American City & County http://americancityandcounty.com/rss.xml en Why local governments should embrace fair pay and safe workplace contractor policies http://americancityandcounty.com/blog/why-local-governments-should-embrace-fair-pay-and-safe-workplace-contractor-policies <div class="node-body blog-body">Senior director of client success Mina Mina discusses why it's important for governments to embrace the Fair Pay and Safe Workplaces Executive Order and how to do so.</div> <p><a href="http://americancityandcounty.com/blog/why-local-governments-should-embrace-fair-pay-and-safe-workplace-contractor-policies" target="_blank">read more</a></p> http://americancityandcounty.com/blog/why-local-governments-should-embrace-fair-pay-and-safe-workplace-contractor-policies#comments Human Resources Viewpoints Wed, 07 Dec 2016 18:04:00 +0000 74871 at http://americancityandcounty.com Secrets from Dubai: How smart initiatives saved $1 billion http://americancityandcounty.com/blog/secrets-dubai-how-smart-initiatives-saved-1-billion <div class="node-body blog-body">Smart Cities Council Managing Director Philip Bane explains how Dubai was able to save a billion dollars through smart city initiatives.</div> <p><a href="http://americancityandcounty.com/blog/secrets-dubai-how-smart-initiatives-saved-1-billion" target="_blank">read more</a></p> http://americancityandcounty.com/blog/secrets-dubai-how-smart-initiatives-saved-1-billion#comments Smart Cities Smart Cities Viewpoints Wed, 07 Dec 2016 05:51:00 +0000 74861 at http://americancityandcounty.com Which schools offer highly rated MPA programs? http://americancityandcounty.com/gpn/which-schools-offer-highly-rated-mpa-programs <div class="node-body article-body">The graduate programs.com site has issued its ranking of top public administration (MPA) graduate programs.</div> <p><a href="http://americancityandcounty.com/gpn/which-schools-offer-highly-rated-mpa-programs" target="_blank">read more</a></p> http://americancityandcounty.com/gpn/which-schools-offer-highly-rated-mpa-programs#comments Finance Human Resources GPN Tue, 06 Dec 2016 22:59:00 +0000 74851 at http://americancityandcounty.com <p>Kimberly Wetter</p> Cooperative group adds 4 suppliers http://americancityandcounty.com/purchasing-procurement/cooperative-group-adds-4-suppliers <div class="node-body article-body">National Cooperative Procurement Partners has added four new strategic supplier partners to the association.</div> <p><a href="http://americancityandcounty.com/purchasing-procurement/cooperative-group-adds-4-suppliers" target="_blank">read more</a></p> http://americancityandcounty.com/purchasing-procurement/cooperative-group-adds-4-suppliers#comments Contracts Cooperative Purchasing Finance Fiscal Management Purchasing & Procurement Strategic Sourcing GPN Tue, 06 Dec 2016 18:22:00 +0000 74841 at http://americancityandcounty.com Boston Police plans to monitor social media draw praise, criticism http://americancityandcounty.com/law-enforcement/boston-police-plans-monitor-social-media-draw-praise-criticism <div class="node-body article-body">The Boston Police Department may soon enact controversial plan to utilize software that would scan social media for criminal activity and threats. While proponents of the plan say the software will make Boston a safer city, civil liberties groups say it would be an invasion of privacy.</div> <p><a href="http://americancityandcounty.com/law-enforcement/boston-police-plans-monitor-social-media-draw-praise-criticism" target="_blank">read more</a></p> http://americancityandcounty.com/law-enforcement/boston-police-plans-monitor-social-media-draw-praise-criticism#comments Law Enforcement Mon, 05 Dec 2016 20:00:00 +0000 74831 at http://americancityandcounty.com <p>Image via <a href="https://commons.wikimedia.org/wiki/File:BPDHeadquarters.JPG">Wikimedia Commons</a>.