American City & County http://americancityandcounty.com/rss.xml en Maricopa 911 goes to the cloud for improved service http://americancityandcounty.com/products-work/maricopa-911-goes-cloud-improved-service <div class="node-body article-body">Maricopa, Ariz., Region 911 turned to a cloud-based solution from Talari to help handle more than 2.2 million calls for police, fire and emergency medical assistance each year.</div> <p><a href="http://americancityandcounty.com/products-work/maricopa-911-goes-cloud-improved-service" target="_blank">read more</a></p> http://americancityandcounty.com/products-work/maricopa-911-goes-cloud-improved-service#comments Products at Work Public Safety Technology Public Safety Technology Mon, 21 Aug 2017 17:41:00 +0000 79221 at http://americancityandcounty.com <p>In the photo: dispatchers responding to emergency calls in the Maricopa Region 911 telecommunications center.</p> Go here for residual value projections http://americancityandcounty.com/fleets/go-here-residual-value-projections <div class="node-body article-body">EquipmentWatch, a provider of data, software and insights for the heavy equipment industry, has released the third annual Residual Values Report.</div> <p><a href="http://americancityandcounty.com/fleets/go-here-residual-value-projections" target="_blank">read more</a></p> http://americancityandcounty.com/fleets/go-here-residual-value-projections#comments Contracts Fleets Finance Fleets Fiscal Management Purchasing & Procurement Proposals & Bids Strategic Sourcing Mon, 21 Aug 2017 13:39:00 +0000 79211 at http://americancityandcounty.com Honolulu calls its new 'homeless court' a success story http://americancityandcounty.com/blog/honolulu-calls-its-new-homeless-court-success-story <div class="node-body blog-body">Liz Enbysk, editor of the Smart Cities Council’s Compassionate Cities initiative, describes Honolulu's and other cities' initiatives to connect homeless populations with services.</div> <p><a href="http://americancityandcounty.com/blog/honolulu-calls-its-new-homeless-court-success-story" target="_blank">read more</a></p> http://americancityandcounty.com/blog/honolulu-calls-its-new-homeless-court-success-story#comments Smart Cities Council Smart Cities Viewpoints Fri, 18 Aug 2017 21:05:00 +0000 79201 at http://americancityandcounty.com Spearheaded by cities after Charlottesville, Confederate monuments come down http://americancityandcounty.com/public-safety/spearheaded-cities-after-charlottesville-confederate-monuments-come-down <div class="node-body article-body">Ripples from the Charlottesville, Va., violence and tragedy have been felt as cities have subsequently removed or are considering the removal of Confederate monuments in their jurisdictions. </div> <p><a href="http://americancityandcounty.com/public-safety/spearheaded-cities-after-charlottesville-confederate-monuments-come-down" target="_blank">read more</a></p> http://americancityandcounty.com/public-safety/spearheaded-cities-after-charlottesville-confederate-monuments-come-down#comments Administration Public Safety Fri, 18 Aug 2017 20:40:00 +0000 79191 at http://americancityandcounty.com <p>The Stonewall Jackson and Robert E. Lee Monument in Baltimore on Aug. 17, after the associated statue was removed. Image via <a href="https://commons.wikimedia.org/wiki/File:Stonewall_Jackson_and_Robert_E._Lee_Monument,_Baltimore_Aug_2017_-_1.jpg">Wikimedia Commons</a>.</p> How to detect and mitigate fraud http://americancityandcounty.com/blog/how-detect-and-mitigate-fraud <div class="node-body blog-body">ACL Chief Product Officer Dan Zitting explains how governments can improve fraud detection and lessen its prevalence.</div> <p><a href="http://americancityandcounty.com/blog/how-detect-and-mitigate-fraud" target="_blank">read more</a></p> http://americancityandcounty.com/blog/how-detect-and-mitigate-fraud#comments Government Security Viewpoints Wed, 16 Aug 2017 19:59:00 +0000 79181 at http://americancityandcounty.com Miami-area governments try to attract film industry with incentives http://americancityandcounty.com/finance/miami-area-governments-try-attract-film-industry-incentives <div class="node-body article-body">A few governments in the greater Miami area are trying to entice film and TV production companies to come to them by drafting or offering filming incentives within their jurisdictions.