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How State and Local Governments Are Working Toward Vision Zero

State Tech Magazine

State and local government procurement trends are always evolving, and the transportation industry is currently leading that charge. According to a recent Deltek GovWin report on state and local procurement, the SLED procurement market showed stability, though the top four industries — transportation, public safety, architecture and engineering, and professional business services — saw significant growth, by 2 to 9 percent year over year from the third quarter of 2022 to the third quarter of 202

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Affordable Housing Is Never the Only Problem – Or the Only Solution

Next City

Poverty doesn’t cause social breakdown, nor is social breakdown confined to areas with high levels of poverty, Seth Kaplan writes in “Fragile Neighborhoods.

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West Virginia’s top election official on trust, social media and secure elections

GCN

Ahead of what promises to be a hectic election season, Secretary of State Mac Warner spent part of his last National Association of Secretaries of State Winter Conference touching on conspiracy theories, among other topics.

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How to Manage an Inclusive Team

GovLoop

To get the best out of your team, you need to be as inclusive as possible, and that’s not as simple as just saying, “Every voice matters.” Words must be followed by actions. During the latest New Supervisors in Government Community of Practice session, “How to Manage an Inclusive Team,” we spoke with Priscilla Stallings, Chief Inclusion Officer, State of Minnesota, who shared insight and advice on creating a team where everyone feels valued and respected.

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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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Vending machines expand scope, impact of public health initiatives

GCN

The self-serve kiosks distribute health and hygiene products for free, which experts say improves accessibility to essential services and helps an increasingly pinched public health workforce.

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SCP 200: Bringing Entertainers to Camps: A Chat with Academic Entertainment

Summer Camp Programming

SHOW NOTES Chris and Curt welcome Whitney Mueller from Academic Entertainment, who shares her journey with the company from its humble beginnings to becoming a leading provider of entertainers for camps and schools. The episode covers the variety of programs offered, ensuring no camp ever has to endure the horror of a boring guest […] The post SCP 200: Bringing Entertainers to Camps: A Chat with Academic Entertainment first appeared on Summer Camp Programming.

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Making Women’s History: NLC’s Small Cities Council Breaking Barriers with All-Women Leadership Team  

NLC (National League of Cities)

As the National League of Cities (NLC) celebrates 100 years of impact, it’s fair to acknowledge that the organization has witnessed some of the most significant transformations in municipalities and encountered influential leaders who have played pivotal roles in shaping and driving our local communities.

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Justices appear skeptical of states' social media censorship laws

GCN

The U.S. Supreme Court heard oral arguments in two cases challenging Florida and Texas laws designed to prevent the alleged censorship of conservative viewpoints on social media. Observers say the decision could shape the future of free speech on the internet.

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Vote for Your Favorite Camp Program (Voting Ends Thursday)

Summer Camp Programming

Last week I ran a roundtable for the Best Camp Program. Anyone could submit an idea. I received over 60 submissions. Twelve of them did not meet the guidelines, so they were ineligible. Many of the rest were fantastic. It was difficult for us to widdle them down to the top six. To vote, use […] The post Vote for Your Favorite Camp Program (Voting Ends Thursday) first appeared on Summer Camp Programming.

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Strengthening fraying ties: The Global Cooperation Barometer 2024

McKinsey Public & Social Sector Insights

Global cooperation is key to better human lives. Our new barometer, developed with the World Economic Forum, can help leaders track trends, monitor critical outcomes, and act to increase cooperation.

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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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Ways to Celebrate Employee Appreciation Day

GovLoop

National Employee Appreciation Day is the first Friday in March, which this year falls on March 1. Here’s a few ideas to help you honor the occasion. Take a moment to think about each person and communicate thanks. An individualized note can mean a lot. Recognize an employee at a meeting. Consider a creative gesture like a photo collage for the team that points out employee contributions.

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In an era of divisiness, some politicians are trying to change the tone

GCN

At an event last week hosted by the National Governors Association, Justices Amy Coney Barrett and Sonia Sotomayor spoke about how they have learned to disagree agreeably.

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Space Orbits and Activity Auction

Summer Camp Programming

This is an idea for a week-long theme – this activity is based on a space theme, but it could be easily adapted to just about any theme. Ages: Any age (with age-appropriate activities planned) Supplies: Many metal washers in 3 sizes (or other objects based on the theme chosen) Program Overview: (originally created for […] The post Space Orbits and Activity Auction first appeared on Summer Camp Programming.

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Meet the Your Place in Space Challenge Winners

Homeroom

High school teachers across the country worked with their students this past fall to enter the U.S. Department of Education’s (Department’s) Your Place in Space Challenge. The challenge was the first in the CTE Momentum series, which prepares high school students for rewarding careers and increases access to career and technical education (CTE). Through the Continue Reading The post Meet the Your Place in Space Challenge Winners appeared first on ED.gov Blog.

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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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The potential benefits of AI for healthcare in Canada

McKinsey Public & Social Sector Insights

Integrating AI into Canadian healthcare could help simplify administrative work; improve system management, care quality, and patient and staff experience; and boost affordability via lower spending.

