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How to Accelerate Government Modernization

GovLoop

Government is under pressure to update its legacy technology systems. “Modernization is crucial for agencies to stay agile, secure, and responsive to evolving needs,” said Francisco Ramirez, Chief Architect of State and Local Government at Red Hat. “Agencies need to transform their legacy systems, leveraging contemporary technologies and methodologies.

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Guide To Building A Government Marketing Strategy To Engage Constituents 

GovPilot

Local governments have many responsibilities and tasks they have to complete everyday, but one thing they often neglect is maintaining a robust marketing strategy. Most ask, “Why do governments need a marketing strategy?

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Billions in earmarks headed to states and cities

GCN

The funding comes despite conservative opposition to the federal government paying for specific local projects.

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When It Comes to Integrating AI Into Agencies’ Work, the NAIRR Is a Start

FedTech Magazine

The National Artificial Intelligence Research Resource pilot is an important but limited step in getting agencies to start planning to integrate AI technology into their work, according to an NVIDIA spokesperson. Led by the U.S. National Science Foundation in partnership with 10 other agencies and 25 companies, the two-year pilot devotes a shared research infrastructure for responsible AI discovery and innovation.

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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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If Used by Drivers Correctly, Advanced Vehicle Technologies Could Save Lives. But They Could Also Cost Owners More to Repair

GAO (US Government Accountability Office)

New cars are increasingly equipped with advanced vehicle technologies that could help reduce crashes and fatalities. But drivers may turn off these technologies, may not understand the correct way to use them, or can over-rely on them, which could.

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Ep 33: Lights, Camera, Campfire – Camp in Media

Summer Camp Programming

SHOW NOTES Kelie and Shauna explore the portrayal of camp in movies, TV shows, and documentaries, touching on both fiction and non-fiction. They discuss the accuracy and cultural impact of camp-themed media, sharing their personal experiences and critical perspectives as camp professionals. The episode highlights a variety of titles, including ‘Camp Nowhere’, ‘Heavyweights’, ‘The Parent […] The post Ep 33: Lights, Camera, Campfire – Camp in Media first appeare

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Members only: Delivering greater value through loyalty and pricing

McKinsey Public & Social Sector Insights

Consumer-facing businesses have an opportunity to unlock holistic value. By better integrating their loyalty programs with pricing strategies, they can drive growth in a muddled economic landscape.

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There Goes the Sun: NASA Upgrades Technology to Prepare for a Total Solar Eclipse

FedTech Magazine

To prepare for the total solar eclipse in 2017, NASA focused on technology that would keep its livestreams running for those who couldn’t see it in person. This time, the agency has looked at how to spend less money for even better service. About 12 million people watched the eclipse on NASA sites on Aug. 21, 2017, the first to cover much of the U.S. in more than a century.

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Wastewater Monitoring Success Stories: Riverside, CA

NLC (National League of Cities)

“Wastewater monitoring is like the movie Minority Report, we know something is going to happen before it does.” –Edward Filadelfia, Deputy Public Works Director, Riverside CA Movie comparisons aside, wastewater monitoring is an important public health tool for municipalities. You can read our previous blog for more insights about wastewater monitoring.

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Cash isn’t the only thing guaranteed income programs can deliver

GCN

Data is starting to show that supplemental income programs can boost participants’ employment, housing stability and family well-being.

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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 critical role of commodity trading in times of uncertainty

McKinsey Public & Social Sector Insights

As increased commodity trading value pools attract new competition, successful players will differentiate by managing illiquid risks and embracing data-driven trading models.

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Build a personalized student companion powered by generative AI on Amazon Bedrock

AWS Public Sector Blog

Personalized learning is a pressing challenge in modern education due to the diverse learning needs of students and the limited resources available to educators. Traditional methods of seeking academic support, such as one-on-one consultations or peer study groups, often fall short in providing tailored guidance and bridging knowledge gaps. Compounding these challenges is the inherent diversity of learners, each with distinct strengths, weaknesses, and learning styles, rendering a one-size-fits-

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5 Strategies for Developing a Local Green Jobs Plan

NLC (National League of Cities)

Historic federal funding in a cleaner, more resilient economy coupled with global pressure to act necessitates a climate-ready workforce. If bold climate action is taken by 2030, U.S. cities could create nearly 20 million sustainable jobs, of which most would be developed within cities themselves.

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In crisis and on hold: How the 988 hotline revamped callers' experience

GCN

To avoid people in need hanging up in frustration, the crisis and suicide hotline has changed the voice and the music that callers hear as they wait to be connected to counselors.

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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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Cities Can Use AI to Enhance Public Services and Streamline Internal Operations

State Tech Magazine

For many local government leaders, artificial intelligence was not a concern before the mainstream rise of generative AI tools, such as ChatGPT and Google Bard (now Gemini), in 2023. Now, a recent Bloomberg Philanthropies poll of 100 global mayors found that 96 precent are interested in using generative AI. Cities, towns and villages are at the forefront of this AI evolution.

