American City & County http://americancityandcounty.com/rss.xml en Smart cities http://americancityandcounty.com/blog/smart-cities <div class="node-body blog-body">Local government leaders, and their energy counterparts, from San Francisco to São Paulo are making this year one of action for smart cities. </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/smart-cities" target="_blank">read more</a></p> http://americancityandcounty.com/blog/smart-cities#comments Technology Viewpoints Mon, 30 Mar 2015 15:42:00 +0000 63421 at http://americancityandcounty.com Where the cloud fits in the future of government IT operations (with related video) http://americancityandcounty.com/hardware-software/where-cloud-fits-future-government-it-operations-related-video <div class="node-body article-body">Red Hat’s Gunnar Hellekson discusses the future of the cloud in government IT applications.</div> <div class="og_rss_groups"></div><p><a href="http://americancityandcounty.com/hardware-software/where-cloud-fits-future-government-it-operations-related-video" target="_blank">read more</a></p> http://americancityandcounty.com/hardware-software/where-cloud-fits-future-government-it-operations-related-video#comments Computers & Monitors Cloud Computing Hardware & Software Security Mon, 30 Mar 2015 15:37:00 +0000 63431 at http://americancityandcounty.com <p>Gunnar Hellekson</p> Police body camera videos seek new home http://americancityandcounty.com/gov-cloud/police-body-camera-videos-seek-new-home <div class="node-body article-body">Five years of Oakland, Calif.’s recordings will be stored in the cloud. </div> <div class="og_rss_groups"></div><p><a href="http://americancityandcounty.com/gov-cloud/police-body-camera-videos-seek-new-home" target="_blank">read more</a></p> http://americancityandcounty.com/gov-cloud/police-body-camera-videos-seek-new-home#comments Gov Cloud Mon, 30 Mar 2015 15:31:00 +0000 63411 at http://americancityandcounty.com Lack of parking citations causing problems for Nevada Supreme Court http://americancityandcounty.com/law-enforcement/lack-parking-citations-causing-problems-nevada-supreme-court <div class="node-body article-body">Nevada court is near-broke due to declining parking ticket revenue.</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/lack-parking-citations-causing-problems-nevada-supreme-court" target="_blank">read more</a></p> http://americancityandcounty.com/law-enforcement/lack-parking-citations-causing-problems-nevada-supreme-court#comments Law Enforcement Mon, 30 Mar 2015 15:23:00 +0000 63401 at http://americancityandcounty.com Americans feel government is the country's biggest problem http://americancityandcounty.com/administration/americans-feel-government-countrys-biggest-problem <div class="node-body article-body">According to a new Gallup poll, Americans feel the government is the biggest problem facing the nation.</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/administration/americans-feel-government-countrys-biggest-problem" target="_blank">read more</a></p> http://americancityandcounty.com/administration/americans-feel-government-countrys-biggest-problem#comments Administration Mon, 30 Mar 2015 14:58:00 +0000 63391 at http://americancityandcounty.com Ford: Convenient, stress-free parking could become a reality (with related video) http://americancityandcounty.com/vehicles/ford-convenient-stress-free-parking-could-become-reality-related-video <div class="node-body article-body">Ford’s Smart Mobility initiative addresses driving and parking challenges that face motorists.</div> <div class="og_rss_groups"></div><p><a href="http://americancityandcounty.com/vehicles/ford-convenient-stress-free-parking-could-become-reality-related-video" target="_blank">read more</a></p> http://americancityandcounty.com/vehicles/ford-convenient-stress-free-parking-could-become-reality-related-video#comments Energy Efficiency Highways, Streets & Bridges Vehicles Green Roadways Wed, 25 Mar 2015 19:23:00 +0000 63381 at http://americancityandcounty.com <p>In the remote repositioning experiment, Ford is testing remote control repositioning technology using vehicle-mounted cameras and real-time streaming video. In the experiment, Georgia Tech-owned golf carts are being used to prove out the technology.