American City & County http://americancityandcounty.com/rss.xml en Making public services smarter http://americancityandcounty.com/blog/making-public-services-smarter <div class="node-body blog-body">Alex Bäcker, founder and CEO of queue management technology company QLess, explains how governments can improve personal interactions between officials and citizens.</div> <p><a href="http://americancityandcounty.com/blog/making-public-services-smarter" target="_blank">read more</a></p> http://americancityandcounty.com/blog/making-public-services-smarter#comments Citizen Engagement Viewpoints Wed, 18 Apr 2018 20:09:00 +0000 81721 at http://americancityandcounty.com Cities governed by mayors contemplate switching to city manager model of government http://americancityandcounty.com/administration/cities-governed-mayors-contemplate-switching-city-manager-model-government <div class="node-body article-body">Some municipalities with strong-mayor forms of government are discussing switching their governance paradigms to include a city manager that will shoulder some of the responsibilities in handling municipal affairs. </div> <p><a href="http://americancityandcounty.com/administration/cities-governed-mayors-contemplate-switching-city-manager-model-government" target="_blank">read more</a></p> http://americancityandcounty.com/administration/cities-governed-mayors-contemplate-switching-city-manager-model-government#comments Administration Wed, 18 Apr 2018 19:57:00 +0000 81711 at http://americancityandcounty.com <p>City council chambers in Springhill, La. Image via <a href="https://commons.wikimedia.org/wiki/File:Springhill,_LA,_City_Council_chamber_IMG_5155.JPG">Wikimedia Commons</a>.</p> Pit bull-specific prohibitions end in several cities http://americancityandcounty.com/health-welfare/pit-bull-specific-prohibitions-end-several-cities <div class="node-body article-body">The pit bull is finally getting some love in as some governments lift restrictions on the canine breed this month.</div> <p><a href="http://americancityandcounty.com/health-welfare/pit-bull-specific-prohibitions-end-several-cities" target="_blank">read more</a></p> http://americancityandcounty.com/health-welfare/pit-bull-specific-prohibitions-end-several-cities#comments Health & Welfare Wed, 18 Apr 2018 18:29:00 +0000 81691 at http://americancityandcounty.com <p> <style type="text/css">p.p1 {margin: 0.0px 0.0px 0.0px 0.0px; font: 12.0px Helvetica} </style> A young pit bull. Image via <a href="https://commons.wikimedia.org/wiki/File:PitBullLookingUp.jpg">Wikimedia Commons</a>.</p> Smart Cities: Think Big, Start Small, Move Fast http://americancityandcounty.com/webinars/smart-cities-think-big-start-small-move-fast <div class="field-deck"> A Scalable Innovation Neighborhood is the First Step Toward a Smart City </div> <div class="node-body article-body">What is a “Smart City,” and how do you start to build one? Join American City & County magazine and Burns & McDonnell to learn how to build a smart city, one innovation neighborhood at a time.</div> <p><a href="http://americancityandcounty.com/webinars/smart-cities-think-big-start-small-move-fast" target="_blank">read more</a></p> http://americancityandcounty.com/webinars/smart-cities-think-big-start-small-move-fast#comments Webinars Wed, 18 Apr 2018 18:00:00 +0000 81681 at http://americancityandcounty.com San Francisco escalates scooter skirmish http://americancityandcounty.com/roadways/san-francisco-escalates-scooter-skirmish <div class="node-body article-body">Last week the San Francisco public works department impounded dozens of the personal motorized vehicles. This comes only two weeks after three companies – Lime, Bird and Spin – deployed fleets of scooters across the city.</div> <p><a href="http://americancityandcounty.com/roadways/san-francisco-escalates-scooter-skirmish" target="_blank">read more</a></p> http://americancityandcounty.com/roadways/san-francisco-escalates-scooter-skirmish#comments Roadways Mon, 16 Apr 2018 19:51:00 +0000 81671 at http://americancityandcounty.com <p>Image via <a href="https://www.bird.co/">Bird.