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SCP 200: Bringing Entertainers to Camps: A Chat with Academic Entertainment

Summer Camp Programming

SHOW NOTES Chris and Curt welcome Whitney Mueller from Academic Entertainment, who shares her journey with the company from its humble beginnings to becoming a leading provider of entertainers for camps and schools. The episode covers the variety of programs offered, ensuring no camp ever has to endure the horror of a boring guest […] The post SCP 200: Bringing Entertainers to Camps: A Chat with Academic Entertainment first appeared on Summer Camp Programming.

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Affordable Housing Is Never the Only Problem – Or the Only Solution

Next City

Poverty doesn’t cause social breakdown, nor is social breakdown confined to areas with high levels of poverty, Seth Kaplan writes in “Fragile Neighborhoods.

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How generative AI can help banks manage risk and compliance

McKinsey Public & Social Sector Insights

In the next five years, generative AI could fundamentally change financial institutions’ risk management by automating, accelerating, and enhancing everything from compliance to climate risk control.

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West Virginia’s top election official on trust, social media and secure elections

GCN

Ahead of what promises to be a hectic election season, Secretary of State Mac Warner spent part of his last National Association of Secretaries of State Winter Conference touching on conspiracy theories, among other topics.

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Sustainable Facility Maintenance Management for Small Local Governments

Unlock the potential of sustainable facility management! This guide empowers small local governments to lead with climate-resilient infrastructure, energy efficiency, waste reduction, and more. Elevate your community's resilience, reduce costs, and embrace eco-friendly practices. Discover the role of facility maintenance teams in green cleaning, sustainability analyses, and infrastructure upgrades.

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Meet the Your Place in Space Challenge Winners

Homeroom

High school teachers across the country worked with their students this past fall to enter the U.S. Department of Education’s (Department’s) Your Place in Space Challenge. The challenge was the first in the CTE Momentum series, which prepares high school students for rewarding careers and increases access to career and technical education (CTE). Through the Continue Reading The post Meet the Your Place in Space Challenge Winners appeared first on ED.gov Blog.

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Vote for Your Favorite Camp Program (Voting Ends Thursday)

Summer Camp Programming

Last week I ran a roundtable for the Best Camp Program. Anyone could submit an idea. I received over 60 submissions. Twelve of them did not meet the guidelines, so they were ineligible. Many of the rest were fantastic. It was difficult for us to widdle them down to the top six. To vote, use […] The post Vote for Your Favorite Camp Program (Voting Ends Thursday) first appeared on Summer Camp Programming.

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Strengthening fraying ties: The Global Cooperation Barometer 2024

McKinsey Public & Social Sector Insights

Global cooperation is key to better human lives. Our new barometer, developed with the World Economic Forum, can help leaders track trends, monitor critical outcomes, and act to increase cooperation.

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Amid rising costs, states scramble to budget for natural disasters

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The U.S. set a new record for billion-dollar climate disasters in 2023. State budgets are increasingly shouldering the costs of more frequent and expensive weather events.

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What’s the deal with rural land banks? A Q&A with West Virginia Land Stewardship Corporation Executive Director Taylor Bennett

Center for Community Progress

Addressing vacant, abandoned, and deteriorated (VAD) properties—what some call “ blighted ” properties—is not just a “city” problem. Across the country, small and rural communities grapple with economic challenges and an aging housing stock that leads to similar outcomes: a flood of VAD properties that threaten the health, safety, and resilience of these residents.

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Space Orbits and Activity Auction

Summer Camp Programming

This is an idea for a week-long theme – this activity is based on a space theme, but it could be easily adapted to just about any theme. Ages: Any age (with age-appropriate activities planned) Supplies: Many metal washers in 3 sizes (or other objects based on the theme chosen) Program Overview: (originally created for […] The post Space Orbits and Activity Auction first appeared on Summer Camp Programming.

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7 Signs Your Local Government ERP Is Holding You Back: A Guide for Small Municipalities

Local governments and municipalities serving populations under 200,000 face distinctive challenges in delivering efficient and effective services to their communities. To overcome these challenges, many rely on Enterprise Resource Planning (ERP) systems tailored to their specific needs. Not all ERP systems are created equal, and some may hinder progress rather than support it.