</div> <p><a href="http://americancityandcounty.com/finance/miami-area-governments-try-attract-film-industry-incentives" target="_blank">read more</a></p> http://americancityandcounty.com/finance/miami-area-governments-try-attract-film-industry-incentives#comments Finance Wed, 16 Aug 2017 18:35:00 +0000 79171 at http://americancityandcounty.com <p>Miami Beach, Fla. Image via <a href="https://commons.wikimedia.org/wiki/File:-MIAMI_BEACH_-_panoramio.jpg">Wikimedia Commons</a>.</p> Denver secures $1.8 billion public-private partnership for airport http://americancityandcounty.com/privatization-outsourcing/denver-secures-18-billion-public-private-partnership-airport <div class="node-body article-body">A redeye Denver city council session led to the approval of a $1.8 billion contract to transform Denver International Airport.</div> <p><a href="http://americancityandcounty.com/privatization-outsourcing/denver-secures-18-billion-public-private-partnership-airport" target="_blank">read more</a></p> http://americancityandcounty.com/privatization-outsourcing/denver-secures-18-billion-public-private-partnership-airport#comments Facilities Privatization & Outsourcing Wed, 16 Aug 2017 18:30:00 +0000 79161 at http://americancityandcounty.com <p>Denver International Airport. Image via <a href="https://commons.wikimedia.org/wiki/File:Denver_-_International_(DEN_-_KDEN)_AN0478508.jpg">Wikimedia Commons</a>.</p> Research reports aid procurement departments in supplier research http://americancityandcounty.com/gpn/research-reports-aid-procurement-departments-supplier-research <div class="node-body article-body">IBISWorld provides procurement departments with instant access to data and analysis on hundreds of products and services. The firm's research can aid in public purchasers' negotiating with vendors.</div> <p><a href="http://americancityandcounty.com/gpn/research-reports-aid-procurement-departments-supplier-research" target="_blank">read more</a></p> http://americancityandcounty.com/gpn/research-reports-aid-procurement-departments-supplier-research#comments Contracts Finance Fiscal Management Negotiating Purchasing & Procurement Proposals & Bids Strategic Sourcing GPN Tue, 15 Aug 2017 21:21:00 +0000 79151 at http://americancityandcounty.com Contractors have opportunities at the end of the federal fiscal year http://americancityandcounty.com/federal/contractors-have-opportunities-end-federal-fiscal-year <div class="node-body article-body">Eileen Kent, “The Federal Sales Sherpa,” offers advice to businesses interested in selling to the federal government before the federal fiscal year ends Sept. 30.</div> <p><a href="http://americancityandcounty.com/federal/contractors-have-opportunities-end-federal-fiscal-year" target="_blank">read more</a></p> http://americancityandcounty.com/federal/contractors-have-opportunities-end-federal-fiscal-year#comments Contracts Federal Finance Fiscal Management Negotiating Purchasing & Procurement Proposals & Bids Strategic Sourcing Tue, 15 Aug 2017 18:43:00 +0000 79141 at http://americancityandcounty.com <p>Eileen Kent</p> Expect a more chaotic end to federal fiscal year 2017 http://americancityandcounty.com/federal/expect-more-chaotic-end-federal-fiscal-year-2017 <div class="node-body article-body">Chris Wiedemann of the immixGroup offers some winning strategies for firms seeking to land federal contracts as FY 2017 comes to a close on Sept. 30.