The Salt Lake County, Utah, Council has rejected two proposed sites for an arts facility because they are not close enough to mass transit and other amenities. "When we're making this kind of significant long-term investment, we feel it is very important to get the location right to ensure the facility's future stability and success," Community Service Director Erin Litvack said. "To be successful, it needs amenities that will support it, like restaurants and retail."
The Albuquerque, N.M., City Council is evaluating a master plan for the zoo and aquarium to guide development during the next 20 years. The plan includes more space for big cats, a penguin exhibit and shuttles for visitors.
Michael Sable is leaving as interim city manager of Brooklyn Park, Minn., to become director of facility services for Hennepin County. Sable, who has worked in Brooklyn Park for six years, will succeed Judy Hollander, who is set to retire.
The Pittsburgh City Council will consider requiring employers to offer paid sick leave. The proposed ordinance would let businesses with fewer than 15 employees limit the amount of sick leave a worker could earn.
Mexico City is considering rules of operation for ride-sharing companies, such as Uber, after getting pressure from taxi drivers. Requirements would include contribution to a transportation-infrastructure fund and registration of all drivers.
States and municipalities face increasing needs to repair their infrastructure while their revenues decline. In Massachusetts, construction management-at-risk and design-build contracts can be used if a project is greater than $5 million, but because law prohibits the use of private equity or debt financing, projects intended to make use of a public-private partnership must get legislative approval. This article includes a download of tips on how to structure P3 agreements and the risks to consider.
Making small improvements to your workplace habits can over time have a dramatic effect on productivity, writes Sandhya Venkatachalam. Regular sleep, scheduled breaks, the elimination of distractions and using lists to prioritize tasks can each help. "Almost every habit is the result of small decisions over time. Very small improvements can lead to big success," she writes.
As cities become smarter and more connected, they are also becoming more vulnerable, experts say. Cesar Cerrudo of IOActive says the growth of digitally connected infrastructure has increased the risk of hackers infiltrating the networks that power smart buildings and disrupting everything from energy management to waste disposal.
About $220 million in South Carolina funding will be divided among counties to maintain roads. The Legislature, instead of passing a comprehensive plan for roads, has turned most funding over to counties for projects. Meanwhile, Gov. Nikki Haley has vetoed funding for parks and small-town revitalization.
Municipalities in Michigan are forbidden to mandate that businesses offer pay, sick leave or other benefits that exceed state and federal law under a measure signed by Gov. Rick Snyder. Unions have opposed the measure, while groups such as the National Federation of Independent Business have supported it.