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What Will Your Main Street Look Like?

Posted: March 21, 2018
Tagged As: Asset Management, Government, Municipal Infrastructure

In January 2018, the Ministry of Agriculture, Food and Rural Affairs (OMAFRA) announced up to $26 million in provincial funding to municipal governments for revitalization initiatives within Main Street areas.  No one knows your community better than you.  So, What will your Main Street look like?


Providing Continuity to Surface Discontinuity: Automated Sidewalk Assessments

Posted: January 17, 2018
Tagged As: Asset Management, budgeting, Risk Management, Roads Assessment

Sidewalks are an important part of every municipality’s asset portfolio, and one with a potential for high liability if poorly maintained.  LAS and program partner StreetScan are pleased to introduce automated sidewalk assessments as part of its Roads Assessment Service offering.

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.

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