Government Fleet – Issue

January 2009

Cover Story By Grace Lauron
Denver 'Trashes' Emissions With the 'Green Machine'

With a new hybrid-hydraulic trash truck, the City of Denver fleet achieves 25-percent better fuel economy and anticipates an annual reduction of 1,600 gallons of fuel.

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Features

John Deere Introduces New Utility Tractor Product Lines

By Cindy Brauer

The tractor and utility vehicle manufacturer’s two new product series — the 5 Series and 6D Series — offer work tools to fit government maintenance fleet needs.

A New Facility & Outlook For City of Columbus Fleet

By Shelley Mika

The City of Columbus, Ohio, demonstrates how updating facilities results in more than a new appearance.

Fleet Budgets Squeezed by Decreasing Tax Revenues

By Cindy Brauer

As the 2008 holiday season began last November, Government Fleet contacted public sector fleet managers to explore the impact of plummeting economic conditions on their professional responsibilities.

A New Facility & Outlook for City of Columbus Fleet

By Shelley Mika

The City of Columbus, Ohio, demonstrates how updating facilities results in more than a new appearance.

Polk County Incentivizes Employees to Reduce Fuel Costs

By Mike Scott

Polk County, Fla. is implementing a broad strategy to ensure employees who adhere to fuel-efficient guidelines share in the rewards.

Northwest Agencies Partner to Purchase Hybrid Trucks

By Joe Bohn

A consortium of 14 local and state government agencies uses its combined purchasing power to negotiate favorable pricing for medium-duty hybrid trucks. The group also aims to promote the availability of the new technology.

2009 Public Sector Fleet Manager of the Year Award Nominations

By Lauren Fletcher

In its 5th year, GF’s Public Sector Fleet Manager of the Year award, sponsored by ARI, recognizes outstanding achievements by government fleet professionals.

State Fleets Adopt Fuel Cards to Reduce Cost

By Staff

The States of Indiana and Illinois fleets improve fleet operations and their carbon footprint, all with the swipe of a card.

Constable Fleet Saves Through Alternative Fuel

By Mike Scott

The Clark County Constable owns its fleet of 21 hybrids and plans to invest in other alternative-fuel options. The unit’s success can be duplicated by other public fleets.

Cedar Rapids Fleet Tested by Floods of 2008

By Chad Simon

Despite losing 91 units, four out of five garages, all but one fuel island, and an entire data network, the City of Cedar Rapids, Iowa, fleet staff came together to overcome these challenges and forge a “new normal.”

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Blog

FleetSpeak

Thi Dao
Second-Gen Fleet Professionals

By Thi Dao
I’ve often wondered how much of an influence the parents of second-­generation fleet professionals had on their careers.

Addressing the Recruiting Problem

By Thi Dao

Managing a Police Fleet

Paul Clinton
How to Deal With the Privileges of Rank

By Paul Clinton
In law enforcement, police chiefs, sheriffs, and other top brass have been known to request higher trim grades and other vehicle upgrades, which can present challenges to the public fleet manager who must repurpose the vehicle after the chief switches into a new vehicle.

How Ford's Hybrid Patrol Car Is Different

By Paul Clinton

Next-Gen Fleet

Facundo Tassara
Perception vs. Facts

By Facundo Tassara
As I am sure everyone has seen in the last several months, perception versus facts (even alternative facts) have been all around us. Unfortunately, it seems fact’s stock has taken a hit and perception, as a mechanism for making decisions, has gone up.

New Year's Resolution

By Facundo Tassara

Driving Notes

Paul Clinton
BMW Ultimate Driving Experience

By Paul Clinton
BMW is hosting six Ultimate Driving Experience events around the U.S. this summer and fall that puts drivers behind the wheel of the 2017 540i, the first of five planned 5 Series models in the lineup's seventh generation.

2017 Hyundai Ioniq Electric

By Amy Winter-Hercher

Nobody Asked Me, But...

Sherb Brown
Who’s Up Next?

By Sherb Brown
Are you taking the time to keep an eye out for the person who is going to fill your chair when you decide to move on?

Keeping Your Eyes on the Prize

By Sherb Brown

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