The League of Municipalities Educational Foundation publishes papers in the "Friends of Local Government" series.    These policy oriented papers will offer the perspectives of experts from outside municipal government, applying their expertise to issues confronted by local leaders.

This policy paper, written by Jun Choi, former Mayor of Edison, provides Mayors and business / civic leaders – in short, community leaders -- a simple guide of practical tools and best practices for how to lead and build an economic development program in their own community.
Practical Lessons from the Front Line:
An Economic Development Tool Box for Mayors and Community Leaders

This is the 22nd paper in NJLM Foundation's "Friends of Local Government" Policy Paper series.  This paper, authored by Dr. James Hughes and Dr. Joseph Seneca from Rutgers, the State University of New Jersey, is entitled, "2014: The Unexpected Economic Soft Patch."

 

New Legal Tools for Redevelopment provides an overview of recent legislation designed to promote redevelopment and rehabilitation and to codify existing case law.
Municipal Lessons Learned From Superstorm Sandy in New Jersey

Municipal Lessons Learned From Superstorm Sandy in New Jersey

This is the twentieth paper in NJLM Foundation’s “Friends of Local Government” Policy Paper series.  This paper, is entitled, “”Municipal Lessons Learned From Superstorm Sandy” and builds on the Rutgers report, The Impact of Superstorm Sandy on New Jersey Towns and Households, October 2013.

 

Maintaining Affordable Housing

Expiring Affordability Controls - Maintaining Affordable Housing in our Municipalities

On June 18, 2013, the Affordable Housing Professionals of New Jersey (AHPNJ) held a day-long symposium, cosponsored by the New Jersey Chapter of the American Planning Association,  on the issue how municipalities can deal with expiring affordability controls.  The two articles in this paper are drawn from two presentations at the June 18 symposium.

2013: The New Jersey Employment Expansion Gains Momentum

2013: The New Jersey Employment Expansion Gains Momentum

This is the eighteenth paper in NJLM Foundation’s “Friends of Local Government” Policy Paper series.  This paper, authored by Dr. James Hughes and Dr. Joseph Seneca from Rutgers, the State University of New Jersey, is entitled, “2013: The New Jersey Employment Expansion Gains Momentum.”

Policy Paper - Appropriating energy Tax Receiptsn

Appropriating Energy Tax Receipts:
The New Normal for New Jersey

This is the seventeenth paper in NJLM Foundation’s “Friends of Local Government” Policy
Paper series. This paper was authored by Angie McGuire, Ph.D and Alan Zalkind, Director of
the Center for Executive Leadership at Rutgers, the State University of New Jersey.

LEADERSHIP AND CHANGE:
A PRIMER FOR NEWLY ELECTED OFFICIALS

Robert Casey, Author

This is the sixteenth paper in the NJLM Foundation’s “Friends of Local Government” series.   This paper is authored by Robert Casey, a long-time municipal manager and consultant. This a narrative of a presentation given by Mr. Casey at the Mayor Leadership Training seminars offered by the League of Municipalities.

Our hope is that in addition to any education programs offered by the League and other opportunities, newly elected Mayor and other officials, at all levels of government, and might follow some of the tips offered by Mr. Casey.

 

Tom Johnson, Author

2012: New Jersey Employment Upswing?

Or Will it Succumb to the National Slowdown?

James W. Hughes, Contributing Author
Joseph J. Seneca, Ph.D., Contributing Author

Satellite view of Hurricane Irene

The Lessons of Hurricane Irene: All Emergencies Start and End Locally
By Charles McKenna, Director
& Joseph Picciano, P.E., Deputy Director
Office of Homeland Security & Preparedness

Redistricting Reform in New Jersey

This is the twelfth paper in NJLM Foundation’s “Friends of Local Government” Policy Paper series.  This paper, written by Mark J. Magyar, is titled, “Redistricting Reform in New Jersey.”    

