February, 2024

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Affordable Housing Is Never the Only Problem – Or the Only Solution

Next City

Poverty doesn’t cause social breakdown, nor is social breakdown confined to areas with high levels of poverty, Seth Kaplan writes in “Fragile Neighborhoods.

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West Virginia’s top election official on trust, social media and secure elections

GCN

Ahead of what promises to be a hectic election season, Secretary of State Mac Warner spent part of his last National Association of Secretaries of State Winter Conference touching on conspiracy theories, among other topics.

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Deploying generative AI in US state governments: Pilot, scale, adopt

McKinsey Public & Social Sector Insights

States could have much to gain from using generative AI tools in their operations. A low-risk strategy may be to test some applications while preparing a longer-term implementation plan.

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Gentrification’s Roots in the Post-Industrial City

Next City

Op-ed: De-industrialization isn’t just a Detroit story. It’s also the story of Silicon Valley, whose crown jewel, San Jose, urbanized to house workers for now long-outsourced microchip factories.

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Key Strategies for Public Works Employees to Embrace Government Software

In a rapidly evolving landscape, the integration of digital software into Public Works teams has become imperative. This shift presents an opportunity to transcend traditional approaches, unlocking new levels of efficiency, cost savings, and fostering a culture of continuous improvement. This eBook offers comprehensive strategies to navigate this transformation.

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A Warning About the Nation’s Fiscal Health

GAO (US Government Accountability Office)

The federal government is on an unsustainable long-term fiscal path that poses serious economic, national security, and social challenges if not addressed. And the longer we wait to act, the more dire the consequences will be on the economy and the.

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SCP 200: Bringing Entertainers to Camps: A Chat with Academic Entertainment

Summer Camp Programming

SHOW NOTES Chris and Curt welcome Whitney Mueller from Academic Entertainment, who shares her journey with the company from its humble beginnings to becoming a leading provider of entertainers for camps and schools. The episode covers the variety of programs offered, ensuring no camp ever has to endure the horror of a boring guest […] The post SCP 200: Bringing Entertainers to Camps: A Chat with Academic Entertainment first appeared on Summer Camp Programming.

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CISA, OMB, ONCD and Microsoft collaborate on new logging playbook for Federal agencies

Microsoft Public Sector

As part of our efforts to increase security defaults and follow the principle of secure by design, we are happy to share that a feature change initiated by Microsoft engineering will enable more logging capabilities for Purview Audit (Standard). We have worked closely with the Executive Office of the President (EOP), the Office of the National Cyber Director (ONCD), and the Cybersecurity and Infrastructure Security Agency (CISA) to prioritize this effort for U.S. government customers.

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Beyond the hype: New opportunities for gen AI in energy and materials

McKinsey Public & Social Sector Insights

Generative AI can create additional value from other forms of AI and analytics—and the energy and materials sector is uniquely well-positioned to benefit from these advancements.

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The Black Immigrant Women Who Bought a Minneapolis Mall

Next City

Lack of access to proper retail space was crippling these immigrant businesswomen in the Twin Cities. In forming a commercial real estate cooperative, they’re going far by going together.

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Meet the Your Place in Space Challenge Winners

Homeroom

High school teachers across the country worked with their students this past fall to enter the U.S. Department of Education’s (Department’s) Your Place in Space Challenge. The challenge was the first in the CTE Momentum series, which prepares high school students for rewarding careers and increases access to career and technical education (CTE). Through the Continue Reading The post Meet the Your Place in Space Challenge Winners appeared first on ED.gov Blog.

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Empower Digital Government: Strategic Workbook for Modern Transformation

Digital transformation is reshaping government interactions, bringing agencies closer to the communities they serve. However, while many have adopted new digital tools, few have implemented comprehensive strategies to maximize their benefits. Our Strategic Workbook for Modern Government offers a step-by-step guide to developing a sustainable digital strategy.

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Vote for Your Favorite Camp Program (Voting Ends Thursday)

Summer Camp Programming

Last week I ran a roundtable for the Best Camp Program. Anyone could submit an idea. I received over 60 submissions. Twelve of them did not meet the guidelines, so they were ineligible. Many of the rest were fantastic. It was difficult for us to widdle them down to the top six. To vote, use […] The post Vote for Your Favorite Camp Program (Voting Ends Thursday) first appeared on Summer Camp Programming.

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WEST 2024: Artificial Intelligence Still Needs a Human Touch

FedTech Magazine

Artificial intelligence can be a valuable military tool, but several top military officials and industry experts said this week that they believe it will work best only if humans remain involved in its use. Speaking at WEST 2024 in San Diego, several officials talked about the coming use of AI in the Navy’s future hybrid fleet, a combination of manned and unmanned vessels.

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Corporate tax breaks are costing schools billions

GCN

A three-month investigation finds that tax abatements are coming at the expense of critical funding for school districts. But not all schools in a community are sharing the cash drain equally.

