American City & County http://americancityandcounty.com/rss.xml en Experts: Governments are starting to put IoT to work in municipal applications http://americancityandcounty.com/technology/experts-governments-are-starting-put-iot-work-municipal-applications <div class="node-body article-body">Where are governments now using Internet of Things (IoT) technology? David Smith at Citrix and Carnegie Mellon's Jason Hong offer their views. They also make some predictions on IoT in the future.</div> <p><a href="http://americancityandcounty.com/technology/experts-governments-are-starting-put-iot-work-municipal-applications" target="_blank">read more</a></p> http://americancityandcounty.com/technology/experts-governments-are-starting-put-iot-work-municipal-applications#comments Homeland Security Government Security Technology Technology Tue, 28 Jun 2016 19:24:00 +0000 71891 at http://americancityandcounty.com <p>Jason Hong</p> How Freeport, Ill., centralized and automated grant management http://americancityandcounty.com/products-work/how-freeport-ill-centralized-and-automated-grant-management <div class="node-body article-body">Freeport, Ill., recently switched to AmpliFund, a grant management solution from StreamLink Software, to organize data in a centralized hub, automate report creation and streamline workflows.</div> <p><a href="http://americancityandcounty.com/products-work/how-freeport-ill-centralized-and-automated-grant-management" target="_blank">read more</a></p> http://americancityandcounty.com/products-work/how-freeport-ill-centralized-and-automated-grant-management#comments Contracts Products at Work Federal Finance Records Management Technology Mon, 27 Jun 2016 21:51:00 +0000 71871 at http://americancityandcounty.com <p>StreamLink Software has issued a case study on how its&nbsp;AmpliFund grant management solution has assisted Freeport, Ill. city officials. The product has helped organize data in a centralized hub, automated report creation and streamlined workflows.</p> Storage equipment vendor wins cooperative contract (with related video) http://americancityandcounty.com/buildings-facilities/storage-equipment-vendor-wins-cooperative-contract-related-video <div class="node-body article-body">The county of DuPage, Ill., has awarded Spacesaver Corp. a contract that will be made available nationally by the National Intergovernmental Purchasing Alliance.</div> <p><a href="http://americancityandcounty.com/buildings-facilities/storage-equipment-vendor-wins-cooperative-contract-related-video" target="_blank">read more</a></p> http://americancityandcounty.com/buildings-facilities/storage-equipment-vendor-wins-cooperative-contract-related-video#comments Buildings & Facilities Contracts Facilities Cooperative Purchasing Law Enforcement Law Enforcement Strategic Sourcing Mon, 27 Jun 2016 19:25:00 +0000 71861 at http://americancityandcounty.com <p>In the photo: At the Skokie, Ill., Police Department, 47 Spacesaver gear bag lockers have been installed for officers&#39; use at the end of their shifts. The photo shows the locker installation. All Spacesaver products are engineered and manufactured in the USA.</p> Heavy equipment OEM will provide $25,000 in free equipment use http://americancityandcounty.com/public-works/heavy-equipment-oem-will-provide-25000-free-equipment-use <div class="node-body article-body">CASE Construction Equipment is sponsoring the Dire States Equipment Grant.</div> <p><a href="http://americancityandcounty.com/public-works/heavy-equipment-oem-will-provide-25000-free-equipment-use" target="_blank">read more</a></p> http://americancityandcounty.com/public-works/heavy-equipment-oem-will-provide-25000-free-equipment-use#comments Buildings & Facilities Fleets Public Works Public Works Fri, 24 Jun 2016 20:02:00 +0000 71851 at http://americancityandcounty.com Spreader cuts winter maintenance spending and reduces accidents on Idaho roads http://americancityandcounty.com/products-work/spreader-cuts-winter-maintenance-spending-and-reduces-accidents-idaho-roads <div class="node-body article-body">In Idaho, snowplow trucks have been upfitted with the SpreadSmart Rx electronic spreader control system from Cirus Controls. The technology helps cut winter maintenance spending and reduces accidents.