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Women’s History Month: Spotlighting Women in Local Government

NLC (National League of Cities)

Welcome to Women’s History Month 2023! Each March, the National League of Cities collectively embarks on a monthlong celebration of women’s history, magnifying and uplifting the phenomenal accomplishments and historical contributions made by women throughout the nation.

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What is central bank digital currency (CBDC)?

McKinsey Public & Social Sector Insights

CBDCs are digital currencies issued by central banks. Their value is linked to the issuing country’s official currency.

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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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El Paso’s Black History Is Often Forgotten. A Museum Exhibit Is Keeping Those Stories Alive.

Next City

Today, just 4% of El Paso's residents are Black. But the city once had a Black Wall Street, a Black sorority and thriving black business districts.

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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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The Rising Threat of Domestic Terrorism in the U.S. and Federal Efforts to Combat It

GAO (US Government Accountability Office)

Domestic terrorism is on the rise. Several attacks have been widely reported in the last few years. For example, in May 2022, a racially-motivated individual shot and killed 10 people in Buffalo, New York. A 2018 attack on a Pittsburgh synagogue left.

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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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Visualizing Your Options for Countering Cybersecurity Threats

Disaster Zone blog

Before, during and after — a very nifty tool from MITRE.

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Is It Possible to Submit the Same Proposal to Multiple Funders?

Peak Proposals

Blog RSS March 01, 2023 If you are wondering if it is a viable strategy to write one proposal and submit it as-is to multiple funders, the basic answer is no, it’s not advisable. There are some limited exceptions, which we get into later, but that’s the general rule. Writing a proposal and sharing it with multiple donors via email usually doesn’t lead to success for several reasons.

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Federal Agencies Ramp Up Their Cyber Hiring Efforts

FedTech Magazine

Experts are worried about the future of the federal cyber workforce. There are “significant gaps,” especially in recruiting and retaining younger cyber professionals, says Michelle Amante, vice president of federal workforce programs at the Partnership for Public Service. She has called for “a shared government responsibility for recruiting and training the next generation of technologists.

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Cities Ask Congress to Act on Rail Safety

NLC (National League of Cities)

Railroads are part of America’s communities. Railroad tracks run through towns and villages of every size, moving goods from farms to factories to ports and bringing passengers across the country.

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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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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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Is It Possible to Submit the Same Proposal to Multiple Funders?

Peak Proposals

If you are wondering if it is a viable strategy to write one proposal and submit it as-is to multiple funders, the basic answer is no, it’s not advisable. There are some limited exceptions, which we get into later, but that’s the general rule. Writing a proposal and sharing it with multiple donors via email usually doesn’t lead to success for several reasons.

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Building innovation ecosystems: Accelerating tech hub growth

McKinsey Public & Social Sector Insights

Innovation ecosystems can generate economic, financial, and social benefits for all, and there’s new federal funding to build them. A six-step playbook could help leaders get them right.

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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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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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How Roanoke Became a Healthy Housing Change Agent

NLC (National League of Cities)

Measuring the success and efficacy of health-promoting policies can be difficult given the challenging nature of structural change. Oftentimes, most are unaware of just how much time and effort goes into shaping these outcomes.

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Republic of Armenia’s Ministry of High-Tech Industry and AWS sign Memorandum of Understanding (MoU)

AWS Public Sector Blog

The Republic of Armenia’s Ministry of High-Tech Industry and Amazon Web Services (AWS) have signed a Memorandum of Understanding (MoU) with the aim of modernizing the technological infrastructure of the state and accelerating the adoption of cloud services in the public and the private sector of Armenia. The MoU was signed by Max Peterson, vice president of worldwide public sector at AWS, and Vahagn Khachaturyan, the former Minister of High-Tech Industry and current President of the Republic of

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Treating rare diseases: How digital technologies can drive innovation

McKinsey Public & Social Sector Insights

Pharmaceutical companies are using recent advances in digital technologies to improve care strategies and provide hope for rare disease patients across thousands of different rare diseases.

