126 episodes

Municipal Equation is a podcast about cities and towns in changing times. Created by the North Carolina League of Municipalities. Producer/host/music Ben Brown.

Municipal Equation Podcast NC League of Municipalities

    • Society & Culture
    • 4.7 • 26 Ratings

Municipal Equation is a podcast about cities and towns in changing times. Created by the North Carolina League of Municipalities. Producer/host/music Ben Brown.

    EP 79: How Sister Cities Work

    EP 79: How Sister Cities Work

    Recently, during a visit to North Carolina by municipal officials from the country of Moldova, they and fellow municipal officials from around Wake County discussed possible "sister city" arrangements, to learn from one another and possibly create mutual resource opportunties. But sister-city arrangements can form for a number of reasons. On this episode we look at the impacts of sister city arrangements in North Carolina and beyond, and how it all works. 

    • 30 min
    EP 78: Ideas from the Alley

    EP 78: Ideas from the Alley

    When you think of downtown alleys, what comes to mind? Bad associations, maybe? The place to avoid at night? Ever since childhood, Americans have had the general impression that alleyways are dark, dirty, dangerous -- the right setting for noir crime stories. And that might sometimes be the case. But some U.S. cities are starting to embrace their alleys like assets -- as places to be -- with art, lighting, planters, seating and cleanliness. This is a classic episode of Municipal Equation from 2017, loaded with interesting voices and ideas. 

    • 27 min
    EP 77: So You Want to Commission a Mural

    EP 77: So You Want to Commission a Mural

    Welcome to a special LIVE episode of Municpial Equation, NCLM's podcast about cities and towns adapting to change, recorded in December with a panelists about HOW public art is achieved, with expert voices from the realm of local government. This episode was recorded at the N.C. Local Government Budget Association's winter conference. Special thanks to them.  2017 episode: Previous live episode with NCLGBA:    

    • 1 hr 1 min
    Episode 76: Town of Cary A Best Place to Work, Nationally

    Episode 76: Town of Cary A Best Place to Work, Nationally

    The Town of Cary was recently recognized as one of the top three places to work, nationally, in terms of local government. What does that mean? How is something like that achieved? We speak with Cary Manager Sean Stegall to learn what they're doing differently. Municipal Equation is the podcast about cities and towns adapting to change, from the North Carolina League of Municipalities. 

    • 21 min
    Ep 75: Digital Service Teams at City Hall

    Ep 75: Digital Service Teams at City Hall

    As various public and private services adapt to evolved consumer expectations, local governments around the country are themselves adapting with in-house "digital service teams" to deliver in a modern, convenient way. In fact, these teams are becoming ubiquitous. But let's back up. What is a digital service team in the context of local government? What do they do? How are they assembled? And are they feasible for towns of all sizes? Joshua Pine of the National League of Cities joins us to discuss digital service teams, which some observers say aren't just a trend, but are here to stay.  Related reading:    

    • 21 min
    EP 74: Preparing for the Future of Work

    EP 74: Preparing for the Future of Work

    We talk with Lena Geraghty of the National League of Cities about in our cities and towns, and how municipal leaders can play a role in making it as good and inclusive as possible. 

    • 19 min

Customer Reviews

4.7 out of 5
26 Ratings

26 Ratings

Peter Whitley ,

Great for Community Activists!

As a long-time community advocate I appreciate Municipal Equation's demeanor; each episode delivers a sequence of useful insights. Lively, interesting and practical!

Commish Norman ,

City Councilman

Just started listening (unfortunately) very informative. Question on present subject matter would not need to be asked if we would used the tools readily available, and this is just one example. This is especially true for small to tiny communities that do not have the staff and or time to do all the research needed to make good, informed decisions.

Milam2323 ,

Well done and Interesting!

Love the Municipal Equation podcast!! It's a great listen that takes interesting issues and puts them into the context of local government. Awesome that it's local to NC but has a broad appeal beyond state lines.

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