Navigating the Fiscal Crisis

A White Paper prepared for the International City/County Management Association by the Alliance for Innovation

Jan 1, 2009

As the fiscal crisis around the country threatens more and more local governments, officials are faced with increasing challenges and a need for immediate action. The vision and the leadership of elected officials are keys to sustaining local governments through this crisis.

The ways that local governments responded to past economic downturns offer guidance on how to survive and even become stronger during times of fiscal stress. To determine the lessons of past experience, ICMA (the International City/County Management Association) commissioned a white paper prepared by researchers from the Academic Network of the Alliance for Innovation.

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