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Amid rising costs, states scramble to budget for natural disasters

GCN

The U.S. set a new record for billion-dollar climate disasters in 2023. State budgets are increasingly shouldering the costs of more frequent and expensive weather events.

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Double Dare

Summer Camp Programming

Supplies Required: Various Items to Use for “Physical Challenges” Target Age Group: Grades 3-5 or 4-6 Description: We had a game show like the 90’s game show “Double Dare.” We broke the kids into 2 groups. To start the game, the teams had to complete a physical challenge. For this challenge, did the sponge relay […] The post Double Dare first appeared on Summer Camp Programming.

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Wi-Fi 7 Is Here: What Does That Mean for State and Local Governments?

State Tech Magazine

The Wi-Fi Alliance has introduced Wi-Fi 7, officially known as 802.11be, as the latest wireless internet standard and is now officially certifying devices that support the new technology. In the future, homes and offices could have Wi-Fi capable of delivering peak rates of over 40 gigabits per second. “Wi-Fi CERTIFIED 7 enhances Wi-Fi performance in the 2.4 GHz, 5 GHz, and 6 GHz bands, bringing cutting-edge capabilities to enable innovations that require high throughput, lower latency, and great

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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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It’s cool to be kind: The value of empathy at work

McKinsey Public & Social Sector Insights

Hybrid work. Talent shortages. Polarizing politics. Building a culture is tougher than ever. Recent research reveals the difference empathy can make—as well as how to develop it in your workplace.

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More than 17M low-income households will experience service disruptions if internet subsidy ends

GCN

Without the the Affordable Connectivity program, millions of families could lose internet access that they rely on for work, school and health care, new survey data shows.

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Mission Impossible

Summer Camp Programming

The game is called Mission Impossible and like the title, the mission or activity will be difficult to impossible for the groups to finish. Their mission is to find and locate a certain number of stations and complete the activity at each station. Participants are broken up into groups – each group must stick together […] The post Mission Impossible first appeared on Summer Camp Programming.

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Need to Improve CX? Low-code Automated Testing Can Help

GovLoop

Government agencies have a lot riding on improving their constituents’ customer experience (CX), and they understand the consequences. That’s why the White House made CX a federal priority starting with an Executive Order issued in 2021, which recognized that every public interaction with government is an opportunity to build or lose trust, and why state CIOs have ranked CX a top priority every year since then.

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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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Winning in the European automotive industry: A micromarket approach

McKinsey Public & Social Sector Insights

The automotive ecosystem will become more competitive. Micromarket insights that allow automotive players in Europe to sharpen and tailor their strategies can be a competitive advantage.

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New toll transponders cut costs for agencies and drivers

GCN

Illinois is the latest state to roll out sticker tags, which are gaining popularity over the clunky boxes that drivers have been mounting on their windshields for decades.

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Zombie Apocalypse

Summer Camp Programming

(*adapted from Mike Fitzpatrick at Seedbed) General Guidelines We gave each player a bandana to be able to identify zombies versus humans. As humans became zombies, they swapped their bandana location. We used small foam balls as ammunition for the humans. For each game ammunition can be hidden around, each can start off with a […] The post Zombie Apocalypse first appeared on Summer Camp Programming.

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Bipartisan Support for CR Overcomes Shutdown Proponents, Reduces Likelihood of Deep Cuts to Grant Programs

NLC (National League of Cities)

The House and Senate passed another short-term Continuing Resolution (CR) on Thursday (February 29) to give Congress more time to finalize and approve the 12 federal appropriations bills for the FY 2024 budget. None of the 12 annual spending bills have been sent to the President for enactment despite being five months behind schedule.

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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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Technology and telecommunications B2B customer buying trends: Bright horizons with some warning signs

McKinsey Public & Social Sector Insights

Our latest Pulse survey of tech and telecommunications B2B decision makers reveals a generally optimistic investment outlook. But shifting market dynamics could turn different groups of vendors into new winners or losers.

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Downtowns need a makeover. Resident, commercial engagement could help.

GCN

Cities are finding ways to attract residents and tourists back downtown, building small business support, community spirit and a local identity.

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Sports Switch

Summer Camp Programming

Supplies: sports equipment score cards pens a whistle a stopwatch Object of the activity: Engage as many campers as possible. Object of the game: Get as many points for your bunk as possible. Set up: The ideal location would be a large gym or outdoor basketball court. Let’s say that you have 7 bunks participating […] The post Sports Switch first appeared on Summer Camp Programming.

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What’s the deal with rural land banks? A Q&A with West Virginia Land Stewardship Corporation Executive Director Taylor Bennett

Center for Community Progress

Addressing vacant, abandoned, and deteriorated (VAD) properties—what some call “ blighted ” properties—is not just a “city” problem. Across the country, small and rural communities grapple with economic challenges and an aging housing stock that leads to similar outcomes: a flood of VAD properties that threaten the health, safety, and resilience of these residents.

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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.