American City & County en Empowering municipal government through data <div class="node-body blog-body">Chip Strange, vice president of strategy and business development at Mosaik, explains how cities can better understand smart city value through deeper insight into users’ network experiences.</div> <p><a href="" target="_blank">read more</a></p> Broadband Viewpoints Wed, 13 Dec 2017 20:48:00 +0000 80501 at California wildfires spark issues of bilingual emergency communications <div class="node-body article-body">As wildfires continue to sweep across California, issues concerning emergency communications with the Spanish-speaking population have surfaced.</div> <p><a href="" target="_blank">read more</a></p> Emergency Management Fire Wed, 13 Dec 2017 20:47:00 +0000 80491 at <p>Wildfire in Ojai, Calif. on Dec. 6. Image via <a href="">Wikimedia Commons</a>.</p> How cooperative contracts can overcome procurement challenges <div class="field-deck"> Kirkland, Wash., purchasing team drives efficiencies through cooperative buys </div> <div class="node-body article-body">Kirkland, Wash., a city of almost 88,000 on the eastern shores of Lake Washington, often relies on cooperative agreements, says its purchasing agent, Greg Piland.</div> <p><a href="" target="_blank">read more</a></p> Contracts Coop Solutions Cooperative Purchasing Finance Purchasing & Procurement Strategic Sourcing GPN Tue, 12 Dec 2017 23:20:00 +0000 80481 at Officer with PTSD from Pulse massacre to lose job <div class="node-body article-body">An Eatonville, Fla. police officer hailed as a hero in the 2016 Orlando, Fla. Pulse nightclub massacre will lose his job after 10 years on the force due to mental issues developed after the massacre.</div> <p><a href="" target="_blank">read more</a></p> Law Enforcement Pension Reform Mon, 11 Dec 2017 20:44:00 +0000 80471 at <p>Pulse nightclub in Orlando, Fla. on June 12, 2016. Image via <a href="">Wikimedia&nbsp;Commons</a>.&nbsp;</p> New York City’s better way to pay traffic tickets <div class="node-body article-body">New York City utilizes PayNearMe to help people pay for traffic fines with cash during non-business hours, while also relieving processing work for the city's Traffic Violations Bureau.</div> <p><a href="" target="_blank">read more</a></p> Technology Wed, 06 Dec 2017 18:56:00 +0000 80461 at San Antonio water system using expanded sewer monitoring system to save ratepayers millions <div class="node-body article-body">A successful pilot program for the San Antonio Water System is expanding to encompass the nation’s widest deployment of smart infrastructure in sewer collection systems to lower operating costs, reduce rate pressure and dramatically decrease sewer overflow risk.</div> <p><a href="" target="_blank">read more</a></p> Products at Work Water & Wastewater Wed, 06 Dec 2017 18:56:00 +0000 80451 at How public and private partnerships can empower resilient communities <div class="node-body blog-body">Rives Taylor, regional sustainability leader for global architecture, design and planning firm Gensler, describes how partnerships can help a community develop resilience.</div> <p><a href="" target="_blank">read more</a></p> Emergency Management Viewpoints Wed, 06 Dec 2017 17:34:00 +0000 80441 at Incubating an economy <div class="field-deck"> Cities are using different approaches to cultivate small business growth through publicly-funded incubators </div> <div class="node-body article-body">Cities are using different approaches to cultivate small business growth through publicly-funded incubators.</div> <p><a href="" target="_blank">read more</a></p> Economic Development Wed, 06 Dec 2017 15:40:00 +0000 80431 at <p>Peachtree Corners, Ga.&#39;s Prototype Prime incubator. Image via City of Peachtree Corners.</p> Collaborating to create smart communities <div class="field-byline"> Larry Brown </div> <div class="field-deck"> Technology will help drive us into the future </div> <div class="node-body article-body">Technology will help drive us into the future.