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.

  • Programs to improve the health and wellness of city employees, retirees, and the residents of Austin and Travis County.

    July 16, 2009
    Case Studies
  • A Center survey finds that the economic slump is pushing public sector employees to delay retirement. (5/09)

    May 13, 2009
  • They’re educated, passionate, and committed to public service. There’s only one problem: are there jobs for young people who want to go into local government public service? (2/15/09)

    February 15, 2009
  • Three local government human resource directors find ways to cut costs without sacrificing morale. (2/2/09)

    February 2, 2009
  • An examination of the demographics of the state and local government workforce, the projected public sector workforce needs of the future as the baby boomer generation begins to retire, and the issues state and local government executives describe as major challenges to recruiting and retaining the next wave of public servants. Originally presented at the Labor and Employment Relations Association (LERA) meeting, January 5, 2009.

    January 5, 2009
    Research Studies
  • Center public opinion polls show that Americans see good benefits, security, and the chance to contribute to society as the primary perks of working in the public sector. (June/July 2008)

    June 15, 2008
  • Over the next five years, the United States will face a serious shortage of skilled public health personnel that will directly affect the ability of states and localities to protect public health. Focusing on recruitment, retention, and training can help assure that our nation has the talent it needs to respond to emergencies, prevent the spread of disease, and ensure that our water and food are safe. (3/08)

    March 18, 2008
    Fact Sheets
  • A Center for Excellence poll finds that most Americans are unaware that state and local public health departments are facing a serious shortage of skilled professionals that could put the health and lives of citizens at risk. Most Americans don’t see it as a problem. (3/08)

    March 12, 2008
  • Dr. Michelle Gourdine, a former Maryland state official, talks about the workforce crisis facing local government public health departments. (1/15/08)

    January 15, 2008
  • It’s not just the money: New Center for Excellence poll finds Americans want health insurance and security; pay ranks farther down list.

    January 3, 2008