American City & County http://americancityandcounty.com/rss.xml en Drill into the details (with related video) http://americancityandcounty.com/highways-streets-bridges/drill-details-related-video <div class="field-byline"> Randy Stevens </div> <div class="node-body article-body">Randy Stevens of E-Z Drill advises how to choose the right concrete dowel drill for public works projects. </div> <div class="og_rss_groups"></div><p><a href="http://americancityandcounty.com/highways-streets-bridges/drill-details-related-video" target="_blank">read more</a></p> http://americancityandcounty.com/highways-streets-bridges/drill-details-related-video#comments Construction Highways, Streets & Bridges Roadways Tue, 26 Aug 2014 19:26:00 +0000 57251 at http://americancityandcounty.com <p>Multi-gang drills are often self-propelled and equipped with wheels and auto-alignment features for faster repositioning and greater efficiency on projects that cover long distances.</p> Which metro area offers the best bang for the buck? http://americancityandcounty.com/finance/which-metro-area-offers-best-bang-buck <div class="node-body article-body">The Tax Foundation reveals in which cities residents have the most buying power.</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/finance/which-metro-area-offers-best-bang-buck" target="_blank">read more</a></p> http://americancityandcounty.com/finance/which-metro-area-offers-best-bang-buck#comments Finance Tue, 26 Aug 2014 17:09:00 +0000 57241 at http://americancityandcounty.com <p>Map released by the Tax Foundation indicating the buying power of $100 in various metro areas. Blue indicates more buying power, orange indicates less.</p> Standing Tall http://americancityandcounty.com/administration/standing-tall <div class="field-deck"> Gail Farber, Los Angeles County's Director of Public Works, is American City & County's 2014 Public Works Leader of the Year </div> <div class="node-body article-body">Gail Farber is a force to be reckoned with, and breaking the glass ceiling in Los Angeles County’s Public Works Department was only the beginning.</div> <div class="og_rss_groups"></div><p><a href="http://americancityandcounty.com/administration/standing-tall" target="_blank">read more</a></p> http://americancityandcounty.com/administration/standing-tall#comments Administration Tue, 26 Aug 2014 14:59:00 +0000 57221 at http://americancityandcounty.com NACo cautions against redefinition of United States water http://americancityandcounty.com/supply/naco-cautions-against-redefinition-united-states-water <div class="node-body article-body">The EPA has proposed changes to the definition of “Water of the United States.” However, some local leaders are worried about this redefinition.</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/naco-cautions-against-redefinition-united-states-water" target="_blank">read more</a></p> http://americancityandcounty.com/supply/naco-cautions-against-redefinition-united-states-water#comments Supply Tue, 26 Aug 2014 14:40:00 +0000 57211 at http://americancityandcounty.com Building bridges http://americancityandcounty.com/public-transit/building-bridges <div class="field-deck"> Tilikum Crossing Bridge in Portland, Ore., is dedicated only to public transit and pedestrians. </div> <div class="node-body article-body">The Tilikum Crossing Bridge, located in Portland, Ore., will not allow passenger cars. No other bridge in the country is dedicated only to public transit and pedestrians. </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/public-transit/building-bridges" target="_blank">read more</a></p> http://americancityandcounty.com/public-transit/building-bridges#comments Public Transit Roadways Tue, 26 Aug 2014 14:24:00 +0000 57201 at http://americancityandcounty.com <p>The Tilikum Crossing Bridge. Photo courtesy of TriMet.</p> Charlotte ‘pay as you throw’ hopes to cut costs, increase recycling http://americancityandcounty.com/waste/charlotte-pay-you-throw-hopes-cut-costs-increase-recycling <div class="node-body article-body">By having residents pay for the garbage they produce rather than paying a flat fee, Charlotte, N.C., hopes to encourage recycling and cut solid waste spending.