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Help for rural governments tackling the opioid crisis

GCN

The Reaching Rural Initiative helped officials in Harnett County, North Carolina, develop an opioid emergency response plan and a program to direct formerly incarcerated individuals to treatment.

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Next City’s End-of-Year Give Guide

Next City

Here are our suggestions for places to give your cash during the 2023 holiday season and beyond.

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Ep 25: Camp Behavior – It’s Getting Worse

Summer Camp Programming

SHOW NOTES Kelie and Shauna discuss what they have seen in camper behavior over the last two summers, their experiences, and their ideas to begin combating it. Want to add to our conversation? Have a question you want us to discuss? Email Us: exploringcampsides@gmail.com HOSTS KELIE COOK SHAUNA GUGLIELMO The post Ep 25: Camp Behavior – It’s Getting Worse first appeared on Summer Camp Programming.

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Preview: What would it take to scale critical climate technologies?

McKinsey Public & Social Sector Insights

Many of the climate technologies needed to achieve deep decarbonization already exist. The challenge now is accelerating innovation and scale-up to achieve technical and commercial breakthroughs.

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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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Housing and care costs leave aging Americans with limited options

GCN

With adults over 65 already 17% of the U.S. population, communities need to prepare for the growing number of older adults who need both affordable housing and care, experts say.

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Disaster Zone Podcast: The 10 R's of Crisis Management

Disaster Zone blog

Many a crisis has gone worse due to the public relations response.

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Getting ahead in the cloud

McKinsey Public & Social Sector Insights

There is $3 trillion worth of business value at stake for companies that successfully use cloud technology—yet many are still in a fog. Here’s a clear path toward cloud adoption.

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Technology Is Turning Conference Rooms into Hubs for Seamless Collaboration

FedTech Magazine

With the opening of its Workplace Innovation Lab, the General Services Administration seeks to better understand how hybrid work and the deployment of communication technologies will impact its employees. Located in Washington, D.C., the WIL takes up 25,000 square feet inside GSA headquarters and is equipped with access control and onsite security personnel.

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Lessons from one state’s effort to modernize its criminal justice system

GCN

New York’s sweeping 2020 law sought to accelerate pre-trial processes with technology upgrades. But the state’s experience offers lessons for other jurisdictions undertaking similar efforts to modernize the justice system.

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Smart Cities Connect 2023: Smart Streetlights Provide IoT Entry Point

State Tech Magazine

Smart city projects in Memphis, Tenn., and in Philadelphia demonstrate the potential of smart streetlights not just for illuminating neighborhoods but also for collecting data that can improve the lives of citizens in other areas, agreed an expert panel at Smart Cities Connect 2023 on Tuesday. Addressing the conference in National Harbor, Md., Mike Grigsby, director of business development for Ubicquia, said that replacing traditional streetlights with smart LED lights paid dividends.

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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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New-business building: A winning strategy in uncertain times

McKinsey Public & Social Sector Insights

History has shown that building new businesses amid economic volatility is an offensive play that tends to reward companies with higher revenue growth and earnings compared with peers that retrench.

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Quantifying Software Use During Agencies’ Digital Transformations with Software Asset Management

FedTech Magazine

Many agencies suffer from unnecessary IT spending, unused licenses, Software as a Service (SaaS) sprawl and an incomplete picture of their technology posture due to a lack of software asset management visibility. NASA’s Office of Inspector General reported in January that the agency spent $15 million over five years on unused Oracle licenses because it failed to track use with its “basic” approach to software asset management.

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Government runs on a 64-year-old language. Could AI help change that?

GCN

COBOL is still relied on for many essential services. But as experts in the language retire, states are looking at new technologies and ways to change workplace culture to help ease the transition away from it.

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Supply Skepticism Revisited: What New Research Shows About the Impact of Supply on Affordability

The Stoop (NYU Furman Center)

New research shows building more homes can slow regional rent growth and free up units for residents across the spectrum of incomes, according to a new paper from the NYU Furman Center. Furman Center faculty directors Vicki Been, Ingrid Gould Ellen, and Kathy O’Regan recently released “ Supply Skepticism Revisited ”, highlighting the latest rigorous research that draws out the nuanced effects housing supply has on housing affordability.

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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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What are the roles and responsibilities of a CFO?

McKinsey Public & Social Sector Insights

The CFO role was named for its original function of overseeing an organization’s finances, but it’s now seen as a cross-cutting common denominator linking every part of an organization.

