American City & County en Technology helps make county land records come alive <div class="node-body article-body">Norfolk County and Xerox have embarked on a preservation project to preserve its earliest deeds, which are handwritten. The organizations are perusing over 250,000 handwritten deeds from 1793 to 1900 that will result in nearly 12.5 million lines of information when the project is complete.</div> <p><a href="" target="_blank">read more</a></p> Products at Work Fri, 21 Oct 2016 19:53:00 +0000 74051 at Technology improves access to municipal information in Kansas <div class="node-body article-body">When the Wichita, Kan., five-year copier contract came up for renewal, city officials used the event as an opportunity to research the current state of office technology. They wanted to determine what could be done to make municipal operations more efficient, and they determined Nuance eCopy could meet its requirements.</div> <p><a href="" target="_blank">read more</a></p> Products at Work Fri, 21 Oct 2016 19:47:00 +0000 74041 at Texas city achieves paperless court case management <div class="node-body article-body">Garland, Texas, city officials used OnBase, an enterprise information platform from Hyland Software, to switch to a completely paperless court case management system. </div> <p><a href="" target="_blank">read more</a></p> Products at Work Fri, 21 Oct 2016 19:41:00 +0000 74031 at Municipal contractor relies on dependable gear for Boston snow removal <div class="node-body article-body">When Boston was hit in January and February 2015 with back-to-back mega snowstorms, Sarris Snow Removal fought back with snow and ice removal equipment including five Doosan wheel loaders to help his customers maintain their daily schedules.</div> <p><a href="" target="_blank">read more</a></p> Products at Work Fri, 21 Oct 2016 19:31:00 +0000 74021 at Housing authority performs IT tasks in the cloud to meet needs of residents <div class="node-body article-body">As it went forward with the shift to the cloud, the Lucas Metropolitan Housing Authority (LMHA) in Toledo, Ohio selected the Citrix Cloud solution built using the Microsoft Azure Government platform. The new setup enables employees to reach the people they serve with mobile devices and accompanying mobile office offerings</div> <p><a href="" target="_blank">read more</a></p> Products at Work Fri, 21 Oct 2016 19:21:00 +0000 74011 at Revitalizing a Kansas school district <div class="field-deck"> Ricoh serves as catalyst for information mobility and sweeping cost savings at Shawnee Mission School District </div> <div class="node-body article-body">Working with a Kansas school district and leveraging a U.S. Communities cooperative purchasing program, Ricoh made the school district just as efficient and savvy as today’s digital business world.</div> <p><a href="" target="_blank">read more</a></p> Coop Solutions Facilities Cooperative Purchasing Finance Office Equipment Purchasing & Procurement Technology Technology Fri, 21 Oct 2016 18:21:00 +0000 74001 at Mondopad. The Power to Get It Done. <div class="field-byline"> InFocus </div> <div class="node-body article-body">For firefighters, training is an essential part of the job. But so is being at their stations, ready to respond to a fire. That's where the power of Mondopad comes into play</div> <p><a href="" target="_blank">read more</a></p> White Papers Fri, 21 Oct 2016 16:00:00 +0000 73991 at Old parking enforcement technology gets the boot (with related video) <div class="node-body article-body">Motorists who haven’t paid their parking tickets may find their cars virtually undriveable when the Barnacle is attached to the windshield.</div> <p><a href="" target="_blank">read more</a></p> Fleets Fleets Public Safety Technology Public Safety Technology Thu, 20 Oct 2016 21:24:00 +0000 73981 at <p>In the photo: The Barnacle parking enforcement product deployed on a windshield. Motorists who haven&rsquo;t paid their parking tickets may find their cars virtually undriveable when the Barnacle is attached to the windshield.