2020

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Recovering Energy from Infrastructure: Water Power

Reprogramming the City

Recovering energy from infrastructure has long been an area of opportunity that has only recently gained wide attention. One of the early proponents of recovering energy from the daily functions of the city is Oregon’s InPipe Energy. Reprogramming the City followers will know we’ve written about them before , and feature them in our book.

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Shift Your Focus to Funders, Not Funding Opportunities

Peak Proposals

It's always a good idea to look weekly, if not daily, for funding opportunity announcements that might be a good fit for your organization. However, if you are not careful, you can end up putting too much emphasis on finding funding opportunity announcements (FOAs) over other grant-seeking activities. While FOAs are important, many (if not most) organizations would be better served by prioritizing in-depth research of specific funding sources—that is, the foundations, associations, and governmen

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New Generation of PAA Leadership

Public Administration Associates

Dave Bretl and Chris Swartz have joined Kevin Brunner as partners in PAA. The trio brings over 90 years of local government management experience to the firm which is now celebrating its 23 rd year of providing high quality, affordable municipal consulting services to Wisconsin communities and beyond. PAA Founders Dr. Steve Hintz, Bill and Denise Frueh are still involved in PAA but now serve as associates.

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Connecting you with the Benefits of State Associations

Let's Talk Parks

I am so honored to have Debbie Trueblood, Executive Director of the Illinois Park and Recreation Association join us today. Personally, I can tell you in the 10 years that I have been a member of IPRA, this organization has helped me grow leaps and bounds. This episode is a great opportunity to not only learn what the benefits are of being an association member, but how Illinois has been so successful at it.

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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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Polluted Air and Water Is a Racial Justice Issue. Let’s Fight it that Way.

The City Fix

Around the world, communities of color and marginalized groups disproportionately feel the effects of pollution and other environmental impacts. Whether it’s residents living along the polluted Cooum River in Chennai, India; Louisiana’s petrochemical-dense Cancer Alley; Thailand’s toxic hot spot Map Ta Phut Industrial. Continue reading on TheCityFix.com.

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The State of Fashion 2021: In search of promise in perilous times

McKinsey Public & Social Sector Insights

In 2021, the COVID-19 pandemic will accelerate industry trends, with shopping shifting to digital channels and consumers continuing to champion fairness and social justice.

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The Development of Competitive Bids is an Art and Science

Grant Training Center

The formal business acquisition process has always been a competitive endeavor. Today, winning bids is especially challenging given changing priorities, limited time and resources, and constrained budgets. The most successful organizations adopt industry standards and best practices – and when pursued diligently – find that win rates improve, and effectiveness and efficiencies are discovered.

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Pay Toilets And Unintended Consequences

The Market Urbanism Report

A movement in the 1970s to make for-profit restrooms illegal means there's now a shortage of public restrooms, period.

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Digital transformation strategy 2.0

Public Purpose - An Independent Advisory Company

This is a short submission ( copied in full below ) I made to the current rewrite of Australia’s digital strategy being curated by the Digital Transformation Agency. Its main message is that digital transformation needs to think bigger and take itself more seriously. No disrespect to the complex and difficult technical, often transactional work that is being done, often well, to change the nature of our interactions with many aspects of governing.

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Election 2020 and the Future of Entrepreneurship + Innovation in Delaware

First State Insights

Entrepreneurship policy experts and leaders from Delaware's innovation ecosystem join Troy Mix, Associate Director of the University of Delaware's Institute for Public Administration (IPA), to review the current policy landscape for science and innovation; consider how 2020 election results may impact this landscape; and discuss short- and long-term implications and opportunities for entrepreneurs, innovators, and policymakers in Delaware.

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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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Covid Parking Garages: Functional Structures Get Called to Serve

Reprogramming the City

Covid Parking Garages. It’s unfortunate that it has even become a thing. But the underlying tale of resourcefulness in times of need and utilizing the extra capacity of everyday structures during a pandemic is one worth telling. Parking garages have proven to be more agile than their imposing presence belies. The utilitarian structures have performed many functions beyond their original remit in recent years.

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Community partner spotlight: McCarter Theatre Center

Princeton Public Library

This year, the library, like many other institutions, has had to reconsider its core values and find new ways to serve the community. One of the biggest lessons many have found is that we go farther when we work together.

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How COVID Changed Grants

ResourceAssociates

by Resource Associates @ grantwriters.net. Grant Questions? Let’s talk. info@grantwriters.net 505-326-4245. It ha s been a year to remember. What started as a hopeful outlook going into 2020 quickly changed gears in mid- march , motivating many nonprofits to change their focus and work to provide and operate to the best of their capacity due to COVID restrictions.

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2021 Community Engagement Trends

Social Pinpoint

As we await a new and hopefully refreshing year, there is no better time to reflect and learn from the adaptations we have been forced to make throughout 2020. The post 2021 Community Engagement Trends appeared first on Social Pinpoint - A Place to Engage Your Community.

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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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How Oslo Achieved Zero Pedestrian and Bicycle Fatalities, and How Others Can Apply What Worked

The City Fix

In 2015, the City of Oslo, Norway, made a commitment after years of rising transportation injuries to reduce car traffic and prioritize the safety of pedestrians, cyclists and the environment. Unlike in the United States and other countries where transportation. Continue reading on TheCityFix.com.