</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/waste/charlotte-pay-you-throw-hopes-cut-costs-increase-recycling" target="_blank">read more</a></p> http://americancityandcounty.com/waste/charlotte-pay-you-throw-hopes-cut-costs-increase-recycling#comments Waste Tue, 26 Aug 2014 14:04:00 +0000 57191 at http://americancityandcounty.com <p>Charlotte, N.C., waste collection. Photo courtesy of the Charlotte Solid Waste Services</p> Gallery: Products that keep government buildings sustainable and green http://americancityandcounty.com/buildings-facilities/gallery-products-keep-government-buildings-sustainable-and-green <div class="node-body gallery-body">Here are some of the products that government facility managers use to save energy and preserve the environment in their buildings. The products appeared in the May 2014 Government Product News. Every issue of GPN has at least 7 green products on display. </div> <div class="og_rss_groups"></div><p><a href="http://americancityandcounty.com/buildings-facilities/gallery-products-keep-government-buildings-sustainable-and-green" target="_blank">read more</a></p> http://americancityandcounty.com/buildings-facilities/gallery-products-keep-government-buildings-sustainable-and-green#comments Buildings & Facilities Cleaning Facilities Energy Efficiency Green Building Maintenance Green Mon, 25 Aug 2014 20:17:00 +0000 57181 at http://americancityandcounty.com Do you know when to replace equipment? http://americancityandcounty.com/fleets/do-you-know-when-replace-equipment <div class="node-body article-body">All fleet decisions begin and end with one simple analysis, a Replacement Standard (RS). We all face limited funding for vehicle and equipment replacement, but you can take the guesswork out of which units to replace.</div> <div class="og_rss_groups"></div><p><a href="http://americancityandcounty.com/fleets/do-you-know-when-replace-equipment" target="_blank">read more</a></p> http://americancityandcounty.com/fleets/do-you-know-when-replace-equipment#comments Fleets Mon, 25 Aug 2014 18:04:00 +0000 57171 at http://americancityandcounty.com Are we over the hump? http://americancityandcounty.com/economic-development/are-we-over-hump <div class="node-body article-body">Is the economy in your community in better shape? Is the U.S. economy improving? Is the government budget in your community shrinking or growing?</div> <div class="og_rss_groups"></div><p><a href="http://americancityandcounty.com/economic-development/are-we-over-hump" target="_blank">read more</a></p> http://americancityandcounty.com/economic-development/are-we-over-hump#comments Economic Development Mon, 25 Aug 2014 18:04:00 +0000 57161 at http://americancityandcounty.com AMC Government Update Subscription Confirmation http://americancityandcounty.com/amc-government-update-subscription-confirmation <div class="node-body page-body">Thank you for subscribing to Government Update, which covers news, research and regulations affecting local governments, contract/personnel announcements and events</div><div class="og_rss_groups"></div><p><a href="http://americancityandcounty.com/amc-government-update-subscription-confirmation" target="_blank">read more</a></p> Fri, 22 Aug 2014 21:10:08 +0000 57141 at http://americancityandcounty.com Strategies for marketers as the federal fiscal year-end approaches http://americancityandcounty.com/federal/strategies-marketers-federal-fiscal-year-end-approaches <div class="node-body article-body">Mark Amtower offers selling strategies to vendors as the federal fiscal year-end approaches.</div> <div class="og_rss_groups"></div><p><a href="http://americancityandcounty.com/federal/strategies-marketers-federal-fiscal-year-end-approaches" target="_blank">read more</a></p> http://americancityandcounty.com/federal/strategies-marketers-federal-fiscal-year-end-approaches#comments Federal Purchasing & Procurement Fri, 22 Aug 2014 19:13:00 +0000 57151 at http://americancityandcounty.com <p>Mark Amtower</p> Washington D.C. transit authority settles $4.24 million federal lawsuit http://americancityandcounty.com/purchasing-procurement/washington-dc-transit-authority-settles-424-million-federal-lawsuit <div class="field-byline"> Matthew W. Quinn </div> <div class="field-deck"> Used federal funds on no-bid contract </div> <div class="node-body article-body">The Washington Metropolitan Area Transit Authority used federal funds on a no-bid contract and had to pay a multimillion settlement.