</p> Use this fabric structure for outdoor events <div class="node-body article-body">ClearSpan's Pavilion Building creates an ideal covered environment for public gatherings and events.</div> <p><a href="" target="_blank">read more</a></p> Buildings & Facilities Facilities Public Works Public Works Wed, 19 Oct 2016 19:50:00 +0000 73971 at <p>In the photo: The Pavilion Building from ClearSpan Fabric Structures.</p> Our heritage at risk: Maintaining local government archives <div class="node-body blog-body">John Slate and Kaye Minchew discuss the importance of maintaining local government historical archives.</div> <p><a href="" target="_blank">read more</a></p> Administration Viewpoints Wed, 19 Oct 2016 18:54:00 +0000 73961 at How one school district solved a critical problem (and saved money too) <div class="node-body blog-body">Smart Cities Council Chairman Jesse Berst explains how Pittsburgh's Keystone Oaks School District saved energy and money on an energy efficiency upgrade.</div> <p><a href="" target="_blank">read more</a></p> Smart Cities Smart Cities Viewpoints Wed, 19 Oct 2016 18:45:00 +0000 73951 at Cities across the U.S. commit to 100 percent renewable, clean energy <div class="node-body article-body">Several cities across the country are transitioning to 100 percent renewable energy or are exploring the feasibility of doing so in the future. </div> <p><a href="" target="_blank">read more</a></p> Energy Efficiency Renewable Energy Wed, 19 Oct 2016 18:01:00 +0000 73941 at <p>The&nbsp;Green Mountain Energy Wind Farm at Brazos in Fluvanna, Texas. Image via <a href="">Wikimedia Commons</a>.</p> Where should public sector budget dollars go in 2017? <div class="node-body advpoll_binary-body"><p>Total government purchases in the U.S. could reach $3.36 trillion in 2017. That&#39;s 3 percent higher than 2016 levels, say forecasters at <a href="" target="_blank">IHS Global Insight</a>. As we head into 2017, which areas need more public sector budget dollars? Please choose your answer(s). We&#39;ll report poll results in the next <a href="" target="_blank">Keating Report forecast</a> on government budgets and spending</p> </div><form action="/poll/10192016" accept-charset="UTF-8" method="post" id="advpoll-voting-binary-form-0" class="advpoll-vote"> <div><div class="poll"> <div class="advpoll-available-choices"> <div class="vote-choices"> <div class="form-checkboxes"><div class="form-item" id="edit-choice-3971-wrapper"> <label class="option" for="edit-choice-3971"><input type="checkbox" name="choice[3971]" id="edit-choice-3971" value="3971" class="form-checkbox" /> Beefed-up security to guard against domestic terrorism</label> </div> <div class="form-item" id="edit-choice-3981-wrapper"> <label class="option" for="edit-choice-3981"><input type="checkbox" name="choice[3981]" id="edit-choice-3981" value="3981" class="form-checkbox" /> Corporate tax cuts so we can grow the economy</label> </div> <div class="form-item" id="edit-choice-3991-wrapper"> <label class="option" for="edit-choice-3991"><input type="checkbox" name="choice[3991]" id="edit-choice-3991" value="3991" class="form-checkbox" /> Disaster-planning programs and training in disaster preparedness</label> </div> <div class="form-item" id="edit-choice-4001-wrapper"> <label class="option" for="edit-choice-4001"><input type="checkbox" name="choice[4001]" id="edit-choice-4001" value="4001" class="form-checkbox" /> Earned-income tax credits & other tax reduction programs for low-income workers</label> </div> <div class="form-item" id="edit-choice-4011-wrapper"> <label class="option" for="edit-choice-4011"><input type="checkbox" name="choice[4011]" id="edit-choice-4011" value="4011" class="form-checkbox" /> Feeding and sheltering the homeless</label> </div> <div class="form-item" id="edit-choice-4021-wrapper"> <label class="option" for="edit-choice-4021"><input