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Individualism Is Making Public Transit Worse

Next City

For buses and trains to work well, they must meet the needs of many different people at the same time.

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Beyond the hype: New opportunities for gen AI in energy and materials

McKinsey Public & Social Sector Insights

Generative AI can create additional value from other forms of AI and analytics—and the energy and materials sector is uniquely well-positioned to benefit from these advancements.

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Senate proposal commits $2.3B to migrant crisis

GCN

The proposal would speed up the process of determining if a person qualifies for asylum in an effort to put an end to “migrants who can't work sleeping on the streets or crowding homeless shelters.

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5 Ways Artists Can Help Local Government

NLC (National League of Cities)

Cities are no strangers to supporting arts and culture. But cities should consider deeper (and not necessarily more expensive) levels of partnership with artists to support all areas of their governance. Partnering with artists can help local government achieve common and ongoing goals that often feel elusive.

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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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In Philly’s Chinatown, a Community Workshop Envisions Alternatives to Sixers Arena

Next City

Chinatown residents are working on new proposals for the downtown strip where developers are planning a new basketball arena.

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What to expect from medtech in 2024

McKinsey Public & Social Sector Insights

Our medtech predictions for the year ahead were inspired by conversations with more than 200 industry leaders and informed by McKinsey’s latest decade-ahead medtech report.

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AI misinformation a ‘whole new area’ for elections officials to deal with

GCN

Intergovernmental collaboration will be crucial in fighting the proliferation of AI deepfakes this election cycle, especially in helping voters navigate increasingly sophisticated robocalls and political ads.

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This Canadian Community Shows the Key to Thriving Black Urbanism

Next City

Op-ed: For Black urbanism to thrive, it needs proximity to Afrocentric social, physical and economic infrastructure.

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How State CIOs Can Promote Responsible AI Use

State Tech Magazine

In December, the National Association of State Chief Information Officers released the State CIO Top 10 Priorities for 2024, the latest representation of state technology leaders’ key areas of focus for the year, as voted on by 49 state and territory CIOs. The NASCIO report has been published annually since 2007, but 2024 is a landmark year: For the first time, artificial intelligence made the list, debuting at No. 3.

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Federal Agencies Struggle on Cybersecurity Logging Benchmarks

FedTech Magazine

A Government Accountability Office report released in December raised some concerns about federal agencies’ ability to prepare for and respond to cyberthreats. Twenty of 23 agencies failed to meet cybersecurity incident response requirements laid out in Executive Order 14028, specifically in their investigation and remediation capabilities. A follow-up memo to the May 2021 White House directive laid out a tiered maturity model for agencies to follow.

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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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Who should be in charge of protecting our water systems from cyber threats?

GCN

Federal officials don’t agree. Recent hacks on water systems exposed their vulnerabilities. But while some want the EPA to play a stronger role, others emphasized that local systems are best suited to defend themselves.

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Forward Together: New Reports Highlight Role of Natural Gas 

NLC (National League of Cities)

By Frank Canavan, Senior Manager, State Affairs, American Gas Association Local leaders know that a thriving hospitality industry can be a boon to economic development and sustained growth. Each year, these industries consume as much natural gas as the entire state of Maryland to create world-class meals and the seamless experience patrons expect.

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Local Governments Use High-End Solutions Even for Humble Garbage Trucks

State Tech Magazine

When Fort Lauderdale, Fla., invested in connected vehicle technology, the city equipped police cars and firetrucks with sensors for location tracking and other benefits. But the city also went beyond first responders, deploying sensors in nearly every municipal vehicle — even humble street sweepers and garbage trucks. The technology provides real-time data on the city’s 1,750 vehicles, from speed and fuel usage to engine diagnostics and driver behavior.

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Federal Prisons Haven’t Addressed Longstanding Concerns About Overuse of Solitary Confinement

GAO (US Government Accountability Office)

In prisons, restrictive housing—including solitary confinement—is meant to temporarily separate those who engage in violent or disruptive behavior from the general population. While this is meant to be a safety measure, there are concerns that.

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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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9 states band together to phase out fossil fuel heating in homes

GCN

The signatories say the agreement’s focus on building emissions will signal to manufacturers that there will be a robust market for heat pumps in the coming years.

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Spark & Sustain: How all of the world’s school systems can improve learning at scale

McKinsey Public & Social Sector Insights

With student learning improvements not keeping up with today’s ever-shifting demands, it is more important than ever before to improve the quality and equity of education systems around the world.

