American City & County http://americancityandcounty.com/rss.xml en Empowering municipal government through data http://americancityandcounty.com/blog/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="http://americancityandcounty.com/blog/empowering-municipal-government-through-data" target="_blank">read more</a></p> http://americancityandcounty.com/blog/empowering-municipal-government-through-data#comments Broadband Viewpoints Wed, 13 Dec 2017 20:48:00 +0000 80501 at http://americancityandcounty.com California wildfires spark issues of bilingual emergency communications http://americancityandcounty.com/fire/california-wildfires-spark-issues-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="http://americancityandcounty.com/fire/california-wildfires-spark-issues-bilingual-emergency-communications" target="_blank">read more</a></p> http://americancityandcounty.com/fire/california-wildfires-spark-issues-bilingual-emergency-communications#comments Emergency Management Fire Wed, 13 Dec 2017 20:47:00 +0000 80491 at http://americancityandcounty.com <p>Wildfire in Ojai, Calif. on Dec. 6. Image via <a href="https://commons.wikimedia.org/wiki/File:2017_12_06-14.12.22.363-CST.jpg">Wikimedia Commons</a>.</p> How cooperative contracts can overcome procurement challenges http://americancityandcounty.com/coop-solutions/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="http://americancityandcounty.com/coop-solutions/how-cooperative-contracts-can-overcome-procurement-challenges" target="_blank">read more</a></p> http://americancityandcounty.com/coop-solutions/how-cooperative-contracts-can-overcome-procurement-challenges#comments Contracts Coop Solutions Cooperative Purchasing Finance Purchasing & Procurement Strategic Sourcing GPN Tue, 12 Dec 2017 23:20:00 +0000 80481 at http://americancityandcounty.com Officer with PTSD from Pulse massacre to lose job http://americancityandcounty.com/pension-reform/officer-ptsd-pulse-massacre-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="http://americancityandcounty.com/pension-reform/officer-ptsd-pulse-massacre-lose-job" target="_blank">read more</a></p> http://americancityandcounty.com/pension-reform/officer-ptsd-pulse-massacre-lose-job#comments Law Enforcement Pension Reform Mon, 11 Dec 2017 20:44:00 +0000 80471 at http://americancityandcounty.com <p>Pulse nightclub in Orlando, Fla. on June 12, 2016. Image via <a href="https://commons.wikimedia.org/wiki/File:Orange_Avenue_closed_during_Pulse_shooting_(cropped).jpg">Wikimedia&nbsp;Commons</a>.&nbsp;</p> New York City’s better way to pay traffic tickets http://americancityandcounty.com/technology/new-york-city-s-better-way-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="http://americancityandcounty.com/technology/new-york-city-s-better-way-pay-traffic-tickets" target="_blank">read more</a></p> http://americancityandcounty.com/technology/new-york-city-s-better-way-pay-traffic-tickets#comments Technology Wed, 06 Dec 2017 18:56:00 +0000 80461 at http://americancityandcounty.com San Antonio water system using expanded sewer monitoring system to save ratepayers millions http://americancityandcounty.com/water-wastewater/san-antonio-water-system-using-expanded-sewer-monitoring-system-save-ratepayers-mil <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="http://americancityandcounty.com/water-wastewater/san-antonio-water-system-using-expanded-sewer-monitoring-system-save-ratepayers-mil" target="_blank">read more</a></p> http://americancityandcounty.com/water-wastewater/san-antonio-water-system-using-expanded-sewer-monitoring-system-save-ratepayers-mil#comments Products at Work Water & Wastewater Wed, 06 Dec 2017 18:56:00 +0000 80451 at http://americancityandcounty.com How public and private partnerships can empower resilient communities http://americancityandcounty.com/blog/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="http://americancityandcounty.com/blog/how-public-and-private-partnerships-can-empower-resilient-communities" target="_blank">read more</a></p> http://americancityandcounty.com/blog/how-public-and-private-partnerships-can-empower-resilient-communities#comments Emergency Management Viewpoints Wed, 06 Dec 2017 17:34:00 +0000 80441 at http://americancityandcounty.com Incubating an economy http://americancityandcounty.com/economic-development/incubating-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="http://americancityandcounty.com/economic-development/incubating-economy" target="_blank">read more</a></p> http://americancityandcounty.com/economic-development/incubating-economy#comments Economic Development Wed, 06 Dec 2017 15:40:00 +0000 80431 at http://americancityandcounty.com <p>Peachtree Corners, Ga.