American City & County http://americancityandcounty.com/rss.xml en School bus now available on Ford Transit platform (with related video) http://americancityandcounty.com/vehicles/school-bus-now-available-ford-transit-platform-related-video <div class="node-body article-body">Blue Bird is the first manufacturer to build a production Type A school bus on the Ford Transit cutaway chassis. The chassis offers good fuel economy.</div> <div class="og_rss_groups"></div><p><a href="http://americancityandcounty.com/vehicles/school-bus-now-available-ford-transit-platform-related-video" target="_blank">read more</a></p> http://americancityandcounty.com/vehicles/school-bus-now-available-ford-transit-platform-related-video#comments Alternative Fuels & Vehicles Fleets Management Vehicles Green Thu, 28 May 2015 13:29:00 +0000 64721 at http://americancityandcounty.com <p>In the photo: A Type A school bus on the new Ford Transit cutaway chassis.</p> Co-op contract saves money, improves utility’s business http://americancityandcounty.com/coop-solutions/co-op-contract-saves-money-improves-utility-s-business <div class="field-deck"> The agreement lets the utility focus its IT staff on high-value tasks </div> <div class="node-body article-body">The agreement lets the utility focus its IT staff on high-value tasks.</div> <div class="og_rss_groups"></div><p><a href="http://americancityandcounty.com/coop-solutions/co-op-contract-saves-money-improves-utility-s-business" target="_blank">read more</a></p> http://americancityandcounty.com/coop-solutions/co-op-contract-saves-money-improves-utility-s-business#comments Coop Solutions Wed, 27 May 2015 14:47:00 +0000 64711 at http://americancityandcounty.com <p>Paul Pauesick</p> Modernizing Elections Webinar May 28 http://americancityandcounty.com/gov-cloud/modernizing-elections-webinar-may-28 <div class="node-body video-body">The webinar will feature DuPage County, Ill.'s transformation of its Election Process. </div> <div class="og_rss_groups"></div><p><a href="http://americancityandcounty.com/gov-cloud/modernizing-elections-webinar-may-28" target="_blank">read more</a></p> http://americancityandcounty.com/gov-cloud/modernizing-elections-webinar-may-28#comments Gov Cloud Wed, 27 May 2015 14:39:00 +0000 64701 at http://americancityandcounty.com Chasing change http://americancityandcounty.com/public-safety/chasing-change <div class="field-deck"> Fire and law enforcement officials are addressing their unique challenges. </div> <div class="node-body article-body">Fire and law enforcement officials are addressing their unique challenges.</div> <div class="og_rss_groups"></div><p><a href="http://americancityandcounty.com/public-safety/chasing-change" target="_blank">read more</a></p> http://americancityandcounty.com/public-safety/chasing-change#comments Public Safety Wed, 27 May 2015 14:13:00 +0000 64691 at http://americancityandcounty.com A wide range of public safety products http://americancityandcounty.com/public-safety/wide-range-public-safety-products <div class="field-byline"> Elijah Black </div> <div class="node-body gallery-body">Is public safety a concern for your agency? Then check out these products.</div> <div class="field-interstitial-ads-frequency"> <span>Interstitial Ads Frequency:&nbsp;</span> -1 </div> <div class="og_rss_groups"></div><p><a href="http://americancityandcounty.com/public-safety/wide-range-public-safety-products" target="_blank">read more</a></p> http://americancityandcounty.com/public-safety/wide-range-public-safety-products#comments Public Safety GPN Tue, 26 May 2015 13:49:00 +0000 64681 at http://americancityandcounty.com How to keep government IT work forces productive http://americancityandcounty.com/hardware-software/how-keep-government-it-work-forces-productive <div class="node-body article-body">Alan Engler of Nexus Connected GovEd offers his views on recruiting and retaining the government IT work force in 2015.</div> <div class="og_rss_groups"></div><p><a href="http://americancityandcounty.com/hardware-software/how-keep-government-it-work-forces-productive" target="_blank">read more</a></p> http://americancityandcounty.com/hardware-software/how-keep-government-it-work-forces-productive#comments Computers & Monitors Cloud Computing Hardware & Software Telecommunications Fri, 22 May 2015 19:15:00 +0000 64671 at http://americancityandcounty.com <p>Alan Engler</p> Michigan city joins inter-governmental trade network http://americancityandcounty.com/gpn/michigan-city-joins-inter-governmental-trade-network <div class="node-body article-body">Berkley, Mich., has joined the MITN Purchasing Group, an e-procurement system.