Monthly Archives: November 2017

Minneapolis Ups Efficiency in 6 Buildings

Cities across the United States are taking the #EnergyEfficient initiative to reduce costs and make their homes healthier While giant cities (San Francisco, NYC, Phoenix) are often among these prestigious places, Minneapolis was just recognized for reducing green house gases and energy costs. The city hosted an energy challenge that included 15 individual buildings across the area.…
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The Portland Permit Problem

City officials in Portland are dealing with an interesting issue Residents in the area will have to enter a "lottery" if they wish to be married in a Portland park. Couples had to submit their information to the lottery in the beginning of November to be granted a permit for 2018 weddings in any of…
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In The News: Gates Building SMART City of His Own

New York City. Boston. Seattle. Denver. San Diego. These are a few of the top-ranked U.S. Smart Cities by Smart Cities Council. Phoenix, AZ was not previously listed, but NBC reported that Bill Gates is funding a futuristic metropolis set to sustain the city. The city, deemed "Belmont," is approximately 24,000 acres of land 45…
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7 Ways Cities Are Upgrading Efficiency

No matter the season, cities are always working towards improving building efficiency and refining overall energy efficiency It's all part of the SMART city initiative - sure, it's not as exciting as green roof gardening or bicycle renting stations, but it's important nonetheless! With current technology enhancing solar panels and reducing the amount of energy…
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City Manager’s Thanksgiving To-Do List

'Tis the Season! To be thankful! As Thanksgiving nears, city offices are getting into the holiday spirit. Among your Thanksgiving dinner shopping list, end-of-year budgeting and all the tasks you'll rush to finish, we hope you'll browse our City Manager's Thanksgiving to-do list! It will help you cross items off your list and remind you…
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Smart Cities Utilizing New Technology

If you've been following along with our latest posts, Then you're aware of the emphasis we're putting on #SmartCities. CityForce loves Smart Cities because they're made up of tech-loving, innovative city managers who seek adaptation and progression with the help of new software systems. ICMA, the International City/County Management Association, feels the same. In a…
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Technology Assists Speed Limits & City Management

Pump the breaks Meeting of the Minds reported that In 2016, the U.S. saw a 6% increase in road fatalities. 30-40,000 road deaths occur annually, and 59,374 of the deaths between 2010 and 2015 were completely preventable. It's time for cities to start stepping up safety measures and stepping on the break pedal. According to…
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14 People Involved in Brooklyn Inspection Corruption

NY Daily News reported that property owners were found bribing corrupt city inspectors with money and gifts to speed up development projects. Fourteen people were charged including the two inspectors from the Department of Buildings. The property managers involved bribed inspectors (with earrings, and money to be spent on Mother's Day gifts) to overlook major violations,…
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