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?The 2 Secret Tricks I Use To Get More Organic Reach for Facebook Posts

Super Library Marketing

Watch this video now #LibraryMarketing Show, episode 230 Not long ago, I got back in the social media game posting for the company I work for, NoveList. Very quickly, I remembered how difficult it is to get organic reach on regular Facebook feed posts! But then I learned two little tricks that take me about 30 seconds a day. They work! So I’m going to share them with you in this episode Plus, kudos go to a library that got national press coverage for an initiative to get people back into t

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The potential benefits of AI for healthcare in Canada

McKinsey Public & Social Sector Insights

Integrating AI into Canadian healthcare could help simplify administrative work; improve system management, care quality, and patient and staff experience; and boost affordability via lower spending.

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Justices appear skeptical of states' social media censorship laws

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The U.S. Supreme Court heard oral arguments in two cases challenging Florida and Texas laws designed to prevent the alleged censorship of conservative viewpoints on social media. Observers say the decision could shape the future of free speech on the internet.

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What @sog_ced is reading online: February 2024

Community and Economic Development Program of UNC

The following are articles and reports on the web that the Community and Economic Development Program at the UNC School of Government shared through social media over the past month. Follow us on twitter or facebook to receive regular updates. DFI in the news: Report on upcoming Transylvania housing summit cites UNC DFI research in Brevard. [link] bit.ly/49JKIXD The DFI team recently presented the results of a countywide affordable housing needs assessment to Jackson County Commissioners, hig

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ASPA TIMES Magazine: Diversity, Equity and Inclusion

PA TIMES Magazine is a publication of the American Society for Public Administration (ASPA), a not-for-profit corporation. This edition focused on diversity, equity and inclusion in public administration, including guest columns, insights for the field and interviews with city government DEI officers about their work at the local level.

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Double Dare

Summer Camp Programming

Supplies Required: Various Items to Use for “Physical Challenges” Target Age Group: Grades 3-5 or 4-6 Description: We had a game show like the 90’s game show “Double Dare.” We broke the kids into 2 groups. To start the game, the teams had to complete a physical challenge. For this challenge, did the sponge relay […] The post Double Dare first appeared on Summer Camp Programming.

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Library Marketer Shares Her Ingenious Trick for Making Sure Her Community Sees Her Social Media Posts

Super Library Marketing

Photo courtesy Cincinnati and Hamilton County Public Library Becky Denes grew up on the shores of Lake Erie and spent her formative years in the main branch of the Lorain Public Library System. She recalls hunting for new books, playing Oregon Trail and Where in the World is Carmen Sandiego on the PCs, researching local legends, and scrolling through microfilm for fun.

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Winning in the European automotive industry: A micromarket approach

McKinsey Public & Social Sector Insights

The automotive ecosystem will become more competitive. Micromarket insights that allow automotive players in Europe to sharpen and tailor their strategies can be a competitive advantage.

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In an era of divisiness, some politicians are trying to change the tone

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At an event last week hosted by the National Governors Association, Justices Amy Coney Barrett and Sonia Sotomayor spoke about how they have learned to disagree agreeably.

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Proactive vs Reactive Maintenance: Making the Case for Preparedness

Discover comprehensive strategies for optimizing operations and achieving cost efficiency! This document offers insights into efficient inspections, data-driven decision-making, goal alignment, and resource optimization. It empowers local governments and maintenance departments to streamline operations and ensure significant cost savings. From aligning maintenance goals with community needs to leveraging data for strategic planning, this guide provides a roadmap for smoother, more reliable opera

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Is the FAA Ready for More Space Travelers?

GAO (US Government Accountability Office)

Planning your dream vacation? In the coming years, you may be able to check off a visit to space from your bucket list. The commercial space industry is rapidly growing, and more commercial launches have people onboard than ever before. But those.

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Mission Impossible

Summer Camp Programming

The game is called Mission Impossible and like the title, the mission or activity will be difficult to impossible for the groups to finish. Their mission is to find and locate a certain number of stations and complete the activity at each station. Participants are broken up into groups – each group must stick together […] The post Mission Impossible first appeared on Summer Camp Programming.

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Hong Kong Science and Technology Parks Corporation and AWS launch Joint Innovation Center

AWS Public Sector Blog

Pictured from left to right at launch ceremony of the Amazon Web Services (AWS) and Hong Kong Science and Technology Parks Corporation (HKSTP) Joint Innovation Center (JIC): Larry Hu, AWS head of startup business development; Chester Hsieh, AWS head of strategic programs in Hong Kong and Taiwan; Robert Wang, AWS managing director of Hong Kong and Taiwan; Albert Wong, HKSTP CEO; Derek Chim, HKSTP head of incubation and acceleration; and Winky Lau, HKSTP team lead for co-development.

