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What’s driving post-pandemic downtown recoveries?

GCN

Data shows that many of the country’s largest downtowns have more residents now than before the pandemic, but residents alone can’t revitalize downtowns.

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How Politics Wastes Tax Dollars in Tax Incentives

Barrett & Greene

Over the course of the last few months, we’ve been digging deeply into the world of tax incentives given by states and local governments to help encourage economic development. And we’ve emerged with a sense of frustration with many of the nation’s elected officials who boast to the public about businesses they’ve attracted with incentives even when there’s ample evidence that, for the most part, they aren’t the real motivation for corporate site decisions.

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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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Resilience during uncertainty: What industrial leaders must know

McKinsey Public & Social Sector Insights

McKinsey’s Global Resilience Survey reveals how leaders in advanced industries view the current landscape and highlights the challenges ahead as they manage uncertainty.

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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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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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Raising the Bar for American History and Civics

Homeroom

By: Office of Elementary and Secondary Education Democracy thrives when there is a well-educated and informed citizenry. Raising the Bar in education means that every student is provided with a well-rounded education, and that includes creating opportunities to learn deeply about American history, understand the U.S. Constitution and how our system of government works, and Continue Reading The post Raising the Bar for American History and Civics appeared first on ED.gov Blog.

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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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Ten key requirements for a systemic approach to climate adaptation

McKinsey Public & Social Sector Insights

Civilization has been built on a foundation of climate stability that no longer exists. Adaptation is now as important as mitigation, and so is understanding its interrelated requirements.

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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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Dell’s NativeEdge Platform Is Simplifying Data Management at the Edge

FedTech Magazine

The explosive growth of Internet of Things devices has made development of edge infrastructure pivotal for real-time data analytics. As more data originates from various IoT devices and other sources that include industrial sensors — insights that enhance operations, customer experiences and safety measures — more can be processed. But as the edge gains prominence, it presents challenges due to the proliferation of point solutions, often spread across numerous endpoints, and the exponential grow

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From Minibuses to ‘Boda Bodas,’ Informal Transport Systems Could Be an Untapped Climate Change Solution

The City Fix

Over 50% of all transport-related emissions come from high-income countries, where people are more likely to own and depend on personal vehicles. Meanwhile, less than 1% is generated by low-income countries in regions like sub-Saharan Africa and Latin America. In these.

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A Sample of the Return on Investment for Certain Federal Infrastructure Awards

NLC (National League of Cities)

Bipartisan Infrastructure Law (BIL), officially known as the Infrastructure Investment and Jobs Act (IIJA), they are not only focusing on the infrastructure benefits of the project but have also demonstrated how these infrastructure projects will strengthen their local economies. Some of the BIL programs require applicants to submit a benefit-cost analysis (BCA).

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Striking the balance: Catalyzing a sustainable land-use transition

McKinsey Public & Social Sector Insights

Without a step change in action to increase land-use efficiency, growing demand for food, fuel, and natural capital may require additional land equivalent to the total cropland of Brazil by 2030.

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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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Making Sense of the Cloud Connectivity Options Available to Agencies

FedTech Magazine

VPNs have long been federal agencies’ default for cloud connectivity, but the balance has shifted toward software-defined WAN (SD-WAN), security service edge (SSE) and secure access service edge (SASE). How should you choose the right connectivity option? Much will be based on agency factors such as size, application needs and mission objectives.

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A dispute over Amtrak funding derailed a vote on THUD

GCN

The House GOP’s Transportation and Housing and Urban Development funding bill would cut $8 billion from the departments. But that’s not what scuttled the vote.

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Local Governments Celebrate Historic Infrastructure Investment Two-Year Anniversary

NLC (National League of Cities)

This week, the National League of Cities (NLC) celebrated the second anniversary of the Bipartisan Infrastructure Law (BIL), officially known as the Infrastructure Investment and Jobs Act (IIJA), which has stepped up a federal-local partnership on rebuilding America’s infrastructure.

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Cloud-powered technologies for sustainability

McKinsey Public & Social Sector Insights

AI, machine learning, the Internet of Things, and other technologies can play a critical role in decarbonization, and the cloud can significantly speed up and catalyze this process.

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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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Merlyn Mind and Google Cloud team up to bring enterprise-ready AI solutions to education, public sector, and beyond

Google Public Sector

As artificial intelligence (AI) rapidly makes its way into workplaces and classrooms, many people are understandably cautious about how it will impact them and their work – especially with a technology as potentially powerful as AI. Merlyn Mind is demystifying AI for enterprises and transforming how people and computers work together, starting with educators.

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DELETE Act closes ‘big loophole’ and tightens regulations on data brokers

GCN

California is the first state to allow residents to request that data brokers delete their personal data, but some worry it will be difficult to implement and enforce.

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Building a Pivot-Ready Organization: A Cloud Culture

GovLoop

A common refrain among IT leaders is “people, process, technology.” In other words, change starts with the people who implement the processes that technology helps achieve. It’s a relationship that applies to all kinds of IT reform, including migrating to everything-as-a-service (XaaS) or other cloud services. Everyone in the agency needs to support the transformation.

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Untapped opportunities for health system pharmacies

McKinsey Public & Social Sector Insights

Two McKinsey surveys of health system pharmacy leaders reveal that pharmacies could do more to manage margins, improve patient access, and position themselves as strategic sources of growth.

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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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Grant Pros: What is Your Why?

DH Leonard Consulting & Grant Writing Services

For a long time, I struggled with my work as a grant professional. Don’t get me wrong. I loved tackling a challenging federal grant proposal. And I loved it even more when we got an award letter. Managing federal grants was my jam – I loved putting my organizational skills to work and totally geeked out about a well-put-together 3-ring binder. So, what was my problem?

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What kind of transportation future do we want?

GCN

COMMENTARY | Autonomous vehicles should be thoughtfully integrated into a balanced transportation system that also accommodates pedestrians, transit riders and cyclists.

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For Veterans Day—Is A Key Program Meant to Help Veterans Transition to Civilian Life Reaching its Audience?

GAO (US Government Accountability Office)

While in the military, U.S. service members gain important skills and experience. But they sometimes find it difficult to leverage these skills or have their experience recognized by other employers after leaving military service. Each year, around.

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Increasing diversity in mining: Three years on

McKinsey Public & Social Sector Insights

A recent survey found that mining companies have made some diversity, equity, and inclusion progress but can do much more to champion diverse talent to overcome talent shortages and skills gaps.

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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.