American City & County en How outcome-based procurement can make our cities truly smart <div class="node-body blog-body">Masabi Head of Innovation Ben Whitaker explains how outcome-based procurement can reduce government risk, enable innovation and speed up RFP-issuing times.</div> <p><a href="" target="_blank">read more</a></p> Procurement Reform Wed, 28 Jun 2017 19:32:00 +0000 78361 at U.S. Conference of Mayors elects new leadership, adopts city-geared resolutions at annual meeting <div class="node-body article-body">At its 85th annual meeting, held in Miami Beach, Fla., the U.S. Conference of Mayors (USCM) chose its new president, while adopting resolutions across multiple categories that promote bipartisan actions.</div> <p><a href="" target="_blank">read more</a></p> Sustainable Communities Administration Wed, 28 Jun 2017 19:10:00 +0000 78351 at <p>New Orleans Mayor and new U.S. Conference of Mayors President Mitch Landrieu. Image via <a href="">Wikimedia Commons</a>.</p> Gun drawn, camera on: Wireless sensor cues body cams from holster <div class="node-body article-body">The Axon Signal Sidearm alerts Axon body cameras when a firearm is removed from an officer's holster. </div> <p><a href="" target="_blank">read more</a></p> Public Safety Technology Public Safety Technology Wed, 28 Jun 2017 15:16:00 +0000 78341 at Cities increase minimum wages amid disputed results of Seattle’s wage hike <div class="node-body article-body">Across the country, cities are raising the minimum wage for both their own workers as well as their entire population. However, studies of Seattle’s minimum wage hike have painted a disparate picture of its effects, showing positive, neutral and negative effects of the increase.</div> <p><a href="" target="_blank">read more</a></p> Finance Tue, 27 Jun 2017 23:25:00 +0000 78331 at <p>A poster detailing&nbsp;Los Angeles&#39; minimum wage hike that must be displayed in Los Angeles workplaces. Image via City of Los Angeles.</p> Cooperative agreement offers abundant choices for playground gear <div class="field-deck"> Contract simplifies acquiring fitness gear and related items </div> <div class="node-body article-body">Two global vendors, GameTime and KOMPAN, have won a U.S. Communities cooperative contract for playground equipment, outdoor fitness equipment, site accessories, surfacing and related products and services.</div> <p><a href="" target="_blank">read more</a></p> Contracts Coop Solutions Cooperative Purchasing Parks & Recreation Parks & Recreation Strategic Sourcing Tue, 27 Jun 2017 22:20:00 +0000 78321 at Expert: How to win more government business as the federal fiscal year winds down <div class="node-body article-body">Government contracting consultant Mark Amtower outlines winning strategies for landing more federal contracts before the end of the federal fiscal year (FY) on Sept. 30.</div> <p><a href="" target="_blank">read more</a></p> Contracts Federal Finance Fiscal Management Purchasing & Procurement Proposals & Bids Strategic Sourcing GPN Tue, 27 Jun 2017 18:09:00 +0000 78311 at <p>Mark Amtower</p> Montana city pays over $90 million to take control of local water utility <div class="node-body article-body">Concluding a process that took over three years, on June 22, the Missoula, Mont., government paid over $90 million to take control of a local water utility and bring its residents public water.</div> <p><a href="" target="_blank">read more</a></p> Operations & Management Mon, 26 Jun 2017 19:15:00 +0000 78301 at <p>Missoula, Mont. Image via <a href="">Wikimedia Commons</a>.</p> 5 key things San Francisco learned on the impact of Uber and Lyft <div class="node-body blog-body">Kevin Ebi, global managing editor of the Smart Cities Council, shows key findings from a study San Francisco and Northeastern University conducted by tracking data from Uber and Lyft vehicles.</div> <p><a href="" target="_blank">read more</a></p> Smart Cities Smart Cities Council Viewpoints Mon, 26 Jun 2017 17:31:00 +0000 78291 at FBI investigates Tallahassee government for redevelopment deals <div class="node-body article-body">The Federal Bureau of Investigation has launched a probe into Florida’s capital city regarding redevelopment deals in the city.</div> <p><a href="" target="_blank">read more</a></p> Courts Fri, 23 Jun 2017 21:42:00 +0000 78281 at <p>Florida Chamber of Commerce in Tallahassee. Image via <a href="">Wikimedia Commons</a>.</p> Considering a CMMS for your maintenance team? <div class="node-body article-body">Maintenance teams typically see a 28% efficiency gain in using a CMMS over paper processes. If you have been considering making the move to a digital maintenance</div> <p><a href="" target="_blank">read more</a></p> White Papers Fri, 23 Jun 2017 20:15:00 +0000 78271 at Cooperative contracts awarded that cover mailroom products <div class="node-body article-body">Government, education, and nonprofit agencies looking to enhance their direct mailing capabilities and processes now have access to mailing and postage solutions through National Joint Powers Alliance.