Budget & Finance
Local government agencies like Houston METRO look to make wise use of funding coming from the Infrastructure Investment and Jobs Act to strengthen existing assets while innovating for the future.
The Ohio Supreme Court has upheld a 2019 state law that allows the state to financially punish cities that cite motorists for speeding and red light violations they catch on tape using automated cameras.
Voters in the county have been asked to weigh in on the new voting machines that will be used in upcoming elections. Currently, only two machine vendors are certified to do business in the state.
Fresh off a big funding round, ClearGov, which sells budget management software, says it has bought the CityGrows platform. That technology has helped officials quickly permit open-air restaurants, among other tasks.
The Detroit City Council has delayed action on a proposed expansion of the ShotSpotter gunshot detection system. The proposed expansion would cost $7.5 million with an additional $1.5 million to renew the existing contract.
Federal cybersecurity grants are expected “in the coming months,” with CISA still mulling feedback and finalizing. Local governments should use the time to ensure they’re part of any state planning processes.
The recent bipartisan infrastructure bill was massive, allocating $1.2 trillion to a wide variety of projects. To help people find the work they’re interested in, McKinsey has released a new free tool.
Plus, new initiative seeks to bolster digital success among Latinos, several federal agencies enter into a new collaboration on broadband funding, an Oregon coalition is tackling broadband mapping, and more.
The Biden administration has taken its first steps toward releasing $45 billion of federal funding for broadband and digital equity, with the money going first to state governments tasked with executing the vision.
Officials in Westmorland County will use $600,000 of ARPA funding to help identify areas without adequate Internet access, develop a broadband plan for the county, and partnerships with private companies to expand service.
County commissioners have plans to spend $10 million in federal ARPA funding to supply high-speed broadband to households lacking adequate Internet access. Some 45 percent of residents currently lack access.
Some businesses in the county have already been assessed for reimbursement grants covering up to 50% of eligible technologies such as additive manufacturing, artificial intelligence, cybersecurity, robotics and automation.
As insurance costs and requirements rise, some municipalities are looking to self-insurance and service providers’ cyber incident warranties to help in cases of ransomware and other incidents.
The money will be used by the Miami Valley Regional Crime Lab to update equipment, buy rapid DNA identification technology, and improve the hardware and software used in the lab, as well as adding robotic systems where possible.
A new deal between the city of Rice Lake and Consolidated Telephone Co. will bring new Internet connections to city hall and 267 homes as part of a $835,000 project. Officials approved $400,000 in matching funds last week.
A total of 38 California counties have placed their rural broadband hopes in a new partnership with Utah's UTOPIA Fiber, an organization that facilitates the construction of open access networks.