American City & County http://americancityandcounty.com/rss.xml en Crisis management: It will never happen to us http://americancityandcounty.com/emergency-response/crisis-management-it-will-never-happen-us <div class="field-byline"> Susan Tellem </div> <div class="node-body article-body">Public relations expert Susan Tellem discusses the importance of planning in crisis management. </div> <div class="og_rss_groups"></div><p><a href="http://americancityandcounty.com/emergency-response/crisis-management-it-will-never-happen-us" target="_blank">read more</a></p> http://americancityandcounty.com/emergency-response/crisis-management-it-will-never-happen-us#comments Communications Disaster Preparedness Emergency Response Emergency Management Human Resources Tue, 07 Jul 2015 20:39:00 +0000 65601 at http://americancityandcounty.com <p>Susan Tellem</p> Addressing Cloud security through CJIS compliance http://americancityandcounty.com/gov-cloud/addressing-cloud-security-through-cjis-compliance <div class="node-body article-body">Expert says security is the most important factor when looking for a cloud-based solution.</div> <div class="og_rss_groups"></div><p><a href="http://americancityandcounty.com/gov-cloud/addressing-cloud-security-through-cjis-compliance" target="_blank">read more</a></p> http://americancityandcounty.com/gov-cloud/addressing-cloud-security-through-cjis-compliance#comments Gov Cloud Mon, 06 Jul 2015 18:02:00 +0000 65581 at http://americancityandcounty.com Coop purchasing best practices, part 2 http://americancityandcounty.com/coop-solutions/coop-purchasing-best-practices-part-2 <div class="node-body article-body">Veteran procurement officer gives tips on things to consider when buying through established contracts.</div> <div class="og_rss_groups"></div><p><a href="http://americancityandcounty.com/coop-solutions/coop-purchasing-best-practices-part-2" target="_blank">read more</a></p> http://americancityandcounty.com/coop-solutions/coop-purchasing-best-practices-part-2#comments Coop Solutions Mon, 06 Jul 2015 17:55:00 +0000 65571 at http://americancityandcounty.com Who’s trashing the checks? http://americancityandcounty.com/law-enforcement/who-s-trashing-checks <div class="field-byline"> Stephanie Toone </div> <div class="node-body article-body">A Phoenix man discovered uncashed checks written for city services in a trash can.</div> <div class="field-content-focus"> <span>Content Classification:&nbsp;</span> Curated </div> <div class="og_rss_groups"></div><p><a href="http://americancityandcounty.com/law-enforcement/who-s-trashing-checks" target="_blank">read more</a></p> http://americancityandcounty.com/law-enforcement/who-s-trashing-checks#comments Finance Law Enforcement Mon, 06 Jul 2015 17:20:00 +0000 65561 at http://americancityandcounty.com Image via City of Phoenix website Line of versatile skid steers is now available (with related video) http://americancityandcounty.com/construction/line-versatile-skid-steers-now-available-related-video <div class="node-body article-body">Kubota Tractor is now offering its SSV-Series skid steer loaders. Two models are available that serve construction, public works, grounds maintenance, landscaping and other government applications.</div> <div class="og_rss_groups"></div><p><a href="http://americancityandcounty.com/construction/line-versatile-skid-steers-now-available-related-video" target="_blank">read more</a></p> http://americancityandcounty.com/construction/line-versatile-skid-steers-now-available-related-video#comments Construction Equipment Fleets Material Handling Parks & Recreation Vehicles Roadways Grounds Maintenance & Landscaping Parks & Recreation Mon, 06 Jul 2015 15:28:00 +0000 65551 at http://americancityandcounty.com <p>In the photo: A Kubota SSV75 skid steer loader.</p> Amazon Web Services offers $250,000 in prizes in “City on a Cloud” contest http://americancityandcounty.com/cloud-computing/amazon-web-services-offers-250000-prizes-city-cloud-contest <div class="field-byline"> Stephanie Toone </div> <div class="node-body article-body">The second annual challenge will reward local and regional governments that have implemented or will implement AWS Cloud innovatively.</div> <div class="field-content-focus"> <span>Content Classification:&nbsp;</span> Curated </div> <div class="og_rss_groups"></div><p><a href="http://americancityandcounty.com/cloud-computing/amazon-web-services-offers-250000-prizes-city-cloud-contest" target="_blank">read more</a></p> http://americancityandcounty.com/cloud-computing/amazon-web-services-offers-250000-prizes-city-cloud-contest#comments Cloud Computing Mon, 06 Jul 2015 15:08:00 +0000 65541 at http://americancityandcounty.com Via Amazon Web Services website Limiting distractions and obstructions to safe driving for law enforcement http://americancityandcounty.com/blog/limiting-distractions-and-obstructions-safe-driving-law-enforcement <div class="node-body blog-body">Julie Frisbey Decker, a risk management field consultant at OneBeacon Government Risks, explains the challenges law enforcement officers face to remain safe while driving.