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Why is it so hard to build housing near transit stops?

GCN

Two recent studies look at the obstacles to building more apartments and other dense housing options near transit to address environmental, urban development and housing goals.

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3 Technology Trends That Improve Hybrid Work for State and Local Governments

State Tech Magazine

Whether an organization is hybrid or fully remote, having a digital-first culture and strategy for collaboration is a wise move for ensuring employees are able to do their work in any setting, at any time. This means prioritizing tools and technology that enable an agency to create a digital experience that is scalable, secure, reliable and cost-effective.

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Where is customer care in 2024?

McKinsey Public & Social Sector Insights

Gen Z consumers are picking up the phone, boomers are using digital chat, and AI technologies are reshaping the contact center. For customer care leaders, 2024 could be a transformative year.

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SCP 201: 20 Special Guests Suggestions for Your Camp

Summer Camp Programming

SHOW NOTES In this episode, Curt and Chris discuss a wide range of ideas for bringing special guests to camps. They explore the possibility of inviting guests such as wildlife experts, celebrities, local community leaders, scientists, engineers, athletes, craftsmen like blacksmiths, motivational speakers, and artists. Additionally, they mention innovative activities like silent discos, bubble parties, […] The post SCP 201: 20 Special Guests Suggestions for Your Camp first appeared on Summe

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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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Americans are skeptical of online age verification, even as its use grows abroad

GCN

States are turning to technology to verify users’ ages before allowing access to social media and other content. But the approach faces an uphill climb without a national data privacy law that addresses Americans' concerns about the safety of their personal data.

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6 foundational capabilities you need for generative AI

AWS Public Sector Blog

Generative artificial intelligence (AI) is easy to use—and that’s what makes the technology so exciting. But it’s important not to confuse ease of use with effortless deployment. The value of generative AI is inextricably linked to the technology’s reliability and traceability, as described in our earlier blog post, Generative AI: Understand the challenges to realize the opportunities.

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Theme of the Week – Creative Campers

Summer Camp Programming

Does your camp have theme weeks or theme days? In this series of posts, I give you 5 ideas for different themes. Check the comments for more ideas and to add your own. Below are my five suggestions. What’s yours? OUTDOOR FUN The outdoors provides kids with many opportunities to be creative. Run an Art […] The post Theme of the Week – Creative Campers first appeared on Summer Camp Programming.

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There are 100,000 fewer Election Day polling places in 2024

GCN

A major Supreme Court decision, a pandemic and localized issues have all conspired to reduce the number of physical voting locations. Advocates say that’s bad for democracy.

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Top 5 Moments from Congressional City Conference

NLC (National League of Cities)

At the 2024 Congressional City Conference (CCC), more than 3,000 local leaders gathered in Washington, DC to learn, network and advocate for local priorities.

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What is economic inclusion?

McKinsey Public & Social Sector Insights

Economic inclusion is when people not only have their basic subsistence needs met but also are productive, fulfilled, and fully empowered to make choices about their lives.

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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 power of photons: A quantum leap in computing

Open Access Government - Technology News

Scientists are trying to redefine the capabilities of quantum computers Leading the breakthrough are Benedikt Tissot and Guido Burkard, who are using an advanced method to enable the smooth exchange of information between quantum bits (qubits) using photons as messengers. A future where computers can solve problems beyond expectations That’s the promise of quantum computers.

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Supreme Court clarifies when public officials can block citizens on social media

GCN

The Supreme Court unanimously found in a pair of cases that whether a government official can block a constituent on their personal social media account hinges on if a post is a state action or is private conduct.

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FOIA Backlogs Hinder Government Transparency and Accountability

GAO (US Government Accountability Office)

Each year, media outlets, businesses, and members of the public file hundreds of thousands of requests for government records on a wide range of topics—from consumer safety to national security. Their ability to access these records is protected.

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The future of Medicare Advantage

McKinsey Public & Social Sector Insights

The Medicare Advantage program is undergoing its biggest shifts in more than two decades. Payers can take steps now to mount a strategic, agile response as the changes unfold.

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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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Navigating the Tradeoffs of Good Cause Eviction

The Stoop (NYU Furman Center)

As lawmakers in Albany debate how to fix New York’s housing affordability crisis, a new research brief by the NYU Furman Center examines the possible effects of how a good cause eviction requirement might affect tenants, landlords, and the housing market. The paper also analyzes good cause legislation in other cities and states to help policymakers consider how to balance anticipated tradeoffs.

