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Information Security: A Serious Mission Where Your City Can’t Fail

August 20, 2019

Nathan Hall, Senior Engineer and Team Lead, Sophicity

As stewards of important citizen and city business information, cities need to treat electronic information just as they would treat valuables locked up in a vault or locking the doors of buildings.

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Leadership Lessons: Don’t Be a Bully, Don’t Walk Alone, and Keep Your Team Safe and Secure

August 12, 2019

Deke Copenhaver

In a world where a "win at all costs" mentality seems to have taken root in many sectors of our society, I believe that the world is hungrier now more than ever for true, authentic leadership. In this column I’d like to take the opportunity to share with you some leadership lessons I’ve learned along the way which I hope will be helpful in your own leadership endeavors.

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2020 Census Promotional Materials

2020 Census Promotional Materials

August 12, 2019

U.S. Census Bureau

Cities play an important role in supporting a complete and accurate count in 2020. To ensure that local officials have the tools and resources to effectively engage their communities, the Census Bureau provides training and promotional materials about the 2020 Census.

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State and Local Government Workforce: 2019 Survey

July 25, 2019

Center for State and Local Government Excellence (SLGE)

The Center for State and Local Government Excellence (SLGE) and its partners published their 2019 workforce survey, focusing on workforce changes, challenges, and initiatives to improve public-sector hiring and retention practices.

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Census Solutions Workshop Toolkit

July 24, 2019

U.S. Census Bureau

The U.S. Census Bureau offers a guide to running creative and collaborative workshops to foster new partnerships and solve census challenges in your community.

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Count on Georgia Public Libraries as Partners for the 2020 Census

July 24, 2019

Georgia Public Library Service

The 2020 Census will take place primarily online, although many residents lack home internet access. This is a challenge that makes Georgia's public libraries ideal partners for city officials as they work to ensure a successful census count.

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New Report: U.S. to Experience Increased Heat

July 24, 2019

A new report, “Killer Heat in the United States: Climate Choices and the Future of Dangerously Hot Days,” predicts a hotter future for the entire United States as people will experience more days of dangerous heat over the coming decades. The U.S. Southeast region will be the hardest hit by potentially lethal heat.

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5 Ways Vendor Management Goes Wrong at Cities

July 24, 2019

Eric Johansson, Network Infrastructure Consultant

Cities rely heavily on hardware, software, and technology equipment to run their operations. Each piece of hardware, software, and technology comes from a vendor that you must interact with in some way. In some cases, you may rarely interact with the vendor. In other cases, such as with specialized software, you may interact with the vendor a lot.

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Putting People Over Politics: Why It’s Now More Important Than Ever

July 16, 2019

Deke Copenhaver

It’s painfully obvious to me, and many people that I talk to on a regular basis, that elected officials putting their politics above the people they serve has continually led to the same result, an undermining of public trust in the institution of government and the political process as a whole.

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Homeward Bound: The Road to Affordable Housing

July 15, 2019

National League of Cities (NLC)

The National League of Cities (NLC) released a comprehensive affordable housing report entitled "Homeward Bound: The Road to Affordable Housing," focusing on the challenges and solutions communities large and small are using to address the nation's growing affordable housing crisis in cities.

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Podcast: The Myth of Bureaucratic Neutrality

Podcast: The Myth of Bureaucratic Neutrality

July 10, 2019

Engaging Local Government Leaders Network

In this podcast, Dr. Shannon Portillo from the University of Kansas discusses institutionalized inequities in hiring and challenges the assumption that merit-based hiring is “neutral.” Local governments should examine their practices and policies if they want to encourage the creation of a diverse workforce.

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Bleeding Money: Ways Your City’s Reactive IT Support Drains Your Budget

June 26, 2019

Jasmine Williams, Network Infrastructure Consultant

Hiring reactive, “as needed” IT support begins with hope and temptation. The hope? “I’m a small city. We don’t need much technology support. Our servers and computers should work fine most of the time.” The temptation? “If those servers and computers work fine most of the time, then I’ll barely need to use our IT support—and we’ll save lots of money.” And how does that hope and temptation usually turn out? Not well.

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2020 Census Complete Count Committees

2020 Census Complete Count Committees

June 20, 2019

U.S. Census Bureau

The U.S. Census Bureau has created an interactive database that allows users to identify Complete Count Committees along with contact information by state or region. Local officials can also update the information in this visualization via email.

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The Top 25 Hard-to-Count Areas in Georgia

June 18, 2019

Governor’s Office of Planning and Budget (OPB)

The Governor’s Office of Planning and Budget has compiled a list of the top 25 hard-to-count areas in Georgia. Local officials and staff can use this information as they plan outreach and marketing activities for the 2020 Census.

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Hiawassee Proactively Seeks Tourism Dollars

June 13, 2019

Gale Horton Gay

Hiawassee sits at the foothills of the Blue Ridge Mountains and has Lake Chatuge as one of its natural attractions is working to take advantage of its natural resources to increase tourism, which is the largest contributor to its revenue stream.

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