</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/limiting-distractions-and-obstructions-safe-driving-law-enforcement" target="_blank">read more</a></p> http://americancityandcounty.com/blog/limiting-distractions-and-obstructions-safe-driving-law-enforcement#comments Law Enforcement Viewpoints Wed, 01 Jul 2015 17:48:00 +0000 65511 at http://americancityandcounty.com C3FT adds teeth to passing law in Chattanooga http://americancityandcounty.com/law-enforcement/c3ft-adds-teeth-passing-law-chattanooga <div class="field-byline"> Stephanie Toone </div> <div class="node-body article-body">The Chattanooga Police Department is the first agency in the country to use the new device to better enforce passing laws.</div> <div class="field-content-focus"> <span>Content Classification:&nbsp;</span> Curated </div> <div class="og_rss_groups"></div><p><a href="http://americancityandcounty.com/law-enforcement/c3ft-adds-teeth-passing-law-chattanooga" target="_blank">read more</a></p> http://americancityandcounty.com/law-enforcement/c3ft-adds-teeth-passing-law-chattanooga#comments Law Enforcement Wed, 01 Jul 2015 16:18:00 +0000 65501 at http://americancityandcounty.com Via Chattanooga Police Deparment What is the market outlook for police cameras? (with related video) http://americancityandcounty.com/law-enforcement/what-market-outlook-police-cameras-related-video <div class="node-body article-body">Todd Morris, CEO of New York-based BrickHouse Security, offers his views on body camera trends in the marketplace.</div> <div class="og_rss_groups"></div><p><a href="http://americancityandcounty.com/law-enforcement/what-market-outlook-police-cameras-related-video" target="_blank">read more</a></p> http://americancityandcounty.com/law-enforcement/what-market-outlook-police-cameras-related-video#comments Hardware & Software Homeland Security Security Government Security Law Enforcement Telecommunications Law Enforcement Technology Wed, 01 Jul 2015 14:45:00 +0000 65491 at http://americancityandcounty.com <p>In the photo: A Taser body camera.</p> Fleet products improve time management http://americancityandcounty.com/gpn/fleet-products-improve-time-management <div class="node-body gallery-body">Do your fleet operations take longer than necessary? Check out these products to see how to improve your fleet's time management.</div> <div class="og_rss_groups"></div><p><a href="http://americancityandcounty.com/gpn/fleet-products-improve-time-management" target="_blank">read more</a></p> http://americancityandcounty.com/gpn/fleet-products-improve-time-management#comments Fleets GPN Wed, 01 Jul 2015 14:11:00 +0000 65481 at http://americancityandcounty.com A look at NIGP Forum http://americancityandcounty.com/government-procurement/look-nigp-forum <div class="node-body gallery-body">As NIGP Forum 2015 approaches, these images take a look back at some of the highlights of last year's Forum.</div> <div class="og_rss_groups"></div><p><a href="http://americancityandcounty.com/government-procurement/look-nigp-forum" target="_blank">read more</a></p> http://americancityandcounty.com/government-procurement/look-nigp-forum#comments Government Procurement Purchasing & Procurement Tue, 30 Jun 2015 20:32:00 +0000 65471 at http://americancityandcounty.com Wrapping efficiency around plan management http://americancityandcounty.com/webinars/wrapping-efficiency-around-plan-management <div class="node-body article-body">When the process of submitting a building plan is efficiently managed online, agencies save time and money.</div> <div class="og_rss_groups"></div><p><a href="http://americancityandcounty.com/webinars/wrapping-efficiency-around-plan-management" target="_blank">read more</a></p> http://americancityandcounty.com/webinars/wrapping-efficiency-around-plan-management#comments Webinars Tue, 30 Jun 2015 20:11:00 +0000 65461 at http://americancityandcounty.com The evolution of NIGP and Forum http://americancityandcounty.com/government-procurement/evolution-nigp-and-forum <div class="field-byline"> Elijah Black </div> <div class="field-deck"> Change and progress highlight the past seven decades </div> <div class="node-body article-body">With the Forum celebrating its 70th anniversary this year and NIGP reaching 71, now is the perfect time to take a look back at the association's impact and achievements.