November, 2023

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Why another shutdown would be bad for the U.S. military

Partnership for Public Service

Despite the recent passage of stopgap funding to keep the federal government open, Congress is once again running down the clock on another potential shutdown that would furlough nearly 1.5 million federal employees and force more than 650,000 to work without pay. Among those negatively impacted by a shutdown would be members of the U.S. military, who would suffer financially and lose out on training, weakening our national security at a critical juncture in global affairs.

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Apprenticeship programs are growing as the public sector faces workforce shortages

GCN

Registered apprenticeships, infrequently used by state and local governments in the past, are gaining the attention of staff-starved agencies.

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Improving public health through data exchange

AWS Public Sector Blog

As public health resources shift away from the pandemic response, jurisdictions now seek ways to modernize their public health infrastructure to avoid previous challenges such as data fragmentation, incompleteness of health data, and lack of interoperability. Agencies, community leaders, and health professionals look to lessons learned and best practices from the COVID-19 pandemic as a starting point.

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El Paso Tried To Turn This Historic Neighborhood Into A Sports Arena. Then Residents Stepped In.

Next City

After El Paso residents and historic preservationists spent years battling the historic Duranguito neighborhood, the city has backed out and is seeking another site for its stadium plan.

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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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SCP 193: Magazine Style Episode #9 (A.I. Edition)

Summer Camp Programming

SHOW NOTES This is the 9th magazine style episode and it’s a little different than the others. Why? Because the ideas the guys talk about are A.I. generated…and many of them are REALLY good. HOSTS CURT JACKSON CHRIS KALLAL The post SCP 193: Magazine Style Episode #9 (A.I. Edition) first appeared on Summer Camp Programming. The post SCP 193: Magazine Style Episode #9 (A.I.

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Artificial Intelligence: A Dooms Day Risk?

Disaster Zone blog

Which will it be: a boon to how we interact with technology or technology run amuck?

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Technology Is Turning Conference Rooms into Hubs for Seamless Collaboration

FedTech Magazine

With the opening of its Workplace Innovation Lab, the General Services Administration seeks to better understand how hybrid work and the deployment of communication technologies will impact its employees. Located in Washington, D.C., the WIL takes up 25,000 square feet inside GSA headquarters and is equipped with access control and onsite security personnel.

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Award-Winning Library Marketing Team’s Advice for Promotional Success: “Try New Things. Fail. Try More Things.”

Super Library Marketing

Photo courtesy Cincinnati and Hamilton County Public Library A few months ago while at a conference, Meghan McCorkell , got the email of a lifetime. The chief of Marketing, Communications, and Strategy for the Enoch Pratt Free Library , she called back to Baltimore and put her team on speaker phone. Meghan was delivering great news: her team won the coveted Library Marketer of the Year award from Library Journal.

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Next City’s 2023 Gift Guide For City Lovers

Next City

Our gift recommendations for urbanists who care about creating equitable cities.

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Ep 24: The Rising Cost of Childcare with Riel Peerbooms

Summer Camp Programming

SHOW NOTES In this episode, Shauna and Kelie talk with Frost Valley CEO, Riel Peerbooms, about the rising childcare cost and how it affects camps. Links: Riel Contact: ceo@frostvalley.org Want to add to our conversation? Have a question you want us to discuss? Email Us: exploringcampsides@gmail.com HOSTS KELIE COOK SHAUNA GUGLIELMO The post Ep 24: The Rising Cost of Childcare with Riel Peerbooms 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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Disaster Zone Podcast: Gaming Cybersecurity Training

Disaster Zone blog

A different approach to training teams on cybersecurity.

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The Next Big Way to Tackle Global Climate Challenges? Youth-Led Solutions

NLC (National League of Cities)

By UNICEF USA In the past year, record-breaking summer heat swept across the globe, and extreme weather like hurricanes, wildfires and rising floods devastated communities. Addressing climate change and its impacts has never been more crucial, and youth have been on the front line actively advocating for tangible, practical solutions to the climate crisis.

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HPE and Department of Energy Prepare for the Second Phase of Newest Supercomputer

FedTech Magazine

Kestrel, the Department of Energy’s newest supercomputer, has taken flight. The impressive machine would have never left the nest without Hewlett Packard Enterprise, the prime contractor responsible for bringing it to life. DOE tapped HPE in late 2021 to build the new platform to tackle ongoing renewable energy and energy-efficiency research. Kestrel will deliver more than five times faster performance, with 44 petaflops of computing power.

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Seeing around corners: How to excel as a chief of staff

McKinsey Public & Social Sector Insights

A chief of staff can be instrumental to a CEO’s success while also advancing their own career. Here are eight pieces of advice from those who have mastered the role.

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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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Next City’s End-of-Year Give Guide

Next City

Here are our suggestions for places to give your cash during the 2023 holiday season and beyond.

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Ep 23: Staff Training Ideas and Thoughts

Summer Camp Programming

SHOW NOTES This episode was recorded before the 2023 summer season. Shauna and Kelie share their plans for staff training and share some great resources. Take a listen and get some cool ideas for your 2024 staff training. Links: Gamestorming: A Playbook for Innovators, Rulebreakers, and Changemakers (book) How Long To Visiting Day?: Creative Role-Playing […] The post Ep 23: Staff Training Ideas and Thoughts first appeared on Summer Camp Programming.

