More stories about Management

  • 2008 salary survey: Are your benefits flying south?

    This year we reformulated our annual survey to learn what keeps you and your colleagues working. We included questions about benefits, job satisfaction, and what respondents would like to see more of in their jobs and their benefits packages. What we discovered may surprise you. . .

  • Breaking down the barriers

    Three Southeastern communities morph street centerline projects into interdepartmental and, in some cases, intergovernmental asset management programs.

  • Disaster blasters

    From Oct. 20 through Nov. 7, during one of California's driest years on record, a large swath of the state was engulfed in flames. As in all natural disasters, public works played a critical role. Employees were assigned to fire crews to designate evacuation routes and close roads. Before the last...

  • Thirst Quenching in Dry Times

    The most critical issues facing drinking water managers involve infrastructure repair and replacement, business factors, regulatory matters, water resources, and the workforce.

  • Putting it All Together

    Nonresidential construction is expected to increase 5% this year and 4% next year according to some sources, and the 2008 Outlook—our annual survey of public works budget expectations mirrors these expectations.

  • Bacteria in the Bayous

    In urban waterways, bacteria can come from many sources: storm-water runoff, illicit discharges, wildlife, leaking septic systems, sanitary sewer overflows, stream sediments, wastewater effluent, topsoil, and leaking sanitary sewer systems. Some contribute pollutants during dry weather and some...

  • Learning Curve

    Once someone joins the Chesapeake Public Works Department, they never seem to want to leave. Of the 500 employees on staff, nearly 100 have been there 20 years or more. If you want to know why, ask Jerry Ivory.

  • Department of the Year

    Fort Wayne (Ind.) Public Works and Utilities Department's quantifiable approach to problem-solving enables public works to deliver better service to one-third more customers with the same number of employees. That's why the department took top honors in our third annual Department of the Year...

  • From Preventive to Proactive

    Many cities use geographic information systems (GIS) combined with asset management software to manage infrastructure, but buildings often get short shrift. But now forward-thinking facility managers, are also using technology to bring their role out of the basement and into the modern world.

  • GIS-Based Asset Management Breeds Homers

    GIS-Based Management Solutions: Your "Easy Button": Justin Gough, president, NovotX LLC, Clearfield, Utah.