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What I have observed in 35 years of municipal consulting

Public Administration Associates

My first consulting assignment was a study of the Oshkosh Police Department in 1983. Recruiting the first administrator in the then Town of Menasha came shortly thereafter. Since that time I have worked as the WCMA executive director, served as the mayor and as a council member in Oshkosh, and consulted with many municipalities throughout the State.

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10 Tips to Encourage Community Engagement in Diverse Communities

Social Pinpoint

We understand the power of nurturing positive relationships and encouraging participation from minority groups - here's 10 tips to help. The post 10 Tips to Encourage Community Engagement in Diverse Communities appeared first on Social Pinpoint - A Place to Engage Your Community.

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Books while you wait

Princeton Public Library

To paraphrase the great Jane Austen, it is a truth universally acknowledged that a new release book by a popular author — or a book that has received rave reviews — will have an enormous hold list. You know how it goes: The latest Lee Child book, or the latest literary critical darling like “Pachinko” or […].

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How the public sector is working with Google Cloud to improve the health, safety, and wellbeing of citizens

Google Public Sector

Today, as more than 1,000 leaders, customers, partners and developers across the public and private sectors join us at our Google Cloud Summit ‘18 in Washington, DC, we are taking a look at the public sector’s move to the public cloud. The public sector continues to be an important place where cloud technologies have a positive impact, and Google Cloud is proud to be working with a variety of public sector organizations at the federal, state, and local level to help improve the lives of the peop

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A Guide For Everyone: Accessibility & Inclusivity Inspection Handbook

Dive into this comprehensive guide to inclusivity and accessibility! This handbook equips you with indispensable insights and practical strategies to ensure every space welcomes all. Whether you're an inspector, designer, or municipal employee, streamline compliance with regulations while fostering genuine inclusivity. From detailed checklists to case studies, we cover every aspect, empowering you to create environments that prioritize accessibility without compromising service.

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Dale Bell visits the VW dealership to hand out Backfired postcards

Media Policy Center

Dale Bell, director of the new documentary “Backfired: When VW Lied to America”, visited the Volkswagen dealership in Santa Monica to hand out postcards about the film. For more informations, please visit: www.mediapolicycenter.org/backfired-vw-lied-america/. The post Dale Bell visits the VW dealership to hand out Backfired postcards appeared first on Media Policy Center.

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Episode 21: 9th Biennial Acquisition Policy Survey

FedHeads

This week, Robert and Francis sit down with Alan Chvotkin, Executive Vice President & Counsel of the Professional Services Council (PSC) and Eric Heffernan, Principal at Grant Thornton Public Sector to discuss the trends and findings of their 9th biennial acquisition policy survey. The survey will be released this Wednesday, July 18th at the PSC's Acquisition Conference in Washington DC.

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Episode 12 - Sezin Palmer, Mission Area Executive for National Health at Johns Hopkins University Applied Physics Lab

GovCast

This episode features Sezin Palmer, mission area executive for National Health for the Johns Hopkins University Applied Physics Lab. Palmer uses her education in engineering to revolutionize health, so that one day people won't have to go to a medical facility to know what's going on in their bodies. Her first role at APL was a program area manager for submarine warfare, where she worked on keeping Navy submarine crews safe before women were even allowed to join them.

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S6 Episode 01 - Giving Gardens

ParkTalk podcast

Master Gardener Jan Gricus talks about the joys and challenges of growing vegetables at our community gardens and how donations of produce bring nutritious food to families in need. Master Gardener Jan Gricus talks about the joys and challenges of growing vegetables at our community gardens and how donations of produce bring nutritious food to families in need.

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Data.gov Catalog Update

Data.gov

The heart of Data.gov is the catalog. The Data.gov catalog brings together datasets from hundreds of agency sources across the federal government and from 50 non-federal sources. Metadata for datasets that are available to the public are maintained by the … Continued. The post Data.gov Catalog Update appeared first on Data.gov.

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How Oregon’s auto-enrollment IRA program, OregonSaves, helps state residents save for retirement: An interview with Lisa Massena, Executive Director, OregonSaves – Episode #168

Andy Feldman's Gov Innovator podcast

It has been estimated that more than half of Americans are saving too little to support an adequate lifestyle if they plan to retire at age 65. It was economist and recent Nobel prize winner Richard Thaler who suggested a fix: Make payroll retirement savings plans available to everyone and then by add design features to make it easier for workers to make good choices.

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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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Boosting Emotional Intelligence-A Key to Improved Local Government Working Relationships

Public Administration Associates

In late spring, I had the honor and privilege of giving the opening keynote talk at the UW-Whitewater Local Government Leadership Workshop. The title of my presentation was “Boosting Emotional Intelligence-A Key to Improved Municipal Working Relationships” and I presented ten strategies for working on one’s emotional intelligence in order to be a more effective local government leader.

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Reshaping Gentrification Through Community Engagement

Social Pinpoint

Gentrification is is a challenge for planners and community engagement professionals because of the adversarial relationship between stakeholders. The post Reshaping Gentrification Through Community Engagement appeared first on Social Pinpoint - A Place to Engage Your Community.

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The most popular books of 2018

Princeton Public Library

It’s hard to believe but the end of the year is just one month away. As expected, Best Books of the Year lists are popping up all over the place (including our own list specifically for winter reading).

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Short stories for shorter days

Princeton Public Library

Since the clocks turned back and daylight hours dwindle on our way to winter, I find less time to read. Dark evenings make me feel less productive, and I am liable to fall asleep on the couch at 7 p.m. while reading. I particularly enjoy short stories and novellas in these moments. They are long enough […].

