Economy

Tighter budgets, increased costs, self-funding laws and the overall technical complexity of the market have caused a challenging environment for government revenue management professionals. How do the most successful government offices maintain compliance, raise reimbursement and reduce time to collect? Those with the highest collection percentage follow some common practices that should be implemented by all government collection departments.

Picture yourself on a bustling commercial street in a hip neighborhood of a newly revived city. You cruise the sidewalk, checking out the businesses that line the glitziest block or two. Here's what you're likely to see: a high-end restaurant with pricey small plates and an ambitious chef; a gourmet pizzeria with locally sourced toppings; an artisanal yogurt shop; a microbrewery; and a coffeehouse.

"The idea that it's like, 'we'll figure that out when it gets here,' I think is a reason why there's so much anger in our communities about this issue," according to the mayor of Dayton, Ohio.

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Throughout the history of humankind the whole context of competitiveness in society has been developed as a consequence of a dynamic set of variables. Natural resource management, environmental conditions, industrial policies and economic power have shaped cities and directly influenced modern urban lifestyles. The 20th century has seen the explosion of megalopolises around the globe.

Chicago and many other municipalities are focusing on reforming the rigid and inconsistent rules of procurement.

There's a perception among many that mayors don't hold much sway over the higher-education system or the quality of the workforce it produces for their communities. I beg to differ. Not only do our cities' leaders have strong motivation for improving the talent pipeline through college and into the workplace, but they also have the authority to spur meaningful change.

Huge economic losses from climate related disasters can only be reduced if cities become more resilient and update existing strategies, the opening plenary panel stressed yesterday at ICLEI’s Resilient Cities forum, taking place in Bonn, Germany. “In the last 10 years, record-breaking temperatures and rainfall have resulted in US$1.4 trillion in losses,” said Jerry Velasquez, …

Search for stories about... By - Nicolas Senaud / Flickr.com Streetlights and public art were just a few items to be budgeted. The city of San José selected eight neighborhood projects for funding during its inaugural, direct-control participatory budgeting pilot.

The Cloud has created shifts of seismic proportions to enterprises and governments around the world. I have to think really hard to remember the last time I bought a shrink wrapped software package, and even when I did, I have to think even harder whether I have a CD drive on my Mac Air to install the application.

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