When it comes to public administration on the local level, it is important to showcase the advantages of living in your city. Indeed, the more people you can attract to your city, the more of a tax base you will have — resulting in more funds to use on civic improvements. These improvements then attract even more people who want to live in your city.

One of the best ways to gain recognition is to be name one of the best places to live by one ranking or another. These types of lists get good publicity, and can provide a way for you to get the word out about your city. Here are some of the most interesting “best places to live” rankings for 2011: (more…)

Do you like politics? If so, and you live in the United States, there is no end to the political cycle. Indeed, it seems as though the next campaign starts as soon as the current campaign has been won (or lost). If you are a student of public administration and politics, technology offers a number of exciting opportunities to keep up with the latest headlines and happenings.

Indeed, you do not even need to be involved in public policy decisions to keep up with politics. If you are concerned citizen, or an activist, it is possible to take the latest information with you wherever you go. Thanks to mobile devices like the iPad, you can access the latest political news from anywhere. Here are 20 iPad apps that any political junkie can appreciate: (more…)

If you have the urge to lead and plan public issues such as management, transportation, security and safety and economic development, then an unelected position as a public administrator might be right for you. But, to work as a policy analyst, budget analyst, HR manager, executive director or other public administrator, you might seek a degree in this field. The following top 10 most influential public administration professors offer clues as to how public administration works, especially if you learn more about their previous work experiences and/or their current publications and books. (more…)

One of the biggest challenges of our modern world is how to use urban spaces to their best advantage. Public administrators and civil engineers have their work cut out for them. Urban planning requires thoughtful decisions about how to use city space, and how to create cityscapes that serve people, as well as serve function. If you are interested in public administration, and learning more about urban planning, you can watch these 50 YouTube videos that address urban planning: (more…)

If you live in a small town, then you may know your mayor personally. While we don’t know the following mayors personally (most of whom are elected, not public administrators), we chose these individuals as the top 20 small town mayors because they seem to be shaking up their towns in a good way with more jobs, better infrastructure and/or a positive interactive government. (more…)

Some of the most interesting jobs are related to public administration. You can influence the course of the country, and be a force for good. However, it helps to be informed and to know what is happening in the world of public policy. The Internet makes this relatively easy to accomplish, since it is possible to find and follow a wide variety of people with good insights. Here are 50 great Twitter accounts for public administrators:

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A public administrator needs all the resources available at his or her fingertips, including information about organizations, research, online interaction, public outreach and contact information for local, regional, national and even international resources. You’ll find the best of all this information in our list of the top 50 public administration Web resources. (more…)

Because infographics are becoming a popular way to break down complex concepts and illustrate certain public policies, public administration officials increasingly recognize their importance. Indeed, the First Lady, Michelle Obama, offered a national project to create an infographic on the childhood obesity epidemic.

If you are looking for information about different issues facing the nation, an infographic can be just the thing. However, those working in public administration should realize that infographics can have biases and questionable reliability — so double check your sources! If you are interested in some great infographics, though, here are 17 great examples of public administration images: (more…)

If you follow politics a little, or a lot, Twitter is the place to immediately gratify your desire to know what’s happening in the White House and outside of it. In a country where the President, governors, senators, and Sarah Palin (whatever she is now) tweet, any political aficionado had better get in on the Twitter.

