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In Philly, The People’s Budget Increases Civic Engagement and Moves Money

Next City

Four years in, the initiative has encouraged numerous residents to share their opinions on the city’s spending.

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From ripples to waves: The transformational power of tokenizing assets

McKinsey Public & Social Sector Insights

Tokenized financial assets are moving from pilot to at-scale deployment. Adoption is not yet widespread, but financial institutions with blockchain capabilities in place will have a strategic advantage.

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A match made in housing

GCN

As America’s population rapidly ages and housing costs soar, some states are playing matchmaker and matching young people in need of affordable housing with older adults with room to spare.

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Manufactured Housing: Making Homeownership Attainable

NLC (National League of Cities)

The Challenge of Homeownership Today Homeownership, a key driver of building wealth in the US, is unattainable for many households, This is especially true for low and moderate-income households and first-time homebuyers.

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A Guide For Everyone: Accessibility & Inclusivity Inspection Handbook

Dive into this comprehensive guide to inclusivity and accessibility! This handbook equips you with indispensable insights and practical strategies to ensure every space welcomes all. Whether you're an inspector, designer, or municipal employee, streamline compliance with regulations while fostering genuine inclusivity. From detailed checklists to case studies, we cover every aspect, empowering you to create environments that prioritize accessibility without compromising service.

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Fine-tuning an LLM using QLoRA in AWS GovCloud (US)

AWS Public Sector Blog

Introduction Government agencies are increasingly using large language models (LLMs) powered by generative artificial intelligence (AI) to extract valuable insights from their data in the Amazon Web Services (AWS) GovCloud (US) Regions. In this guide, we walk you through the process of adapting LLMs to specific domains with parameter efficient fine-tuning techniques made accessible through Amazon SageMaker integrations with Hugging Face.

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Q&A: Fort Lauderdale Modernizes Business Applications in IT Overhaul

State Tech Magazine

On April 12, 2023, the city of Fort Lauderdale, Fla., got 26 inches of rain in 24 hours. The City Hall basement flooded, taking the government’s headquarters out of commission. The deluge came as CIO Tamecka McKay was leading the city through a massive IT modernization effort. With strong support from city leadership, she and her team have kept that program on track, despite the disruption.

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As mobile IDs proliferate, concerns about cybersecurity and data privacy mount

GCN

New York is the latest state to adopt a mobile driver’s license. But while the technology holds promise and is convenient for users, there remain concerns.

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GGRF Provides $27 Billion for Clean Energy Projects. Here’s How Cities Can Access It

NLC (National League of Cities)

The Greenhouse Gas Reduction Fund (GGRF), created through the Inflation Reduction Act, is a $27 billion investment in clean energy deployment nationally. It aims to ensure that low-income and historically marginalized communities have fair access to programs that will create good-paying jobs for the future while reducing local air pollution and energy bills.

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New citation metrics for Policy & Politics

Policy & Politics Journal blog

To all our authors, reviewers, Editorial Board members, readers, friends and supporters, We’re delighted to announce that Policy & Politics (P&P) has achieved a 2 year impact factor of 4.

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What Is a Strategic Application Modernization Assessment, and How Can It Help Government?

State Tech Magazine

Most government IT leaders understand the importance of modernizing their applications and data, but they have struggled to get started and map out the right process. According to a 2023 report from the IBM Institute for Business Value, 83 percent of North American IT executives say modernizing applications and data is central to the business strategy of their organizations.

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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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Advanced semiconductors for the era of centralized E/E architectures

McKinsey Public & Social Sector Insights

Next-gen automotive E/E architectures require sophisticated centralized compute units to cope with increasing feature needs. Fusion chips and chiplet-based designs are potential enablers.

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The great Salt Lake City tax tradeoff

GCN

In a few weeks, the city council will be voting on a 0.5% sales tax to support economic development downtown. But it’s not the money that is drawing all the attention, it’s what the city is giving up.

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4 Steps to Modernizing Agency Applications

FedTech Magazine

Agencies need to modernize their applications in order for their digital transformation efforts to progress. Yet 35 percent of federal IT leaders cited software as the biggest barrier to their tech modernization efforts, which only 43 percent said are a current priority for their agency, according to an EY survey of 300 such decision-makers in October.

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NEW SPECIAL ISSUE BLOG SERIES ON Policy Learning: Types, Mechanisms and Effects. BLOG 2: Why policy failure is a prerequisite for innovation in the public sector

Policy & Politics Journal blog

by Philipp Trein and Thenia Vagionaki In our article entitled, “Why policy failure is a prerequisite for innovation in the public sector,” we explore the relationship between policy failure and innovation within public governance.

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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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Empowering 1,000-plus partners: How the AWS Think Big for Small Business Program fuels public sector innovation

AWS Public Sector Blog

In the intricate landscape of public sector procurement, the demand for innovation, efficiency, and reliability is paramount. As government agencies seek to modernize their operations and deliver enhanced services to citizens, the role of small businesses becomes increasingly pivotal. Yet, the journey from small business solution to impactful collaboration is a field with challenges and opportunities.