&#39;s Prototype Prime incubator. Image via City of Peachtree Corners.</p> Collaborating to create smart communities http://americancityandcounty.com/smart-cities/collaborating-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="http://americancityandcounty.com/smart-cities/collaborating-create-smart-communities" target="_blank">read more</a></p> http://americancityandcounty.com/smart-cities/collaborating-create-smart-communities#comments Fleets Public Transit Smart Cities Wed, 06 Dec 2017 15:40:00 +0000 80421 at http://americancityandcounty.com American City & County's 2017 Leadership Awards http://americancityandcounty.com/administration/american-city-countys-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="http://americancityandcounty.com/administration/american-city-countys-2017-leadership-awards" target="_blank">read more</a></p> http://americancityandcounty.com/administration/american-city-countys-2017-leadership-awards#comments Administration Wed, 06 Dec 2017 01:24:00 +0000 80411 at http://americancityandcounty.com How paper, Excel, and basic bidding tools are holding back your supplier selection http://americancityandcounty.com/bonfire <div class="node-body article-body">Your procurement team fulfills one of the most critical business functions of your organization</div> <p><a href="http://americancityandcounty.com/bonfire" target="_blank">read more</a></p> http://americancityandcounty.com/bonfire#comments White Papers Tue, 05 Dec 2017 15:00:00 +0000 80401 at http://americancityandcounty.com How Indianapolis plans to use data to change lives http://americancityandcounty.com/blog/how-indianapolis-plans-use-data-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="http://americancityandcounty.com/blog/how-indianapolis-plans-use-data-change-lives" target="_blank">read more</a></p> http://americancityandcounty.com/blog/how-indianapolis-plans-use-data-change-lives#comments Smart Cities Council Smart Cities Viewpoints Sun, 03 Dec 2017 22:09:00 +0000 79761 at http://americancityandcounty.com Plastic bag, container bans sweep New England cities http://americancityandcounty.com/sustainable-communities/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="http://americancityandcounty.com/sustainable-communities/plastic-bag-container-bans-sweep-new-england-cities" target="_blank">read more</a></p> http://americancityandcounty.com/sustainable-communities/plastic-bag-container-bans-sweep-new-england-cities#comments Sustainable Communities Fri, 01 Dec 2017 22:21:00 +0000 80391 at http://americancityandcounty.com <p>Retailers in these cities won&#39;t be able to carry single-use plastic bags. Image via <a href="https://commons.wikimedia.org/wiki/File:Caja_autoservicio_en_un_supermercado_Simply_de_Madrid.JPG">Wikimedia Commons</a>.</p> Cities pitch innovative solutions for grants in nationwide challenge http://americancityandcounty.com/finance/cities-pitch-innovative-solutions-grants-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="http://americancityandcounty.com/finance/cities-pitch-innovative-solutions-grants-nationwide-challenge" target="_blank">read more</a></p> http://americancityandcounty.com/finance/cities-pitch-innovative-solutions-grants-nationwide-challenge#comments Finance Fri, 01 Dec 2017 22:21:00 +0000 80381 at http://americancityandcounty.com <p>Former New York Mayor Michael Bloomberg&#39;s Bloomberg Philanthropies is putting on the 2017 Mayors Challenge. Image via <a href="https://commons.wikimedia.org/wiki/File:100Years_5792_(8435665563).jpg">Wikimedia Commons</a>.&nbsp;</p> How to improve community mobility in a smart city through public-private partnerships http://americancityandcounty.com/blog/how-improve-community-mobility-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="http://americancityandcounty.com/blog/how-improve-community-mobility-smart-city-through-public-private-partnerships" target="_blank">read more</a></p> http://americancityandcounty.com/blog/how-improve-community-mobility-smart-city-through-public-private-partnerships#comments Public Transit Smart Cities Viewpoints Tue, 28 Nov 2017 22:26:00 +0000 80361 at http://americancityandcounty.com Law enforcement agencies apply for federal immigration enforcement program despite backlash http://americancityandcounty.com/immigration-reform/law-enforcement-agencies-apply-federal-immigration-enforcement-program-despite-ba <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="http://americancityandcounty.com/immigration-reform/law-enforcement-agencies-apply-federal-immigration-enforcement-program-despite-ba" target="_blank">read more</a></p> http://americancityandcounty.com/immigration-reform/law-enforcement-agencies-apply-federal-immigration-enforcement-program-despite-ba#comments Immigration Reform Tue, 28 Nov 2017 22:07:00 +0000 80351 at http://americancityandcounty.com <p>A U.S.