</p> North American Snow Conference http://americancityandcounty.com/north-american-snow-conference <div class="node-body event-body"><p>The American Public Works Association (APWA) is holding the 2015 North American Snow Conference in Grand Rapids, Mich. from April 12 to 14. The conference unites snow and ice management professionals to discuss best practices.</p> </div> <h3 class="location-locations-header">Location</h3> <div class="location-locations-wrapper"> <div class="location vcard"> <div class="adr"> <span class="fn">DeVos Place</span> <span class="locality">Grand Rapids</span>, <span class="region">MI</span> <div class="country-name">United States</div> <span class="geo"><abbr class="latitude" title="42.963360">42° 57' 48.096" N</abbr>, <abbr class="longitude" title="-85.668086">85° 40' 5.1096" W</abbr></span> </div> <div class="map-link"> <div class="location map-link">See map: <a href="http://maps.google.com?q=42.963360+-85.668086+%28%2C+Grand+Rapids%2C+MI%2C+%2C+us%29">Google Maps</a></div> </div> </div> </div> <div class="field-desc"> <p>The American Public Works Association (APWA) is holding the 2015 North American Snow Conference in Grand Rapids, Mich. from April 12 to 14. The conference unites snow and ice management professionals to discuss best practices.</p> <p>More information can be found <a href="http://www.apwa.net/snow" target="_blank">here</a>.</p> </div> <div class="og_rss_groups"></div><p><a href="http://americancityandcounty.com/north-american-snow-conference" target="_blank">read more</a></p> http://americancityandcounty.com/north-american-snow-conference#comments 42.963360 -85.668086 Wed, 25 Mar 2015 15:58:00 +0000 63371 at http://americancityandcounty.com USCM urge Congress to act on nation’s pressing issues http://americancityandcounty.com/administration/uscm-urge-congress-act-nation-s-pressing-issues <div class="node-body article-body">A coalition from the Untied States Conference of Mayors recently pledged to work together in urging Congress to act on some of the country’s most critical issues including transportation funding and income inequality. </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/administration/uscm-urge-congress-act-nation-s-pressing-issues" target="_blank">read more</a></p> http://americancityandcounty.com/administration/uscm-urge-congress-act-nation-s-pressing-issues#comments Administration Wed, 25 Mar 2015 14:17:00 +0000 63361 at http://americancityandcounty.com Engaging citizens in the digital age http://americancityandcounty.com/technology/engaging-citizens-digital-age <div class="node-body article-body">As means of digital communication become more common, state and local governments must alter how they reach their constituents.</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/technology/engaging-citizens-digital-age" target="_blank">read more</a></p> http://americancityandcounty.com/technology/engaging-citizens-digital-age#comments Technology Wed, 25 Mar 2015 14:00:00 +0000 63341 at http://americancityandcounty.com Popcorn snack meets government nutrition standards (with related video) http://americancityandcounty.com/parks-recreation/popcorn-snack-meets-government-nutrition-standards-related-video <div class="node-body article-body">Gold Medal Products has introduced SunnyPop. The product is a tasty popcorn snack that meets national nutrition requirements.</div> <div class="og_rss_groups"></div><p><a href="http://americancityandcounty.com/parks-recreation/popcorn-snack-meets-government-nutrition-standards-related-video" target="_blank">read more</a></p> http://americancityandcounty.com/parks-recreation/popcorn-snack-meets-government-nutrition-standards-related-video#comments Parks & Recreation Health & Welfare Parks & Recreation Wed, 25 Mar 2015 13:54:00 +0000 63351 at http://americancityandcounty.com The pros and cons of body-worn cameras http://americancityandcounty.com/law-enforcement/pros-and-cons-body-worn-cameras <div class="node-body article-body">Some police departments are praising the use of body-worn officer cameras, while others are hesitant about the devices' legal and security ramifications.