</div> <div class="og_rss_groups"></div><p><a href="http://americancityandcounty.com/gpn/michigan-city-joins-inter-governmental-trade-network" target="_blank">read more</a></p> http://americancityandcounty.com/gpn/michigan-city-joins-inter-governmental-trade-network#comments Cooperative Purchasing Purchasing & Procurement Public Works Strategic Sourcing GPN Fri, 22 May 2015 14:34:00 +0000 64661 at http://americancityandcounty.com <p>Jane Bais DiSessa</p> International privacy standards for governments and schools? http://americancityandcounty.com/technology/international-privacy-standards-governments-and-schools <div class="field-byline"> Bradley Shear </div> <div class="node-body article-body">Attorney Bradley Shear tells why governments and schools should require cloud vendors to adopt international privacy standards.</div> <div class="og_rss_groups"></div><p><a href="http://americancityandcounty.com/technology/international-privacy-standards-governments-and-schools" target="_blank">read more</a></p> http://americancityandcounty.com/technology/international-privacy-standards-governments-and-schools#comments Cloud Computing Homeland Security Security Government Security Telecommunications Technology Technology Thu, 21 May 2015 14:14:00 +0000 64651 at http://americancityandcounty.com <p>Bradley S. Shear</p> Kimball Office completes showroom redesign in nation’s capital (with related video) http://americancityandcounty.com/buildings-facilities/kimball-office-completes-showroom-redesign-nation-s-capital-related-video <div class="node-body article-body">Kimball Office is introducing its redesigned and renovated Washington, D.C., showroom.</div> <div class="og_rss_groups"></div><p><a href="http://americancityandcounty.com/buildings-facilities/kimball-office-completes-showroom-redesign-nation-s-capital-related-video" target="_blank">read more</a></p> http://americancityandcounty.com/buildings-facilities/kimball-office-completes-showroom-redesign-nation-s-capital-related-video#comments Buildings & Facilities Facilities Green Wed, 20 May 2015 22:18:00 +0000 64641 at http://americancityandcounty.com <p>Some Kimball Office furniture and furnishings at the new Washington, D.C., showroom.</p> Three ways to boost municipal battery recycling programs http://americancityandcounty.com/blog/three-ways-boost-municipal-battery-recycling-programs <div class="node-body blog-body">Linda Gabor, vice president of marketing and customer service at Call2Recycle offers three tips for municipalities looking to remove more batteries from their solid waste streams.</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/three-ways-boost-municipal-battery-recycling-programs" target="_blank">read more</a></p> http://americancityandcounty.com/blog/three-ways-boost-municipal-battery-recycling-programs#comments Recycling Viewpoints Wed, 20 May 2015 16:18:00 +0000 64631 at http://americancityandcounty.com Policing with propane http://americancityandcounty.com/alternative-fuels-vehicles/policing-propane <div class="field-deck"> Sandy Springs, Ga., sees cost savings, environmental returns after converting fleet to propane autogas </div> <div class="node-body article-body">Sandy Springs, Ga., sees cost savings, environmental returns after converting fleet to propane autogas</div> <div class="og_rss_groups"></div><p><a href="http://americancityandcounty.com/alternative-fuels-vehicles/policing-propane" target="_blank">read more</a></p> http://americancityandcounty.com/alternative-fuels-vehicles/policing-propane#comments Alternative Fuels & Vehicles Wed, 20 May 2015 15:52:00 +0000 64621 at http://americancityandcounty.com Eco friendly http://americancityandcounty.com/sustainability/eco-friendly <div class="node-body gallery-body">Sustainability is an admirable goal, and communities across the country are doing their best to protect the environment. Here are several projects illustrating the various ways cities and counties are going green.</div> <div class="field-interstitial-ads-frequency"> <span>Interstitial Ads Frequency:&nbsp;</span> -1 </div> <div class="og_rss_groups"></div><p><a href="http://americancityandcounty.com/sustainability/eco-friendly" target="_blank">read more</a></p> http://americancityandcounty.com/sustainability/eco-friendly#comments Sustainability Wed, 20 May 2015 15:38:00 +0000 64601 at http://americancityandcounty.com Transportation automation http://americancityandcounty.com/technology/transportation-automation <div class="field-deck"> Communities are getting ahead of the driverless curve. </div> <div class="node-body article-body">Communities are getting ahead of the driverless curve.