American City & County en N.Y. town makes the switch to LED street lamps <div class="node-body article-body">Hempstead, N.Y., has converted more than 50,000 high-pressure sodium fixtures to LED streetlights.</div> <p><a href="" target="_blank">read more</a></p> Products at Work Green Public Works Public Works Sustainability Fri, 24 Feb 2017 21:54:00 +0000 76231 at <p>The photo shows how the new LED fixtures illuminate streets and a parking lot in the Town of Hempstead, N.Y.</p> Digital Transformation in the Public Sector <div class="node-body article-body">With the explosion of touch points and ways to communicate, the public is more connected than ever before with the government</div> <p><a href="" target="_blank">read more</a></p> White Papers Fri, 24 Feb 2017 20:18:00 +0000 76221 at Dual cooperative awards offer agencies multiple staffing options <div class="field-deck"> Agreements provide economical staffing services including recruitment, payroll </div> <div class="node-body article-body">U.S. Communities has awarded Acro Service Corporation and Knowledge Services a staffing services and solutions contract.</div> <p><a href="" target="_blank">read more</a></p> Contracts Coop Solutions Cooperative Purchasing Finance Human Resources Privatization & Outsourcing Strategic Sourcing GPN Fri, 24 Feb 2017 19:09:00 +0000 76211 at Winners announced for 2017 Highest Retained Value Award <div class="node-body article-body">EquipmentWatch, a provider of data, software and insights for the heavy equipment industry, has announced its 2nd annual list of Highest Retained Value Award winners.</div> <p><a href="" target="_blank">read more</a></p> Fleets Finance Fleets Purchasing & Procurement Strategic Sourcing Thu, 23 Feb 2017 22:28:00 +0000 76201 at Government marketer spots trends in outdoor power equipment (with related video) <div class="node-body article-body">STIHL's Steve Meriam discusses the government market for handheld power equipment.</div> <p><a href="" target="_blank">read more</a></p> Green Grounds Maintenance & Landscaping Parks & Recreation Public Works Sustainability Thu, 23 Feb 2017 20:53:00 +0000 76191 at <p>In the photo: A STIHL&nbsp; blower in use at a public facility.</p> Property assessed clean energy <div class="node-body blog-body">San Diego Chief Sustainability Officer Cody Hooven explains how local governments can reduce their greenhouse-gas emissions, create utility bill savings for homeowners and boost the local economy.</div> <p><a href="" target="_blank">read more</a></p> Energy Efficiency Viewpoints Wed, 22 Feb 2017 16:38:00 +0000 76171 at Getting smart about affordable housing: trending concepts worth a look <div class="node-body blog-body">Liz Enbysk, editor of the Compassionate Cities initiative for the Smart Cities Council describes the smart and creative approaches to affordable housing that governments around the world are implementing.</div> <p><a href="" target="_blank">read more</a></p> Smart Cities Smart Cities Viewpoints Tue, 21 Feb 2017 23:32:00 +0000 76161 at Fleet product vendors win bids for cooperative contract <div class="node-body article-body">BendPak and Vehicle Service Group have won their contract bids from the National Association of State Procurement Officials ValuePoint cooperative purchasing program.</div> <p><a href="" target="_blank">read more</a></p> Contracts Cooperative Purchasing Fleets Proposals & Bids Public Works Strategic Sourcing Public Works Tue, 21 Feb 2017 23:01:00 +0000 76151 at <p>In the photo: A BendPak four-post vehicle lift supporting a heavy load.</p> Manufacturer is preparing to offer beefed-up border-crossing gear (with related video) <div class="node-body article-body">Delta Scientific is developing new vehicle checkpoint products as part of the Trump Administration's plan to better secure the border.</div> <p><a href="" target="_blank">read more</a></p> Public Safety Technology Public Safety Technology Tue, 21 Feb 2017 19:51:00 +0000 76141 at <p>In the photo: The San Ysidro Port of Entry is the largest land border crossing between San Diego and Tijuana. It connects Mexican Federal Highway 1 with Interstate 5 on the U.S. side. The Delta Scientific installation here includes 50 custom-designed bullet-resistant guard booths, K4-rated swing gates, barriers and bollards.</p> Gallery: Mayors and other experts offer their views on 2017 government budgets <div class="node-body gallery-body">Government budgets are growing a little in 2017. Mayors and other officials make predictions in this gallery.