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988 currently doesn't use geolocation services. Counties want to change that.

GCN

Counties are pushing for Congress to pass legislation that will require calls be routed based on location. Wireless carriers are already working with the federal government to start doing that.

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How ‘Complete Streets’ Are Creating Safer, More Sustainable Cities in Brazil

The City Fix

Urban development in many cities around the world prioritizes making space for cars over pedestrians, cyclists or public transportation.

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Mapping the road to prosperity and parity for Black and Latino residents across America

McKinsey Public & Social Sector Insights

Black and Latino US residents experience different levels of prosperity and parity depending on where they live. Our interactive map explores this variation across all US counties.

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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 get started with grant writing

Professional Grant Writer

Nonprofits often view grant writing as an inevitable part of running a nonprofit. As soon as that 501(c)(3) letter arrives from the IRS, The post How to get started with grant writing appeared first on Professional Grant Writer.

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Popular in cities, transit trip planning and payment apps are slowly coming to rural communities

GCN

The variable and underappreciated nature of rural public transit systems is why both Minnesota and Vermont decided to develop their own trip planning websites for rural areas.

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Google Public Sector and WWT Team Up to Enhance Cloud Sovereignty

Google Public Sector

Google Public Sector and World Wide Technology (WWT), a leading global technology solutions provider, have announced a joint effort to advance the adoption of Google Distributed Cloud Hosted (GDC Hosted) , a sovereign cloud solution that provides a consistent, secure, and scalable platform for hosting applications in any location. WWT is the first partner approved by Google Cloud to operate GDC Hosted sovereign clouds in the United States as a Managed GDC Provider.

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Bringing innovation to a not-for-profit setting

McKinsey Public & Social Sector Insights

American Red Cross chief innovation officer Sajit Joseph discusses the opportunity in bringing innovation, AI, and digital transformation to the work of disaster response and blood banking.

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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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New Teams rollout schedule for GCC and GCC High customers

Microsoft Public Sector

I am thrilled to share with our GCC and GCC High customers the exciting news about the rollout of the new Teams client. This new version of Teams is designed to provide a faster, simpler, and more flexible experience for our users, with optimizations for device performance and support for multiple accounts or tenants. The new Teams client is available for a wide range of platforms, including Windows, Mac, VDI, Edu, and Web, and adheres to the Modern Lifecycle Policy, ensuring that users always h

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‘Brain gain’ in rural America and who is behind it

GCN

Young people leave their homes to explore and learn everywhere, not just in rural America. But rural spaces offer some unique advantages that inspire many to return and bolster their communities.

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Library Marketer Shares Brilliant 4-Step Plan for Getting Press Coverage and Building Personal Relationship With Media

Super Library Marketing

Photo courtesy Cincinnati and Hamilton County Public Library Leslie Marinelli says her happy place growing up was the Edgewood Branch of the C. C. Mellor Memorial Library in Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania. The library was right up the block from her childhood home. “Being able to walk there and check out books on my own gave me such a sense of independence as a kid,” recalls Leslie.

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Working nine to thrive

McKinsey Public & Social Sector Insights

Better aligning employment with modifiable drivers of health could unlock years of higher-quality life and create trillions of dollars of economic value.

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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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Unpacking the American Rescue Plan’s ‘Revenue Loss’ Provision for Local Governments

NLC (National League of Cities)

This update provides new insights into how large local governments have used SLFRF dollars over the past three years to foster an equitable economic recovery from COVID-19 and their progress to date in obligating these funds in time for the Treasury’s impending December 2024 deadline.

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Working-class people rarely have a seat ‘at the legislative table’ in state capitols

GCN

The dearth of working-class legislators raises concerns that economic challenges such as wage stagnation and the rising cost of living will get short shrift in state capitols.

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Modernizing Federal Student Loan Servicing

Homeroom

By: Richard Cordray, Chief Operating Office, Federal Student Aid, U.S. Department of Education This spring, Federal Student Aid (FSA) will begin improving how individual borrowers manage and repay their federal student loans. Through multiple phases, we will bring online an entirely new federal student loan servicing environment – a goal we have pursued for more Continue Reading The post Modernizing Federal Student Loan Servicing appeared first on ED.gov Blog.

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The Philippines economy in 2024: Stronger for longer?

McKinsey Public & Social Sector Insights

The Philippine economy was more resilient than expected in 2023—current projections indicate that it could again achieve healthy growth in 2024.

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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.