Finance and procurement

Tom Murphy’s Pittsburgh: A bold model for a new public-private partnership

Wed, 2015-08-26 23:00 -- SCC Staff

When Tom Murphy became Pittsburgh's mayor in 1994, it was a city in decline. He reviewed its assets – and liabilities – and saw a city at a tipping point. Barbara Thornton describes the remarkable turn-around that resulted from Murphy's model for public-private partnerships (and shares the recipe).

New platform could unlock billions for development in emerging nations

Fri, 2015-07-17 23:00 -- SCC Staff

Funding has always been a problem for emerging countries. A new financing platform called Convergence, which is supported by the Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation, MasterCard, The Rockefeller Foundation among others, promises to not only make it easier for developing areas to get help, but also for those with money to provide it.

Report shines light on cities that are making solar work

Fri, 2015-06-12 23:00 -- SCC Staff

More businesses and homeowners are generating solar energy, but between tight budgets and unfavorable tax policies, cities are often left behind. Was yours? Learn from cities that are overcoming these obstacles, with help from companies like S&C Electric, to save money and the environment.

Want to be a procurement superstar? 3 things you must do

Wed, 2015-05-20 23:00 -- Kevin Ebi

For investments in smart technologies and expertise to be successful, it’s not just what cities buy, it's how they buy it. Click for procurement best practices cities can borrow from private industry -- plus examples of how public agencies are using innovative procurement strategies to lower costs.

Partner spotlight: Microsoft, Alstom Grid, Civic Resource Group, Black & Veatch

Fri, 2015-04-10 23:00 -- SCC Staff

Microsoft makes $3 million YouthSpark investment in Vietnam's digital future… Alstom Grid app provides a deep dive into the energy landscape… CRG launches tool that connects arts, culture and community in the cloud… Black & Veatch exec says improving 'bankability' can bridge Asia's infrastructure gaps. Get the details.