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How South Korea’s Tech Hub Embraced the 15-Minute City

Next City

Busan’s mayor is taking a collaborative approach to championing “happy proximity,” turning his city into a living laboratory for urban regeneration.

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Celebrating Public Service—and Public Servants

GCN

COMMENTARY | Government is asked to solve our toughest and most intractable problems. That’s why we need to celebrate the people who make a difference through government service.

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How a Simple Board Game Changed a City Council for the Better

NLC (National League of Cities)

Are you tired of your council meetings or retreats feeling dry and procedural? Do you wish you could inspire more cohesion and agreement at public town hall meetings? Try playing a board game. That’s what Councilmember Anne Barrington of the Town of Parker, CO, did.

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Local Governments Are Developing Early AI Use Cases, CIOs Say

State Tech Magazine

Local government CIOs agreed that artificial intelligence has great potential for staff augmentation but noted that they are only in the early stages of testing AI use cases. Speaking Thursday at the Public Technology Institute’s 2024 AI and Cyber Summit in Washington, D.C., Scott Varner, director of IT and management information systems for Frederick County, Va., asked, “Wouldn’t you love to be doing the real work instead of all of the executive summaries?

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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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One Solution to Car-Dependency: Have Non-Drivers Plan Our Transportation Systems

Next City

One-third of Americans don’t have a driver’s license. Anna Zivarts says it’s time for transportation planners to include them in decision-making.

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Ep 35: Understanding Bullying vs. Conflict with Emily Galinsky

Summer Camp Programming

SHOW NOTES In this episode, Kelie and Shauna are joined by Emily Galinsky from Bright Moose Training to discuss the crucial differences between bullying and conflict in youth programs, camps, and schools. Emily shares insights on how to recognize the signs of both, strategies for prevention, and handling conflicts effectively. The conversation explores real-world applications […] The post Ep 35: Understanding Bullying vs.

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‘Invisible’ no more: States move to hire people with disabilities

GCN

Tapping potential employees with “non-apparent” issues like autism, attention deficit disorder and chronic depression can bring qualified candidates to a public sector workforce in desperate need of talent.

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ASTERRA helps build a more sustainable Earth by identifying and mitigating ‘lost water’ using AWS

AWS Public Sector Blog

Water is one of Earth’s most precious resources, yet a considerable amount goes missing worldwide every day. This lost water is typically referred to as nonrevenue water (NRW), and pipeline leaks are one of its main sources. Water pipeline leaks can damage critical infrastructure and put communities in danger, as well as lead to significant unplanned expenses and wasted resources.

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Agencies Continue to Build Toward Their 5G Future

FedTech Magazine

Agencies continue to work toward the goal of connecting all employees through the same network, no matter their location, to boost efficiency and security. The Census Bureau envisions more than 600,000 enumerators for the 2030 census connecting to a private 5G network — whether from a regional office or at someone’s doorstep — in lieu of the cloud. However, the timing for that shift is likely six years away.

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New tactics for new talent: Closing US semiconductor labor gaps

McKinsey Public & Social Sector Insights

America’s impending semiconductor expansion depends on three labor pools that are currently under pressure. Without new action, large talent gaps will likely persist, despite current workforce development.

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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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Amid campus protests nationwide, DC’s response stands out

GCN

The capital city’s police department cleared an encampment at a local university following pressure from House Republicans to be more forceful. But the District’s reluctance to take action sooner underlies lessons officials learned decades ago about the perils of aggressive enforcement.

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The Impacts of El Niño Go Far Beyond Water

The City Fix

Over the past several months, the climate pattern El Niño has disrupted different regions and sectors across the world. Zimbabwe recently declared a state of disaster, due largely to El Niño-induced drought. The city government in Bogotá, Colombia, announced water rationing as reservoir levels.

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What the Hazardous Substance Designation of PFAS Chemicals Means for Local Governments

NLC (National League of Cities)

On April 19, the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) released a final rule designating perfluorooctanoic acid (PFOA) and perfluorooctanesulfonic acid (PFOS) as hazardous substances under the Comprehensive Environmental Response, Compensation, and Liability Act (CERCLA), also known as the Superfund law. PFOA and PFOS are two of the most widely used and widely studied PFAS chemicals.

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The rapid evolution of payments in Latin America

McKinsey Public & Social Sector Insights

Cash is no longer Latin Americans’ preferred way to pay, as debit cards, credit cards, and mobile payments have gained fans, presenting opportunities for financial-services companies.

