August, 2023

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Texas Cities Are Getting Ready For The State’s ‘Death Star’ Law

Next City

Houston and San Antonio have filed a major lawsuit. Dozens of local officials have signed onto a scathing amicus brief. And across the state, cities are scrambling to prepare for the wild west that Gov. Greg Abbott's controversial preemption law will likely bring.

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Disaster Zone Podcast: The Role of Emergency Management in Cybersecurity

Disaster Zone blog

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Companies with innovative cultures have a big edge with generative AI

McKinsey Public & Social Sector Insights

It may not be surprising that innovative organizations are ahead on generative AI, but the degree to which they’re succeeding at deploying it might be. Five practices help them stay ahead of the pack.

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How to turn a grant rejection into an acceptance

Professional Grant Writer

We preach that grant writing is a process, a long-term investment in the financial stability of your nonprofit. Grant rejections can be common. The post How to turn a grant rejection into an acceptance appeared first on Professional Grant Writer.

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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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What Should State and Local Governments Know About AIOps?

State Tech Magazine

Artificial intelligence technology has recently caused a stir in the IT world and beyond. But how can state and local governments best harness it? Agencies may benefit from taking a broader view of the current landscape for AI in local government and look at how machine learning assists public organizations, along with AI’s potential pitfalls. But there’s another way states can get a grip on AI: through AIOps.

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Revolutionary shape shifting robot can squeeze into confined spaces

Open Access Government - Technology News

Meet CLARI, the small flexible Robot designed to navigate small spaces, with some inspiration from the world of bugs CLARI stands for Compliant Legged Articulated Robotic Insect; it originated from a team of engineers at the University of Colorado, Boulder. It also can aid first responders in dealing with major disasters in an entirely new way. Shape shifting robots CLARI is so small you can hold multiple of these robots in the palm of your hand.

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Senate Committee Passes AM Radio for Every Vehicle Act

Disaster Zone blog

This is a good government piece of legislation.

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Stairway to digital excellence

McKinsey Public & Social Sector Insights

Organizations that follow a progression of steps to achieve excellence in digital delivery may see improvements in effectiveness, productivity, and performance, as well as significant increases in speed.

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What to include in your letter of inquiry (LOI)

Professional Grant Writer

A letter of inquiry (LOI) is often the first step to opening a conversation with a grantmaker and — hopefully — receiving funding. The post What to include in your letter of inquiry (LOI) appeared first on Professional Grant Writer.

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AI in City Procurement: 5 Pitfalls to Avoid

NLC (National League of Cities)

As city administrations consider incorporating emerging technologies like Artificial Intelligence (AI) into their systems, its usage in their procurement procedures should be carefully considered. AI is a powerful new tool that can be beneficial, but also comes with ethical and security issues that public agencies will need to face.

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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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15-Minute City Guide for Local Governments: Making Municipalities More Accessible ? GovPilot

GovPilot

When you think of major cities, which comes to mind: pedestrians or cars? Chances are, you’re probably thinking of a lot of people walking and maybe even a few opting to use a bicycle!

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D.C.’s Street Vendor Regulations Formalize The Informal

Next City

The District’s new street vending regulations allow street vendors to self-govern the sidewalks where they conduct business. Plus, a peek at new developments for street vendors in NYC and California.

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Hurricane Warning Language Getting Better

Disaster Zone blog

Constant improvement has to be the goal.

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What is COP?

McKinsey Public & Social Sector Insights

COP refers to the United Nations’ annual conference on climate change. Its 28th meeting (COP28) is scheduled to begin November 30, 2023, in Dubai, United Arab Emirates.

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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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How grant writing works

Professional Grant Writer

Grant writing can be a confusing endeavor, especially for new nonprofits, or even established nonprofits that have simply never gone through the grant. The post How grant writing works appeared first on Professional Grant Writer.