</p> Riding mower combines agility and flexibility (with related video) http://americancityandcounty.com/grounds-maintenance-landscaping/riding-mower-combines-agility-and-flexibility-related-video <div class="node-body article-body">Toro’s Groundsmaster 360 riding mower combines the agility of a zero-turn riding mower with the flexibility of an out-front rotary mower. </div> <p><a href="http://americancityandcounty.com/grounds-maintenance-landscaping/riding-mower-combines-agility-and-flexibility-related-video" target="_blank">read more</a></p> http://americancityandcounty.com/grounds-maintenance-landscaping/riding-mower-combines-agility-and-flexibility-related-video#comments Grounds Maintenance & Landscaping Parks & Recreation Public Works Mon, 05 Dec 2016 19:42:00 +0000 74821 at http://americancityandcounty.com <p>In the photo: Toro&rsquo;s Groundsmaster 360 riding mower with Quad Steer all-wheel steering technology.</p> Some advice for governments on upgrading or replacing roofs http://americancityandcounty.com/coop-solutions/some-advice-governments-upgrading-or-replacing-roofs <div class="field-deck"> Resources that can help get the job done </div> <div class="node-body article-body">Frank Percaciante, the controller at Design-Build Solutions, Inc. (The Garland Co.) offers tips to government facility managers as they gear up for a roof replacement.</div> <p><a href="http://americancityandcounty.com/coop-solutions/some-advice-governments-upgrading-or-replacing-roofs" target="_blank">read more</a></p> http://americancityandcounty.com/coop-solutions/some-advice-governments-upgrading-or-replacing-roofs#comments Buildings & Facilities Contracts Coop Solutions Facilities Cooperative Purchasing Public Works Strategic Sourcing Mon, 05 Dec 2016 18:01:00 +0000 74791 at http://americancityandcounty.com <p>In the photo: A view of the roof replacement project underway at Chipman Elementary School, one of the Wicomico County Board of Education schools. This school used the U.S. Communities Garland/DBS, Inc. national cooperative contract for the roof project.</p> Northernmost U.S. city embroiled in legal name change dispute http://americancityandcounty.com/administration/northernmost-us-city-embroiled-legal-name-change-dispute <div class="node-body article-body">The sun may have officially set for the last time in Barrow, Alaska, as the city is locked in a legal battle to change its name to its original name of Utqiagvik.</div> <p><a href="http://americancityandcounty.com/administration/northernmost-us-city-embroiled-legal-name-change-dispute" target="_blank">read more</a></p> http://americancityandcounty.com/administration/northernmost-us-city-embroiled-legal-name-change-dispute#comments Administration Mon, 05 Dec 2016 17:07:00 +0000 74811 at http://americancityandcounty.com <p>An icebow in Utqiagvik, Alaska. Image via <a href="https://commons.wikimedia.org/wiki/File:Barrow-icebow.jpg">Wikimedia Commons.</a></p> Internal fraud cost this city $50 million. How to keep all your tax revenue http://americancityandcounty.com/blog/internal-fraud-cost-city-50-million-how-keep-all-your-tax-revenue <div class="node-body blog-body">Smart Cities Council Publications Editor Kevin Ebi gives advice on how cities can protect precious tax dollars from being stolen.</div> <p><a href="http://americancityandcounty.com/blog/internal-fraud-cost-city-50-million-how-keep-all-your-tax-revenue" target="_blank">read more</a></p> http://americancityandcounty.com/blog/internal-fraud-cost-city-50-million-how-keep-all-your-tax-revenue#comments Smart Cities Smart Cities Finance Viewpoints Mon, 05 Dec 2016 15:15:00 +0000 74801 at http://americancityandcounty.com Overlooked funding source: Collect more of the money you’re owed http://americancityandcounty.com/blog/overlooked-funding-source-collect-more-money-you-re-owed <div class="node-body blog-body">Smart Cities Council Chairman Jesse Berst explains how cities can take better advantage of the funding sources they already have in place</div> <p><a href="http://americancityandcounty.com/blog/overlooked-funding-source-collect-more-money-you-re-owed" target="_blank">read more</a></p> http://americancityandcounty.com/blog/overlooked-funding-source-collect-more-money-you-re-owed#comments Smart Cities Smart Cities Viewpoints Wed, 30 Nov 2016 18:32:00 +0000 74781 at http://americancityandcounty.com Community broadband strategies in the Trump era http://americancityandcounty.com/blog/community-broadband-strategies-trump-era <div class="node-body blog-body">Community broadband consultant Craig Settles discusses how local governments can strategically plan for building public broadband networks and developing the partnerships to do so.