American City & County http://americancityandcounty.com/rss.xml en Truck analysis spotlights price trends and sales activity http://americancityandcounty.com/vehicles/truck-analysis-spotlights-price-trends-and-sales-activity <div class="node-body article-body">The new edition of the Truck Blue Book’s “Commercial Truck Monthly Report” analyzes heavy and medium duty truck activity.</div> <div class="og_rss_groups"></div><p><a href="http://americancityandcounty.com/vehicles/truck-analysis-spotlights-price-trends-and-sales-activity" target="_blank">read more</a></p> http://americancityandcounty.com/vehicles/truck-analysis-spotlights-price-trends-and-sales-activity#comments Fleets Finance Fiscal Management Fleets Vehicles Purchasing & Procurement Fri, 05 Feb 2016 21:03:00 +0000 69561 at http://americancityandcounty.com Map platform puts open data to work in Los Angeles (with related video) http://americancityandcounty.com/gis-gps/map-platform-puts-open-data-work-los-angeles-related-video <div class="node-body article-body">Los Angeles’ new GeoHub makes more than 500 types of map data available to residents, city workers, and private industry.</div> <div class="og_rss_groups"></div><p><a href="http://americancityandcounty.com/gis-gps/map-platform-puts-open-data-work-los-angeles-related-video" target="_blank">read more</a></p> http://americancityandcounty.com/gis-gps/map-platform-puts-open-data-work-los-angeles-related-video#comments GIS & GPS GIS & GPS Public Works Public Works Fri, 05 Feb 2016 15:54:00 +0000 69551 at http://americancityandcounty.com Will there be enough HVACR techs for government facilities in the future? http://americancityandcounty.com/buildings-facilities/will-there-be-enough-hvacr-techs-government-facilities-future <div class="node-body article-body">In the government workforce, forecasters at EMSI predict that state and local agencies will boost their staffs of HVACR mechanics and installers by 3 percent between 2015 and 2020. </div> <div class="og_rss_groups"></div><p><a href="http://americancityandcounty.com/buildings-facilities/will-there-be-enough-hvacr-techs-government-facilities-future" target="_blank">read more</a></p> http://americancityandcounty.com/buildings-facilities/will-there-be-enough-hvacr-techs-government-facilities-future#comments Buildings & Facilities Construction Facilities Human Resources Thu, 04 Feb 2016 15:15:00 +0000 69541 at http://americancityandcounty.com <p>In the photo: students at Memphis, Tenn.-based Moore Tech College of Technology get instruction on HVACR equipment. Some of the students may wind up working in government facilities.</p> The information superhighway http://americancityandcounty.com/roadways/information-superhighway <div class="node-body article-body">How big data analytics is transforming the way cities manage traffic</div> <div class="og_rss_groups"></div><p><a href="http://americancityandcounty.com/roadways/information-superhighway" target="_blank">read more</a></p> http://americancityandcounty.com/roadways/information-superhighway#comments Roadways Technology Wed, 03 Feb 2016 17:54:00 +0000 69521 at http://americancityandcounty.com Texas transit agency uses wireless callboxes to ensure on-time performance http://americancityandcounty.com/products-work/texas-transit-agency-uses-wireless-callboxes-ensure-time-performance <div class="node-body article-body">The Metropolitan Transit Authority of Harris County, Texas (METRO) recently found a way to keep their buses on schedule—for daily routes and maintenance.