</div> <p><a href="http://americancityandcounty.com/products-work/spreader-cuts-winter-maintenance-spending-and-reduces-accidents-idaho-roads" target="_blank">read more</a></p> http://americancityandcounty.com/products-work/spreader-cuts-winter-maintenance-spending-and-reduces-accidents-idaho-roads#comments GIS & GPS Products at Work Snow Removal GIS & GPS Green Public Works Technology Public Works Sustainability Technology Fri, 24 Jun 2016 14:47:00 +0000 71841 at http://americancityandcounty.com <p>In the photo: An Idaho Transportation Department snowplow truck equipped with the SpreadSmart Rx electronic spreader control system from Cirus Controls.</p> 29,000 gallons of oil spill in Ventura County http://americancityandcounty.com/emergency-management/29000-gallons-oil-spill-ventura-county <div class="node-body article-body">Last Thursday, a corroded oil pipeline leak in Ventura County, Calif. caused nearly 29,000 gallons of oil to spill into the county. </div> <p><a href="http://americancityandcounty.com/emergency-management/29000-gallons-oil-spill-ventura-county" target="_blank">read more</a></p> http://americancityandcounty.com/emergency-management/29000-gallons-oil-spill-ventura-county#comments Energy Efficiency Emergency Management Fri, 24 Jun 2016 13:42:00 +0000 71831 at http://americancityandcounty.com <p>The Ventura County oil spill contained in Prince Barranca. Image via <a href="https://twitter.com/VCFD/status/746030805651062784">Ventura County Fire Department</a>.</p> Columbus, Ohio awarded $140 million for smart city initiatives http://americancityandcounty.com/public-transit/columbus-ohio-awarded-140-million-smart-city-initiatives <div class="node-body article-body">Columbus, Ohio is poised to become a tech hub after being awarded $140 million from public and private sources to be used towards smart city transportation developments. </div> <p><a href="http://americancityandcounty.com/public-transit/columbus-ohio-awarded-140-million-smart-city-initiatives" target="_blank">read more</a></p> http://americancityandcounty.com/public-transit/columbus-ohio-awarded-140-million-smart-city-initiatives#comments Economic Development Public Transit Thu, 23 Jun 2016 21:24:00 +0000 71821 at http://americancityandcounty.com <p>Columbus, Ohio&#39;s skyline. Image via <a href="https://commons.wikimedia.org/wiki/File:Columbus_skyline_foggy_night.jpg">Wikimedia Commons</a>.</p> Dramatic lighting display captures the magic of Nashville park http://americancityandcounty.com/products-work/dramatic-lighting-display-captures-magic-nashville-park <div class="node-body article-body">Architectural lighting products from Acclaim Lighting were used to highlight the unique form of the amphitheater at the West Riverfront Park in Nashville, Tenn.</div> <p><a href="http://americancityandcounty.com/products-work/dramatic-lighting-display-captures-magic-nashville-park" target="_blank">read more</a></p> http://americancityandcounty.com/products-work/dramatic-lighting-display-captures-magic-nashville-park#comments Buildings & Facilities Products at Work Green Parks & Recreation Public Works Public Works Sustainability Thu, 23 Jun 2016 20:04:00 +0000 71811 at http://americancityandcounty.com <p>In the photo: The amphitheater lighting display at the West Riverfront Park in Nashville, Tenn. Architectural lighting products from Acclaim Lighting were used to highlight the unique form of the amphitheater.</p> Just around the corner: Overtime pay rules that will affect the government workforce http://americancityandcounty.com/gpn/just-around-corner-overtime-pay-rules-will-affect-government-workforce <div class="node-body article-body">Dena Sokolow, an employment attorney with the law firm of Baker Donelson, outlines some strategies that public sector employers can follow as the U.S. Department of Labor implements its final rule covering overtime regulations. </div> <p><a href="http://americancityandcounty.com/gpn/just-around-corner-overtime-pay-rules-will-affect-government-workforce" target="_blank">read more</a></p> http://americancityandcounty.com/gpn/just-around-corner-overtime-pay-rules-will-affect-government-workforce#comments Finance Human Resources GPN Thu, 23 Jun 2016 19:11:00 +0000 71801 at http://americancityandcounty.com <p>Dena Sokolow</p> Data analytics helps Salt Lake City become more transparent http://americancityandcounty.com/products-work/data-analytics-helps-salt-lake-city-become-more-transparent <div class="field-byline"> Michael Keating and Jason Axelrod </div> <div class="node-body article-body">To get ahead of the deluge of transparency requests and engage with citizens in a more meaningful way, Salt Lake City began using SunGard Public Sector Analytics.