</div> <p><a href="" target="_blank">read more</a></p> Contracts Cooperative Purchasing Finance Office Equipment Human Resources Purchasing & Procurement Strategic Sourcing Technology Fri, 23 Jun 2017 17:32:00 +0000 78261 at <p>In the photo: The kinds of mailroom gear that governments and other organizations can acquire through the NJPA cooperative contracts.</p> Mark your calendars for these complimentary cooperative purchasing events <div class="field-deck"> Choose from several upcoming webinars and Strategic Sourcing Summits </div> <div class="node-body article-body">U.S. Communities is hosting several webinars and Strategic Sourcing Summits.</div> <p><a href="" target="_blank">read more</a></p> Contracts Coop Solutions Cooperative Purchasing Finance Purchasing & Procurement Strategic Sourcing GPN Wed, 21 Jun 2017 19:37:00 +0000 78071 at Using data to combat uncertainty <div class="node-body blog-body">Sean Brown, U.S. Director of State, Local and Education at Cloudera, explains how data can help agencies with tasks that strengthen constituent services.</div> <p><a href="" target="_blank">read more</a></p> Records Management Viewpoints Wed, 21 Jun 2017 19:35:00 +0000 78251 at Cities prepare for traffic influx caused by August's solar eclipse <div class="node-body article-body">As the August 2017 total solar eclipse approaches, cities within the viewing path are making preparations for an increased number of out-of-towners.</div> <p><a href="" target="_blank">read more</a></p> Emergency Management Wed, 21 Jun 2017 17:53:00 +0000 78231 at <p>An annular solar eclipse, as visible in New Mexico&nbsp;in 2012. Image via <a href="">Wikimedia Commons</a>.</p> 4 kinds of power available with truck-mounted generators (with related video) <div class="node-body article-body">HIPPO Multipower truck-mounted generators provide hydraulic, air, electric and welding power wherever it’s needed.</div> <p><a href="" target="_blank">read more</a></p> Buildings & Facilities Fleets Public Works Technology Public Works Technology Wed, 21 Jun 2017 14:04:00 +0000 78221 at <p>In the photo: The HIPPO Multipower Hurricane truck-mounted unit.</p> California county lands $5 million in record online property auction <div class="node-body article-body">San Diego County, Calif., got more than it bargained for when it brought in a record $5.6 million in an auction for tax-defaulted property.</div> <p><a href="" target="_blank">read more</a></p> Broadband Finance Wed, 21 Jun 2017 03:54:00 +0000 78211 at <p>An everyday, run-of-the-mill sunrise captured in Coronado, Calif., in San Diego County.&nbsp;Image via <a href="">Wikimedia Commons</a>.</p> Garbage In, Garbage Out does not have to be your reality <div class="field-byline"> Jonathan White </div> <div class="field-deck"> There is no excuse for a procurement team to not have accurate spend data. </div> <div class="node-body article-body">Procurement teams need good-quality spend analytics. They need to know how much their agency spends, where, on what and with whom. </div> <p><a href="" target="_blank">read more</a></p> Contracts Finance Fiscal Management Negotiating Procurement Professional Purchasing & Procurement Proposals & Bids GPN Tue, 20 Jun 2017 20:23:00 +0000 78201 at <p>Jonathan White</p> Information and planning software gives transit riders needed information <div class="node-body article-body">Clemson Area Transit (CAT) in Clemson, S.C., uses the TransLoc transportation technology platform to give riders access to important real time information about their rides.</div> <p><a href="" target="_blank">read more</a></p> Products at Work Public Transit Public Works Technology Technology Tue, 20 Jun 2017 15:38:00 +0000 78191 at <p>The photo shows a customer using the TransLoc Rider mobile transit app that provides system riders with convenient updates.</p> How Orlando is planning for smart growth <div class="node-body blog-body">Smart Cities Council Global Managing Editor Kevin Ebi explains the different areas in which Orlando, Fla. is investing to grow its smart city initiatives.</div> <p><a href="" target="_blank">read more</a></p> Smart Cities Smart Cities Council Viewpoints Mon, 19 Jun 2017 19:16:00 +0000 78181 at Philadelphia city council close to approving major program funded by soda tax money <div class="node-body article-body">Nearly one year after passing a soda/sugary drinks tax, the Philadelphia City Council has given initial approval for a new infrastructure program called Rebuild, towards which a portion of the tax money will go.</div> <p><a href="" target="_blank">read more</a></p> Facilities Finance Mon, 19 Jun 2017 15:38:00 +0000 78171 at <p>Philadelphia Mayor Jim Kenney. Image via <a href="">Wikimedia Commons</a>.