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Artificial Intelligence: A Dooms Day Risk?

Disaster Zone blog

Which will it be: a boon to how we interact with technology or technology run amuck?

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Next City’s 2023 Gift Guide For City Lovers

Next City

Our gift recommendations for urbanists who care about creating equitable cities.

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SCP 194: Remix: Camp Wide Games

Summer Camp Programming

SHOW NOTES This week’s episode is a remix from episode 13 way back in 2019. (The Pre-Covid days)! The guys give 8 great ideas for camp-wide games that you can play with the whole camp! This episode is a great listen to update some of your current games! HOSTS CURT JACKSON CHRIS KALLAL The post SCP 194: Remix: Camp Wide Games first appeared on Summer Camp Programming.

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In digital and AI transformations, start with the problem, not the technology

McKinsey Public & Social Sector Insights

For digital and AI transformations to succeed, companies need to understand the problems they want to solve and rewire their organizations for continuous innovation

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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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White House finalizes rule requiring states to target vehicle pollution

GCN

The controversial requirement will almost certainly meet resistance from Republicans both in states and Congress, who question the legal basis for the new rules.

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Alteia and the World Bank assess and enhance road infrastructure data quality at scale using AWS

AWS Public Sector Blog

A road in rural Peru. Rural roads are critical for connectivity, transportation, and development. (Photo credit: World Bank Transport Team 2) Road infrastructures connect households to higher quality opportunities for employment, healthcare and education. Since 2002, the World Bank has constructed or rehabilitated more than 260,000 kilometers of roads, lending more for roads than for education, health, and social services combined.

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Digital logistics: Technology race gathers momentum

McKinsey Public & Social Sector Insights

A survey of more than 250 global shippers and logistics providers reveals that technology investments are set to increase, with numerous companies already piloting advanced use cases.

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These federal grants could help shore up your cyberdefences

GCN

A report from the Government Accountability Office identified 27 grants not “intended to primarily support cybersecurity activities” that state and local governments could tap for critical funding—if they have grant writing expertise.

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U.S. Army Cyber School Trains Soldiers Remotely with Secure Technology

FedTech Magazine

If you enjoyed this video, check out the other videos in our Feds in the Field series: National Air and Space Museum Goes High-Tech for Next-Generation Exhibits NIST Aims a Camera at the Mechanics of Fire USDA Drones Search Irrigation Water for Contamination The Library of Congress Uses Modern Tech to Digitize American History In Space, Printing Happens in All Dimensions The VA Provides Health Care Via Smartphones Robotic Process Automation Does the Work at the Defense Logistics Agency Sm

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Innovations in Data: Give People Time to Figure Things Out

GovLoop

When data novices find themselves stumped, they often waste no time in calling a data expert. Soon enough, the problem is solved. But what did they learn? It’s like the adage about giving someone a fish vs. teaching them to fish for themselves. That’s why Scott Beliveau, Principal Innovation Architect at the U.S. Patent and Trademark Office, recommends that data experts give novices an opportunity to work through problems on their own.

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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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Global economics intelligence executive summary, October 2023

McKinsey Public & Social Sector Insights

The global outlook is unchanged despite weaker readings in trade, consumer confidence, and business activity. Still-elevated inflation and interest rates are acting as headwinds to economic growth.

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Apprenticeship programs are growing as the public sector faces workforce shortages

GCN

Registered apprenticeships, infrequently used by state and local governments in the past, are gaining the attention of staff-starved agencies.

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Track Down Internet of Things Devices to Enhance Network Visibility

FedTech Magazine

You’re on a roll in a Google doc with your colleagues, typing away. Then you get an alert that someone has commented at the beginning of the document. And you see a profile picture appear, but you don’t recognize it — must be the new guy. Outside the doc, your Slack pings, and it’s a coworker with a suggestion. Meanwhile, someone else comments on the comment.

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The 2024 Guide to Instagram for Libraries: Updated Tips To Get the Most Organic Reach

Super Library Marketing

Photo courtesy Cincinnati and Hamilton County Public Library This is the second in the 2024 series of social media guides for libraries. Last week, we covered Facebook. In the coming weeks, new best practice guides for YouTube, Twitter/X, LinkedIn, and TikTok will be released. Stay tuned! Instagram for libraries Instagram is the second most popular social media platform for library marketing. 92 percent of libraries responding to the 2023 Super Library Marketing survey said they post to Instagra

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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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Gen AI: A guide for CFOs

McKinsey Public & Social Sector Insights

How should CFOs approach generative AI—enterprise-wide and in the finance function—and what can they do right now to rapidly climb the learning curve?