</div> <p><a href="http://americancityandcounty.com/products-work/data-analytics-helps-salt-lake-city-become-more-transparent" target="_blank">read more</a></p> http://americancityandcounty.com/products-work/data-analytics-helps-salt-lake-city-become-more-transparent#comments Products at Work Homeland Security Government Security Technology Technology Wed, 22 Jun 2016 21:06:00 +0000 71791 at http://americancityandcounty.com Glow-in-the-dark floor signs show a safe way out in emergencies (with related video) http://americancityandcounty.com/buildings-facilities/glow-dark-floor-signs-show-safe-way-out-emergencies-related-video <div class="node-body article-body">Visual Workplace offers glow-in-the-dark signs for facilities. The signs provide direction during a power failure or when a building is filled with smoke during a fire. </div> <p><a href="http://americancityandcounty.com/buildings-facilities/glow-dark-floor-signs-show-safe-way-out-emergencies-related-video" target="_blank">read more</a></p> http://americancityandcounty.com/buildings-facilities/glow-dark-floor-signs-show-safe-way-out-emergencies-related-video#comments Buildings & Facilities Facilities Security & Fire Control Public Safety Public Safety Wed, 22 Jun 2016 18:43:00 +0000 71781 at http://americancityandcounty.com <p>In the photo: Anti-skid dots illuminate a path in a dark warehouse. The product is from Visual Workplace.</p> Cities use different strategies to strengthen stormwater management http://americancityandcounty.com/stormwater/cities-use-different-strategies-strengthen-stormwater-management <div class="node-body article-body">From porous pavement to baffle boxes, cities across the U.S. are employing different methods for mitigating stormwater's effects on their areas.</div> <p><a href="http://americancityandcounty.com/stormwater/cities-use-different-strategies-strengthen-stormwater-management" target="_blank">read more</a></p> http://americancityandcounty.com/stormwater/cities-use-different-strategies-strengthen-stormwater-management#comments Operations & Management Stormwater Water Wed, 22 Jun 2016 16:13:00 +0000 71771 at http://americancityandcounty.com <p>A stormwater treatment facility in the Northern Everglades in Florida. Image via <a href="https://commons.wikimedia.org/wiki/File:Stormwater_Treatment_Area_in_Northern_Everglades.jpg">Wikimedia Commons</a>.</p> Show Me State approves Toro for cooperative pact http://americancityandcounty.com/grounds-maintenance-landscaping/show-me-state-approves-toro-cooperative-pact <div class="node-body article-body">Missouri has approved a contract for Toro equipment through the National Association of State Procurement Officials (NASPO) ValuePoint.</div> <p><a href="http://americancityandcounty.com/grounds-maintenance-landscaping/show-me-state-approves-toro-cooperative-pact" target="_blank">read more</a></p> http://americancityandcounty.com/grounds-maintenance-landscaping/show-me-state-approves-toro-cooperative-pact#comments Cooperative Purchasing Parks & Recreation Roadways Grounds Maintenance & Landscaping Parks & Recreation Purchasing & Procurement Tue, 21 Jun 2016 20:28:00 +0000 71761 at http://americancityandcounty.com Dalai Lama, Hillary Clinton to address U.S. Conference of Mayors' 84th annual meeting http://americancityandcounty.com/administration/dalai-lama-hillary-clinton-address-us-conference-mayors-84th-annual-meeting <div class="node-body article-body">Held in Indianapolis from June 24 through June 27, the 84th annual meeting of the U.S. Conference of Mayors will feature speeches from the 14th Dalai Lama and Hillary Clinton, the presumptive Democratic Party nominee.</div> <p><a href="http://americancityandcounty.com/administration/dalai-lama-hillary-clinton-address-us-conference-mayors-84th-annual-meeting" target="_blank">read more</a></p> http://americancityandcounty.com/administration/dalai-lama-hillary-clinton-address-us-conference-mayors-84th-annual-meeting#comments Administration Tue, 21 Jun 2016 19:58:00 +0000 71751 at http://americancityandcounty.com <p>Hillary Clinton speaks at the 2016 AIPAC&nbsp;Policy Conference in Washington. Image via <a href="https://commons.wikimedia.org/wiki/File:Hillary_Clinton_AIPAC_2016_Speaking.jpg">WIkimedia Commons</a>.