American City & County http://americancityandcounty.com/rss.xml en Reinventing for future infrastructure needs http://americancityandcounty.com/blog/reinventing-future-infrastructure-needs <div class="node-body blog-body">George Wang, a professor of construction management at East Carolina University explains where local leaders should focus in addressing infrastructure needs.</div> <p><a href="http://americancityandcounty.com/blog/reinventing-future-infrastructure-needs" target="_blank">read more</a></p> http://americancityandcounty.com/blog/reinventing-future-infrastructure-needs#comments Public Transit Viewpoints Wed, 18 Oct 2017 20:22:00 +0000 79941 at http://americancityandcounty.com Washington county, city stand opposed on safe injection sites for illegal drugs http://americancityandcounty.com/health-welfare/washington-county-city-stand-opposed-safe-injection-sites-illegal-drugs <div class="node-body article-body">Washington’s most populous county has come a little closer to establishing safe injection sites — where heroin users can inject drugs under medical professionals’ watch to reduce overdoses — while one of its cities effectively banned them. </div> <p><a href="http://americancityandcounty.com/health-welfare/washington-county-city-stand-opposed-safe-injection-sites-illegal-drugs" target="_blank">read more</a></p> http://americancityandcounty.com/health-welfare/washington-county-city-stand-opposed-safe-injection-sites-illegal-drugs#comments Health & Welfare Wed, 18 Oct 2017 20:01:00 +0000 79931 at http://americancityandcounty.com <p>Bellevue, Wash. City Hall. Image via <a href="https://commons.wikimedia.org/wiki/File:BellevueCityHall01.jpg">WIkimedia Commons</a>.</p> Cities resume fluoridating water after hiatuses http://americancityandcounty.com/treatment/cities-resume-fluoridating-water-after-hiatuses <div class="node-body article-body">Health benefits, state requirements and new equipment have led several cities to resume fluoridating their water after hiatuses. </div> <p><a href="http://americancityandcounty.com/treatment/cities-resume-fluoridating-water-after-hiatuses" target="_blank">read more</a></p> http://americancityandcounty.com/treatment/cities-resume-fluoridating-water-after-hiatuses#comments Treatment Wed, 18 Oct 2017 18:31:00 +0000 79921 at http://americancityandcounty.com <p>Image via <a href="https://commons.wikimedia.org/wiki/File:Photographer_reflected_in_water_droplet_1.jpg">Wikimedia Commons</a>.</p> UNESCO-designated localities react to U.S. withdrawal decision http://americancityandcounty.com/parks-recreation/unesco-designated-localities-react-us-withdrawal-decision <div class="node-body article-body">The Trump Administration’s announcement that the U.S. will withdraw from the United Nations Educational, Scientific and Cultural Organization (UNESCO) has drawn reactions from cities that carry UNESCO designations. </div> <p><a href="http://americancityandcounty.com/parks-recreation/unesco-designated-localities-react-us-withdrawal-decision" target="_blank">read more</a></p> http://americancityandcounty.com/parks-recreation/unesco-designated-localities-react-us-withdrawal-decision#comments Parks & Recreation Mon, 16 Oct 2017 19:57:00 +0000 79891 at http://americancityandcounty.com <p>The San Antonio Missions, which are a UNESCO-designated World Heritage Site. Image via <a href="https://commons.wikimedia.org/wiki/File:Mision_Espada_nima_(3).JPG">Wikimedia Commons</a>.</p> California city, county disagree on commercial marijuana policy http://americancityandcounty.com/economic-development/california-city-county-disagree-commercial-marijuana-policy <div class="node-body article-body">Despite recreational marijuana being legalized in California, Kern County and one of its cities, Bakersfield, can’t agree on how the commercial side of the now-legal industry should function in their jurisdictions.</div> <p><a href="http://americancityandcounty.com/economic-development/california-city-county-disagree-commercial-marijuana-policy" target="_blank">read more</a></p> http://americancityandcounty.com/economic-development/california-city-county-disagree-commercial-marijuana-policy#comments Economic Development Mon, 16 Oct 2017 19:03:00 +0000 79881 at http://americancityandcounty.com <p>Image via <a href="https://commons.wikimedia.org/wiki/File:Blue_Octane.jpg">Wikimedia Commons</a>.