</a></p> West Sacramento: Citizens don’t need to see the technology; just the results http://americancityandcounty.com/blog/west-sacramento-citizens-don-t-need-see-technology-just-results <div class="node-body blog-body">Smart Cities Council Global Managing Editor Kevin Ebi explains how West Sacramento, Calif., recently used a Smart Cities Council Readiness Workshop to find opportunities for improving mobility, public safety, the built environment and communications through a more holistic, systematic approach.</div> <p><a href="http://americancityandcounty.com/blog/west-sacramento-citizens-don-t-need-see-technology-just-results" target="_blank">read more</a></p> http://americancityandcounty.com/blog/west-sacramento-citizens-don-t-need-see-technology-just-results#comments Smart Cities Council Smart Cities Viewpoints Mon, 16 Apr 2018 19:13:00 +0000 81661 at http://americancityandcounty.com Anchorage becomes first U.S. city to vote down transgender ’bathroom bill’ proposition http://americancityandcounty.com/health-welfare/anchorage-becomes-first-us-city-vote-down-transgender-bathroom-bill-proposition <div class="node-body article-body">On April 3, Alaska’s largest city became the first municipality in the country to vote down a proposition that, would have required people to use public bathrooms and locker rooms that corresponded to their gender at birth.</div> <p><a href="http://americancityandcounty.com/health-welfare/anchorage-becomes-first-us-city-vote-down-transgender-bathroom-bill-proposition" target="_blank">read more</a></p> http://americancityandcounty.com/health-welfare/anchorage-becomes-first-us-city-vote-down-transgender-bathroom-bill-proposition#comments Health & Welfare Mon, 16 Apr 2018 19:00:00 +0000 81651 at http://americancityandcounty.com <p>A unisex bathroom. Image via <a href="https://commons.wikimedia.org/wiki/File:Gender_neutral_bathroom.jpg">Wikimedia Commons</a>.</p> Co-ops can provide small agencies with expertise and transparency http://americancityandcounty.com/coop-solutions/co-ops-can-provide-small-agencies-expertise-and-transparency <div class="field-deck"> National cooperatives often use larger agencies as a lead agency, providing a more comprehensive approach, especially when working on a more complicated contract like IT solutions </div> <div class="node-body article-body">National cooperatives often use larger agencies as a lead agency, providing a more comprehensive approach, especially when working on a more complicated contract like IT solutions.</div> <p><a href="http://americancityandcounty.com/coop-solutions/co-ops-can-provide-small-agencies-expertise-and-transparency" target="_blank">read more</a></p> http://americancityandcounty.com/coop-solutions/co-ops-can-provide-small-agencies-expertise-and-transparency#comments Contracts Coop Solutions Cooperative Purchasing Fiscal Management Purchasing & Procurement Proposals & Bids Strategic Sourcing GPN Mon, 16 Apr 2018 16:16:00 +0000 81641 at http://americancityandcounty.com <p>Hal Good</p> Amid turmoil, Atlanta's new mayor announces transparency initiative http://americancityandcounty.com/administration/amid-turmoil-atlantas-new-mayor-announces-transparency-initiative <div class="node-body article-body">Atlanta Mayor Keisha Lance Bottoms is committing to making her city a more open, transparent entity. </div> <p><a href="http://americancityandcounty.com/administration/amid-turmoil-atlantas-new-mayor-announces-transparency-initiative" target="_blank">read more</a></p> http://americancityandcounty.com/administration/amid-turmoil-atlantas-new-mayor-announces-transparency-initiative#comments Administration Wed, 11 Apr 2018 19:37:00 +0000 81571 at http://americancityandcounty.com <p>The Atlanta skyline. Image via <a href="http://www.atlanta.gov" target="_blank">www.atlanta.gov.