</div> <p><a href="http://americancityandcounty.com/blog/community-broadband-strategies-trump-era" target="_blank">read more</a></p> http://americancityandcounty.com/blog/community-broadband-strategies-trump-era#comments Broadband Viewpoints Wed, 30 Nov 2016 18:10:00 +0000 74771 at http://americancityandcounty.com Governments across Tennessee respond to deadly Gatlinburg wildfire http://americancityandcounty.com/fire/governments-across-tennessee-respond-deadly-gatlinburg-wildfire <div class="node-body article-body">City, county and state employees in Tennessee have banded together to respond to the raging wildfires in Gatlinburg, Tenn. that have so far damaged hundreds of buildings and caused three deaths. </div> <p><a href="http://americancityandcounty.com/fire/governments-across-tennessee-respond-deadly-gatlinburg-wildfire" target="_blank">read more</a></p> http://americancityandcounty.com/fire/governments-across-tennessee-respond-deadly-gatlinburg-wildfire#comments Fire Wed, 30 Nov 2016 00:13:00 +0000 74761 at http://americancityandcounty.com <p>Downtown Gatlinburg, Tenn. Image via <a href="https://commons.wikimedia.org/wiki/File:Downtown_Gatlinburg,_Tennessee.JPG">Wikimedia Commons</a>.</p> Versatile power sweeper handles municipal tasks (with related video) http://americancityandcounty.com/grounds-maintenance-landscaping/versatile-power-sweeper-handles-municipal-tasks-related-video <div class="node-body article-body">The YARDMAX Power Sweeper serves a variety of government purposes. It can clean and clear park walkways, sidewalks and small parking lots.</div> <p><a href="http://americancityandcounty.com/grounds-maintenance-landscaping/versatile-power-sweeper-handles-municipal-tasks-related-video" target="_blank">read more</a></p> http://americancityandcounty.com/grounds-maintenance-landscaping/versatile-power-sweeper-handles-municipal-tasks-related-video#comments Grounds Maintenance & Landscaping Parks & Recreation Public Works Public Works Tue, 29 Nov 2016 21:05:00 +0000 74751 at http://americancityandcounty.com <p>In the photo: The YARDMAX Power Sweeper at work clearing a path.</p> The benefits balancing act http://americancityandcounty.com/human-resources/benefits-balancing-act <div class="field-deck"> As the public sector workforce evolves, governments are striving to offer the benefits employees want while keeping costs under control </div> <div class="node-body article-body">As the public sector workforce evolves, governments are striving to offer the benefits employees want while keeping costs under control.</div> <p><a href="http://americancityandcounty.com/human-resources/benefits-balancing-act" target="_blank">read more</a></p> http://americancityandcounty.com/human-resources/benefits-balancing-act#comments Finance Human Resources Tue, 29 Nov 2016 16:49:00 +0000 74741 at http://americancityandcounty.com Smart and small http://americancityandcounty.com/smart-cities/smart-and-small <div class="field-byline"> Gary McCarthy </div> <div class="field-deck"> Gary McCarthy, the mayor of Schenectady, N.Y. says size doesn't matter when it comes to smart city initiatives. </div> <div class="node-body article-body">Gary McCarthy, the mayor of Schenectady, N.Y., says size doesn't matter when it comes to smart city initiatives. Read about his city's technological advancements here, and watch an exclusive interview with the mayor on Schenectady's smart cities programs.