The East Providence, R.I., City Council voted to hire Timothy Chapman as interim city manager. Chapman previously served as city solicitor.
The Columbia, Mo., City Council is weighing a proposal to give employees 10 weeks of paid parental leave. "I think it's a benefit that if we can't pull it off this budget year, it is definitely something we should work toward," said Councilman Michael Trapp.
Only 11 of the 28 private universities with more than $2 billion in endowments contributed unrestricted money to the local municipalities last year, according to a new analysis. Some community leaders are urging schools to give more, while officials in some cities are implementing policies to entice colleges to offer more support.
Lakeland, Fla., has hired Michael "Shawn" Sherrouse as assistant city manager. He currently works as assistant city manager in Auburndale, Fla.
A half-mile section of interstate highway in downtown Atlanta would be capped by concrete decking and developed into parkland and commercial property under a public-private proposal. The nonprofit Central Atlanta Progress hopes next to do preliminary engineering work.
A fourth try at expanding the convention center and adding a hotel has been approved by Broward County, Fla., commissioners. The design work is estimated to cost $975,000.
The Dallas Parks and Recreation Board will meet today to consider funding the next phase of Klyde Warren Park, built in 2012. The expansion proposal for the park, which sits above the Woodall Rogers Freeway, includes $40 million in city funding, as well as private funding.
La Pine, Ore., wants to bring in more businesses and tourists, hiring an agency to gather feedback from residents. The $15,000 effort led to a new logo and branding strategy.
Urban indoor farmers are finding room to grow in Detroit's thousands of abandoned factories and warehouses, and the city's lawmakers will consider an amendment to its urban farming ordinance to allow for smaller indoor growing operations. Startups including Green Collar Foods and Artesian Farms are growing herbs and salad greens year-round.
Florida's Miami-Dade County has spent $1.3 million to install a system that lets operators at a central facility monitor and control traffic lights throughout the region. The system has 400 cameras, and operators can adjust signals based on traffic flow, which is already cutting some commuting times by 15 minutes.
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