type="checkbox" name="choice[4021]" id="edit-choice-4021" value="4021" class="form-checkbox" /> Green energy projects to reduce effects of global warming</label> </div> <div class="form-item" id="edit-choice-4031-wrapper"> <label class="option" for="edit-choice-4031"><input type="checkbox" name="choice[4031]" id="edit-choice-4031" value="4031" class="form-checkbox" /> Increased pay and benefits for government employees</label> </div> <div class="form-item" id="edit-choice-4041-wrapper"> <label class="option" for="edit-choice-4041"><input type="checkbox" name="choice[4041]" id="edit-choice-4041" value="4041" class="form-checkbox" /> Infrastructure: Roads, bridges and transit systems</label> </div> <div class="form-item" id="edit-choice-4051-wrapper"> <label class="option" for="edit-choice-4051"><input type="checkbox" name="choice[4051]" id="edit-choice-4051" value="4051" class="form-checkbox" /> Parks and recreation facility and program expansion</label> </div> <div class="form-item" id="edit-choice-4061-wrapper"> <label class="option" for="edit-choice-4061"><input type="checkbox" name="choice[4061]" id="edit-choice-4061" value="4061" class="form-checkbox" /> Police video cameras and law enforcement video archiving systems</label> </div> <div class="form-item" id="edit-choice-4071-wrapper"> <label class="option" for="edit-choice-4071"><input type="checkbox" name="choice[4071]" id="edit-choice-4071" value="4071" class="form-checkbox" /> Pre-school child care and similar education programs</label> </div> <div class="form-item" id="edit-choice-4081-wrapper"> <label class="option" for="edit-choice-4081"><input type="checkbox" name="choice[4081]" id="edit-choice-4081" value="4081" class="form-checkbox" /> Tax incentives to attract overseas businesses to set up plants in the U.S.</label> </div> <div class="form-item" id="edit-choice-4091-wrapper"> <label class="option" for="edit-choice-4091"><input type="checkbox" name="choice[4091]" id="edit-choice-4091" value="4091" class="form-checkbox" /> Unemployment benefits for the unemployed and underemployed</label> </div> <div class="form-item" id="edit-choice-4101-wrapper"> <label class="option" for="edit-choice-4101"><input type="checkbox" name="choice[4101]" id="edit-choice-4101" value="4101" class="form-checkbox" /> Water and wastewater treatment systems to ensure a safe drinking water supply</label> </div> </div> </div> </div> <input type="hidden" name="ajax" id="edit-ajax" value="" class="ajax" /> <input type="hidden" name="nid" id="edit-nid" value="73931" class="edit-nid" /> <input type="submit" name="op" id="edit-vote-binary-0" value="Answer" class="form-submit" /> <input type="hidden" name="form_build_id" id="form-rPGd75Vp4Mvk6xf4eOvLwKpN6Inunw1Bbu1hzKKPrwA" value="form-rPGd75Vp4Mvk6xf4eOvLwKpN6Inunw1Bbu1hzKKPrwA" /> <input type="hidden" name="form_id" id="edit-advpoll-voting-binary-form" value="advpoll_voting_binary_form" /> </div> </div></form> Wed, 19 Oct 2016 15:36:53 +0000 73931 at Arkansas bridge stands tall despite demolition attempt <div class="node-body blog-body">The Arkansas State Highway and Transportation Department got a rude awakening when its attempt to detonate a bridge failed completely.</div> <p><a href="" target="_blank">read more</a></p> Governments&#039; Lighter Side Tue, 18 Oct 2016 22:19:00 +0000 73911 at Counties anticipate early voting turnouts with preparations <div class="node-body article-body">As more citizens are showing up across the country to cast early ballots for the presidential election than in previous election years, counties are preparing for the deluge of voters in several ways.</div> <p><a href="" target="_blank">read more</a></p> Administration Tue, 18 Oct 2016 21:04:00 +0000 73901 at <p>Gwinnett County, Ga. Courthouse. Image via <a href="">Wikimedia Commons</a>.</p> Deere equipment gets advanced grade control technology (with related video) <div class="node-body article-body">John Deere is building on its lineup of SmartGrade crawler dozers with the integration of the machine control offering on the 750K and 850K models.