The Center’s research tracks the changing demographics of local and state government workers and how major issues, such as the Affordable Care Act, affects them.  In addition, the Center conducts annual polls to probe compensation and benefit changes and other human resource issues.

  • This report describes how state and local governments use succession planning as a an integral part of their strategy to attract, engage, and retain employees.

    October 20, 2017
    Case Studies
  • Recruiting and retaining qualified personnel was the top priority for 91 percent of respondents to the 2017 workforce trends survey released by the Center for State and Local Government Excellence. Respondents also rated staff and leadership development (77 and 76 percent) and succession planning (74 percent) as important workforce issues.

    June 28, 2017
  • SLGE’s infographic shows trends in the state and local government compensation, including total compensation, compensation breakouts by component, and comparisons to the private sector.

    May 19, 2017
    Fact Sheets
  • SLGE’s Senior Fellow Elizabeth Kellar’s presentation at the American Society for Public Administration (ASPA)’s 2017 Annual Conference highlighted demographic changes in the state and local government workforce, as well as strategies that governments can use to sell themselves as opportunities to make a meaningful difference in people’s lives and win the war for talent.

    May 3, 2017
  • SLGE’s infographic shows trends in the state and local government workforce, including employment by sector, total employment, hiring and turnover, job openings, as well as age distribution and tenure.

    April 3, 2017
    Fact Sheets
  • This report examines the employment and retirement planning and saving experiences of state and local government workers, as well as confidence in their retirement income prospects.

    December 8, 2016
  • Succession planning continues to be a top workforce issue identified by state and local human resource officials; however, many organizations have not yet developed formal succession plans.

    October 25, 2016
    Fact Sheets
  • SLGE’s VP of Research Joshua Franzel presented on a panel about the Local Government Workforce of the Future during the Alliance for Innovation’s “Transforming Local Government 2016” conference. Franzel was joined by panelists James Jayne, County Manager of Navajo County, Arizona and Pam Weir, Assistant to the City Manager of Goodyear, Arizona.

    July 18, 2016
  • For the third year in a row, state and local governments are reporting an increase in hiring. Pressure on benefits continues, with employees taking on greater shares of health care costs and contributions to pensions. As the rate of retirements accelerate, there is a greater sense of urgency about recruitment, retention, and succession planning.

    May 26, 2016
  • SLGE’s Communications and Project Manager Amber Snowden spoke on a panel at the American Society for Public Administration’s annual meeting about why it is essential that state and local governments prepare themselves to win the war for talent as they compete to attract millennials into the public sector workforce.

    April 12, 2016