local government


Definition of local government 

: the government of a specific local area constituting a subdivision of a major political unit (such as a nation or state) also : the body of persons constituting such a government

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In May, the Trump administration approved a three-year program for private companies and local government agencies to test drones for deliveries, inspections and other tasks. Joseph Pisani, The Seattle Times, "Where are the drone deliveries? Amazon’s customers are still waiting," 3 Dec. 2018 In response, the report’s authors recommend creating a federal government office that state and local governments as well as nongovernmental groups could consult on how to respond to Chinese requests for partnerships. Kate O’keeffe, WSJ, "Scholars Warn of Chinese Influence Operations in U.S.," 28 Nov. 2018 But what might have been a bit of routine local government business was really a spectacle of civic engagement, thanks to a heated period that was open to public comment on the resolution. Lucy Diavolo, Teen Vogue, "The West Hollywood City Council Wants Donald Trump's Star Removed From the Hollywood Walk of Fame," 7 Aug. 2018 The special account is tailored for the public sector, which includes state and local government agencies, public and private K-12 school districts and higher education organizations, and nonprofit businesses. Suzanne Baker, Naperville Sun, "Governmental bodies jumping on Amazon bandwagon," 12 July 2018 Under the new system, there will be 4,500 fewer local government radio users on the system, which should alleviate any surges the system faces, said Tracy Jackson, Broward County’s director of regional public safety and emergency services. Martin Vassolo, miamiherald, "Flawed 911 system ‘absolutely’ affected response to Parkland shooting," 11 July 2018 The new system will increase coverage, with 16 towers instead of the current 10, said Daniel Sanchez, state and local government sales vice president for Motorola. David Fleshler, Sun-Sentinel.com, "Stoneman Douglas commission reviews police radio problems," 11 July 2018 Cheers erupted at a local government office where dozens of volunteers and journalists were awaiting news of whether the intricate and high-risk rescue mission had succeeded. Anchorage Daily News, "After daring rescue, entire Thai soccer team is out of cave," 10 July 2018 Cheers erupted at a local government office where dozens of volunteers and journalists were awaiting news of whether the intricate and high-risk rescue mission had succeeded. Kaweewit Kaewjinda And Stephen Wright, The Christian Science Monitor, "After 18 days, entire Thai soccer team rescued from cave," 10 July 2018

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1753, in the meaning defined above

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English Language Learners Definition of local government

: the government that controls and makes decisions for a local area (such as a town, city, or county)

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