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SCP 204: Magazine Style #11

Summer Camp Programming

SHOW NOTES In this episode, Curt and Chris discuss a wide variety of topics for summer camps. This is their 11th magazine edition. This episode includes a special event idea, program idea, staff idea, new AI tool, some trivia questions, theme ideas, and more. HOSTS CURT JACKSON CHRIS KALLAL The post SCP 204: Magazine Style #11 first appeared on Summer Camp Programming.

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Securing Legacies: Strategies for Resolving Heirs’ Property Issues in Cities

NLC (National League of Cities)

By Houston City Councilmember Tiffany D. Thomas In January 2024, the Federal Home Loan Bank of Dallas invested $2 million with nonprofits and banks to educate and assist clients with heirs’ property issues, and in Atlanta, the Federal Home Loan Bank of Atlanta made $1 million heirs’ property grant funding available in 2022.

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Feds move to make gov websites more accessible to people with disabilities

GCN

It’s the first time the federal government has ever issued rules clarifying how the more than 30-year-old Americans with Disabilities Act applies online. But the new rules come with a hefty price tag for state and local governments.

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Consumers rule: Driving healthcare growth with a consumer-led strategy

McKinsey Public & Social Sector Insights

Consumers are increasingly discerning about where, how, and from whom they receive healthcare. Healthcare can learn from other industries how to provide an optimal end-to-end consumer experience.

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The Ultimate Playground Inspection Handbook

Dive into the world of playground safety with this complimentary guide. It offers a detailed exploration of essential practices to ensure the utmost safety for children. Delve into inspection techniques, from assessing equipment conditions to evaluating surfacing materials. Gain insights into maintenance strategies to keep playgrounds in top-notch condition year-round.

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It’s FAFSA Week of Action: Time to Take a #FAFSAFastBreak!

Homeroom

It’s FAFSA Week of Action (April 15-19) and to kick off the effort the U.S. Department of Education is thrilled to announce the launch our #FAFSAFastBreak campaign, a national effort to drive FAFSA submissions among high school seniors and returning college students. Everyone has an important role to play! We have already received nearly 200 Continue Reading The post It’s FAFSA Week of Action: Time to Take a #FAFSAFastBreak!

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Disaster response and risk management using PNNL’s Aether framework on AWS

AWS Public Sector Blog

Characterizing disaster risk and developing strategies for resilience and response to natural event hazards is core to the mission of the Pacific Northwest National Laboratory (PNNL). The science of event simulation and emergency response is based broadly on physics and earth science for climate simulations. These processes rely heavily on domain-specific data ingestion and processing for batch and continuous data sources.

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Holodeck: Changing robotics training with infinite virtual environments

Open Access Government - Technology News

Researchers have revealed Holodeck, a system inspired by Star Trek’s Holodeck, designed to generate limitless interactive 3D environments for training robots Developed by a team of experts from the University of Pennsylvania and collaborators from leading institutions, including Stanford University and the Allen Institute for Artificial Intelligence, Holodeck promises to accelerate the development of robots capable of navigating and interacting safely in complex real-world scenarios.

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Driving long-term business transformation

McKinsey Public & Social Sector Insights

What it takes to get transformation right, setting a company up to operate better today and handle disruption and change tomorrow with energized, creative employees.

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Made for Our Times: Mobility, Vibrancy, and the Next 123 Years of the Community College Movement

Homeroom

By Pam Eddinger, President, Bunker Hill Community College During my 11 years at Bunker Hill Community College in Boston, Massachusetts, I have received many visits from global educators curious about the uniquely American phenomenon of the Community College. In our exchanges, we inevitably observe that we are a place that prepares individuals for the future Continue Reading The post Made for Our Times: Mobility, Vibrancy, and the Next 123 Years of the Community College Movement appeared first on

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Crisis management in English local government: the limits of resilience

Policy & Politics Journal blog

By Tania Arrieta and Jonathan S. Davies In our recently published article in Policy & Politics, we explore the context for local authorities in England that have been pushed to develop “resilience.

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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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Why a lawsuit may be state and local governments’ best chance to cut insulin prices

GCN

The skyrocketing cost of insulin hits employee health plans and limits governments’ ability to finance other projects, such as infrastructure improvements. The multidistrict litigation aims to fix that.

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How To Create a Marketing Plan for an Entire Year Even if Your Library’s Strategic Plan Sucks or Is Non-Existent!

Super Library Marketing

Photo courtesy Cincinnati and Hamilton County Public Library This week, I’ll be able to see the world’s largest bottle of catsup. (Ketchup? Catsup? Is there a difference?) When I learned that I’d be speaking at Reaching Forward South in Collinsville, Illinois, I Googled the area. That’s how I discovered the city is home to a 170-foot water tower shaped like a catsup bottle that just happens to be on the National Registry of Historic Places.

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The battery cell component opportunity in Europe and North America

McKinsey Public & Social Sector Insights

Momentum for the battery cell component market is building rapidly in Europe and North America. To capitalize on this opportunity, suppliers will need to tackle several challenges head-on.

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How DOD Can Maintain Zero-Trust Momentum

FedTech Magazine

The Department of Defense reports strong momentum toward meeting its goal of implementing a zero-trust security architecture departmentwide by 2027. DOD’s Zero Trust Portfolio Management Office recently approved implementation plans from all military components. One key takeaway from this milestone moment: Agencies that leveraged commercial solutions got a big head start on their zero-trust efforts.

