October, 2023

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Our Planning Process is Broken. Street Experiments Can Help.

Next City

Op-ed: Street experiments are a rapid, low-cost technique that marries the best of top-down and bottom-up planning to create new possibilities.

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Right skills, right person, right role

McKinsey Public & Social Sector Insights

A shift from credential-based to skills-based hiring could be a key to filling technical roles amid talent shortages.

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Why some schools are halting Halloween celebrations

GCN

The bans address concerns that some students may feel excluded from Halloween celebrations because their families cannot afford to participate or choose not to for cultural reasons.

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How El Paso’s Streetcars Rose Again

Next City

The rise and fall and – thanks to a guerilla art campaign and the tenacity of several city officials – rise again of El Paso's iconic streetcars.

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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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SCP 191: C.A.F.E. Bags

Summer Camp Programming

SHOW NOTES C.A.F.E. Bags, which stands for Challenges, Activities, Feats, and Entertainment, is a brand new idea brought to you by Curt and Chris. These bags work great for rainy days and hot weather days that keep everyone inside. Or you can schedule this as an everyday activity time! The guys give you gobs of […] The post SCP 191: C.A.F.E. Bags first appeared on Summer Camp Programming.

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Searching for Grant Opportunities Using Google

Peak Proposals

Finding grant opportunities to apply to is of central importance to most non-profit organizations. While a grant database is ideal for conducting prospect research, many non-profits lack access to a subscription database and instead rely on free sources such as Google and other search engines. A Google search on grant funding can generate an unwieldy number of results.

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Fintechs: A new paradigm of growth

McKinsey Public & Social Sector Insights

After decades of hypergrowth, fintechs have entered a new era of value creation, where the focus is on sustainable, profitable growth. This report examines how fintechs can win in these disruptive times.

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School Librarians: One of a Student’s Best Resources

Homeroom

Educators and students, don’t forget to tap into one of your best resources as you begin this school year…your school librarian! In today’s school libraries, you can find lively, vibrant spaces focused on learning and community. A school librarian provides personalized learning environments and offers equitable access to resources to ensure a well-rounded education for Continue Reading The post School Librarians: One of a Student’s Best Resources appeared first on ED.gov Blog.

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Communities look to end prison-to-homelessness pipeline

GCN

Incarceration and homelessness are inextricably linked, each cycling into the other. As the housing crisis drags on, state and local governments are looking to prevent former inmates from becoming homeless in the first place.

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Ep 21: Our 2023 Summer Recap

Summer Camp Programming

SHOW NOTES Shauna and Kelie ARE BACK! In this episode, they recap their VERY different summers. Shauna had her best summer EVER, while Kelie had her hardest. Also, find out why we included a photo of a cactus in the show notes. Want to add to our conversation? Have a question you want us to […] The post Ep 21: Our 2023 Summer Recap 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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Pandemic-Tested Telehealth Technology Expands into Mainstream Care

FedTech Magazine

In a pilot physical therapy program run by the Veterans Affairs Medical Center in Asheville, N.C., veterans work to save a medieval village from a fire-breathing dragon. “While they’re tracking the dragon, they have to keep it in their line of sight,” says Caitlin Rawlins, deputy director of clinical tech innovation in the VA’s Office of Healthcare, Innovation and Learning.

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For the border it is not all about the wall

Disaster Zone blog

Other "systems" are needed to manage the border.

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Five paths to TSR outperformance

McKinsey Public & Social Sector Insights

It’s hard for companies to significantly beat long-term market TSR, harder still for the largest corporations, and hardest of all in the face of low growth. But industry endowment needn’t be destiny.

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Apply Now: New Water Workforce Grant Funding Available

NLC (National League of Cities)

The U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) announced the availability of $20 million in grant funding through the Innovative Water Infrastructure Workforce Development Grant Program to address the need for building a pipeline of skilled, diverse water and wastewater utilities workers.

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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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Why cities should consider roundabouts

GCN

COMMENTARY | An alternative to traditional signalized intersections, roundabouts can substantially offset the dangers posed by larger vehicles, ensuring that any potential impact is less severe due to moderated speeds and oblique angles of collision.