</div> <div class="og_rss_groups"></div><p><a href="http://americancityandcounty.com/products-work/texas-transit-agency-uses-wireless-callboxes-ensure-time-performance" target="_blank">read more</a></p> http://americancityandcounty.com/products-work/texas-transit-agency-uses-wireless-callboxes-ensure-time-performance#comments Fleets Products at Work Wed, 03 Feb 2016 17:47:00 +0000 69511 at http://americancityandcounty.com South Carolina residents can reach dispatchers in several ways through new setup http://americancityandcounty.com/products-work/south-carolina-residents-can-reach-dispatchers-several-ways-through-new-setup <div class="node-body article-body">Last January, Kershaw County became the first agency in South Carolina to implement an advanced emergency 9-1-1 dispatch system. The next generation system connects one county sheriff department, one emergency medical services (EMS) department, three police departments and 17 fire departments. </div> <div class="og_rss_groups"></div><p><a href="http://americancityandcounty.com/products-work/south-carolina-residents-can-reach-dispatchers-several-ways-through-new-setup" target="_blank">read more</a></p> http://americancityandcounty.com/products-work/south-carolina-residents-can-reach-dispatchers-several-ways-through-new-setup#comments Products at Work Mobile Wed, 03 Feb 2016 17:43:00 +0000 69501 at http://americancityandcounty.com California municipal website helps dispel rumors http://americancityandcounty.com/products-work/california-municipal-website-helps-dispel-rumors <div class="node-body article-body">When a well-read newspaper incorrectly reported that Glendale had issued a citation to a homeowner for not keeping their lawn green during drought conditions, Glendale’s proactive approach to public relations quickly proved its worth.</div> <div class="og_rss_groups"></div><p><a href="http://americancityandcounty.com/products-work/california-municipal-website-helps-dispel-rumors" target="_blank">read more</a></p> http://americancityandcounty.com/products-work/california-municipal-website-helps-dispel-rumors#comments Products at Work Hardware & Software Telecommunications Technology Wed, 03 Feb 2016 17:36:00 +0000 69491 at http://americancityandcounty.com Bus manufacturer celebrates 100 years In 2016 (with related video) http://americancityandcounty.com/vehicles/bus-manufacturer-celebrates-100-years-2016-related-video <div class="node-body article-body">Thomas Built Buses is celebrating 100 years of business in 2016.</div> <div class="og_rss_groups"></div><p><a href="http://americancityandcounty.com/vehicles/bus-manufacturer-celebrates-100-years-2016-related-video" target="_blank">read more</a></p> http://americancityandcounty.com/vehicles/bus-manufacturer-celebrates-100-years-2016-related-video#comments Alternative Fuels & Vehicles Fleets Vehicles Green Wed, 03 Feb 2016 15:13:00 +0000 69481 at http://americancityandcounty.com <p>In the photo: the company&#39;s flagship model, the Saf-T-Liner C2.</p> Seven-reel mower with sizable cutting width now available http://americancityandcounty.com/grounds-maintenance-landscaping/seven-reel-mower-sizable-cutting-width-now-available <div class="node-body article-body">Jacobsen, a Textron Inc. company, has launched its LF557/LF577 seven-reel mower. Both models in the group feature a cutting width of 139 inches.</div> <div class="og_rss_groups"></div><p><a href="http://americancityandcounty.com/grounds-maintenance-landscaping/seven-reel-mower-sizable-cutting-width-now-available" target="_blank">read more</a></p> http://americancityandcounty.com/grounds-maintenance-landscaping/seven-reel-mower-sizable-cutting-width-now-available#comments Alternative Fuels & Vehicles Parks & Recreation Green Grounds Maintenance & Landscaping Parks & Recreation Tue, 02 Feb 2016 14:59:00 +0000 69471 at http://americancityandcounty.com The 10 best states for retirees http://americancityandcounty.com/gpn/10-best-states-retirees <div class="node-body gallery-body">What states are the best states for retirees? Here are the 10 most desirable states, based on findings from WalletHub.</div> <div class="og_rss_groups"></div><p><a href="http://americancityandcounty.com/gpn/10-best-states-retirees" target="_blank">read more</a></p> http://americancityandcounty.com/gpn/10-best-states-retirees#comments Economic Development Facilities Finance Health & Welfare Housing Human Resources GPN Mon, 01 Feb 2016 21:51:00 +0000 69461 at http://americancityandcounty.com Maryland city saves on electricity with solar array http://americancityandcounty.com/products-work/maryland-city-saves-electricity-solar-array <div class="node-body article-body">Pocomoke City, Md., calls itself “The Friendliest Town on the Eastern Shore.” Now they can say that includes being environmentally friendly.