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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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Plants on tops of bus shelters to help bees: Utrecht, Netherlands

Rebuilding Place in Urban Space

Came across this via Reddit, " Dutch city transforms over 300 bus stops into 'bee stops' ," Lonely Planet.

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8 years into America’s e-scooter experiment, what have we learned?

GCN

The climate benefits of shared e-scooters depend upon how companies deploy and manage them, and what steps are taken to keep riders safe.

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UC Davis Health Cloud Innovation Center, powered by AWS, uses generative AI to fight health misinformation

AWS Public Sector Blog

Former National Institute of Allergy and Infectious Diseases (NIAID) Director Anthony Fauci called health misinformation “the enemy of pandemic control.” Around the US, public health officials are grappling with how to keep their communities safe from the potentially deadly effects of medical misinformation, disinformation, and malinformation. Misinformation is false or inaccurate information spread in error, regardless of intent.

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Six ways CFOs find the time to unlock their full potential

McKinsey Public & Social Sector Insights

It’s hard to create outsize value when you have to manage the finance function’s daily and often urgent demands. But some CFOs rise to the challenge.

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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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Five Ways Local Leaders Can Support Their Residents with a Better FAFSA

NLC (National League of Cities)

The U.S. Department of Education recently made transformational changes to the Free Application for Federal Student Aid (FAFSA) form, an application that students and families need to complete to apply for federal student aid, such as federal grants, work-study funds, and loans. These changes implement provisions of the FUTURE Act and the FAFSA Simplification Act.

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For Earth Day (April 22), We Examine Some of Our Work on Challenges Facing The Planet

GAO (US Government Accountability Office)

From sparkling oceans to breathtaking mountain views, Earth has a lot of beauty to offer—and it’s our only home, so taking care of it is incredibly important. Pollution and water contamination can threaten not only the health of the planet, but the.

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Justices appear willing to limit bribery law used in corruption cases

GCN

The U.S. Supreme Court appeared to be sympathetic to a former Indiana mayor’s argument that the federal bribery statute is vague. A ruling would resolve a disparity in which “gratuities” from outsiders are considered OK in some courts, but not in others.

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Earth Day Part 1: DC isn't achieving its sustainability goals wrt waste diversion

Rebuilding Place in Urban Space

According to the Washington Informer article, " DC's new plan to slash its trash ," DC is adding ten years, one decade more, to its waste diversion goal, from 2030 to 2040 That's 16 years!!!!!!!!!! From the article: The Sustainable DC Plan, which came out in 2013, said the District should begin diverting 80% of its waste away from landfills and incinerators by 2032.

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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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Everything you wanted to know about carbon removals but were afraid to ask

McKinsey Public & Social Sector Insights

Decarbonization has emerged as a critical tool in the fight against climate change, but it also shows promise as a means of economic acceleration across the globe. Learn how.

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Embracing diversity and generative AI to transform Latin America: Insights from AWS executive Andrés Tahta

AWS Public Sector Blog

Latin America (LATAM) has tremendous opportunity to fulfill its highest potential through empowering its citizens with the latest technologies, including generative artificial intelligence (AI) , to make the most impact for its communities to thrive. I’m curious, like many of you, about the opportunities technology provides in LATAM. Andrés Tahta, managing director for LATAM public sector industry sales at Amazon Web Services (AWS), is an inspirational trailblazer who has devoted his career to u

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SLFRF Portal Updates for April 2024

NLC (National League of Cities)

The State and Local Fiscal Recovery Funds (SLFRF) portal has three significant updates that recipients should be aware of as they get ready to file this April. The portal is the mechanism that municipalities use to file either annual or quarterly reports on obligations and expenditures for their respective municipality. This reporting cycle, the U.S.

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How states can give released inmates the best chance of staying clean

GCN

A Medicaid waiver can help state corrections facilities finance reentry services aimed at keeping former inmates in recovery and curbing the opioid crisis.

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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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Getting Your Data AI-Ready

GovLoop

Artificial intelligence (AI) relies on vast quantities of data to generate accurate outcomes — and that’s an obstacle for many public-sector agencies interested in AI technology. It’s not only that data grows exponentially, it’s that society produces more and more types to collect and analyze, said Rich Barlowe , Principal Technologist with Pure Storage, a company that stores, manages and protects data.

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Zigzag Pattern | No. 176

McKinsey Public & Social Sector Insights

Sharpen your problem-solving skills the McKinsey way, with our weekly crossword. Each puzzle is created with the McKinsey audience in mind, and includes a subtle (and sometimes not-so-subtle) business theme for you to find. Answers that are directionally correct may not cut it if you’re looking for a quick win.

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Transformational Government Changes How Agencies Do Business

State Tech Magazine

With recent developments in technology, state and local agencies have experienced an acceleration in transformational government. At its heart, transformational government seeks to meet citizens where they are with services on demand. The days of traveling to a physical government office to perform mundane tasks are receding into history, and residents today may discover they can do as much if not more from their laptops and phones.

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Configure Plug-and-Play Switches Properly for the Best Security

FedTech Magazine

You buy an out-of-the-box network switch or internet router because it requires minimal effort on your part, and when you plug it in, most of the time it just works. The downside of a network device “just working” is that it may not be properly configured for security. Compromised network devices can affect network stability and data privacy. Here’s what you should know about protecting this crucial network hardware. 1.

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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.