</a></p> How U.S. cities can finance resilient and equitable infrastructure http://americancityandcounty.com/blog/how-us-cities-can-finance-resilient-and-equitable-infrastructure <div class="node-body blog-body">Infrastructure finance expert Jen Mayer explains how cities can finance resilient and equitable infrastructure, even if the federal infrastructure program doesn't bring in much cash. </div> <p><a href="http://americancityandcounty.com/blog/how-us-cities-can-finance-resilient-and-equitable-infrastructure" target="_blank">read more</a></p> http://americancityandcounty.com/blog/how-us-cities-can-finance-resilient-and-equitable-infrastructure#comments Housing Roadways Viewpoints Wed, 11 Apr 2018 17:52:00 +0000 81561 at http://americancityandcounty.com Two lawsuits accuse Cincinnati council members of violating local, state law in holding private meetings http://americancityandcounty.com/administration/two-lawsuits-accuse-cincinnati-council-members-violating-local-state-law-holding-priv <div class="node-body article-body">Two recent lawsuits accuse Cincinnati council members of holding illegal, private meetings related to the employment status of Cincinnati's city manager.</div> <p><a href="http://americancityandcounty.com/administration/two-lawsuits-accuse-cincinnati-council-members-violating-local-state-law-holding-priv" target="_blank">read more</a></p> http://americancityandcounty.com/administration/two-lawsuits-accuse-cincinnati-council-members-violating-local-state-law-holding-priv#comments Courts Administration Tue, 10 Apr 2018 22:14:00 +0000 81551 at http://americancityandcounty.com <p>Cincinnati Council Member P.G. Sittenfeld, one of the council members named in the lawsuit. Image via <a href="https://commons.wikimedia.org/wiki/Category:P.G._Sittenfeld">Wikimedia Commons</a>.</p> Integrated Mosquito Management Program: The Key to Complete Control http://americancityandcounty.com/white-papers/integrated-mosquito-management-program-key-complete-control <div class="node-body article-body">There are over 700 mosquito abatement districts and numerous other government agencies in the United States charged with protecting their communities from threats posed by mosquitoes</div> <p><a href="http://americancityandcounty.com/white-papers/integrated-mosquito-management-program-key-complete-control" target="_blank">read more</a></p> http://americancityandcounty.com/white-papers/integrated-mosquito-management-program-key-complete-control#comments White Papers Tue, 10 Apr 2018 12:32:00 +0000 77351 at http://americancityandcounty.com Why and how to partner with your electric company http://americancityandcounty.com/blog/why-and-how-partner-your-electric-company <div class="node-body blog-body">Smart Cities Council Chairman Jesse Berst explains why the local power utility is the best collaborator and supporter in the progression towards becoming a smarter city.</div> <p><a href="http://americancityandcounty.com/blog/why-and-how-partner-your-electric-company" target="_blank">read more</a></p> http://americancityandcounty.com/blog/why-and-how-partner-your-electric-company#comments Smart Cities Council Smart Cities Viewpoints Mon, 09 Apr 2018 19:56:00 +0000 81541 at http://americancityandcounty.com Illinois village's assault weapons ban challenged in county court days after introduction http://americancityandcounty.com/courts/illinois-villages-assault-weapons-ban-challenged-county-court-days-after-introduction <div class="node-body article-body">Days after the village of Deerfield, Ill. instituted a ban on assault weapons, it’s being challenged in court.</div> <p><a href="http://americancityandcounty.com/courts/illinois-villages-assault-weapons-ban-challenged-county-court-days-after-introduction" target="_blank">read more</a></p> http://americancityandcounty.com/courts/illinois-villages-assault-weapons-ban-challenged-county-court-days-after-introduction#comments Courts Mon, 09 Apr 2018 19:35:00 +0000 81531 at http://americancityandcounty.com <p><span style="color: rgb(34, 34, 34); font-family: sans-serif; font-size: 13.3px; background-color: rgb(248, 249, 250);">A Colt AR-15 A3 Tactical Carbine. Image via <a href="https://commons.wikimedia.org/wiki/File:AR15_A3_Tactical_Carbine_pic1.jpg">Wikimedia Commons</a>.