Ready to hop into a driverless vehicle? Opportunities to ride are abundant!

From Boston to Austin, autonomous vehicles are being tested on city streets. It’s so common that the driverless cars are no longer head-turners. Some estimates are that 10 million self-driving cars will be on the road by 2020.  But, the introduction of  new multi-passenger self-driving shuttles are still turning heads. These vehicles are grabbing the attention […]

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Alternative funding sources for government projects

Government leaders continually struggle for funding. Budgets are constrained and critical needs are great. That creates great stress. However, public officials have options. Lots of alternative funding is available for projects that result in certain positive outcomes. Alternative revenue sources can be accessed through a number of federally funded programs. And, while these are attractive […]

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Bridge construction projects – happening at ‘almost’ the speed of light!

Two city bridge superstructures demolished, moved and replaced in 16 hours? Impossible?  No…it can happen and Utah’s Department of Transportation just proved it. This impossible-sounding accomplishment is a result of a program called Accelerated Bridge Construction (ABC). It allows completion of bridge projects in record time. But, these kinds of success stories are not just […]

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Government leaders find creative ways to deal with budget reductions

Early one recent Saturday morning, half a dozen residents of Hamtramck, a city of 22,000 in Michigan, spent the morning patching potholes along a city street in an area of town where they live. The citizens worked with 900 pounds of cold patch asphalt, which they had jointly purchased with no assistance from the city, […]

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A few Texas cities make Best Managed Cities list

While some cities manage to balance revenues with citizen services and expectations, others struggle with that because funding and resources are required for critical needs related to transportation, infrastructure, public safety and emergency services. Their revenues are stretched to the breaking point and some citizen services are suffering. Wallethub recently analyzed the operating efficiency of 150 […]

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Infrastructure back in spotlight; Trump appoints advisory council

The wheels on the Trump administration’s $1 trillion infrastructure plan appear to be moving. After months of delays, the president, through an executive order, announced the creation of a Presidential Advisory Council on Infrastructure. Neither the president nor Congress has been able to focus on infrastructure as health care legislation has dominated the early months […]

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Got public safety technology? If so, buyers are waiting!

This will surprise many. A recent report estimates that spending on law enforcement technology in the United States will likely reach $7.6 billion this year and that number will climb exponentially in the next few years. Law enforcement technology includes such things as body armor, cameras, drones, vehicles, biometric software, upgrades to Next Generation emergency […]

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