American City & County en Southern cities remove Confederate symbols from public areas <div class="node-body article-body">Some southern cities are mobilizing to remove Confederacy symbols from their areas. </div> <p><a href="" target="_blank">read more</a></p> Facilities Wed, 26 Apr 2017 18:31:00 +0000 77321 at <p>The Mississippi state flag. Image via <a href="">Wikimedia Commons</a>.&nbsp;</p> Students acquire practical skills in Kent State University’s MPA offering (with related video) <div class="node-body article-body">Kent State University's Daniel P. Hawes describes some of the features of the KSU MPA program. </div> <p><a href="" target="_blank">read more</a></p> Finance Human Resources Procurement Professional GPN Wed, 26 Apr 2017 15:32:00 +0000 77311 at <p>Kent State University, home of the Golden Flashes in athletics.</p> Technology ushers governments into the age of the digital office <div class="node-body blog-body">Technical writer Tim Wacker explains how document management software can help governments handle continuously expanding workloads.</div> <p><a href="" target="_blank">read more</a></p> Records Management Viewpoints Tue, 25 Apr 2017 23:22:00 +0000 77301 at New national cooperative contract awarded to provide travel management services <div class="node-body article-body">UNIGLOBE Travel Designers has been awarded a national cooperative contract to provide travel management services to government agencies and educational institutions throughout the U.S.</div> <p><a href="" target="_blank">read more</a></p> Contracts Cooperative Purchasing Finance Privatization & Outsourcing Purchasing & Procurement Strategic Sourcing GPN Mon, 24 Apr 2017 19:12:00 +0000 77291 at Mapping addiction <div class="field-byline"> Richard Leadbeater </div> <div class="field-deck"> How GIS can be a powerful tool in the fight against the opioid epidemic </div> <div class="node-body article-body">GIS can be a powerful tool in the fight against the opioid epidemic.</div> <p><a href="" target="_blank">read more</a></p> Smart Cities GIS & GPS Mon, 24 Apr 2017 18:14:00 +0000 77281 at Taxation placation <div class="field-deck"> The strategies counties use to devise new taxes and get voters on board with them </div> <div class="node-body article-body">Counties use various strategies to devise new taxes and get voters on board with them.</div> <p><a href="" target="_blank">read more</a></p> Citizen Engagement Finance Mon, 24 Apr 2017 17:16:00 +0000 77271 at <p>A sales tax increase in Johnson County, Kan., will help fund a new courthouse to replace the deficient facility pictured here. Image via Johnson County.</p> Stop the $57,000 surprise: get your utilities connected <div class="node-body blog-body">Smart Cities Council Editor Kevin Ebi describes how modernized and connected utilities are helping residents.</div> <p><a href="" target="_blank">read more</a></p> Infrastructure Smart Cities Smart Cities Council Viewpoints Mon, 24 Apr 2017 17:01:00 +0000 77261 at Webinar spotlights sporting goods cooperative contract <div class="field-deck"> Get the athletic and fitness gear for your agency in time for spring and summer sports </div> <div class="node-body article-body">Gopher Sport’s cooperative purchasing agreement with U.S. Communities for sports and fitness products can speed and simplify the acquisition process.</div> <p><a href="" target="_blank">read more</a></p> Contracts Coop Solutions Cooperative Purchasing Parks & Recreation Parks & Recreation Strategic Sourcing Mon, 24 Apr 2017 15:41:00 +0000 77241 at <p>In the photo: A few of Gopher&#39;s sports products.</p> Park paths are paved with material made of recycled tires <div class="node-body article-body">Park visitors in Florida walk through the parks on sturdy 8-foot-wide paths. The paths were installed with Porous Pave XL, a pour-in-place permeable paving material. </div> <p><a href="" target="_blank">read more</a></p> Products at Work Green Parks & Recreation Public Works Public Works Sustainability Mon, 24 Apr 2017 15:30:00 +0000 77251 at <p>The photo above shows the Sunrise, Fla., park paths after the Porous Pave XL paving material was installed. The flexible surfacing material enables water pass-through and reduces stormwater runoff.</p> Detroit’s water department threatens shutoff for nearly 18,000 homes <div class="node-body article-body">On April 19, the Detroit Water and Sewerage Department (DWSD) began shutting down water service for some residents who have failed to keep up payments. </div> <p><a href="" target="_blank">read more</a></p> Operations & Management Fri, 21 Apr 2017 22:49:00 +0000 77231 at <p>Industry along the Detroit River. Image via <a href="">Wikimedia Commons</a>.