January, 2024

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5 Ways Internet of Things Devices Can Benefit Public Safety

State Tech Magazine

Internet of Things devices provide state and local agencies with a force multiplier. These technologies make data collection and processing more efficient, allowing for quicker and more accurate responses in an emergency. Here are five questions to ask when considering IoT devices for public safety. Click the banner below to learn more about modernizing cities with the Internet of Things.

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Ep 29: Understanding Gen Z: Trauma-Informed Care in Camp Settings

Summer Camp Programming

SHOW NOTES Kelie and Shauna are joined by Claire Griffith, a recreation specialist working with cognitively impaired individuals. Claire addresses trauma informed care within a camp setting, stressing the importance of safety, trust, transparency, peer support, and collaboration, and acknowledging cultural, historical, and gender issues. They explore how trauma informed care can influence Gen Z, […] The post Ep 29: Understanding Gen Z: Trauma-Informed Care in Camp Settings first appeared o

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Cities, Don’t Give Up on the Fight to End Homelessness

NLC (National League of Cities)

By United States Interagency Council on Homelessness Executive Director Jeff Olivet When the work of homelessness makes you feel hopeless, don’t give up, and don’t give in to calls for harsh action that punishes people who have nowhere else to go. Pause.

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Do land-use reforms spur housing development? You betcha.

GCN

After years of adjusting land-use regulations, Minneapolis boosted its housing stock by 12%, while rents grew at just 1%. Meanwhile, the rest of Minnesota increased its stock by 4% as rents rose 14%.

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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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New Programs: Specialized Activities with Camp Managers

Summer Camp Programming

The inspiration for this article comes from Craig Huffman. Cooking with Cindy Consider a new specialized activity option that just might elevate the camp experience to new heights. “Cooking with Cindy” is a program that was introduced at a summer camp whose kitchen manager, Cindy, spearheaded. This innovative program not only enriched the campers’ experience […] The post New Programs: Specialized Activities with Camp Managers first appeared on Summer Camp Programming.

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These Guerilla Bus Benches Are Spurring Berkeley to Step Up for Bus Riders

Next City

Vigilante urbanism: A pair of activists have taken up the job of building seating at Berkeley’s bus stops. Will the city step up to meet the need – and fulfill its responsibilities to its residents?

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A tech pipeline for rural communities: West Virginia joins AWS Tech Alliance

AWS Public Sector Blog

Last year, Amazon Web Services (AWS) launched the AWS Skills to Jobs Tech Alliance to improve the employment gap by increasing tech skills globally. The initiative brings together a coalition of Fortune 500 companies and other employers, government agencies, workforce development organizations, and education leaders to better prepare learners for entry-level tech careers.

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Coming to terms with generative AI’s early potential for government

Open Access Government - Technology News

Following the recent international AI Summit, many government executives are assessing how to get started exploring the technology’s potential to improve citizen services One year after generative AI publicly emerged with the launch of ChatGPT and similar tools, it is clear the rapid evolution from AI to generative AI is opening major new frontiers for improving customer service, streamlining processes, and enhancing efficiency in government services.

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One state takes on youth mental health by streamlining access to services

GCN

For some families, it can take more than a decade to connect children to appropriate mental health resources once they show symptoms. Amid a growing youth mental health crisis, one state is developing an online portal to shave that wait time down.

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Foster Positive Relationships at Camp with Fun Social Skills Lessons

Summer Camp Programming

The original inspiration for this post comes from Cindy Grant. Teaching Social Skills at Camp Let’s talk about social skills – those essential abilities that help us interact with others in positive and respectful ways. Social skills are not always easy to learn, especially for kids who have different needs and preferences. That’s why it’s […] The post Foster Positive Relationships at Camp with Fun Social Skills Lessons 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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The Most Influential Role in Politics Isn’t the One You’re Thinking About

Next City

Mayors are engaged in next-level problem-solving.

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Technology Continuing to Drive Emergency Management and First Responders

Disaster Zone blog

Gird up your loins, you will be in a race to adopt new technology.

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15 startups selected for the inaugural AWS Education Accelerator

AWS Public Sector Blog

Amazon Web Services (AWS) today announced 15 startup companies selected to participate in the inaugural AWS Education Accelerator. Announced in October 2023, the AWS Education Accelerator supports education technology (EdTech) startups who are innovating to enhance the teaching and learning experience and improve educational outcomes. As education continues to evolve, data-driven decision making is a powerful strategy to transform teaching and learning practices and unlock new opportunities for

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Global Economics Intelligence executive summary, December 2023

McKinsey Public & Social Sector Insights

2024 looks uncertain: inflation has come down but long-term interest rates remain high; retail sales are relatively stable; manufacturing continues to contract; geopolitical concerns are on the rise.