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5 Car-Free Day Myths Debunked: Unveiling the True Benefits of Open Streets

The City Fix

As cities become more congested, traffic fatalities continue to rise and the impacts of climate change escalate, the need for sustainable and safe transportation solutions has reached a critical juncture. The World Health Organization reports an alarming statistic: 186,300 children.

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Government Continuity Strategy 2023: Procedures During a Crisis | GovPilot

GovPilot

It’s hard to forget the current events of the past few years, many of which left many Americans shocked and underprepared when they were forced to lockdown and go remote for work. Public sector workers were no exception.

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Lessons From The U.K.’s Transformative Social Housing System

Next City

Social historian John Boughton explains how the U.K.’s social housing system changed millions of low- and middle-income people’s lives – and how privatization has crippled its power.

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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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Record Rains, Flooding, Mudslides

Disaster Zone blog

Another typical disaster day in California.

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CFOs’ balancing act: Juggling priorities to build resilience

McKinsey Public & Social Sector Insights

As surveyed CFOs concurrently manage defensive and growth-oriented considerations, they expect major changes in the months ahead and see two pivotal paths for strengthening their organizations.

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Communities and Colleges Partnering to Address the Affordable Housing Shortage

NLC (National League of Cities)

Cities, towns and villages across the country are struggling with housing shortages and homelessness – and so are colleges. Homelessness has been on the rise since 2017, experiencing an overall 6 percent increase.

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How Multi-Access Edge Computing Will Impact the Future of Smart Cities

State Tech Magazine

Cities around the world are increasingly investing in smart city technology to deliver economic, social and environmental benefits for their constituents. As the adoption of this technology grows, so too must the underlying technology infrastructure and applications. Today’s smart city investments must be future proofed to support ongoing innovation and to continue to deliver ROI on scarce public IT resources over time.

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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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7 Movies and Television Shows About Government

GovPilot

Local government operations are becoming a more relevant conversation topic in everyday life due to the relatively recent recognition in the media of the importance of local governance through television shows and movies.

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The 52-Year Fight To Protect El Paso’s Castner Range Continues

Next City

This year, Biden declared the high-desert mountain land a National Monument. But for local conservationists, the work isn't over yet.

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Disaster Zone Podcast: ‘Detecting and Countering Drones’

Disaster Zone blog

Not all drones are friendly.

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Refinery transactions: A window of opportunity?

McKinsey Public & Social Sector Insights

There is a dichotomy in refinery ownership, with some players reducing their refining portfolios while others see the significant value potential in both the short- and long-term.

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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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CIE Spotlight: Resource Network Brings New Flavor to Food Business Support in Durango

NLC (National League of Cities)

Nestled in the southern San Juan Mountains, Durango, Colorado stands as a remote rural community, uniquely defined by the convergence of sandstone, high desert, rivers, and mountains. This picturesque city also boasts a thriving food industry.

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10 Ways to Use Artificial Intelligence (AI) in Community Engagement

Social Pinpoint

Artificial intelligence (AI) is already being used in community engagement across various industries and sectors. The intersection of AI and community engagement offers a promising horizon. AI introduces efficiencies, personalization, and data-driven insights that can redefine the participation experience. Artificial intelligence (AI) involves using computers to do things that traditionally require human intelligence.

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Continuous Innovation Is the Goal of Dell’s Zero-Trust Efforts

FedTech Magazine

Dell’s Zero Trust Center of Excellence is working with the Department of Defense to bring its robust model for a zero-trust security architecture to other agencies. The Zero Trust CoE will deliver a repeatable blueprint of the DOD architecture to provide organizations with a quicker path to zero-trust adoption while easing the integration and orchestration burden for private and public sector entities.

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Celebrating 20 Years of Land Banks in Michigan

Center for Community Progress

In 2023, Michigan land banks mark two important milestones: 20 years since the passage of Michigan’s Land Bank Fast Track Act and incorporation of the 50th land bank in the state. Here’s what community revitalization leaders can learn from Michigan, what impact Michigan land banks have had on neighbors and neighborhoods, and what land bank leaders in the Great Lakes state need to continue their success.

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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.