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How collaboration is changing North Carolina, one project at a time

GCN

States that want to tap universities and philanthropies to find solutions to policy challenges using the best research, evidence and data should look at how one state mastered the communications and logistics essential for effective partnerships.

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Crisis management in English local government: the limits of resilience

Policy & Politics Journal blog

By Tania Arrieta and Jonathan S. Davies In our recently published article in Policy & Politics, we explore the context for local authorities in England that have been pushed to develop “resilience.

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How To Create a Marketing Plan for an Entire Year Even if Your Library’s Strategic Plan Sucks or Is Non-Existent!

Super Library Marketing

Photo courtesy Cincinnati and Hamilton County Public Library This week, I’ll be able to see the world’s largest bottle of catsup. (Ketchup? Catsup? Is there a difference?) When I learned that I’d be speaking at Reaching Forward South in Collinsville, Illinois, I Googled the area. That’s how I discovered the city is home to a 170-foot water tower shaped like a catsup bottle that just happens to be on the National Registry of Historic Places.

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Feds move to make gov websites more accessible to people with disabilities

GCN

It’s the first time the federal government has ever issued rules clarifying how the more than 30-year-old Americans with Disabilities Act applies online. But the new rules come with a hefty price tag for state and local governments.

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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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Five Ways Local Leaders Can Support Their Residents with a Better FAFSA

NLC (National League of Cities)

The U.S. Department of Education recently made transformational changes to the Free Application for Federal Student Aid (FAFSA) form, an application that students and families need to complete to apply for federal student aid, such as federal grants, work-study funds, and loans. These changes implement provisions of the FUTURE Act and the FAFSA Simplification Act.

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SCP 204: Magazine Style #11

Summer Camp Programming

SHOW NOTES In this episode, Curt and Chris discuss a wide variety of topics for summer camps. This is their 11th magazine edition. This episode includes a special event idea, program idea, staff idea, new AI tool, some trivia questions, theme ideas, and more. HOSTS CURT JACKSON CHRIS KALLAL The post SCP 204: Magazine Style #11 first appeared on Summer Camp Programming.

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It’s FAFSA Week of Action: Time to Take a #FAFSAFastBreak!

Homeroom

It’s FAFSA Week of Action (April 15-19) and to kick off the effort the U.S. Department of Education is thrilled to announce the launch our #FAFSAFastBreak campaign, a national effort to drive FAFSA submissions among high school seniors and returning college students. Everyone has an important role to play! We have already received nearly 200 Continue Reading The post It’s FAFSA Week of Action: Time to Take a #FAFSAFastBreak!

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Securing Legacies: Strategies for Resolving Heirs’ Property Issues in Cities

NLC (National League of Cities)

By Houston City Councilmember Tiffany D. Thomas In January 2024, the Federal Home Loan Bank of Dallas invested $2 million with nonprofits and banks to educate and assist clients with heirs’ property issues, and in Atlanta, the Federal Home Loan Bank of Atlanta made $1 million heirs’ property grant funding available in 2022.

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Why a lawsuit may be state and local governments’ best chance to cut insulin prices

GCN

The skyrocketing cost of insulin hits employee health plans and limits governments’ ability to finance other projects, such as infrastructure improvements. The multidistrict litigation aims to fix that.

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Everything you wanted to know about carbon removals but were afraid to ask

McKinsey Public & Social Sector Insights

Decarbonization has emerged as a critical tool in the fight against climate change, but it also shows promise as a means of economic acceleration across the globe. Learn how.

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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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How to Celebrate National Park Week

GovLoop

National Park Week is April 20-28 — and there are so many ways to celebrate. Take a look at the National Park Service’s main site for National Park Week events , kicking off with waived entrance fees on Saturday, April 20. The nine-day lineup includes days for volunteering, getting to know parks staff, events for kids, and more. That’s in addition to fun and educational events that parks host throughout the year: You can find them on the NPS calendar.

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How DOD Can Maintain Zero-Trust Momentum

FedTech Magazine

The Department of Defense reports strong momentum toward meeting its goal of implementing a zero-trust security architecture departmentwide by 2027. DOD’s Zero Trust Portfolio Management Office recently approved implementation plans from all military components. One key takeaway from this milestone moment: Agencies that leveraged commercial solutions got a big head start on their zero-trust efforts.

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Initial funding for digital equity plans is available. But how do states plan to use it?

GCN

Some have identified creative solutions to address affordability, digital skills and accessibility issues. But one approach—reliance on the federal internet subsidy that is about to expire—could force some states back to the drawing board.

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Driving long-term business transformation

McKinsey Public & Social Sector Insights

What it takes to get transformation right, setting a company up to operate better today and handle disruption and change tomorrow with energized, creative employees.

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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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State and Local Agencies Improve Child Services Intake and Outreach Communications

State Tech Magazine

When the Los Angeles County Department of Children and Family Services (DCFS) sought to modernize its contact center, IT leaders took the opportunity to shift from an on-premises infrastructure to a cloud-based one. “We literally are the entry point for teachers, for medical providers, for the public, for parents when they want to report child abuse or neglect.