</div> <div class="og_rss_groups"></div><p><a href="http://americancityandcounty.com/technology/transportation-automation" target="_blank">read more</a></p> http://americancityandcounty.com/technology/transportation-automation#comments Roadways Technology Wed, 20 May 2015 15:19:00 +0000 64591 at http://americancityandcounty.com <p><sup>Driverless technology&nbsp; being tested at the new GoMentum station, located in Contra Costa County, Calif. Photo courtesy of CCTA. </sup></p> Jacobsen begins production of hover mower http://americancityandcounty.com/grounds-maintenance-landscaping/jacobsen-begins-production-hover-mower <div class="node-body article-body">Jacobsen has introduced the HoverKing. It is a lightweight hover mower. It is suited for maintaining slopes on golf courses.</div> <div class="og_rss_groups"></div><p><a href="http://americancityandcounty.com/grounds-maintenance-landscaping/jacobsen-begins-production-hover-mower" target="_blank">read more</a></p> http://americancityandcounty.com/grounds-maintenance-landscaping/jacobsen-begins-production-hover-mower#comments Equipment Golf Courses Parks & Recreation Grounds Maintenance & Landscaping Wed, 20 May 2015 14:59:00 +0000 64581 at http://americancityandcounty.com <p>Jacobsen&rsquo;s HoverKing hover mower trimming turf on a golf course.</p> Texas police chief: Tips on acquiring the right video camera setup (with related video) http://americancityandcounty.com/law-enforcement/texas-police-chief-tips-acquiring-right-video-camera-setup-related-video <div class="node-body article-body">Eric Blanchard, police chief in Aransas Pass, Texas offers pointers on choosing the right police video camera system. He tells how the department's video setup has helped the department open communications with the community.</div> <div class="og_rss_groups"></div><p><a href="http://americancityandcounty.com/law-enforcement/texas-police-chief-tips-acquiring-right-video-camera-setup-related-video" target="_blank">read more</a></p> http://americancityandcounty.com/law-enforcement/texas-police-chief-tips-acquiring-right-video-camera-setup-related-video#comments Communications Computers & Monitors Cloud Computing Hardware & Software Law Enforcement Law Enforcement Tue, 19 May 2015 15:24:00 +0000 64551 at http://americancityandcounty.com <p>Eric Blanchard</p> Versatile public works products http://americancityandcounty.com/public-works/versatile-public-works-products <div class="field-byline"> Elijah Black </div> <div class="node-body gallery-body">Public works products are becoming more versatile in their applications and ease-of-use. Check out these products to see how. </div> <div class="field-interstitial-ads-frequency"> <span>Interstitial Ads Frequency:&nbsp;</span> -1 </div> <div class="og_rss_groups"></div><p><a href="http://americancityandcounty.com/public-works/versatile-public-works-products" target="_blank">read more</a></p> http://americancityandcounty.com/public-works/versatile-public-works-products#comments Public Works GPN Tue, 19 May 2015 14:27:00 +0000 64541 at http://americancityandcounty.com Schools use guaranteed savings strategies to fund critical upgrades http://americancityandcounty.com/products-work/schools-use-guaranteed-savings-strategies-fund-critical-upgrades <div class="node-body article-body">To save money, many school districts are taking steps to increase their energy efficiency with creative energy retrofit packages that fund technical infrastructure upgrades and reduce energy use and operating costs — without negatively impacting education budgets or increasing taxpayer burden.</div> <div class="og_rss_groups"></div><p><a href="http://americancityandcounty.com/products-work/schools-use-guaranteed-savings-strategies-fund-critical-upgrades" target="_blank">read more</a></p> http://americancityandcounty.com/products-work/schools-use-guaranteed-savings-strategies-fund-critical-upgrades#comments Products at Work Sustainability Mon, 18 May 2015 19:47:00 +0000 64531 at http://americancityandcounty.com <p>In the photo: a Harris County Public School District administrative building. The contractor did work in the building as part of the ABM project.</p> American City & County and Microsoft invite you to attend a new webinar http://americancityandcounty.com/gov-cloud/american-city-county-and-microsoft-invite-you-attend-new-webinar <div class="node-body video-body">The May 19 webinar will cover the Data Act and grant management automation.</div> <div class="og_rss_groups"></div><p><a href="http://americancityandcounty.com/gov-cloud/american-city-county-and-microsoft-invite-you-attend-new-webinar" target="_blank">read more</a></p> http://americancityandcounty.com/gov-cloud/american-city-county-and-microsoft-invite-you-attend-new-webinar#comments Gov Cloud Mon, 18 May 2015 19:31:00 +0000 64521 at http://americancityandcounty.com New York village relies on material handler in composting operation http://americancityandcounty.com/products-work/new-york-village-relies-material-handler-composting-operation <div class="node-body article-body">Composting operation requires heavy machinery in New York village.