American City & County en At NIGP Forum: Learn more about online supplier directory (with related video) <div class="node-body article-body">, which is a free industrial supplier discovery and product-sourcing platform, was recently relaunched. Attendees at the upcoming NIGP Forum (NIGP: The Institute for Public Procurement) can learn more about the platform’s features.</div> <div class="og_rss_groups"></div><p><a href="" target="_blank">read more</a></p> Contracts Purchasing & Procurement Strategic Sourcing GPN Thu, 30 Jul 2015 21:48:00 +0000 66141 at <p>In the photo: A screenshot of the Diversity application within the ThomasNet Supplier Discovery platform.</p> Public works products to meet specific needs <div class="node-body gallery-body">These public works products are being designed to meet more specific needs for greater usability.</div> <div class="og_rss_groups"></div><p><a href="" target="_blank">read more</a></p> Public Works GPN Wed, 29 Jul 2015 20:06:00 +0000 66131 at Law enforcement products catalog now available <div class="node-body article-body"> has issued a new catalog of law enforcement equipment.</div> <div class="og_rss_groups"></div><p><a href="" target="_blank">read more</a></p> Emergency Response Emergency Management Homeland Security Law Enforcement Law Enforcement Wed, 29 Jul 2015 15:43:00 +0000 66121 at Home is where the heart is <div class="node-body article-body">When Grayson County, Va., needed serious help, Jonathan Sweet returned home to answer the call. For this reason he has been named American City & County's County Leader of the year, 2015.</div> <div class="og_rss_groups"></div><p><a href="" target="_blank">read more</a></p> Administration Wed, 29 Jul 2015 15:07:00 +0000 66111 at <p><sup>American City &amp; County&#39;s County Leader of the Year 2015, Jonathan Sweet</sup></p> Key source of heavy equipment intelligence now available <div class="node-body article-body">Find price, volume and age trends observed during the month of June 2015 in the new EquipmentWatch INDEX.</div> <div class="og_rss_groups"></div><p><a href="" target="_blank">read more</a></p> Construction Fleets Finance Management Material Handling Vehicles Purchasing & Procurement Public Works Tue, 28 Jul 2015 16:09:00 +0000 66101 at Air-powered mixer offers no-clog operation <div class="node-body article-body">Use the GridBee AP500 air-powered mixer for mixing all types of liquids in municipal and industrial wastewater treatment tanks.</div> <div class="og_rss_groups"></div><p><a href="" target="_blank">read more</a></p> Infrastructure Stormwater Green Wastewater Water & Wastewater Mon, 27 Jul 2015 15:49:00 +0000 66091 at <p>In the photo: The GridBee AP500 air-powered mixer from Medora Corp. At the left in the photo is the smallest model in the GridBee AP series. It fits through a 12-inch hatch and offers maintenance-free mixing for wastewater basins.</p> Photo: Medora Corp. Cooperative purchasing is on the front burner <div class="node-body article-body">A facilitated discussion, “Everything You Always Wanted to Know About Coops! 2015 Edition,” will take place Tuesday, Aug. 4. </div> <div class="og_rss_groups"></div><p><a href="" target="_blank">read more</a></p> Coop Solutions Mon, 27 Jul 2015 15:13:00 +0000 66081 at Excavator helps Massachusetts town upgrade water mains <div class="node-body article-body">Residents in Scituate, Mass., were fed up with brown water caused from sediment in the town’s old water pipes. In November 2013, they voted in favor of a $22 million water main replacement project, taking place over three years, to install 24 miles of new underground pipes.</div> <div class="og_rss_groups"></div><p><a href="" target="_blank">read more</a></p> Products at Work Public Works Water Mon, 27 Jul 2015 14:59:00 +0000 66071 at Integrated video surveillance systems enhance Atlanta’s public safety <div class="node-body article-body">Operation Shield is an initiative of the Atlanta Police Foundation and the Atlanta Police Department (APD) that enables APD officers to monitor video feeds from public and participating private sector cameras in emergency situations.