Public Sector Spotlight

Browse through our articles tailored specifically for city, county, municipal and state government employees.

Put Your Employer’s Retirement Plan to Work

August 23, 2011 - Laura - 0 comments

When I started working full time, I had lots of priorities: student loans, rent, food, and of course, entertainment. Retirement savings didn’t even make the list. Then I got a job where my employer contributed fifty cents for every dollar I put into the company’s defined... Continue reading »

Should I Retire Young?

July 28, 2011 - Laura - 3 comments

Even if you can retire young because your finances are in order, a good question to ask yourself is “Should I retire young?”   I wrote an article that asked the question “Is it possible to retire young?” and many readers wrote in to say it is possible, particularly if you... Continue reading »

Navigating Public Sector Challenges

June 14, 2011 - Al - 0 comments

Pressure on local governments isn’t fading and most likely is heating up. According to a recent Wall Street Journal article: “For many local governments – the 89,000 cities, counties and school districts that provide the most visible government services – more pain is... Continue reading »

Public Employees Make a Difference

May 12, 2011 - Laura - 0 comments

The Dream Big site focuses largely on the public sector. So what exactly does that mean? And who exactly are public sector employees?   For a sneak peek into the lives of public sector employees, view these YouTube videos on how they help our communities. The videos... Continue reading »

Making Procrastination Work

March 29, 2011 - Al - 0 comments

Behavioral economists — yes, they exist — talk about the tendency of humans to procrastinate. And yes, they apply that to retirement plans. Individuals often put off signing up for them and, even when they do sign up, put off increasing their contributions over... Continue reading »

Public Sector Challenges & You

January 25, 2011 - Al - 1 comment

Turn on the tv, radio or Internet on any given day and you’ll see no shortage of news about the fiscal challenges facing many state and local governments. was designed to help public sector workers realize their financial dreams and serve as a platform... Continue reading »

Who Wants To Be A Millionaire?

January 11, 2011 - LaVonda - 1 comment

To many this question is only the name of a popular television game show, but for others it is a retirement goal. If it’s your goal, I’ll bet you’ve wondered just how to get there.   For one thing, you have to make retirement a priority and start saving now. The earlier... Continue reading »

Is It Possible to Retire Young?

April 23, 2010 - Laura - 19 comments

For some workers in the public sector, the answer might be “most definitely,” you can retire young.   People who work in local and county government tend to retire at an earlier age than most other workers. Why? Well, they are our police officers, firefighters, and public... Continue reading »