Wed.May 15, 2024

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The Fight to Reclaim Texas’s Highways for People

Next City

Freeways are a policy choice. Meet the Texans working to ensure we make different choices in Megan Kimble’s new book “​​City Limits.

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From foster care to secure housing: How vouchers help young adults build self-sufficiency

GCN

While some first-time renters rush to thrift stores to find eclectic pieces to decorate their new apartments, for adolescents leaving the foster system, the experience of moving out is often much bleaker.

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UK Gov launches measures to enhance cyber security in AI models and software

Open Access Government - Technology News

In a bid to fortify the nation’s cyber defences and foster economic growth, the UK government has introduced pioneering measures aimed at bolstering cyber security in AI models and software The new measures, which are expected to set a global standard for bolstering protections of AI models from hacking and sabotage, were unveiled today by the UK government (15 May) following the announcement that the security sector is now worth almost £12 billion.

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With the rise of AI, workforce planning is critical. But many governments don’t do it.

GCN

That’s a problem when state and local government officials are seeing daily evidence that the nature of their workforce is quickly changing.

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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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Advancing Local Action on Climate Change: Federal Funding Opportunities for Community Resilience  

NLC (National League of Cities)

Co-authored by Damion DeShield Attendees at NLC’s 2024 Congressional City Conference (CCC) had an in-depth opportunity to speak about innovations, opportunities, and challenges for addressing climate change, advancing clean energy initiatives, and building community resilience. This blog is part of a series highlighting key takeaways from CCC on issues at the forefront of municipal governance.

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State Medicaid costs poised to surge from pandemic lows

GCN

State costs rose by 13% in fiscal 2023 and are expected to increase by an additional 17.2% in fiscal 2024 thanks to the phaseout of enhanced federal aid, provider rate increases and slowing but still elevated enrollment levels.

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To meet class size mandate, officials look to virtual learning

GCN

To meet a new state mandate capping K-12 class sizes, New York City is considering offering remote instruction, a practice that could free up building space and allow students to take electives and AP classes from teachers on other campuses.

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Ransomware Attackers Seek Payday Through Disruption of Operations

State Tech Magazine

In 2019, the city of Lodi, Calif., was hit by ransomware attacks, which prompted CIO Benjamin Buecher to upgrade the city’s defenses. “A few years back, we were hit by three attacks in three months by the same ransomware,” Buecher says in a Rubrik case study. “The attack significantly impacted our municipal services. Our objective was to prioritize the recovery process to get critical services back up as soon as possible.

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Microchip companies need federal grant money. They’re rolling out child care to get it.

GCN

To draw women into the semiconductor and construction industries, the CHIPS Act requires companies to provide child care. But will it boost the supply of care, or exacerbate an existing crisis?

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Latest Policy Process research from Policy & Politics free to access

Policy & Politics Journal blog

As proud co-sponsors of the Conference on Policy Process Research 2024, we bring you our latest policy process research, free to access for the conference period from May 15-17. Please look out for members of our team attending COPPR!

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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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Local Climate Action at the Forefront: How the UNEA-6 Cities & Regions Summit Elevated Subnational Governments

The City Fix

“What you do in your cities resonates across the world. When you make your cities green and sustainable, you are not just local heroes, you are global heroes.” Those were the inspiring words that Inger Anderson, Director of the UN.

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Adopting Zero Trust Architecture in the Commonwealth of PA

CarahCast

State and local governments had to adapt quickly to the effects of the pandemic, as workers and residents alike were encouraged to shelter in their homes. This created major challenges for agencies' IT systems and technical support staff. Zero Trust has been widely adopted by agencies and organizations to secure their users, apps, Internet of Things (IoT) devices, and workloads, regardless of which networks or cloud resources they're connecting to, where they're located, or how they're connectin

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Improving government contact center agent experience with Amazon Connect

AWS Public Sector Blog

From local school districts to large federal agencies, today’s citizens expect to connect with government services in secure and frictionless ways. Sometimes, there is no single owner responsible for the end-to-end citizen experience, which results in a disconnect and makes it difficult to find information. As generations—young and old—move toward mobile channels and app-based workflows across commercial industries, customers expect a consistent, enjoyable experience when receiving critical gove

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Germany’s International University of Applied Sciences automates creation of educational videos using generative AI, serverless on AWS

AWS Public Sector Blog

With more than 130,000 students, the International University of Applied Sciences (IU) is the largest university in Germany. IU maintains 90 percent of its course content online, with their primary student population consisting of working adults. Through its online programs, IU aims to give people worldwide access to highly individualized education, enabling them to further enrich their lives.

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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.