</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/purchasing-procurement/washington-dc-transit-authority-settles-424-million-federal-lawsuit" target="_blank">read more</a></p> http://americancityandcounty.com/purchasing-procurement/washington-dc-transit-authority-settles-424-million-federal-lawsuit#comments Procurement Reform Purchasing & Procurement Proposals & Bids Silver Fri, 22 Aug 2014 16:40:00 +0000 57131 at http://americancityandcounty.com Just updated: Current data on equipment and lift truck values http://americancityandcounty.com/equipment/just-updated-current-data-equipment-and-lift-truck-values <div class="node-body article-body">New Green Guide equipment values have been moved online to EquipmentWatch for July, covering activity in the last 30 days. </div> <div class="og_rss_groups"></div><p><a href="http://americancityandcounty.com/equipment/just-updated-current-data-equipment-and-lift-truck-values" target="_blank">read more</a></p> http://americancityandcounty.com/equipment/just-updated-current-data-equipment-and-lift-truck-values#comments Equipment Fleets Vehicles Purchasing & Procurement Thu, 21 Aug 2014 12:33:00 +0000 57121 at http://americancityandcounty.com Remote support products meet government security needs (with related video) http://americancityandcounty.com/security/remote-support-products-meet-government-security-needs-related-video <div class="node-body article-body">Bomgar's Scott Braynard talks about how his firm's remote support products meet government security needs.</div> <div class="og_rss_groups"></div><p><a href="http://americancityandcounty.com/security/remote-support-products-meet-government-security-needs-related-video" target="_blank">read more</a></p> http://americancityandcounty.com/security/remote-support-products-meet-government-security-needs-related-video#comments Computers & Monitors Cloud Computing Hardware & Software Security Technology Wed, 20 Aug 2014 21:20:00 +0000 57111 at http://americancityandcounty.com <p>Government Product News&#39; Michael Keating (left) interviewing Scott Braynard, who is vice president of public sector at Jackson, Miss.-based Bomgar.</p> Water security http://americancityandcounty.com/infrastructure/water-security <div class="node-body article-body">How conservation efforts, pollution reductions and green infrastructure can help sustain America water supply and infrastructure. </div> <div class="og_rss_groups"></div><p><a href="http://americancityandcounty.com/infrastructure/water-security" target="_blank">read more</a></p> http://americancityandcounty.com/infrastructure/water-security#comments Infrastructure Supply Wed, 20 Aug 2014 14:35:00 +0000 57101 at http://americancityandcounty.com <p>An example of a green roof. Photo courtesy of NRDC.</p> Sue everybody! http://americancityandcounty.com/blog/sue-everybody <div class="node-body blog-body">Montezuma, Colo., sues everyone in town.</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="http://americancityandcounty.com/blog/sue-everybody" target="_blank">read more</a></p> http://americancityandcounty.com/blog/sue-everybody#comments Administration Governments&#039; Lighter Side Wed, 20 Aug 2014 14:27:00 +0000 57091 at http://americancityandcounty.com Do The Right Thing: A lesson from Radio Raheem’s boom box http://americancityandcounty.com/blog/do-right-thing-lesson-radio-raheem-s-boom-box <div class="node-body blog-body">Managing Editor Erin Greer opines on the public sector's humanitarians and megalomaniacs.</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/do-right-thing-lesson-radio-raheem-s-boom-box" target="_blank">read more</a></p> http://americancityandcounty.com/blog/do-right-thing-lesson-radio-raheem-s-boom-box#comments Administration Viewpoints Wed, 20 Aug 2014 14:18:00 +0000 57081 at http://americancityandcounty.com A minute with… Steven Hintz http://americancityandcounty.com/blog/minute-steven-hintz <div class="node-body blog-body">Spend a minute with… Steven Hintz, treasurer-tax collector of Ventura County, Calif., and former Superior Court Judge.