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One Solution to Car-Dependency: Have Non-Drivers Plan Our Transportation Systems

Next City

One-third of Americans don’t have a driver’s license. Anna Zivarts says it’s time for transportation planners to include them in decision-making.

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A new future of work: The race to deploy AI and raise skills in Europe and beyond

McKinsey Public & Social Sector Insights

To gain the full productivity benefits of generative AI and other technologies, Europe and the United States will need to focus both on improving human capital and accelerating technology adoption.

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How South Korea’s Tech Hub Embraced the 15-Minute City

Next City

Busan’s mayor is taking a collaborative approach to championing “happy proximity,” turning his city into a living laboratory for urban regeneration.

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SCP 205: After Hours Activity Ideas for Camp

Summer Camp Programming

SHOW NOTES Curt and Chris explore engaging activities at camp after the sun sets. They share personal stories, offer practical tips for implementing classic nighttime activities like kitchen raids, night swims, and campfire cooking, and offer some more innovative and memorable ideas. HOSTS CURT JACKSON CHRIS KALLAL The post SCP 205: After Hours Activity Ideas for Camp first appeared on Summer Camp Programming.

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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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Recent Litigation Activity That Local Governments Should Know About

NLC (National League of Cities)

NLC does not provide nor intend to provide any legal advice to cities, towns and villages. This article and information is meant for educational purposes only. Local leaders should consult with their general counsel when implementing local policies or engaging in litigation.

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TMF Helps Agencies Modernize and Improve Citizen Services

FedTech Magazine

The Technology Modernization Fund jump-started two major projects of the National Archives and Records Administration that will improve customer and employee experiences. With $9.1 million in TMF funds, NARA will upgrade two outdated IT systems no longer supported by its vendor with new cloud-based software. The new applications improve efficiencies and provide veterans and their families — and hundreds of federal agencies — with faster, more reliable and secure access to records.

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Why so many bad bosses still rise to the top

McKinsey Public & Social Sector Insights

Narcissism. Overconfidence. Low EQ. Why do we persist in selecting for leadership traits that hamper organizational progress—and leave the right potential leaders in the wrong roles?

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The Fight to Reclaim Texas’s Highways for People

Next City

Freeways are a policy choice. Meet the Texans working to ensure we make different choices in Megan Kimble’s new book “​​City Limits.

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Ep 35: Understanding Bullying vs. Conflict with Emily Galinsky

Summer Camp Programming

SHOW NOTES In this episode, Kelie and Shauna are joined by Emily Galinsky from Bright Moose Training to discuss the crucial differences between bullying and conflict in youth programs, camps, and schools. Emily shares insights on how to recognize the signs of both, strategies for prevention, and handling conflicts effectively. The conversation explores real-world applications […] The post Ep 35: Understanding Bullying vs.

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Leadership and Perception

Careers in Government

How you perceive things, events, people, and interactions is an ongoing activity, second by second, minute by minute, day by day. The post Leadership and Perception appeared first on Careers in Government.

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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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Exploring the Link Between Housing Stability and Mental Health

NLC (National League of Cities)

By Mia Chapman Millions of people in the United States living with mental health challenges face barriers to finding and maintaining stable housing. Mental health encompasses emotional, psychological, and social well-being, and mental health illnesses are some of the most common health conditions across the country.

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From foster care to secure housing: How vouchers help young adults build self-sufficiency

GCN

While some first-time renters rush to thrift stores to find eclectic pieces to decorate their new apartments, for adolescents leaving the foster system, the experience of moving out is often much bleaker.

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In the spotlight: Performance management that puts people first

McKinsey Public & Social Sector Insights

Performance management systems help people continuously develop—but most companies fall short of best practices. A set of defined design choices can help guide leaders forward.

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NYC’s Independent Recyclers Emerged From the Pandemic Stronger Than Ever. Here’s How.

Next City

New York’s canners and lateros have acquired property, created a redemption facility and community hub – and begun to organize.

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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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Use modular architecture for flexible and extensible RAG-based generative AI solutions

AWS Public Sector Blog

Retrieval-Augmented Generation (RAG) is the process of optimizing the output of a large language model (LLM). It references an authoritative knowledge base outside of its training data sources before generating a response. A RAG -based solution lets organizations jumpstart generative artificial intelligence (AI) applications with faster and more cost-effective ways to inject fresh, trusted data into foundation models (FMs), making generative AI easier for businesses to onboard.

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Define Your Work Culture with Respect, Accountability & Cooperation

Careers in Government

The biggest issue facing business leaders during a transition is that for many, the work culture in place pre-crisis wasn’t very healthy. The post Define Your Work Culture with Respect, Accountability & Cooperation appeared first on Careers in Government.

