December, 2022

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How Local Governments Can Put Community Data to Work

NLC (National League of Cities)

You have the data. Now, what’s next? Today, most local governments aim to make data-driven decisions. New technology used with surveys makes data collection the easy part. What local governments choose to do with that information takes a little more effort. It’s important to create and execute a plan. The next steps depend on goals.

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What’s next in government tech

GCN

Blockchain, artificial intelligence and augmented and virtual reality offer agencies new opportunities, but modernizing legacy infrastructure will be key, a recent report says.

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Local governments make common cyber mistakes, auditor finds

GCN

A Missouri state auditor identified key problem areas and solutions that local governments must address to protect against cyber threats.

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Will Miami’s Underdeck Right A Historical Wrong, Or Leave Black Residents Behind Again?

Next City

The Underdeck bridge project could be a pioneer of reparative planning. Or it could lead to further displacement in this once-thriving Black neighborhood.

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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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Generative AI is here: How tools like ChatGPT could change your business

McKinsey Public & Social Sector Insights

Generative AI and other foundation models are changing the AI game, taking assistive technology to a new level, reducing application development time, and bringing powerful capabilities to nontechnical users.

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A Blog Post on Winter Weather and Emergency Managers--That AI Wrote

Disaster Zone blog

I'm going to be out of a job!

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How Cities Can Build Food System Resilience

The City Fix

Let’s not forget what we learned during 2020 about the fragility of our food supply chains:?the prevailing, globalized model is as fragile as a spider web. It can shatter into dangling threads in times of crisis, such as a pandemic.

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Fact or Fallacy: 7 Tips for Cloud Migration

FedTech Magazine

Many government agencies lag in adoption of cloud computing and cite various obstacles as a deterrent. Let’s examine some common beliefs about cloud migration to determine which might be true and which might be misconceptions. Fact: Government Agencies Struggle with Siloed Data Siloed data is a major obstacle for government agencies. Information collected over decades includes isolated and duplicate data that limits visibility across agencies, many of which operate under their own policies.

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What to include in a letter of support for a grant

Professional Grant Writer

Some grant applications ask for a letter of support or commitment when there’s a partner organization or multiple stakeholders involved in a project. The post What to include in a letter of support for a grant appeared first on Professional Grant Writer.

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‘Future vehicles require future insurance’

McKinsey Public & Social Sector Insights

In an interview with McKinsey’s Tanguy Catlin, Andrew Rose of OnStar Insurance discusses how telematics data will usher in a new era of auto insurance.

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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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Attacks on the Electrical Grid May Increase

Disaster Zone blog

The infrastructure is an easy target and hard to protect.

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Implementing technology to improve safety on construction sites

Open Access Government - Technology News

Jose M. Peña, the Director of Lurtis LTD looks at improving safety on construction sites through the adoption of technology systems, training workers and better analysing risks. In this post, we are going to explain how it is possible to improve safety on construction sites by implementing some new technology systems and well-known methodologies. But first, let’s review some facts about safety in the construction sector.

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Designing for Democracy: Why Cincinnati’s Complete Street Ordinance is About More Than Public Safety

NLC (National League of Cities)

“Streets and their sidewalks—the main public places of a city—are its most vital organ.” Jane Jacobs knew something that was somehow forgotten for decades by American planners: streets—specifically sidewalks—are the main theater for American democracy, and the health of our streets is inextricably related to the health of our democracy.

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Why Agencies Do, And Don’t, Move to the Cloud

GovLoop

Cloud-based technology can make agencies more efficient and reduce stress on government workforces. But not all public-sector entities embrace the cloud; in fact, some strongly resist it. During a recent online training entitled “Top Reasons Agencies Are Moving to Cloud in 2023,” GovLoop heard from three government and industry experts, who discussed why agencies sometimes balk at adopting cloud solutions.

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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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Fleet and Freight Cyber Considerations for Protecting America’s Roads

State Tech Magazine

The United States has one of the most extensive vehicle transportation networks in the world, totaling more than 4 million miles of interstate highways, city freeways and rural roads. It makes sense, given the size of the country and the cost-effectiveness of ground-based systems in getting people and products from point A to point B as efficiently as possible.

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The future of banks: A $20 trillion breakup opportunity

McKinsey Public & Social Sector Insights

Banking is radically transforming. Many banks can thrive by fundamentally changing the way that financial services are embedded into daily life.

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Learn About Space Weather--Before it is Too Late!

Disaster Zone blog

Your opportunity to come up to speed.