</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/minute-steven-hintz" target="_blank">read more</a></p> http://americancityandcounty.com/blog/minute-steven-hintz#comments Finance Viewpoints Wed, 20 Aug 2014 14:13:00 +0000 57071 at http://americancityandcounty.com Remembering the Roosevelts http://americancityandcounty.com/administration/remembering-roosevelts <div class="node-body article-body">Documentarians Ken Burns and Geoffrey C. Ward explore the lives and achievements of an American political dynasty.</div> <div class="og_rss_groups"></div><p><a href="http://americancityandcounty.com/administration/remembering-roosevelts" target="_blank">read more</a></p> http://americancityandcounty.com/administration/remembering-roosevelts#comments Administration Wed, 20 Aug 2014 14:02:00 +0000 57061 at http://americancityandcounty.com <p>Franklin and Eleanor Roosevelt with their children in Washington D.C., June 12, 1919. Photo source: Franklin D. Roosevelt Presidential Library, Hyde Park, N.Y.</p> City of Houston: Workforce Analytics Provides Real-Time Intelligence to Improve Operations and Reduce Costs http://americancityandcounty.com/white-papers/city-houston-workforce-analytics-provides-real-time-intelligence-improve-operations-and <div class="field-deck"> Download our free white paper. </div> <div class="node-body article-body">This case study from industry analysts IDC explores how the City of Houston implemented the Kronos® Workforce Analytics™ solution to give their managers the transparency and accountability they need to identify and solve workforce management issues more quickly and cost-effectively.</div> <div class="og_rss_groups"></div><p><a href="http://americancityandcounty.com/white-papers/city-houston-workforce-analytics-provides-real-time-intelligence-improve-operations-and" target="_blank">read more</a></p> http://americancityandcounty.com/white-papers/city-houston-workforce-analytics-provides-real-time-intelligence-improve-operations-and#comments White Papers Tue, 19 Aug 2014 18:23:00 +0000 57051 at http://americancityandcounty.com PERC promotes clean propane on campus (with related video) http://americancityandcounty.com/vehicles/perc-promotes-clean-propane-campus-related-video <div class="field-byline"> Michael Taylor </div> <div class="node-body article-body">Michael Taylor of the Propane Education & Research Council explains how PERC is increasing its commitment to sustainability.</div> <div class="og_rss_groups"></div><p><a href="http://americancityandcounty.com/vehicles/perc-promotes-clean-propane-campus-related-video" target="_blank">read more</a></p> http://americancityandcounty.com/vehicles/perc-promotes-clean-propane-campus-related-video#comments Fleets Green Vehicles Tue, 19 Aug 2014 14:08:00 +0000 57041 at http://americancityandcounty.com <p>TOP Care Lawn Service operates a low-emission, propane-powered Exmark ZTR<br /> lawn mower on the grounds of Washington University in St. Louis.<br /> &nbsp;</p> Tips for selling to state and local governments (with related video) http://americancityandcounty.com/gpn/tips-selling-state-and-local-governments-related-video <div class="node-body article-body">The Association of Procurement Technical Assistance Centers offers tips on selling products and services to state and local governments. </div> <div class="og_rss_groups"></div><p><a href="http://americancityandcounty.com/gpn/tips-selling-state-and-local-governments-related-video" target="_blank">read more</a></p> http://americancityandcounty.com/gpn/tips-selling-state-and-local-governments-related-video#comments Federal Purchasing & Procurement GPN Mon, 18 Aug 2014 21:53:00 +0000 57031 at http://americancityandcounty.com Subscribe to Newsletters http://americancityandcounty.com/newsletters/signup <div class="node-body page-body">Sign up for our newsletters. View sample issues.</div><div class="og_rss_groups"></div><p><a href="http://americancityandcounty.com/newsletters/signup" target="_blank">read more</a></p> Mon, 18 Aug 2014 21:28:18 +0000 57001 at http://americancityandcounty.com Subscribe to Newsletters http://americancityandcounty.com/subscribe-newsletters <div class="node-body page-body">Sign up for our newsletters. View sample issues.