February, 2023

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Tips for Editing Your Own Writing

Peak Proposals

It isn't easy to edit your own writing. Because you know what you meant to write, your eye will often gloss over misspellings, missing words, and incorrect word choices. Even when you are determined to slow down and read what you’ve written word-for-word, it’s almost impossible to resist skimming some sections. Sometimes you may find yourself skimming inadvertently, and other times it may be by choice when you think you’ve reviewed a passage enough.

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How Baltimore Engaged Disenfranchised Communities In Its Transportation Planning

Next City

The Baltimore & Potomac Tunnel replacement project would run through a Black community that had already been divided by a highway. Here’s how the city carried out an effective public engagement process.

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What does policymaking look like?

Paul Cairney

This post first appeared on the UK Public Policy Design blog. See also: 5 images of the policy process and more discussion of the turtle image.

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SCP 182: The ACA National Conference is Next Week!

Summer Camp Programming

SHOW NOTES The guys will be at the ACA conference in Orlando next week. They talk about the sessions they may attend, their session (and possible giveaways), and what they’ll be doing for fun around Orlando. HOSTS CURT JACKSON CHRIS KALLAL The post SCP 182: The ACA National Conference is Next Week! appeared first on Summer Camp Programming.

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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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Leveraging Libraries to End the Digital Divide

State Tech Magazine

State technology leaders have a multibillion-dollar opportunity right now to end the digital divide as we know it. With the first installment of federal deployment and digital equity planning funds in hand, more than a dozen states have kicked off coordinated efforts with federal, state and local leaders in pursuit of internet for all. Leveraging America’s libraries can avoid duplication of work and accelerate progress.

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Microtransit is Eating Science Fiction

Human Transit

A while back I wrote about Ada Palmer’s glorious science fiction series Terra Ignota, which I really do recommend to anyone with the slightest interest in philosophy, politics, or history. But I called out one feature of her world that made me crazy: the fantasy that globe-spanning supersonic driverless flying Uber would enable people to make daily trips of thousands of miles.

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How Many US&R Teams Are There?

Disaster Zone blog

More than just the FEMA teams identified in an earlier post.

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The AI-native telco: Radical transformation to thrive in turbulent times

McKinsey Public & Social Sector Insights

Artificial intelligence, when deployed at scale, can help telcos protect core revenues and drive margin growth. But capturing this opportunity will require a wholly different approach.

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How to build future-facing ERP

GCN

Thoroughly understanding the limitations of the legacy platform and mapping out the business case for replacing an enterprise resource planning system will help agencies build for the future instead of reconstructing the past.

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5 examples of SMART objectives for nonprofits

Professional Grant Writer

Once you have a grasp on the the acronym SMART and how it relates to developing strong objectives, it’s time to put that. The post 5 examples of SMART objectives for nonprofits appeared first on Professional Grant Writer.

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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 Library Marketer Shares Her Winning TikTok Success Secrets!

Super Library Marketing

Photo courtesy Cincinnati and Hamilton County Public Library Francesca Castro has been visiting libraries for as long as she can remember. “My mother took me to children’s programs at the public library when I was very young,” recalled Francesca. “Then, in elementary and middle school, I begged my parents for cash to spend at the annual book fair.

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Don’t Miss New Infrastructure Grants Coming Soon

NLC (National League of Cities)

Since President Biden signed the Bipartisan Infrastructure Law over one year ago, his Administration has hit the ground running to deliver investments that change people’s lives for the better and get America moving again. Already, over $195 billion has been announced and is headed to states, Tribes, territories, and local governments.

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Will Emergency Management Programs Get the Axe at Universities?

Disaster Zone blog

Enrollment is down overall at colleges and universities.

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How to close the Black tech talent gap

McKinsey Public & Social Sector Insights

Businesses risk billions if Black professionals continue to be underrepresented in tech jobs. Closing the gap means making changes to education, recruiting, and retention initiatives.

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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 Single Digital Identity Is the Future for State and Local Government Cybersecurity

State Tech Magazine

In recent years, ransomware attacks have become a growing threat to city, state and local government agencies and organizations. Attackers have made headlines for major disruptions in states across the country, including Florida, Georgia, Maryland and Texas. These crippling attacks are not new, however, and as the attack surface continues to expand, bad actors are getting smarter, quicker and more sophisticated.

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Digital Driver’s Licenses Are Finding Their Way to State and Federal Agencies

FedTech Magazine

There are an estimated 311 million smartphone users in the United States, doubling as video cameras, calculators, GPS guides, flashlights, e-readers and, soon, driver’s licenses. In the near future, if a police officer pulls you over, you may not need to hand over a plastic ID card. Instead, you’ll share your information digitally with the officer, who will hopefully give you a warning and advise you to fix that broken taillight.