</span></p> IDC Analyst Connection: Digital Business and Cloud Deployments Accelerate Need for IT Infrastructure Monitoring http://americancityandcounty.com/white-papers/idc-analyst-connection-digital-business-and-cloud-deployments-accelerate-need-it-infras <div class="node-body article-body">IT infrastructure monitoring has long been the foundation for managing systems and application performance, availability and reliability</div> <p><a href="http://americancityandcounty.com/white-papers/idc-analyst-connection-digital-business-and-cloud-deployments-accelerate-need-it-infras" target="_blank">read more</a></p> http://americancityandcounty.com/white-papers/idc-analyst-connection-digital-business-and-cloud-deployments-accelerate-need-it-infras#comments White Papers Mon, 09 Apr 2018 04:00:00 +0000 81521 at http://americancityandcounty.com Essential Guide to Infrastructure Machine Data: How To Read It and What It Can Tell You http://americancityandcounty.com/white-papers/essential-guide-infrastructure-machine-data-how-read-it-and-what-it-can-tell-you <div class="node-body article-body">Machine data is one of the most underused and undervalued assets of any organization, yet it contains powerful business and operational insights that can help you quickly diagnose service problems</div> <p><a href="http://americancityandcounty.com/white-papers/essential-guide-infrastructure-machine-data-how-read-it-and-what-it-can-tell-you" target="_blank">read more</a></p> http://americancityandcounty.com/white-papers/essential-guide-infrastructure-machine-data-how-read-it-and-what-it-can-tell-you#comments White Papers Mon, 09 Apr 2018 04:00:00 +0000 81511 at http://americancityandcounty.com Los Angeles Housing Authority uses U.S. Communities contract for vehicle purchase http://americancityandcounty.com/coop-solutions/los-angeles-housing-authority-uses-us-communities-contract-vehicle-purchase <div class="node-body article-body">The Housing Authority of the City of Los Angeles has purchased their fleet of vehicles from Columbia on the U.S. Communities contract.</div> <p><a href="http://americancityandcounty.com/coop-solutions/los-angeles-housing-authority-uses-us-communities-contract-vehicle-purchase" target="_blank">read more</a></p> http://americancityandcounty.com/coop-solutions/los-angeles-housing-authority-uses-us-communities-contract-vehicle-purchase#comments Coop Solutions Fri, 06 Apr 2018 15:10:00 +0000 81491 at http://americancityandcounty.com Email phishing attacks: A significant threat to America’s cities and counties http://americancityandcounty.com/blog/email-phishing-attacks-significant-threat-america-s-cities-and-counties <div class="node-body blog-body">Eyal Benishti, founder and CEO of phishing mitigation technologies provider IRONSCALES, explains how email phishing attacks threaten cities and counties </div> <p><a href="http://americancityandcounty.com/blog/email-phishing-attacks-significant-threat-america-s-cities-and-counties" target="_blank">read more</a></p> http://americancityandcounty.com/blog/email-phishing-attacks-significant-threat-america-s-cities-and-counties#comments Broadband Viewpoints Wed, 04 Apr 2018 20:21:00 +0000 81481 at http://americancityandcounty.com How Newport News plans to become an innovation and technology hub http://americancityandcounty.com/blog/how-newport-news-plans-become-innovation-and-technology-hub <div class="node-body blog-body">Kevin Ebi, Global Managing Editor of the Smart Cities Council, explains how Newport News, Va., plans to use solving traffic issues as a springboard into becoming a smarter city.