2021

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The Federal Reserve’s Reckoning on Racial Equity

Next City

What the recent changes at the Federal Reserve mean for Black and Brown job-seekers, and how those changes are rooted as much in grassroots organizing as they are in macroeconomic theory.

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It’s Here! New Partnership with GrantStation

Peak Proposals

We have a new partnership to announce. We are pleased to be able to offer our readers an annual subscription to the funder database GrantStation at a significant discount. If you are not familiar with GrantStation, it is a searchable database of grantmakers. The database includes private and corporate foundations as well as U.S. and Canadian government agencies.

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Urban Mining: 50 Ways to Mine the City

Reprogramming the City

Urban Mining and Harvesting City Resources Can Create a Sustainable, Circular Economy. 50 Ways to Mine the City is an exploration of ways in which the city’s outputs, byproducts, and under-utilized assets can be recovered, reimagined, and used in new ways by mining the city. It reveals how innovators are transforming the function of the city from a consumer of resources to a generator of them.

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Simplifying the Online Employee Onboarding Process in Park Agencies

Let's Talk Parks

I ran into a problem during the first few months of my new job as facility coordinator. I needed to quickly relay updates to all of our staff in real-time. The issue? Employees were scattered across town – pools, camps, parks, and recreation centers many miles away- and I didn’t want to send them another email that gets buried in their inbox. So, I created a solution that changed the way we did business.

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Key Strategies for Public Works Employees to Embrace Government Software

In a rapidly evolving landscape, the integration of digital software into Public Works teams has become imperative. This shift presents an opportunity to transcend traditional approaches, unlocking new levels of efficiency, cost savings, and fostering a culture of continuous improvement. This eBook offers comprehensive strategies to navigate this transformation.

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The City Is the Solution: Celebrating Jaime Lerner

The City Fix

Jaime Lerner passed away on May 27, 2021. A world-renowned Brazilian urbanist, he was three times mayor of Curitiba and two times governor of the southern state of Paraná. Besides his great ideas, he was a very kind person and. Continue reading on TheCityFix.com.

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A Five-Minute Plea for Better Civil Protection

Disaster Planning and Emergency Management

Although we need to change attitudes to disaster from response to preparedness and prevention, this must not be done at the expense of our ability to respond to disasters when they occur. In the light of climate change, technological risks and migration, we will soon need civil protection systems that are an order of magnitude more powerful than those that we have now.

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2021 reading list and commentary

Librarian.net

Here was the twitter thread of what I read last year but I should note, it has two 46es on it. I read about the same this year. I started and finished 115 books. Not bad. One more book got added to my best in show category: The Space Between Worlds by Micaiah Johnson, though I felt like I read a lot of good books this year. Here are stats for the books that I finished. average read per month: 9.6. average read per week: 2.2. number read in worst month: 6 (February). number read in best month: 14

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How to Build a Successful CRA Strategy and Action Plan

CRA Today

The new year comes with a lot of exciting possibilities and is a great time to reflect on your CRA program. It’s time to look back at what your program has accomplished in the past year and look forward to what impact you can forge this new year. Creating an annual CRA strategy is an industry best practice and lets you manage your strategic priorities along with the resources available for the year ahead.

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Smart Strategies for Closing the Digital Skills Gender Divide

Government Technology Insider

An analysis from the National Women’s Law Center (NWLC) found that more than 300,000 women left the labor force last September – even though 194,000 jobs were added to the economy during the same month. Economists advise that infrastructure policies should include plans to ensure that this current disruption does not reverse years of progress made in gender workforce equality.

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Amateur Radio Systems

Eric Holdeman's Disaster Zone Podcast

Amateur radio is emergency management’s last best hope for maintaining communications in a disaster when all other systems fail. This podcast is an interview with two leaders from the Seattle Auxiliary Communications Service (Seattle ACS) Tim helming and Catherine Middleton-Hardie. Seattle ACS supports the Seattle Office of Emergency Management In my experience, they are one of the premier organizations of their type.

