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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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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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Justices appear skeptical of states' social media censorship laws

GCN

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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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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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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How State and Local Governments Are Working Toward Vision Zero

State Tech Magazine

State and local government procurement trends are always evolving, and the transportation industry is currently leading that charge. According to a recent Deltek GovWin report on state and local procurement, the SLED procurement market showed stability, though the top four industries — transportation, public safety, architecture and engineering, and professional business services — saw significant growth, by 2 to 9 percent year over year from the third quarter of 2022 to the third quarter of 202

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Ways to Celebrate Employee Appreciation Day

GovLoop

National Employee Appreciation Day is the first Friday in March, which this year falls on March 1. Here’s a few ideas to help you honor the occasion. Take a moment to think about each person and communicate thanks. An individualized note can mean a lot. Recognize an employee at a meeting. Consider a creative gesture like a photo collage for the team that points out employee contributions.

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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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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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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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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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New toll transponders cut costs for agencies and drivers

GCN

Illinois is the latest state to roll out sticker tags, which are gaining popularity over the clunky boxes that drivers have been mounting on their windshields for decades.

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

GCN

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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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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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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Chicago is the latest city rethinking disputed technology that listens for gunshots

GCN

More than 150 U.S. cities use ShotSpotter, but a growing body of research shows that the tool has not succeeded in reducing gun violence, has slowed police response times to emergency calls and often did not lead to evidence recovery.

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Luxury retail is about ‘emotions, not transactions’

McKinsey Public & Social Sector Insights

The physical shopping experience matters more than ever, says Value Retail founder Scott Malkin, whose company owns some of the world’s best-performing luxury shopping destinations.

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E-bike incentives are a costly way to cut carbon emissions, but they also promote health, equity and cleaner air

GCN

COMMENTARY | Many incentive programs promote e-bike use, but they aren’t necessarily targeting the right people for the right reasons.

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The McKinsey Crossword: Leap Day Babies | No. 169

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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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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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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How to Manage an Inclusive Team

GovLoop

To get the best out of your team, you need to be as inclusive as possible, and that’s not as simple as just saying, “Every voice matters.” Words must be followed by actions. During the latest New Supervisors in Government Community of Practice session, “How to Manage an Inclusive Team,” we spoke with Priscilla Stallings, Chief Inclusion Officer, State of Minnesota, who shared insight and advice on creating a team where everyone feels valued and respected.

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Q&A: Agencies Reveal the IT Lessons That Stuck Post-Pandemic

FedTech Magazine

Four years have passed since many U.S.-based workers were sent home to protect themselves from the COVID-19 pandemic. The scurry to equip those people with the technology needed for them to continue their jobs remotely — and in the case of federal employees, to keep the government running at a time of national emergency — was unprecedented. Government agencies, in particular, had to procure and deploy new IT with a speed they’d never needed before.

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Accelerating diversity in clinical trials

McKinsey Public & Social Sector Insights

Experts from across the healthcare ecosystem discuss insights, actions, and imperatives for better representation in clinical trials.

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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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Technology Products and Associated Services 2 (TePAS 2) agreement update

Open Access Government - Technology News

Crown Commercial Service lifts the lid on simplified and more sustainable technology solutions, using the Technology Products and Associated Services 2 (TePAS 2) agreement as an example Crown Commercial Service (CCS) launched a new end-to-end agreement for technology products and services in October 2023, simplifying the process of procuring digital services and introducing a dedicated lot for procuring and managing IT more sustainably.

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False friends or good ends? The CIO’s four-point guide to navigating technology trends

McKinsey Public & Social Sector Insights

Not all tech trends are created equal. Keeping a clear eye on what matters can help steer to better decisions.

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Answering Questions About Being a Park Ranger

Park Leaders

“If you’re going to be really good at it, you’re passionate about it. You believe that you’re doing something that’s bigger than just collecting a paycheck.” Being a park ranger is about more than just trees and trails. Phil Gaines and I both believe it is about the people you meet and the relationships you nurture in this close-knit community.

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BTMFBA: maintaining arts spaces in the face of rising real estate values | Seattle, New York City

Rebuilding Place in Urban Space

BTMFBA is a series of articles about the need to control your real estate if you want to maintain arts uses. -- " New form of BTMFBA in San Francisco ," 2023 -- " A wrinkle on BTMFBA: let the city/county own the cultural facility, while you operate it (San Francisco and the Fillmore Heritage Center) ," 2021 -- " BTMFBA: Baltimore and the Area 405 Studio ," 2021 -- " BTMFBA: the best way to ward off artist or retail displacement is to buy the building ," 2016 -- " Revisiting stories: cultural pla

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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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Cities EMERGING On Emerging Technologies

NLC (National League of Cities)

Technological advancements continue to evolve rapidly, and many of these emerging technologies can be useful to governments addressing a myriad of needs. While local governments may have an interest in incorporating these technologies into their policies and practices, figuring out where to start can be difficult.

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Refine Your Local Core Values: The Five Principles of Local Government ?GovPilot

GovPilot

Local governments are guided by a group of foundational principles that help set the groundwork for their actions and decisions. These basic principles should be upheld at all times because they help promote strong leadership which ultimately leads to stronger community involvement. From accountability and transparency to fostering community engagement, local governments should adhere to some key basic principles outlined below, which promote effective governing and address the needs of all cons

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Behind the scenes

Princeton Public Library

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Missouri Southern State University Deployed New Commuter Parking Pass Module With GovPilot

GovPilot

Missouri Southern State University expands their partnership with the government management software provider to streamline operations and services in the institution.

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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.