</div> <p><a href="http://americancityandcounty.com/blog/how-newport-news-plans-become-innovation-and-technology-hub" target="_blank">read more</a></p> http://americancityandcounty.com/blog/how-newport-news-plans-become-innovation-and-technology-hub#comments Smart Cities Council Smart Cities Viewpoints Mon, 02 Apr 2018 15:57:00 +0000 81471 at http://americancityandcounty.com 5 Best Practices for Utilizing GIS Data http://americancityandcounty.com/white-papers/5-best-practices-utilizing-gis-data <div class="node-body article-body">Many public works entities have made a large investment into gaining and deploying a Geospatial Information System (GIS) to track their spatial assets, maintain historical records and sustain an accurate inventory</div> <p><a href="http://americancityandcounty.com/white-papers/5-best-practices-utilizing-gis-data" target="_blank">read more</a></p> http://americancityandcounty.com/white-papers/5-best-practices-utilizing-gis-data#comments White Papers Mon, 02 Apr 2018 04:00:00 +0000 81421 at http://americancityandcounty.com Building High-Performance Government: A How-To Guide for Local Government Agencies http://americancityandcounty.com/white-papers/building-high-performance-government-how-guide-local-government-agencies <div class="node-body article-body">Want to build a more effective team or implement more efficient processes? Download this guide to discover the 5 reasons why government agencies are working to become high performing, plus expert tips that will help you get started on your journey today</div> <p><a href="http://americancityandcounty.com/white-papers/building-high-performance-government-how-guide-local-government-agencies" target="_blank">read more</a></p> http://americancityandcounty.com/white-papers/building-high-performance-government-how-guide-local-government-agencies#comments White Papers Mon, 02 Apr 2018 04:00:00 +0000 81411 at http://americancityandcounty.com The evolution of printers in government http://americancityandcounty.com/products-work/evolution-printers-government <div class="field-deck"> Q&A with Tommy Gardner, chief technology officer at HP Federal </div> <div class="node-body article-body">Tommy Gardner, chief technology officer at HP Federal, discusses trends in printer technology and how government leaders can best do business with the printer industry.</div> <p><a href="http://americancityandcounty.com/products-work/evolution-printers-government" target="_blank">read more</a></p> http://americancityandcounty.com/products-work/evolution-printers-government#comments Products at Work Fri, 30 Mar 2018 21:15:00 +0000 81461 at http://americancityandcounty.com Smarter responses http://americancityandcounty.com/gis-gps/smarter-responses <div class="field-byline"> Ryan Lanclos </div> <div class="field-deck"> A new location intelligence tool is paving the way for next generation mutual aid response </div> <div class="node-body article-body">A new location intelligence tool is paving the way for next generation mutual aid response.</div> <p><a href="http://americancityandcounty.com/gis-gps/smarter-responses" target="_blank">read more</a></p> http://americancityandcounty.com/gis-gps/smarter-responses#comments GIS & GPS Fri, 30 Mar 2018 20:32:00 +0000 81451 at http://americancityandcounty.com Between a rock and a hard place http://americancityandcounty.com/immigration-reform/between-rock-and-hard-place <div class="field-deck"> Local leaders are feeling the tension between upholding federal immigration laws while still protecting the rights of residents </div> <div class="node-body article-body">Local leaders are feeling the tension between upholding federal immigration laws while still protecting the rights of residents.</div> <p><a href="http://americancityandcounty.com/immigration-reform/between-rock-and-hard-place" target="_blank">read more</a></p> http://americancityandcounty.com/immigration-reform/between-rock-and-hard-place#comments Immigration Reform Administration Fri, 30 Mar 2018 19:08:00 +0000 81441 at http://americancityandcounty.com Rescuing the rescuers http://americancityandcounty.com/fire/rescuing-rescuers <div class="field-deck"> Department-managed support programs are helping first responders address mental health concerns </div> <div class="node-body article-body">Department-managed support programs are helping first responders address mental health concerns.