Governing is the nation’s leading information platform covering policy, management and politics for state and local government leaders. Recognized as the most credible and authoritative voice in its field, Governing provides nonpartisan news, insight and analysis on such issues as public finance, transportation, economic development, health, education, infrastructure, the environment and technology.
The core of Governing’s audience consists of elected, appointed and career officials in state and local government, including governors, mayors, county executives, city and county council members, state legislators, state and local agency executives, and those holding professional government positions such as attorneys, public accountants, engineers and educators.
Los Angeles, California Mayor Eric Garcetti
Governing magazine began publication in 1987 and has a subscriber base of more than 85,000. On the web, Governing.com receives over 700,000 monthly unique visitors, has over 90,000 social media followers and 90,000 e-newsletter subscribers.
Governing’s readership also comprises a wide range of opinion makers including journalists, government affairs, advocacy, academics and foundation executives as well as representatives of companies that do business with state and local governments.
Governing has received numerous editorial awards and recognitions over the years, including four National Magazine Awards nominations, the Folio Editorial Excellence Award and the prestigious Jesse H. Neal award from American Business Media for exceptional editorial content.
National and regional media look to GOVERNING for authoritative news and analysis on state and local government. USA Today, NPR, Fortune, the New York Times, the Wall Street Journal, the Washington Post, 60 Minutes and Dateline NBC and many others regularly cite Governing content in their reports.
Gail Collins, New York Times
57% have been loyal readers of Governing's content for 20+ years, 44% for 25+ years
91% of Governing’s audience says it helps them keep abreast of the best of what other state and local governments are doing
88% say Governing is an excellent source of ideas for their work
85% Governing is a highly trustworthy news source
75% Governing coverage is nonpartisan, unbiased and objective
67% Governing is the best source of state and local news and analysis overall
OF GOVERNING’S AUDIENCE HAS TAKEN ACTION DURING PAST YEAR AS A RESULT OF ADS OR PRODUCTS MENTIONED IN GOVERNING CONTENT
ARE INVOLVED IN THEIR GOVERNMENT’S PURCHASING PROCESS
OF AUDIENCE INVOLVED IN THEIR GOVERNMENT’S EXPENDITURES
SAY GOVERNING CONTENT HAS INFLUENCED THEIR ORGANIZATION’S PURCHASING PLANS
*Harvey Readership Survey September 2015
Greg Stanton, Mayor, Phoenix, Arizona
Governing live events create both regional and national communities around the issues that matter to state and local government officials — performance, innovation, infrastructure, and finance through its annual national summits, and a focus on building high-end performance government through its regional Leadership Forums. These live events support professional and personal development for elected officials, appointees, and executive staff, helping them build and engage their professional network and learn job-critical information.
Former Kansas City Mayor and current Governing Publisher Mark Funkhouser launched the Governing Institute in 2011 with the mission to advance better government by improving performance and outcomes through research, decision support and executive education. In addition to providing a wide range of research services, the Governing Institute runs several important programs including:
Women in Government – Governing Institute’s Women in Government Leadership Program each year brings together twenty-five outstanding elected women leaders from across the nation to acknowledge their contributions, provide leadership development and mentor the next generation of women leaders to run for office. The 75 alumnae of the program are now “paying it forward” by recruiting women candidates around the U.S. and creating initiatives to support women in appointed, elected and staff positions in government.
Public Officials of the Year – Each year Governing’s widely respected Public Officials of the Year program honors a group of extraordinary state and local public leaders for outstanding accomplishments. These officials find common ground to serve the best interests of their communities and make government more effective. Now in its 24th year, Governing’s Public Officials of the Year alumni read like a who’s who of effective American public leaders.
Philanthropic Partnerships – Governing works with foundations, associations and other not-for-profit organizations to help realize positive social change, including its award-winning partnership with Living Cities on the City Accelerator and Equipt to Innovate®, which are focused on city efforts to improve the lives of low-income residents and bring an equity-informed lens to high performance government.
Based in Washington D.C., Governing was for many years part of Congressional Quarterly. In 2009, Governing was acquired by e.Republic, the nation’s only media and research company focused exclusively on public-sector innovation for state and local government and education. e.Republic is also home to Government Technology, the Center for Digital Government, Converge the Center for Digital Education and Techwire.
Jim Ward, House Minority Leader, State of Kansas