</div> <div class="og_rss_groups"></div><p><a href="http://americancityandcounty.com/government-procurement/evolution-nigp-and-forum" target="_blank">read more</a></p> http://americancityandcounty.com/government-procurement/evolution-nigp-and-forum#comments Government Procurement Purchasing & Procurement Silver Tue, 30 Jun 2015 19:34:00 +0000 65451 at http://americancityandcounty.com Healthy relationships http://americancityandcounty.com/government-procurement/healthy-relationships <div class="field-byline"> The NIGP Business Council </div> <div class="field-deck"> A guide to building solid agency supplier partnerships </div> <div class="node-body article-body">The NIGP Business Council summarizes its guide for building healthy relationships between procurement agencies and suppliers.</div> <div class="og_rss_groups"></div><p><a href="http://americancityandcounty.com/government-procurement/healthy-relationships" target="_blank">read more</a></p> http://americancityandcounty.com/government-procurement/healthy-relationships#comments Government Procurement Procurement Reform Purchasing & Procurement Silver Tue, 30 Jun 2015 19:17:00 +0000 65431 at http://americancityandcounty.com All-season safety cab now available for Groundsmaster rotary mowers http://americancityandcounty.com/grounds-maintenance-landscaping/all-season-safety-cab-now-available-groundsmaster-rotary-mowers <div class="node-body article-body">The new climate-controlled cab is for the Toro Groundsmaster 4010-D, 4110-D and 5910-D wide-area rotary mowers</div> <div class="og_rss_groups"></div><p><a href="http://americancityandcounty.com/grounds-maintenance-landscaping/all-season-safety-cab-now-available-groundsmaster-rotary-mowers" target="_blank">read more</a></p> http://americancityandcounty.com/grounds-maintenance-landscaping/all-season-safety-cab-now-available-groundsmaster-rotary-mowers#comments Equipment Fleets Parks & Recreation Grounds Maintenance & Landscaping Parks & Recreation Tue, 30 Jun 2015 19:02:00 +0000 65441 at http://americancityandcounty.com <p>In the photo: the climate-controlled cab on a Toro Groundsmaster model with blower attachment.&nbsp;</p> Connecting procurement communities http://americancityandcounty.com/government-procurement/connecting-procurement-communities <div class="field-deck"> NIGP Forum 2015 </div> <div class="node-body article-body">Our preview section covers highlights of the upcoming 70th annual NIGP Forum in Kansas City, Mo. Aug. 1-5.</div> <div class="og_rss_groups"></div><p><a href="http://americancityandcounty.com/government-procurement/connecting-procurement-communities" target="_blank">read more</a></p> http://americancityandcounty.com/government-procurement/connecting-procurement-communities#comments Government Procurement Procurement Professional Purchasing & Procurement Silver Tue, 30 Jun 2015 18:29:00 +0000 65421 at http://americancityandcounty.com Head in the cloud http://americancityandcounty.com/government-procurement/head-cloud <div class="field-byline"> Darin Matthews </div> <div class="node-body article-body">Technology is an area that, according to organizations like the NIGP: Institute for Public Procurement and the Institute for Supply Management, is advancing more rapidly than ever before.</div> <div class="og_rss_groups"></div><p><a href="http://americancityandcounty.com/government-procurement/head-cloud" target="_blank">read more</a></p> http://americancityandcounty.com/government-procurement/head-cloud#comments Government Procurement Procurement Professional Purchasing & Procurement Silver Tue, 30 Jun 2015 16:56:00 +0000 65411 at http://americancityandcounty.com Making better, faster decisions with data http://americancityandcounty.com/webinars/making-better-faster-decisions-data <div class="node-body article-body">Massive volumes of data generated by sensors, smart-city grids, and the Internet of Things is creating an exponential growth of data. Improve processes and increase efficiencies with dashboards and KPI measurements.</div> <div class="og_rss_groups"></div><p><a href="http://americancityandcounty.com/webinars/making-better-faster-decisions-data" target="_blank">read more</a></p> http://americancityandcounty.com/webinars/making-better-faster-decisions-data#comments Webinars Tue, 30 Jun 2015 16:39:00 +0000 65391 at http://americancityandcounty.com Vision Zero seeks to erase traffic deaths http://americancityandcounty.com/law-enforcement/vision-zero-seeks-erase-traffic-deaths <div class="field-byline"> Stephanie Toone </div> <div class="node-body article-body">New York City, San Francisco and, most recently, Portland, Ore., have adopted the traffic safety strategy.