This paper provides a brief history of the State and Federal Redistricting process in the Garden State, with a particular focus on the recent redistricting.   Mr. Magyar offers his comments on these processes and offers his commentary for reform going forward.
Communicating with Constituents when State Policy and Local Jurisdictions Collide.

Communicating with Constituents when State Policy and Local Jurisdictions Collide.

Patrick Murray
Director of the Monmouth University Polling Institute

This is the eleventh paper in NJLM Foundation’s “Friends of Local Government” Policy Paper series. 

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2011: Economic Growth, but Slowdowns Persist

James W. Hughes
Joseph J Seneca, PhD.
Rutgers, The State University of New Jersey.

Dr. Hughes and Dr. Seneca authored the very first paper in this series, titled, From Wall Street to Main Street. 2009: Unprecedented Economic Challenges. They also authored the June 2010 paper, 2010: A Stabilizing Economy but Uncertainties Remain.

Policing in Difficult Economic Times

This is the first paper of the third volume in NJLM Foundation's "Friends of Local Government"
Policy Paper series. A thoughtful discussion of economic-driven challenges and opportunities facing local law enforcement in a new era of austerity. A provocative series of proven methods for improving productivity and lowering the cost of policing.

Joseph Cordero
The Corderu Group
www.thecorderogrp.com

NJLM Educational Foundation
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The Importance of Leadership in Challenging Economic Times


December 2010
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The Importance of Leadership in Challenging Economic Times

An NJLM Educational Foundation White Paper
December 2010
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Moving Up in a Downtrun - cover page

This is the seventh paper in NJLM Foundation’s “Friends of Local Government” Policy Paper series. Moving Up in a Downturn: Management Challenges and Strategies for Municipalities 

This paper, authored by Angie McGuire and Dorothy Olshfski the Center for Executive Leadership (CELG) at Rutgers, the State University of New Jersey, explores the solutions sought by local elected officials and Administrators in response to the devastating economic downturn.

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Volume 2, number 2 of the "Friends of Local Government Series" is titled, "2010: A Stabilizing Economy but Uncertainties" Remain."  

This paper, written by Dr. Jim Hughes and Dr. Joseph Seneca of Rutgers , explore how the global economic recession impacts local governments and is a follw up to their 2009 paper in this series, Volume 1, Number 1.

Shared Services and Municipal Consolidation: Oursuing Careful Assumptions and Grounded Studies

This is the first paper of the second volume in NJLM Foundation’s “Friends of Local Government” Policy Paper series. These papers will offer perspectives and analysis from organizations focused on helping local governments addresses the fundamental challenges that lie ahead.

This paper is titled "Shared Services and Municipal Consolidation: Pursuing Careful Assumptions and Grounded Studies" by Mark Holzer and John Fry.

Connecting with Constituents

This is the fourth paper in NJLM Foundation's "Friends of Local Government" Policy Paper series.  These papers will offer perspectives and analysis from organizations that are often heard on West State Street, but not necessarily on Main Street.

This paper provides a brief overview of how local officials can utilize the new media and social networking.  The Board of the NJLM Educational Foundation thanks the author, and believes you will find this paper informative.

 

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Volume 1, number 3 of the Friends of Local Government" is the third paper in NJLM Foundation’s “Friends of Local Government” Policy Paper series.  These papers will offer perspectives and analysis from organizations that are often heard on West State Street, but not necessarily on Main Street.

This paper offers a macro review of State government finances nationally, focusing on the implication on the Garden State’s local governments.
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Volume 1, number 2 of the "Friends of Local Government" is entitled, A Local Reality Check: The American Recovery and Reinvestment Act of 2009. In this paper Stephen L. Kehs and Tammy Wetzel offer a review of the American Recovery and Reinvestment Act of 2009, focusing on the impact on local governments.
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Volume 1, number 1 of the "Friends of Local Government" is entitled, From Wall Street to Main Street. 2009: Unprecedented Economic Challenges. In this paper, Dr. Jim Hughes and Dr. Joseph Seneca of Rutgers explore how the global economic recession impacts local governments and, by extension, our taxpayers.