</div><div class="og_rss_groups"></div><p><a href="http://americancityandcounty.com/subscribe-newsletters" target="_blank">read more</a></p> Mon, 18 Aug 2014 21:27:24 +0000 56991 at http://americancityandcounty.com Introducing the new IdeaXchange http://americancityandcounty.com/administration/introducing-new-ideaxchange <div class="field-deck"> Exchanging your ideas with our Xperts & your colleagues </div> <div class="node-body article-body">Exchanging your ideas with our Xperts & your colleagues</div> <div class="og_rss_groups"></div><p><a href="http://americancityandcounty.com/administration/introducing-new-ideaxchange" target="_blank">read more</a></p> http://americancityandcounty.com/administration/introducing-new-ideaxchange#comments Gov Cloud Administration Mon, 18 Aug 2014 18:25:00 +0000 56961 at http://americancityandcounty.com Paramilitary police http://americancityandcounty.com/law-enforcement/paramilitary-police <div class="field-deck"> Response in Ferguson, Mo., ignites debate over the militarization of police forces </div> <div class="node-body article-body">Response in Ferguson, Mo., ignites debate over the militarization of police forces </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/paramilitary-police" target="_blank">read more</a></p> http://americancityandcounty.com/law-enforcement/paramilitary-police#comments Law Enforcement Mon, 18 Aug 2014 15:39:00 +0000 56951 at http://americancityandcounty.com In the line of fire http://americancityandcounty.com/emergency-management/line-fire <div class="field-deck"> Ready Houston’s video and training programs prep residents for disasters </div> <div class="node-body article-body">Ready Houston’s video and training programs prep residents for disasters </div> <div class="og_rss_groups"></div><p><a href="http://americancityandcounty.com/emergency-management/line-fire" target="_blank">read more</a></p> http://americancityandcounty.com/emergency-management/line-fire#comments Emergency Management Mon, 18 Aug 2014 15:17:00 +0000 56941 at http://americancityandcounty.com <p>Ready Houston&rsquo;s videos are provided for free and in multiple languages at www.readyhoustontx.gov</p> Colorado health care http://americancityandcounty.com/health-welfare/colorado-health-care <div class="field-deck"> Arvada makes the move to self-insured health plans </div> <div class="node-body article-body">Arvada makes the move to self-insured health plans</div> <div class="og_rss_groups"></div><p><a href="http://americancityandcounty.com/health-welfare/colorado-health-care" target="_blank">read more</a></p> http://americancityandcounty.com/health-welfare/colorado-health-care#comments Health & Welfare Mon, 18 Aug 2014 15:10:00 +0000 56931 at http://americancityandcounty.com <p>Medical Assistant Bethany McHugh checks the vitals of patient Kelley Hartman at Paladina Health.</p> Where there’s smoke... http://americancityandcounty.com/fire/where-there-s-smoke <div class="field-deck"> Flagship Kansas fire station built with SIPs </div> <div class="node-body article-body">Flagship Kansas fire station built with SIPs</div> <div class="og_rss_groups"></div><p><a href="http://americancityandcounty.com/fire/where-there-s-smoke" target="_blank">read more</a></p> http://americancityandcounty.com/fire/where-there-s-smoke#comments Fire Mon, 18 Aug 2014 15:06:00 +0000 56921 at http://americancityandcounty.com <p>Following the success of Fire Station #5, Fire Station #3 is also being fitted with SIPs.</p> Gallery: Fleet products that governments buy and use http://americancityandcounty.com/equipment/gallery-fleet-products-governments-buy-and-use <div class="node-body gallery-body">Governments operate huge fleets of cars, trucks, trailers and motorcycles. Governments own 3.73 million vehicles, including 1.81 million trucks and truck tractors, according to Federal Highway Administration estimates issued earlier in 2014. Special district forms of government are not included in these totals. Here are some of the products that government fleets buy and use. The products appeared in the June 2014 Government Product News. </div> <div class="og_rss_groups"></div><p><a href="http://americancityandcounty.com/equipment/gallery-fleet-products-governments-buy-and-use" target="_blank">read more</a></p> http://americancityandcounty.com/equipment/gallery-fleet-products-governments-buy-and-use#comments Equipment Fleets Management Vehicles Mon, 18 Aug 2014 13:28:00 +0000 56901 at http://americancityandcounty.com