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Ensuring the financial sustainability of academic medical centers

McKinsey Public & Social Sector Insights

In response to financial pressures, academic medical centers are pursuing efforts to improve their near-term fiscal health. Clinician engagement is crucial to longer-term success.

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How City Prosecutorial Dashboards Impact Incarceration

NLC (National League of Cities)

The Landscape There are more than 2,300 prosecutors’ offices in the United States, which includes city attorney offices. Prosecutors are key players in local criminal legal systems and have the power to impact rates of incarceration. A key role of prosecutors is to make decisions about who gets charged with what crime and when.

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New FCC broadband standard increases the number of ‘underserved’ households in America

GCN

An estimated 22 million Americans still lack home broadband access, according to a new report. But that number could be higher after the FCC increased the definition of what constitutes broadband.

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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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How to Quantify Benefits of Trees

Public Works Group Blog

Lake Carlos Park, Minnesota It seems obvious that trees impact our communities in a beneficial way by providing shade and lowering temperature, absorbing carbon dioxide, and intercepting and absorbing rainfall. But quantifying these benefits can be challenging. Fortunately the USDA Forest Service “provides urban and rural forestry analysis and benefits assessment tools” that can help us.

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CEO priorities: Where to focus as the year unfolds

McKinsey Public & Social Sector Insights

Leaders today confront a raft of complexities. Here’s what will matter most as 2024 evolves—and how CEOs can reckon with ongoing disruption successfully.

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Congress Resolves Threat of a Government Shutdown with Mixed Outcomes for Local Government Priorities

NLC (National League of Cities)

Six months into the new Fiscal Year and following four continuing resolutions to keep the government running beyond the October 1st start of Fiscal Year 2024, Congress has approved all twelve annual spending bills, which have been signed into law.

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Oregon rolls back decriminalization of drugs. But is it too soon?

GCN

At a time when drug overdoses plague the nation, Oregon will recriminalize hard drugs, walking back a first-in-the nation experiment that critics say the state botched.

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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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Your Public Sector Guide to Next '24: Sessions, Demos, Lightning Talks

Google Public Sector

The Public Sector track at Google Cloud Next '24 is our chance to learn, collaborate, and pave the way for the next generation of public service. To support this shared mission, we've designed a program of insightful sessions, lightning talks, and interactive demos. Here's how to make this collaborative experience work for you: Focus on Impact Sessions for Strategic Advantage : Delve into topics shaping the future of public service: cybersecurity resilience, AI for citizen-centric experiences, a

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Vital signs: Emergency medicine for distressed manufacturing sites

McKinsey Public & Social Sector Insights

At some factories, underperformance isn’t just financial—it may also threaten safety, quality, or the environment. An unconventional improvement approach can help these sites regain health and vitality.

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Wastewater Monitoring: A Valuable Public Health Tool

NLC (National League of Cities)

As part of National Public Health Week, NLC is partnering with WastewaterSCAN to provide insights on the benefits of wastewater monitoring as a public health tool. Every time someone uses the bathroom, takes a shower, or brushes their teeth, they produce wastewater (aka sewage).

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It’s time to help more workers save for retirement

GCN

COMMENTARY | More states are considering voluntary automated savings programs for employees who lack access to a retirement plan at work.

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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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What @sog_ced is reading online: March 2024

Community and Economic Development Program of UNC

The following are articles and reports on the web that the Community and Economic Development Program at the UNC School of Government shared through social media over the past month. Follow us on twitter or facebook to receive regular updates. Items of interest related to CED in North Carolina: N.C. Department of Commerce announces new grants to improve publicly-owned buildings and facilities in rural downtowns.

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Creating Value Beyond the Hype | No. 174

McKinsey Public & Social Sector Insights

Sharpen your problem-solving skills the McKinsey way, with our weekly crossword. Each puzzle is created with the McKinsey audience in mind, and includes a subtle (and sometimes not-so-subtle) business theme for you to find. Answers that are directionally correct may not cut it if you’re looking for a quick win.

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How Wastewater Monitoring is Helping Keep a Transient Population Healthy

NLC (National League of Cities)

We’re wrapping up our blog series that spotlights how communities across America use wastewater monitoring as a public health tool. In our previous blog, we learned how Riverside, CA, uses its results. In this blog, we’re traveling across the country to see what Pennsylvania State University (Penn State) in University Park, PA does.

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Election laws fighting AI deepfakes need to be targeted and adaptable, report says

GCN

The technology’s use in voter suppression cannot be underestimated, according to a report from the progressive group NewDEAL. It recommends how states can craft laws to combat the threat.

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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.