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Author Talks: Ruchir Sharma on the pitfalls and promise of the capitalist system

McKinsey Public & Social Sector Insights

“Money makes the world go round,” but Rockefeller International chairman Ruchir Sharma argues that capitalism really isn’t achieving its full potential. If financial bailouts aren’t the answer, what is?

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Platform lets cities, residents shop granny flat options

GCN

Like an Etsy for accessory dwelling units, an online platform displays preapproved designs and specs for ADUs, giving local governments a tool for streamlining construction and reducing the housing shortage.

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Tapping the Potential of (and Funding for) Nature-Based Solutions  

NLC (National League of Cities)

By Laura Adams, Communities & Ecosystems Solutions Lead, Black & Veatch What Are Nature-Based Solutions (NbS)? Nature provides a blueprint for promoting adaptability, resilience, and sustainability in the built environment, particularly water infrastructure.

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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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So You Have Technical Debt? Get in Line.

FedTech Magazine

Many agencies are at a tipping point when it comes to technical debt. Vendors simply can’t support legacy hardware anymore, and agencies need a cloud alternative while planning the effort to modernize their applications. Where is technical debt bogging down federal IT, and how can agencies pivot? Many find it’s becoming harder to deal with outdated IT as the rate of technological innovation increases.

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Approaches for creating FedRAMP high/moderate impact workloads solutions OCONUS using AWS

AWS Public Sector Blog

Cloud computing is pivotal to allow the federal government to gain operational efficiencies and drive innovation securely and cost efficiently. Amazon Web Services (AWS) GovCloud (US) operates within the United States, offering government customers and their partners the freedom to design and implement secure cloud solutions adhering to various compliance standards.

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Netherlands advanced: Building a future labor market that works

McKinsey Public & Social Sector Insights

The Netherlands has high ambitions for living standards, housing, healthcare, education, and the environment, requiring higher productivity growth through technology and a “train of job transitions.

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Don’t rush into AI experiments too quickly, experts say

GCN

Speakers at Route Fifty’s latest Innovation Spotlight cautioned the need to balance innovation in artificial intelligence with good governance, despite the desire for adoption to happen quicker.

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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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How One Data Dashboard Helps Small Cities Leverage Federal Funding

NLC (National League of Cities)

Co-authored by Lacy Glencora Loftin, Grant Navigator, National League of Citites In many communities, decades of underinvestment in federal workforce development programs, disaster mitigation and federal food programs leaves too many families hungry, vulnerable to extreme weather, underperforming in schools and struggling to make ends meet.

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How CDW’s Strategic Application Modernization Assessment Is Helping Agencies

FedTech Magazine

Federal IT leaders looking to jump-start application modernization within their agencies should first conduct assessments of their app portfolios to create a game plan, according to Greg Peters, the founder of CDW’s own assessment. Peters says automating such an assessment, as CDW’s Strategic Application Modernization Assessment does, further speeds up modernization efforts.

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Combatting Discrimination in Our Nation’s Largest Employer—the Federal Government

GAO (US Government Accountability Office)

The federal government is our nation’s largest employer with more than 2 million workers. Equal opportunity laws and regulations are meant to ensure workplaces are free from discrimination. But investigations by analysts here at GAO and Office of.

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Decarbonizing logistics: Charting the path ahead

McKinsey Public & Social Sector Insights

Companies need to reduce their logistics emissions to meet decarbonization targets, but a new McKinsey survey finds that few companies have clear plans to do so. What is the best path forward?

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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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An overlooked tool for chipping away at the opioid crisis

GCN

Too few states are assessing residents for substance use disorders, a practice that one expert says could get drug users into treatment earlier.

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Application Modernization Helps Governments Boost Performance and Improve Citizen Services

State Tech Magazine

For statewide, mission-critical resources such as enterprise resource planning, Ohio agencies rely on centralized applications. But for others, agencies manage their own apps, a number of which were built decades ago to run on now-dated application architecture. “Twenty years ago, we didn’t really look at the user experience, or human-centered design, these things we think about when we’re designing applications today,” says Katrina Flory, state CIO and assistant director of Ohio’s Department of

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The Data-Informed Community Engagement (DICE) Approach to Public Safety Turns Analytics into Action

NLC (National League of Cities)

This is one in a series of blogs focused on Gun Violence Awareness in June. To connect with NLC’s Justice Initiatives Team and other cities working to address violence in their communities, email us at justiceinitiatives@nlc.org.

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Talking About the National Recreation and Park Association

Park Leaders

“Parks can be a great antidote to social isolation and mental health struggles. Yet the only way to do that effectively is to invest in our parks and make sure that the experience that people have when they go is positive and supportive of those health outcomes.” While on my way to the National Association of State Park Directors conference in Lake Tahoe, I happened to share a ride with Kristine Stratton, the president and CEO of the National Recreation and Park Association (NRPA).

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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.