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Missing and Murdered Indigenous Persons Awareness Day

NLC (National League of Cities)

By: Sigvanna Tapqaq, Nome, AK, Common Council Member Leadership Circle Member/ NLC Local Indigenous Leaders (LIL) Introduction May 5th is Missing and Murdered Indigenous Persons (MMIW) Day, most widely celebrated across the U.S. and Canada.

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Drivers score win against Uber and Lyft in Minnesota

GCN

The ride-hailing companies dropped their threats to leave the state in exchange for lower guaranteed rates than were originally proposed and preemption of city laws. Similar fights are happening around the country.

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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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Gen AI talent: Your next flight risk

McKinsey Public & Social Sector Insights

Active users of gen AI are high value and in demand—and in many cases, poised to quit. New research reveals how to attract them, keep them engaged, and motivate them to stay put.

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Combating cyber-enabled fraud: Sapphire’s proactive cyber security approach

Open Access Government - Technology News

The Internet offers many advantages. However, with online crime totalling $8tn globally, the system seems broken In the UK, fraud is the most experienced crime, accounting for 40% of all crimes. Shockingly, 80% of reported fraud is enabled through online means, with many cyber-enabled frauds remaining unreported. The true number of such incidents is much higher.

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ICF helps FDA accelerate the drug labeling review process with AWS machine learning

AWS Public Sector Blog

Within the Food and Drug Administration’s Center for Drug Evaluation and Research, the Division of Medication Error Prevention and Analysis (DMEPA) plays a critical role. DMEPA reviews premarket and postmarket drug labeling to minimize the risk of medication errors. In partnership with FDA’s DMEPA team, Amazon Web Services (AWS) Partner ICF is developing a machine learning (ML) prototype known as the Computerized Labeling Assessment Tool (CLAT).

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Make Mental Health Awareness a Priority

GovLoop

In May, we celebrate Mental Health Awareness Month. The observance began in — hold onto your hats — 1949! While that makes it 75 years old, many people and organizations might just be recognizing it for the first time. That’s an important step to take, because healthy employees are productive and happy, and mental health matters. The National Alliance on Mental Illness ( NAMI ) reports that one in five adults will experience a mental health challenge each year, but only half of that group will r

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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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It’s Time to Lead (Mindfully) in the Public Sector

Careers in Government

The variety of positive and negative emotions felt by workers encapsulates the nuances within the changing landscape of the modern-day workplace. The post It’s Time to Lead (Mindfully) in the Public Sector appeared first on Careers in Government.

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E-bikes are a ‘game changer’ for bike shares

GCN

Ridership on the systems in cities big and small after the pandemic is stronger than ever, and bike-share operators say the electric devices are a big reason why.

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Strategic alliances for gen AI: How to build them and make them work

McKinsey Public & Social Sector Insights

Strategic alliances are a must for companies looking to build value from generative AI. But approaching them like traditional vendor arrangements won’t work.

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Protecting against public sector fraud with technology

Open Access Government - Technology News

Alex Case, Senior Director, Government Industry Principal at Pegasystems, ex-senior civil servant at 10 Downing Street and the UK’s Cabinet Office, walks us through protecting against public sector fraud with technology Local and national governments are under immense pressure to show that grants make a valuable difference in their communities’ lives and are not being misused in any way.

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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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AWS Partner Kokomo24/7 transforms Los Angeles Unified School District’s health data system in one year

AWS Public Sector Blog

In May 2022, the Los Angeles Unified School District (LAUSD), the second-largest school district in the US, encountered a problem. The COVID-tracking and health data system built for the district during the COVID-19 pandemic had become clunky, difficult to customize, and expensive to maintain. With more than 500,000 students in the system, LAUSD administrators wanted to lower the cost of their infrastructure technology to redirect funds toward supporting teachers and students with classroom reso

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Walking a Path Towards Indigenous Education

Homeroom

There is a famous phrase amongst Indigenous people about walking in two worlds: one being a path of traditional teachings, and the other being a path in the western world. I’ve related to and reflected on this statement all throughout my educational journey, but especially as I’ve worked to instill Native language & culture in Continue Reading The post Walking a Path Towards Indigenous Education appeared first on ED.gov Blog.

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The F-35 Will Now Exceed $2 Trillion As the Military Plans to Fly It Less

GAO (US Government Accountability Office)

The F-35 Lightning II Joint Strike Fighter is the Department of Defense’s most ambitious weapons program and plays a crucial role in DOD’s ability to meet current and future U.S. national security goals. At the same time, the F-35 has been plagued by.

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State policies banning gender-affirming care have 'chilling effect' across the country

GCN

The number of laws restricting LGBTQ rights is on the rise, experts say. The trend could worsen transgender individuals' access to mental and physical health care and exacerbate discrimination.

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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.