</div> <div class="og_rss_groups"></div><p><a href="http://americancityandcounty.com/products-work/new-york-village-relies-material-handler-composting-operation" target="_blank">read more</a></p> http://americancityandcounty.com/products-work/new-york-village-relies-material-handler-composting-operation#comments Products at Work Sustainability Mon, 18 May 2015 19:20:00 +0000 64511 at http://americancityandcounty.com California county selects emergency notification system http://americancityandcounty.com/products-work/california-county-selects-emergency-notification-system <div class="node-body article-body">Because an emergency can happen at any time, it’s critical to pre-plan responses to various incidents so all stakeholders are prepared.</div> <div class="og_rss_groups"></div><p><a href="http://americancityandcounty.com/products-work/california-county-selects-emergency-notification-system" target="_blank">read more</a></p> http://americancityandcounty.com/products-work/california-county-selects-emergency-notification-system#comments Products at Work Emergency Management Mon, 18 May 2015 19:17:00 +0000 64501 at http://americancityandcounty.com Local government websites are first line of defense in emergencies http://americancityandcounty.com/products-work/local-government-websites-are-first-line-defense-emergencies <div class="node-body article-body">In times of crisis, information from an authoritative source promotes calm and control. Increasingly, public officials are recognizing the value of local government websites to communicate quickly with citizens when disaster strikes.</div> <div class="og_rss_groups"></div><p><a href="http://americancityandcounty.com/products-work/local-government-websites-are-first-line-defense-emergencies" target="_blank">read more</a></p> http://americancityandcounty.com/products-work/local-government-websites-are-first-line-defense-emergencies#comments Products at Work Emergency Management Mon, 18 May 2015 19:12:00 +0000 64491 at http://americancityandcounty.com Montana city uses GIS to examine stormwater system http://americancityandcounty.com/products-work/montana-city-uses-gis-examine-stormwater-system <div class="node-body article-body">Mapping technology in the field and office has helped Bozeman, Mont., improve the visibility and management of its stormwater system.</div> <div class="og_rss_groups"></div><p><a href="http://americancityandcounty.com/products-work/montana-city-uses-gis-examine-stormwater-system" target="_blank">read more</a></p> http://americancityandcounty.com/products-work/montana-city-uses-gis-examine-stormwater-system#comments Products at Work Technology Water Mon, 18 May 2015 19:08:00 +0000 64481 at http://americancityandcounty.com Mobile computers help city meet 911 demands http://americancityandcounty.com/products-work/mobile-computers-help-city-meet-911-demands <div class="node-body article-body">New mobile data computers for emergency response vehicles have allowed Oceanside, Calif., to match the city’s computer lifecycle to police and fire vehicles’ lifecycles.</div> <div class="og_rss_groups"></div><p><a href="http://americancityandcounty.com/products-work/mobile-computers-help-city-meet-911-demands" target="_blank">read more</a></p> http://americancityandcounty.com/products-work/mobile-computers-help-city-meet-911-demands#comments Products at Work Public Safety Technology Mon, 18 May 2015 19:06:00 +0000 64471 at http://americancityandcounty.com Air curtains in bus garage save energy http://americancityandcounty.com/products-work/air-curtains-bus-garage-save-energy <div class="node-body article-body">The Central Ohio Transit Authority’s ongoing $75 million conversion to compressed natural gas-fueled buses includes the HVAC retrofit of its Columbus, Ohio 400,000-square-foot CNG bus maintenance and garage areas.</div> <div class="og_rss_groups"></div><p><a href="http://americancityandcounty.com/products-work/air-curtains-bus-garage-save-energy" target="_blank">read more</a></p> http://americancityandcounty.com/products-work/air-curtains-bus-garage-save-energy#comments Fleets Products at Work Mon, 18 May 2015 19:02:00 +0000 64461 at http://americancityandcounty.com Students in San Francisco MPA program come from varied backgrounds (with related video) http://americancityandcounty.com/human-resources/students-san-francisco-mpa-program-come-varied-backgrounds-related-video <div class="node-body article-body">Sheldon Gen, associate professor and director of the Public Administration Program at San Francisco State University, outlines some of the key features of his school’s Master of Public Administration (MPA) offering.