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8/22/2017

The Surland Cos. has received city council approval to build a $41.5 million aquatic center in Tracy, Calif. The plans accepted by the council include indoor and outdoor pools, several water slides, a lazy river, a raft ride and an inflatable adventure course.

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Tracy Press (Calif.)
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Surland Cos.
8/22/2017

Verizon Communications plans to launch a nationwide core first-responder network. Though the network will compete with AT&T's FirstNet, Verizon said it sees its network as potentially supporting FirstNet and plans to make it interoperable with radio access networks running on FirstNet.

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Verizon Communications, AT&T
8/22/2017

Nevada has become the 14th state to opt in to the FirstNet system. "From volunteer emergency responders in rural communities to those on the front lines in populous areas, our public-safety community deserves access to the cutting-edge technologies they need to get the job done," Gov. Brian Sandoval said.

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Gov. Brian Sandoval
8/22/2017

The Grand Rapids, Mich., Fire Department is beginning the request process to purchase a drone and thermal imaging camera to find hot spots in a fire without putting people in danger. "We're attempting to be the model for departments in the state of Michigan," Fire Department Chief John Lehman said.

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8/21/2017

A development plan by the Indian-administered government of Kashmir will encourage residents to settle in flood-prone areas, ignoring lessons learned from disastrous floods in 2014, say disaster-prevention officials in the city of Srinagar.

8/21/2017

City Council members in Fife, Wash., have tapped former Boulder City, Nev., Finance Director Hyun Kim to take over as city manager when current manager Subir Mukerjee retires next month.

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Tacoma Weekly (Wash.)
8/18/2017

Brainstorming, combined with thought starters and clear parameters and goals, can help you uncover valuable ideas, writes Lisa Kent. Keep participants informed of relevant background data, and consider bringing in outsiders to broaden perspectives and ask important questions.

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Forbes
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Lisa Kent
8/18/2017

Officials in Portage, Wis., will have about $152,000 to spend on pavement repairs and street sign and traffic light maintenance thanks to the city's $20 "wheel tax," which is applied to every new vehicle registration or renewal. City Administrator Shawn Murphy warns that state legislation could require voters to determine whether or not to continue collecting the tax.

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Shawn Murphy
8/18/2017

City Council members in Auburn, Ala., have agreed to hire interim City Manager James Buston to run the city permanently. Buston has been serving as interim manager for the last six months.

8/17/2017

Data from a comprehensive map of the Chicago area's tree canopy highlights the significance of greenery for neighborhoods in affecting property values, health and crime. "Areas where trees are prevalent, people tend to be outside, mingling, enjoying their community," says Lydia Scott of the Chicago Regional Tree Initiative, which created the database along with the Morton Arboretum.

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Atlas Obscura
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