Derek Prall

American City & County

Derek Prall is a multiple award-winning international journalist who has 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.


Higher wages for elected officials attract new talent, create tension
Several communities are increasing the pay for their elected officials, citing concerns of being able to attract the right talent for the positions. However, some of these increases are also creating tension, as wages in the private sector are largely stagnant.
The 10 cities in America with the lowest quality of life
The quality of life varies drastically from city to city, and although the economy is showing signs of strength and other positive indicators are growing, many communities are still struggling.
When the levee breaks
We’re reaching the point of no return with global climate change, and without immediate intervention, irrevocable damage may be done.
Illinois communities file suit against drug manufacturers, doctors
Several towns and municipalities across Illinois filed suit today against pharmaceutical manufacturers and three suburban doctors, saying these parties significantly contributed to the opioid epidemic in their communities. They are seeking an injunction against the defendants as well as damages.
Earning a Seat at the Table
As procurement matures, the profession is finding its voice
Think big, start small, move fast
Innovation neighborhoods are helping cities test out smart initiatives at a quicker pace and more attainable scale.
Prisons, privatization and profit
Constrained correctional budgets have local leaders looking for solutions, but is privatization really the best option?
San Francisco escalates scooter skirmish
Last week the San Francisco public works department impounded dozens of the personal motorized vehicles. This comes only two weeks after three companies – Lime, Bird and Spin – deployed fleets of scooters across the city.
Amid turmoil, Atlanta's new mayor announces transparency initiative
Atlanta Mayor Keisha Lance Bottoms is committing to making her city a more open, transparent entity.
Between a rock and a hard place
Local leaders are feeling the tension between upholding federal immigration laws while still protecting the rights of residents.
Top 10 fastest growing metro areas
It's no secret that the nation's cities are growing, but which metro areas are seeing the biggest increases in population? The U.S. Census Bureau recently released population figures for Americas largest urban centers for 2017. Is your city on the list?
White streets in LA combat the 'heat island' effect
In an effort to cool the city, Los Angeles is experimenting with painting some of its streets white.
Community blues
Shifting attitudes in policing tactics are connecting officers with the communities they serve.
Bad medicine
Over-prescription of opioid medications has set off what could be the worst public health crisis in American history.
Immigration conflict causes mayors to skip White House meeting
Several prominent mayors chose to pass on a meeting with the president to discuss infrastructure in the wake of increased pressure from the Department of Justice on sanctuary cities.
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