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Disaster response and risk management using PNNL’s Aether framework on AWS

AWS Public Sector Blog

Characterizing disaster risk and developing strategies for resilience and response to natural event hazards is core to the mission of the Pacific Northwest National Laboratory (PNNL). The science of event simulation and emergency response is based broadly on physics and earth science for climate simulations. These processes rely heavily on domain-specific data ingestion and processing for batch and continuous data sources.

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Knowing When, Where and How to Modernize

GovLoop

An interview with LeAnn Oliver, Director of Corporate Business Systems, U.S. Department of Energy’s Offices of the CFO A leadership expert once said , “Change is hard at first, messy in the middle and gorgeous at the end.” The principle holds true for public and private entities alike: At times, they all suffer from excessive bureaucracy and other challenges.

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The battery cell component opportunity in Europe and North America

McKinsey Public & Social Sector Insights

Momentum for the battery cell component market is building rapidly in Europe and North America. To capitalize on this opportunity, suppliers will need to tackle several challenges head-on.

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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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Google Cloud launches new generative AI, cybersecurity, and data analytics trainings with employer partner the U.S. Department of the Treasury

Google Public Sector

To advance President Biden's Executive Order on Artificial Intelligence, the U.S. Department of the Treasury joins forces with Google Cloud to reimagine talent acquisition. The Treasury will harness the newly announced Google Cloud Certificates to drive a new skills-based hiring effort to expand access to jobs in data analytics and cybersecurity. "In an age of rapid innovation and adoption of new technology offering the promise of improved productivity, it is imperative that we equip every worke

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Smarter Government: Lodi, Calif., Improves the City’s Cyber Resilience

State Tech Magazine

After suffering a ransomware attack in 2019, Benjamin Buecher, IT manager for Lodi, Calif., and his team upgraded their cyberdefenses to include Rubrik Cloud Data Management. The robust backup and disaster recovery solution simplified the city’s IT environment. Rubrik helps to ensure that Lodi can restore its systems quickly if a cyberattack strikes.

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Holodeck: Changing robotics training with infinite virtual environments

Open Access Government - Technology News

Researchers have revealed Holodeck, a system inspired by Star Trek’s Holodeck, designed to generate limitless interactive 3D environments for training robots Developed by a team of experts from the University of Pennsylvania and collaborators from leading institutions, including Stanford University and the Allen Institute for Artificial Intelligence, Holodeck promises to accelerate the development of robots capable of navigating and interacting safely in complex real-world scenarios.

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Six ways CFOs find the time to unlock their full potential

McKinsey Public & Social Sector Insights

It’s hard to create outsize value when you have to manage the finance function’s daily and often urgent demands. But some CFOs rise to the challenge.

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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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8 years into America’s e-scooter experiment, what have we learned?

GCN

The climate benefits of shared e-scooters depend upon how companies deploy and manage them, and what steps are taken to keep riders safe.

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Made for Our Times: Mobility, Vibrancy, and the Next 123 Years of the Community College Movement

Homeroom

By Pam Eddinger, President, Bunker Hill Community College During my 11 years at Bunker Hill Community College in Boston, Massachusetts, I have received many visits from global educators curious about the uniquely American phenomenon of the Community College. In our exchanges, we inevitably observe that we are a place that prepares individuals for the future Continue Reading The post Made for Our Times: Mobility, Vibrancy, and the Next 123 Years of the Community College Movement appeared first on

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What should the program for a Transportation Management District look like?

Rebuilding Place in Urban Space

So for almost 20 years, I've suggested DC create TMDs, based on the concept of what Montgomery County Maryland does for its business districts but also what are sometimes called " Transportation Management Associations " like the one that covers Potomac Yard in Arlington/Alexandria ( FAST Potomac Yard ) or the Robinson District in Suburban Pittsburgh ( Airport Corridor Transportation Association ).

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Nature-positive investments: Good for the planet and long-term value

McKinsey Public & Social Sector Insights

The demand for nature and biodiversity investments is growing—Saker Nusseibeh talks about how to meet clients where they are and encourage them to move forward with a long-term view.

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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 states can give released inmates the best chance of staying clean

GCN

A Medicaid waiver can help state corrections facilities finance reentry services aimed at keeping former inmates in recovery and curbing the opioid crisis.

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6 Things for Local Leaders to Know About EPA’s New PFAS Drinking Water Regulations

NLC (National League of Cities)

On April 10, the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) released the first-ever National Primary Drinking Water Regulation for certain per-and polyfluoroalkyl substances (PFAS), also known as ‘forever chemicals.

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For Earth Day (April 22), We Examine Some of Our Work on Challenges Facing The Planet

GAO (US Government Accountability Office)

From sparkling oceans to breathtaking mountain views, Earth has a lot of beauty to offer—and it’s our only home, so taking care of it is incredibly important. Pollution and water contamination can threaten not only the health of the planet, but the.

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Author Talks: Cass Sunstein on the perils of habituation

McKinsey Public & Social Sector Insights

When we become too comfortable in our jobs and relationships, we can miss huge opportunities to grow and change. Harvard University professor Cass Sunstein explores this dynamic—and suggests ways to keep the sparkle in our lives.

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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.