&nbsp;Immigration and Customs Enforcement (ICE) officer makes an arrest. Image via <a href="https://commons.wikimedia.org/wiki/File:US_Immigration_and_Customs_Enforcement_arrest.jpg">Wikimedia Commons</a>.</p> Aging municipal water piping prompts replacement http://americancityandcounty.com/infrastructure/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="http://americancityandcounty.com/infrastructure/aging-municipal-water-piping-prompts-replacement" target="_blank">read more</a></p> http://americancityandcounty.com/infrastructure/aging-municipal-water-piping-prompts-replacement#comments Infrastructure Tue, 28 Nov 2017 19:49:00 +0000 80341 at http://americancityandcounty.com <p>The Duluth, Minn. waterfront. Image via <a href="https://commons.wikimedia.org/wiki/File:Downtown_-_Waterfront,_Duluth,_MN,_USA_-_panoramio.jpg">Wikimedia Commons</a>.</p> The 10 U.S. cities offering the best quality of life http://americancityandcounty.com/bonus-content/10-us-cities-offering-best-quality-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="http://americancityandcounty.com/bonus-content/10-us-cities-offering-best-quality-life" target="_blank">read more</a></p> http://americancityandcounty.com/bonus-content/10-us-cities-offering-best-quality-life#comments Bonus Content Tue, 21 Nov 2017 21:36:00 +0000 80321 at http://americancityandcounty.com What agencies need to know about the Internet of Things http://americancityandcounty.com/blog/what-agencies-need-know-about-internet-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="http://americancityandcounty.com/blog/what-agencies-need-know-about-internet-things" target="_blank">read more</a></p> http://americancityandcounty.com/blog/what-agencies-need-know-about-internet-things#comments Broadband Viewpoints Tue, 21 Nov 2017 20:43:00 +0000 80311 at http://americancityandcounty.com Palm Springs elects entirely LGBTQ city council http://americancityandcounty.com/administration/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="http://americancityandcounty.com/administration/palm-springs-elects-entirely-lgbtq-city-council" target="_blank">read more</a></p> http://americancityandcounty.com/administration/palm-springs-elects-entirely-lgbtq-city-council#comments Administration Tue, 21 Nov 2017 19:41:00 +0000 80301 at http://americancityandcounty.com <p>Image via <a href="https://commons.wikimedia.org/wiki/File:SF_People_and_Places_08463_(20601275781).jpg">Wikimedia&nbsp;Commons</a>.</p> Iowa gas tax hike fuels local road infrastructure http://americancityandcounty.com/roadways/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="http://americancityandcounty.com/roadways/iowa-gas-tax-hike-fuels-local-road-infrastructure" target="_blank">read more</a></p> http://americancityandcounty.com/roadways/iowa-gas-tax-hike-fuels-local-road-infrastructure#comments Roadways Mon, 20 Nov 2017 23:38:00 +0000 80291 at http://americancityandcounty.com <p>The Rock Island Centennial Bridge in Davenport, Iowa. Image via <a href="https://commons.wikimedia.org/wiki/File:Rock_Island_Centennial_Bridge_2012.jpg">WIkimedia Commons</a>.</p> Why Philadelphia says it doesn’t have a housing problem http://americancityandcounty.com/blog/why-philadelphia-says-it-doesn-t-have-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="http://americancityandcounty.com/blog/why-philadelphia-says-it-doesn-t-have-housing-problem" target="_blank">read more</a></p> http://americancityandcounty.com/blog/why-philadelphia-says-it-doesn-t-have-housing-problem#comments Smart Cities Council Smart Cities Viewpoints Mon, 20 Nov 2017 19:30:00 +0000 80281 at http://americancityandcounty.com Former Tallahassee employee sues city over favoritism in hurricane restoration http://americancityandcounty.com/energy-efficiency/former-tallahassee-employee-sues-city-over-favoritism-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="http://americancityandcounty.com/energy-efficiency/former-tallahassee-employee-sues-city-over-favoritism-hurricane-restoration" target="_blank">read more</a></p> http://americancityandcounty.com/energy-efficiency/former-tallahassee-employee-sues-city-over-favoritism-hurricane-restoration#comments Energy Efficiency Fri, 17 Nov 2017 22:59:00 +0000 80271 at http://americancityandcounty.com <p>A Hurricane Hermine-damaged church in Tallahassee, Fla. in 2016. Image via <a href="https://commons.wikimedia.org/wiki/File:Herminetallychurch.png">Wikimedia Commons</a>.