</div> <div class="field-content-focus"> <span>Content Classification:&nbsp;</span> Curated </div> <div class="og_rss_groups"></div><p><a href="http://americancityandcounty.com/law-enforcement/vision-zero-seeks-erase-traffic-deaths" target="_blank">read more</a></p> http://americancityandcounty.com/law-enforcement/vision-zero-seeks-erase-traffic-deaths#comments Roadways Law Enforcement Tue, 30 Jun 2015 16:32:00 +0000 65401 at http://americancityandcounty.com <p><sup>New York City Mayor Bill de Blasio speaks at press conference regarding on the strategies of Vision Zero, which is setting the city&#39;s speed limit&nbsp;to 25 MPH.</sup></p> Via nyc.gov Minimize risk, reduce losses with a risk management culture http://americancityandcounty.com/webinars/minimize-risk-reduce-losses-risk-management-culture <div class="node-body article-body">Effectively mitigating risk requires the participation of employees at all levels. How do you ensure that risk management is a priority not just from the top down, but from the bottom up as well?</div> <div class="og_rss_groups"></div><p><a href="http://americancityandcounty.com/webinars/minimize-risk-reduce-losses-risk-management-culture" target="_blank">read more</a></p> http://americancityandcounty.com/webinars/minimize-risk-reduce-losses-risk-management-culture#comments Webinars Tue, 30 Jun 2015 16:30:00 +0000 65381 at http://americancityandcounty.com Leveraging your pavement condition index http://americancityandcounty.com/webinars/leveraging-your-pavement-condition-index <div class="node-body article-body">Case Study: How Edmonton, AB, Canada uses technology to save money, maximize collaboration with utilities and improve the condition of their roads</div> <div class="og_rss_groups"></div><p><a href="http://americancityandcounty.com/webinars/leveraging-your-pavement-condition-index" target="_blank">read more</a></p> http://americancityandcounty.com/webinars/leveraging-your-pavement-condition-index#comments Webinars Tue, 30 Jun 2015 16:06:00 +0000 65371 at http://americancityandcounty.com Procurement transformation progression http://americancityandcounty.com/government-procurement/procurement-transformation-progression <div class="field-byline"> Jean Clark </div> <div class="node-body article-body">Jean Clark of Periscope Holdings discusses how to examine the progress of a procurement agency's transformation.</div> <div class="og_rss_groups"></div><p><a href="http://americancityandcounty.com/government-procurement/procurement-transformation-progression" target="_blank">read more</a></p> http://americancityandcounty.com/government-procurement/procurement-transformation-progression#comments Government Procurement Procurement Reform Purchasing & Procurement Silver Tue, 30 Jun 2015 15:46:00 +0000 65361 at http://americancityandcounty.com 5 reasons to get your CPPB or CPPO certification http://americancityandcounty.com/government-procurement/5-reasons-get-your-cppb-or-cppo-certification <div class="field-byline"> Jason Soza </div> <div class="node-body article-body">Jason Soza, Alaska's Chief Procurement Officer, discusses the benefits of procurement officer certification.</div> <div class="og_rss_groups"></div><p><a href="http://americancityandcounty.com/government-procurement/5-reasons-get-your-cppb-or-cppo-certification" target="_blank">read more</a></p> http://americancityandcounty.com/government-procurement/5-reasons-get-your-cppb-or-cppo-certification#comments Government Procurement Procurement Professional Purchasing & Procurement Silver Tue, 30 Jun 2015 15:34:00 +0000 65351 at http://americancityandcounty.com Two progressive ways to reduce energy costs with little investment http://americancityandcounty.com/government-procurement/two-progressive-ways-reduce-energy-costs-little-investment <div class="field-byline"> Bob Wooten </div> <div class="node-body article-body">Bob Wooten of Tradition Energy discusses Demand Response and Coincident Peak reduction programs as ways to save on energy costs.</div> <div class="og_rss_groups"></div><p><a href="http://americancityandcounty.com/government-procurement/two-progressive-ways-reduce-energy-costs-little-investment" target="_blank">read more</a></p> http://americancityandcounty.com/government-procurement/two-progressive-ways-reduce-energy-costs-little-investment#comments Government Procurement Fiscal Management Green Purchasing Negotiating Purchasing & Procurement Silver Tue, 30 Jun 2015 15:10:00 +0000 65341 at http://americancityandcounty.com Innovation in procurement http://americancityandcounty.com/government-procurement/innovation-procurement <div class="field-byline"> Kenneth Hayslette </div> <div class="node-body article-body">Kenneth Hayslette previews the topic of his NIGP Forum workshop session by discussing the need for innovation in procurement.