</div> <div class="og_rss_groups"></div><p><a href="http://americancityandcounty.com/products-work/maryland-city-saves-electricity-solar-array" target="_blank">read more</a></p> http://americancityandcounty.com/products-work/maryland-city-saves-electricity-solar-array#comments Alternative Fuels & Vehicles Buildings & Facilities Facilities Products at Work Green Renewable Energy GPN Mon, 01 Feb 2016 17:41:00 +0000 69451 at http://americancityandcounty.com New forensics approach speeds Colorado police investigations http://americancityandcounty.com/products-work/new-forensics-approach-speeds-colorado-police-investigations <div class="node-body article-body">By integrating the Cellebrite UFED Link Analysis tool into their forensics workflow, the Boulder, Colo., police department has improved its ability to act during the first crucial hours of an investigation.</div> <div class="og_rss_groups"></div><p><a href="http://americancityandcounty.com/products-work/new-forensics-approach-speeds-colorado-police-investigations" target="_blank">read more</a></p> http://americancityandcounty.com/products-work/new-forensics-approach-speeds-colorado-police-investigations#comments Products at Work Law Enforcement Telecommunications Law Enforcement Mobile Technology GPN Technology Mon, 01 Feb 2016 17:36:00 +0000 69441 at http://americancityandcounty.com Boston tracks snowplows with GIS-based SnowCOP to keep roads clear http://americancityandcounty.com/products-work/boston-tracks-snowplows-gis-based-snowcop-keep-roads-clear <div class="node-body article-body">Boston’s public works department uses a dashboard-based GIS system to coordinate snow crews and machinery. </div> <div class="og_rss_groups"></div><p><a href="http://americancityandcounty.com/products-work/boston-tracks-snowplows-gis-based-snowcop-keep-roads-clear" target="_blank">read more</a></p> http://americancityandcounty.com/products-work/boston-tracks-snowplows-gis-based-snowcop-keep-roads-clear#comments GIS & GPS Products at Work Hardware & Software Snow Removal GIS & GPS Roadways Public Works Mon, 01 Feb 2016 17:23:00 +0000 69431 at http://americancityandcounty.com Shedding light on gunshot incidents http://americancityandcounty.com/public-safety/shedding-light-gunshot-incidents <div class="node-body article-body">Embedding gunfire detection technology in city streetlights will add to Smart City infrastructure</div> <div class="og_rss_groups"></div><p><a href="http://americancityandcounty.com/public-safety/shedding-light-gunshot-incidents" target="_blank">read more</a></p> http://americancityandcounty.com/public-safety/shedding-light-gunshot-incidents#comments Public Safety Technology Mon, 01 Feb 2016 17:13:00 +0000 69421 at http://americancityandcounty.com New program announced for opioid overdose treatment http://americancityandcounty.com/coop-solutions/new-program-announced-opioid-overdose-treatment <div class="field-deck"> Public agencies will receive substantial discounts to newly approved ready-to-use product. </div> <div class="node-body article-body">State and local leaders have announced an expansion of efforts to facilitate public agencies’ access to potentially lifesaving opioid withdrawal medication. The product, available at a discount, is used for opioid overdose treatment.</div> <div class="og_rss_groups"></div><p><a href="http://americancityandcounty.com/coop-solutions/new-program-announced-opioid-overdose-treatment" target="_blank">read more</a></p> http://americancityandcounty.com/coop-solutions/new-program-announced-opioid-overdose-treatment#comments Contracts Coop Solutions Cooperative Purchasing Emergency Response Emergency Management Technology GPN Public Safety Technology Mon, 01 Feb 2016 16:09:00 +0000 69411 at http://americancityandcounty.com <p>In the photo: Narcan Nasal Spray.