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View from the Cordillera

A Commentary on Achieving Excellence in Local Government
Read by Municipal Leaders on 4 Continents
Published by the Cordillera Institute
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About This Publication
VFC (View from the Cordillera) is an electronic publication serving those who govern, administer, manage, support, and sustain our local governments.  Since its inaugural issue, this publication has presented commentaries on a variety of topics vital to local government.  Each issue covers some aspect of excellence in local government.
it may examine 1 of the success elements;
it may present a case study;
it may introduce a resource (an individual, a group, a publication, etc.) which is advancing excellence;
it may advocate a new direction for local government; or
it may identify a wrong turn in public policy and offer an appropriate remedy.
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VFC Catalog
To assist you in finding the issues of most interest to you, the VFC catalog groups them by major subject.  Each major subject has its own page in the catalog.  On each catalog page, you will find 1 or more summaries of the issues which relate to that major subject.  For your convenience when ordering, each summary title is followed by its volume and issue number.  To see the summaries on any of the major subjects, just click on its heading in the list below.
Achieving Sustainable Local Government
Characteristics of Good Government
Structuring Local Government
Assessing Policy Proposals
Paradigms of Leadership
Choosing Our Elected Officials
Building a Win-Win Organization
Accomplishing Your Objectives
Measuring Your Performance
Improving Your Productivity
Managing Your Finances
Relating to the Public
Relating to Senior Government
Growing a Robust Economy
Planning for the Future of Your Community
Moving People and Goods
Delivering Services
Reforming Social Programs
Improving Our Environment
Responding to Crises
What Can We Learn from ...?
Special Issues
Recent VFC Commentaries
Below are links to summaries of recent VFC commentaries.  To read a summary, just click on its title in the list below.
High Noon at the Statehouse (part 1)
High Noon at the Statehouse (part 2)
High Noon at the Statehouse (part 3)
Will It Be Bailouts or Bankruptcies? (part 1)
Will It Be Bailouts or Bankruptcies? (part 2)
Local-Government Reform (part 1)
Local-Government Reform (part 2)
Local-Government Reform (part 3)
Local-Government Reform (part 4)
Local-Government Reform (part 5)
Local-Government Reform (part 6)
Smart Growth and the Ideal City
In Praise of Smaller Municipalities
The Health-Care Dilemma (part 1)
The Health-Care Dilemma (part 2)
The Health-Care Dilemma (part 3)
The Health-Care Dilemma (part 4)
The Major Media: Is the 4th Estate Acting as a 5th Column?
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