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Empower Digital Government: Strategic Workbook for Modern Transformation

Digital transformation is reshaping government interactions, bringing agencies closer to the communities they serve. However, while many have adopted new digital tools, few have implemented comprehensive strategies to maximize their benefits. Our Strategic Workbook for Modern Government offers a step-by-step guide to developing a sustainable digital strategy.

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The Fight to Keep Families Together in Child Welfare

Next City

Pairing families with social worker and parent advocates to help navigate the system has shown promise. But in Philadelphia, problems persist with racial bias and disregard for families.

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Thinking of Becoming a Grant Writer? Read This First.

Peak Proposals

Have you ever considered becoming a grant writer? Nonprofits are constantly seeking new funding streams to stay afloat, so if you work for a nonprofit, you’ve probably seen that grant writers are always in demand. While there’s lots of grant writing to be done and knowing how to write a grant is a valued skill in the nonprofit sector, there’s a big difference between occasionally writing a grant proposal and working as a full-time grant writer.

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Top 5 Gifts for Your Community Engagement Team

Social Pinpoint

Do you work in community engagement? Tick. Do you enjoy gifts? Tick (who doesn’t). Well, to be honest, that’s all you need to get some joy from this festive round-up of practical gifts. The post Top 5 Gifts for Your Community Engagement Team appeared first on Social Pinpoint - A Place to Engage Your Community.

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Opening moves

Princeton Public Library

From my perspective, public libraries and chess have always been intertwined. When I was a young child, my father, who loved reading, took me to our local public library on Saturday mornings to explore the stacks. I think that initiated my lifelong love of books and sparked my natural curiosity. When I was about 11 […].

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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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From Emergent to Permanent: 3 Steps to Transform Cycling Infrastructure Beyond the Pandemic

The City Fix

When the COVID-19 pandemic hit, concerns surrounding virus transmission on public transportation led many to choose alternate mobility options – most notably, cycling. Cycling gained popularity for both recreational use and commuting, a trend especially evident in the United States, Continue reading on TheCityFix.com.

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Tips to Increasing Resident Engagement with Community Surveys

zencity

Community surveys are as old as the opinions they collect. Local governments have long relied on surveys for good reason. They are an excellent way to measure residents’ views on the entire spectrum of issues, from infrastructure and land use, to taxes, and more. Surveys allow local governments to use community input to make budget and policy decisions based on residents’ expressed needs and priorities, and to measure resident satisfaction levels for good performance management. .

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Regulations carving out a path for new businesses? They may be less important than you think.

The Lowe Down

Article by Abbas Seltzer. Regulations carving out a path for new businesses? They may be less important than you think. During the first year of the COVID-19 pandemic, over 200,000 businesses closed permanently in the United States. The rollout of effective vaccines lowered the risk of infection and death for many Americans, and it also launched an economic recovery enabling new businesses to open.

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A CRT statement from VLA

Librarian.net

I’m on a team of people who help keep the town’s volunteer-run laundromat open. We’ve had a “mask suggested for vaccinated people” sign up since maybe summertime. I make the signs. I also do my laundry there. Yesterday no one was wearing masks. I don’t know their vaccination status but I do know about omicron and it’s concerning.

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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 to Build a Successful CRA Strategy and Action Plan for 2022

CRA Today

The new year comes with a lot of exciting possibilities and is a great time to reflect on your CRA program. It’s time to look back at what your program has accomplished in the past year and look forward to what impact you can forge this new year. Creating an annual CRA strategy is an industry best practice and lets you manage your strategic priorities along with the resources available for the year ahead. .