</div> <div class="og_rss_groups"></div><p><a href="" target="_blank">read more</a></p> Products at Work Technology Mon, 27 Jul 2015 14:56:00 +0000 66061 at Policing-as-a-Platform setup helps California police go green <div class="node-body article-body">The Palm Springs, Calif., Police Department deployed SceneDoc, a mobile platform that streamlines documenting crime and accident scenes, in February 2015. The platform also enables uploading collected evidence to encrypted cloud servers.</div> <div class="og_rss_groups"></div><p><a href="" target="_blank">read more</a></p> Products at Work Law Enforcement Technology Mon, 27 Jul 2015 14:49:00 +0000 66051 at Asheboro, N.C., finds new uses for Mobile311 system <div class="node-body article-body">When Asheboro, N.C., selected Mobile311, FacilityDude’s GIS and mobile mapping system in 2008, reducing sanitation fuel expenses was the goal. The decision ultimately helped the city reduce its sanitation budget by 68 percent, with the efficiency savings coming from not just reducing fuel consumption but also the number of trucks and man-hours.</div> <div class="og_rss_groups"></div><p><a href="" target="_blank">read more</a></p> Products at Work Technology Mon, 27 Jul 2015 14:41:00 +0000 66041 at Wireless upgrade offers access across 5 key spots in California city <div class="node-body article-body">Thousand Oaks, Calif., is working to ensure the mobility and communications options of its residents and businesses. </div> <div class="og_rss_groups"></div><p><a href="" target="_blank">read more</a></p> Technology Mon, 27 Jul 2015 14:37:00 +0000 66031 at <p><sup>This image shows the primary location, City Hall and Civic Arts Plaza in Thousand Oaks, Calif., where the wireless networking equipment is installed.</sup></p> Scenic Wisconsin village gets a traffic makeover <div class="node-body article-body">Sauk City, Wis., is home to numerous historic sites, including the original Culver’s fast-food restaurant and the nearly 200 year-old Stinglhammer home. However, getting to these places was becoming increasingly frustrating, and sometimes even dangerous.</div> <div class="og_rss_groups"></div><p><a href="" target="_blank">read more</a></p> Roadways Mon, 27 Jul 2015 14:33:00 +0000 66021 at Florida university boosts productivity and versatility with utility vehicles <div class="node-body article-body">St. Thomas University recently leased 16 electric-powered Carryall utility vehicles. Several are accessorized with Club Car’s configurable, removable, VersAttach track-based bed attachment system. The system is based on a unique mount that fits into the Carryall’s Rhino-lined aluminum bed boxes.</div> <div class="og_rss_groups"></div><p><a href="" target="_blank">read more</a></p> Fleets Products at Work Mon, 27 Jul 2015 14:27:00 +0000 66011 at <p><sub>Crews at St. Thomas University rely on electric-powered Carryall utility vehicles.</sub></p> Vendors: Tips on landing government contracts during federal buying season <div class="field-byline"> Martin J. Milita </div> <div class="node-body article-body">Martin J. Milita Jr. Esq., senior director at Duane Morris Government Strategies, offers pointers that will help vendors and contractors land federal government sales. Federal selling season takes place as the end of the federal fiscal year nears on Sept. 30.</div> <div class="og_rss_groups"></div><p><a href="" target="_blank">read more</a></p> Contracts Federal Finance Purchasing & Procurement Proposals & Bids GPN Fri, 24 Jul 2015 20:08:00 +0000 66001 at <p>Martin J. Milita Jr.