Michael Keating

Senior Editor,
GPN/Government Product News

Michael Keating is senior editor for Government Product News and a contributing editor for American City and County, both published by Penton Media. View his 2015 government budget and spending forecast.

Michael has written articles on the government market for more than 100 publications, including USA Today, ThomasNet's Industry Market Trends, Sanitary Maintenance, IndustryWeek, and the Costco Connection. He has a master's in library science from Kent State University, and has won more than 20 national, regional, and state journalism awards.


Government marketer spots trends in outdoor power equipment (with related video)
STIHL's Steve Meriam discusses the government market for handheld power equipment.
Gallery: Mayors and other experts offer their views on 2017 government budgets
Government budgets are growing a little in 2017. Mayors and other officials make predictions in this gallery.
Attorney: What governments need to consider when putting a drone into service
Attorney Sean Pribyl offers some tips to governments that are thinking of acquiring a drone for law enforcement or other applications.
Quarterly review tracks equipment rental market
EquipmentWatch’s 2016-Q4 Rental Market in Review is now available.
What local governments need to know about operating drones
Matt Sloane, CEO of Skyfire Consulting, offers advice to local governments about their future drone operations.
Arizona MPA offering provides a skills upgrade to grads
Arizona State University’s Stuart Bretschneider offers his views on his school's master’s in public administration degree program.
Mobile treatment system quickly restores drinking water in Texas
Following heavy flooding this past June, the water treatment plant in Cisco, Texas, was unable to operate. Cisco city officials chose Pall Water's Aria FAST containerized mobile membrane system to quickly provide drinking water to residents.
For contractors: Data library outlines state DOT reimbursement policies
Penton’s EquipmentWatch is introducing its Specifying Organization Library that has valuable data for contractors.
LED streetlights help Massachusetts city reach sustainability goals
Cambridge Mass., has partnered with Echelon Corp. for an energy-saving lighting control system that was integrated with the city's new streetlight infrastructure.
Texas police rely on mobile wireless thermal printers 1
The Kingsville (Texas) Specialized Crimes and Narcotics Task Force has equipped their mobile agents with Brother RuggedJet mobile e-citation printers.
Infrastructure upgrade delivers energy savings for Florida city
Temple Terrace, Fla., and ABM Building Services have collaborated to complete an infrastructure redevelopment project that is saving taxpayer money and maximizing sustainability.
Community achieves Texas-sized mowing productivity gains
The Plano, Texas, parks district is using a Toro Groundsmaster 5900 mower to achieve its grounds maintenance goals.
Artist creates dramatic public works art
Brad Burns creates public works construction art. Government offices, corporate headquarters and other public facilities have displayed his works. Here is a collection of his work with descriptions.
What cities need to do if they are in startup mode
Brookhaven, Ga., City Manager Christian Sigman outlines steps cities need to take in their early years of development.
Scholarships may help facility managers recruit more HVACR techs
There are a variety of scholarships and worker sponsorships that can aid in recruiting new techs to the HVACR workforce.