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Capital vs Full Life Cycle Costing

Posted: November 15, 2017
Tagged As: Asset Management, Public Procurement, Training

Procurement practices are as wide and varied as the municipalities that follow them.  A number of internal and external factors can affect purchasing decisions, but is one way really better than another?  Discover the difference in two procurement practices at opposite ends of the spectrum, as we explore capital and life cycle costing.

Why the "Worst First" Approach to Road Maintenance isn't Always the Best

Posted: August 30, 2017
Tagged As: Asset Management, Municipal Infrastructure, Roads Assessment

Today's municipalities face an aging infrastructure alongside increasing operational costs, yet  budgets consistently fall short in addressing infrastructure needs.  Discover why the "worst roads first" approach to road maintenance isn’t always the best, and how better data can lead to improved maintenance strategies that lower costs over the long-term.

Risk Management Considerations for Community Gardens

Posted: August 23, 2017
Tagged As: Asset Management, Risk Management

Community gardens are popular with urban dwellers who don’t have access to gardening space. They can also be beneficial for municipalities, if properly managed.  Discover risk related issues to consider when developing a community garden, and some of the rules you can impose to prevent them.

EV Charging 101

Posted: August 09, 2017
Tagged As: Asset Management, Electric Vehicles, Electricity, Energy, Energy Bills, Fleet Management, GHG Emissions

If you are purchasing an electric vehicle, be it for personal use or for your municipal fleet, there's a few key pieces of information you ought to know about.  Get up to speed on need to know information about electric vehicle charging.

Program Spotlight: One Investment Program

Posted: August 02, 2017
Tagged As: Asset Management, Investments, LAS Programming, Legislation & Regulation, Risk Management

The One Investment Program provides consistently strong rates of return across its four portfolios and High Interest Savings Accounts (HISA), while simplifying the process for investors.  From short-term parking of funds to long-term investing for future infrastructure and everything in between, there’s an investment option for every municipal need.

Short-Term, Long-Term, Big Return, Small Return

Posted: June 28, 2017
Tagged As: Asset Management, Investments

Investing as an individual can be tricky enough.  Investing as a municipality can be downright complicated.  Learn how each of the One Investment Program’s four portfolios and high interest savings account (HISA) can simplify your investments by matching the intended investment duration to the right portfolio. 

The Cost of Going Electric

Posted: June 14, 2017
Tagged As: Asset Management, Climate Change, Electric Vehicles, Electricity, Energy, Fleet Management, GHG Emissions

While the environmental benefits of electric vehicles (EV) are clear, the financial considerations surrounding their purchase can be a little hazy.  Explore the up front and ongoing financial considerations in buying an EV and their impact on municipal fleets. 

Using Cutting Edge Technology to Perform Roads Assessments

Posted: April 04, 2017
Tagged As: Asset Management, LAS Programming, Municipal Infrastructure, Roads Assessment

LAS formally launched its newest service at this week's 2017 AMO Asset Management Symposium.  Learn how this program targets aging road infrastructure with the goal of reducing operating and maintenance costs, while at the same time raising the average condition of Ontario road networks.

What is the Key to Achieving Long-term Financial Sustainability?

Posted: March 21, 2017
Tagged As: Asset Management, Federal Gas Tax, Investments, Municipal Infrastructure

Achieving long-term financial success in a municipality is a lot like running a marathon.  It requires preparation and FOCUS.  Learn the key steps involved and how Ontario's municipalities can support one another along their journeys.

Current Restrictions Vs. Future Discretion of Municipal Investments

Posted: March 07, 2017
Tagged As: Asset Management, Investments, Legislation & Regulation

Can municipal investment income generated from diversified portfolios provide a new source of funding for Ontario's infrastructure deficit?  Discover how current restrictions limit municipalities from earning greater returns on their investments and how that might change in the near future.

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