</p> Single-operator, off-road trucks expedite trash collection http://americancityandcounty.com/products-work/single-operator-road-trucks-expedite-trash-collection <div class="node-body article-body">Broyhill Load-And-Pack refuse collection vehicle helps expedite trash collection.</div> <p><a href="http://americancityandcounty.com/products-work/single-operator-road-trucks-expedite-trash-collection" target="_blank">read more</a></p> http://americancityandcounty.com/products-work/single-operator-road-trucks-expedite-trash-collection#comments Products at Work Fleets Parks & Recreation Public Works Public Works Tue, 21 Jun 2016 18:53:00 +0000 71741 at http://americancityandcounty.com <p>In the photo: A Broyhill Load-And-Pack refuse collection vehicle in action at a municipal park.</p> Northeastern University MPA combines the theoretical with the practical (with related video) http://americancityandcounty.com/gpn/northeastern-university-mpa-combines-theoretical-practical-related-video <div class="node-body article-body">Thomas J. Vicino, director of the Northeastern University MPA degree program, describes his school's MPA offering in this interview. The Northeastern MPA is a practice-oriented and research-based degree.</div> <p><a href="http://americancityandcounty.com/gpn/northeastern-university-mpa-combines-theoretical-practical-related-video" target="_blank">read more</a></p> http://americancityandcounty.com/gpn/northeastern-university-mpa-combines-theoretical-practical-related-video#comments Finance Human Resources GPN Tue, 21 Jun 2016 15:01:00 +0000 71731 at http://americancityandcounty.com <p>Thomas J. Vicino</p> Philadelphia becomes first major U.S. city to pass soda tax http://americancityandcounty.com/finance/philadelphia-becomes-first-major-us-city-pass-soda-tax <div class="node-body article-body">In an unprecedented move, Philadelphia's city council passed a 1.5 cent-per-ounce tax on sugary and diet soda to generate funds for pre-kindergarten and other community programs.</div> <p><a href="http://americancityandcounty.com/finance/philadelphia-becomes-first-major-us-city-pass-soda-tax" target="_blank">read more</a></p> http://americancityandcounty.com/finance/philadelphia-becomes-first-major-us-city-pass-soda-tax#comments Finance Fri, 17 Jun 2016 21:22:00 +0000 71711 at http://americancityandcounty.com <p>Philadelphia City Hall. Image via <a href="https://commons.wikimedia.org/wiki/File:CityHallPhila0886.JPG">Wikimedia Commons</a>.</p> The efficient way to buy energy, Part 2 http://americancityandcounty.com/coop-solutions/efficient-way-buy-energy-part-2 <div class="field-deck"> Expert discusses trends, cooperative purchasing and timing purchases </div> <div class="node-body article-body">Tradition Energy's Bob Wooten discusses effective energy acquisition through coops in the public sector. He also weighs in on energy-based public-private partnerships. This is the second part of GPN's interview with the Tradition Energy executive.</div> <p><a href="http://americancityandcounty.com/coop-solutions/efficient-way-buy-energy-part-2" target="_blank">read more</a></p> http://americancityandcounty.com/coop-solutions/efficient-way-buy-energy-part-2#comments Buildings & Facilities Contracts Coop Solutions Facilities Cooperative Purchasing Green Green Purchasing Public Works Strategic Sourcing Sustainability Fri, 17 Jun 2016 17:56:00 +0000 71701 at http://americancityandcounty.com Police video storage setups: Some important considerations (with related video) http://americancityandcounty.com/law-enforcement/police-video-storage-setups-some-important-considerations-related-video <div class="node-body article-body">Lieutenant Daniel Zehnder of the Las Vegas Metropolitan Police Department talks about police video storage issues and trends.</div> <p><a href="http://americancityandcounty.com/law-enforcement/police-video-storage-setups-some-important-considerations-related-video" target="_blank">read more</a></p> http://americancityandcounty.com/law-enforcement/police-video-storage-setups-some-important-considerations-related-video#comments Law Enforcement Law Enforcement Technology Technology Thu, 16 Jun 2016 21:46:00 +0000 71691 at http://americancityandcounty.com <p>Daniel Zehnder</p> Public Sector MRP Myths Exposed! http://americancityandcounty.com/webinars/public-sector-mrp-myths-exposed <div class="node-body article-body">In this webinar, you¹ll see how workforce management software systems can work together for more far-reaching benefits than an ERP solution alone.