American City & County en Water infrastructure funding: Getting the right fit <div class="node-body blog-body">John Mastracchio, leader of Arcadis' financial services practice, describes successful methods to fund water infrastructure.</div> <p><a href="" target="_blank">read more</a></p> Infrastructure Viewpoints Wed, 22 Mar 2017 19:09:00 +0000 76771 at Why Atlanta wants to test driverless cars <div class="node-body blog-body">Smart Cities Council Editor Doug Peeples explains Atlanta's goal is to demonstrate how a self-driving vehicle would handle real-world traffic conditions.</div> <p><a href="" target="_blank">read more</a></p> Smart Cities Smart Cities Viewpoints Wed, 22 Mar 2017 19:09:00 +0000 76761 at Municipalities obtain and use solar through different means <div class="node-body article-body">Solar energy continues to be a burgeoning energy source that cities are increasingly tapping into. However, the exact ways such cities acquire and use the solar energy differs across municipalities.</div> <p><a href="" target="_blank">read more</a></p> Renewable Energy Wed, 22 Mar 2017 18:54:00 +0000 76751 at <p><span style="color: rgb(34, 34, 34); font-family: sans-serif; font-size: 13.3px; background-color: rgb(248, 249, 250);">The Applied Materials 24.8 kilowatt solar array in Austin, Texas. Image via <a href="">Wikimedia Commons</a>.</span></p> Making the Connection: Aligning Facility Investment with Organizational Mission <div class="node-body article-body">But as those who manage, maintain and operate facilities know, connecting the technical and programmatic demands of the facilities with the investments required to address them is a more difficult job than ever before</div> <p><a href="" target="_blank">read more</a></p> White Papers Wed, 22 Mar 2017 13:02:00 +0000 76731 at Large cities explore plastic bag bans <div class="node-body article-body">Several large metros are exploring the implementation and modification of plastic bag bans.</div> <p><a href="" target="_blank">read more</a></p> Environment Wed, 22 Mar 2017 00:13:00 +0000 76721 at <p>Plastic bag littering. Image via Wikimedia Commons.</p> Paperless, automated system simplifies registering for recreation activities in Virginia <div class="node-body article-body">Loudoun County, Va., is using a Laserfiche enterprise content management system to make it easier for residents to register for a variety of recreation activities. </div> <p><a href="" target="_blank">read more</a></p> Products at Work Parks & Recreation Parks & Recreation Technology Technology Mon, 20 Mar 2017 22:20:00 +0000 76701 at <p>In the photo: Loudoun County families waiting to register their kids for programming provided by the Department of Parks, Recreation and Community Services before the county used Laserfiche to create an online form and automate the process. The paperless system has helped reduce or eliminate registration lines.</p> Washington city sues OxyContin maker <div class="node-body article-body">In an unprecedented case, Everett, Wash., is suing opioid maker Purdue Pharma on allegations that the company knowingly let its opioids freely flow in the city's black market. </div> <p><a href="" target="_blank">read more</a></p> Courts Health & Welfare Mon, 20 Mar 2017 20:42:00 +0000 76691 at <p>Image via</p> Novel approaches take on food waste, hunger and GHGs <div class="node-body blog-body">Liz Enbysk, editor of Compassionate Cities for the Smart Cities Council, explainsseveral approaches that cities around the world are taking to reduce food waste and hunger.</div> <p><a href="" target="_blank">read more</a></p> Smart Cities Smart Cities Viewpoints Mon, 20 Mar 2017 20:12:00 +0000 76271 at Keating Report: 2017 forecast on government budgets and spending—Part 2 <div class="field-deck"> In Madison, Wis., the mayor says it’s time for Congress and the Trump administration to help cities repair crumbling infrastructure </div> <div class="node-body article-body">Madison, Wis., Mayor Paul Soglin says cities need help on repairing infrastructure.</div> <p><a href="" target="_blank">read more</a></p> Economic Development Federal Finance Public Works Public Works Mon, 20 Mar 2017 19:32:00 +0000 76681 at <p>In the photo: One of Gebhardt Development&#39;s projects that was recently completed along E. Washington Ave. in Madison, Wis.</p> Texas city loses 800 city employees W-2s in phishing scam <div class="node-body article-body">A “spear phishing” scam has left 803 current and former employees of San Marcos, Texas, at risk of having confidential information stolen. </div> <p><a href="" target="_blank">read more</a></p> Records Management Mon, 20 Mar 2017 16:00:00 +0000 76671 at Revamped website reflects reshaped community in San Marcos, Calif. <div class="node-body article-body">The redesigned city website in San Marcos, Calif., has seen a big increase in visitors and page-views. El Segundo, Calif.