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What’s Next for the Affordable Connectivity Program?

NLC (National League of Cities)

The Affordable Connectivity Program (ACP), created in the Infrastructure Investment and Jobs Act (IIJA), also known as the Bipartisan Infrastructure Law, has provided more than 22 million low-income households with a monthly $30 discount on home broadband service from participating internet service providers.

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Infrastructure ‘bootcamps’ help smaller cities win federal grants

GCN

The Local Infrastructure Hub has helped participating cities win millions of dollars to address pressing needs in transportation, climate, flood mitigation, rails, broadband and more.

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Working Remotely — 4 Key Ways Government Employees Can Heighten Productivity

Careers in Government

Remote government employees can effectively create a lifestyle and at-home environment that is conducive to heightened productivity levels. The post Working Remotely — 4 Key Ways Government Employees Can Heighten Productivity appeared first on Careers in Government.

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What is Missing Middle Housing?

NLC (National League of Cities)

Missing middle housing refers to housing that provides diverse housing options along the spectrum of affordability, which includes duplexes, triplexes, fourplexes and bungalows. Middle housing is not eligible for tax credits or most other federal, state or local government subsidies. Typical middle housing types include multiunit structures such as townhomes, duplexes, triplexes and fourplexes.

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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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Look Back at 2023 Online Community Engagement Trends

Social Pinpoint

Before we look forward and reveal our predictions for the top 2024 trends in online community engagement, let’s look back. 2023 was the year that saw some very clear trends, especially in the digital community space. We saw hybrid engagement come of age, we saw really clear stages in engagement, and we even saw the rise of AI. Below, we’ve listed the five trends we have mapped as the top 2023 online community engagement trends.

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New Programs: Specialized Activities with Camp Managers

Summer Camp Programming

The inspiration for this article comes from Craig Huffman. Cooking with Cindy Consider a new specialized activity option that just might elevate the camp experience to new heights. “Cooking with Cindy” is a program that was introduced at a summer camp whose kitchen manager, Cindy, spearheaded. This innovative program not only enriched the campers’ experience […] The post New Programs: Specialized Activities with Camp Managers first appeared on Summer Camp Programming.

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Lessons learned from the US Department of Justice’s Uvalde review: Key takeaways for policymakers, practitioners and schools

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COMMENTARY | The recommendations offered in the DOJ’s critical review of the Uvalde school shooting can help first responders and communities across the nation avoid these same failures if faced with a similar situation.

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State and Local Governments Migrate to Microsoft Windows 11

State Tech Magazine

With some careful planning, the move to Microsoft Windows 11 should be relatively straightforward, says Utah CIO Alan Fuller. But for those who put the transition off, he says, the effort could quickly become overwhelming. “This is one of those classic things where, if you take care of business in a timely manner, it will never be a crisis,” Fuller says.

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Ep 29: Understanding Gen Z: Trauma-Informed Care in Camp Settings

Summer Camp Programming

SHOW NOTES Kelie and Shauna are joined by Claire Griffith, a recreation specialist working with cognitively impaired individuals. Claire addresses trauma informed care within a camp setting, stressing the importance of safety, trust, transparency, peer support, and collaboration, and acknowledging cultural, historical, and gender issues. They explore how trauma informed care can influence Gen Z, […] The post Ep 29: Understanding Gen Z: Trauma-Informed Care in Camp Settings first appeared o

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Author Talks: Moshik Temkin on power, purpose, and the public good

McKinsey Public & Social Sector Insights

Today’s changing world calls for bold leadership. Moshik Temkin explores the traits of dynamic leaders in history and how they worked with power—or in opposition to it—to meet the moment.

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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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To put a dent in opioid addiction, start with the corrections system

GCN

Pilot programs have offered incarcerated individuals medications for opioid use disorder, but now it’s time to start expanding those programs for long-term success, observers say.

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What CX Metrics Actually Matter?

GovLoop

Metrics for customer experience (CX) can look radically different depending on the agency’s mission. How do you know which metrics you need to track success? During our latest CX Community of Practice session, Tori Leonard, UX Practice Manager, shared strategies for measuring your CX goals. Here are a few takeaways from that session: • The first step for creating and tracking metrics that matter should be foundational discovery research, Leonard said.

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A Neat Way to Empower Responsibility in Children

Summer Camp Programming

This article was inspired by Amy McSheffrey and the wall they have in one of their rooms. The reflection wall in the image above would be a transformative addition to any camp environment. It can play a pivotal role in instilling a powerful lesson for your young campers. As kids pass by this interactive wall, […] The post A Neat Way to Empower Responsibility in Children first appeared on Summer Camp Programming.

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A different high-growth story: The unique challenges of climate tech

McKinsey Public & Social Sector Insights

Capital-intensive, sustainable businesses offer growth on a scale achieved by technology juggernauts of recent decades. But they face a different set of challenges. Here’s how they can overcome them.

