Avenu’s Tom Adams on How Cities Can Prepare for Recession

Nine years into an economic recovery has many pundits wondering how much longer can it possibly last. With experts noting that another recession is closing in, what can municipalities do to prepare?

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Civic Business Journal: Executive Profile of Avenu’s Lou Schiavone, Jr.

Nine years into an economic recovery has many pundits wondering how much longer can it possibly last. With experts noting that another recession is closing in, what can municipalities do to prepare?

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The Future of Technology in Local Government

Local government staff and citizens are demanding the same types of interactive experiences from their governments that they get from the private sector. According to Avenu’s IT Managed Services leader Roger Murphy, this is propelling jurisdictions to embrace the “everything as a service” model.

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How One California City Captured More Short-Term Rental Revenue

Richmond, California shows how consumers, proprietors and the government benefit from short-term rentals.
Reprinted from Fox and Hounds.

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Are You Being Audited? These Tips Can Turn the Experience into a Strength

[The following article is shared via the Texas Hotel & Lodging Association.]

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Avenu Addresses Oklahoma Government on Audit Implications of Medical Marijuana

Avenu’s Fran Mancia (right) and Jonathan Gerth, Esq. (second from right) briefed Oklahoma’s appropriations committee last week regarding what to expect now that the state legalized the retail sale, cultivation and distribution of medical marijuana. The state’s senators were interested in hearing about Avenu’s experience in conducting about 100 audits of medical marijuana businesses in California. These unique cash businesses encounter difficulty banking due to federal laws, they tend to have weak internal controls and point-of-sale software compatibility, and don’t usually have obvious audit trails.

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Municipalities Can’t Tax Internet Providers, Except When They Can

Local governments are hurting from lost telecom franchise fees as the industry relies more and more on broadband – but cities can tax internet providers to restore lost funds if they know how to do it.

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ICMA Shines Light on Shadow Revenue

International City and County Management Association (ICMA) runs a piece by Avenu Senior Vice President Patrick Scott on the revenue that often goes unnoticed and uncollected.

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Avenu SVP Patrick Scott Sums Up #ICMA2018

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Shadow Revenue: Where Is It and How to Find It

Revenue is an increasingly important topic for cities and counties, especially since 61 municipalities have declared bankruptcy since 2010. And in 2017, the General Fund growth for cities slowed to 0.9% with expenditures up 2%. New funding is imperative to supply the expected level of municipal programs and services.

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