Derek Prall

American City & County

Derek Prall is a multiple award-winning international journalist whose held numerous positions with a variety of print and online publications including the New Jersey Herald, The Public Manager Magazine and TD magazine. He's a 2008 graduate of Furman University holding bachelor's degrees in both English Literature and Communications Studies.


The trust bank 1
When scandal hits, local governments have to ensure the ‘trust account’ they share with residents doesn’t become overdrawn
The 25 worst run cities in America
Personal finance site Wallethub compared 150 of the biggest U.S. cities based on 33 indicators across six categories to determine which cities are administered the best. Is yours on the list?
Helping our heroes
Communities across the country are working to help veterans address issues of mental health and homelessness with creativity and compassion.
The weakest link in your cybersecurity chain 1
Cyberattacks are increasing in sophistication and severity, but the best defense may not be technological at all.
Better behavior on both sides of the badge
Body-worn cameras are improving transparency, integrity and legitimacy in America’s police departments.
Working together
Co-ops are changing the way governments do business, and as a result, procurement is becoming a team sport.
The 50 best small and mid-size cities for entrepreneurs
A new survey by small and mid-size city research site Livability and Entrepreneur Magazine ranked the 50 best small and mid-sized cities for entrepreneurship. Is your city on the list?
Trump's America
Local leaders wonder what the new administration means for them while working to heal a dangerously fractured electorate
The 50 most traffic-congested cities in America
Connected car services company INRIX analyzed congestion in 1,064 cities across 38 countries to determine the cities with the highest traffic congestion. We've included the 50 most congested American cities here; is your city on the list?
Building smarter cities
Smart cities occur where new data technologies intersect with old urban challenges, as the five smart city projects profiled here show.
Trump's inauguration sparks celebration, protest
On Friday, Jan. 20, Donald Trump was inaugurated as the 45th president of the United States. The event was celebrated and protested in major cities across the country and the globe.
Snow, salt and sustainability
Local governments are working to become more sustainable – in both economic and environmental terms – when it comes to snow and ice control.
Los Angeles creates $10 million legal defense fund to protect immigrants from Trump policies
In a bold response to President-elect Donald Trump’s promised crackdown on illegal immigration, on Monday Los Angeles city and county officials revealed their plan to create a $10-million legal defense fund to help residents facing deportation.
Boston Police plans to monitor social media draw praise, criticism
The Boston Police Department may soon enact controversial plan to utilize software that would scan social media for criminal activity and threats. While proponents of the plan say the software will make Boston a safer city, civil liberties groups say it would be an invasion of privacy.
The benefits balancing act
As the public sector workforce evolves, governments are striving to offer the benefits employees want while keeping costs under control.