</div> <p><a href="http://americancityandcounty.com/federal/expect-more-chaotic-end-federal-fiscal-year-2017" target="_blank">read more</a></p> http://americancityandcounty.com/federal/expect-more-chaotic-end-federal-fiscal-year-2017#comments Contracts Federal Finance Fiscal Management Purchasing & Procurement Proposals & Bids Strategic Sourcing Mon, 14 Aug 2017 21:53:00 +0000 79131 at http://americancityandcounty.com <p>Chris Wiedemann</p> Information platform speeds airport credentialing process http://americancityandcounty.com/products-work/information-platform-speeds-airport-credentialing-process <div class="node-body article-body">The OnBase enterprise information platform has helped streamline the Customs and Border Protection application process at the Houston (Texas) Airport System.</div> <p><a href="http://americancityandcounty.com/products-work/information-platform-speeds-airport-credentialing-process" target="_blank">read more</a></p> http://americancityandcounty.com/products-work/information-platform-speeds-airport-credentialing-process#comments Facilities Products at Work Security & Fire Control Public Works Technology Public Safety Technology Mon, 14 Aug 2017 20:05:00 +0000 79121 at http://americancityandcounty.com Apps and maps lead kids to summer lunch sites http://americancityandcounty.com/blog/apps-and-maps-lead-kids-summer-lunch-sites <div class="node-body blog-body">Liz Enbysk, editor of the Smart Cities Council’s Compassionate Cities initiative, explains how an app, a map and community-based efforts are helping at-risk children find free summer lunches.</div> <p><a href="http://americancityandcounty.com/blog/apps-and-maps-lead-kids-summer-lunch-sites" target="_blank">read more</a></p> http://americancityandcounty.com/blog/apps-and-maps-lead-kids-summer-lunch-sites#comments Smart Cities Council Smart Cities Viewpoints Mon, 14 Aug 2017 19:24:00 +0000 79111 at http://americancityandcounty.com Mayors condemn weekend Charlottesville violence, bigotry http://americancityandcounty.com/emergency-management/mayors-condemn-weekend-charlottesville-violence-bigotry <div class="node-body article-body">Mayors across the country are responding to the violence in Charlottesville, Va. this past weekend, as well as President Donald Trump’s initial response to it. </div> <p><a href="http://americancityandcounty.com/emergency-management/mayors-condemn-weekend-charlottesville-violence-bigotry" target="_blank">read more</a></p> http://americancityandcounty.com/emergency-management/mayors-condemn-weekend-charlottesville-violence-bigotry#comments Emergency Management Mon, 14 Aug 2017 19:12:00 +0000 79101 at http://americancityandcounty.com <p>The car involved in the vehicle ramming attack in Charlottesville, Va. Image via <a href="https://commons.wikimedia.org/wiki/File:2017_Charlottesville_ramming_(car_involved).jpg">Wikimedia Commons</a>.</p> An experienced procurement professional appraises and praises cooperative agreements http://americancityandcounty.com/coop-solutions/experienced-procurement-professional-appraises-and-praises-cooperative-agreements <div class="field-deck"> Especially for smaller governments, using cooperative pacts makes sense </div> <div class="node-body article-body">Maija Lampinen, Procurement and Contracts Administrator for the Port of Everett, Wash., tells why her agency relies on cooperative agreements.</div> <p><a href="http://americancityandcounty.com/coop-solutions/experienced-procurement-professional-appraises-and-praises-cooperative-agreements" target="_blank">read more</a></p> http://americancityandcounty.com/coop-solutions/experienced-procurement-professional-appraises-and-praises-cooperative-agreements#comments Contracts Coop Solutions Cooperative Purchasing Finance Fiscal Management Negotiating Purchasing & Procurement Proposals & Bids Strategic Sourcing GPN Mon, 14 Aug 2017 15:04:00 +0000 79081 at http://americancityandcounty.com <p>Maija Lampinen</p> Alaskan city loses entire police force within month, struggles to hire new talent http://americancityandcounty.com/law-enforcement/alaskan-city-loses-entire-police-force-within-month-struggles-hire-new-talent <div class="node-body article-body">A rural Alaska town lost its entire police force within a month, and it's struggling to attract new officers to uphold public safety.