</p> The Public Sector Guide to Social Media Strategy and Policy: 2017 Edition http://americancityandcounty.com/white-papers/public-sector-guide-social-media-strategy-and-policy-2017-edition <div class="node-body article-body">This guide contains practical steps that will help public sector agencies and departments develop a social media strategy and policy to gain maximum value from social media efforts</div> <p><a href="http://americancityandcounty.com/white-papers/public-sector-guide-social-media-strategy-and-policy-2017-edition" target="_blank">read more</a></p> http://americancityandcounty.com/white-papers/public-sector-guide-social-media-strategy-and-policy-2017-edition#comments White Papers Mon, 16 Oct 2017 12:30:00 +0000 79901 at http://americancityandcounty.com Fire authorities exhaust resources to combat California wildfires http://americancityandcounty.com/fire/fire-authorities-exhaust-resources-combat-california-wildfires <div class="node-body article-body">Local fire authorities across California have designated numerous firefighters and equipment for combating the massive wildfires raging across the California wine country.</div> <p><a href="http://americancityandcounty.com/fire/fire-authorities-exhaust-resources-combat-california-wildfires" target="_blank">read more</a></p> http://americancityandcounty.com/fire/fire-authorities-exhaust-resources-combat-california-wildfires#comments Fire Wed, 11 Oct 2017 20:25:00 +0000 79871 at http://americancityandcounty.com <p>Smoke from the California wildfires, as captured by the Copernicus Sentinel-3A satellite. Image via Wikimedia Commons.</p> Over 60 governments celebrated Indigenous Peoples Day on Monday http://americancityandcounty.com/administration/over-60-governments-celebrated-indigenous-peoples-day-monday <div class="node-body article-body">A new movement has many governments jumping ship on celebrating Columbus Day and instead celebrating Indigenous Peoples Day on the second Monday of October.</div> <p><a href="http://americancityandcounty.com/administration/over-60-governments-celebrated-indigenous-peoples-day-monday" target="_blank">read more</a></p> http://americancityandcounty.com/administration/over-60-governments-celebrated-indigenous-peoples-day-monday#comments Administration Tue, 10 Oct 2017 18:49:00 +0000 79861 at http://americancityandcounty.com <p>A Ghost Dance, performed by the Lakota tribe. Image via Wikimedia Commons.</p> Arizona procurement resources help lay groundwork for cooperative purchases http://americancityandcounty.com/coop-solutions/arizona-procurement-resources-help-lay-groundwork-cooperative-purchases <div class="field-deck"> Public purchasers throughout U.S. can find useful co-op information in trio of documents </div> <div class="node-body article-body">Cooperative purchasing guideline and questionnaire can aid public buyers everywhere.</div> <p><a href="http://americancityandcounty.com/coop-solutions/arizona-procurement-resources-help-lay-groundwork-cooperative-purchases" target="_blank">read more</a></p> http://americancityandcounty.com/coop-solutions/arizona-procurement-resources-help-lay-groundwork-cooperative-purchases#comments Contracts Coop Solutions Cooperative Purchasing Finance Fiscal Management Purchasing & Procurement Proposals & Bids Strategic Sourcing GPN Tue, 10 Oct 2017 15:34:00 +0000 79851 at http://americancityandcounty.com 17 better, cheaper ways to deliver city services http://americancityandcounty.com/blog/17-better-cheaper-ways-deliver-city-services <div class="node-body blog-body">Smart Cities Council Chairman Jesse Berst explains several ways cities can use digital applications to better serve the public.</div> <p><a href="http://americancityandcounty.com/blog/17-better-cheaper-ways-deliver-city-services" target="_blank">read more</a></p> http://americancityandcounty.com/blog/17-better-cheaper-ways-deliver-city-services#comments Smart Cities Council Smart Cities Viewpoints Mon, 09 Oct 2017 17:59:00 +0000 79831 at http://americancityandcounty.com Preserve Your Pavement: A Road Map to Data-Driven Budgeting http://americancityandcounty.com/white-papers/preserve-your-pavement-road-map-data-driven-budgeting <div class="node-body article-body">Your street and roadway network represents your biggest, most expensive asset—in fact the commitment to repair and preserve pavement can demand up to 20 percent of an annual resurfacing budget</div> <p><a href="http://americancityandcounty.com/white-papers/preserve-your-pavement-road-map-data-driven-budgeting" target="_blank">read more</a></p> http://americancityandcounty.com/white-papers/preserve-your-pavement-road-map-data-driven-budgeting#comments White Papers Mon, 09 Oct 2017 12:30:00 +0000 79841 at http://americancityandcounty.com Empowering local law enforcement with a single view of the citizen http://americancityandcounty.com/blog/empowering-local-law-enforcement-single-view-citizen <div class="node-body blog-body">An-Chan Phung, CTO at master data management solutions company VisionWare, explains how breaking up data silos can help police provide better law enforcement.