</p> New Georgia cities elect inaugural mayors, city councils <div class="node-body article-body">On November 8, 2016, Georgia voters approved the creation of the new cities of Stonecrest and South Fulton. Now, they’re electing leadership. </div> <p><a href="" target="_blank">read more</a></p> Administration Fri, 21 Apr 2017 20:59:00 +0000 77221 at <p>The Mall at Stonecrest, which is now a part of Stonecrest, Ga. (originally in Lithonia, Ga.). Image via <a href=",_Georgia.jpg">Wikimedia Commons</a>.</p> Keating Report: 2017 forecast on government budgets and spending — Part 3 <div class="field-deck"> For taxpayers, good fiscal news in the future, says Mayor Ed Pawlowski of Allentown, Pa. </div> <div class="node-body article-body">Allentown, Pa., residents will get a break from new municipal tax hikes.</div> <p><a href="" target="_blank">read more</a></p> Economic Development Finance Public Works Administration Public Works Thu, 20 Apr 2017 19:40:00 +0000 77211 at <p>In the photo: The recently constructed American Parkway Bridge in Allentown, Pa., is helping to revitalize the waterfront on the western bank of the Lehigh River.</p> Utility vehicle performs a variety of tasks in Oregon tourist community <div class="node-body article-body">Seaside, Ore., Fire & Rescue has purchased a Polaris RANGER 6x6 utility vehicle to complement their existing fleet of lifeguard and rescue vehicles.</div> <p><a href="" target="_blank">read more</a></p> Fleets Products at Work Fleets Public Safety Public Safety Wed, 19 Apr 2017 22:07:00 +0000 77201 at <p>In the photo: The Polaris RANGER 6x6 utility vehicle on beach patrol for Seaside, Ore.&rsquo;s fire and rescue department.</p> Communications experts gather at IWCE 2017 <div class="node-body article-body">Over 7,000 communications technology professionals gathered in Las Vegas for the 40th annual International Wireless Communications Expo to network, learn more about the industry and check out innovative technologies from more than 400 exhibitors, 100 of which were new to the event.</div> <p><a href="" target="_blank">read more</a></p> Technology Wed, 19 Apr 2017 17:08:00 +0000 77191 at <p>IWCE 2017 in Las Vegas. Photo by Derek Prall.</p> Washington city installs smart water system that quickly detects leaks <div class="node-body article-body">Monroe, Wash., is using smart water technology from Sensus to update its infrastructure and reduce leaks.</div> <p><a href="" target="_blank">read more</a></p> Products at Work Green Public Works Public Works Sustainability Water Wed, 19 Apr 2017 15:32:00 +0000 77171 at <p>In the photo: A bridge in Monroe, Wash.</p> Amid the rise of sanctuary cities, some eschew the term, enforce federal immigration laws <div class="node-body article-body">Despite federal officials’ denouncements of sanctuary cities, many have defiantly held their ground on immigration. Others, however, have opted to eschew the title, with some enforcing immigration laws more heavily than before.</div> <p><a href="" target="_blank">read more</a></p> Law Enforcement Tue, 18 Apr 2017 23:26:00 +0000 77161 at <p>A U.S. Border Patrol Station in south Texas. Image via <a href="" target="_blank">Wikimedia Commons.</a></p> Medical center cuts energy and other costs with new mechanical systems <div class="node-body article-body">ConEdison Solutions, a national energy services company, served as prime contractor on an energy upgrade project at the Northport Veterans Affairs Medical Center in Northport, N.Y.</div> <p><a href="" target="_blank">read more</a></p> Buildings & Facilities Facilities Products at Work Green Technology Sustainability Technology Tue, 18 Apr 2017 18:58:00 +0000 77151 at <p>In the photo: Helicopters were used to hoist some of the mechanical systems and other equipment installed in the NVAMC infrastructure upgrade.</p> The Public Procurement Guide for Elected and Senior Government Officials <div class="node-body article-body">For those unfamiliar with the ins and outs of the industry, public procurement can be a complicated topic to broach. To clear the confusion, NIGP - The Institute for Public Procurement has released its Public Procurement Guide for Senior and Elected Government Officials</div> <p><a href="" target="_blank">read more</a></p> White Papers Tue, 18 Apr 2017 12:32:00 +0000 77141 at Working together <div class="node-body article-body">Co-ops are changing the way governments do business, and as a result, procurement is becoming a team sport.</div> <p><a href="" target="_blank">read more</a></p> Government Procurement Cooperative Purchasing Mon, 17 Apr 2017 16:03:00 +0000 77121 at St. Louis sues NFL over Rams’ relocation <div class="node-body article-body">The City and County of St. Louis are both suing the National Football League over last year's relocation of the Rams football franchise to Los Angeles.</div> <p><a href="" target="_blank">read more</a></p> Courts Finance Fri, 14 Apr 2017 22:46:00 +0000 77111 at <p>Interior of the Edward Jones Dome, the former home of the former St. Louis Rams. Image via <a href="">Wikimedia Commons</a>.