</div> <p><a href="" target="_blank">read more</a></p> Finance Purchasing & Procurement Public Works GPN Administration Public Works Thu, 16 Feb 2017 23:06:00 +0000 76131 at Cooperative contract enables public sector organizations to get the supplies they need <div class="field-deck"> Learn more about U.S. Communities contract with Amazon Business in a webinar </div> <div class="node-body article-body">Amazon Business was awarded a multi-year U.S. Communities contract to provide products via an online marketplace to registered participants of the U.S. Communities program.</div> <p><a href="" target="_blank">read more</a></p> Coop Solutions Cooperative Purchasing eProcurement Purchasing & Procurement Strategic Sourcing GPN Thu, 16 Feb 2017 19:19:00 +0000 76031 at How the Uber effect will reinvent public transit <div class="node-body blog-body">Rahul Kumar, VP of revenue for transportation technology company TransLoc, explains how companies like Uber and Lyft can work with transit agencies to improve public transit. </div> <p><a href="" target="_blank">read more</a></p> Public Transit Viewpoints Wed, 15 Feb 2017 17:46:00 +0000 76121 at Use this skid steer for heavy-duty earthmoving and other tasks <div class="node-body article-body">CASE Construction Equipment has introduced the powerful and versatile SV340 skid steer.</div> <p><a href="" target="_blank">read more</a></p> Public Works Public Works Wed, 15 Feb 2017 16:35:00 +0000 76111 at <p>In the photo: The CASE SV340 skid steer with a cold planer attachment in use on a municipal job.</p> Building smarter cities <div class="field-deck"> Smart cities occur where new data technologies intersect with old urban challenges </div> <div class="node-body article-body">Smart cities occur where new data technologies intersect with old urban challenges, as the five smart city projects profiled here show.</div> <p><a href="" target="_blank">read more</a></p> Smart Cities Wed, 15 Feb 2017 16:00:00 +0000 76101 at New laws and cultural attitudes attract millennials to cities <div class="node-body article-body">As the millennial generation continues to grow, cities of all sizes are evolving to attract more young people.</div> <p><a href="" target="_blank">read more</a></p> Economic Development Wed, 15 Feb 2017 04:06:00 +0000 76091 at <p>Julia Penrose Fountain in Colorado Springs, Colo. Image via <a href="">Wikimedia Commons</a>.</p> Attorney: What governments need to consider when putting a drone into service <div class="node-body article-body">Attorney Sean Pribyl offers some tips to governments that are thinking of acquiring a drone for law enforcement or other applications. </div> <p><a href="" target="_blank">read more</a></p> Fleets Fleets Public Safety Technology Public Safety Technology Mon, 13 Feb 2017 20:54:00 +0000 76081 at <p>In the photo: An Autel Robotics X-Star Drone with 4K Camera and Wi-Fi HD Live View.</p> Meet the first Smart Cities Council Readiness Challenge Grant recipients <div class="node-body blog-body">Learn more about the five cities and their initiatives that have won the Smart Cities Council's first-ever Smart Cities Council Readiness Challenge Grants.</div> <p><a href="" target="_blank">read more</a></p> Smart Cities Smart Cities Viewpoints Mon, 13 Feb 2017 20:38:00 +0000 76071 at Over 180,000 evacuate northern California amid dam flood threat <div class="node-body article-body">About 188,000 people near Oroville, Calif. were told to evacuate northern California on Sunday after a hole in the Oroville Dam's emergency spillway threatened the area with major flooding.</div> <p><a href="" target="_blank">read more</a></p> Infrastructure Emergency Management Mon, 13 Feb 2017 19:22:00 +0000 76061 at <p>Oroville Dam and Lake Oroville, in California. Image via <a href="">Wikimedia Commons</a>.</p> New Georgia city has a 19-year-old councilwoman candidate <div class="node-body article-body">If 19-year-old Mary-Pat Hector is elected to the newly-incorporated Stonecrest, Ga.'s city council, she could become one of the youngest elected officials in the U.S. </div> <p><a href="" target="_blank">read more</a></p> Administration Mon, 13 Feb 2017 18:16:00 +0000 76051 at <p>The Mall at Stonecrest, which is now a part of Stonecrest, Ga. (originally in Lithonia, Ga.). Image via <a href="">Wikimedia Commons</a>.</p> Quarterly review tracks equipment rental market <div class="node-body article-body">EquipmentWatch’s 2016-Q4 Rental Market in Review is now available.</div> <p><a href="" target="_blank">read more</a></p> Finance Fleets Public Works Public Works Mon, 13 Feb 2017 16:45:00 +0000 76041 at Will LED Street Lights Give Your City the Blues? <div class="node-body article-body">For several decades High Pressure Sodium (HPS) technology has dominated municipal street lighting applications. Today, this dominance has given way to LED solutions, which offer economic, environmental, and illumination quality benefits over HPS and other similar technologies.