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Organizational health is (still) the key to long-term performance

McKinsey Public & Social Sector Insights

McKinsey’s latest findings on organizational health demonstrate that it remains the best predictor of value creation and a sustainable source of competitive advantage in today’s global marketplace.

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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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Individualism Is Making Public Transit Worse

Next City

For buses and trains to work well, they must meet the needs of many different people at the same time.

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How Passwordless Authentication Supports Zero Trust

State Tech Magazine

State and local government agencies carry the heavy burden of collecting and managing large amounts of sensitive data to bring essential services to citizens. Naturally, they want to be on the cutting edge of cybersecurity, which is where the zero-trust security model comes in. And now, we’re seeing an innovation that could bolster zero trust’s already formidable defenses: passwordless authentication.

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Summer Camp Programming Ideas for Campers Ages 8-10

Summer Camp Programming

I recently wrote a post on programming for younger campers ages 5-7. In this post, I’m covering ages 8-10 with 5 summer camp programs that offer multiple activities. Each program session is 50 minutes. Digital Storytelling and Animation This program introduces campers to the basics of creating digital narratives and animations, empowering them to express […] The post Summer Camp Programming Ideas for Campers Ages 8-10 first appeared on Summer Camp Programming.

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5 Ways Artists Can Help Local Government

NLC (National League of Cities)

Cities are no strangers to supporting arts and culture. But cities should consider deeper (and not necessarily more expensive) levels of partnership with artists to support all areas of their governance. Partnering with artists can help local government achieve common and ongoing goals that often feel elusive.

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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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What Is Memory Safety, and What Does It Mean for Federal Agencies?

FedTech Magazine

Federal agencies face a wide range of cybersecurity threats, including ransomware, insider attacks and phishing attacks. Some of these threats come from relatively new vectors such as Internet of Things devices. Others are much older and elemental, including memory safety. As far back as 1996, when Phrack magazine published an article by the hacker Aleph One titled “Smashing The Stack For Fun And Profit,” the world has known about memory safety vulnerabilities and how malicious actors can exploi

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What to expect from medtech in 2024

McKinsey Public & Social Sector Insights

Our medtech predictions for the year ahead were inspired by conversations with more than 200 industry leaders and informed by McKinsey’s latest decade-ahead medtech report.

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In Philly’s Chinatown, a Community Workshop Envisions Alternatives to Sixers Arena

Next City

Chinatown residents are working on new proposals for the downtown strip where developers are planning a new basketball arena.

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FCC will start turning away hundreds of thousands seeking internet subsidies

GCN

The program serving 23 million low-income households will begin winding down this month. It is set to run out of money in April unless Congress can reach an agreement to increase funding.

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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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Summer Camp Programming Ideas for Younger Campers (Ages 5-7)

Summer Camp Programming

Programming for different age groups can be difficult. Each of us tends to have good instincts for a specific age range when it comes to programming. I, for example, am better at programming for tweens (ages 11-13). A colleague of mine is great at coming up with programming for the in-between ages of 8-10. As […] The post Summer Camp Programming Ideas for Younger Campers (Ages 5-7) first appeared on Summer Camp Programming.

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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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Ways to Celebrate Employee Appreciation Day

GovLoop

National Employee Appreciation Day is the first Friday in March, which this year falls on March 1. Here’s a few ideas to help you honor the occasion. Take a moment to think about each person and communicate thanks. An individualized note can mean a lot. Recognize an employee at a meeting. Consider a creative gesture like a photo collage for the team that points out employee contributions.

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Strengthening fraying ties: The Global Cooperation Barometer 2024

McKinsey Public & Social Sector Insights

Global cooperation is key to better human lives. Our new barometer, developed with the World Economic Forum, can help leaders track trends, monitor critical outcomes, and act to increase cooperation.

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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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It’s Time for City Planners To Be Proactive About Church Property Transitions

Next City

Around the country, churches are closing, downsizing and selling their real estate. Urban planners need to be prepared.

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County officials lobby for internet subsidies

GCN

The FCC is currently turning away hundreds of thousands seeking assistance. If Congress doesn’t soon approve more funding, rural and urban county officials warn, millions will be plunged into “digital darkness.

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The Best Camp Programs Competition

Summer Camp Programming

Starting Monday, February 19, 2024, I am holding a best camp programs competition. If you would like to enter, click here. GENERAL OVERVIEW This is similar to the online/email roundtables I have run in the past. This time, however, there are prizes involved. While our favorite six submissions will be made public, all those who […] The post The Best Camp Programs Competition first appeared on Summer Camp Programming.

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How State and Local Governments Are Working Toward Vision Zero

State Tech Magazine

State and local government procurement trends are always evolving, and the transportation industry is currently leading that charge. According to a recent Deltek GovWin report on state and local procurement, the SLED procurement market showed stability, though the top four industries — transportation, public safety, architecture and engineering, and professional business services — saw significant growth, by 2 to 9 percent year over year from the third quarter of 2022 to the third quarter of 202

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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.