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Whatever happened to planning when it comes to civic assets, public facilities, revitalization?

Rebuilding Place in Urban Space

I am dealing with something in Salt Lake, and it's frustrating because my fellow boards don't have a reflexive inclination to plan, but to react and do. It reminds me of my line for many years that "an RFP--request for proposals--isn't a plan." I am trying to work out a problem that's been festering for going on 5 years, because of instead of doing a plan, they issued an RFP.

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Florida city water cyber incident allegedly caused by employee error

GCN

Al Braithwaite, the former city manager of Oldsmar, Florida, said the 2021 episode was not caused by outside hackers but was instead a “non-event” sparked by user error.

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Disaster Zone Podcast: A Pandemic Road Map for the Future

Disaster Zone blog

Not an after-action review, but future-oriented.

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What will it take for nuclear power to meet the climate challenge?

McKinsey Public & Social Sector Insights

Nuclear power can be an important part of the energy transition. Scaling the industry to meet increasing electricity demand will require leaders to mobilize quickly and efficiently.

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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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AI-Driven Predictions Key to Combatting Rise in Wildfires

State Tech Magazine

The United Nations released a report last year that predicted a 50 percent increase in global wildfires by the year 2100. That report calls for government spending to shift from reaction and response to prevention and preparedness. This represents a huge challenge that goes beyond equipping first responders with the right tools to fight these fires; it’s also largely about finding ways to predict and prevent them.

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Your cloud, your way: Google Distributed Cloud Hosted is generally available

Google Public Sector

Enterprises, government organizations, and policy makers around the world want a hyperscale cloud provider that delivers a cloud on their terms — one that meets their requirements for digital sovereignty while still delivering the functionality, flexibility, and scale of cloud services. In 2020, Google Cloud introduced a digital sovereignty vision that included three distinct pillars: data sovereignty, operational sovereignty, and software sovereignty.

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4 ways AWS Partners are using AI/ML to drive public sector transformation

AWS Public Sector Blog

Artificial intelligence (AI) and machine learning (ML) are capturing a lot of attention recently. In government, AI solutions are expected to grow at a compound annual rate of more than 33% through 2024. According Global Market Insights , AI in the education market is anticipated to grow 45% by 2024. As investments and adoption of AI and ML continue to rise, there is tremendous potential for improved citizen experiences in the public sector.

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The McKinsey Crossword: Room for Expansion | No. 120

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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Four red flags in nonprofit grant readiness

Professional Grant Writer

So much of grant writing is about more than just great writing. Grant success truly hinges on a perfectly packaged grant from a. The post Four red flags in nonprofit grant readiness appeared first on Professional Grant Writer.

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Text alerts could streamline benefits redetermination processes

GCN

A text-based notification system could help agencies that administer federally funded benefits remind participants of applications, renewals and appointments.

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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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U.S. Department of Education Launches the Your Place in Space Challenge

Homeroom

The U.S. Department of Education has announced the launch of the Your Place in Space Challenge. This is the first challenge in the CTE Momentum series, an annual challenge series to prepare high school students for rewarding careers and increase access to career and technical education (CTE). The Your Place in Space Challenge invites high Continue Reading The post U.S.

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Wartime Reconstruction—Building Barriers Against Corruption Risks

GAO (US Government Accountability Office)

As Ukraine enters its second year of conflict with Russia following the 2022 invasion, the U.S. is expected to continue providing significant financial support, as indicated by the President’s FY 2024 budget request. In addition to responding to.

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How Cities Can Use Micromobility to Make a Macro Difference

NLC (National League of Cities)

Concerns around climate, safety, and space are driving cities to find innovative ways to reduce car travel. Climate: Cars, trucks, and other fossil-fuel transportation modes are the primary source of greenhouse gas (GHG) emissions in the United States.[1] Safety: According to the U.S. Department of Transportation (DOT), there is a “crisis on our roadways.