-based Vision developed the city's new site.</div> <p><a href="" target="_blank">read more</a></p> Products at Work Public Works GPN Administration Public Works Thu, 16 Mar 2017 20:10:00 +0000 76661 at <p>Above: The screenshot above shows the San Marcos site after the site redesign. The screenshot below in the text shows the San Marcos site before the site redesign.</p> System helps Houston manage security during Super Bowl LI <div class="node-body article-body">For major events, Vidsys provides Physical Security Information Management and converged security software to Houston’s Office of Public Safety.</div> <p><a href="" target="_blank">read more</a></p> Products at Work Public Safety Technology Public Safety Technology Wed, 15 Mar 2017 19:54:00 +0000 76651 at <p>In the photo: The operations center for Houston Emergency Center&rsquo;s Office of Emergency Management and Real-time Crime Center.</p> How to make e-signatures work amid high-stakes government hoops <div class="node-body blog-body">Signix Executive Vice President Pem Guerry explains the benefits and best practices for using e-signatures in governments.</div> <p><a href="" target="_blank">read more</a></p> Records Management Viewpoints Wed, 15 Mar 2017 15:31:00 +0000 76641 at What causes a town's collapse? <div class="node-body article-body">Small cities and towns are folding in the face of monumental financial and political struggles.</div> <p><a href="" target="_blank">read more</a></p> Administration Tue, 14 Mar 2017 21:59:00 +0000 76631 at <p>The historic Damascus School, in what used to be Damascus, Ore. and is now Clackamas County, Ore. Image via Wikimedia Commons.</p> Transit leaders advocate for federal transit investment on eve of budget proposal <div class="node-body article-body">President Trump is expected to unveil a budget outline by mid-March, and transit leaders across the country are advocating for transit investments as part of the president’s previously proposed $1 trillion infrastructure package. </div> <p><a href="" target="_blank">read more</a></p> Public Transit Tue, 14 Mar 2017 20:48:00 +0000 76621 at <p>Trains at the Caltrain Bayshore&nbsp;Station. Image via <a href="">Wikimedia Commons</a>.</p> Water jetter efficiently cleans sewers (with related video) <div class="node-body article-body">Use the SuperJet truck-mounted jetter to clean municipal and residential sewer lines.</div> <p><a href="" target="_blank">read more</a></p> Fleets Public Works Public Works Water Mon, 13 Mar 2017 21:42:00 +0000 76611 at <p>In the photo: The SuperJet truck-mounted jetter. Use it to clean municipal and residential sewer lines.</p> San Antonio annexation deal could triple size of neighbor city <div class="node-body article-body">If Converse, Texas, agrees to an annexation agreement that San Antonio has proposed, Converse could triple in size-- all to bring municipal services to a patch of unincorporated Bexar County.</div> <p><a href="" target="_blank">read more</a></p> Economic Development Mon, 13 Mar 2017 17:14:00 +0000 76601 at <p>The San Antonio Metropolitan Area. Image via <a href="">Wikimedia Commons</a>.</p> Need help paying for smart city projects? More resources you can use <div class="node-body blog-body">Smart Cities Council Chairman Jesse Berst describes methods cities can use to fund their smart cities-related projects.</div> <p><a href="" target="_blank">read more</a></p> Smart Cities Smart Cities Viewpoints Mon, 13 Mar 2017 16:35:00 +0000 76591 at Procurement Month (March) brings out enthusiasm, pride and testimonials for the profession <div class="node-body article-body">Procurement Month is a good time for professionals to show how important the public procurement function is to government at all levels.</div> <p><a href="" target="_blank">read more</a></p> Cooperative Purchasing Finance Fiscal Management Human Resources Procurement Professional Purchasing & Procurement Strategic Sourcing GPN Mon, 13 Mar 2017 15:13:00 +0000 76571 at <p>Bob Perkins</p> Governments get needed maintenance supplies through cooperative contract <div class="field-deck"> National contract provides comprehensive MRO products and services </div> <div class="node-body article-body">U.S. Communities has awarded a national cooperative contract for maintenance, repair, operating supplies, industrial supplies and related products and services (MRO).