New Hampshire said it will opt out of FirstNet, making it the first state to do so, and it has chosen Rivada Networks as its alternative vendor. "Rivada has proposed a plan that has the potential to provide immense value to our state, including unparalleled public safety infrastructure investments that will lead to unmatched and near universal coverage for the new public safety network," Gov. Chris Sununu said.
After first responders protested a proposal that would result in aggressive cuts to their retirement benefits, the Michigan House of Representatives passed benefit reforms that are closer to the recommendations of the Responsible Retirement Reform for Local Government Task Force. The state Senate also voted in line with the recommendations.
A study of Las Vegas Metropolitan Police Department officers found that using body-worn cameras reduced the number of officers involved in use-of-force incidents by 37% and the number with a complaint filed against them by 30%. Body cams can also create savings by making complaint resolution simpler, the study found.
The Department of Health and Human Services held a two-day Code-a-Thon to focus on using data and technology to help address the opioid crisis. One of the winning teams came up with a way to track overdoses in a community in real time, so first responders and authorities know where to send resources.
Commissioners in Florida's Brevard County are supporting measures that would run in excess of $10 million to address the county's sewerage problems. These issues include periodic releases of sewage into the Indian River Lagoon, including 20 million gallons of sewage and stormwater discharged into the Anchor Drive Canal due to excessive rainfall in September and October.
Officials in Union, Hancock and Cocke Counties will use grants from the Tennessee Department of Environment and Conservation to help fund initiatives aimed at reducing carbon emissions. The counties plan to replace aging heating and lighting systems with more efficient alternatives.
Atlanta's PATH Parkway, a newly constructed 1.5-mile walking and bicycling path, now connects West Midtown to Georgia Tech, the Coca-Cola Company office complex and downtown. "PATH Parkway represents how the connections we make through infrastructure enhance how people experience their community," said Atlanta Department of City Planning Commissioner Tim Keane.
Good leaders don't ignore the emotions of subordinates or themselves, writes Steve McKee. "A great deal of internal tension, lack of alignment, turf battles and even working at cross-purposes can result from unaddressed emotional undercurrents, and a leader who is blind to these dynamics (willingly or otherwise) won't be a leader for long," he writes.
The US homeless population has increased for the first time since 2010, with rising rents on the West Coast seen as the driving factor. At least 10 city and county governments on the West Coast have declared states of emergency since 2015.