</div> <p><a href="http://americancityandcounty.com/blog/empowering-local-law-enforcement-single-view-citizen" target="_blank">read more</a></p> http://americancityandcounty.com/blog/empowering-local-law-enforcement-single-view-citizen#comments Law Enforcement Viewpoints Wed, 04 Oct 2017 19:46:00 +0000 79821 at http://americancityandcounty.com Atlanta lessens marijuana possession penalties http://americancityandcounty.com/law-enforcement/atlanta-lessens-marijuana-possession-penalties <div class="node-body article-body">Georgia’s capital and largest city became the most recent municipality to lessen penalties for marijuana possession on Oct. 2.</div> <p><a href="http://americancityandcounty.com/law-enforcement/atlanta-lessens-marijuana-possession-penalties" target="_blank">read more</a></p> http://americancityandcounty.com/law-enforcement/atlanta-lessens-marijuana-possession-penalties#comments Law Enforcement Wed, 04 Oct 2017 18:43:00 +0000 79811 at http://americancityandcounty.com <p>A <em>Cannabis sativa</em> plant. Image via <a href="https://commons.wikimedia.org/wiki/File:Cannabis_sativa_(2560098199).jpg">Wikimedia Commons</a>.</p> Cities court Amazon to be location of new headquarters http://americancityandcounty.com/economic-development/cities-court-amazon-be-location-new-headquarters <div class="node-body article-body">When one of the world’s biggest tech companies announces plans to build a second headquarters in a to-be-determined community, cities put their best foot forward.</div> <p><a href="http://americancityandcounty.com/economic-development/cities-court-amazon-be-location-new-headquarters" target="_blank">read more</a></p> http://americancityandcounty.com/economic-development/cities-court-amazon-be-location-new-headquarters#comments Economic Development Wed, 04 Oct 2017 00:12:00 +0000 79801 at http://americancityandcounty.com <p>An Amazon Go store in Seattle. Image via <a href="https://commons.wikimedia.org/wiki/File:Amazon_Go_in_Seattle,_December_2016.jpg">Wikimedia Commons</a>.</p> Former California city employee pleads guilty to embezzling over $600,000 http://americancityandcounty.com/finance/former-california-city-employee-pleads-guilty-embezzling-over-600000 <div class="node-body article-body">A former employee of the Glendale, Calif. City Attorney’s office has agreed to plead guilty to embezzling nearly $610,000 in taxpayer dollars over a 17-year period. </div> <p><a href="http://americancityandcounty.com/finance/former-california-city-employee-pleads-guilty-embezzling-over-600000" target="_blank">read more</a></p> http://americancityandcounty.com/finance/former-california-city-employee-pleads-guilty-embezzling-over-600000#comments Finance Mon, 02 Oct 2017 18:41:00 +0000 79791 at http://americancityandcounty.com <p>Image via <a href="https://commons.wikimedia.org/wiki/File:Sweet_success.jpg">Wikimedia Commons</a>.</p> Las Vegas officials respond to shooting, others across country voice support http://americancityandcounty.com/law-enforcement/las-vegas-officials-respond-shooting-others-across-country-voice-support <div class="node-body article-body">Police and officials in Las Vegas are gathering answers to last night’s mass shooting in the city.</div> <p><a href="http://americancityandcounty.com/law-enforcement/las-vegas-officials-respond-shooting-others-across-country-voice-support" target="_blank">read more</a></p> http://americancityandcounty.com/law-enforcement/las-vegas-officials-respond-shooting-others-across-country-voice-support#comments Law Enforcement Mon, 02 Oct 2017 16:19:00 +0000 79781 at http://americancityandcounty.com <p>Mandalay Bay Hotel in Las Vegas. Image via <a href="https://commons.wikimedia.org/wiki/File:Mandalay_Bay_Hotel.jpg">Wikimedia Commons</a>.</p> More government workers are using standing desks at the office (with related video) http://americancityandcounty.com/technology/more-government-workers-are-using-standing-desks-office-related-video <div class="node-body article-body">Look for more government staffers to rely on standing desks in the future, says Jason McCann, VARIDESK CEO.</div> <p><a href="http://americancityandcounty.com/technology/more-government-workers-are-using-standing-desks-office-related-video" target="_blank">read more</a></p> http://americancityandcounty.com/technology/more-government-workers-are-using-standing-desks-office-related-video#comments Facilities Office Equipment Worker Safety Technology Technology Sun, 01 Oct 2017 12:56:00 +0000 79771 at http://americancityandcounty.com <p>In the photo: The Varidesk&nbsp;Pro Plus 30 standing desk solution.