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New Measures of Postsecondary Education Transfer Performance: Transfer-out rates for community colleges, transfer student graduation rates at four-year colleges, and the institutional dyads contributing to transfer student success

Homeroom

Nathan Sotherland, Kevin Stange, and Jordan Matsudaira The U.S. postsecondary education system provides students with many flexible pathways to earning a bachelor’s degree. One of the most important of these is the opportunity to start a degree at a community college and transfer to a four-year degree program. Community colleges provide access to postsecondary education Continue Reading The post New Measures of Postsecondary Education Transfer Performance: Transfer-out rates for community colleg

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Smart Cities Connect 2023: Smart Streetlights Provide IoT Entry Point

State Tech Magazine

Smart city projects in Memphis, Tenn., and in Philadelphia demonstrate the potential of smart streetlights not just for illuminating neighborhoods but also for collecting data that can improve the lives of citizens in other areas, agreed an expert panel at Smart Cities Connect 2023 on Tuesday. Addressing the conference in National Harbor, Md., Mike Grigsby, director of business development for Ubicquia, said that replacing traditional streetlights with smart LED lights paid dividends.

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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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AI could ease the ‘administrative muck’ delaying SNAP and other benefits

GCN

President Biden’s recent executive order specifically called for guidance in the emerging technology’s use in assistance programs. But experts warn that AI isn’t a silver bullet.

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Reframing employee health: Moving beyond burnout to holistic health

McKinsey Public & Social Sector Insights

A new McKinsey Health Institute survey across 30 countries offers insights into how organizations can help create a workplace that prioritizes physical, mental, social, and spiritual health.

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U.S. Army Cyber School Trains Soldiers Remotely with Secure Technology

FedTech Magazine

If you enjoyed this video, check out the other videos in our Feds in the Field series: National Air and Space Museum Goes High-Tech for Next-Generation Exhibits NIST Aims a Camera at the Mechanics of Fire USDA Drones Search Irrigation Water for Contamination The Library of Congress Uses Modern Tech to Digitize American History In Space, Printing Happens in All Dimensions The VA Provides Health Care Via Smartphones Robotic Process Automation Does the Work at the Defense Logistics Agency Sm

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Municipal Water Projects Advance with State Revolving Fund Financing and Funding

NLC (National League of Cities)

The Bipartisan Infrastructure Law (BIL), officially known as the Infrastructure Investment and Jobs Act, provides significant funding for improving the nation’s drinking water, wastewater and stormwater infrastructure. The law delivers $50 billion to the U.S.

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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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AI’s potential to predict and prevent sudden cardiac death

Open Access Government - Technology News

Research conducted in France suggests that using Artificial Intelligence to analyse medical data in electronic health records may hold promise in predicting sudden cardiac death In their study, the researchers examined the electronic health records of 25,000 individuals who had experienced sudden cardiac death and 70,000 individuals who had been hospitalised due to cardiac arrest but did not succumb to it.

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How States and Localities Can Fight Back Against Ransomware Attacks

State Tech Magazine

In the fight against cybercriminals, media and public attention is focused most often on the federal government’s efforts to secure the nation’s critical infrastructure against ransomware and other attacks. But a less noticed target is equally if not more vulnerable: cities, states, municipalities and other public entities. A rash of ransomware attacks against city governments, from Dallas to Lowell, Mass., reinforces the notion that localities are attractive targets for cybercriminals seeking e

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Social media cases hinge on definition of what amounts to state action online

GCN

The U.S. Supreme Court wrestled in two important cases over whether public officials acted improperly in blocking constituents on their personal social media accounts.

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Global economics intelligence executive summary, October 2023

McKinsey Public & Social Sector Insights

The global outlook is unchanged despite weaker readings in trade, consumer confidence, and business activity. Still-elevated inflation and interest rates are acting as headwinds to economic growth.

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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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How Agencies Can Increase Cloud Visibility

FedTech Magazine

Agencies don’t always implement their continuous monitoring plans because that would require a new philosophy toward cloud security, according to Dave Hinchman, director of IT and cyber at the Government Accountability Office. Hinchman says cloud computing was an afterthought four or five years ago, but it’s starting to be seen as a way to easily meet federal cyber requirements and push updates to thousands of desktops using Software as a Service.

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Highlights of City Summit 2023

NLC (National League of Cities)

At the National League of Cities (NLC) 99th annual City Summit, almost 4,000 municipal leaders, staff and advocates gathered in Atlanta to learn, listen and network. From the General Sessions to workshops, the message was clear: Local leaders are on the frontlines and instrumental in shaping their communities.

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Alteia and the World Bank assess and enhance road infrastructure data quality at scale using AWS

AWS Public Sector Blog

A road in rural Peru. Rural roads are critical for connectivity, transportation, and development. (Photo credit: World Bank Transport Team 2) Road infrastructures connect households to higher quality opportunities for employment, healthcare and education. Since 2002, the World Bank has constructed or rehabilitated more than 260,000 kilometers of roads, lending more for roads than for education, health, and social services combined.

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Smart Cities Connect: Syracuse Focuses on Vision Zero and Digital Empowerment

State Tech Magazine

In 2020, StateTech named Syracuse, N.Y., as a top Smart City to Watch. On Nov. 28, Syracuse Director of Strategic Initiatives Jennifer Tifft will participate in Smart Cities Connect 2023 on a panel, The National Standards Strategy for Critical and Emerging Technology and Implications for Smart Cities and Communities. The conference, hosted by the Gaylord National Hotel and Convention Center in National Harbor, Md., explores issues regarding the design and adoption of networks supporting the Inte

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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.