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Topic - Public Works & Infrastructure Archive

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Coping with the Crunch: Utility and Water Savings

Coping with the Crunch: Utility and Water Savings

Cities are implementing a number of innovative strategies.

July 2009
How GIS Can Save Money and Increase Efficiency for Cities

How GIS Can Save Money and Increase Efficiency for Cities

Using Geographic Information Systems (GIS) software to automate the notification process reduced the amount of staff time needed to do the job by 90 percent. And that’s just one of several recent examples of success the City of Santa Rosa has experienced with GIS.

June 2009
Regional Effort Helps Communities Save Money, Energy, Water and the Environment

Regional Effort Helps Communities Save Money, Energy, Water and the Environment

City officials are searching for ways to improve municipal efficiency, conserve resources and stretch the public’s dollars. In Southern California, a regional collaboration has found a way to do just that.

June 2009
Using Design-Build Can Save Money on Public Construction

Using Design-Build Can Save Money on Public Construction

The Legislature recently granted California cities expanded authority to use the design-build project delivery method.

May 2009
Building a Green Economy: The Recycled Market Development Zone Program Provides Help and Resources

Building a Green Economy: The Recycled Market Development Zone Program Provides Help and Resources

The RMDZ program provides affordable loans and technical assistance that can help a manufacturing business through the challenging formative stages of developing new recycled-materials products.

May 2009
Morgan Hill Invests in Recreation and Turns a Profit

Morgan Hill Invests in Recreation and Turns a Profit

May 2009
What the American Recovery and Reinvestment Act Means for Your City

What the American Recovery and Reinvestment Act Means for Your City

The federal economic stimulus funding is on a fast track. Here’s what you need to know about what’s available and how to apply.

April 2009
Unusual Recipe Averts a Staffing Crisis

Unusual Recipe Averts a Staffing Crisis

Thoroughly screened and well-prepared interns were quickly able to help staff meet heavy workload demands in the City of San Luis Obispo. Now the city has a pool of highly trained and certified individuals who can transition smoothly into the work force to help fill slots created by an ongoing wave of retirees.

April 2009

Infrastructure Financing Challenges of Compact Development

March 2009

Transportation and Land Use Planning Under SB 375

March 2009