</div> <p><a href="" target="_blank">read more</a></p> Fleets Public Transit Smart Cities Wed, 06 Dec 2017 15:40:00 +0000 80421 at American City & County's 2017 Leadership Awards <div class="node-body article-body">Each year American City & County honors public officials from across the county for their impressive accomplishments and outstanding leadership with the Municipal Leader, the County Leader, and the Public Works Official of the Year awards. </div> <p><a href="" target="_blank">read more</a></p> Administration Wed, 06 Dec 2017 01:24:00 +0000 80411 at How paper, Excel, and basic bidding tools are holding back your supplier selection <div class="node-body article-body">Your procurement team fulfills one of the most critical business functions of your organization</div> <p><a href="" target="_blank">read more</a></p> White Papers Tue, 05 Dec 2017 15:00:00 +0000 80401 at How Indianapolis plans to use data to 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="" target="_blank">read more</a></p> Smart Cities Council Smart Cities Viewpoints Sun, 03 Dec 2017 22:09:00 +0000 79761 at Plastic bag, container bans sweep New England cities <div class="node-body article-body">Several New England cities have either passed bans on plastic retail bags and containers or had such regulations instated this month.</div> <p><a href="" target="_blank">read more</a></p> Sustainable Communities Fri, 01 Dec 2017 22:21:00 +0000 80391 at <p>Retailers in these cities won&#39;t be able to carry single-use plastic bags. Image via <a href="">Wikimedia Commons</a>.</p> Cities pitch innovative solutions for grants in nationwide challenge <div class="node-body article-body">A handful of lucky cities will win up to $5 million as part of a nationwide philanthropic challenge by pitching compelling and innovative solutions to city problems.</div> <p><a href="" target="_blank">read more</a></p> Finance Fri, 01 Dec 2017 22:21:00 +0000 80381 at <p>Former New York Mayor Michael Bloomberg&#39;s Bloomberg Philanthropies is putting on the 2017 Mayors Challenge. Image via <a href="">Wikimedia Commons</a>.&nbsp;</p> How to improve community mobility in a smart city through public-private partnerships <div class="node-body blog-body">Derek Fretheim, director of business development at urban mobility company moovel Group, discusses how public-private partnerships can help cities develop their smart city and mobility initiatives.</div> <p><a href="" target="_blank">read more</a></p> Public Transit Smart Cities Viewpoints Tue, 28 Nov 2017 22:26:00 +0000 80361 at Law enforcement agencies apply for federal immigration enforcement program despite backlash <div class="node-body article-body">A controversial federal program that expands local police immigration enforcement powers has seen renewed interest under the Trump Administration.</div> <p><a href="" target="_blank">read more</a></p> Immigration Reform Tue, 28 Nov 2017 22:07:00 +0000 80351 at <p>A U.S.&nbsp;Immigration and Customs Enforcement (ICE) officer makes an arrest. Image via <a href="">Wikimedia Commons</a>.</p> Aging municipal water piping prompts replacement <div class="node-body article-body">As water conduits continue to age, cities are undergoing the arduous and expensive task of replacing it.</div> <p><a href="" target="_blank">read more</a></p> Infrastructure Tue, 28 Nov 2017 19:49:00 +0000 80341 at <p>The Duluth, Minn. waterfront. Image via <a href=",_Duluth,_MN,_USA_-_panoramio.jpg">Wikimedia Commons</a>.</p> The 10 U.S. cities offering the best quality of life <div class="node-body gallery-body">Financial advice and technology site NerdWallet analyzed 177 U.S. cities with over 150,000 people using data from the U.S. Census Bureau American Community Survey to determine which U.S. cities offer the best quality of life. Is your city among them?</div> <p><a href="" target="_blank">read more</a></p> Bonus Content Tue, 21 Nov 2017 21:36:00 +0000 80321 at What agencies need to know about the Internet of Things <div class="node-body blog-body">Dave Shuman, industry leader of Internet of Things and manufacturing at Cloudera, explains the risk factors for the public sector in leveraging the Internet of Things.</div> <p><a href="" target="_blank">read more</a></p> Broadband Viewpoints Tue, 21 Nov 2017 20:43:00 +0000 80311 at Palm Springs elects entirely LGBTQ city council <div class="node-body article-body">After its newest two members are sworn in, Palm Springs, Calif’s city council will be entirely LGBTQ. </div> <p><a href="" target="_blank">read more</a></p> Administration Tue, 21 Nov 2017 19:41:00 +0000 80301 at <p>Image via <a href="">Wikimedia&nbsp;Commons</a>.</p> Iowa gas tax hike fuels local road infrastructure <div class="node-body article-body">A 2015 gas tax increase has greatly aided state and local road construction across Iowa.</div> <p><a href="" target="_blank">read more</a></p> Roadways Mon, 20 Nov 2017 23:38:00 +0000 80291 at <p>The Rock Island Centennial Bridge in Davenport, Iowa. Image via <a href="">WIkimedia Commons</a>.