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The Value of Smart City Initiatives Offer New Twist on Old Question of Affordability

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Black & Veatch’s 2017 Strategic Directions: Smart City/Smart Utility Report reinforces lessons learned in the past year—although governments and municipalities believe strongly in the smart city model, they continue to struggle to fund these efforts.

Smarter Public Safety Communication Systems Are Critical to the Evolution of Cities

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As the communication technologies leveraged by the public safety sector advance, the intersection with smart city initiatives becomes all the more inevitable. Technological advances afforded by broadband long-term evolution (LTE) networks have changed how first responders, city and county officials, public agencies and transportation fleets communicate and gather data to better serve their communities.

Common Cents Report: Behavioral Interventions Helping Americans Save More

New report one of the most significant applications of behavioral economics in field of LMI financial decision-making
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SAN FRANCISCO and DURHAM, NC., February 9, 2017/3BL Media/  - Common Cents, a financial research lab at Duke University and supported by MetLife Foundation, today unveiled its 2016 Annual Report.

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The report details findings from seven completed behavioral intervention programs and ongoing research begun in 2016.  The work is part of Common Cent Lab’s three-year effort to improve the financial well being for 1.8 million low-to-moderate income (LMI) households in America.

Public Safety LTE Integration with Smart City Initiatives

Black & Veatch 2017 Strategic Directions: Smart City/Smart Utility Report
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As the communication technologies leveraged by the public safety sector advance, the intersection with smart city initiatives becomes all the more inevitable. Technological advances afforded by broadband long-term evolution (LTE) networks have changed how first responders, city and county officials, public agencies and transportation fleets communicate and gather data to better serve their communities.

Data and Planning Drive the Growth of Smart Cities and Utilities

Black & Veatch 2017 Strategic Directions: Smart City/Smart Utility Report
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The Black & Veatch 2017 Strategic Directions: Smart City/Smart Utility Report investigates the progress made by communities and utilities as they continue their evolution toward smarter infrastructure.

PayPal Exceeds $7 Billion in Charitable Giving in 2016 as Mobile Giving Continues to Surge

Payments provider sees double-digit growth in contributions over 2015, with more than $971 million raised during the holiday season alone
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SAN JOSE, Calif., January 10, 2017 /3BL Media/ – PayPal reported 11 percent growth in charitable giving in 2016, processing $7.3 billion in contributions over the year, including more than $971 million raised during the holiday season alone. Proving that spirits really were brighter this holiday, the company announced today that 8 million PayPal users in 181 countries contributed $971,213,604 to 282,053 charities, making 2016 the biggest year for end-of-year donations with PayPal ever.

Ecocentricity Blog: That's a Small Number

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We are completely reliant upon healthy natural systems. Unfortunately, not all natural systems are healthy.

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We are completely reliant upon healthy natural systems. Unfortunately, not all natural systems are healthy.

Microgrids Should Be a Key Element in Power Grid Modernization

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Modernization of the U.S. power grid will not only require replacement of old components with new ones, it will also need to account for larger amounts of renewable energy and distributed generation. This movement is causing utilities to consider microgrids as a part of the solution. 

Regulators Examining Whether Performance-Based Incentives Could Be the Key to a Modernized Grid

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Utility regulators in some U.S. states are considering the adoption of performance-based regulation to replace the traditional cost of service regulation.

Utilities Should Incorporate Asset Management into PPP Models

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Water and wastewater utilities considering the use of public-private partnerships (PPP) often express concerns that such arrangements could lead to rate increases and diminished service. However, it is possible to provide ratepayer safeguards and allow reasonable returns on private investments under PPP models through the implementation of an asset management framework. 

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