</div> <p><a href="" target="_blank">read more</a></p> Webinars Fri, 10 Feb 2017 16:44:00 +0000 76021 at Achieving a Lean Government Workforce <div class="node-body article-body">Today’s public sector leaders face a common challenge: Find ways to preserve budget dollars while continuing to provide excellent services and programs.</div> <p><a href="" target="_blank">read more</a></p> White Papers Thu, 09 Feb 2017 19:21:00 +0000 76011 at Work Truck Show keeps government fleet managers up to speed <div class="node-body article-body">The Work Truck Show runs March 14–17 at the Indiana Convention Center in Indianapolis, Ind. </div> <p><a href="" target="_blank">read more</a></p> Fleets Public Works Public Works Wed, 08 Feb 2017 22:40:00 +0000 76001 at What the new political landscape means for local government and the tech industry <div class="node-body blog-body">CompTIA Director of the State, Local Government & Education Council Jennifer Saha explains what trends in the technology sector mean for local governments.</div> <p><a href="" target="_blank">read more</a></p> Administration Technology Viewpoints Wed, 08 Feb 2017 22:10:00 +0000 75991 at Smart street lighting: Where do we go from here? <div class="node-body blog-body">Smart Cities Council Chairman Jesse Berst describes the challenges that smart LED lighting faces now and moving forward.</div> <p><a href="" target="_blank">read more</a></p> Smart Cities Smart Cities Viewpoints Wed, 08 Feb 2017 21:20:00 +0000 75981 at San Francisco and several states sue President Trump over immigration issues <div class="node-body article-body">Several states and one city have sued President Trump based on issues with his executive orders related to immigration and sanctuary cities.</div> <p><a href="" target="_blank">read more</a></p> Immigration Reform Wed, 08 Feb 2017 20:25:00 +0000 75971 at <p>President Donald Trump taking the oath of office on Inauguration Day. Image via <a href="">Wikimedia Commons</a>.</p> Clean energy project: Solar installation at Brooklyn Navy Yard <div class="node-body article-body">The Brooklyn, N.Y., Navy Yard has completed work on a 3,152-panel rooftop solar array. The site will generate 1.1 million kilowatt hours of energy per year.</div> <p><a href="" target="_blank">read more</a></p> Green Public Works Public Works Sustainability Wed, 08 Feb 2017 18:57:00 +0000 75961 at <p>A view of the New York City skyline from the recently built Brooklyn Navy Yard solar installation.</p> Esri 20th FedGIS conference <div class="node-body event-body"><p>Government officials from across the U.S. will gather to discuss GIS in the public sector.</p> </div> <h3 class="location-locations-header">Location</h3> <div class="location-locations-wrapper"> <div class="location vcard"> <div class="adr"> <span class="fn">Walter E Washington Convention Center</span> <span class="locality">Washington</span>, <span class="region">DC</span> <div class="country-name">United States</div> <span class="geo"><abbr class="latitude" title="38.907192">38° 54' 25.8912" N</abbr>, <abbr class="longitude" title="-77.036871">77° 2' 12.7356" W</abbr></span> </div> <div class="map-link"> <div class="location map-link">See map: <a href="">Google Maps</a></div> </div> </div> </div> <div class="field-desc"> <p>This year&rsquo;s event will draw Federal and State and Local users from across the country. They will gather in D.C. to share their GIS use cases and learn about how GIS is shaping public sector innovation. The theme of this year&rsquo;s FedGIS conference is &ndash; GIS: Improving Our Nation. At the event, Esri will focus on a new arena with GIS as &ldquo;The Science of Where.&rdquo; Join more than 4,000 federal professionals at the event.</p> <p>&nbsp;</p> </div> <p><a href="" target="_blank">read more</a></p> 38.907192 -77.036871 Wed, 08 Feb 2017 15:55:00 +0000 75951 at What local governments need to know about operating drones <div class="node-body article-body">Matt Sloane, CEO of Skyfire Consulting, offers advice to local governments about their future drone operations. </div> <p><a href="" target="_blank">read more</a></p> Fleets Fleets Public Safety Public Works Public Safety Tue, 07 Feb 2017 22:53:00 +0000 75941 at <p>In the photo: A Skyfire Consulting drone in the skies over Nevada.</p> Use this updated sewer jetter for sewer blockages and other tasks (with related video) <div class="node-body article-body">The Vactor RamJet 850 Series truck jetter features several improvements and updates.</div> <p><a href="" target="_blank">read more</a></p> Green Public Works Public Works Sustainability Mon, 06 Feb 2017 20:53:00 +0000 75931 at <p>In the photo:&nbsp;The Vactor RamJet 850 Series truck jetter The new model features several updates and improvements.</p>