Laredo, Texas, is interested in having a water park at no cost and is seeking public-private partnership proposals. The idea is to have the city exchange tax incentives or land deeds in exchange for a company's investment, said Councilman Alberto Torres Jr.
FirstNet has issued a task order to start constructing radio access networks across the US and territories, and FirstNet CTO Jeff Bratcher said there have been no surprises since FirstNet deployment efforts began last year. FirstNet expects to launch the buildout of its core network at the end of the month.
The National Emergency Number Association and three other public-safety organizations sent a letter to leaders in Congress urging them to include a federal grant program in the omnibus spending package to fund nationwide next-generation 9-1-1 upgrades. "Without significant federal funding, we are concerned that 911 networks across the country including in rural and urban areas will not be upgraded quickly and efficiently," the letter says.
The Los Angeles Police Commission approved a policy to require the police department to release recordings from body cameras and patrol cars, reversing the current practice of keeping the videos from the public. "Transparency and accountability are the bedrocks of building public trust," said Commissioner Shane Murphy Goldsmith.
Minnesota dispatch centers have received 920 texts to 9-1-1 since the capability was introduced in December, according to the Department of Public Safety Emergency Communication Networks. People have used the service when hiding from burglars or when they had difficulty breathing and speaking.
Annapolis, Md., Mayor Gavin Buckley has selected Anne Arundel County auditor Teresa Owen Sutherland to replace city manager Tom Andrews, who will leave his post this week. Sutherland has been a county auditor for over two decades and, if approved by the city council, would be the city's first female manager.
Tennessee's Go Green With Us program includes guidelines covering energy efficiency, recycling and eight other categories of sustainability, with more than 200 possible actions. Tennessee parks are rated annually in terms of certification.
The Rookie Sportsman Program in Colorado aims to communicate the skills, benefits and methods of camping, hiking, fishing and hunting. People selected to participate will receive supplies and must commit for a full year.
An online mapping component of a report covering Santa Barbara County, Calif., focuses on displaying data and other information on local resources and land. The Conservation Blueprint report is expected to guide all parties on future planning decisions.
Tourism officials in Minnesota's Cook County have effectively used social media and printable maps in recent years to spotlight the less popular spring season when visitors can see waterfalls created by snowmelt. Lodging tax revenue for March and April has increased by nearly one-third in the past four years.