Finance and procurement

How to make renewable energy work for your city (and make money doing it)

Wed, 2016-05-11 23:00 -- Doug Peeples

The small Ohio town of Minster might not seem a likely choice for energy technology innovation, but its solar power plus energy storage system is the largest of its kind for a municipal utility in the U.S. Not only will the storage system bring more energy reliability and new revenue streams to the city, it also will allow it to defer $350,000 in grid upgrade costs. Sound like a good idea?

Internal fraud cost this city $50 million. How to keep all your tax revenue

Fri, 2016-05-06 02:20 -- Kevin Ebi

Cities spend a lot of time looking for citizens and businesses who are tax cheats, but what if the tax fraud is occurring within your own department? Cities lose millions that way — one lost $50 million. Find out what you can do to protect the tax revenue you collect.

What Kentucky is doing to get people to like the tax man (hint: rapid refunds)

Thu, 2016-02-04 01:00 -- Kevin Ebi

Could your city budget use an extra $1 million infusion? Predictive analytics helped Kentucky find that in just a few months by pinpointing fraud on tax returns. And it’s a system the public overall should love. Learn how it’s helping law-abiding citizens get tax refunds faster than ever.

Mayors: I’m begging you to harvest these 3 Chinese innovations

Wed, 2016-01-06 08:01 -- Jesse Berst

When cities strive to become smarter, they often struggle with finding ways to pay for the improvements, develop an integrated approach and overcome technical challenges. Yinchuan, China, has found innovative ways to leap over all three of those barriers, providing a great blueprint for cities worldwide. Don’t miss these innovations.

Have ideas to fix your traffic? Your city could win $50 million (Learn how to apply)

Wed, 2015-12-09 05:14 -- Kevin Ebi

Transportation is often one of a city’s biggest pain points, but a huge new grant program could ease some of the sting. Supply the smart transportation vision and a willingness to change and the U.S. Transportation Department and private investors could give you $50 million to make it happen. Learn how to apply.