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Q&A: CIO Guy Cavallo Discusses OPM’s Two-Year Sprint to the Cloud

FedTech Magazine

Office of Personnel Management CIO Guy Cavallo had big shoes to fill in July 2021 when he took over for Clare Martorana, who had moved into a new role as federal CIO. He hit the ground running, launching a cloud center of excellence and a cloud data center, as well as a digital services team that he continues to build out. More recently, Cavallo set his sights on improving the customer experience on opm.gov, with the goal of simplifying access to federal benefits down to two clicks.

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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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Agile transformation in heavy industries: An interview with SOCAR Türkiye

McKinsey Public & Social Sector Insights

SOCAR Türkiye’s senior leaders share their experience of large-scale agile transformation to achieve cross-functional collaboration.

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S34 Episode 01: Internships

ParkTalk podcast

Brad Wilson, executive director of the Naperville Park District, recalls highlights of his internship, which began his career at the District over 24 years ago. He shares advice for college students currently seeking internships. Brad Wilson, executive director of the Naperville Park District, recalls highlights of his internship, which began his career at the District over 24 years ago.

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Six automotive ERP integration types to improve your business performance

Open Access Government - Technology News

ERP integration can optimize enterprise management, resulting in enhanced operational efficiency, improved productivity, and advanced workflow transparency ERP integration and adoption are becoming increasingly widespread among multiple industries, and automotive is no exception. According to Global ERP Market Forecast 2022-2030 by Inkwood Research, the global enterprise resource planning market is expected to reach $71.24 billion by 2030, growing with a CAGR of 9.82% during the forecast period.

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Find the Right Path to Digital Transformation

GovLoop

If you’re looking for a standard digital transformation playbook, stop now. There isn’t one. Many agencies undertaking transformation initiatives are dealing with common problems: a lack of agility, increasing “surprise” costs, problems with security and compliance, overly complex management issues and an overall lack of collaboration across the IT environment.

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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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Investing in continuous learning to grow your organization’s future

AWS Public Sector Blog

Many organizations invest in infrastructure for future needs but may overlook needed technical training and cloud modernization skills for people within the organization. As a result, efforts in a cloud transformation journey may falter due to missing capabilities. Amazon Web Services (AWS) helps customers adopt the necessary AWS Cloud skills to modernize workloads as their organizations grow.

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Similar yet different: Meet today’s consumer of dairy and alternatives

McKinsey Public & Social Sector Insights

Five insights from McKinsey’s 2022 US Dairy Consumer Survey reveal how dairy consumption is changing.

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We’re back! Our grand return to live events

GCN

GCN and Route Fifty will hit the road with a new free event series to explore how cities across the country are building their future today.

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What’s your superpower? How companies can build an institutional capability to achieve competitive advantage

McKinsey Public & Social Sector Insights

One capability often sets leading companies apart from the rest. Here’s how to build yours.

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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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On a Cross-Country Mission to Advocate for Trans Rights — Episode 132

Open Space Radio: Parks and Recreation Trends

Attacks targeting LGBTQ+ rights, and especially the rights of transgender youth, are currently taking place in state legislatures across the country. With bans on gender-affirming care for trans youth and the country’s first drag ban, numbers of anti-trans bills were recently introduced, with an alarming number of bills advancing in states across the country.

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Similar yet different: Meet today’s consumer of dairy and alternatives

McKinsey Public & Social Sector Insights

Five insights from McKinsey’s 2022 US Dairy Consumer Survey reveal how dairy consumption is changing.

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Housing for Women & Female-Headed Households

NLC (National League of Cities)

It made recent headlines that single women are outpacing single men as homeowners: single women own 2.64 million more homes than single men in the U.S., accounting for nearly 13 percent of owner-occupied homes relative to single men’s 10 percent.

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What is the National Cybersecurity Strategy? A cybersecurity expert explains what it is and what the Biden administration has changed

GCN

The National Cybersecurity Strategy outlines a need for improved cyber hygiene through cyber insurance, data sharing and fostering technology research.

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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