</p> Cook County proposes sexual harassment trainings amid inmate-related harassment lawsuits http://americancityandcounty.com/human-resources/cook-county-proposes-sexual-harassment-trainings-amid-inmate-related-harassment-laws <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="http://americancityandcounty.com/human-resources/cook-county-proposes-sexual-harassment-trainings-amid-inmate-related-harassment-laws" target="_blank">read more</a></p> http://americancityandcounty.com/human-resources/cook-county-proposes-sexual-harassment-trainings-amid-inmate-related-harassment-laws#comments Courts Human Resources Fri, 17 Nov 2017 21:41:00 +0000 80261 at http://americancityandcounty.com <p>Chicago, Cook County&#39;s seat. Image via <a href="https://commons.wikimedia.org/wiki/File:Chicago_as_seen_from_a_commercial_flight_03.JPG">Wikimedia&nbsp;Commons</a>.</p> How state and local government can transform spend management http://americancityandcounty.com/blog/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="http://americancityandcounty.com/blog/how-state-and-local-government-can-transform-spend-management" target="_blank">read more</a></p> http://americancityandcounty.com/blog/how-state-and-local-government-can-transform-spend-management#comments Finance Viewpoints Wed, 15 Nov 2017 18:32:00 +0000 80241 at http://americancityandcounty.com Pets get fast heat relief at New Jersey shelter http://americancityandcounty.com/coop-solutions/pets-get-fast-heat-relief-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="http://americancityandcounty.com/coop-solutions/pets-get-fast-heat-relief-new-jersey-shelter" target="_blank">read more</a></p> http://americancityandcounty.com/coop-solutions/pets-get-fast-heat-relief-new-jersey-shelter#comments 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 http://americancityandcounty.com <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 http://americancityandcounty.com/finance/cities-impose-taxes-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="http://americancityandcounty.com/finance/cities-impose-taxes-airbnb" target="_blank">read more</a></p> http://americancityandcounty.com/finance/cities-impose-taxes-airbnb#comments Finance Wed, 15 Nov 2017 00:40:00 +0000 80221 at http://americancityandcounty.com <p>An Airbnb office in Toronto. Image via <a href="https://commons.wikimedia.org/wiki/File:AirbnbToronto5.jpg">WIkimedia Commons</a>.</p> Bill Gates-controlled investment firm plans to build smart city in Arizona desert http://americancityandcounty.com/economic-development/bill-gates-controlled-investment-firm-plans-build-smart-city-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="http://americancityandcounty.com/economic-development/bill-gates-controlled-investment-firm-plans-build-smart-city-arizona-desert" target="_blank">read more</a></p> http://americancityandcounty.com/economic-development/bill-gates-controlled-investment-firm-plans-build-smart-city-arizona-desert#comments Economic Development Tue, 14 Nov 2017 23:56:00 +0000 80211 at http://americancityandcounty.com <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="https://commons.wikimedia.org/wiki/File:Bill_Gates_MSC_2017.jpg">Wikimedia Commons</a>.</p> State and local transgender lawmakers elected http://americancityandcounty.com/administration/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="http://americancityandcounty.com/administration/state-and-local-transgender-lawmakers-elected" target="_blank">read more</a></p> http://americancityandcounty.com/administration/state-and-local-transgender-lawmakers-elected#comments Administration Mon, 13 Nov 2017 19:46:00 +0000 80201 at http://americancityandcounty.com <p>Incoming Minneapolis City Council Member Andrea Jenkins speaks at a Victory Fund Brunch in Washington on May 21, 2017. Image via <a href="https://commons.wikimedia.org/wiki/File:2017.05.21_Victory_Fund_Brunch,_Washington,_DC_USA_5262_(36959990604).jpg">Wikimedia Commons</a>.</p> New city logos and branding unveiled to mixed response http://americancityandcounty.com/citizen-engagement/new-city-logos-and-branding-unveiled-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="http://americancityandcounty.com/citizen-engagement/new-city-logos-and-branding-unveiled-mixed-response" target="_blank">read more</a></p> http://americancityandcounty.com/citizen-engagement/new-city-logos-and-branding-unveiled-mixed-response#comments Citizen Engagement Mon, 13 Nov 2017 19:00:00 +0000 80191 at http://americancityandcounty.com <p>The new Raleigh, N.C. logo. Image via City of Raleigh.</p>