</div> <div class="og_rss_groups"></div><p><a href="http://americancityandcounty.com/government-procurement/innovation-procurement" target="_blank">read more</a></p> http://americancityandcounty.com/government-procurement/innovation-procurement#comments Government Procurement Procurement Reform Purchasing & Procurement Silver Tue, 30 Jun 2015 15:02:00 +0000 65331 at http://americancityandcounty.com This is not a test http://americancityandcounty.com/government-procurement/not-test <div class="field-byline"> Stephen B. Gordon </div> <div class="field-deck"> Procurement Ponderable </div> <div class="node-body article-body">Stephen B. Gordon, director of graduate certification in public procurement and contract management at Old Dominion University, discusses how to secure the best deal for your procurement entity.</div> <div class="og_rss_groups"></div><p><a href="http://americancityandcounty.com/government-procurement/not-test" target="_blank">read more</a></p> http://americancityandcounty.com/government-procurement/not-test#comments Government Procurement Procurement Reform Purchasing & Procurement Silver Tue, 30 Jun 2015 14:56:00 +0000 65321 at http://americancityandcounty.com Digital Public Library receives $3.4 million to expand across U.S. http://americancityandcounty.com/economic-development/digital-public-library-receives-34-million-expand-across-us <div class="field-byline"> Stephanie Toone </div> <div class="node-body article-body">The funds will extend the network of digital historic artifacts to 36 states.</div> <div class="field-content-focus"> <span>Content Classification:&nbsp;</span> Curated </div> <div class="og_rss_groups"></div><p><a href="http://americancityandcounty.com/economic-development/digital-public-library-receives-34-million-expand-across-us" target="_blank">read more</a></p> http://americancityandcounty.com/economic-development/digital-public-library-receives-34-million-expand-across-us#comments Economic Development Mon, 29 Jun 2015 18:52:00 +0000 65311 at http://americancityandcounty.com Via Digital Public Library of America website Pa. county upgrades to web-based 911 dispatch http://americancityandcounty.com/communications/pa-county-upgrades-web-based-911-dispatch <div class="field-byline"> Stephanie Toone </div> <div class="node-body article-body">A new dispatch system will improve the 911 center’s communication with first responders.</div> <div class="field-content-focus"> <span>Content Classification:&nbsp;</span> Curated </div> <div class="og_rss_groups"></div><p><a href="http://americancityandcounty.com/communications/pa-county-upgrades-web-based-911-dispatch" target="_blank">read more</a></p> http://americancityandcounty.com/communications/pa-county-upgrades-web-based-911-dispatch#comments Communications Fri, 26 Jun 2015 20:37:00 +0000 65291 at http://americancityandcounty.com Via Cumberland County Department of Public Safety Facebook Keating Report: mid-year 2015 forecast on government budgets and spending-Part 3 http://americancityandcounty.com/highways-streets-bridges/keating-report-mid-year-2015-forecast-government-budgets-and-spending-part- <div class="field-deck"> Penton survey: Infrastructure is getting lots of attention in city budgets </div> <div class="node-body article-body">Several budget areas will get more funding in 2015 compared to 2014. An E-survey of GPN and American City and County readers shows that public safety, health coverage and road/infrastructure projects will all see bigger budgets in 2015. The survey question drew 316 responses.</div> <div class="og_rss_groups"></div><p><a href="http://americancityandcounty.com/highways-streets-bridges/keating-report-mid-year-2015-forecast-government-budgets-and-spending-part-" target="_blank">read more</a></p> http://americancityandcounty.com/highways-streets-bridges/keating-report-mid-year-2015-forecast-government-budgets-and-spending-part-#comments Construction Highways, Streets & Bridges Roadways GPN Fri, 26 Jun 2015 20:05:00 +0000 65301 at http://americancityandcounty.com Moving out http://americancityandcounty.com/economic-development/moving-out <div class="field-byline"> Stephanie Toone </div> <div class="field-deck"> Americans are moving at rapid rates to counties in Florida, Nevada and Arizona to flee rising tax and housing costs elsewhere. </div> <div class="node-body article-body">Americans are moving at rapid rates to counties in Florida, Nevada and Arizona to flee rising tax and housing costs elsewhere.</div> <div class="field-content-focus"> <span>Content Classification:&nbsp;</span> Curated </div> <div class="og_rss_groups"></div><p><a href="http://americancityandcounty.com/economic-development/moving-out" target="_blank">read more</a></p> http://americancityandcounty.com/economic-development/moving-out#comments Economic Development Fri, 26 Jun 2015 18:45:00 +0000 65281 at http://americancityandcounty.com Via Wikipedia