&nbsp;</p> How Indianapolis plans to use data to change lives http://americancityandcounty.com/blog/how-indianapolis-plans-use-data-change-lives <div class="node-body blog-body">Kevin Ebi, managing editor of the Smart Cities Council, explains how Indianapolis plans to achieve carbon neutrality by 2050.</div> <p><a href="http://americancityandcounty.com/blog/how-indianapolis-plans-use-data-change-lives" target="_blank">read more</a></p> http://americancityandcounty.com/blog/how-indianapolis-plans-use-data-change-lives#comments Smart Cities Council Smart Cities Viewpoints Fri, 29 Sep 2017 21:09:00 +0000 79761 at http://americancityandcounty.com The Complete Guide to Team Bid Evaluation http://americancityandcounty.com/white-papers/complete-guide-team-bid-evaluation <div class="node-body article-body">Are you interested in making informed contract award decisions and choosing the right suppliers? </div> <p><a href="http://americancityandcounty.com/white-papers/complete-guide-team-bid-evaluation" target="_blank">read more</a></p> http://americancityandcounty.com/white-papers/complete-guide-team-bid-evaluation#comments White Papers Fri, 29 Sep 2017 12:30:00 +0000 79751 at http://americancityandcounty.com The rise of citizen data scientists in government http://americancityandcounty.com/blog/rise-citizen-data-scientists-government <div class="node-body blog-body">LiveStories Founder and CEO Adnan Mahmud explains why empowering "citizen data scientists" with emerging tools can help governments in the struggle to attract new IT talent.</div> <p><a href="http://americancityandcounty.com/blog/rise-citizen-data-scientists-government" target="_blank">read more</a></p> http://americancityandcounty.com/blog/rise-citizen-data-scientists-government#comments Records Management Viewpoints Tue, 26 Sep 2017 20:46:00 +0000 79741 at http://americancityandcounty.com Public and private marriage http://americancityandcounty.com/privatization-outsourcing/public-and-private-marriage <div class="field-deck"> For P3s to be successful, governments must educate themselves, dispel common misconceptions and carefully tailor their projects' approaches </div> <div class="node-body article-body">For P3s to be successful, governments must educate themselves, dispel common misconceptions and carefully tailor their projects' approaches.</div> <p><a href="http://americancityandcounty.com/privatization-outsourcing/public-and-private-marriage" target="_blank">read more</a></p> http://americancityandcounty.com/privatization-outsourcing/public-and-private-marriage#comments Economic Development Privatization & Outsourcing Purchasing & Procurement Tue, 26 Sep 2017 19:40:00 +0000 79731 at http://americancityandcounty.com Building smarter http://americancityandcounty.com/facilities/building-smarter <div class="field-byline"> Terrence McManus </div> <div class="field-deck"> Although the issue is often overlooked, cities will need smarter buildings in order to truly thrive in modernity </div> <div class="node-body article-body">Although the issue is often overlooked, cities will need smarter buildings in order to truly thrive in modernity.</div> <p><a href="http://americancityandcounty.com/facilities/building-smarter" target="_blank">read more</a></p> http://americancityandcounty.com/facilities/building-smarter#comments Facilities Tue, 26 Sep 2017 19:40:00 +0000 79711 at http://americancityandcounty.com Millennials in transit http://americancityandcounty.com/public-transit/millennials-transit <div class="field-deck"> Young peoples’ shifting attitudes regarding transportation will change the way our cities operate </div> <div class="node-body article-body">Young peoples’ shifting attitudes regarding transportation will change the way our cities operate.</div> <p><a href="http://americancityandcounty.com/public-transit/millennials-transit" target="_blank">read more</a></p> http://americancityandcounty.com/public-transit/millennials-transit#comments Public Transit Tue, 26 Sep 2017 19:33:00 +0000 79701 at http://americancityandcounty.com Simplified Management and Modern Learning Tools: A Fresh Approach to Education http://americancityandcounty.com/white-papers/simplified-management-and-modern-learning-tools-fresh-approach-education <div class="node-body article-body">Discover how technology is improving the educational operations while increasing efficiencies in building a better community</div> <p><a href="http://americancityandcounty.com/white-papers/simplified-management-and-modern-learning-tools-fresh-approach-education" target="_blank">read