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State and Local

Published: January 5, 2010 Updated: March 8, 2016

Small and medium-sized businesses want and need to deal with governments at all levels. Thanks to a listserv I monitor, I came across these sources of state and local government information.

USA.gov. Look on the right side of the home page for a link to Government Agencies

*The State and Local Government Internet directory 'provides convenient one-stop access to the websites of thousands of state agencies and city and county governments. Use the drop-down menus on the left to view directory pages for:
•States: State Government Offices - View all the websites in a given state -- from a state's home page or governor's site to the smallest counties or townships.
•Topics: The websites of state government constitutional officers, state legislatures, state judiciaries and departments across ALL states.'

The County and City Data Book is the most comprehensive source of information about the individual counties and cities in the United States. It includes data for all U.S. states, counties, and cities with a population of 25,000 or more. It contains additional data for places with a population of 100,000 or more. Also included is a complete set of state maps showing all counties, places of 25,000 or more population, and metropolitan areas.

*Stateline.org is a 'nonprofit, nonpartisan online news site that practices journalism in the public interest by reporting on emerging trends and issues in state policy and politics. 'Each weekday, Stateline.org’s staff of professional journalists chronicles the top developments in all 50 states. We then connect the dots through our original reporting and graphics to spot and analyze developments of national significance taking shape in the states. Our goal is to enlighten public debate on topics of importance at the state level, including health care, taxes, immigration, social policy, education, energy, environment, criminal justice, homeland security, transportation and elections.'

*Slightly less useful is the National League of Cities, which includes 'all State Muncipal Leagues and more than 1,600 cities and towns of all sizes.' *NOT federal government site

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