</div> <p><a href="http://americancityandcounty.com/smart-cities/smart-and-small" target="_blank">read more</a></p> http://americancityandcounty.com/smart-cities/smart-and-small#comments Smart Cities Tue, 29 Nov 2016 16:37:00 +0000 74731 at http://americancityandcounty.com <p>Union Street at night in Schenectady, N.Y. Image via City of Schenectady.</p> There's an app for that http://americancityandcounty.com/mobile/theres-app <div class="field-deck"> GIS-enabled city apps spark citizen engagement and internal improvements </div> <div class="node-body article-body">GIS-enabled city apps are sparking citizen engagement and giving way to internal improvements.</div> <p><a href="http://americancityandcounty.com/mobile/theres-app" target="_blank">read more</a></p> http://americancityandcounty.com/mobile/theres-app#comments GIS & GPS Mobile Tue, 29 Nov 2016 16:28:00 +0000 74721 at http://americancityandcounty.com <p>Sugar Land, Texas&rsquo; app allows residents to monitor real-time traffic, report public works issues and access city information.</p> Two smart healthcare trends that are saving lives (and cutting costs) http://americancityandcounty.com/blog/two-smart-healthcare-trends-are-saving-lives-and-cutting-costs <div class="node-body blog-body">Smart Cities Council's Doug Peeples discusses how focusing on people and going wireless are helping cities' medical facilities save money and lives.</div> <p><a href="http://americancityandcounty.com/blog/two-smart-healthcare-trends-are-saving-lives-and-cutting-costs" target="_blank">read more</a></p> http://americancityandcounty.com/blog/two-smart-healthcare-trends-are-saving-lives-and-cutting-costs#comments Smart Cities Smart Cities Viewpoints Mon, 28 Nov 2016 20:32:00 +0000 74711 at http://americancityandcounty.com Seattle approves 30-year bond for building affordable housing http://americancityandcounty.com/housing/seattle-approves-30-year-bond-building-affordable-housing <div class="node-body article-body">The Seattle City Council has approved a $29 million, 30-year bond to spend on affordable housing. </div> <p><a href="http://americancityandcounty.com/housing/seattle-approves-30-year-bond-building-affordable-housing" target="_blank">read more</a></p> http://americancityandcounty.com/housing/seattle-approves-30-year-bond-building-affordable-housing#comments Housing Mon, 28 Nov 2016 18:01:00 +0000 74691 at http://americancityandcounty.com <p>Houses in Seattle&#39;s Queen Anne neighborhood. Image via <a href="https://commons.wikimedia.org/wiki/File:Seattle_-_houses_on_southwest_Queen_Anne_Hill_01.jpg">Wikimedia Commons</a>.</p> City flags: What is good design? http://americancityandcounty.com/gpn/city-flags-what-good-design <div class="node-body article-body">What is key in city flag design? Here are some resources.</div> <p><a href="http://americancityandcounty.com/gpn/city-flags-what-good-design" target="_blank">read more</a></p> http://americancityandcounty.com/gpn/city-flags-what-good-design#comments GPN Administration Sun, 27 Nov 2016 13:24:00 +0000 74681 at http://americancityandcounty.com <p>Image shows the city flag of Pocatello, Idaho.</p> Three traffic relief ideas from cities with the shortest commutes http://americancityandcounty.com/blog/three-traffic-relief-ideas-cities-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="http://americancityandcounty.com/blog/three-traffic-relief-ideas-cities-shortest-commutes" target="_blank">read more</a></p> http://americancityandcounty.com/blog/three-traffic-relief-ideas-cities-shortest-commutes#comments Smart Cities Smart Cities Viewpoints Tue, 22 Nov 2016 22:00:00 +0000 74671 at http://americancityandcounty.com Infographic: How state and local governments manage IT http://americancityandcounty.com/cloud-computing/infographic-how-state-and-local-governments-manage-it <div class="node-body article-body">State and local governments were expected to spend over $71 billion on IT in 2016, and many reported sharing similar challenges, priorities and viewpoints.