more</a></p> http://americancityandcounty.com/white-papers/simplified-management-and-modern-learning-tools-fresh-approach-education#comments White Papers Tue, 26 Sep 2017 16:00:00 +0000 79721 at http://americancityandcounty.com How to Ensure Mobile Device Performance When It’s Mission Critical or Disaster Strikes? http://americancityandcounty.com/webinars/how-ensure-mobile-device-performance-when-it-s-mission-critical-or-disaster-strikes <div class="node-body article-body">When disasters happen, like Hurricane Harvey or data centers fail, you need reliable connectivity, visibility and intelligent control! </div> <p><a href="http://americancityandcounty.com/webinars/how-ensure-mobile-device-performance-when-it-s-mission-critical-or-disaster-strikes" target="_blank">read more</a></p> http://americancityandcounty.com/webinars/how-ensure-mobile-device-performance-when-it-s-mission-critical-or-disaster-strikes#comments Webinars Tue, 26 Sep 2017 16:00:00 +0000 79691 at http://americancityandcounty.com Police sue Nebraska city over health insurance changes http://americancityandcounty.com/human-resources/police-sue-nebraska-city-over-health-insurance-changes <div class="node-body article-body">Changes in insurance policy have led a police union and a Nebraska city’s officers to sue the city.</div> <p><a href="http://americancityandcounty.com/human-resources/police-sue-nebraska-city-over-health-insurance-changes" target="_blank">read more</a></p> http://americancityandcounty.com/human-resources/police-sue-nebraska-city-over-health-insurance-changes#comments Courts Human Resources Mon, 25 Sep 2017 18:38:00 +0000 79681 at http://americancityandcounty.com <p>Hall County Courthouse in Grand Island, Neb. Image via <a href="https://commons.wikimedia.org/wiki/File:Hall_Co_Courthouse_6.jpg">Wikimedia Commons</a>.</p> Coops can be useful tools for IT buys http://americancityandcounty.com/coop-solutions/coops-can-be-useful-tools-it-buys <div class="field-deck"> Wyoming state procurement manager says cooperative contracts can be a time-saver </div> <div class="node-body article-body">Wyoming's Brett Adams-Case says cooperative contracts can aid lean and smaller public purchasing groups when buying technology.</div> <p><a href="http://americancityandcounty.com/coop-solutions/coops-can-be-useful-tools-it-buys" target="_blank">read more</a></p> http://americancityandcounty.com/coop-solutions/coops-can-be-useful-tools-it-buys#comments Coop Solutions Cooperative Purchasing Finance Fiscal Management Purchasing & Procurement Proposals & Bids Technology Strategic Sourcing GPN Mon, 25 Sep 2017 13:06:00 +0000 79661 at http://americancityandcounty.com <p>Brett Adams-Case</p> Court strikes down measures in Massachusetts city drone ordinance http://americancityandcounty.com/courts/court-strikes-down-measures-massachusetts-city-drone-ordinance <div class="node-body article-body">The U.S. District Court for the district of Massachusetts has struck down several measures of a drone ordinance from Newton, Mass, creating implications for local governments seeking to create drone regulations.</div> <p><a href="http://americancityandcounty.com/courts/court-strikes-down-measures-massachusetts-city-drone-ordinance" target="_blank">read more</a></p> http://americancityandcounty.com/courts/court-strikes-down-measures-massachusetts-city-drone-ordinance#comments Courts Mon, 25 Sep 2017 05:13:00 +0000 79671 at http://americancityandcounty.com <p>Image via <a href="https://commons.wikimedia.org/wiki/File:38th_Istanbul_Vodafone_Marathon_(2).jpg">Wikimedia Commons</a>.</p> Humanity amid the opioid crisis http://americancityandcounty.com/blog/humanity-amid-opioid-crisis <div class="node-body blog-body">American City & County Staff Writer Jason Axelrod opines on how local governments are handling the opioid crisis </div> <p><a href="http://americancityandcounty.com/blog/humanity-amid-opioid-crisis" target="_blank">read more</a></p> http://americancityandcounty.com/blog/humanity-amid-opioid-crisis#comments Health & Welfare Viewpoints Wed, 20 Sep 2017 20:30:00 +0000 79641 at http://americancityandcounty.com Smarter networks make smarter airports http://americancityandcounty.com/blog/smarter-networks-make-smarter-airports <div class="node-body blog-body">Nokia Aviation Program Practice Lead Richard van Wijk explains why modern communication networks are essential to airports.</div> <p><a href="http://americancityandcounty.com/blog/smarter-networks-make-smarter-airports" target="_blank">read more</a></p> http://americancityandcounty.com/blog/smarter-networks-make-smarter-airports#comments Facilities Viewpoints Wed, 20 Sep 2017 19:27:00 +0000 79621 at http://americancityandcounty.com