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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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Local transit agencies mimicking Uber and Lyft are seeing big ridership gains

GCN

Connect is so popular that it’s having trouble keeping up with demand, even as the Minnesota legislature allocated over $9 million last year to build out Connect and similar systems statewide.

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A Neat Way to Empower Responsibility in Children

Summer Camp Programming

This article was inspired by Amy McSheffrey and the wall they have in one of their rooms. The reflection wall in the image above would be a transformative addition to any camp environment. It can play a pivotal role in instilling a powerful lesson for your young campers. As kids pass by this interactive wall, […] The post A Neat Way to Empower Responsibility in Children first appeared on Summer Camp Programming.

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What’s Next for the Affordable Connectivity Program?

NLC (National League of Cities)

The Affordable Connectivity Program (ACP), created in the Infrastructure Investment and Jobs Act (IIJA), also known as the Bipartisan Infrastructure Law, has provided more than 22 million low-income households with a monthly $30 discount on home broadband service from participating internet service providers.

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New Federal Legislation to Provide Federally Backed Reinsurance

Disaster Zone blog

One way to help, but not solve, the price of property insurance.

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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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4 Steps to Centralized Management for Cloud Security

State Tech Magazine

A multicloud environment offers numerous benefits, including a high degree of scalability and flexibility, but it also presents security challenges. State and local government IT leaders should consider these four steps to remove complexity from their cloud security environments and keep resources safe from attack. 1. Adopt Cloud-Specific Security Tooling Solutions such as cloud security posture management and cloud workload protection secure cloud-native applications and environments from devel

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Accelerating Europe: Competitiveness for a new era

McKinsey Public & Social Sector Insights

Turbulent times have highlighted new fragilities in Europe’s economies. Addressing them could be the catalyst for a new wave of competitiveness and growth.

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Teachers can’t afford housing, so school districts are building homes

GCN

When potential teachers are considering a position, they often want to know what’s available for affordable housing. “If I don’t have an answer for that, I lose that applicant,” one school district superintendent says.

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How Does the Federal Government Keep Elections Secure?

FedTech Magazine

The security of the electoral process has become a paramount concern for cybersecurity experts in recent years. From foreign meddling to disinformation campaigns, election officials and their cyber teams have security top of mind. While states and local communities are in charge of the technology and data needed to run an election, federal agencies play a key role in helping to ensure the integrity of a process that is fundamental to democracy.

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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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Why Local Governments Should Make Housing Part of Their Economic Development Plans

NLC (National League of Cities)

NLC’s Entrepreneurship and Economic Development team helps cities meet their economic security needs by building robust and inclusive economies. We do this by seeking opportunities to explicitly address the historical income and wealth inequalities that impact Black and Indigenous people and other people of color in entrepreneurship and small business growth and development.

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New Study Shows 75% Of the USA Vulnerable to Earthquakes

Disaster Zone blog

Yes, you likely have many faults.

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State and Local Governments Migrate to Microsoft Windows 11

State Tech Magazine

With some careful planning, the move to Microsoft Windows 11 should be relatively straightforward, says Utah CIO Alan Fuller. But for those who put the transition off, he says, the effort could quickly become overwhelming. “This is one of those classic things where, if you take care of business in a timely manner, it will never be a crisis,” Fuller says.

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What to expect in US healthcare in 2024 and beyond

McKinsey Public & Social Sector Insights

A new perspective on how technology, transformation efforts, and other changes have affected payers, health systems, healthcare services and technology, and pharmacy services.

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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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‘Super mayor’ goes viral amid salary ordinance controversy

GCN

Tiffany Henyard, the mayor and supervisor, of two suburbs in Illinois, spearheaded a bill reducing a potential successor’s salary if she loses her 2025 reelection bid. It’s the latest in a long line of alleged misdeeds by the charismatic and controversial political figure.

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OPM, GSA, SEC Provide Updates on Zero-Trust Plans

FedTech Magazine

When the Office of Personnel and Management secured $9.9 million from the Technology Modernization Fund to support its zero-trust security efforts, the agency was thinking big. “We wanted to tackle it all,” says OPM CISO James Saunders of its journey to a zero-trust architecture. “Because if you tried to do it sequentially — maybe networks first, then data, then identity — it would take too much time.

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Making Cities a Part of the Presidential Election Story

NLC (National League of Cities)

As the nation enters 2024 and begins the next presidential election cycle – kicking off with the January 15 caucuses in Iowa and January 23 primaries in New Hampshire – now is the time for local leaders to ask: How will the next president of the United States prioritize cities, towns and villages?

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Northwestern University Libraries make research more efficient, accessible with AWS Lambda

AWS Public Sector Blog

Libraries are where we explore, wade into the unknown, and seek answers. With that mission at the forefront, the technologists and librarians at Northwestern University Libraries (NUL) continually strive to improve their online libraries to enable user discovery and innovation. When they found a technology standard that could make research more efficient and open, they acted.

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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.