</div> <p><a href="" target="_blank">read more</a></p> Buildings & Facilities Contracts Coop Solutions Cooperative Purchasing Public Works Strategic Sourcing Public Works Mon, 13 Mar 2017 14:23:00 +0000 76531 at Sustainable procurement’s evolution <div class="field-deck"> In public procurement, sustainability goals are growing to meet today's demands. </div> <div class="node-body article-body">Public procurement officials are working to stay ahead of green purchasing developments and issues.</div> <p><a href="" target="_blank">read more</a></p> Contracts Green Green Purchasing Strategic Sourcing Sustainability Fri, 10 Mar 2017 19:24:00 +0000 76551 at America's critical infrastructure is crumbling <div class="node-body gallery-body">The American Society of Civil Engineers (ASCE) released its new 2017 Infrastructure Report Card, which graded America's infrastructure based on 16 system categories.</div> <p><a href="" target="_blank">read more</a></p> Public Works Fri, 10 Mar 2017 18:20:00 +0000 76561 at New executive director at cooperative purchasing trade group <div class="node-body article-body">Tammy Rimes has been appointed executive director of the National Cooperative Procurement Partners (NCPP).</div> <p><a href="" target="_blank">read more</a></p> Cooperative Purchasing Purchasing & Procurement Strategic Sourcing GPN Fri, 10 Mar 2017 15:51:00 +0000 76541 at <p>Tammy Rimes</p> Missouri schools rely on web portal for mobile access to student data <div class="node-body article-body">In the Ozark School District in Ozark, Mo., the Student 360 parent-student web portal provides parents, students and school staff mobile access to student data. Tyler Technologies provides the portal and touch-enabled Student 360 app.</div> <p><a href="" target="_blank">read more</a></p> Products at Work Technology Technology Wed, 08 Mar 2017 22:15:00 +0000 76521 at <p>The photo shows a screenshot of Student 360 Home. Student 360&rsquo;s agnostic, touch-enabled user interface is as easy to use on tablets and other mobile devices as it is on desktops.</p> A case study in community engagement: Ensuring safety at the 2017 Presidential Inauguration <div class="node-body blog-body">Everbridge Senior Solutions Consultant Thomas Crane explains the strategies D.C. government agencies used in working with federal government agencies to ensure safety at President Trump's inauguration and the Women's March.</div> <p><a href="" target="_blank">read more</a></p> Communications Viewpoints Wed, 08 Mar 2017 20:05:00 +0000 76511 at Need traffic data? Commuters are more connected than you think <div class="node-body blog-body">Smart Cities Council Managing Editor Kevin Ebi explains how AT&T has helped cities gather traffic data through call logs.</div> <p><a href="" target="_blank">read more</a></p> Smart Cities Smart Cities Viewpoints Wed, 08 Mar 2017 20:05:00 +0000 76501 at Cities outsource new flag designs to the public <div class="node-body article-body">City flags can hold great symbolic meaning for a city by representing its culture and heritage. Fittingly, many cities are outsourcing new flag designs to residents.</div> <p><a href="" target="_blank">read more</a></p> Citizen Engagement Wed, 08 Mar 2017 19:54:00 +0000 76491 at <p>Orlando, Fla.&#39;s current flag design. Image via <a href=",_Florida.png">Wikimedia Commons</a>.</p> Automated system brings efficiencies to municipal towing operations <div class="node-body article-body">With the AutoReturn system, cities can automate the entire life cycle of a tow, from the dispatch request to storage and retrieval.</div> <p><a href="" target="_blank">read more</a></p> Products at Work Fleets Public Safety Public Safety Public Works Tue, 07 Mar 2017 21:32:00 +0000 76481 at <p>The photo shows an AutoReturn vehicle lot near San Francisco in Daly City, Calif.</p> Virginia county plans upgrade to new 911 technology <div class="node-body article-body">The Fairfax County, Va., Department of Public Safety Communications will use VESTA 911 call handling equipment from Airbus DS Communications in its new 911 setup.</div> <p><a href="" target="_blank">read more</a></p> Products at Work Public Safety Technology Public Safety Technology Mon, 06 Mar 2017 23:07:00 +0000 76471 at <p>In the photo: A screenshot of what dispatchers see in the Vesta short message service telecommunications system.</p> Management Certificate in Public Procurement – CSU San Bernardino <div class="field-byline"> Darin Matthews </div> <div class="node-body article-body">Darin Matthews explains the benefits of the Management Certificate in Public Procurement from California State University, San Bernardino</div> <p><a href="" target="_blank">read more</a></p> Procurement Professional Mon, 06 Mar 2017 02:57:00 +0000 76461 at <p>Darin Matthews, FNIGP, CPPO, CPSM.</p>