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Using real-time data platforms to plug cybersecurity skills gap

Open Access Government - Technology News

How can we use real-time data platforms to improve the cybersecurity skills gap crisis in government and the public sector? There is a crisis in cybersecurity skills , and the public sector, including government agencies, will be feeling the cumulative impact this year. A report by Ipsos for the Department for Digital, Culture, Media and Sport last May found that many UK businesses needed more staff with the technical, incident response, and governance skills needed to manage their cyber securit

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New Electric Vehicle Charging Grants Coming Soon

NLC (National League of Cities)

New federal community electric vehicle (EV) charging grants will soon be available to help communities add new EV charging locations as the number of EVs on the roads grows. The U.S.

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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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Ohio Train Derailment Not a Presidentially Declared Disaster

Disaster Zone blog

There is a “responsible party” who should pay for everything.

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Agtech: Breaking down the farmer adoption dilemma

McKinsey Public & Social Sector Insights

Current macroeconomic conditions, consumer focus on sustainability, regulations, and changing business models could further drive farmers’ adoption of agtech products, if their concerns are addressed.

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State CIOs Focus on Cybersecurity and Identity Management in 2023

State Tech Magazine

The National Association of State Chief Information Officers recently released its State CIO Top 10 Policy and Technology Priorities for 2023, and cybersecurity and risk management are a top focus this year. With the increase in threats from state and rogue actors, this really comes as no surprise. The intentionality of adopting cyber risk management practices will increase defense capabilities and enable states to better understand the underlying risk of breaches.

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Federal Cybersecurity vs. Private: How Do Agencies Stack Up?

FedTech Magazine

A recent report released by software company Splunk found that public sector organizations often lack the cybersecurity intelligence needed to respond effectively, and they struggle more than the private sector in leveraging data to detect and prevent threats. Based on a survey of more than 200 IT and data security managers conducted by Foundry Research, the December report compares the state of federal cybersecurity defense with that of the private sector.

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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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10 steps to future water sustainability

GCN

Municipal water managers can harness new technologies that will adapt to changes in how water is understood, managed and shared.

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How Huntington, West Virginia, Grew its Municipal Workforce

NLC (National League of Cities)

Huntington, West Virginia, is a gateway to economic transformation in Appalachia. Our community is at the center of the Huntington-Ashland-Ironton metropolitan area spanning seven counties and three states. We’re also at the center of workforce revitalization, particularly for our municipal workforce.

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Disaster Zone Podcast: Understanding What Paramedics do To Save Lives

Disaster Zone blog

Eventually they will see "everyone" in their lifetime.

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Into all problem-solving, a little dissent must fall

McKinsey Public & Social Sector Insights

In today’s interconnected business environment, companies won’t be able to solve problems effectively without encouraging “contributory dissent”—a healthy approach to gathering diverse perspectives that should be taught to team members, modeled by leaders, and supported by culture.

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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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Agencies Embrace Modern Workspace Management for Distributed Workforces

State Tech Magazine

In Massachusetts, a new comprehensive workspace management program has streamlined the deployment of computing devices to state employees, removing IT staff from the process entirely. It has been key in supporting the commonwealth’s move to remote and hybrid work. “We’ve been operating in this environment since March 2020,” says Jason Snyder, state CIO and secretary of the Executive Office of Technology Services and Security.

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Library Reveals Inner Secrets of Award-Winning Marketing Campaigns… Now You Can Replicate Them!

Super Library Marketing

Photo courtesy Cincinnati and Hamilton County Public Library A woman in a blue shirt walks dejectedly through the library, head down, shoulders hunched. She waves at patrons coming in and out of the building, but no one notices. She places one lonely hand on the window to the world outside as the sound of melancholy music plays in the background. Soon the music swells, and the woman walks through the front doors of the library, skipping across the lawn as she makes her way to the parking lot.

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3 Ways to Celebrate Being a Grant Professional

DH Leonard Consulting & Grant Writing Services

One of the things I love about the grant profession so much is the diversity of backgrounds that bring people to the field of writing grants. If you talk to five different grant writers/grant professionals, you will hear five different stories of the paths that brought them to the work they do today. It isn’t as clear as an undergraduate major that is the “usual” track for people to enter this work.

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Significance of the Farm Bill Reauthorization for Every Community

NLC (National League of Cities)

This year, local leaders should keep an eye out for the reauthorization of the most impactful piece of legislation related to agriculture and food, commonly referred to as the Farm Bill.

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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.