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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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Seven books that are perfect fall reads

Princeton Public Library

Autumn is my favorite time of year. The brisk, snapping air, the marigold crunch of leaves underfoot, cozy nights under cozy blankets — what’s not to love? One of my favorite autumn activities is curling up with a great book, and since I’m a big mood reader, I like finding books that match the season. […].

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Growing the poet-tree

Princeton Public Library

Anticipating autumn’s arrival, our library’s first poet-in-residence, Dara-Lyn Shrager, recently taught some eager families about poetic forms in a weekend workshop. The purpose was to learn, have fun, and prepare for an art installation for which original poems are written by community members and hung on colorful paper leaves to form a “poet-tree.” The poet-tree, […].

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Our friendly bookstore

Princeton Public Library

One of the great features of the Princeton Public Library is The Library Store. Since we opened The Sands Library Building back in 2004, the Friends of the Library have run a bookstore on the first floor.

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Defend your Development Decisions with Data

Social Pinpoint

Planning with a collaborative style of decision-making must treat information and data as an asset within their decision making approaches. The post Defend your Development Decisions with Data appeared first on Social Pinpoint - A Place to Engage Your Community.

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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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The Most Important Things to Look for in a Digital Engagement Software

Social Pinpoint

There are a wide range of options for engaging with communities and stakeholders online and it's important to be sure that the one you choose has everything you need for your specific consultation. The post The Most Important Things to Look for in a Digital Engagement Software appeared first on Social Pinpoint - A Place to Engage Your Community.

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Anything but ordinary memoirs

Princeton Public Library

As Mason Cooley once said, “Reading gives us someplace to go when we have to stay where we are.” From Hogwarts and Narnia to East Egg and the Pequod, books have the power to transport us to different times and cities, even an alternate universe.

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The 5 Cs of Boosting Online Community Engagement

Social Pinpoint

There are some quick and easy steps you can take to make sure that your next consultation gets noticed and makes an impact. We call them the 5 Cs of online community engagement! The post The 5 Cs of Boosting Online Community Engagement appeared first on Social Pinpoint - A Place to Engage Your Community.

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8 Tips to Help Identify the Right Stakeholder Groups and Reach the Right People

Social Pinpoint

Whether you're developing a new residential masterplan, redesigning a transport network, or collecting ideas for a placemaking project, identifying the right stakeholder groups is an essential part of the planning process. The post 8 Tips to Help Identify the Right Stakeholder Groups and Reach the Right People appeared first on Social Pinpoint - A Place to Engage Your Community.

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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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IAP2 Cocktail Catch-Up with Tegan Hughes – Keolis Downer

Social Pinpoint

Tegan is a community engagement professional with extensive experience working on major infrastructure projects for the government and private sectors for a range of clients including Transport for NSW and Australian Rail Track Corporation. The post IAP2 Cocktail Catch-Up with Tegan Hughes – Keolis Downer appeared first on Social Pinpoint - A Place to Engage Your Community.

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Advanced Mapping Features for Multi-Design Projects

Social Pinpoint

It is now easier to display multiple designs for one project in the same area with our advanced mapping features. The post Advanced Mapping Features for Multi-Design Projects appeared first on Social Pinpoint - A Place to Engage Your Community.

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Ideation & Brainstorming Tools

Social Pinpoint

Creating an online space for a community to share their thoughts and ideas is a great way to make residents feel involved with council planning and projects. An ideas wall, which is essentially an online ‘sticky notes on a wall’ concept, is a specific type of online engagement platform that can be used as an. The post Ideation & Brainstorming Tools appeared first on Social Pinpoint - A Place to Engage Your Community.

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Mapping Your Way to Better Engagement – 11 Reasons to Use Digital Engagement for Your Planning Project

Social Pinpoint

Take a minute to think about advertising in 2018. Where do you see the most ads? Likely, your first thought was an ad you saw online. Businesses have realized that if they want to reach their target market, they have to bring ads to their fingertips. People spend more time online than ever before. By. The post Mapping Your Way to Better Engagement – 11 Reasons to Use Digital Engagement for Your Planning Project appeared first on Social Pinpoint - A Place to Engage Your Community.

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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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14 inspiring stories that will make you eager to engage with your community

Social Pinpoint

People often feel that they can’t make a difference on their own. These stories show how people defied these doubts and taken a leap of faith to make a difference in their own community. Here are 14 examples of people who took it upon themselves to make a difference in their community. Engaging with your. The post 14 inspiring stories that will make you eager to engage with your community appeared first on Social Pinpoint - A Place to Engage Your Community.

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Safe Ways to School – Cambridge Primary School – Case Study

Social Pinpoint

Location: Cambridge, New Zealand Goal: The goal of this project was to help school officials understand the barriers and safety concerns parents have around their children cycling and walking to and from school safely. With the guidance of CCASM, Cambridge Primary School hoped to gather information from families who were directly affected by these safety.

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Screening of Backfired: When VW Lied to America at UCLA

Media Policy Center

Dale Bell, Co-CEO/President/Founder of The Media & Policy Center, is teaching a class in CRISIS MANAGEMENT at UCLA Saturday June 9th, at 1:15pm. There will be a screening of his new film: Backfired: When VW Lied to America. Preceding the showing of the film will be a brief talk by Dale Bell. After will be a talk and Q&A. Address: 114B Gayley Center, corner of Gayley and Linbrook.

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6 Major Benefits of Online Community Engagement

Social Pinpoint

Traditional public participation has been around for as long as anyone can remember. Organizations spend considerable time and money on consultation methods to ensure they meet regulatory standards and they are starting to realize the real benefits of community engagement are far greater than only complying with regulations. This leads to the question of how.

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Facility Maintenance Trends for 2024: Whats 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.