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The other day, I had the pleasure of meeting 1 of our newer readers. During our brief discussion, he asked me to define excellence in local government. He noted that this concept has appeared in virtually every issue of this publication that he has read and is found on every page of our web site. However, he had yet to locate a full explanation of just what we had in mind. In the short time available, I was able to give him a checklist of what we consider to be its main elements. But, I promised to flesh out those points in an upcoming commentary. This issue is the fulfilment of that commitment. And, I expect that it may answer some questions that you have had, particularly if you are a newer reader or someone recently introduced to our Institute. Some of the questions answered are: How do we define excellence? How is accountability defined? How is productivity defined? How do we measure excellence? How is excellence achieved? This commentary concludes with descriptions of the essential elements of success -- success in achieving excellence in local government.
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