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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 local governments can respond to the housing crisis

GCN

A new book by Charles Marohn and Daniel Herriges of Strong Towns encourages local officials to promote small-scale developments, even if it means using city financial tools to get them off the ground.

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How To Implement (just about) Anything

First State Insights

Tom DeWire, Founder and Principal Consultant of EdScale, speaks with Troy Mix, Associate Director of the University of Delaware's Institute for Public Administration (IPA), about his 2023 book, "How To Implement (just about) Anything: Lessons from 25 years in public education." This interview covers Tom's perspectives on the importance of and challenges associated with implementation, along with his lessons for driving and sustaining change in complex systems.

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Walking a Path Towards Indigenous Education

Homeroom

There is a famous phrase amongst Indigenous people about walking in two worlds: one being a path of traditional teachings, and the other being a path in the western world. I’ve related to and reflected on this statement all throughout my educational journey, but especially as I’ve worked to instill Native language & culture in Continue Reading The post Walking a Path Towards Indigenous Education appeared first on ED.gov Blog.

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To defend against disruption, build a thriving workforce

McKinsey Public & Social Sector Insights

As generative AI begins to reshape jobs, leaders have an opportunity to reimagine work, the workplace, and the worker. Five actions can help.

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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's the poop? Wastewater data predicts overdoses

GCN

Analyzing wastewater samples can help public health workers paint a reliable picture of a community’s rapidly evolving drug use that can be used to get ahead of overdoses.

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On Your Mind: Ras J. Baraka, Mayor, Newark, New Jersey

NLC (National League of Cities)

This blog post is part of the On Your Mind series featuring local leaders and early childhood champions across the country.

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Unlocking data governance for multiple accounts with Amazon DataZone

AWS Public Sector Blog

In this post, we discuss how Amazon Web Services (AWS) can help you successfully set up an Amazon DataZone domain, aggregate data from multiple sources into a single centralized environment, and perform analytics on that data. Additionally, this post provides a sample architecture as well as a walkthrough on how to set up that architecture. Ultimately, this post serves as a valuable resource if you’re seeking to optimize your data management processes and derive actionable insights to drive busi

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Early adoption of generative AI in commercial life sciences

McKinsey Public & Social Sector Insights

Pilots of generative AI commercial use cases at biopharmaceutical and medtech companies have been promising, but success at scale hinges on a clear—and budgeted—gen AI strategy and custom solutions.

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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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After Supreme Court decision left wetlands unprotected, Colorado steps in

GCN

Lawmakers crafted new rules to protect and restore wetlands and streams left vulnerable following a decision by the high court that scaled back the types of places subject to the Clean Water Act.

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On Your Mind: Ras J. Barka, Mayor, Newark, New Jersey

NLC (National League of Cities)

This blog post is part of the On Your Mind series featuring local leaders and early childhood champions across the country.

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What Device as a Service Offers State Government

State Tech Magazine

State and local governments may deploy devices such as PCs and smartphones as part of an approach called Device as a Service. In the past, organizations, including state and local agencies, focused on BYOD policies rather than issuing phones and tablets themselves. However, they soon realized that they needed to remove sensitive information from these devices and implement security controls, says Aaron Rose, security architect manager for vertical solutions at Check Point Software Technologies.

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The McKinsey Crossword: Author Talks | No. 179

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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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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With only three weeks to go, lawmakers weigh ways to save federal internet subsidy

GCN

Congress is exploring several options to fund it. All face long odds of success despite widespread and bipartisan support for the Affordable Connectivity Program.

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5 best practices for accelerating research computing with AWS

AWS Public Sector Blog

The cloud is accelerating research insights by reducing data analysis and processing times, enabling researchers worldwide to collaborate on solving universal problems from drug discovery to climate challenges. Amazon Web Services (AWS) works with higher education institutions, research labs, and researchers around the world to offer cost-effective, scalable, and secure compute, storage, and database capabilities to accelerate time to science.

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State and Local Governments Can Get More Life from Mainframes

State Tech Magazine

Sixty years after the introduction of the first mainframe family, the IBM System/360, the monolithic computers remain in demand. As many as 89 percent of state CIOs reported relying on mainframes in some capacity, according to a recent study. There are good reasons for this longevity. One is that if a system functions well for a given purpose, then there’s a business case for prolonging that ROI.

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Author Talks: The business of ethics for leaders

McKinsey Public & Social Sector Insights

How should CEOs approach corporate values? When should they speak out on contentious issues? Alison Taylor breaks down how businesses can do the right thing—even when it’s not easy to.

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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.