</p> On the radio: Top 10 stories in American City & County for 2015 http://americancityandcounty.com/gpn/radio-top-10-stories-american-city-county-2015 <div class="node-body article-body">Listen to a broadcast summary of our ranking of American City & County's Top 10 stories of 2015.</div> <div class="og_rss_groups"></div><p><a href="http://americancityandcounty.com/gpn/radio-top-10-stories-american-city-county-2015" target="_blank">read more</a></p> http://americancityandcounty.com/gpn/radio-top-10-stories-american-city-county-2015#comments Cleaning Infrastructure Human Resources Water & Wastewater GPN Fri, 29 Jan 2016 22:53:00 +0000 69401 at http://americancityandcounty.com <p>Mark Amtower</p> Multi-purpose equipment for outdoor athletic activities (with related video) http://americancityandcounty.com/parks-recreation/multi-purpose-equipment-outdoor-athletic-activities-related-video <div class="node-body article-body">The Team Bench from Pilot Rock is designed for a variety of outdoor sports activities. </div> <div class="og_rss_groups"></div><p><a href="http://americancityandcounty.com/parks-recreation/multi-purpose-equipment-outdoor-athletic-activities-related-video" target="_blank">read more</a></p> http://americancityandcounty.com/parks-recreation/multi-purpose-equipment-outdoor-athletic-activities-related-video#comments Parks & Recreation Parks & Recreation Thu, 28 Jan 2016 23:05:00 +0000 69391 at http://americancityandcounty.com <p>In the photo: The Team Bench from Pilot Rock.</p> Website is a resource for jobseekers interested in work in the public sector http://americancityandcounty.com/gpn/website-resource-jobseekers-interested-work-public-sector <div class="node-body article-body">The Careers In Government website strives to match qualified individuals with rewarding jobs in the public sector.</div> <div class="og_rss_groups"></div><p><a href="http://americancityandcounty.com/gpn/website-resource-jobseekers-interested-work-public-sector" target="_blank">read more</a></p> http://americancityandcounty.com/gpn/website-resource-jobseekers-interested-work-public-sector#comments Federal Human Resources Technology GPN Technology Thu, 28 Jan 2016 14:47:00 +0000 69381 at http://americancityandcounty.com <p>Michael Hurwitz</p> Worth attending: 2016 National Asphalt Pavement Assn. annual meeting (with related video) http://americancityandcounty.com/highways-streets-bridges/worth-attending-2016-national-asphalt-pavement-assn-annual-meeting-related- <div class="node-body article-body">Just around the corner: The National Asphalt Pavement Assn. annual meeting takes place from Feb. 7-10 in La Quinta, Calif.</div> <div class="og_rss_groups"></div><p><a href="http://americancityandcounty.com/highways-streets-bridges/worth-attending-2016-national-asphalt-pavement-assn-annual-meeting-related-" target="_blank">read more</a></p> http://americancityandcounty.com/highways-streets-bridges/worth-attending-2016-national-asphalt-pavement-assn-annual-meeting-related-#comments Construction Highways, Streets & Bridges Green Roadways Sustainability Wed, 27 Jan 2016 21:05:00 +0000 69371 at http://americancityandcounty.com Financing success http://americancityandcounty.com/finance/financing-success <div class="field-byline"> Peter Dye </div> <div class="node-body article-body">Every year, American City & County receives dozens of nominations for our Crown Communities Awards, and we have a tough time picking our winners. Because there are always interesting elements in each nomination, we decided to highlight them in stories throughout the year. Following are three stories of how several nominees financed their projects.</div> <div class="og_rss_groups"></div><p><a href="http://americancityandcounty.com/finance/financing-success" target="_blank">read more</a></p> http://americancityandcounty.com/finance/financing-success#comments Finance Wed, 27 Jan 2016 18:20:00 +0000 69361 at http://americancityandcounty.com <p><sup>THE Jefferson Barns Community Vitality Center Library</sup></p> Top 10 counties for upward mobility http://americancityandcounty.com/administration/top-10-counties-upward-mobility <div class="node-body gallery-body">Which counties offer the greatest potential for children to earn more than their parents?