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From "A deeper look at infrastructure challenges"

From "Report: local innovation is the "new normal" for U.S. infrastructure"

From "Why we need level parking spaces"

From "Citizens on patrol"

From "Five reasons to ditch your blackberry"

From "The art of pavement preservation"

 























News
From "A DEEPER LOOK AT INFRASTRUCTURE CHALLENGES"

The most recent issue of KPMG, LLP's Insight magazine addresses the complex and urgent challenges of infrastructure funding.

News
From "REPORT: LOCAL INNOVATION IS THE "NEW NORMAL" FOR U.S. INFRASTRUCTURE"

Read Infrastructure 2012: Spotlight on Leadership, released by the Urban Land Institute (ULI) and Ernst & Young LLP.















ADA Corner
From "WHY WE NEED LEVEL PARKING SPACES"
Put yourself in a wheelchair to understand cross slope requirements.

To access ADA consultant Michele Ohmes' blog, click here.















Asset Management
From "CITIZENS ON PATROL"
Mobile apps help cities manage citizen reporting back at the office.

    Baltimore 311 on Twitter
    Check out some of the city's 16,000+ Tweets from concerned citizens.

    Beauty in the blight: The accidental art of Baltimore 311 images
    Steve Earley compiles especially compelling photos from public reports.

    Citizens Connect in Boston

    BostonCitizens: The Best of Citizens Connect
    People share their favorite images from the city's Citizens Connect app (the chair-in-a-tree is worth a look).

    "Good night, sweet possum."
    When a Boston citizen reported a possum in her trashcan and posted a photo via Citizens Connect, neighbor Susan Landibar saw the message and decided to respond. Before city workers even had a chance to follow up, Landibar had solved the problem and answered the original report. Will citizen response be an unexpected benefit of mobile reporting apps?

    Video - Jennifer Pahlka: Coding a better government
    Jennifer Pahlka, founder of Code for America, explains how mobile apps create powerful connection between citizens, their neighbors, and their governments. (Hear more about the Boston possum beginning at the 5:55 mark.)

    More helpful apps for citizens

    Boston BikeLane lets cyclists report cars parked in bike lanes.

    AdoptaHydrant - Claim responsibility for shoveling out a fire hydrant after it snows.

    American City and County - Counties use smart phone technology to keep residents informed.













General Operations
From "FIVE REASONS TO DITCH YOUR BLACKBERRY"
The bells and whistles available on iPhone and Android devices can help you work faster and smarter.

Mobile apps for public works professionals, builders, and contractors
The following is a sampling of apps that can be accessed by using a variety of mobile devices (Android, iPhone, and BlackBerry, depending on the platform used by the manufacturer) and can offer features ranging from design visualization and installation how-tos to building regulations. So take a look at our collection. Chances are if you, your contractors, or your constituents have a problem, there's an app for it.















Asphalt Paving & Repair
From "THE ART OF PAVEMENT PRESERVATION"
How to justify maintaining roads before they fall apart.

Read more about how communities are stretching their dollars - and the lifespan of their streets and highways - in “Pavement preservation stretches ailing road budgets,” Public Works Manual 2012.















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