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Demand-based pricing stabilizes the electricity market of the future

McKinsey Public & Social Sector Insights

The build-out of renewables could lead to a variable supply of electricity—any oversupply could be used to accelerate the energy transition. Unlocking this potential requires action from all involved.

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Facility Maintenance Trends for 2024: What's Changing in the Industry?

This comprehensive article delves into the transformative trends reshaping local government facility maintenance in anticipation of 2024. From embracing smart technology for efficient management, sustainability's pivotal role to data-driven decision-making, workforce upskilling, and predictive maintenance strategies, each aspect is explored. Insights into outsourcing collaborations, digital twins, safety enhancements, and the broader industry evolution highlight the critical adaptation needed.

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One state looks to collect multiyear data to address the mental health crisis

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Ohio has launched a $20 million research project to study the social and biological factors influencing mental health. Researchers hope the study will continue for two decades and deliver actionable insights for policymakers nationwide.

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Wi-Fi 7 Is Here: What Does That Mean for State and Local Governments?

State Tech Magazine

The Wi-Fi Alliance has introduced Wi-Fi 7, officially known as 802.11be, as the latest wireless internet standard and is now officially certifying devices that support the new technology. In the future, homes and offices could have Wi-Fi capable of delivering peak rates of over 40 gigabits per second. “Wi-Fi CERTIFIED 7 enhances Wi-Fi performance in the 2.4 GHz, 5 GHz, and 6 GHz bands, bringing cutting-edge capabilities to enable innovations that require high throughput, lower latency, and great

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Zombie Apocalypse

Summer Camp Programming

(*adapted from Mike Fitzpatrick at Seedbed) General Guidelines We gave each player a bandana to be able to identify zombies versus humans. As humans became zombies, they swapped their bandana location. We used small foam balls as ammunition for the humans. For each game ammunition can be hidden around, each can start off with a […] The post Zombie Apocalypse first appeared on Summer Camp Programming.

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How to migrate to the new AWS Ground Station Agent launching March 28

AWS Public Sector Blog

On April 12, 2023, Amazon Web Services (AWS) announced the general availability of Wideband Digital Intermediate Frequency (DigIF) for satellite operators using Software Defined Radios (SDRs) with AWS Ground Station. Wideband DigIF data can be delivered to Amazon Simple Storage Service (Amazon S3) or to Amazon Elastic Compute Cloud (Amazon EC2). Customers using Wideband DigIF delivery to Amazon EC2 need to provision AWS Ground Station Agent (agent) on Amazon EC2.

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Efficiency and Sustainability: Leveraging Digital Solutions in Facility Operations

Speaker: Alan Kavanaugh, BA, CRM, CCPI ​​​​​​​Director of Loss Control & Risk Management

This session is designed to unveil the transformative potential of digital solutions in reshaping conventional practices, offering a roadmap towards greener and more efficient facilities regardless of municipality size. Attendees will learn: Insights into cutting-edge trends and strategies in sustainable facility management. Practical knowledge to effectively incorporate digital solutions for operational efficiency.

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It’s cool to be kind: The value of empathy at work

McKinsey Public & Social Sector Insights

Hybrid work. Talent shortages. Polarizing politics. Building a culture is tougher than ever. Recent research reveals the difference empathy can make—as well as how to develop it in your workplace.

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Ending health care’s affordability crisis begins with actions to fix state markets

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COMMENTARY | Because states can more easily engage with local employers, health care providers and payers, they are addressing the challenge by analyzing spending, overseeing mergers and reducing the costs of medication.

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Q&A: Microsoft Copilot Should Fly to Agencies This Summer

FedTech Magazine

The government is awash in data that could help drive mission success, elevate constituent encounters and drive new efficiencies — if only agencies could put that information to practical use. “There are incredibly large sets of data at almost any given agency,” says Jason Payne, CTO of Microsoft Federal. “But how do agencies make use of that data? How do they pull insights out of those large data sets?

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Sports Switch

Summer Camp Programming

Supplies: sports equipment score cards pens a whistle a stopwatch Object of the activity: Engage as many campers as possible. Object of the game: Get as many points for your bunk as possible. Set up: The ideal location would be a large gym or outdoor basketball court. Let’s say that you have 7 bunks participating […] The post Sports Switch first appeared on Summer Camp Programming.

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Strategies For Public Works Employees to Embrace Government Software

In a rapidly evolving landscape, the integration of digital software into Public Works teams has become imperative. This shift presents an opportunity to transcend traditional approaches, unlocking new levels of efficiency, cost savings, and fostering a culture of continuous improvement. This article offers comprehensive strategies to navigate this transformation.