</div> <p><a href="http://americancityandcounty.com/law-enforcement/alaskan-city-loses-entire-police-force-within-month-struggles-hire-new-talent" target="_blank">read more</a></p> http://americancityandcounty.com/law-enforcement/alaskan-city-loses-entire-police-force-within-month-struggles-hire-new-talent#comments Law Enforcement Mon, 14 Aug 2017 05:23:00 +0000 79091 at http://americancityandcounty.com <p>An Alaska State Trooper vehicle. Image via <a href="https://commons.wikimedia.org/wiki/File:Alaska_State_Trooper_K-9_Unit_parked_in_College,_Alaska.JPG">Wikimedia Commons</a>.</p> Why BIM, why now http://americancityandcounty.com/blog/why-bim-why-now <div class="node-body blog-body">Microdesk President and CEO Michael DeLacey explains building information modeling's advantages in design and construction.</div> <p><a href="http://americancityandcounty.com/blog/why-bim-why-now" target="_blank">read more</a></p> http://americancityandcounty.com/blog/why-bim-why-now#comments Facilities Cloud Computing Viewpoints Wed, 09 Aug 2017 20:21:00 +0000 79071 at http://americancityandcounty.com Propane mowers enable Florida county to cut more with less http://americancityandcounty.com/products-work/propane-mowers-enable-florida-county-cut-more-less <div class="node-body article-body">The Miami-Dade County Parks, Recreation and Open Spaces Department is maintaining more of its green space with less fuel and maintenance since switching from gasoline to propane mowers.</div> <p><a href="http://americancityandcounty.com/products-work/propane-mowers-enable-florida-county-cut-more-less" target="_blank">read more</a></p> http://americancityandcounty.com/products-work/propane-mowers-enable-florida-county-cut-more-less#comments Products at Work Green Grounds Maintenance & Landscaping Technology Public Works Sustainability Technology Tue, 08 Aug 2017 20:32:00 +0000 79061 at http://americancityandcounty.com <p>The photo show grounds maintenance crews operating the Miami-Dade County propane mower fleet.</p> Some tips for federal buyers as we pull the plug on FY 2017 http://americancityandcounty.com/federal/some-tips-federal-buyers-we-pull-plug-fy-2017 <div class="node-body article-body">SourceAmerica’s Clara Conti explains how her organization can assist federal buyers before the end of the federal fiscal year on Sept. 30.</div> <p><a href="http://americancityandcounty.com/federal/some-tips-federal-buyers-we-pull-plug-fy-2017" target="_blank">read more</a></p> http://americancityandcounty.com/federal/some-tips-federal-buyers-we-pull-plug-fy-2017#comments Government Procurement Federal Administration Tue, 08 Aug 2017 18:36:00 +0000 79051 at http://americancityandcounty.com <p>Clara Conti</p> Here’s what it takes for contractors to win at the end of the federal fiscal year http://americancityandcounty.com/federal/here-s-what-it-takes-contractors-win-end-federal-fiscal-year <div class="node-body article-body">Government market expert Jennifer Schaus tells what works in federal selling as federal FY 2017 draws to a close.</div> <p><a href="http://americancityandcounty.com/federal/here-s-what-it-takes-contractors-win-end-federal-fiscal-year" target="_blank">read more</a></p> http://americancityandcounty.com/federal/here-s-what-it-takes-contractors-win-end-federal-fiscal-year#comments Government Procurement Federal Finance Purchasing & Procurement Tue, 08 Aug 2017 15:42:00 +0000 79041 at http://americancityandcounty.com <p>Jennifer Schaus</p> Report sees continued strength in the government market http://americancityandcounty.com/federal/report-sees-continued-strength-government-market <div class="node-body article-body">Onvia’s latest quarterly procurement trends report shows a 5.4 percent increase in bidding opportunities at state, local and education agencies.