Do Yourself a Good Turn: Boy Scout Principles for Dealing with Local Government


Businesses seeking a local government approval (or a denial for someone else’s proposal) may need some guidance. Local governments behave in a way that is different than businesses behave, for legal and political and many other reasons. As an attorney who has practiced local government law most of my career, I have seen approaches to local government that work, and many that have not.

From time to time, I have been asked how best to work with local governments. Perhaps because I also double as a local scoutmaster, these guidelines parallel the principles of the Boy Scouts of America, which have stood the test of time for more than 100 years.

For guidance in government, business and in life, one can do a lot worse than following the Boy Scouts!

As a long-time local government attorney, I appreciate how many scouting principles can help businesses in dealing with local governments. I’ll focus on a handful...

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