</div> <p><a href="http://americancityandcounty.com/fire/rescuing-rescuers" target="_blank">read more</a></p> http://americancityandcounty.com/fire/rescuing-rescuers#comments Emergency Management Fire Health & Welfare Law Enforcement Fri, 30 Mar 2018 18:05:00 +0000 81431 at http://americancityandcounty.com 3 Ways Text Messaging Exposes Government Organizations to Massive Risk http://americancityandcounty.com/white-papers/3-ways-text-messaging-exposes-government-organizations-massive-risk <div class="node-body article-body">Texting is simple, concise and compatible with virtually every mobile device, operating system and wireless carrier</div> <p><a href="http://americancityandcounty.com/white-papers/3-ways-text-messaging-exposes-government-organizations-massive-risk" target="_blank">read more</a></p> http://americancityandcounty.com/white-papers/3-ways-text-messaging-exposes-government-organizations-massive-risk#comments White Papers Thu, 29 Mar 2018 14:00:00 +0000 81401 at http://americancityandcounty.com Why forensic DNA software is a major advantage to crime solving http://americancityandcounty.com/blog/why-forensic-dna-software-major-advantage-crime-solving <div class="node-body blog-body">Forensic scientist John Buckleton explains the advantages of using forensic DNA interpretation software to solve complex criminal investigations and cold cases.</div> <p><a href="http://americancityandcounty.com/blog/why-forensic-dna-software-major-advantage-crime-solving" target="_blank">read more</a></p> http://americancityandcounty.com/blog/why-forensic-dna-software-major-advantage-crime-solving#comments Law Enforcement Viewpoints Wed, 28 Mar 2018 19:25:00 +0000 81391 at http://americancityandcounty.com Local governments publicly oppose California sanctuary laws http://americancityandcounty.com/immigration-reform/local-governments-publicly-oppose-california-sanctuary-laws <div class="node-body article-body">Not all local governments in California agree with the state’s new immigration policies.</div> <p><a href="http://americancityandcounty.com/immigration-reform/local-governments-publicly-oppose-california-sanctuary-laws" target="_blank">read more</a></p> http://americancityandcounty.com/immigration-reform/local-governments-publicly-oppose-california-sanctuary-laws#comments Immigration Reform Wed, 28 Mar 2018 19:01:00 +0000 81381 at http://americancityandcounty.com <p>U.S. Attorney General Jeff Sessions. Image via <a href="https://upload.wikimedia.org/wikipedia/commons/thumb/3/3d/Attorney_General_Sessions_Travels_to_St._Louis_02.jpg/768px-Attorney_General_Sessions_Travels_to_St._Louis_02.jpg">Wikimedia Commons</a>.</p> Top 10 fastest growing metro areas http://americancityandcounty.com/bonus-content/top-10-fastest-growing-metro-areas <div class="node-body gallery-body">It's no secret that the nation's cities are growing, but which metro areas are seeing the biggest increases in population? The U.S. Census Bureau recently released population figures for Americas largest urban centers for 2017. Is your city on the list?</div> <p><a href="http://americancityandcounty.com/bonus-content/top-10-fastest-growing-metro-areas" target="_blank">read more</a></p> http://americancityandcounty.com/bonus-content/top-10-fastest-growing-metro-areas#comments Bonus Content Wed, 28 Mar 2018 18:17:00 +0000 81371 at http://americancityandcounty.com 5 keys to making your next street light project a success http://americancityandcounty.com/blog/5-keys-making-your-next-street-light-project-success <div class="node-body blog-body">Smart Cities Council Readiness Editor Doug Peeples explains how to best implement smart street lighting projects.</div> <p><a href="http://americancityandcounty.com/blog/5-keys-making-your-next-street-light-project-success" target="_blank">read more</a></p> http://americancityandcounty.com/blog/5-keys-making-your-next-street-light-project-success#comments Smart Cities Council Smart Cities Viewpoints Mon, 26 Mar 2018 19:28:00 +0000 80761 at http://americancityandcounty.com