</div> <p><a href="http://americancityandcounty.com/federal/report-sees-continued-strength-government-market" target="_blank">read more</a></p> http://americancityandcounty.com/federal/report-sees-continued-strength-government-market#comments Contracts Federal Finance Fiscal Management Negotiating Purchasing & Procurement Proposals & Bids Strategic Sourcing Mon, 07 Aug 2017 21:12:00 +0000 79031 at http://americancityandcounty.com <p>Larry Allen</p> Why a high-tech city like San Francisco is investing in citywide fiber http://americancityandcounty.com/blog/why-high-tech-city-san-francisco-investing-citywide-fiber <div class="node-body blog-body">Smart Cities Council Global managing Editor Kevin Ebi explains why San Francisco is committed to building a citywide fiber network.</div> <p><a href="http://americancityandcounty.com/blog/why-high-tech-city-san-francisco-investing-citywide-fiber" target="_blank">read more</a></p> http://americancityandcounty.com/blog/why-high-tech-city-san-francisco-investing-citywide-fiber#comments Smart Cities Council Smart Cities Viewpoints Mon, 07 Aug 2017 18:54:00 +0000 79021 at http://americancityandcounty.com Cities crack down on food trucks http://americancityandcounty.com/economic-development/cities-crack-down-food-trucks <div class="node-body article-body">Cities across the country are passing regulations on a summer staple — food trucks. The regulations differ widely in breadth.</div> <p><a href="http://americancityandcounty.com/economic-development/cities-crack-down-food-trucks" target="_blank">read more</a></p> http://americancityandcounty.com/economic-development/cities-crack-down-food-trucks#comments Economic Development Mon, 07 Aug 2017 18:15:00 +0000 79011 at http://americancityandcounty.com <p>Food trucks in Atlanta. Image via <a href="https://commons.wikimedia.org/wiki/File:Viet-Nomie%27s_Food_Truck_in_Atlanta%27s_Old_Fourth_Ward_Park_(20744160644).jpg">Wikimedia Commons</a>.</p> Compressed natural gas-fueled vehicles on the rise in city fleets http://americancityandcounty.com/fleets/compressed-natural-gas-fueled-vehicles-rise-city-fleets <div class="node-body article-body">Cities and their transportation partners are rolling out CNG-fueled buses and other vehicles in their fleets.</div> <p><a href="http://americancityandcounty.com/fleets/compressed-natural-gas-fueled-vehicles-rise-city-fleets" target="_blank">read more</a></p> http://americancityandcounty.com/fleets/compressed-natural-gas-fueled-vehicles-rise-city-fleets#comments Fleets Mon, 07 Aug 2017 16:51:00 +0000 79001 at http://americancityandcounty.com <p>A U.S. Navy base CNG fueling station. Image via <a href="https://commons.wikimedia.org/wiki/File:US_Navy_050817-N-8544C-003_Photographer%27s_Mate_3rd_Class_David_Didier_utilizes_the_base_refueling_facility_to_refuel_a_government_vehicle_with_compressed_natural_gas_(CNG).jpg">Wikimedia Commons</a>.</p> Federal agencies need to get their IT requests in early before the end of the fiscal year http://americancityandcounty.com/federal/federal-agencies-need-get-their-it-requests-early-end-fiscal-year <div class="node-body article-body">Citrix' Mike Singer says the fourth quarter of the fiscal year has traditionally been a strong period of federal government spending as agencies move to use their remaining funds. He outlines some strategies for vendors and federal buyers.</div> <p><a href="http://americancityandcounty.com/federal/federal-agencies-need-get-their-it-requests-early-end-fiscal-year" target="_blank">read more</a></p> http://americancityandcounty.com/federal/federal-agencies-need-get-their-it-requests-early-end-fiscal-year#comments Contracts Federal Purchasing & Procurement Proposals & Bids Technology Strategic Sourcing Technology Fri, 04 Aug 2017 17:56:00 +0000 78991 at http://americancityandcounty.com <p>Mike Singer</p> Achieving a Lean Government Workforce http://americancityandcounty.com/white-papers/achieving-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="http://americancityandcounty.com/white-papers/achieving-lean-government-workforce" target="_blank">read more</a></p> http://americancityandcounty.com/white-papers/achieving-lean-government-workforce#comments White Papers Fri, 04 Aug 2017 16:00:00 +0000 76011 at http://americancityandcounty.com Water management system provides real-time data for Illinois water utility http://americancityandcounty.com/products-work/water-management-system-provides-real-time-data-illinois-water-utility <div class="node-body article-body">Badger Meter’s BEACON Advanced Metering Analytics system provides near real-time water usage information to the EJ Water Cooperative and its customers.