</p> Why Philadelphia says it doesn’t have a housing problem <div class="node-body blog-body">Smart Cities Council Managing Editor Kevin Ebi explains why focusing on jobs can help fix a city's housing issues.</div> <p><a href="" target="_blank">read more</a></p> Smart Cities Council Smart Cities Viewpoints Mon, 20 Nov 2017 19:30:00 +0000 80281 at Former Tallahassee employee sues city over favoritism in hurricane restoration <div class="node-body article-body">A former Tallahassee, Fla., employee has filed a lawsuit that accuses the city of playing favorites when restoring power after Hurricane Hermine struck the city in September 2016.</div> <p><a href="" target="_blank">read more</a></p> Energy Efficiency Fri, 17 Nov 2017 22:59:00 +0000 80271 at <p>A Hurricane Hermine-damaged church in Tallahassee, Fla. in 2016. Image via <a href="">Wikimedia Commons</a>.</p> Cook County proposes sexual harassment trainings amid inmate-related harassment lawsuits <div class="node-body article-body">Cook County, Ill., officials have recommended that county staff undergo annual sexual harassment training to ensure safer workplaces as two federal lawsuits accuse county officials of not doing enough to stop harassment from inmates.</div> <p><a href="" target="_blank">read more</a></p> Courts Human Resources Fri, 17 Nov 2017 21:41:00 +0000 80261 at <p>Chicago, Cook County&#39;s seat. Image via <a href="">Wikimedia&nbsp;Commons</a>.</p> How state and local government can transform spend management <div class="node-body blog-body">Matt Gibbons, senior director of government and government contractor sales for Concur, explains the benefits of software-as-a-service spend management solutions.</div> <p><a href="" target="_blank">read more</a></p> Finance Viewpoints Wed, 15 Nov 2017 18:32:00 +0000 80241 at Pets get fast heat relief at New Jersey shelter <div class="field-deck"> Cooperative agreement helps speed installation of needed air conditioners </div> <div class="node-body article-body">When the air conditioning broke down at an Ocean City, N.J., animal shelter this past July, a U.S. Communities cooperative agreement helped expedite installation of rented A/C units so a variety of stray pets stayed comfortable.</div> <p><a href="" target="_blank">read more</a></p> Buildings & Facilities Contracts Disaster Preparedness Facilities Coop Solutions Emergency Response Cooperative Purchasing Emergency Management Fiscal Management Strategic Sourcing Wed, 15 Nov 2017 13:40:00 +0000 80121 at <p>In the photo: Industrial air conditioners and a generator that Herc&nbsp;Rentals installed at an Ocean City, N.J. animal shelter on a temporary basis this past July after an equipment breakdown.&nbsp;&nbsp;</p> Cities impose taxes on Airbnb <div class="node-body article-body">As Airbnb and other short-term rental companies continue to gain prominence and widespread adoption, cities have begun levying taxes on the rentals.</div> <p><a href="" target="_blank">read more</a></p> Finance Wed, 15 Nov 2017 00:40:00 +0000 80221 at <p>An Airbnb office in Toronto. Image via <a href="">WIkimedia Commons</a>.</p> Bill Gates-controlled investment firm plans to build smart city in Arizona desert <div class="node-body article-body">What’s currently a swathe of Arizona desert will become the first smart city built from scratch.</div> <p><a href="" target="_blank">read more</a></p> Economic Development Tue, 14 Nov 2017 23:56:00 +0000 80211 at <p>Microsoft Co-Founder Bill Gates owns the parent company of Belmont Partners, which purchased the land for the eventual smart city. Image via <a href="">Wikimedia Commons</a>.</p> State and local transgender lawmakers elected <div class="node-body article-body">Election Day 2017 proved to be a watershed moment for the transgender community as several trans lawmakers were elected across the country. </div> <p><a href="" target="_blank">read more</a></p> Administration Mon, 13 Nov 2017 19:46:00 +0000 80201 at <p>Incoming Minneapolis City Council Member Andrea Jenkins speaks at a Victory Fund Brunch in Washington on May 21, 2017. Image via <a href=",_Washington,_DC_USA_5262_(36959990604).jpg">Wikimedia Commons</a>.</p> New city logos and branding unveiled to mixed response <div class="node-body article-body">Cities are releasing new logos and slogans, but not everyone is thrilled with the new designs.</div> <p><a href="" target="_blank">read more</a></p> Citizen Engagement Mon, 13 Nov 2017 19:00:00 +0000 80191 at <p>The new Raleigh, N.C. logo. Image via City of Raleigh.</p>