San Francisco, Calif. — The National League of Cities announced in August the formation of a network composed of business, policy leaders and city officials to identify the regulatory challenges posed by the disruptive technologies that power the sharing economy. The Sharing Economy Advisory Network will create and promote model solutions that can be adopted by communities across the nation as they work to resolve these questions.The network will also look to identify ways that cities can support and encourage the growth of new businesses in this space.
The formation of the network comes after a number of cities and businesses have had difficulties establishing working relationships that allow the sharing economy to flourish. The network will identify new best practices for NLC members.
Princeton, N.J. — With globalization, fleet managers have to stay on top of the intricacies of U.S. taxation and the tax policies of every country in which their companies runs vehicles. It can be a complex web of fuel taxes, value-added taxation and environmental and insurance concerns.
NAFA’s International Fleet Academy provides fleet professionals with a trusted, intimate environment to discuss such subjects, as well as the information they need to take informed, proactive actions. The fourth annual IFA will take place Nov. 5–7 at Rosen Shingle Creek in Orlando, Fla.
Attendees will leave with a standard of excellence for their dealings within and outside their organization, with customers, suppliers and drivers, among others. For a limited time, attendees who register before Sept. 30 can take advantage of early-bird pricing. More information is available at www.nafafleetacademy.org.
Kansas City, Mo. — Larry Stevens, P.E., PWLF, project director for HR Green Inc. in Johnston, Iowa, was elected president of the American Public Works Association during the recent 2014 APWA International Public Works Congress and Exposition in Toronto, Ontario, Canada. Elected by APWA’s approximately 29,000 members, Stevens will lead the 17-member board of directors and organization, which provides professional development and educational services to its members, advocates for investment in infrastructure and supports 63 APWA chapters in North America. Stevens serves as president of APWA for the 2014–15 term.
Stevens is joined on the board by President- Elect Brian Usher, PWLF director of public works for the city of Largo, Fla.; and Past-President Edward Gottko, PWLF, currently an adjunct professor at several colleges in New York and New Jersey.
Other new board members are Richard Berning, retired, of Springfield, Ill.; Mary Joyce Ivers, CPFP, PWLF, Ventura, Calif.; Kathleen Davis, Olympia, Wash.; and Maher Hazine, P.E., PWLF, Pine, Ariz.Re-elected board members are David Lawry, P.E., Shaumburg, Ill.; William Spearman, III, P.E, Columbia, S.C.; Cora Jackson-Fossett, retired; William (Bo) Mills, PWLF, Germantown, Tenn.; Tommy Brown, PWLF, La Grange, Ga.; and Jill Marilley, P.E., MPA, PWLF, Shoreline, Wash.
Stevensville, Md, — To help promote greater awareness and knowledge within the vehicle lift industry as to best practices for advancing safety, efficiency, durability and environmental friendliness in the overall field of vehicle lifting systems, Stertil-Koni announced in September that it will serve as the inaugural sponsor of National Lift Week Oct. 6–12. The observance leads up to the opening of the American Public Transport Association annual meeting and expo in Houston, Texas, which begins on Oct. 13.
Core activities will include live product demos, hands-on briefings and educational updates associated with the entire range of heavy-duty lifting systems, all provided as an educational resource by recognized lift leader, Stertil-Koni, and its extensive network of dedicated distributors located across North America.
Princeton, N.J. — In times of great tragedy, law enforcement agencies are called upon to have emergency services available to all. That can be a challenge when need is at its peak. For these times when a greater presence is required as it was in Ferguson, Mo., recently, the fleet managers of St. Louis law enforcement, and fleet managers all across North America, are prepared to provide more.
Michele Ryan, CAFM, a trustee for NAFA Fleet Management Association, was been involved with setting up the St. Louis Police mobile command center and supplying it with necessities like computer connections, medical supplies, cooling units to combat oppressive summer heat and even sunscreen.
NAFA FMA thanks the members of its law enforcement group, who strive daily to provide the means for these custodians who serve the community.
Princeton, N.J. — Thanks to a combination of top-flight education, a location in the heart of one of America’s most vibrant cities and an early-bird pricing program, NAFA’s 2014 cafm Boot Camp is generating serious buzz in the fleet community.
NAFA will hold the CAFM Boot Camp Oct. 17–19 at the Loews Philadelphia Hotel in Philadelphia, Pa. Special early-bird discounts for early registrants ends on Monday, Sept. 15, after which standard pricing goes into effect.
Subjects covered will include fleet information management, maintenance management, professional development, vehicle fuel management, asset management, business management, financial management and risk management. In addition to the CAFM program, NAFA offers the CAFS certification, which gives candidates the option of selecting one of three discipline sets based on their education or employment needs.
For more information visit www.nafa.org/bootcamp.