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Ep 22: Sticking Points- A Book Review and Discussion of Generations in the Workplace

Summer Camp Programming

SHOW NOTES Shauna and Kelie discuss a recent book they read, Sticking Points by Haydn Shaw about the 4-5 generations that are in the workplace and how it relates to camp! Sticking Points by Haydn Shaw Want to add to our conversation? Have a question you want us to discuss? Email Us: exploringcampsides@gmail.com HOSTS KELIE […] The post Ep 22: Sticking Points- A Book Review and Discussion of Generations in the Workplace first appeared on Summer Camp Programming.

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Automated End-to-End Testing Helps Enable Better Constituent Experiences

Government Technology Insider

While agencies have made great strides towards improving constituent experiences, there is often complexity and confusion when constituents have to navigate multiple forms, processes, or levels of government to request services. Consequently, constituents have demanded more unified digital experiences. To achieve this, state government agencies will need to break down data silos to provide agencies with the ability to make accurate data-driven decisions that improve overall constituent experienc

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Disaster Zone Podcast: ‘Emergency Managers and the Vitality of Public Information’

Disaster Zone blog

Don’t ignore this important aspect of the profession.

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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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Tech talent in transition: Seven technology trends reshaping telcos

McKinsey Public & Social Sector Insights

With technologies like edge computing, AI, and xRAN transforming telecom, leaders are reassessing how to capture value. Rethinking talent is a key piece of the puzzle.

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4 Core Principles for States to Follow When Adopting AI

State Tech Magazine

A recent survey by the Public Technology Institute found that artificial intelligence is second only to automation as the technology that state and local government IT leaders are most interested in adopting. That’s unsurprising, as AI provides actionable insights agencies can use to improve citizen services. Just because it’s on their radar, however, doesn’t mean that most state and local agencies have started to implement AI.

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California suspends Cruise robotaxis, and questions mount

GCN

The state Department of Motor Vehicles halted operation of the self-driving cars in San Francisco because of concerns over how the company handled a crash with a pedestrian.

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Shining a Light on Afterschool Programs: A Nationwide Celebration

NLC (National League of Cities)

By Jason D. King, SVP, Corporate Communications & Marketing, Clear Channel Outdoor This month, digital billboards across the nation will light up with messages celebrating afterschool programs and the 24th annual Lights On Afterschool celebration.

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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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Internet skyrockets to 1.88 billion websites and still growing

Open Access Government - Technology News

The Internet has grown incredibly over the last 30 years, with 1.88 billion online websites.This has drastically changed how we communicate, conduct business, and get information. Speaking on the data, Edith Reads from TradingPlatforms.com said. “From its humble beginnings as a government research project, the Internet has transformed how we live and interact.

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Remember: People Are Not Paying Attention to the Weather

Disaster Zone blog

New York City is a great example of that.

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Forward Thinking on the existential issues facing the middle classes in every country with Homi Kharas

McKinsey Public & Social Sector Insights

Historically, the middle class has always tried to avoid change and to reduce levels of uncertainty, but it now has to embrace change and write itself a new narrative, says a leading economist.

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States Implement Better Traffic Management With Smart Transportation Systems

State Tech Magazine

There aren’t a lot of U.S. roadways more challenging or potentially dangerous than Interstate 70 in Colorado. The highway tops out beneath the Continental Divide at an elevation of 11,158 feet. After emerging from the Eisenhower-Johnson Memorial Tunnel, it eventually drops both east and west toward Denver and Grand Junction, Colo., respectively. On some stretches along the way, the road becomes so relentlessly steep that trucks lose their brakes to overheating.

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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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Cloud adoption essential, but still challenging

GCN

Pittsburgh has racked up some early successes with its cloud migration, but a combination of limited finances, technical debt and the need to educate employees slows progress.

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Applying AI in Healthcare: Netsmart AI Data Lab

AWS Public Sector Blog

Over the past decade, billions of federal dollars have been invested in reshaping how hospitals and clinics manage their health records. But in human services, post-acute and community-based services — the segments of care dedicated to mental health, substance use, home care, hospice and the environments people live in — change has been slower to come.

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ARPA Obligation Deadline is Around the Corner

NLC (National League of Cities)

The American Rescue Plan Act (ARPA) provided cities, towns and villages with a long runway to obligate the allocated funds under the State and Local Fiscal Recovery Funds (SLFRF) program. Under this program, every city, town and village in America was offered a grant out of the $65.1 billion set aside for municipalities.

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Three Tropical Cyclones Rotating in the Pacific Ocean

Disaster Zone blog

I've never seen three before.

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Facility Maintenance Trends for 2024: Whats 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.