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RMCS23: DOD Looks to Adopt Zero-Trust Security Architectures Faster

FedTech Magazine

The Department of Defense isn’t migrating to the cloud fast enough, nor is it spending money on the right security frameworks and capabilities to alter the terrain of cyberspace to its advantage, retired Air Force Maj. Gen. Earl Matthews noted Wednesday. “Massive” application volume is the biggest reason for the Pentagon’s slow transition to the cloud, but it needs to adopt zero-trust security architectures more quickly, said Matthews, now Mandiant’s vice president of strategy, during the Rocky

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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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New Guide on Reducing Racial Wealth Inequities Lays the Foundation for City Action

NLC (National League of Cities)

A new report by the National League of Cities, Municipal Strategies to Narrow the Racial Wealth Divide, is available to help city leaders’ understand how to approach and design impactful strategies to reduce the racial wealth divide, as a complement to existing tools within the field.

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White House pitches $1.6B in anti-fraud funding

GCN

The anti-fraud proposal includes funds to modernize state governments’ benefits systems, identity verification and data analytics capabilities.

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The EU digital strategy: The impact of data privacy on global business

McKinsey Public & Social Sector Insights

New data regulations from the European Union require organizational attention, and three key steps can help navigate the data privacy landscape.

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Private-public collaboration and data visibility necessary to fight cloud attacks

Open Access Government - Technology News

As the number of cyber attacks on cloud platforms and applications increases, organisations need more collaboration and data visibility Last year, the share of corporate data stored in the cloud reached over 60% , with over nine in ten companies using cloud services. Cloud technology is now all-encompassing – a foundation for organisations large and small, now enjoying myriad cloud benefits from improved efficiency to scalability, flexibility and lower IT costs.

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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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Regionalization of Health and Emergency Management Services

Disaster Zone blog

This is a good example of a public health system taking a regional approach.

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Texas Public Safety agency sent at least 3,000 driver’s licenses to organized crime group targeting Asian Texans

GCN

A Chinese crime operation bypassed the password clues of Texas.gov by using stolen identity information to fraudulently obtain replacement driver’s licenses.

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India: The next chemicals manufacturing hub

McKinsey Public & Social Sector Insights

India’s chemicals industry has been a global outperformer in demand growth and shareholder wealth creation for a decade. Its strong starting point could make it the next chemicals manufacturing hub.

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User-centred cyber security for local government

Open Access Government - Technology News

Arnie Armstrong, Cyber Security Principal at Made Tech , explains why a user-centred cyber security approach is vital to local government We often hear that the biggest cyber security vulnerability in any organisation is its own employees, but is this really the case? Arnie Armstrong, Cyber Security Principal at Made Tech asks, could it instead be that our existing systems and processes were not designed with people in mind?

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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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Build Your Personal COVID-19 Plan for When You Get Sick

Disaster Zone blog

The pandemic is almost over, but people are still getting sick with COVID.

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Drone cybersecurity assessment program launches

GCN

The certification of commercial drones will help governments ensure the devices meet supply chain cybersecurity requirements.

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Author Talks: Sally Helgesen shares tools for achieving workplace inclusion

McKinsey Public & Social Sector Insights

Leadership coach Sally Helgesen breaks down the “how” of inclusive communication, and the simple method she uses to assess workplace culture.

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How Effective Federal Data Sharing Is Supporting Citizen Services

FedTech Magazine

As people contend with the ongoing effects of the COVID-19 pandemic as well as and inflation rates not seen for decades, federal assistance programs are essential. Government benefits help millions of citizens pay for food, housing, health care and other basic living expenses. However, reaching everyone in need can be difficult. Determining who is eligible for certain programs involves complicated, often redundant processes, worsened by the struggle of many government agencies to share data effe

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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.