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Women in the Workplace 2020

McKinsey Public & Social Sector Insights

In a year marked by crisis and uncertainty, corporate America is at a crossroads. The choices companies make today will have consequences on gender equality for decades to come.

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Sign Management with PubWorks

PubWorks Blog

Sign Management with PubWorks. Organizations that manage roadways often struggle with how to effectively manage signs and keep compliant with Federal Highway management standards. The maintenance and replacement of road signs is incredibly important but can be a difficult undertaking. . According to Federal Highway Administration (FHWA) statistics, approximately 42,000 people die annually on U.S. roads.

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Critical Tips for Captivating Grant Writing

Grant Training Center

The focus of this blog is effective grant writing. The reviewers of your proposal will be the ultimate judges of your funding success. To assure that they are enthused, you need to address: Whose story is this? What is this about? How does the material link backward and forward? What material warrants my attention? Let’s begin with Joan Didion, who talked about the “infinite power” of grammar: “To shift the structure of a sentence alters the meaning as definitely and inflexibly as the position o

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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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Sales Tax Considerations During the Pandemic

Death and Taxes

I have been having a great deal of conversations with folks across the state about what is going on with their sales taxes (and occupancy and food and beverage taxes). What has happened versus what was expected for FY21 and what they are thinking about for FY22 now that local governments are starting to begin their budget processes. I thought it might be useful to share some of the questions I have been getting and my answers to them and some of my broader thoughts about sales taxes and the pa

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2020 Election: Analysis Part 1 (with Francisco Pedraza)

Policy Chats

In this episode, UCR Assistant Professor of Public Policy and Political Science Francisco Pedraza talks with students from the UC Riverside School of Public Policy about the 2020 election results. About Francisco Pedraza : Dr. Pedraza is a political scientist at the University of California, Riverside with appointments in the School of Public Policy and the Department of Political Science.

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Targeting Distribution + Logistics for Economic Development in Central Delaware

First State Insights

Linda Parkowski, Executive Director of the Kent Economic Partnership, speaks with Troy Mix, Associate Director of the University of Delaware's Institute for Public Administration (IPA), about encouraging economic development in Central Delaware. The Kent Economic Partnership is a public-private organization that aims to spur economic development in Central Delaware.

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Parking Garage Performances: Socially Distant Entertainment

Reprogramming the City

When the going got tough for live entertainment, parking garage performances became a way to create and connect. Social distancing requirements due to Covid-19 has rattled everyone’s lives and livelihoods. Of the many industries that have faced immense struggles during this time, live entertainment has been one of the hardest hit. Yet performers and performance companies are used to reinvention and innovation during tough times.

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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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December top 5 for under 5

Princeton Public Library

We invite you to check out this month’s PPL Youth Services recommendations for activities, resources, and new books in the library collection for children ages birth to five years old and their families. The Gift of Books 2020: Picture Books and Early Readers There isn’t a more perfect gift for a young child (or anyone!) […].

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Tips to Increase Your Donations Before Year End!

ResourceAssociates

by Resource Associates @ grantwriters.net. Grant Questions? Let’s talk. info@grantwriters.net 505-326-4245. Every year between November and December nonprofits all over the U.S. are scrambling to attract donors with one last push to make a donation before the year ends. What can make your appeal stand out to potential donors and motivate your current donors to stay loyal to your initiatives?

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New Feature: Custom Profanity Filter

Social Pinpoint

Social Pinpoint creates a safe and engaging place that stakeholders can contribute their feedback on projects and initiatives that affect them, especially with the introduction of our custom profanity filter. The post New Feature: Custom Profanity Filter appeared first on Social Pinpoint - A Place to Engage Your Community.

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Green Space: An Underestimated Tool to Create More Equal Cities

The City Fix

As coronavirus restrictions ease around the world, many consider a walk around their neighborhood for some fresh air to be a welcome break from confinement. However, socioeconomic status could greatly affect the landscapes people find on these strolls, particularly in how much. Continue reading on TheCityFix.com.

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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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McKinsey’s Global Banking Annual Review

McKinsey Public & Social Sector Insights

Updated annually, our Global Banking Annual Review offers the best of our research and insights into the global banking industry. Explore the findings from our most recent report and scroll for past years’ reports.

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Grant Writing For Beginners And Clueless

iGrantWriters

Join us on this special event with veteran grant expert Rodney Walker, as he takes you by the hand and leads you step-by-step through his journey as a grant writer and as he shares the top things he would do differently in writing his first grant proposal. Here's What You Will Learn: Common misconceptions beginners have about what it takes to do grant writing successfully.

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The Future is "Collaborative" with Carrie Staton

The Future Is Community podcast

In this episode, Carrie Staton highlights the value of rural community perspectives through her enhancement of physical capital by developing abandoned buildings and vacant lots in West Virginia. With the current COVID reality of remote work and community life, some rural communities have capitalized on remote worker programs, while serious issues of broadband accessibility have been exacerbated in others.

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The Top Three Pain Points that Public Works Organizations Face

PubWorks Blog

When working with Public Works departments around the country, we often hear the struggles that organizations face daily. The underlying theme of these struggles is that outdated systems hurt efficiency and visibility. Relying on Antiquated Systems. The biggest thing we hear from public works departments is that they are still relying on homemade databases, paper files or memory to keep track of assets, work activities and job costs.

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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.