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How AI Can Support Cities’ Sustainability Goals

NLC (National League of Cities)

Chatter about AI has become like the weather — talked about seemingly everywhere yet increasingly difficult to predict with absolute confidence. While the meteoric rise of generative, language-wielding platforms, like ChatGPT, are catching big media waves, many cities are already established AI enthusiasts.

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Why strategists should embrace imperfection

McKinsey Public & Social Sector Insights

In a world of rapid change, looking for certainty can obscure opportunity. Taking smaller yet bold steps provides a more sure-footed path through uncertainty.

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Public-Private Partnerships Help Communities Achieve Their Digital Inclusion Goals

Government Technology Insider

As governments and communities work to bridge the digital divide, expanding access to broadband connectivity has become a priority. State governments have many resources at their disposal to reach their goals of delivering connectivity to unserved and underserved areas. One option is to use the resources and expertise of the private sector by working with industry partners to build a robust middle-mile network infrastructure.

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Google Public Sector achieves Top Secret and Secret cloud authorization

Google Public Sector

Google Public Sector is dedicated to empowering digital transformation across the public sector. Customers throughout the federal government are using Google Cloud products — the Defense Innovation Unit (DIU) is deploying Google Cloud to develop AI models to assist augmented reality microscope (ARM) detection of certain types of cancer; the U.S. Air Force is using Vertex AI to overhaul their manual processes ; and the U.S.

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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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Narrowing the Racial Wealth Divide: Supporting the Homeownership Journey

NLC (National League of Cities)

This blog is the fourth part of a four-part series offering additional insights into racial wealth divide strategies. Just as the racial wealth divide has grown over the past several decades, the gap between Black and Hispanic homeownership and white homeownership has widened.

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New Houston mayor reverses course on bike, pedestrian improvements

GCN

Mayor John Whitmire ordered pedestrian islands removed, froze projects with bike lanes and suggested cyclists stick to “recreational” trails. It’s a big change in direction from his predecessor’s approach.

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OUR RESPONSE TO RESPONSE TIMES

Barrett & Greene

When it comes to many vital public services, including police, fire and EMS, one of the primary – and sometimes the only – performance measurement that people use is response time. On the surface this makes a lot of sense. For emergency services, particularly, every moment can spell the difference between a minor incident and a tragedy. To the general public, fast response times are real tangible evidence that they are getting good service.

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Big Day for NLC and Municipal Governments: Final Office of Management and Budget (OMB) Uniform Grants Guidance Released

NLC (National League of Cities)

Last week, the White House announced the final Office of Management and Budget (OMB) UniformGrants Guidance. This guidance is designed to create a streamlined set of rules and regulations forfederal grants that ensure that Congress, agencies, and applicants have standard language andprocesses for grant awards and administration.

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Senate rebukes Biden administration on effort to reduce vehicle pollution

GCN

Three Democrats and one independent joined the chamber’s Republicans, arguing the Federal Highway Administration overstepped its authority in requiring states to track greenhouse gas emissions. But the president threatened to veto the measure.

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New AWS survey reveals the link between AI fluency and the next education revolution

AWS Public Sector Blog

Education leaders are eager for solutions to the difficulties facing schools across the country. With strained local resources impacting educators, it is more critical than ever for the education community to adapt and evolve to meet student needs and address challenges. Educators know that more resources can help provide personalized approaches that better address students’ individual learning needs.

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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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Community Colleges: Building Pathways to the Future

Homeroom

BY: Amy Loyd, ED.L.D., Assistant Secretary, OCTAE The American postsecondary education system has seen many transformations, but none so democratic and revolutionary as the founding of the first community college in Joliet, Illinois in 1901. Then-president of the University of Chicago William Harper Rainey, and several other influential university presidents, were convinced that for America Continue Reading The post Community Colleges: Building Pathways to the Future appeared first on ED.gov Blo

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The generative AI opportunity in airline maintenance

McKinsey Public & Social Sector Insights

For everyone from repair copilots to clerical assistants, generative AI can improve productivity and ease labor shortages. How can airlines and related companies get the basics right?

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Emergency alert: States confront EMS shortages

GCN

Minnesota declared an “EMS emergency” last month, but it’s far from alone. An outdated approach to funding the service is largely to blame, says experts.

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UK Biobank enables medical research worldwide through vast database powered by AWS

AWS Public Sector Blog

UK Biobank is the world’s most comprehensive source of health data used for research. It houses a vast, continuously growing dataset of biological, health, and lifestyle information. From 2006–2010, UK Biobank recruited 500,000 UK citizens between the ages of 40 and 69 to supply biological samples (blood, urine, and saliva) and information about their lifestyle regularly on an ongoing basis.