</div> <p><a href="http://americancityandcounty.com/webinars/public-sector-mrp-myths-exposed" target="_blank">read more</a></p> http://americancityandcounty.com/webinars/public-sector-mrp-myths-exposed#comments Webinars Thu, 16 Jun 2016 20:23:00 +0000 71681 at http://americancityandcounty.com Anti-terrorist barricade halts loaded truck in test (with related video) http://americancityandcounty.com/security-fire-control/anti-terrorist-barricade-halts-loaded-truck-test-related-video <div class="node-body article-body">The HD2055 electromechanically controlled anti-terrorist barricade from Delta Scientific has successfully passed a key crash test.</div> <p><a href="http://americancityandcounty.com/security-fire-control/anti-terrorist-barricade-halts-loaded-truck-test-related-video" target="_blank">read more</a></p> http://americancityandcounty.com/security-fire-control/anti-terrorist-barricade-halts-loaded-truck-test-related-video#comments Facilities Homeland Security Government Security Law Enforcement Security & Fire Control Wed, 15 Jun 2016 18:55:00 +0000 71671 at http://americancityandcounty.com <p>In the photo: Harry Dickinson, president of Delta Scientific, stands in front of the D2055 anti-terrorist barricade that successfully passed an important crash test.</p> Public and private roles in a public-private partnership http://americancityandcounty.com/blog/public-and-private-roles-public-private-partnership <div class="node-body blog-body">Public Facilities Group President John Finke details what constitutes the best types of public-private partnerships.</div> <p><a href="http://americancityandcounty.com/blog/public-and-private-roles-public-private-partnership" target="_blank">read more</a></p> http://americancityandcounty.com/blog/public-and-private-roles-public-private-partnership#comments Privatization & Outsourcing Viewpoints Wed, 15 Jun 2016 17:30:00 +0000 71661 at http://americancityandcounty.com Ransomware attacks spread throughout Ohio cities, counties http://americancityandcounty.com/emergency-management/ransomware-attacks-spread-throughout-ohio-cities-counties <div class="node-body article-body">Recent ransomware attacks have ravaged several Ohio cities and counties over the past year, forcing some to use taxpayer dollars to bail themselves out of the attacks.</div> <p><a href="http://americancityandcounty.com/emergency-management/ransomware-attacks-spread-throughout-ohio-cities-counties" target="_blank">read more</a></p> http://americancityandcounty.com/emergency-management/ransomware-attacks-spread-throughout-ohio-cities-counties#comments Emergency Management Wed, 15 Jun 2016 17:21:00 +0000 71651 at http://americancityandcounty.com <p>Hacking concept image. Image via <a href="https://commons.wikimedia.org/wiki/File:Hacker_at_Computer_-_Symbol.jpg">Wikimedia Commons</a>.</p> 15 cities announced as developers of gigabit applications at smart cities summit http://americancityandcounty.com/technology/15-cities-announced-developers-gigabit-applications-smart-cities-summit <div class="node-body article-body">At the 2016 Smart Cities Innovation Summit, a nonprofit technology nonprofit named 15 cities as being part of their efforts to develop new gigabit apps for smart city initiatives.</div> <p><a href="http://americancityandcounty.com/technology/15-cities-announced-developers-gigabit-applications-smart-cities-summit" target="_blank">read more</a></p> http://americancityandcounty.com/technology/15-cities-announced-developers-gigabit-applications-smart-cities-summit#comments Technology Wed, 15 Jun 2016 17:10:00 +0000 71641 at http://americancityandcounty.com <p>The Austin, TX Convention Center, site of the 2016 Smart Cities Innovation Summit. Image via Wikimedia Commons.