• Since 2009, the Center for State and Local Government Excellence has partnered with the International Public Management Association for Human Resources and the National Association of State Personnel Executives to conduct a study on state and local workforce issues. This year’s report contains both 2018 data on emerging issues like the gig economy and flexible work practices and longitudinal data on recruiting challenges, retirement plan or health benefit changes, hiring, and separations from service.

    May 21, 2018
    Research Studies
  • Public health challenges, such as disease outbreaks and substance abuse problems, do not recognize jurisdictional boundaries. This report examines case studies of three cross-jurisdictional staff sharing arrangements in local public health organizations as a means to expand organizational capacity, better manage expenditures, and contain or address existing or emerging issues.

    November 22, 2017
    Case Studies
  • 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 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