</div> <p><a href="" target="_blank">read more</a></p> Fleets Fleets GIS & GPS Public Works Technology Technology Tue, 18 Oct 2016 19:37:00 +0000 73891 at <p>in the photo: The John_Deere_JD_850K&nbsp;crawler dozer with SmartGrade technology.</p> Meet the autonomous bus that could get people out of their cars <div class="node-body blog-body">Smart Cities Council Chairman Jesse Berst tells about the Mercedes-Benz Future Bus, a luxurious semi-autonomous bus that made a 12-mile drive in Amsterdam.</div> <p><a href="" target="_blank">read more</a></p> Smart Cities Smart Cities Viewpoints Mon, 17 Oct 2016 18:25:00 +0000 73881 at California legislation allows county to test driverless vehicles <div class="node-body article-body">New legislation has passed that allows one California county to test driverless vehicles on a public road and a business park. </div> <p><a href="" target="_blank">read more</a></p> Public Transit Technology Mon, 17 Oct 2016 15:51:00 +0000 73871 at <p>Mount DIablo in Contra Costa County in California. Image via <a href="">WIkimedia Commons</a>.</p> Governments: Prepare for the new overtime regulations that start Dec. 1! <div class="node-body article-body">Jamie Dokovna, an attorney with the Becker & Poliakoff law firm, outlines ways that local and state officials can comply with the final U.S. Department of Labor overtime rule. </div> <p><a href="" target="_blank">read more</a></p> Finance Human Resources GPN Mon, 17 Oct 2016 15:32:00 +0000 73861 at <p>Jamie Dokovna</p> Are you sitting on an asset? Learn how energy efficiency can fund big ambitions <div class="node-body article-body"><p><img alt="" src="/site-files/" style="width: 700px; height: 250px;" /></p> <p><strong>This webinar will be held&nbsp;Thursday, October 27, 2016 | 2PM ET / 11AM PT​.&nbsp;<a href=";eventid=1282186&amp;sessionid=1&amp;key=2E8FC7D270CE616E00B0BBD753E2B120&amp;sourcepage=register">Click here to register.</a></strong><br /> &nbsp;</p></div> <p><a href="" target="_blank">read more</a></p> Webinars Fri, 14 Oct 2016 20:07:00 +0000 73851 at Florida gives Miami-Dade $7 million to fight spread of Zika <div class="node-body article-body">A new Zika virus transmission zone has been discovered in Miami as Florida officials send over $7 million to Miami-Dade County to fight the spread of the virus.</div> <p><a href="" target="_blank">read more</a></p> Emergency Management Health & Welfare Fri, 14 Oct 2016 19:22:00 +0000 73841 at NLC Report: City finances are getting stronger <div class="node-body article-body">In its 31st annual City Fiscal Conditions report, National League of Cities (NLC) finds that fiscal conditions of U.S. cities are strengthening.</div> <p><a href="" target="_blank">read more</a></p> Finance Fiscal Management Purchasing & Procurement GPN Fri, 14 Oct 2016 15:49:00 +0000 73831 at The 10 worst and 10 best cities for foodies <div class="node-body gallery-body">Personal finance site WalletHub recently ranked the 150 most populated U.S. cities as the best and worst cities for foodies using 21 metrics that considered the affordability, diversity, accessibility and quality of food in the community. Is your city on the list? </div> <p><a href="" target="_blank">read more</a></p> Bonus Content Thu, 13 Oct 2016 21:40:00 +0000 73821 at Wireless lighting control setup delivers energy savings (with related video) <div class="node-body article-body">Vive wireless lighting control systems are tied together with a wireless hub for central control and monitoring. They are suited for government office spaces, K-12, colleges and universities and other government buildings.</div> <p><a href="" target="_blank">read more</a></p> Buildings & Facilities Facilities Green Technology Sustainability Technology Thu, 13 Oct 2016 20:53:00 +0000 73811 at <p>In the photo: Components of the Lutron Vive Vue software and Hub. They are part of the Vive wireless lighting control system.