</p> Start your 2017-2018 budget planning now…no really, now! http://americancityandcounty.com/webinars/start-your-2017-2018-budget-planning-now-no-really-now <div class="node-body article-body">Join an interactive discussion with three county, city and town leaders and hear the best practices they implemented to invest in the areas with the greatest needs and that maximize long-term savings in their facilities and equipment. </div> <p><a href="http://americancityandcounty.com/webinars/start-your-2017-2018-budget-planning-now-no-really-now" target="_blank">read more</a></p> http://americancityandcounty.com/webinars/start-your-2017-2018-budget-planning-now-no-really-now#comments Webinars Tue, 14 Jun 2016 21:45:00 +0000 71631 at http://americancityandcounty.com Cities Have a Bright Future with LED Lighting – Here’s Why! http://americancityandcounty.com/webinars/cities-have-bright-future-led-lighting-here-s-why <div class="node-body article-body">This webinar exhibits an overview of key topics and current events impacting street lighting decisions today, including connected street lighting and the challenges that cities face when considering an LED upgrade.</div> <p><a href="http://americancityandcounty.com/webinars/cities-have-bright-future-led-lighting-here-s-why" target="_blank">read more</a></p> http://americancityandcounty.com/webinars/cities-have-bright-future-led-lighting-here-s-why#comments Webinars Tue, 14 Jun 2016 20:45:00 +0000 71621 at http://americancityandcounty.com Vendors forecast a variety of Internet of Things applications in local government http://americancityandcounty.com/technology/vendors-forecast-variety-internet-things-applications-local-government <div class="node-body article-body">Which Internet of Things applications will local governments most likely adopt? Experts from Ingenu and Quantum make their predictions. </div> <p><a href="http://americancityandcounty.com/technology/vendors-forecast-variety-internet-things-applications-local-government" target="_blank">read more</a></p> http://americancityandcounty.com/technology/vendors-forecast-variety-internet-things-applications-local-government#comments Law Enforcement Law Enforcement Public Works Technology Public Works Technology Tue, 14 Jun 2016 20:40:00 +0000 71611 at http://americancityandcounty.com <p>Wayne Arvidson</p> Shredders destroy both hard drives and solid-state devices (with related video) http://americancityandcounty.com/security/shredders-destroy-both-hard-drives-and-solid-state-devices-related-video <div class="node-body article-body">Security Engineered Machinery's Combo combination shredders can destroy both rotational platter-based hard drives and solid-state devices.</div> <p><a href="http://americancityandcounty.com/security/shredders-destroy-both-hard-drives-and-solid-state-devices-related-video" target="_blank">read more</a></p> http://americancityandcounty.com/security/shredders-destroy-both-hard-drives-and-solid-state-devices-related-video#comments Facilities Homeland Security Office Equipment Security Government Security Security & Fire Control Records Management Technology Tue, 14 Jun 2016 15:43:00 +0000 71601 at http://americancityandcounty.com Government contractors should reach out to agencies prior to June 30 http://americancityandcounty.com/hardware-software/government-contractors-should-reach-out-agencies-prior-june-30 <div class="node-body article-body">A state procurement official and IT vendor discuss fiscal year-end spending in government agencies. </div> <p><a href="http://americancityandcounty.com/hardware-software/government-contractors-should-reach-out-agencies-prior-june-30" target="_blank">read more</a></p> http://americancityandcounty.com/hardware-software/government-contractors-should-reach-out-agencies-prior-june-30#comments Finance Hardware & Software Fiscal Management Purchasing & Procurement Proposals & Bids GPN Mon, 13 Jun 2016 20:03:00 +0000 71591 at http://americancityandcounty.com Interactive map: Top 25 U.S. cities for fostering entrepreneurial growth and innovation http://americancityandcounty.com/economic-development/interactive-map-top-25-us-cities-fostering-entrepreneurial-growth-and-innovatio <div class="node-body article-body">This interactive map highlights 25 major cities poised to capitalize on the inevitable shift to a digital economy, complete with focused insights on each city and drone footage of their cityscapes.</div> <p><a href="http://americancityandcounty.com/economic-development/interactive-map-top-25-us-cities-fostering-entrepreneurial-growth-and-innovatio" target="_blank">read more</a></p> http://americancityandcounty.com/economic-development/interactive-map-top-25-us-cities-fostering-entrepreneurial-growth-and-innovatio#comments Economic Development Mon, 13 Jun 2016 16:34:00 +0000 71581 at http://americancityandcounty.com