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One of the most interesting and remarkable aspects of the development of modern public administration in the 1930s is the joint occupancy by 17 organizations of public officials of a building at 1313 E. 60th Street in Chicago.
The building became famous (infamous to some) and was known simply as 1313. A 2004 article, "1313's Hidden History," in the Hyde Park Herald tells the story of the building's beginnings:
1313, completed in 1938, embodied the vision of two men, Charles E. Merriam, and Louis Brownlow. Brownlow had forged a career (without benefit of formal education) as a city manager and as a forceful advocate for the public service professions. Merriam was a University of Chicago political science professor with a bent for activism that led to service as a Chicago alderman and to two (unsuccessful) runs for the Mayoralty. The two men conceived 1313 as a vibrant center for (in the words of a 1963 booklet) “the improvement of the organization, administrative techniques, and methods of government--municipal, county, state, and federal--in the United States.” Within a few years, 1313 had clearly become a nerve center for American public administration. By 1963, it was organizational home to 22 non-profit entities, including:
American Public Works Association
American Public Welfare Association
Council of State Governments
American Society of Planning Officials
American Society of Public Administration
National Legislative Conference [One of NCSL's predecessor organizations]
Public Administration Service
National Association of State Budget Officers
National Association of Attorneys General
Institute for Youth, Education and Families The Institute for Youth, Education, and Families is an entity within NLC which assists municipal officials in providing services on behalf of the children, youth and families in their communities. The YEF Institute offers resources in five core program areas, including early childhood success, education and afterschool, benefits for working families, youth participation in local government and child and youth safety.
A grant from The Rockefeller Foundation's Spelman Fund enabled the association to hire, in 1931, its first administrator, Frank Bane, formerly commissioner of the Virginia State Department of Public Welfare. The association grew rapidly, from the initial 151 persons to nearly 1,000 members two years later. In May 1932, the association changed its name to the American Public Welfare Association. (APWA)
Initially, the association's offices were in Washington D.C., but in 1932, APWA moved its headquarters to Chicago. It returned to Washington D.C. in 1974, where APWA remains at this writing.
History of the Chicago Metropolitan Chapter of APWA The Chicago Metropolitan Chapter is the oldest and one of the largest, most active Chapters in the Association.
The Chapter was officially formed on January 15, 1933, which is the first date that the American Public Works Association came into existence. APWA was formed by the merger of two predecessor organizations; The American Society of Municipal Engineers and the International Association of Public Works Officials. Beginning in 1894 and until its relocation to Kansas City, Missouri in 1992, the association was headquartered (along with a number of other municipal associations) in the Merriam Center on the campus of the prestigious University of Chicago.
Although AIP was incorporated in 1917 as the American City Planning Institute (renamed the American Institute of Planners in 1939), and ASPO in 1934, we trace our roots even further back to 1909 and the first National Conference on City Planning in Washington, D.C. From that and subsequent conferences, the organized planning movement emerged. This model of a single organization — a "big tent" for everyone interested in planning, with an internal institute to advance the interests of the profession — was unique at the time and has attracted great interest around the world.
This was then. Imagine today.
originally posted by: galadofwarthethird
a reply to: dashen
This was then. Imagine today.
So what are you saying, that they were the prototype group for the UN and they are just as inefficient as it is?
People can dream I suppose. You know they say that for the average person there is nothing more scary then the boogieman, badman, Illuminati, or what not secret shadowy group, being in control and the pilots of the ship. Is the fact that there is no captain of the ship and the majority of things are just happenstances.
In which case one will either have to be appointed or made up. One of the two options. The tale of bad and good, brought to you from the book on the knowledge of good and evil. Primitive indeed.
What is FTA
The Federation of Tax Administrators (FTA) was organized in 1937 to improve the quality of state tax administration by providing services to state tax authorities and administrators. These services include research and information exchange, training, and intergovernmental and interstate coordination. The Federation also represents the interests of state tax administrators before federal policymakers where appropriate.
ORGANIZATION AND MEMBERSHIP
FTA serves the principal tax collection agencies of the 50 states, the District of Columbia, Philadelphia, and New York City. The work of FTA is directed and governed by an eighteen-member Board of Trustees composed of tax administrators representing all regions of the country. The Commissioner of the Internal Revenue Service is an ex-officio board member. The FTA staff consists of 10 full-time positions, headed by an Executive Director appointed by the Board of Trustees.
FTA is financed primarily from annual dues assessed to member tax agencies. Other sources of revenue include the sale of publications to non-members and proceeds from conferences and workshops. FTA is organized as a nonprofit corporation under § 501(c)(3) of the Internal Revenue Code.
FTA was organized in 1937 by representatives of the North American Gasoline Tax Conference (NAGTC), the National Association of Tax Administrators (NATA), and the National Tobacco Tax Association (NTTA).