</p> Five reasons why a local government may want to use a law firm for its general counsel function <div class="node-body blog-body">Government lawyer Alan Zimmet explains the advantages that outsourcing general counsel to law firms holds for local governments.</div> <p><a href="" target="_blank">read more</a></p> Privatization & Outsourcing Viewpoints Wed, 12 Oct 2016 19:17:00 +0000 73801 at How slow Internet is holding your city back <div class="node-body blog-body">Smart Cities Council Publications Editor Kevin Ebi explains why broadband is necessary for everyone and why it's important to act now.</div> <p><a href="" target="_blank">read more</a></p> Smart Cities Smart Cities Viewpoints Wed, 12 Oct 2016 19:17:00 +0000 73791 at Hurricane-slammed states coordinate recovery efforts <div class="node-body article-body">While Hurricane Matthew has waned into a tropical depression, recovery and response efforts in affected areas have only just begun.</div> <p><a href="" target="_blank">read more</a></p> Emergency Management Wed, 12 Oct 2016 19:04:00 +0000 73781 at <p>Hurricane Matthew, as seen from the International Space Station. Image via <a href=",_seen_from_the_ISS.jpg">Wikimedia Commons</a>.</p> Finalist cities continue projects from 2013 innovation contest <div class="node-body article-body">Four out of five cities that were finalists in Bloomberg Philanthropies' 2013 Mayors Challenge have seen their winning projects come to fruition three years after the challenge ended.</div> <p><a href="" target="_blank">read more</a></p> Economic Development Technology Wed, 12 Oct 2016 17:57:00 +0000 73771 at <p>Rhode Island STate House in providence, R.I. Providence placed first in the 2013 Mayors Challenge. Image via <a href="">Wikimedia Commons</a>.</p> Reinvented truck lineup offers new features (with related video) <div class="node-body article-body">Daimler Trucks North America has unveiled the latest Freightliner Cascadia truck lineup. The truck line offers improved fuel efficiency, connectivity, safety, quality and uptime performance levels, according to the company.</div> <p><a href="" target="_blank">read more</a></p> Fleets Fleets Green Technology Sustainability Technology Wed, 12 Oct 2016 15:22:00 +0000 73761 at <p>In the photo: The new Cascadia Elite Interior Cockpit Package shown in Saddle Tan and Black.</p> Navigating New Waters: Calming the Rough C’s: Contracts, Crisis and Conflict Part 3 <div class="node-body event-body"><p>In this third in a series of webinars presented by the National Coalition for Public Procurement, learn about Walking the Plank: Negotiations, Protests and Conflict Management.</p> </div> <h3 class="location-locations-header">Location</h3> <div class="location-locations-wrapper"> <div class="location vcard"> <div class="adr"> <span class="fn">On the web</span> <div class="country-name">United States</div> </div> <div class="map-link"> <div class="location map-link">See map: <a href="">Google Maps</a></div> </div> </div> </div> <div class="field-desc"> <p>The title of this third webinar in a three-part series is:&nbsp;Walking the Plank: Negotiations, Protests and Conflict Management</p> <p>No one tells you about the tough parts of purchasing &ndash; when customers aren&rsquo;t happy, and with tough situations to handle. Whether it is negotiating a tough contract, handling a protest, or managing conflict among your customer department and suppliers, discover the right steps and techniques to mitigate conflict. Most of the time, our contract processes run smoothly, but this webinar will help you be better prepared when they don&rsquo;t. Your peers will unveil ways that helped them respond to those difficult parts of our job.</p> <p>Moderator for 3-Part Webinar Series: Tammy Rimes, MPA, Former Purchasing Agent for the City of San Diego and Procurement Consultant</p> </div> <p><a href="" target="_blank">read more</a></p> Tue, 11 Oct 2016 20:54:00 +0000 73751 at