</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/pros-and-cons-body-worn-cameras" target="_blank">read more</a></p> http://americancityandcounty.com/law-enforcement/pros-and-cons-body-worn-cameras#comments Law Enforcement Technology Wed, 25 Mar 2015 13:49:00 +0000 63331 at http://americancityandcounty.com Snowfighters head to Michigan for annual conference http://americancityandcounty.com/snow-removal/snowfighters-head-michigan-annual-conference <div class="node-body article-body">The American Public Works Association (APWA) 2015 North American Snow Conference takes place April 12-15 in Grand Rapids, Mich. More than 1,500 snowfighters from across North America are expected to attend.</div> <div class="og_rss_groups"></div><p><a href="http://americancityandcounty.com/snow-removal/snowfighters-head-michigan-annual-conference" target="_blank">read more</a></p> http://americancityandcounty.com/snow-removal/snowfighters-head-michigan-annual-conference#comments Emergency Response Environment Emergency Management Snow Removal Roadways Tue, 24 Mar 2015 21:03:00 +0000 63321 at http://americancityandcounty.com <p>In the photo: Attendees listening to a session at the 2014 snow conference in Cincinnati.</p> Text shows how GIS supports weather, climate research (with related video) http://americancityandcounty.com/gis-gps/text-shows-how-gis-supports-weather-climate-research-related-video <div class="node-body article-body">Esri Press has released the “Mapping and Modeling Weather and Climate with GIS” volume. Meteorologists, climatologists, and GIS practitioners should find the book useful in integrating weather and climate data into their GIS workflows. Local government officials concerned about climate change will also find value in the book. </div> <div class="og_rss_groups"></div><p><a href="http://americancityandcounty.com/gis-gps/text-shows-how-gis-supports-weather-climate-research-related-video" target="_blank">read more</a></p> http://americancityandcounty.com/gis-gps/text-shows-how-gis-supports-weather-climate-research-related-video#comments Disaster Preparedness Emergency Response Environment GIS & GPS Hardware & Software GIS & GPS Tue, 24 Mar 2015 14:59:00 +0000 63301 at http://americancityandcounty.com <p>Esri&#39;s &ldquo;Mapping and Modeling Weather and Climate with GIS&rdquo; volume</p> Public works products make projects safer and more efficient http://americancityandcounty.com/public-works/public-works-products-make-projects-safer-and-more-efficient <div class="field-byline"> Elijah Black </div> <div class="node-body gallery-body">You can't afford to miss these public works products that are making projects safer and more efficient.</div> <div class="field-interstitial-ads-frequency"> <span>Interstitial Ads Frequency:&nbsp;</span> -1 </div> <div class="og_rss_groups"></div><p><a href="http://americancityandcounty.com/public-works/public-works-products-make-projects-safer-and-more-efficient" target="_blank">read more</a></p> http://americancityandcounty.com/public-works/public-works-products-make-projects-safer-and-more-efficient#comments Public Works GPN Tue, 24 Mar 2015 13:51:00 +0000 63311 at http://americancityandcounty.com L.A. CTO: We are actively upgrading city’s IT in the cloud http://americancityandcounty.com/gov-cloud/la-cto-we-are-actively-upgrading-city-s-it-cloud <div class="field-deck"> An exclusive interview with LA’s CTO reveals some of the city’s strategy </div> <div class="node-body article-body">Steve Reneker, CTO for Los Angeles, speaks with GPN about how the cloud fits into the city's overall IT strategy. </div> <div class="og_rss_groups"></div><p><a href="http://americancityandcounty.com/gov-cloud/la-cto-we-are-actively-upgrading-city-s-it-cloud" target="_blank">read more</a></p> http://americancityandcounty.com/gov-cloud/la-cto-we-are-actively-upgrading-city-s-it-cloud#comments Gov Cloud Mon, 23 Mar 2015 14:13:00 +0000 63291 at http://americancityandcounty.com Top trends local governments need to watch in 2015 http://americancityandcounty.com/blog/top-trends-local-governments-need-watch-2015 <div class="node-body blog-body">Shawn Rodriguez, senior director of state and local government and education for NetApp highlights some tech trends local governments should be aware of in 2015.