</p> GPS-based tool enables Milwaukee police to arrest suspect without high-speed chase <div class="node-body article-body">Officers from Milwaukee Police Department’s District Five are using StarChase GPS technology to reduce the risks involved with high-speed police chases.</div> <p><a href="" target="_blank">read more</a></p> Products at Work Public Safety Technology Public Safety Technology Fri, 16 Jun 2017 20:15:00 +0000 78161 at <p>In the photo: The small black and white cylinder that adheres to the back of the vehicle is the tag portion of the <a href="" target="_blank">StarChase pursuit management system</a>. The GPS tag has a super-strong adhesive to stick to the fleeing vehicle after being launched from a canister installed in the grille of the police cruiser.</p> The 10 best cities for retirement in 2017 <div class="node-body gallery-body">Financial news site Bankrate ranked 200 U.S. cities based on factors related to crime, climate, finance, health care and walkability to determine the best cities in which to retire.</div> <p><a href="" target="_blank">read more</a></p> Bonus Content Fri, 16 Jun 2017 19:24:00 +0000 78151 at New Atlanta ballpark gets needed public safety, vehicle help for first pitch <div class="field-deck"> Cooperative contracts deliver public safety products and transport vehicles that ensured SunTrust Park was ready for opening day </div> <div class="node-body article-body">SunTrust Park was ready for the Atlanta Braves' opening day thanks to cooperative contracts that helped deliver needed public safety products and transport vehicles.</div> <p><a href="" target="_blank">read more</a></p> Buildings & Facilities Contracts Coop Solutions Facilities Cooperative Purchasing Finance Public Safety Purchasing & Procurement Strategic Sourcing Public Safety Thu, 15 Jun 2017 20:22:00 +0000 78141 at <p>In the photo: A view from near home plate at SunTrust Park, the Atlanta Braves&#39; new home.</p> 5 steps to improve victim restitution <div class="node-body blog-body">Accounts receivables management client executive Brett Sivits explains how governments can update victim restitution programs to meet their communities' needs while complying with judicial orders.</div> <p><a href="" target="_blank">read more</a></p> Courts Finance Viewpoints Wed, 14 Jun 2017 17:52:00 +0000 78111 at Cities expand free Wi-Fi to parks as part of larger accessability efforts <div class="node-body article-body">As Internet access becomes a more prevalent municipal service, cities are extending free Wi-Fi service to public parks. </div> <p><a href="" target="_blank">read more</a></p> Broadband Wed, 14 Jun 2017 17:24:00 +0000 78101 at <p>The Boulder Reservoir, where free public wi-fi is now available. Image via <a href="">Wikimedia Commons</a>.</p> Apps streamline parking process for city residents <div class="node-body article-body">Several cities are partnering with private companies to develop smartphone apps that make paying for parking a breeze for citizens.</div> <p><a href="" target="_blank">read more</a></p> Roadways Wed, 14 Jun 2017 17:17:00 +0000 78091 at <p>Street parking in Asbury Park, N.J. Image via <a href="">Wikimedia Commons</a>.</p> Overcoming State and Local Government IT Challenges with Nutanix <div class="node-body article-body">Government CIOs and IT professionals are seeking more innovative ways to meet the needs of their end users, while simultaneously keeping IT costs under control. </div> <p><a href="" target="_blank">read more</a></p> White Papers Wed, 14 Jun 2017 16:24:00 +0000 78121 at Governments own more than 4 million vehicles <div class="node-body article-body">A 2017 report shows governments continue to own and manage a sizable number of vehicles. Also, EquipmentWatch has issued an analysis of used crane sales.</div> <p><a href="" target="_blank">read more</a></p> Fleets Fleets Purchasing & Procurement Proposals & Bids Public Works Public Works Wed, 14 Jun 2017 15:15:00 +0000 78081 at Overcoming Cellular Network Survey Challenges <div class="node-body article-body">Typically, when one thinks about a cellular network survey, it is performed by network operators either driving or walking around</div> <p><a href="" target="_blank">read more</a></p> White Papers Tue, 13 Jun 2017 16:24:00 +0000 78061 at Smart tools help reduce municipal expenses in Delaware community <div class="node-body article-body">Working with Honeywell, Newark, Del., implemented smart technologies to deliver better water utility services and other improvements to residents.</div> <p><a href="" target="_blank">read more</a></p> Smart Cities Products at Work Green Public Works Technology Public Works Sustainability Technology Tue, 13 Jun 2017 15:45:00 +0000 78051 at <p>The screenshot shows some of the data from the city&rsquo;s meter upgrade project. Real-time data can be accessed through the web portal to enable customers to monitor their own water usage. The data enables utility staff to assist customers with details on historical use, identify possible leaks and set up alerts based on water use.</p>