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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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Local Governments Break Down Data Silos to House Vulnerable Citizens

State Tech Magazine

As 2024 dawned the Sonoma County, Calif.-based nonprofit Social Advocates for Youth made an urgent announcement: It would need to close Northern California’s only homeless shelter for youth if it couldn’t raise funds. A flurry of support temporarily postponed the move, but with homelessness an ongoing challenge — including among teens — county officials have been piloting technology solutions to help manage the issue, serve those in need and even prevent individuals from becoming homeless.

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Space: The $1.8 trillion opportunity for global economic growth

McKinsey Public & Social Sector Insights

As the space economy expands, it could create value for multiple industries and solve many of the world’s most pressing challenges.

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Lessons learned from whole-of-state cybersecurity efforts

GCN

More than two years into the federal cybersecurity grant program, state and local tech leaders say information sharing between the different levels of government is the most important aspect of the approach.

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How EdTech and workforce development companies drive business success through AWS Marketplace

AWS Public Sector Blog

Educational institutions around the world seek reliable options that allow administrators, professors, teachers, and students to maintain connectivity and productivity on- or off-campus. Amazon Web Services (AWS) Marketplace provides a curated digital catalog to help institutions navigate evolving situations and quickly deploy solutions. In 2023, more than 2,000 education customers around the world subscribed to software in AWS Marketplace.

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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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Hopeful Horizons: Local Leaders Sound Off on Week of the Young Child

NLC (National League of Cities)

The Week of the Young Child is an annual celebration sponsored by the National Association for the Education of Young Children, celebrating early learning, young children, their teachers, and families.

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Alex Hardiman on product outside of pure technology companies

McKinsey Public & Social Sector Insights

Alex Hardiman, chief product officer of the New York Times, shares how a strong product-led strategy can elevate organizations across industries.

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‘Artificial intelligence is not innovation,’ it’s a tool. How governments use it will vary.

GCN

Some state and local governments may embrace AI wholly, while others may take a more measured approach. Either way, experts said, the competition to be first is moot.

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Educause launches generative AI readiness assessment tool for higher education with AWS

AWS Public Sector Blog

Generative artificial intelligence (AI) is one of the most disruptive technologies in history, offering higher education institutions the opportunity to re-imagine a world where learning is highly personalized, seamless, and available to everyone. With this in mind, there’s one question that is a point of conversation across campuses: how can we leverage this technology and realize its potential while preparing our institutions, faculty, staff, and students for responsible use?

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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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Getting Comfortable With AI

GovLoop

To learn where agencies will take AI — and where AI will take them — GovLoop spoke with Beth Simone Noveck, New Jersey’s State Chief Artificial Intelligence Strategist and Director of The Governance Lab at Northeastern University. “For 2024, I think we’re going to see a lot more use of generative AI in government,” Noveck said. “States are going to be more proactive in starting to issue policies of the kind [New Jersey Chief Technology Officer Christopher Rein issued last year] to embrace the us

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How to find opportunity in a crisis: Launching a spinoff business

McKinsey Public & Social Sector Insights

The CEO and cofounder of Drop discusses spinning off an adjacent business under a new brand during the COVID-19 pandemic while still scaling up the initial startup.

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City-country mortality gap widens amid persistent holes in rural health care access

GCN

As rural health services continue to erode, population health declines and mortality rates increase. That endangers local economies and employment, rural health experts say.

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Perovskite LED display promises next-gen smart devices

Open Access Government - Technology News

A new digital display screen integrates cutting-edge functionalities directed into the LEDs themselves This marks a new era of versatile displays for smartphones, tablets, and computers. LEDs processing sensors capabilities Led by Professor Feng Gao, the team has demonstrated a new design principle where LEDs made from a crystalline material called perovskite not only emit light but also possess sensor capabilities.

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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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Navigating New Horizons: The Intersection of Entrepreneurship and Reentry

NLC (National League of Cities)

Why Entrepreneurship is a Pathway for Returning Citizens This blog is part of a series of articles and events to highlight Second Chance Awareness Month. People often seek entrepreneurship for its promise of financial stability, flexibility, and the possibility of creating opportunities for themselves and their community.

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Bridging private equity’s value creation gap

McKinsey Public & Social Sector Insights

Amid a slower deal environment, private equity buyout managers can adapt their approach to value creation—and, as a first step, emphasize improvements to operational efficiency.

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How hurricane response helped one state’s cyber preparedness

GCN

Local governments in Louisiana are used to having the National Guard come in during natural disasters. Today, they are growing used to the guard coming in during a cyberattack, too.

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Recent Trends in Real Estate Development (Spring 2024)

Community and Economic Development Program of UNC

Source: stock.adobe.com (Editorial Use License) This blog post is part of a regular series on recent trends in private real estate financing. These posts are meant to inform local governments about current conditions facing private developers and real estate development projects in their communities. Lending for real estate development projects Towards the end of 2023, some market watchers were cautiously optimistic that the Federal Reserve would begin to cut interest rates 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.