</div> <p><a href="http://americancityandcounty.com/products-work/water-management-system-provides-real-time-data-illinois-water-utility" target="_blank">read more</a></p> http://americancityandcounty.com/products-work/water-management-system-provides-real-time-data-illinois-water-utility#comments Products at Work Green Public Works Technology Sustainability Technology Water Fri, 04 Aug 2017 14:27:00 +0000 78981 at http://americancityandcounty.com <p>In the photo: Bill Teichmiller, CEO of EJ Water Cooperative, views water usage data on the BEACON AMA system from Badger Meter.</p> Will more states opt out of paying prevailing wages on public construction projects? http://americancityandcounty.com/public-works/will-more-states-opt-out-paying-prevailing-wages-public-construction-projects <div class="node-body article-body">Experts weigh in on whether more states will repeal prevailing wage requirements on public construction projects in 2017.</div> <p><a href="http://americancityandcounty.com/public-works/will-more-states-opt-out-paying-prevailing-wages-public-construction-projects" target="_blank">read more</a></p> http://americancityandcounty.com/public-works/will-more-states-opt-out-paying-prevailing-wages-public-construction-projects#comments Contracts Finance Fiscal Management Purchasing & Procurement Public Works Proposals & Bids Strategic Sourcing Thu, 03 Aug 2017 19:57:00 +0000 78971 at http://americancityandcounty.com The Public Sector Guide to Text Messaging Policy and Retention 2017 Edition http://americancityandcounty.com/white-papers/public-sector-guide-text-messaging-policy-and-retention-2017-edition <div class="node-body article-body">Use text messages for business communications with confidence.</div> <p><a href="http://americancityandcounty.com/white-papers/public-sector-guide-text-messaging-policy-and-retention-2017-edition" target="_blank">read more</a></p> http://americancityandcounty.com/white-papers/public-sector-guide-text-messaging-policy-and-retention-2017-edition#comments White Papers Thu, 03 Aug 2017 14:07:00 +0000 78961 at http://americancityandcounty.com Device takes workspace to the next level http://americancityandcounty.com/buildings-facilities/device-takes-workspace-next-level <div class="node-body article-body">The Pro Plus series from VARIDESK is suited for any public sector workspace. It’s a height-adjustable solution.</div> <p><a href="http://americancityandcounty.com/buildings-facilities/device-takes-workspace-next-level" target="_blank">read more</a></p> http://americancityandcounty.com/buildings-facilities/device-takes-workspace-next-level#comments Buildings & Facilities Facilities Technology Technology Wed, 02 Aug 2017 22:21:00 +0000 78951 at http://americancityandcounty.com <p>In the photo: The Pro Plus series from <a href="https://www.varidesk.com/" target="_blank">VARIDESK.</a></p> Contractors: Leave no stone unturned as the end of the federal fiscal year approaches http://americancityandcounty.com/federal/contractors-leave-no-stone-unturned-end-federal-fiscal-year-approaches <div class="node-body article-body">GPN reached out to Lourdes Martin-Rosa, American Express OPEN Advisor for Government Contracting, to get her views on the federal marketplace in 2017.</div> <p><a href="http://americancityandcounty.com/federal/contractors-leave-no-stone-unturned-end-federal-fiscal-year-approaches" target="_blank">read more</a></p> http://americancityandcounty.com/federal/contractors-leave-no-stone-unturned-end-federal-fiscal-year-approaches#comments Contracts Federal Finance Fiscal Management Purchasing & Procurement Proposals & Bids Technology Strategic Sourcing Wed, 02 Aug 2017 20:47:00 +0000 78941 at http://americancityandcounty.com <p>Lourdes Martin-Rosa</p>