On Fridays, Federalism in Action gathers the Top 3 stories on local people making local decisions into a blog. To check out last week’s post, click here.

FOR FUN: 150 Years of Giving Thanks 

Nearly 400 years ago, the Pilgrims celebrated the first Thanksgiving in Plymouth; however, it was not until 1863 that President Abraham Lincoln declared Thanksgiving a national American holiday. See how the town of Plymouth is celebrating this year’s historic 150-year anniversary of Lincoln’s declaration, including a display of important documents from the first Thanksgiving, a local parade, and elaborate feasts throughout the community.

FOR INSPIRATION: Local Leaders who Made a Difference

This week, released their 2013 list of the top public officials in state and local government. These lawmakers proved that they could solve problems and innovate at the state and local level. In a time when Washington, D.C. seems unable to accomplish much of anything, these leaders show the important role of local decision-making nationwide. Check out the full list here to see if someone from your state earned this honor.

FOR MOTIVATION: Local Solutions Needed for Detroit’s Problems

Public Sector Inc. recently wrote about the ongoing crisis in Detroit and how various levels of government should respond. Their answer? “The most effective solutions to distress can only be developed and executed at the state and local level.” To read the full analysis, click here.

This Thanksgiving, Federalism in Action is grateful for your support and readership and like those in Plymouth, we look forward to celebrating with our local communities and hope you have a chance to do the same.

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