</p> We can be cautiously optimistic about budgets <div class="node-body blog-body">Michael Keating tells why he is cautiously upbeat about the fiscal health of governments in the U.S. </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="" target="_blank">read more</a></p> Finance GPN Viewpoints Thu, 23 Jul 2015 19:45:00 +0000 65991 at Designing with a purpose <div class="field-byline"> Gregory Cook </div> <div class="node-body article-body">Designs for social justice in cities and counties</div> <div class="og_rss_groups"></div><p><a href="" target="_blank">read more</a></p> Facilities Wed, 22 Jul 2015 15:32:00 +0000 65981 at <p>A rendering of the Stanislaus County REACT Center Housing Units and Outdoor Programs. Images provided by HOK.</p> EPA climate awards <div class="field-byline"> Melissa Klein </div> <div class="field-deck"> Municipalities’ climate actions serve as examples to others </div> <div class="node-body article-body">Municipalities’ climate actions serve as examples to others</div> <div class="og_rss_groups"></div><p><a href="" target="_blank">read more</a></p> Sustainability Wed, 22 Jul 2015 15:22:00 +0000 65971 at <p>Bridgeport, Conn., Mayor Bill Finch accepts his Climate Leadership Award.</p> Keating Report: mid-year 2015 forecast on government budgets and spending-Part 5 (with related video) <div class="field-deck"> Experts at the Council of State Governments and other groups offer their views on how they see state government budgets shaping up for the second half of 2015. </div> <div class="node-body article-body">Government budgets are growing, but some state governments are searching for new revenue sources.</div> <div class="og_rss_groups"></div><p><a href="" target="_blank">read more</a></p> Finance GPN Wed, 22 Jul 2015 14:29:00 +0000 65951 at <p>Sujit CanagaRetna</p> Seattle street marking leads to snail parade <div class="node-body blog-body">Seattle Department of Transportation crews' street marking blunder slowed things down on a West Seattle street over the weekend.</div> <div class="field-content-focus"> <span>Content Classification:&nbsp;</span> Curated </div> <div class="og_rss_groups"><ul class="links"><li class="og_links first last"><a href="/blog/government-lighter-side">Governments&#039; Lighter Side</a></li> </ul></div><p><a href="" target="_blank">read more</a></p> Roadways Governments&#039; Lighter Side Wed, 22 Jul 2015 14:26:00 +0000 65961 at Top 10 Worst Cities for Drivers <div class="node-body gallery-body">A new study shows that Americans spend 200 hours on the road each year. Find out the 10 worst cities for traffic, safety and costs for drivers.</div> <div class="og_rss_groups"></div><p><a href="" target="_blank">read more</a></p> Roadways Tue, 21 Jul 2015 18:52:00 +0000 65941 at Innovative parks and recreation products <div class="node-body gallery-body">Check out these innovative parks and recreation products while summer's still in full swing.</div> <div class="og_rss_groups"></div><p><a href="" target="_blank">read more</a></p> Parks & Recreation GPN Tue, 21 Jul 2015 15:56:00 +0000 65931 at What government buyers should seek in choosing a supplier (with related video) <div class="field-byline"> Sidney Mair </div> <div class="field-deck"> Government buyers should seek suppliers who exhibit leadership and understand agency mission, vision and goals for fiscal year-end purchasing. </div> <div class="node-body article-body">Sidney Mair, senior vice president of Federal Systems at Penguin Computing, tells what government suppliers should offer as the federal fiscal year-end approaches on Sept. 30.</div> <div class="og_rss_groups"></div><p><a href="" target="_blank">read more</a></p> Computers & Monitors Cloud Computing Federal Hardware & Software Procurement Professional Purchasing & Procurement Technology Tue, 21 Jul 2015 14:59:00 +0000 65891 at <p>Sidney Mair</p> Cushman realigns its product offerings (with related video) <div class="node-body article-body">Cushman will realign its product offerings and launch new names for its 1600XD vehicle series.</div> <div class="og_rss_groups"></div><p><a href="" target="_blank">read more</a></p> Construction Facilities Fleets Maintenance Material Handling Parks & Recreation Vehicles Grounds Maintenance & Landscaping Parks & Recreation Mon, 20 Jul 2015 19:28:00 +0000 65871 at <p>In the photo: a Cushman Hauler 4X4 Diesel.