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Smart Cities Connect: Syracuse Focuses on Vision Zero and Digital Empowerment

State Tech Magazine

In 2020, StateTech named Syracuse, N.Y., as a top Smart City to Watch. On Nov. 28, Syracuse Director of Strategic Initiatives Jennifer Tifft will participate in Smart Cities Connect 2023 on a panel, The National Standards Strategy for Critical and Emerging Technology and Implications for Smart Cities and Communities. The conference, hosted by the Gaylord National Hotel and Convention Center in National Harbor, Md., explores issues regarding the design and adoption of networks supporting the Inte

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What does a resilient city look like?

GCN

In many cities, resilience is more than climate-ready infrastructure and disaster relief. It’s a tool for building trust in local government, connecting neighbors and uplifting vulnerable communities.

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An Amazing Record of Safety — Air Travel

Disaster Zone blog

Close calls, but no major crashes.

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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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An affordable, reliable, competitive path to net zero

McKinsey Public & Social Sector Insights

A successful net-zero transition will require achieving not one objective but four. We offer a guide to getting it right.

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

Super Library Marketing

Photo courtesy Cincinnati and Hamilton County Public Library This is the third in the 2024 series of social media guides for libraries. So far we’ve covered Facebook and Instagram. In the coming weeks, new best practice guides for YouTube, LinkedIn, and Twitter/X will be released. Stay tuned! TikTok for libraries The number of libraries who say they post on TikTok actually declined in 2023, according to the annual Super Library Marketing Survey. 16 percent of libraries say they use the pla

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Funding for local cybersecurity efforts is insufficient, survey says

GCN

Local government IT executives are reluctant to even ask elected officials for more, according to the group behind the survey, knowing requests will likely be rejected.

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Smart Cities Connect 2023: How Environmental Factors Drive Municipal Investments

State Tech Magazine

Municipal officials gathered this week in National Harbor, Md., to share lessons learned from smart cities projects, and a panel on Thursday reflected on how the environment affected infrastructure planning. In Mesa, Ariz., city officials recently took a hard look at engineering standards for building fiber networks, Harry Meier, Mesa’s deputy CIO for innovation, said at Smart Cities Connect 2023.

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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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How is the CHRO role changing?

McKinsey Public & Social Sector Insights

The new mandate? Propel technological and operating-model changes in HR while still keeping the “human” in human resources.

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Unlocking Resilience: FEMA’s BRIC Program Allocates Historic $137 Million for Building Codes 

NLC (National League of Cities)

By Stella Carr, Energy and Resilience Project Manager at the International Code Council As communities continue to grapple with the implications of climate change, the need for resilient infrastructure has never been more critical.

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Generative AI has ‘significant, beneficial’ uses for state government

GCN

A report from California on the technology found that it could improve performance and make services more accessible to residents, but risks must be mitigated.

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Smart Cities Connect 2023: Syracuse Focuses on Vision Zero and Digital Empowerment

State Tech Magazine

In 2020, StateTech named Syracuse, N.Y., as a top Smart City to Watch. On Nov. 28, Syracuse Director of Strategic Initiatives Jennifer Tifft will participate in Smart Cities Connect 2023 on a panel, The National Standards Strategy for Critical and Emerging Technology and Implications for Smart Cities and Communities. The conference, hosted by the Gaylord National Hotel and Convention Center in National Harbor, Md., explores issues regarding the design and adoption of networks supporting the Inte

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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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When a transaction forges a transformation

McKinsey Public & Social Sector Insights

An approach to M&A integrations that looks beyond combinatorial synergies can be the starting point for broader transformation.

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The Top 5 Most Commonly Reported Concerns in New Jersey

GovPilot

GovPilot is becoming more and more actively recognized for the brilliant and time-saving software solutions offered to municipalities. Those who live in Elizabeth, South Orange, and various other NJ towns that use GovPilot’s Report-a-Concern module have it easy- these residents can access a digital Report-a-Concern form through their district’s official website or report an issue as soon as it arises via the GovAlert mobile app.

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EPA proposes all lead pipes be replaced within 10 years

GCN

The requirement would be a “massive unfunded mandate,” said a group representing local water utilities. But it does give cities, particularly those with lots of lead pipes, some leeway.

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Southeast Asian Cities Have Some of the Most Polluted Air in the World. El Niño Is Making it Worse

The City Fix

Residents of Jakarta, Indonesia woke up on August 31, 2023, to a thick blanket of haze and news that their city was again ranked the most polluted in the world — one of many times during the last several months when air quality became.

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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.