MACo Book Club is Back! – Find Out How You Can Get a Free Copy of “City on the Line”

Book Club

A staple of the last few MACo conferences, the book club, is back again at the 2019 MACo Winter Conference.

We are happy to announce that this year our book club moderator, Andrew Kleine, will also be the author of the book. This year’s book is “City on the Line.”

City on the Line is about a revolution in public budgeting. Equal parts memoir, manifesto, and manual, it tells the story of a hard luck city fighting through the Great Recession, a budget director trying to lead disruptive change, and a ground-breaking effort to link strategy, budget, and data to get better results for residents.

This session is scheduled for Thursday, January 3, 2019, from 12:45 pm – 1:45 pm. You must be registered for the conference to attend, so please REGISTER TODAY.

Participants may contact Nicolette Querry to sign up for the book club session and obtain their copy of the book in advance. But act fast, because MACo is paying for the first 25 copies!

Editorial Reviews from

“This book is a stellar example of how to improve the effectiveness of government by tying together strategic planning, budgeting and performance accountability.”

– Mark Friedman, author of Trying Hard Is Not Good Enough

In City on the Line, Andrew Kleine paints a picture of a new Baltimore government – one that produces better results for more residents and less money through redefining its budget process using data-driven decision making. It’s an optimistic, yet reasonable, approach to running a city that says we can add value without adding to the bottom line. If you’re looking to improve government finance or use tax dollars better, this is the book for you.

– Rebecca Rhynhart, City Controller, City of Philadelphia

This book is required reading for anyone interested in making cities work. Andrew Kleine assumed the reins as Baltimore’s budget director at the start of the Great Recession. He explains how the city not only survived the fiscal crisis but emerged with a higher bond rating. His lively and engaging writing actually makes it fun to read about budgeting, accountability, and governance.

– Sandra Newman, Professor of Policy Studies, Johns Hopkins University

Interested in sponsoring the Book Club and giving welcoming remarks to the participants? Contact Nicolette Querry for details.

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