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A solution for dying downtowns is popping up in major cities

GCN

As business districts look for ways to revive economies weakened by long-gone office workers, cities are testing pop-up shops to reduce vacant retail space and give small business owners a launch platform.

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Commercial Solutions Assist the U.S. Army in Securing Remote Classrooms

FedTech Magazine

The U.S. Army Cyber School trains the Army’s cyberwarfare workforce, often in classified spaces on a dedicated network. Between 900 and 1,000 soldiers are in-house at any given moment for training that lasts between 20 and 40 weeks. “Our classes are like a conveyer belt,” says Todd Boudreau, deputy commandant of the Cyber School, part of the Army’s Cyber Center of Excellence.

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The Four Agreements: Equipping Leaders for Team and Project Success

Careers in Government

This approach aims to create a positive, harmonious, and productive work environment, fostering more cohesive teams and facilitating timely project completion. The post The Four Agreements: Equipping Leaders for Team and Project Success appeared first on Careers in Government.

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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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How artificial intelligence can power clinical development

McKinsey Public & Social Sector Insights

Artificial intelligence is accelerating drug discovery. If clinical development fails to keep pace, the benefits to patients will be delayed.

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Ahead of busy Thanksgiving travel, improvements to air transportation touted

GCN

Transportation Secretary Pete Buttigieg highlighted a low airline cancellation rate, airport upgrades and the hiring of more air traffic controllers. He also cautioned that funding squabbles in Congress could hurt progress.

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How Automation Delivers Economic Advantages

State Tech Magazine

IT spending represents a significant part of the budget for many government agencies. Technology is no longer just a tool for driving efficiency; rather, it can help state and local agencies create value and improve citizen services. As digital initiatives take off across industries, public officials want to know that they’re getting the highest return on their investments.

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European Innovation Council approves €1 Billion in deep tech venture investments

Open Access Government - Technology News

Today, the European Commission announced that the European Innovation Council (EIC) Fund has approved nearly €1 billion in investments for deep tech companies since it commenced operations in September 2022 The EIC Fund, was established under Horizon Europe to back groundbreaking technologies and innovations. In just over a year, 159 startups and SMEs selected through the EIC Accelerator program have received investment approvals, solidifying the EIC’s role as the preferred investor for E

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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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Why is collaboration key to CMO success?

McKinsey Public & Social Sector Insights

CMOs are responsible for more than marketing their company’s products or services. They should also forge strong partnerships with their C-suite colleagues to drive growth.

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Democrats face a balancing act in advancing clean energy initiatives

GCN

Despite some skepticism, auto unions recently approved new labor agreements that invest big in the nation’s transition to clean energy. Three Democratic governors are calling it a win. Plus, more news to use from around the country in this week's State and Local Roundup.

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Grant writing success takes consistent effort

Professional Grant Writer

Many nonprofits are excited to get started with grant writing. They’re working under the assumption that as soon as they get out the. The post Grant writing success takes consistent effort appeared first on Professional Grant Writer.

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Get excited for re:Invent 2023: A public sector guide

AWS Public Sector Blog

On November 27, the Amazon Web Services (AWS) re:Invent conference returns to Las Vegas, Nevada for our twelfth year of learning with cloud enthusiasts from around the world. This annual event empowers customers and partners to rethink what’s possible for their mission, through the latest innovations in the cloud. Discover new ideas, build connections, and interact with cutting-edge technology.

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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.

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What makes a successful CEO?

McKinsey Public & Social Sector Insights

The CEO is the person ultimately responsible for the success of a company. Their job is to develop strategy and deploy the resources to deliver on it.

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Forget dystopian scenarios–AI is pervasive today, and the risks are often hidden

GCN

The explosion of generative AI tools like ChatGPT and fears about where the technology might be headed distract from the many ways AI affects people every day—for better and worse.

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How State and Local Agencies Can Modernize Their Data Centers

State Tech Magazine

As the public sector pushes to employ stronger digital frameworks, it’s time for state and local governments to size up their legacy data centers. From rising cyberthreats and latency barriers to natural disasters and other life-changing events, agencies face many uphill battles to ensure that their most vital resources are managed and delivered securely and efficiently.

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What Are the Disasters that Might Impact Your Home?

Disaster Zone blog

Deciding where to rent or buy based on disasters and crime.

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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 article offers comprehensive strategies to navigate this transformation.