</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/top-trends-local-governments-need-watch-2015" target="_blank">read more</a></p> http://americancityandcounty.com/blog/top-trends-local-governments-need-watch-2015#comments Technology Viewpoints Mon, 23 Mar 2015 14:05:00 +0000 63281 at http://americancityandcounty.com Paperless government? It’s possible http://americancityandcounty.com/blog/paperless-government-it-s-possible <div class="node-body blog-body">Frank Kettenstock, vice president of marketing at Foxit, a leading software provider of PDF solutions, writes how automation can make local government more efficient. </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/paperless-government-it-s-possible" target="_blank">read more</a></p> http://americancityandcounty.com/blog/paperless-government-it-s-possible#comments Records Management Viewpoints Mon, 23 Mar 2015 13:58:00 +0000 63271 at http://americancityandcounty.com Tips on operating grounds equipment safely (with related video) http://americancityandcounty.com/grounds-maintenance-landscaping/tips-operating-grounds-equipment-safely-related-video <div class="node-body article-body">The Outdoor Power Equipment Institute (OPEI) offers tips for safe operation of mowers, chain saws, trimmers and edgers, generators, and other outdoor power equipment for lawn and landscape management.</div> <div class="og_rss_groups"></div><p><a href="http://americancityandcounty.com/grounds-maintenance-landscaping/tips-operating-grounds-equipment-safely-related-video" target="_blank">read more</a></p> http://americancityandcounty.com/grounds-maintenance-landscaping/tips-operating-grounds-equipment-safely-related-video#comments Grounds Maintenance & Landscaping Parks & Recreation Worker Safety Public Safety Public Works Thu, 19 Mar 2015 13:52:00 +0000 63261 at http://americancityandcounty.com <p>Just in time for spring: Power equipment safety tips from OPEI.</p> Ark-La-Tex Oilfield Expo http://americancityandcounty.com/ark-la-tex-oilfield-expo <div class="node-body event-body">The 2015 Ark-La-Tex Oilfield Expo will be held at the Shreveport Convention Center in La. from April 1 to 2. The expo brings together oil and gas professionals for networking opportunities and to discover new industry products.</div> <h3 class="location-locations-header">Location</h3> <div class="location-locations-wrapper"> <div class="location vcard"> <div class="adr"> <span class="fn">Shreveport Convention Center</span> <span class="locality">Shreveport</span>, <span class="region">LA</span> <div class="country-name">United States</div> <span class="geo"><abbr class="latitude" title="32.525152">32° 31' 30.5472" N</abbr>, <abbr class="longitude" title="-93.750179">93° 45' 0.6444" W</abbr></span> </div> <div class="map-link"> <div class="location map-link">See map: <a href="http://maps.google.com?q=32.525152+-93.750179+%28%2C+Shreveport%2C+LA%2C+%2C+us%29">Google Maps</a></div> </div> </div> </div> <div class="field-desc"> <p>The 2015 Ark-La-Tex Oilfield Expo will be held at the Shreveport Convention Center in La. from April 1 to 2. The expo brings together oil and gas professionals for networking opportunities and to discover new industry products.</p> <p>Registration can be performed <a href="http://arklatexoilfieldexpo.com/attend.html" target="_blank">here</a>.