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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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States push ahead with social media laws amid legal challenges

GCN

Utah delayed its efforts for litigation purposes, while a judge blocked an Ohio law. But that hasn’t stopped other states, most recently Idaho and New York, from introducing their own restrictions to protect minors.

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We Want to Hear From You: Supporting Mental Health and Substance Use Disorder Needs in Higher Education

Homeroom

By: Roberto Rodriguez, Assistant Secretary of the Office of Planning, Evaluation, and Policy Development. If you need suicide or mental health-related crisis support, or are worried about someone else, please call or text 988 or visit the National Suicide & Crisis Lifeline’s chat to connect with a trained crisis counselor. The need for mental Continue Reading The post We Want to Hear From You: Supporting Mental Health and Substance Use Disorder Needs in Higher Education appeared first on

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Paid Parental Leave Is Available to Most Federal Employees—But Some May Not Know About It

GAO (US Government Accountability Office)

The first months of a baby’s life are an important period to build bonds between parents and child. Because of this, many new parents take maternity or paternity leave —also known as family leave—from work during those initial months of welcoming a.

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Travel Disruptors: Capturing B2B growth

McKinsey Public & Social Sector Insights

Expedia Group powers many other companies’ travel interfaces and inventories. Ariane Gorin, president of Expedia for Business, outlines the elements of a great corporate partnership.

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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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‘The world is watching.’ Alabama executes inmate using nitrogen gas

GCN

The state opted for the method following a botched execution of the same inmate in 2022. Two more states have since adopted the until now never tried method.

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Disaster Zone Podcast: Best of 2023: Leading in a Crisis

Disaster Zone blog

Leadership is key in all situations.

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Foreign Investment in U.S. Agricultural Land Is Raising National Security Concerns

GAO (US Government Accountability Office)

The U.S. is known as the breadbasket of the world. Beyond our amber waves of grain, America is a top producer of corn, soybeans, grapes, cattle and dairy, and much more. Agricultural land is a valuable asset here, and an attractive one for foreign.

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Lessons from a successful cloud journey: Empathy, community, and a smart approach to value

McKinsey Public & Social Sector Insights

In this interview, the CIO and the director of infrastructure and user services group at the US Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services (CMS) emphasize the need to place people—not only technology—at the center of cloud transformations.

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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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Can wastewater alert schools about Covid spread?

GCN

COMMENTARY | While wastewater surveillance doesn't prevent all viral transmission, its role in understanding the extent of transmission could help officials ensure schools stay open during a public health emergency.

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State and Local CIOs Expect AI to Benefit Digital Services

State Tech Magazine

Artificial intelligence is very much top of mind for state and local government CIOs, and they may well examine how AI can accelerate digital services for citizens, note the National Association of State Chief Information Officers and the Public Technology Institute in a recent joint webinar. The webinar, hosted recently by NASCIO and PTI, reviewed CIO priorities over the next year.

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AWS Marketplace now available in the AWS Secret Region

AWS Public Sector Blog

Amazon Web Services (AWS) today announced the launch of AWS Marketplace in the AWS Secret Region, an expansion of the AWS Marketplace for the US Intelligence Community (ICMP) program. First deployed in 2016 , ICMP is a digital catalog with software listings from independent software vendors (ISVs) that makes it easy for customers in the intelligence community (IC) to find, test, buy, and deploy software that runs on AWS.

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Asia at the forefront of global change: On the cusp of a new era

McKinsey Public & Social Sector Insights

Global forces are pushing the world into a new period in which rules will have to change fundamentally. In these uncertain yet exciting times, Asia is poised to lead the way.

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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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Mayors, feds bemoan immigration ‘paralysis’

GCN

City leaders overwhelmed by the influx of migrants joined federal officials in strongly urging Congress to address the crisis at the southern border.

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Building trust in government: A data-driven imperative

Partnership for Public Service

At a time when our democracy faces serious threats, partisanship is on the rise and public faith in federal institutions is low , the Partnership for Public Service and the Data Foundation share a mutual dedication to the important task of building trust in government. As part of its work to build the capacity of agencies to deliver for diverse audiences, the Partnership conducts research that offers insights into how the public perceives government and what can be done to improve those percepti

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Big, Bold Billboards: Are They Worth the Money for Library Marketing? Some Things To Consider Before You Buy

Super Library Marketing

Watch this video now #LibraryMarketing Show, episode 225 They’re big and bold. They promise your library continuous exposure to a diverse audience. And… they’re expensive. Are billboards actually a good use of your limited library marketing budget? I’ll lay out the pros and cons of billboard advertising for libraries in this episode.

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A flight plan for everyone

McKinsey Public & Social Sector Insights

Senior airline executive and inclusion advocate Michael Swiatek outlines the changes required to enhance travel experiences for those with disabilities.

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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.