</div> <div class="og_rss_groups"></div><p><a href="http://americancityandcounty.com/administration/top-10-counties-upward-mobility" target="_blank">read more</a></p> http://americancityandcounty.com/administration/top-10-counties-upward-mobility#comments Administration Wed, 27 Jan 2016 17:23:00 +0000 69351 at http://americancityandcounty.com Getting the most from data analytics projects: How cities can handle the data challenge http://americancityandcounty.com/blog/getting-most-data-analytics-projects-how-cities-can-handle-data-challenge <div class="node-body blog-body">Oftentimes CIOs of municipal and county governments are overwhelmed by the groundbreaking potential of big data within their cities. They are intrigued at the thought of big data analytics, but are often unsure how to go about implementing a solution within their jurisdictions.</div> <div class="og_rss_groups"><ul class="links"><li class="og_links first last"><a href="/blog/viewpoints">Viewpoints</a></li> </ul></div><p><a href="http://americancityandcounty.com/blog/getting-most-data-analytics-projects-how-cities-can-handle-data-challenge" target="_blank">read more</a></p> http://americancityandcounty.com/blog/getting-most-data-analytics-projects-how-cities-can-handle-data-challenge#comments Cloud Computing Administration Technology Viewpoints Wed, 27 Jan 2016 16:33:00 +0000 69341 at http://americancityandcounty.com What can we learn from the Flint water emergency? (with related video) http://americancityandcounty.com/water-wastewater/what-can-we-learn-flint-water-emergency-related-video <div class="node-body article-body">This roundup report on the Flint water emergency describes how synergistic effects played a role.</div> <div class="og_rss_groups"></div><p><a href="http://americancityandcounty.com/water-wastewater/what-can-we-learn-flint-water-emergency-related-video" target="_blank">read more</a></p> http://americancityandcounty.com/water-wastewater/what-can-we-learn-flint-water-emergency-related-video#comments Federal Green Water & Wastewater Public Safety Public Safety Sustainability Water Tue, 26 Jan 2016 20:36:00 +0000 69331 at http://americancityandcounty.com <p>Daniel Ferreira</p> Custom guard shelter blends safety with sophistication (with related video) http://americancityandcounty.com/buildings-facilities/custom-guard-shelter-blends-safety-sophistication-related-video <div class="node-body article-body">B.I.G. Enterprises designs and produces security shelters, such as the Del Rey guard shelter. The structure is custom designed and prefabricated. </div> <div class="og_rss_groups"></div><p><a href="http://americancityandcounty.com/buildings-facilities/custom-guard-shelter-blends-safety-sophistication-related-video" target="_blank">read more</a></p> http://americancityandcounty.com/buildings-facilities/custom-guard-shelter-blends-safety-sophistication-related-video#comments Buildings & Facilities Facilities Homeland Security Government Security Public Safety Mon, 25 Jan 2016 22:33:00 +0000 69321 at http://americancityandcounty.com <p>In the photo: The Del Rey custom guard shelter from B.I.G. Enterprises, Inc.</p> High mast light fixture offers versatility (with related video) http://americancityandcounty.com/highways-streets-bridges/high-mast-light-fixture-offers-versatility-related-video <div class="node-body article-body">The versatile HMAO LED II luminaire from Acuity Brands is engineered for new and retrofit high mast applications.</div> <div class="og_rss_groups"></div><p><a href="http://americancityandcounty.com/highways-streets-bridges/high-mast-light-fixture-offers-versatility-related-video" target="_blank">read more</a></p> http://americancityandcounty.com/highways-streets-bridges/high-mast-light-fixture-offers-versatility-related-video#comments Construction Energy Efficiency Highways, Streets & Bridges Green Traffic Safety & Signage Security & Fire Control Parks & Recreation Technology Public Works Technology Fri, 22 Jan 2016 17:08:00 +0000 69311 at http://americancityandcounty.com <p>in the photo: The HMAO LED II luminaire from Acuity Brands.