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2012 Chevrolet Impala to Feature New Engine, Improved MPG

DETROIT – The 2012 Chevrolet Impala will offer a new 3.6L V-6 engine and a six-speed automatic transmission, according to General Motors.

City of West Point Converts Patrol Cruisers to Propane

WEST POINT, MS – The City of West Point, Miss., converted eight 2009 Ford Crown Victoria police cruisers from gasoline to propane autogas.

Public Sector Salary Survey — Last Chance!

TORRANCE, CAGovernment Fleet magazine is currently conducting its third biannual Public Sector Salary Survey. Are you paid enough? Find out by participating in this survey by June 27.

Plan Approved to Close MoDOT Facilities and Cut Staff

JEFFERSON CITY, MO - The six Missouri Highways and Transportation Commission members adopted a plan that calls for reducing MoDOT's staff size by 1,200, closing 131 facilities, and selling more than 740 pieces of equipment.

Pittsburgh Council Approves Fewer Vehicle Purchases Than Recommended

PITTSBURGH – The Pittsburgh City Council voted to purchase only 26 vehicles rather than the 55 vehicles that the City’s Equipment Leasing Authority previously recommended buying.

Sonoma County Voted ‘Most EV-Ready’ Community

SANTA ROSA, CA – The Bay Area Climate Collaborative selected Sonoma County as the most “EV-Ready Community” for 2011.

San Bernardino Buys Natural Gas Vehicles and Earns Blue Seal of Excellence

SAN BERNARDINO, CA – San Bernardino’s Fleet Management Division purchased new CNG and LNG vehicles during this budget cycle in its effort to further green the fleet.

Marin County Replaces 35 Vehicles, Buys Hybrids

SAN RAFAEL, CA – The Marin County Department of Public Works approved the purchase of 35 vehicles to replace aging fleet vehicles among various County departments.

Denton Cinquegrana

GFX Wednesday Keynote Covers Fuel Trends and Purchasing Strategies

SAN DIEGO – The keynote speaker for Wednesday, June 8 at GFX 2011 was Denton Cinquegrana, Senior Markets Editor for OPIS. His presentation covered the topic of fuel management and planning strategies in today’s volatile market.

Sam Lamerato gives his acceptance speech for the 2011 Public Sector Fleet Manager of the Year award. (Photo by Steve Riley)

Lamerato Named 2011 Public Sector Fleet Manager of the Year

SAN DIEGO – Sam Lamerato, Superintendent of Fleet Maintenance for the City of Troy, Mich. was named the 2011 Public Sector Fleet Manager of the Year by Government Fleet magazine at the 2011 Government Fleet Expo and Conference. The award was sponsored by ARI.

Bob Stanton

10 Initiatives to Take in the Next 12 Months

SAN DIEGO - Bob Stanton of Hillsborough County, Fla., gave a presentation on 10 "game-changing" initiatives fleets can take to improve their operations at GFX 2011.

GFX Session Covers Organizational Performance Measurement Method

SAN DIEGO - GFX attendees heard from Nels Olson of Forest Preserve District of DuPage County, Ill., Tuesday morning, June 7 about the Balanced Scorecard approach to measuring organizational performance.

Dave Dravecky speaks at GFX.

GFX Keynote Features Dave Dravecky, Announcement of Certification Program

SAN DIEGO - Government Fleet magazine's Publisher Eric Bearly kicked off the keynote by announcing the formation of a new organization called the Government Fleet Management Alliance.

The OEM panel, moderated by Bob Brown of Bobit Business Media, featured (l-r) Tony Gratson of Ford, Thomas Miller of Mitsubishi, Stephen Ellis of Honda, Mary Jaye of Chrysler, and Elliot Benson of GM.

OEMs Talk OTD Times, Alt-Fuel Vehicles, and Technology

SAN DIEGO - The Government Fleet Expo and Conference (GFX) started officially on June 6 at 4 pm, with its first main session being a vehicle manufacturer panel with a forecast of vehicles for public sector fleets.

Dearborn Considering Take-home Vehicle Ban, Fuel Card Use

DEARBORN HEIGHTS, MI – Dearborn Heights, Mich.’s City council is considering prohibiting take-home vehicles for City employees.

Hubbard County Buys Pickups for Sheriff's Department

PARK RAPIDS, MN – The Hubbard County Board of Commissioners approved the purchase of pickup trucks for the Sheriff’s department, according to County documents.

Monroe County Considering Reducing Fleet Size by 25 Percent

ROCHESTER, NY – In Monroe County, Democratic legislators are pushing to eliminate the use of non-essential take-home vehicles.

The new design for Portland Police Bureau vehicles will be on all marked patrol cars within five years.

Portland Police Bureau Redesigns Patrol Car Look

PORTLAND - The City of Portland's police bureau has redesigned the look for its patrol cars and plans to roll out the new design to all marked police vehicles within five years.

Repairs Required for Aging D.C. Ambulances

WASHINGTON - Nearly one third of District of Columbia support ambulances are out of service for repairs due to fleet age.

Tuscaloosa Needs $1.3M to Replace City Vehicles and Equipment

TUSCALOOSA, AL – The City of Tuscaloosa’s City Council recently approved $1.3M to replace 47 vehicles and equipment destroyed by the tornado that tore through the City on April 27.

ARI Study Shows Fleet Need for Telematics

MT LAUREL, NJ – ARI found increasing driver productivity to be the most prevalent objective for utility fleet managers implementing GPS/telematics systems.

Pico Rivera Adds Hybrids to Fleet

PICO RIVERA, CA – The City of Whittier has purchased three Ford Fusion hybrids for its Public Safety Division with South Coast Air Quality Management District funds.

City of Lawrence Faces Rising Costs Despite Measures to Reduce Fuel Use

LAWRENCE, KS - The City of Lawrence instituted bulk purchasing, uses GPS, and instituted an anti-idling policy in 2009 to reduce fuel use but rising prices still mean the City is facing an additional $100,000 in fuel costs.

Arkansas GOP Drops Suit Over Personal Use of State Vehicles

LITTLE ROCK, AR – The Arkansas State Republican party recently dropped its lawsuit over personal use of State vehicles by Arkansas public officials.

Public Sector Fleet Manager of the Year to be Announced at GFX

TORRANCE, CA – At the 2011 Government Fleet Expo, which will be held in San Diego next week, Government Fleet magazine will announce the winner for the Public Sector Fleet Manager of the Year award. The award is sponsored by ARI and Fleet Counselor Services.



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