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Topic - Public Works & Infrastructure Archive

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Assessment Shows California’s Local Streets and Roads at Risk Statewide

Assessment Shows California’s Local Streets and Roads at Risk Statewide

February 2010
Cupertino’s New Bridge Is Infrastructure, Art — and Affordable

Cupertino’s New Bridge Is Infrastructure, Art — and Affordable

February 2010
Financing Local Sustainability Efforts

Financing Local Sustainability Efforts

Even in these difficult financial times, local agencies are undertaking a wide range of activities that promote sustainability. Regardless of the reason behind the activities, they have one thing in common – the need to pay for the effort.

November 2009
California Communities STAR Bond Program Offers Cities a Cost-Effective Financing Tool

California Communities STAR Bond Program Offers Cities a Cost-Effective Financing Tool

Through the American Recovery and Reinvestment Act, the federal government is providing a way for cities to issue taxable Build America Bonds and Recovery Zone Economic Development Bonds, which cities can use for capital projects that many be currently under way or planned for the near future.

November 2009
Public Safety Depends on Police, Fire — and More

Public Safety Depends on Police, Fire — and More

City officials are grappling with the challenges of balancing their city budget while preserving the critically important services that are a central component of our quality of life. Clearly, public safety tops the list, but numerous other local services contribute to public safety in a variety of ways that are not always immediately visible.

October 2009
Shovel-Ready on a Shoestring: Tools for Efficient, Cost-Saving CEQA Compliance

Shovel-Ready on a Shoestring: Tools for Efficient, Cost-Saving CEQA Compliance

Cities can take many simple steps to maximize the efficiency of CEQA review while maintaining legal defensibility, and streamlining the process can also save money.

September 2009
The Co-Benefits of Sustainability Strategies

The Co-Benefits of Sustainability Strategies

Sustainability strategies save money, conserve resources for future generations, improve public health, respond to climate change and make communities more attractive places to live.

September 2009
Helping Your Community Save Water

Helping Your Community Save Water

August 2009
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