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5 Workforce Trends to Watch in 2024

NLC (National League of Cities)

By Rivka Liss-Levinson and Gerald Young, MissionSquare Research Institute Recent research by MissionSquare Research Institute highlights key strategies and actions public service employers can take in 2024 to be employers of choice. Predicting the future can be a fool’s game, particularly when it concerns the pace of change in artificial intelligence.

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Three ideas about presentation of African American History in the context of Black History Month | reprint with an addition about the US Civil Rights Trail (versus the Dixieland Trail)

Rebuilding Place in Urban Space

1. Creating state-wide and regional history networks for African-American cultural interpretation. One of the problems with creating African-American history museums is that while it is supported politically, once a museum is created they tend to not be well patronized. Many have had serious budget problems. When I was doing work with some people in Cambridge, Maryland--where Harriet Tubman lived, and there is a small museum in Cambridge and more recently, the National Park Service created the H

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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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What makes a top performing city?

GCN

The tech and hospitality industries drive sustainable economic performance, but broadband access, affordability and resilience also play key roles, according to the Milken Institute.

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Location, location, location: The impact of place on racial equity

McKinsey Public & Social Sector Insights

There is a dramatic difference in health, economic, and social outcomes for Black US residents compared with their White neighbors. What can investors, companies, philanthropies, and public sector leaders do to help close the gap?

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Which Is Better for Library Promo Videos, TikTok or Reels?? The Latest Data Settles the Debate… for Now!

Super Library Marketing

Watch this video now #LibraryMarketing Show, episode 227 TikTok or Reels. Which one is better for library marketing? I came across some new research that will help you determine where to spend your precious energy and time on library marketing. The answer is revealed in this episode. Plus, kudos go to a library that showed authenticity when it made a mistake on New Year’s Day!

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WEST 2024: The Navy, Marines and Coast Guard Look to Leverage Emerging Tech

FedTech Magazine

The speed of technological development can often be faster than the pace of mission, and the military services are trying to close that gap, especially since the speed of world events can outpace both. Procurement and acquisition processes also need to catch up to the rate at which technology is moving, and that will be one of the focuses of the WEST 2024 conference, which begins Tuesday in San Diego.

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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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Election leaders debut new standards of conduct, aim to build trust ahead of key races

GCN

The standards call for better communication and more transparency. Secretaries of state and other election administrators on hand for the announcement also detailed the challenges they are facing leading up the November general election.

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How grid operators can integrate the coming wave of renewable energy

McKinsey Public & Social Sector Insights

To integrate renewables into grids and support the energy transition, operators may need to rethink their planning approaches and tools to tackle network and value chain challenges.

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A Guide to Uncovering the Best Channel To Message Hard To Reach Target Audiences Using ChatGPT

Super Library Marketing

Photo courtesy Cincinnati and Hamilton County Public Library Do you feel like you’re playing a rigged game of hide and seek as you try to figure out how to reach target audiences? Hide and seek is fun for kids. For adults working in library marketing… not so much. Loyal library users and fans are likely subscribed to your library’s emails.

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New Teams for US Government (GCC) Webinars

Microsoft Public Sector

Discover the latest updates and best practices for a seamless transition to the new Microsoft Teams. Join us for an informative webinar with Teams Engineering, designed to provide you with firsthand knowledge. Ensure a successful migration as we approach the upcoming deadlines: 3.31.2024 (for Desktop, Web) 6.30.2024 (for VDI) Session Agenda : New Teams App Considerations for GCC (Mac/Web/Windows/VDI) Migration Approaches Known Limitations Recent Service Updates Q&A - extended for an addition

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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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Prevention pays off: Wellness programs help states care for an aging population

GCN

No state is immune to an aging population, but there are ways to stave off the health and financial challenges that come with one, experts say.

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The McKinsey Crossword: Body Language | No. 166

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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Climate Change and Roofing

Disaster Zone blog

It never rains in Southern California.

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The Time for Cities is Now

NLC (National League of Cities)

By Conor Riffle, Senior Vice President of Smart Cities at Rubicon In recent years, cities have faced a myriad of challenges. From the Global Financial Crisis to the COVID-19 pandemic, municipal services have struggled under budget cuts, labor shortages, supply chain disruptions, and inflation.

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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.