  1. BarackObama tweets. Yes, Mr. President is social media-savvy, or at least his people are. Mostly soundbites from his speeches, BarackObama reports his latest goals and challenges, with a heavy dose of “Yes, we can” rhetoric.
  2. TheCaucus is the New York Times political blog, which has its own twitter account. When you want well-researched political journalism in 140 characters or less, this is the place to get your news.
  3. KarlRove is a conservative you probably already know, but you might not know that he is one of the most influential Tweeters on the web. Follow his insights into the political process and players and get updates on T.V. appearances and book signings.
  4. SarahPalinUSA is the official Twitter account of the former Alaska Governor. She’s one of the more verbose politicians, and she’s not afraid to tell it like it is in 140 characters or less.
  5. KingStPatriots tweets about the moral and political Right. Stories of Democratic government corruption, what Obama is doing wrong, and conspiracy theories of what our government doesn’t want us to know are all tweeted daily. If you’re a member of the NRA, this one might be for you.
  6. Condi’s tweets are really funny, and has almost 4000 followers laughing. Unfortunately, the tweeter isn’t actually Condoleezza Rice, but it does give fun insight into how Oval Office Politics might play out on a day to day basis.
  7. PoliticalTicker from CNN follows the latest developments in politics, from Obama’s travel plans, to the BP spill, to the Governor of Arizona’s meeting schedule. For the latest breaking news, trust CNN.
  8. MarcAmbinder is the Politics Editor for the Atlantic and CBS news consultant. He covers politics, national security, and intelligence along with first-hand observations of Capitol Hill and Washington gossip.
  9. NewtGingrich, former Speaker of the House, never shuts up on Twitter. He suggests political articles, informs about upcoming appearances and “town hall” meetings, recommends books, and shares insider reports on the latest issues.
  10. MarkKnoller, CBS News White House Correspondent, tweets about the President’s daily schedule, behind-the-scenes decision making, press conferences, and the activities of Washington’s big names.For anyone who wants to be in on the latest happenings in the political world, Twitter is becoming an unparalleled resource. Politicians and posers, donkeys and elephants, presidents and Palins all tweet. In fact, anything and everything you want to know about politics can show up on your Twitter homepage neatly bundled in blurbs of 140 characters or less.

Government represents a body of elected representatives who administer a country on account of its citizens. Government consists of various department and division headed by different persons. Below is a list of some of the most important US Government Web Sites.

  • USA.gov: Whatever the information that you require about the US government you can have that all from this valuable and informative website.   It is a rich treasure of online information, services and resources on information on US government. It is US government’s official web portal.
  • Google.com/unclesam: It is Google’s special search engine functionality and content storage to search out all the important information about US government and its various divisions and functionaries.
  • google.com/help/about_usgovernmentsearch: Google U.S. Government Search provides a single location for searching through U.S. government information and complete and latest update on US government news.   With the help of this search you can have information about for content located on either U.S. federal, state and local government websites or the entire Web from the same search box.
  • Healthfinder: It is a US government website that provides information and tools as to remain healthy. It has resources on a wide range of health topics selected over from more than 1,600 government and non-profit organizations as to bring out the best, most reliable health information on the Internet.
  • Whitehouse: This is an official website of US President where all the activities and events related to Presidential activities are being illustrated and reflected upon and on.
  • Flu.gov: It provides comprehensive government-wide information on seasonal, H1N1 (swine), H5N1 (bird) and pandemic influenza for the general public, health and emergency preparedness professionals, policy makers, government and business leaders, school systems, and local communities. Content on Flu.gov Web site is understood as federal government information and is in the public domain.
  • America.gov: State Department’s Bureau of International Information Programs (IIP) engages international audiences on issues of foreign policy, society and values to help create an environment receptive to U.S. national interests. IIP communicates with foreign opinion makers and other publics through a wide range of print and electronic outreach materials published in English, Arabic, Chinese, French, Persian, Russian, and Spanish. IIP also provides information outreach support to U.S. embassies and consulates in more than 140 countries worldwide.
  • Bensguide: This is a US government site for students and kids, the site is controlled by general services administration and has listing of Federal Web Sites For Kids.
  • Library of Congress: An agency of the legislative branch of the U.S. government, the Library includes several internal divisions (or service units), including the Office of the Librarian, Congressional Research Service, U.S. Copyright Office, Law Library of Congress, Library Services, and the Office of Strategic Initiatives.  In this library there is a collection of nearly 142 million items includes more than 32 million cataloged books and other print materials in 470 languages; more than 62 million manuscripts; the largest rare book collection in North America; and the world’s largest collection of legal materials, films, maps, sheet music and sound recordings.