</div> <p><a href="http://americancityandcounty.com/cloud-computing/infographic-how-state-and-local-governments-manage-it" target="_blank">read more</a></p> http://americancityandcounty.com/cloud-computing/infographic-how-state-and-local-governments-manage-it#comments Broadband Cloud Computing Bonus Content Tue, 22 Nov 2016 20:20:00 +0000 73561 at http://americancityandcounty.com Four cities ahead of the connectivity curve (and why you need to catch up) http://americancityandcounty.com/blog/four-cities-ahead-connectivity-curve-and-why-you-need-catch <div class="node-body blog-body">Smart Cities Council Publications Editor Kevin Ebi details four cities that are engaged in innovative connectivity projects.</div> <p><a href="http://americancityandcounty.com/blog/four-cities-ahead-connectivity-curve-and-why-you-need-catch" target="_blank">read more</a></p> http://americancityandcounty.com/blog/four-cities-ahead-connectivity-curve-and-why-you-need-catch#comments Smart Cities Smart Cities Viewpoints Mon, 21 Nov 2016 20:40:00 +0000 74661 at http://americancityandcounty.com New Jersey government approves five-year takeover of Atlantic City http://americancityandcounty.com/finance/new-jersey-government-approves-five-year-takeover-atlantic-city <div class="node-body article-body">The New Jersey state government has opted to assume control over Atlantic City as the city continues to struggle with financial instability. </div> <p><a href="http://americancityandcounty.com/finance/new-jersey-government-approves-five-year-takeover-atlantic-city" target="_blank">read more</a></p> http://americancityandcounty.com/finance/new-jersey-government-approves-five-year-takeover-atlantic-city#comments Finance Mon, 21 Nov 2016 20:16:00 +0000 74651 at http://americancityandcounty.com <p>The Atlantic City, N.J. boardwalk and beach. Image via <a href="https://commons.wikimedia.org/wiki/File:Atlantic_City_boardwalk.jpg">Wikimedia Commons</a>.</p> Global celebration of GIS technology http://americancityandcounty.com/technology/global-celebration-gis-technology <div class="node-body article-body">GIS Day (Nov. 16) celebrated GIS technology and united the geospatial community in a global movement of collaboration, sharing and education.</div> <p><a href="http://americancityandcounty.com/technology/global-celebration-gis-technology" target="_blank">read more</a></p> http://americancityandcounty.com/technology/global-celebration-gis-technology#comments Public Works Technology Public Works Technology Fri, 18 Nov 2016 19:30:00 +0000 74631 at http://americancityandcounty.com <p>In the graphic: It is a map that displays GIS Day events around the world. The map does not show all events. GIS Day participants were able to list their GIS Day events on the map.</p> Firm that delivers data and analytics wins national cooperative contract http://americancityandcounty.com/coop-solutions/firm-delivers-data-and-analytics-wins-national-cooperative-contract <div class="field-deck"> Experian will provide data and solutions to governments in multi-year pact. </div> <div class="node-body article-body">The U.S. Communities Government Purchasing Alliance has awarded a multi-year contract to Experian to provide consumer data and predictive analytics solutions through its national cooperative purchasing program.</div> <p><a href="http://americancityandcounty.com/coop-solutions/firm-delivers-data-and-analytics-wins-national-cooperative-contract" target="_blank">read more</a></p> http://americancityandcounty.com/coop-solutions/firm-delivers-data-and-analytics-wins-national-cooperative-contract#comments Coop Solutions Cooperative Purchasing Technology Administration Technology Thu, 17 Nov 2016 20:02:00 +0000 74571 at http://americancityandcounty.com Trump’s election sparks national outrage, official response varied http://americancityandcounty.com/law-enforcement/trump-s-election-sparks-national-outrage-official-response-varied <div class="node-body article-body">The controversial election of 45th president-elect Donald Trump has sparked fear and conflict in many communities across the country. As the nation moves into uncharted waters, America’s cities – in particular their police forces – are charged with maintaining peace and order.