</p> Google honors state voting innovators <div class="field-byline"> Stephanie Toone </div> <div class="node-body article-body">Seven states were recently honored for their participation in an open-data voting program, the Voter Information Project, offered by Google and the Pew Charitable Organizations.</div> <div class="og_rss_groups"></div><p><a href="" target="_blank">read more</a></p> Citizen Engagement Mon, 20 Jul 2015 15:11:00 +0000 65861 at Via Voting Information Project website ConnectHome will close ‘homework gap’ for low-income children without Internet <div class="field-byline"> Stephanie Toone </div> <div class="node-body article-body">The White House announced a technology program that will potentially connect 275,000 low-income homes with Internet services and digital training.</div> <div class="og_rss_groups"></div><p><a href="" target="_blank">read more</a></p> Economic Development Broadband Mon, 20 Jul 2015 13:59:00 +0000 65851 at <p>According to the U.S. Census Bureau, 53 percent of households led by individuals without high school diplomas do not have a broadband Internet connection.</p> Via ConnectHome website Governments are steady buyers of lawn care, turf and grounds maintenance products <div class="node-body article-body">Governments are increasing their spending on lawn care, turf and grounds maintenance equipment and supplies, say market researchers at the Freedonia Group, Onvia and Penton's Govalytics. </div> <div class="og_rss_groups"></div><p><a href="" target="_blank">read more</a></p> Facilities Golf Courses Parks & Recreation Green Grounds Maintenance & Landscaping Parks & Recreation Fri, 17 Jul 2015 15:01:00 +0000 65841 at <p>In the photo: ProGanics Biotic Soil Media, a topsoil alternative, from Profile Products.</p> Crisis Text Line sheds light on next-generation 911 possibilities <div class="field-byline"> Stephanie Toone </div> <div class="node-body article-body">A national text hotline has received more than 7.2 million text messages from individuals in crisis. The National Emergency Number Association’s Trey Fogerty applauds the organization’s vision and details the takeaways for the 911 community.</div> <div class="og_rss_groups"></div><p><a href="" target="_blank">read more</a></p> Communications Mobile Fri, 17 Jul 2015 14:32:00 +0000 65831 at Via Crisis Text Line Do standing desks make sense? <div class="node-body advpoll_binary-body"><p>The typical office worker spends 5 hours and 40 minutes sitting each day at his or her desk. Scientists say that people who sit all day for years on the job may find themselves with a range of health problems. Please choose your answer(s).</p> <p>&nbsp;</p> </div><form action="/poll/07162015" accept-charset="UTF-8" method="post" id="advpoll-voting-binary-form-0" class="advpoll-vote"> <div><div class="poll"> <div class="advpoll-available-choices"> <div class="vote-choices"> <div class="form-checkboxes"><div class="form-item" id="edit-choice-3541-wrapper"> <label class="option" for="edit-choice-3541"><input type="checkbox" name="choice[3541]" id="edit-choice-3541" value="3541" class="form-checkbox" /> Yes, standing desks boost worker productivity.</label> </div> <div class="form-item" id="edit-choice-3551-wrapper"> <label class="option" for="edit-choice-3551"><input type="checkbox" name="choice[3551]" id="edit-choice-3551" value="3551" class="form-checkbox" /> No, standing desks do not boost worker productivity.</label> </div> <div class="form-item" id="edit-choice-3561-wrapper"> <label class="option" for="edit-choice-3561"><input type="checkbox" name="choice[3561]" id="edit-choice-3561" value="3561" class="form-checkbox" /> Yes, standing desks should be mandatory in government offices.</label> </div> <div class="form-item" id="edit-choice-3571-wrapper"> <label class="option" for="edit-choice-3571"><input type="checkbox" name="choice[3571]" id="edit-choice-3571" value="3571" class="form-checkbox" /> No, standing desks should not be mandatory in government offices.