</div> <div class="og_rss_groups"></div><p><a href="http://americancityandcounty.com/human-resources/students-san-francisco-mpa-program-come-varied-backgrounds-related-video" target="_blank">read more</a></p> http://americancityandcounty.com/human-resources/students-san-francisco-mpa-program-come-varied-backgrounds-related-video#comments Finance Human Resources GPN Administration Thu, 14 May 2015 22:37:00 +0000 64441 at http://americancityandcounty.com <p>Sheldon Gen</p> Expert: Facility managers are making the shift to LED lighting (with related video) http://americancityandcounty.com/green/expert-facility-managers-are-making-shift-led-lighting-related-video <div class="node-body article-body">Andy Wakefield, Director of Building Solutions and Services at Lutron Electronics, talks about energy-saving LED technology trends in government buildings and other facilities.</div> <div class="og_rss_groups"></div><p><a href="http://americancityandcounty.com/green/expert-facility-managers-are-making-shift-led-lighting-related-video" target="_blank">read more</a></p> http://americancityandcounty.com/green/expert-facility-managers-are-making-shift-led-lighting-related-video#comments Buildings & Facilities Facilities Energy Efficiency Federal Green Building Green Technology Technology Thu, 14 May 2015 11:51:00 +0000 64431 at http://americancityandcounty.com <p>Video interview: Lutron&#39;s Andy Wakefield talks about LED lighting technology trends in government and commercial facilities.</p> Making the move to chip-and-pin mobile payments: what government agencies need to know http://americancityandcounty.com/blog/making-move-chip-and-pin-mobile-payments-what-government-agencies-need-know <div class="node-body blog-body">Dominick Passanante discusses how chip-and-pin systems can increase the security of cashless payments. </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/making-move-chip-and-pin-mobile-payments-what-government-agencies-need-know" target="_blank">read more</a></p> http://americancityandcounty.com/blog/making-move-chip-and-pin-mobile-payments-what-government-agencies-need-know#comments Administration Technology Viewpoints Wed, 13 May 2015 15:28:00 +0000 64421 at http://americancityandcounty.com Americans agree – sustainable water supplies should be a national priority http://americancityandcounty.com/supply/americans-agree-sustainable-water-supplies-should-be-national-priority <div class="node-body article-body">According to a new poll, Americans agree water security is critically important, and will even bear higher tax rates to ensure the country’s water supply’s continued sustainability.</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/supply/americans-agree-sustainable-water-supplies-should-be-national-priority" target="_blank">read more</a></p> http://americancityandcounty.com/supply/americans-agree-sustainable-water-supplies-should-be-national-priority#comments Supply Wed, 13 May 2015 15:05:00 +0000 64411 at http://americancityandcounty.com Restoring communities through play http://americancityandcounty.com/parks-recreation/restoring-communities-through-play <div class="node-body article-body">In the decade since Hurricane Katrina ravaged the Gulf Coast, KaBOOM!’s Operation Playground has constructed nearly 200 playgrounds in the affected region, serving nearly 294,000 children. </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/parks-recreation/restoring-communities-through-play" target="_blank">read more</a></p> http://americancityandcounty.com/parks-recreation/restoring-communities-through-play#comments Parks & Recreation Wed, 13 May 2015 14:13:00 +0000 64401 at http://americancityandcounty.com <p><sup>In August 2006, a year after the storm, KaBOOM!, The Home Depot Foundation, Playworld Systems and the Hands On Network mobilized thousands of volunteers to build ten playgrounds over the course of four days. Photo courtesy of KaBOOM!.</sup></p> Innovative grounds maintenance and landscaping products http://americancityandcounty.com/grounds-maintenance-landscaping/innovative-grounds-maintenance-and-landscaping-products <div class="field-byline"> Elijah Black </div> <div class="node-body gallery-body">Are your grounds maintenance and landscaping products just not cutting it? Then check out these innovative products.</div> <div class="field-interstitial-ads-frequency"> <span>Interstitial Ads Frequency:&nbsp;</span> -1 </div> <div class="og_rss_groups"></div><p><a href="http://americancityandcounty.com/grounds-maintenance-landscaping/innovative-grounds-maintenance-and-landscaping-products" target="_blank">read more</a></p> http://americancityandcounty.com/grounds-maintenance-landscaping/innovative-grounds-maintenance-and-landscaping-products#comments Green Grounds Maintenance & Landscaping Parks & Recreation GPN Wed, 13 May 2015 14:03:00 +0000 64391 at http://americancityandcounty.com