</p> </div> <div class="og_rss_groups"></div><p><a href="http://americancityandcounty.com/ark-la-tex-oilfield-expo" target="_blank">read more</a></p> http://americancityandcounty.com/ark-la-tex-oilfield-expo#comments 32.525152 -93.750179 Wed, 18 Mar 2015 15:56:00 +0000 63251 at http://americancityandcounty.com What is important for data security in the cloud (with related video) http://americancityandcounty.com/hardware-software/what-important-data-security-cloud-related-video <div class="node-body article-body">Jeff Denworth, senior vice president of marketing at CTERA, talks about the importance of data security in the cloud for government.</div> <div class="og_rss_groups"></div><p><a href="http://americancityandcounty.com/hardware-software/what-important-data-security-cloud-related-video" target="_blank">read more</a></p> http://americancityandcounty.com/hardware-software/what-important-data-security-cloud-related-video#comments Computers & Monitors Cloud Computing Hardware & Software Security Government Security Wed, 18 Mar 2015 15:23:00 +0000 63241 at http://americancityandcounty.com <p>Jeff Denworth</p> Riding the IT wave http://americancityandcounty.com/gov-cloud/riding-it-wave <div class="node-body article-body">San Bernardino is turning to IT innovations to save time and money.</div> <div class="og_rss_groups"></div><p><a href="http://americancityandcounty.com/gov-cloud/riding-it-wave" target="_blank">read more</a></p> http://americancityandcounty.com/gov-cloud/riding-it-wave#comments Gov Cloud Tue, 17 Mar 2015 19:09:00 +0000 63231 at http://americancityandcounty.com Building products optimize work environment http://americancityandcounty.com/buildings-facilities/building-products-optimize-work-environment <div class="field-byline"> Elijah Black </div> <div class="node-body gallery-body">Looking to make your work environment a nicer place? Check out these building products.</div> <div class="field-interstitial-ads-frequency"> <span>Interstitial Ads Frequency:&nbsp;</span> -1 </div> <div class="og_rss_groups"></div><p><a href="http://americancityandcounty.com/buildings-facilities/building-products-optimize-work-environment" target="_blank">read more</a></p> http://americancityandcounty.com/buildings-facilities/building-products-optimize-work-environment#comments Buildings & Facilities GPN Tue, 17 Mar 2015 13:13:00 +0000 63211 at http://americancityandcounty.com Compact utility loader offers productivity at jobsite (with related video) http://americancityandcounty.com/material-handling/compact-utility-loader-offers-productivity-jobsite-related-video <div class="node-body article-body">The Dingo compact utility loader TX 1000 has a rated operating capacity exceeding 1,000 pounds.</div> <div class="og_rss_groups"></div><p><a href="http://americancityandcounty.com/material-handling/compact-utility-loader-offers-productivity-jobsite-related-video" target="_blank">read more</a></p> http://americancityandcounty.com/material-handling/compact-utility-loader-offers-productivity-jobsite-related-video#comments Construction Material Handling Grounds Maintenance & Landscaping Parks & Recreation Public Works Mon, 16 Mar 2015 15:26:00 +0000 63201 at http://americancityandcounty.com <p>A Toro Dingo TX 1000 compact utility loader on the job. Toro offers a tracked unit equipped with a Kubota D1305 Diesel engine and rated operating capacity of up to 1,000 pounds.</p> Safety platform helps Michigan dispatchers during disasters http://americancityandcounty.com/products-work/safety-platform-helps-michigan-dispatchers-during-disasters <div class="node-body article-body">Eaton County Central Dispatch (ECCD) was able to better handle heavy winter storms in 2014 after deploying Rave Mobile Safety’s preparedness platform, SmartPrepare. </div> <div class="og_rss_groups"></div><p><a href="http://americancityandcounty.com/products-work/safety-platform-helps-michigan-dispatchers-during-disasters" target="_blank">read more</a></p> http://americancityandcounty.com/products-work/safety-platform-helps-michigan-dispatchers-during-disasters#comments Products at Work Public Safety Products Fri, 13 Mar 2015 15:40:00 +0000 63181 at http://americancityandcounty.com Water conditioner benefits California fire agency http://americancityandcounty.com/products-work/water-conditioner-benefits-california-fire-agency <div class="node-body article-body">A computerized, electronic water-conditioner from Scalewatcher North America is providing cost savings and other benefits to the Orange County (Calif.) Fire Authority (OCFA). </div> <div class="og_rss_groups"></div><p><a href="http://americancityandcounty.com/products-work/water-conditioner-benefits-california-fire-agency" target="_blank">read more</a></p> http://americancityandcounty.com/products-work/water-conditioner-benefits-california-fire-agency#comments Buildings & Facilities Products at Work Products Fri, 13 Mar 2015 15:36:00 +0000 63171 at http://americancityandcounty.com S.C. city converts bus fleet to EV http://americancityandcounty.com/products-work/sc-city-converts-bus-fleet-ev <div class="node-body article-body">Seneca, S.C., and its transit operating partner, Clemson Area Transit (CATbus) made the decision to switch the entire diesel bus fleet to EV (electric vehicle) buses. </div> <div class="og_rss_groups"></div><p><a href="http://americancityandcounty.com/products-work/sc-city-converts-bus-fleet-ev" target="_blank">read more</a></p> http://americancityandcounty.com/products-work/sc-city-converts-bus-fleet-ev#comments Products at Work Fleets Products Fri, 13 Mar 2015 15:24:00 +0000 63161 at http://americancityandcounty.com Blower clears debris in Kentucky, Utah http://americancityandcounty.com/products-work/blower-clears-debris-kentucky-utah <div class="node-body article-body">The turbine blower clears leaves, debris and fallen branches from grounds instantly.</div> <div class="og_rss_groups"></div><p><a href="http://americancityandcounty.com/products-work/blower-clears-debris-kentucky-utah" target="_blank">read more</a></p> http://americancityandcounty.com/products-work/blower-clears-debris-kentucky-utah#comments Products at Work Grounds Maintenance & Landscaping Products Fri, 13 Mar 2015 15:21:00 +0000 63151 at http://americancityandcounty.com LED lighting transforms California bridge http://americancityandcounty.com/products-work/led-lighting-transforms-california-bridge <div class="node-body article-body">The California Department of Transportation (Caltrans) recently completed its LED lighting overhaul to the east span of the landmark San Francisco-Oakland Bay Bridge.</div> <div class="og_rss_groups"></div><p><a href="http://americancityandcounty.com/products-work/led-lighting-transforms-california-bridge" target="_blank">read more</a></p> http://americancityandcounty.com/products-work/led-lighting-transforms-california-bridge#comments Products at Work Technology Products Fri, 13 Mar 2015 15:13:00 +0000 63141 at http://americancityandcounty.com Grinder tackles Tennessee wood waste http://americancityandcounty.com/products-work/grinder-tackles-tennessee-wood-waste <div class="node-body article-body">The public works department of Goodlettsville, Tenn., has come up with an efficient solution for disposing of the city’s urban tree and wood waste.</div> <div class="og_rss_groups"></div><p><a href="http://americancityandcounty.com/products-work/grinder-tackles-tennessee-wood-waste" target="_blank">read more</a></p> http://americancityandcounty.com/products-work/grinder-tackles-tennessee-wood-waste#comments Products at Work Grounds Maintenance & Landscaping Fri, 13 Mar 2015 15:03:00 +0000 63131 at http://americancityandcounty.com The sporting life http://americancityandcounty.com/economic-development/sporting-life <div class="field-deck"> Leveraging existing athletic resources brings communities big bucks </div> <div class="node-body article-body">Leveraging existing athletic resources brings communities big bucks</div> <div class="og_rss_groups"></div><p><a href="http://americancityandcounty.com/economic-development/sporting-life" target="_blank">read more</a></p> http://americancityandcounty.com/economic-development/sporting-life#comments Economic Development Fri, 13 Mar 2015 14:48:00 +0000 63121 at http://americancityandcounty.com <p>An aerial view of the North Myrtle Beach Park and Sports Complex.</p>