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Google Cloud enables the National Cancer Institute's Institute for Systems Biology-Cancer Gateway in the Cloud to support breast cancer research with fast and secure data sharing

Google Public Sector

Research organizations today recognize the challenge of sifting through siloed data sets, and analyzing and sharing this data with the global research community—all while staying secure and compliant within a range of national and international standards. It is precisely these constraints that led the U.S. National Cancer Institute (NCI) to create Cloud Resources , which are components of the NCI Cancer Research Data Commons that allow scientists to analyze cancer datasets in a cloud environmen

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Climate Impacts and Solutions for Local Government

Eric Holdeman's Disaster Zone Podcast

We are seeing climate impacts across the world and here in the United States. In this podcast we look more deeply at those impacts and how people and governments are reacting. Anna Marandi , Program Manager of Climate Resilience and Sustainability with the National League of Cities is the guest. The changing climate is impacting where people choose to live and work.

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In the Push to Keep Children With Kin and out of Foster Care, Are Families Heard?

Next City

Kids face less long-term trauma when they live with kin instead of foster families. Yet despite promising kinship placement models elsewhere and signs of improvement, Philadelphia's child welfare system still appears biased against families.

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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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Platform to Employment

The Whistle Post

Platform to Employment. Make Employment Happen. Our Programs. Platform to Employment creates a pathway to opportunity for job seekers by helping the long-term unemployed get back to work. Platform to Employment Programs. Platform to Employment Connecticut. Learn More. Platform to Employment Re-Entry. Learn More. Platform to Employment for Veterans. Learn More.

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How To Create Climate Change Solutions With Your Community

Social Pinpoint

We need rapid innovation and intensive collaboration to steer the ship towards decarbonization. Here are three ways you can activate your community and create climate solutions together. The post How To Create Climate Change Solutions With Your Community appeared first on Social Pinpoint - A Place to Engage Your Community.

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The Importance of Being Gentle on Yourself Right Now

Grants4Good

We are in a profession where the demands are high and never-ending. Immediately after you achieve that lofty goal (1M in fundraising?) there’s another bigger milestone to reach. That is why I want to share this important lesson that came from an unexpected place. I started taking karate when I was seventeen (way back in the […]. The post The Importance of Being Gentle on Yourself Right Now appeared first on Grants4Good.

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Traffic Evaporation: What Really Happens When Road Space is Reallocated from Cars?

The City Fix

Road development throughout the 20th century was based primarily on the premise that more infrastructure eases traffic. But evidence shows that road building, instead of reducing congestion, actually increases traffic. When travel time by car is reduced and convenience increased, Continue reading on TheCityFix.com.

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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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Community partner spotlight: Princeton Artist Directory

Princeton Public Library

To extend our community outreach, the library partners with the many municipal, non-profit, and business organizations that make Princeton such an extraordinary town. This month, we spoke with Mary Waltham and Mik Bökelmann of the Princeton Artist Directory (PAD). Janie Hermann, manager of adult programming at the library, recounts that in the early days of […].

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A Study of Low-Income Communities and School-to-Prison Pipelines

The Lowe Down

Article by Julia Garbee. A Study of Low-Income Communities and School-to-Prison Pipelines. “School-to-prison pipeline” is a term coined by civil-rights advocates for the close relationship between school discipline and the criminal justice system. Attending a school with a high suspension rate could mean a 15% to 20% higher likelihood of a child being incarcerated as an adult, a 2019 NBER paper finds.

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2021 Spotlight: The U.S. Cities with the Most Satisfied Residents

zencity

What makes a city a great place to live? There are many factors, from local economy and access to great entertainment, to a strong sense of community, to the sheer beauty a city has to offer. At Zencity, we help local governments improve services by helping them understand what their residents prioritize , what they’re talking about, and what they feel is lacking.

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Michael Ramos: Crime Prevention

Policy Chats

In this episode, Former District Attorney of San Bernardino County Michael Ramos talks with a student from the UC Riverside School of Public Policy about Crime Prevention. About Michael Ramos : Michael A. Ramos was elected as San Bernardino County’s District Attorney in 2003 and served in the position until 2019. He currently serves as one of the External Relations Directors for the Robert Presley Center of Crime and Justice Studies at the UCR School of Public Policy.

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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.