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New York City DOT Has a Slideshare Account

Mon, 10/26/2009 - 19:18 - adminPWil | |

Government agencies can easily share information with the public using a Slideshare account at no cost. New York City DOT has taken advantage of this site by creating an account and uploading presentations offering information about sidewalks and streets. Although a few other DOTs have been using Slideshare for some time, New York City has enhanced delivery of their content by including an audiocast.

Below is one of the agency's uploads providing street information:

Which Trench Backfill Method Do You Prefer?

Sun, 10/11/2009 - 14:19 - adminPWil | |

Energy Producing Roads

Thu, 09/24/2009 - 12:42 - adminPWil | |

The U.S. DOT has awarded $100,000 for a research contract for solar roadways. This innovative road-building idea proposes using solar panels in place of asphalt for road construction. Visit the Solar Roadway Website to get more information or listen below to an interview of Scott Brusaw, President & CEO of Solar Roadways (warning: you have to patiently listen to the up front station advertisements before getting to the "good stuff").

Learn About Drinking Water Funding & Other Water Issues

Sun, 05/24/2009 - 09:16 - adminPWil | |

You can listen to an interview of Steve Heare, EPA’s Director of Drinking Water Protection. From the Around the Water Cooler show promo information: "He discusses state loans and the agency's new Drinking Water Infrastructure Needs Survey and Assessment that indicates a 20-year capital investment need of $334.8 billion for public water systems."

National Preparedness Month Launches Campaign

Wed, 04/15/2009 - 13:49 - adminPWil | |

The Department of Homeland Security's site is now accepting registrations for coalition members for this year's readiness campaign. Those interested can join the effort by visiting their site at

This year, those interested in helping spread the word can embed the following widget on their own Web sites:

Public Works Site Redesign

Sat, 09/20/2008 - 22:24 - adminPWil | |

The Public Works site has undergone a redesign using the open source Web authoring tools by Drupal.

Virtual Public Works

Sat, 09/20/2008 - 12:29 - adminPWil | |

In August, I had the pleasure of presenting at the annual APWA conference. My portion of the presentation covered Web 2.0 tools, and how we can use these in our jobs. I was joined by Jay Socol and James Matney from Texas Engineering Extension and by Kim Smith and John Jainschigg with World2Worlds. For those who attended or anyone else interested in downloading the Powerpoint presentation, you can find it on the Slideshare Web site by clicking the link below:

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