</label> </div> <div class="form-item" id="edit-choice-3581-wrapper"> <label class="option" for="edit-choice-3581"><input type="checkbox" name="choice[3581]" id="edit-choice-3581" value="3581" class="form-checkbox" /> Yes, governments should provide standing desks to all employees.</label> </div> <div class="form-item" id="edit-choice-3591-wrapper"> <label class="option" for="edit-choice-3591"><input type="checkbox" name="choice[3591]" id="edit-choice-3591" value="3591" class="form-checkbox" /> No, governments should not provide standing desks to all employees.</label> </div> <div class="form-item" id="edit-choice-3601-wrapper"> <label class="option" for="edit-choice-3601"><input type="checkbox" name="choice[3601]" id="edit-choice-3601" value="3601" class="form-checkbox" /> Yes, I currently work at a standing desk.</label> </div> <div class="form-item" id="edit-choice-3611-wrapper"> <label class="option" for="edit-choice-3611"><input type="checkbox" name="choice[3611]" id="edit-choice-3611" value="3611" class="form-checkbox" /> No, I don't currently work at a standing desk.</label> </div> <div class="form-item" id="edit-choice-3621-wrapper"> <label class="option" for="edit-choice-3621"><input type="checkbox" name="choice[3621]" id="edit-choice-3621" value="3621" class="form-checkbox" /> Yes, workers at standing desks should get a discount on their health insurance premium.</label> </div> <div class="form-item" id="edit-choice-3631-wrapper"> <label class="option" for="edit-choice-3631"><input type="checkbox" name="choice[3631]" id="edit-choice-3631" value="3631" class="form-checkbox" /> No, workers at standing desks should not get a discount on their health insurance premium.</label> </div> <div class="form-item" id="edit-choice-3641-wrapper"> <label class="option" for="edit-choice-3641"><input type="checkbox" name="choice[3641]" id="edit-choice-3641" value="3641" class="form-checkbox" /> Yes, more of my co-workers will be doing their jobs at standing desks in the future.</label> </div> <div class="form-item" id="edit-choice-3651-wrapper"> <label class="option" for="edit-choice-3651"><input type="checkbox" name="choice[3651]" id="edit-choice-3651" value="3651" class="form-checkbox" /> Yes, an exercise treadmill should be part of the standing desk setup.</label> </div> <div class="form-item" id="edit-choice-3661-wrapper"> <label class="option" for="edit-choice-3661"><input type="checkbox" name="choice[3661]" id="edit-choice-3661" value="3661" class="form-checkbox" /> Yes, employees should be able to replace their desk chair with an exercise ball or balance ball.</label> </div> </div> </div> </div> <input type="hidden" name="ajax" id="edit-ajax" value="" class="ajax" /> <input type="hidden" name="nid" id="edit-nid" value="65821" class="edit-nid" /> <input type="submit" name="op" id="edit-vote-binary-0" value="Answer" class="form-submit" /> <input type="hidden" name="form_build_id" id="form-A85hWCs22QRg0gERCDHqw8_Xv9jVZW_lyUN0GEsNhd4" value="form-A85hWCs22QRg0gERCDHqw8_Xv9jVZW_lyUN0GEsNhd4" /> <input type="hidden" name="form_id" id="edit-advpoll-voting-binary-form" value="advpoll_voting_binary_form" /> </div> </div></form> <div class="og_rss_groups"></div> Thu, 16 Jul 2015 20:46:10 +0000 65821 at Versatile pipe to be displayed at construction conference (with related video) <div class="node-body article-body">Hobas pipe is used for new construction and rehab in a variety of installations. The company sells centrifugally cast, fiberglass-reinforced, polymer mortar pipe (CCFRPM). The firm is exhibiting at several upcoming conferences. </div> <div class="og_rss_groups"></div><p><a href="" target="_blank">read more</a></p> Construction Green Waste Water & Wastewater Technology Technology Thu, 16 Jul 2015 14:08:00 +0000 65811 at <p>In the photo: A routine installation of Hobas pipe in a Chaska, Minn., project.</p>