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5/24/2017

Bicyclists were given a preview of the Columbia, Md., BikeShare pilot program during Howard County's 10th annual Bike to Work Day. With a July launch date, the BikeShare system will include 70 bikes across seven stations in a three-mile loop and will feature standard eight-gear and electric-assist models.

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5/24/2017

City officials in Montpelier, Vt., have tapped Sue Allen to take the role of assistant city manager. Allen, a former deputy chief of staff for Vermont Gov. Peter Shumlin, started her new position this week.

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5/24/2017

The Community Preventive Services Task Force says built-environment approaches can contribute to increased physical activity, which is a recommendation in alignment with the Safe Routes to Parks initiative of the National Recreation and Parks Association. For example, upgraded park infrastructure and active transportation solutions such as sidewalks and bicycle lanes can improve community health.

5/24/2017

The Vamonde mapping smartphone app has added Jackson Park in Chicago, offering users a self-guided history tour and maps of the park. The Jackson Park in Your Pocket feature uses the user's location to provide landmark information.

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5/24/2017

License plates commemorating California's redwood trees won't be issued after a campaign failed to secure the minimum number of pre-orders. The license plate would have raised money for the state parks system.

5/24/2017

The Albuquerque Economic Development Department and Rough Draft NYC created a $1 million national marketing campaign to encourage entrepreneurship and startup development in the city. Among the marketing efforts was the investment in a $24,000 conference that netted 100,000 impressions on online, live and social media sources.

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5/23/2017

Officials in Hawaii County, Hawaii, are considering limiting property tax exemptions for seniors to those who have lived in the county for a number of years. "We got guys coming from the mainland who have never contributed to our tax base before ... and just because of their age, they are now availing themselves of these exemptions. I think that's wrong," said County Council member Aaron Chung.

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5/23/2017

Residents of Pennington County, S.D., will be able to receive emergency alerts via text, email, fax, pagers or landlines, as a result of the county's new Public Warning Messages tool.

5/23/2017

Dozens of mobile tablets will be installed in Berkeley County, W.Va., police and emergency vehicles this summer with the goal of improving emergency response coordination. The tablets can instantly receive incident locations and other information from 911 dispatchers.

5/23/2017

All sides agree that a redesign is needed of Alamo Plaza in San Antonio, but the details of the plan approved this month have drawn criticism. Items of debate include the relocation of a memorial to those who died at the Alamo in 1836 and the addition of glass walls along the Alamo's original boundaries.