Local Government
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9/22/2017

Members of the Joliet, Ill., city council voted this week to hire Bloomington, Ill., city manager David Hales to take charge of the city. Officials in Bloomington say Joliet has chosen well, as Hales led their city through "its toughest financial times."

9/21/2017

The Department of Homeland Security has granted the Center for Innovative Technology $4.8 million to develop internet of things technologies that could improve public safety, such as Wi-Fi, thermal and 360-degree imaging and aerial drones.

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StateScoop
9/21/2017

Private sector companies ranked as great employers are often touted as having a positive work environment that goes beyond competitive salaries or benefits. Government agencies that strive to make employees feel valued and proud of their workplace can improve performance at minimal cost.

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Governing magazine
9/21/2017

City council members in San Jose, Calif., have unanimously voted to have Dave Sykes take over management of the city in October when Norberto Dueñas retires after 33 years. The city did not conduct a national search for a new manager, and council members recommended Sykes after surveying city employees.

9/21/2017

Four 2016 NRPA Great Urban Parks Campaign grant recipients are showing how parks can provide stormwater management through green infrastructure to improve the environmental quality of their communities. This article explains the details.

9/21/2017

The Parklands of Floyds Fork in Louisville, Ky., is an example of how green infrastructure can help communities. The 4,000-acre collection of parks and trails provides forest and wetlands preservation, habitat protection and recreational opportunities.

9/21/2017

Rooftop Park will open next month atop a building in San Francisco after 15 years of planning, according to the city's Recreation and Park Department. The park will feature a public walkway that connects to St. Mary's Square, as well as a plaza.

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Rooftop park, Park Department
9/21/2017

Visitors looking for workout help at some Waco, Texas, parks can access videos on their smartphones via the QR Fit Trail System. Users only need to download a QR reader app to access videos of workout options.

9/21/2017

Development has cost New England up to 65 acres of forestland a day, according to a report by Harvard University's Harvard Forest research institute. Land conservation funding also declined between 2008 and 2014, the report found.

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Boston Herald
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New England, Harvard University
9/21/2017

Embrace Park in Norfolk, Neb., opened last weekend, offering inclusive play opportunities for children with disabilities and those without. The playground features swings, a wheelchair-accessible teeter-totter, slides and other accessible structures.