</p> Flail mowers offer versatility <div class="node-body article-body">The Land Pride FM25 Series of flail mowers is built for use in sports or recreation areas, yards with trees, and other grounds maintenance applications.</div> <p><a href="" target="_blank">read more</a></p> Grounds Maintenance & Landscaping Parks & Recreation Public Works Public Works Wed, 12 Apr 2017 19:41:00 +0000 77101 at Two major cities commit to 100 percent renewable energy for government, community needs <div class="node-body article-body">Many cities across the U.S. have pledged to use renewable energy for all or a large portion of their energy needs. This week, two major cities joined the movement. </div> <p><a href="" target="_blank">read more</a></p> Renewable Energy Wed, 12 Apr 2017 18:48:00 +0000 77091 at <p>A section of an Oregon Solar Highway project. Image via <a href="">Wikimedia Commons</a>.</p> Hacker sounds Dallas weather sirens for 95 minutes <div class="node-body article-body">A hacker created a cacophonous symphony using all 156 of Dallas’ weather sirens as his instruments. The tumult lasted over an hour and a half Friday night and went on until early Saturday morning.</div> <p><a href="" target="_blank">read more</a></p> Broadband Government Security Wed, 12 Apr 2017 17:26:00 +0000 77081 at <p>A tornado siren. Image via <a href=",_Minnesota_(25367993135).jpg">Wikimedia Commons</a>.</p> Three traffic relief ideas from cities with the shortest commutes <div class="node-body blog-body">Smart Cities Council Publications Editor Kevin Ebi discusses lessons cities can learn from cities like San Diego, Cincinnati, Buffalo, N.Y. and Milwaukee, Wisc.</div> <p><a href="" target="_blank">read more</a></p> Smart Cities Smart Cities Council Viewpoints Tue, 11 Apr 2017 21:00:00 +0000 74671 at Internal Revenue Service to begin new procedure for initiating tax-exempt bond audits <div class="node-body blog-body">Victoria Ozimek and Brian Teaff, public finance attorneys at Bracewell LLP, detail new IRS rules for initiating tax-exempt bond audits and how to navigate the changes.</div> <p><a href="" target="_blank">read more</a></p> Finance Viewpoints Tue, 11 Apr 2017 17:16:00 +0000 77071 at Fabric buildings meet a variety of waste management needs (with related video) <div class="node-body article-body">ClearSpan Fabric Structures can provide the right waste management solution. The firm will be attending the 2017 Waste Expo in New Orleans. The show takes place May 8-11. The firm’s representatives will be located at Booth 2202.</div> <p><a href="" target="_blank">read more</a></p> Buildings & Facilities Green Public Works Public Works Sustainability Tue, 11 Apr 2017 15:46:00 +0000 77061 at <p>In the photo: A ClearSpan fabric structure used in waste management.</p> An interdisciplinary approach is what you’ll find in Syracuse U.’s EMPA offering (with related video) <div class="node-body article-body">Tina Nabatchi at the Maxwell School of Citizenship and Public Affairs at Syracuse University outlines characteristics of the Maxwell School’s Executive Master of Public Administration program.</div> <p><a href="" target="_blank">read more</a></p> Finance Human Resources GPN Mon, 10 Apr 2017 19:00:00 +0000 77051 at <p>In the photo: A view of the Syracuse University campus.</p> Webinar: What public buyers need to do when disaster strikes <div class="field-deck"> Best practices for using cooperative contracts </div> <div class="node-body article-body">Purchasing in an emergency has evolved, says Rick Bond, vice president of sales at Safeware, Inc. He outlines changes and best practices in emergency procurement in a U.S. Communities on-demand video.</div> <p><a href="" target="_blank">read more</a></p> Contracts Coop Solutions Cooperative Purchasing Finance Public Safety Purchasing & Procurement Strategic Sourcing Public Safety Mon, 10 Apr 2017 13:07:00 +0000 77041 at Why Kansas City, Mo., leaders want a smart city—and how they're doing it <div class="node-body blog-body">Smart Cities Council Staff Writer Doug Peeples explains how Kansas City, Mo., leaders started small in their quest to make their city a smart city.</div> <p><a href="" target="_blank">read more</a></p> Smart Cities Smart Cities Council Viewpoints Sun, 09 Apr 2017 19:07:00 +0000 75421 at Austin public safety officials ramp up response to synthetic drug outbreak <div class="node-body article-body">An increased wave of incidents tied to a synthetic drug has led Austin, Texas, public safety officials to increase their response. </div> <p><a href="" target="_blank">read more</a></p> Law Enforcement Fri, 07 Apr 2017 21:56:00 +0000 77031 at <p>A cup of synthetic cannabinoid Spice, or K2. Image via <a href="">Wikimedia Commons</a>.</p>