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Making Women’s History: NLC’s Small Cities Council Breaking Barriers with All-Women Leadership Team  

NLC (National League of Cities)

As the National League of Cities (NLC) celebrates 100 years of impact, it’s fair to acknowledge that the organization has witnessed some of the most significant transformations in municipalities and encountered influential leaders who have played pivotal roles in shaping and driving our local communities.

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More than 17M low-income households will experience service disruptions if internet subsidy ends

GCN

Without the the Affordable Connectivity program, millions of families could lose internet access that they rely on for work, school and health care, new survey data shows.

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Wi-Fi 7 Is Here: What Does That Mean for State and Local Governments?

State Tech Magazine

The Wi-Fi Alliance has introduced Wi-Fi 7, officially known as 802.11be, as the latest wireless internet standard and is now officially certifying devices that support the new technology. In the future, homes and offices could have Wi-Fi capable of delivering peak rates of over 40 gigabits per second. “Wi-Fi CERTIFIED 7 enhances Wi-Fi performance in the 2.4 GHz, 5 GHz, and 6 GHz bands, bringing cutting-edge capabilities to enable innovations that require high throughput, lower latency, and great

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White House beefs up child care block grants

GCN

A new rule caps the total amount low-income families have to pay for child care at 7% of their income and directs states to pay child care providers more fairly and on time.

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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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The culture compass: Using early insights to guide integration planning

McKinsey Public & Social Sector Insights

The huge impact of culture on M&A performance means that culture should be factored into integration planning from the start. We recommend focusing on five cultural attributes.

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AI could help clear food stamp backlogs plaguing some states

GCN

States are increasingly seeing it as a way to better process public benefit programs amid workforce shortages and outdated technology issues. But change can be incremental amid policy and money concerns.

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As COVID-19 emergency funding dries up, some rural schools may face a steep fiscal cliff in 2024

GCN

Lower-income districts are likely to face bigger budget reductions, along with districts who spent relief aid on teacher salaries and new faculty hires.

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Rebound of financial services M&A: Focus on growth and capabilities

McKinsey Public & Social Sector Insights

After the 2023 spike in large deals and bank failures, the outlook for financial services M&A appears bright and active—particularly for acquirers with the skills to execute complex deals.

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4 considerations for launching an effective digital ID system

GCN

COMMENTARY | Successful digital identification programs need to provide equal access, security, interoperability and user convenience.

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Leading through uncertainty: Navigating delays in M&A deals

McKinsey Public & Social Sector Insights

Over the past two years, delays have plagued 30 percent of major acquisitions. To avoid destroying value, momentum, and morale, dealmakers need a plan that anticipates likely delays and prepares for contingencies.

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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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Q&A: The National Science Foundation Is Adapting Teleworking to a Hybrid World

FedTech Magazine

Before the COVID-19 pandemic, the National Science Foundation already had a high percentage of teleworkers; in 2019, 94 percent of the agency’s 1,500 employees worked remotely, with nearly one-quarter of those taking three or more days per week. But even federal agencies already familiar with telework experienced some technological turmoil in spring 2020 and took lessons from that experience.

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TMT: Thoughtful M&A strategies are key to growth

McKinsey Public & Social Sector Insights

With technology, media, and telecommunication companies poised for a potential resurgence in M&A, players seeking growth need precise, focused M&A strategies that are aligned with their corporate goals.

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Spring Into Online Training in March

GovLoop

Spring is just around the corner, and so are more opportunities to take part in professional development. This March, we’re offering six free online training sessions, where you can dive further into topics like artificial intelligence, human-centered design, and cultivating curiousity on your team. Let’s explore what this month has to offer: How to Use Data to Advance Agency Innovation Data-fueled innovation means you’re using data to make smarter decisions around service deli

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The portfolio management imperative and its M&A implications

McKinsey Public & Social Sector Insights

Several trends are creating a new imperative for strong portfolio management of businesses. Companies need six capabilities to build and manage a winning portfolio, using M&A strategically.

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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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Western Connecticut Council of Government

The Whistle Post

Legal Notice Announcing the Start of the Public Comment Period The draft South Western Region Metropolitan Planning Organization (SWRMPO) 2025-2028 Transportation Improvement Program (TIP) is a dynamic list of all highway and public transit projects proposed to be undertaken utilizing Federal Highway Administration and Federal Transit Administration funding during federal fiscal years 2025-2028 within Darien, Greenwich, New Canaan, Norwalk, Stamford, Weston, Westport, and Wilton.

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The shifting sands of M&A in transportation and logistics

McKinsey Public & Social Sector Insights

After several tumultuous years for M&A, powerful forces are transforming the industry and shaping five new investment priorities for 2024 and beyond. Capitalizing on those priorities requires action, now.

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Middletown, NJ Deployed Kennel, Pet Shop, and Shelter License Module With GovPilot

GovPilot

Middletown, NJ expands their partnership with the government management software provider to streamline operations and government services in the municipality.

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Life sciences M&A shows new signs of life

McKinsey Public & Social Sector Insights

Having peaked in 2021 and plummeted as the pandemic ended, deal value revived in 2023, with pharma companies pursuing growth and medtech companies chasing profitability. These trends promise to continue in 2024.

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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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A Connected and Citizen-Centered City—Lessons from Brussels

Public Sector Future

Join host Olivia Neal as she meets Mary Odile Longard, the CEO of i-CITY. Marie Odile shares the approach that she and her team have taken to enable the digital transformation of the City of Brussels. She introduces BRUCE, the new omni-channel platform used by the city, explains the impact of this work on citizens and employees, as well as her lessons for others.

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Consumer goods: A changing landscape for successful M&A

McKinsey Public & Social Sector Insights

Buffeted by economic trends, consumer goods companies have diversified their M&A strategies, with winners balancing growth and margin expansion. Success ahead requires integration tailored to each deal’s thesis.

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AWS Marketplace myth busting for state and local government agencies

AWS Public Sector Blog

Many public sector organizations are seeking to integrate solutions deployed in their on-premises environments with new cloud applications and technologies as they modernize their organizations. A cloud marketplace provides broad access to these solutions. A cloud marketplace is operated by a cloud service provider (CSP) and serves as a place for customers to browse and subscribe to software applications and developer services that are built on, integrate with, or supplement the CSP’s main offer

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Creating value with M&A in Asia’s diverse marketplace

McKinsey Public & Social Sector Insights

Multinationals continue to look for opportunities in the region’s fast-growing countries with less geopolitical risk.

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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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Bathroom bills are back—broader and stricter—in several states

GCN

State lawmakers are continuing efforts to prohibit transgender people from using public restrooms and other “sex-designated spaces,” including domestic violence shelters and crisis centers, which experts say could violate anti-discrimination laws and jeopardize federal funding.

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Creating value from green M&A

McKinsey Public & Social Sector Insights

Companies can reap substantial benefits from programmatic, sustainability-linked M&A if they follow a compelling deal rationale and a tailored execution approach.

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Meet Our Featured Contributor Cohort

GovLoop

Our 32 nd Featured Contributor cohort recently kicked off, and there is already no shortage of informative and educational blogs to learn from. This cohort is full of talented writers with years of government and industry experience that have shaped their own careers, and their sound advice could positively affect yours as well. Read on to meet the writers, who will contribute two articles each month to GovLoop until July.