</div> <p><a href="http://americancityandcounty.com/law-enforcement/trump-s-election-sparks-national-outrage-official-response-varied" target="_blank">read more</a></p> http://americancityandcounty.com/law-enforcement/trump-s-election-sparks-national-outrage-official-response-varied#comments Law Enforcement Wed, 16 Nov 2016 18:58:00 +0000 74621 at http://americancityandcounty.com <p>Protesters take to the streets in response to Donald Trump&#39;s presidential victory. Image via <a href="https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Protests_against_Donald_Trump">Wikimedia Commons.</a></p> Who should pay for microgrids? Why some utilities say “everyone” http://americancityandcounty.com/blog/who-should-pay-microgrids-why-some-utilities-say-everyone <div class="node-body blog-body">Smart Cities Council Publications Editor Kevin Ebi discusses why utilities are trying to get the general public to pay for microgrids.</div> <p><a href="http://americancityandcounty.com/blog/who-should-pay-microgrids-why-some-utilities-say-everyone" target="_blank">read more</a></p> http://americancityandcounty.com/blog/who-should-pay-microgrids-why-some-utilities-say-everyone#comments Smart Cities Smart Cities Viewpoints Wed, 16 Nov 2016 16:52:00 +0000 74601 at http://americancityandcounty.com Taking smart cities beyond city hall http://americancityandcounty.com/blog/taking-smart-cities-beyond-city-hall <div class="node-body blog-body">Hitachi Insight Group General Manager of the Americas Kevin Eggleston discusses how cities can leverage data and collaborate to address the challenges of urban living.</div> <p><a href="http://americancityandcounty.com/blog/taking-smart-cities-beyond-city-hall" target="_blank">read more</a></p> http://americancityandcounty.com/blog/taking-smart-cities-beyond-city-hall#comments Smart Cities Smart Cities Viewpoints Wed, 16 Nov 2016 00:36:00 +0000 74591 at http://americancityandcounty.com Five jurisdictions pass soda taxes http://americancityandcounty.com/finance/five-jurisdictions-pass-soda-taxes <div class="node-body article-body">Four cities and one county have joined Philadelphia and Berkeley, Calif. as the only jurisdictions in the U.S. to impose a tax on sodas upon their residents.</div> <p><a href="http://americancityandcounty.com/finance/five-jurisdictions-pass-soda-taxes" target="_blank">read more</a></p> http://americancityandcounty.com/finance/five-jurisdictions-pass-soda-taxes#comments Finance Health & Welfare Tue, 15 Nov 2016 22:42:00 +0000 74581 at http://americancityandcounty.com <p>Multiple types of soda on display. Image via Wikimedia Commons.</p> Keating Report: mid-year 2016 forecast on government budgets and spending—Part 4 http://americancityandcounty.com/technology/keating-report-mid-year-2016-forecast-government-budgets-and-spending-part-4 <div class="field-deck"> What technology applications are governments adopting? </div> <div class="node-body article-body">Governments are embracing the cloud, phone apps for parking and electronic security as we wrap up 2016.</div> <p><a href="http://americancityandcounty.com/technology/keating-report-mid-year-2016-forecast-government-budgets-and-spending-part-4" target="_blank">read more</a></p> http://americancityandcounty.com/technology/keating-report-mid-year-2016-forecast-government-budgets-and-spending-part-4#comments Government Security Security & Fire Control Technology Technology Tue, 15 Nov 2016 16:14:00 +0000 74561 at http://americancityandcounty.com <p>In the photo: A screenshot of a GovDelivery report that the company provides through its digital communications platform to public sector agencies. The firm serves over 1,000 public sector organizations globally.</p> <p>&nbsp;</p>