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Scoot Over: The Growth of Micromobility and Electric Scooters in the South

Scoot Over: The Growth of Micromobility and Electric Scooters in the South

October 1, 2019

Southern Office of The Council of State Governments

Micromobility vehicles can mitigate transportation and infrastructure issues facing cities. But their rise in popularity has precipitated transportation and public safety concerns for local government officials. In response, several Southern states enacted legislation this year to address how and where these scooters should operate, who is eligible to ride them, and what safety precautions need to be taken.

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Why Downtown Retail is Coming Back

Public Square

September 25, 2019

Robert Steuteville, Congress for the New Urbanism

Even as e-commerce takes market share and national chain stores close, demographic shifts have created a growth market for downtown retail and mixed-use.

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4 Warning Signs Your City Needs New IT Support

CitySmart by Sophicity

September 16, 2019

LaNise Essick, Network Infrastructure Consultant, Sophicity

When we talk to cities about their IT support, one frustration they often bring up is responsiveness. Your IT support may be talented and knowledgeable, but if they do not respond quickly when you need and depend on them, the money you pay them is too much—and may even be wasted.

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Leading for the Bell Curve and Not the Extremes

Leadership Focus

September 10, 2019

Deke Copenhaver

Not pandering to the extremes or the vocal minorities in any leadership role you may occupy may be difficult at times, but leadership is never easy. Focusing in on the needs of those that make up the majority of the bell curve is always the best way to proceed.

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2020 Census Toolkit for State and Local Officials

2020 Census Toolkit for State and Local Officials

September 5, 2019

U.S. Census Bureau

State and local officials are vital partners in promoting public awareness about the 2020 Census. This toolkit addresses communications, partnerships, resources, and contact information that your community can use when planning outreach and marketing efforts to count everyone. 

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

CitySmart by Sophicity

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

Leadership Focus

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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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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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

CitySmart by Sophicity

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

Leadership Focus

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

CitySmart by Sophicity

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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