</p> Top 10 best cities to find a job http://americancityandcounty.com/gpn/top-10-best-cities-find-job <div class="node-body gallery-body">What cities offer the best opportunity to find a job? Here are the top 10, based on findings from WalletHub.</div> <div class="og_rss_groups"></div><p><a href="http://americancityandcounty.com/gpn/top-10-best-cities-find-job" target="_blank">read more</a></p> http://americancityandcounty.com/gpn/top-10-best-cities-find-job#comments Economic Development Human Resources GPN Thu, 21 Jan 2016 22:12:00 +0000 69141 at http://americancityandcounty.com <p>The Omaha, Neb. skyline.</p> Choose from 3 deck offerings in mower lineup http://americancityandcounty.com/grounds-maintenance-landscaping/choose-3-deck-offerings-mower-lineup <div class="node-body article-body">The Z960M zero-turn mower from John Deere is available in three deck offerings.</div> <div class="og_rss_groups"></div><p><a href="http://americancityandcounty.com/grounds-maintenance-landscaping/choose-3-deck-offerings-mower-lineup" target="_blank">read more</a></p> http://americancityandcounty.com/grounds-maintenance-landscaping/choose-3-deck-offerings-mower-lineup#comments Parks & Recreation Grounds Maintenance & Landscaping Parks & Recreation Thu, 21 Jan 2016 15:28:00 +0000 69301 at http://americancityandcounty.com Survey reveals mayoral priorities across the nation http://americancityandcounty.com/finance/survey-reveals-mayoral-priorities-across-nation <div class="node-body article-body">Topping the list of concerns were infrastructure reconstruction, police reform and a lack of federal and state funding.</div> <div class="og_rss_groups"></div><p><a href="http://americancityandcounty.com/finance/survey-reveals-mayoral-priorities-across-nation" target="_blank">read more</a></p> http://americancityandcounty.com/finance/survey-reveals-mayoral-priorities-across-nation#comments Finance Administration Wed, 20 Jan 2016 17:52:00 +0000 69281 at http://americancityandcounty.com Lawyer: Government unions still exert influence on the workforce http://americancityandcounty.com/gpn/lawyer-government-unions-still-exert-influence-workforce <div class="node-body article-body">Unions are a very active, large and significant factor in the public sector workforce in over half of the states, says attorney Charles Caulkins. He offers his views in response to an American City & County-GPN poll that outlines what our audience thinks of unions at government agencies.</div> <div class="og_rss_groups"></div><p><a href="http://americancityandcounty.com/gpn/lawyer-government-unions-still-exert-influence-workforce" target="_blank">read more</a></p> http://americancityandcounty.com/gpn/lawyer-government-unions-still-exert-influence-workforce#comments Human Resources GPN Tue, 19 Jan 2016 22:36:00 +0000 69271 at http://americancityandcounty.com <p>Charles Caulkins</p> Tips on partnering with suppliers http://americancityandcounty.com/coop-solutions/tips-partnering-suppliers <div class="field-deck"> Webinar speakers say that communications and commitment are key to maintaining those partnerships. </div> <div class="node-body article-body">SupplyWorks, a custodial products vendor, went the extra mile in its cooperative purchasing contract, said Jeff LaPorta, Supervisor of Purchasing at the Harford County (Md.) Public Schools. LaPorta spoke recently as part of a U.S. Communities webinar series on cooperative procurement pacts. </div> <div class="og_rss_groups"></div><p><a href="http://americancityandcounty.com/coop-solutions/tips-partnering-suppliers" target="_blank">read more</a></p> http://americancityandcounty.com/coop-solutions/tips-partnering-suppliers#comments Coop Solutions Facilities Cooperative Purchasing Finance Schools & Universities Purchasing & Procurement Tue, 19 Jan 2016 16:20:00 +0000 69261 at http://americancityandcounty.com <p>Jeff LaPorta</p>