to help cities identify future options and ways to implement strategies to reach them. The book focuses on outcomes achieved by these program as well as variations in approaches and techniques such as Breakthrough Solutions and Strategic Doing.
Edited by: Patricia Inman & Hans G. Schuetze
Journals, White Papers, and Other Publications
Dr. Craig S. Maher and Dr. Shannon N. Sohl, CPA, (December 2013). International City/County Management Association.
CGS Research Associate Dr. Shannon Sohl and NIU Public Administration faculty member Dr. Craig Maher prepared a white paper for the International City/County Management Association on the current state of local government financial reporting. The paper includes findings on how GASB financial statements affect management, provide benefits to stakeholders, and offer professional support and outreach.
Andrew S. Blanke and Norman Walzer (December 2013). Community Development: Journal of the Community Development Society. Vol 44., No. 5.
This paper, published in Community Development (December 2013), reviews the history of outcome measurement in community development organizations and describes innovative and emerging measurement practices. The paper describes several development organizations that have been successful in improving service delivery by adopting outcome measurement practices with technical assistance from national and regional grantors, a focus on social, environmental, and economic goals, and reduction of evaluation cost through secondary data or inexpensive case study methodology.
International City/County Management Association Breaking into Local Government Task Force, Dawn S. Peters, Chair (2013).
With a record number of professional local government managers retiring, there is a gap in the talent pool the fill these chief administrative officer positions. In order to help fill this gap, ICMA has created this Guide to provide resources for those looking to "break into local government' as a mid-career move. This Guide features case studies that highlight the non-traditional career paths of various ICMA members including the transition from the private sector, federal or state government, and military as well as a number of resources that are available to help ease the transition into professional local government management.
Edited by Brent Hales, Norman Walzer, and James Calvin. (December 2012). Community Development: Journal of the Community Development Society. Vol. 43, No.5.
This special issue on “Community Responses to Disaster” includes papers dealing with innovative ways in which cities and/or countries have responded to natural disasters with special focus on using best practices of community development. Articles show that use of the community capitals can be important in rebuilding areas hit by natural disasters.
Edited by Norman Walzer and Sam Cordes. (February 2012). Community Development: Journal of the Community Development Society. Vol. 43, No. 1.
Many communities are taking a systematic approach to community change strategies and this special issue examines some of the best practices that have been identified across the U.S. Many of the articles involve engaging and training local leaders to engage better in finding workable solutions to reach their community objectives.
Norman Walzer and Andrew S. Blanke. (July 2013). Community Development: Journal of the Community Development Society. Vol. 44, No.3.
This paper, accepted for publication in Community Development, (September 2013) examines the percentage change in business starts in 850 counties in nine Midwestern states to identify population groups that are correlated with business starts in their counties. The article indicates that five groups are especially important including: percent females between 25 and 34 years of age, percent of population between 54 and 65 years, Hispanic populations as a proxy for immigrants, percent unemployed, and farmers with less than 260 acres. The results of this paper can help development practitioners identify groups to target programs.