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Most Valuable M365 Features of 2022

Microsoft Public Sector

Join us on Tuesday, December 20th, 2022, 5pm EDT , for the monthly Microsoft 365 Meetup for Government meeting. This month's topic: “Most Valuable M365 Features of 2022” where top Microsoft and Planet Technologies experts, SMEs and trainers will highlight and review their top picks for the most valuable M365 features released in 2022. This is your chance to enhance your knowledge of all the new M365 features and learn about new ones you didn’t know about.

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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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What You Need to Know About the Financial Data Transparency Act

NLC (National League of Cities)

Background on the Financial Data Transparency Act of 2022 Earlier this year, Senators Mark Warner (D-VA) and Mike Crapo (R-ID) introduced a bill in the Senate titled the Financial Data Transparency Act of 2022 (S. 4295). This legislation included a section requiring local governments to adhere to new financial data standards. The National League of […] Source.

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The 2023 Guide to Social Media for Libraries: New Instagram Success Secrets for This Year

Super Library Marketing

Photo courtesy Cincinnati and Hamilton County Public Library. This is the fifth installment in my series on social media best practices for libraries in 2023. The complete guide includes tips for: LinkedIn. Facebook. TikTok. YouTube. The final installment on December 19 will cover Twitter. These are the top platforms used by libraries according to the 7th Annual Super Library Marketing Reader Survey.

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Local Governments Eye Drone Countermeasures

State Tech Magazine

Think of areas like the bridges and tunnels of New York City. Hundreds of drones fly over those bridges every day. Now, most of these drones are innocent; they’re powered by regular civilians who are just taking pictures or sightseeing. But unregistered drones aren’t easily traced back to their owners, and even registered drones can give bad actors an opening to use drones for nefarious purposes.

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The secret to great health? Escaping the healthcare matrix

McKinsey Public & Social Sector Insights

The blueprint to achieve a lifetime of great health is increasingly clear and within our control. But unlocking it requires challenging the orthodoxies currently guiding individuals and institutions.

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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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Merry Christmas to Emergency Managers Everywhere!

Disaster Zone blog

And, are you working this Christmas Day?

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How one state jockeys for drone, AV leadership

GCN

The Arkansas Council on Future Mobility called on the state to capitalize on the rapidly changing mobility landscape by investing in its tech infrastructure and workforce.

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FCC National Broadband Map: Challenge Process for Local Governments

NLC (National League of Cities)

On November 18, the Federal Communications Commission (FCC) released the first iteration of the National Broadband Map, a web-based interactive map aimed to reflect broadband availability for all broadband serviceable locations across the nation. This map is an important tool that will impact targeted funding and other efforts to bring broadband to unserved and underserved […] Source.

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Transit Executives Muse about Equity, Inclusion, and Post-Covid Priorities

Human Transit

Paul Comfort, Conversations about Equity and Inclusion in Public Transportation, Comfort Consulting, 2022. Paul Comfort is a transit evangelist (his term) and the former Executive Director of Maryland Transit Authority, which covers greater Baltimore. He’s become known especially for his Transit Unplugged podcast, which interviews transit industry leaders (including me ).

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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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Municipalities Apply Smart City Tech to Enhance Safety of Busy Entertainment Districts

State Tech Magazine

People flock to urban entertainment districts for sporting events, nightlife and social gatherings, often making them tricky places to patrol for safety. As more municipalities experiment with smart city technology, quite a few are making initial investments in these busy zones where the Internet of Things can assist with public safety. In the county of Arlington, Va., partygoers often gather on the weekend in the Clarendon neighborhood, where a high number of restaurants and bars in a small are

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How personalization at scale can invigorate Asian insurers

McKinsey Public & Social Sector Insights

The surge in digital consumer interactions is making possible a new era of gathering, analyzing, and responding to individual customer data strategically and with precision.

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Get Ready for the Transformative Power of 6G

FedTech Magazine

While the transition to 5G continues, buzz is building around 6G, which experts say could finally unlock the internet’s almost magical potential. “5G is trying to enable the Internet of Everything, and it’s making some steps toward that, but 6G will really get it right,” says Jeffrey Andrews, director of 6G@UT, a research center at the University of Texas at Austin that was launched in June 2021. 5G-enabled carrier frequencies above 6 gigahertz will be used for the first time in a cellular syste

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As Cyberattacks Increase on K-12 Schools, Here Is What’s Being Done

GAO (US Government Accountability Office)

In recent years, cyberattacks on K-12 schools have increased. Not only do these attacks disrupt educational instruction and school operations, they also impact students, their families, and teachers. The scale and number of attacks increased during.

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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.