Displaying episodes 31 - 45 of 45 in total

SCADA-as-a-service, appraisal mishaps, and time travel

We talk about the future of SCADA systems, a very unfortunate error in a Utah appraisal district, and differing movie-time-travel rules.

James Earp on the local response to COVID-19

James Earp, assistant city manager for the city of Kyle, Texas, joins us to talk emergency response, continuity of government, and keeping your staff healthy so they can serve the public in the midst of COVID-19.

Brittney Huff on things you don't learn in grad school (aka TYDLIGS)

Brittney Huff, director of operations for the City of Hudson Oaks, joins us to talk about some things you don't learn in grad school. Also introducing a new segment: I Literally Can't Even. - What's missing from the academic discussions of economic development? - Wearing multiple hats as an assistant-to-the-city-manager in a small town. - Learning how to make decisions. - How do you handle managing in a field where you don't have a great deal of technical expertise? Plus a discussion of things about which we literally can't even.

Lamentations on technology and Disney princesses

In this episode, Chad and Patrick talk about attending the Safe-D conference in Galveston, technological miscues at the Iowa Caucus, the end of Internet Explorer, and why Chad's least favorite Disney princess.

The future of ZacTax, software spies, and zipper merges

In this episode of ZacCast, we talk about the future of ZacTax and our company, Eight20 Consulting. We also talk about software spying and why we wanted to remove third-party tracking software from ZacTax. And we wrap up with a discussion about the ever controversial "zipper merge."

Fresh Prince and Strong Towns

In this episode of ZacCast, from fresh prince to urban development patterns, it's things that make you reevaluate your entire existence. We dig in to some of the more controversial elements of the Strong Towns movement, including its prescriptions for where we spend the public's money, and how we organize our teams to make the biggest impact.

Single Local Taxes, Rule Changes, and Christmas Conspiracies

In this episode of ZacCast, Patrick and Chad discuss the impact of the Single Local Tax Rate on December's sales tax collections; wade into some controversy about alleged rule changes being proposed by the Comptroller; and even make time for some Christmas conspiracy theories.

Robert Hanna - Downtown Redevelopment in Abilene

In this episode of ZacCast, Abilene, Texas, city manager Robert Hanna joins us to talk about his city's downtown hotel/convention center project. We discuss the difficulties inherent in complicated projects, steering large organizations toward a common goal, and gaining community buy-in for potentially controversial projects.

Lifting the auditors' vail

Audit week can be one of the most stressful times of the year for city management. In this episode, Doug Martella from GoVirtual CFO returns to talk about his experience auditing cities, and what aspiring city managers should know about the audit process. We'll even sneak in a secret your auditors probably don't want you to know.

The Single Local Tax Rate Episode

In October 2019, the State of Texas implemented its new Single Local Tax Rate for online and out-of-state sellers. On this episode, we talk to Doug Martella of GoVirtual CFO about the new program and how it will impact sales tax collections in Texas.

Mr. Miyagi, Facebook, and Christmas Spite

Patrick and Chad shoot the bull on a variety of topics, including our upcoming talk at the UMANT One-Day Conference, the ethical implications of cities continuing to invest in social media, and we geek out a bit on Christmas decorations.


This episode of ZacCast is all about Rework, a book by the founders of Basecamp. We talk about some of the bigger principles in the book, like embracing constraints, thinking small, productivity killers, and the myth of culture creation. And we offer some ways to apply them to your city.

Haters gonna hate (local control)

We discuss the now-notorious Bonnen Tapes, in which the Speaker of the Texas House is caught outlining his desire to make life difficult for local governments across Texas. What does this mean for Texas cities, and does the public admission portend possible improvements to the state/local relationship?


On the origins of ZacTax, and the numerous failed side hustles that preceded it. We open up about how we got here and how we applied the lessons learned to our day jobs in city management.

The Trailer

Everyone has a podcast now, so we figured we should, too. Join us as we embark on what we hope will be a fun and engaging show about city management, including stories from the front lines about interesting and innovative things happening in the field. In this trailer, we introduce the show and talk about our goals for it.

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