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From Code Enforcement to Code Encouragement

October 24, 2019

Peoria, Illinois, won the 2018 International Code Council Award for its exemplary work in code enforcement. The city's presentation at the Reclaiming Vacant Properties Conference in early October 2019 in Atlanta summarizes how their model works.

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The Development Sessions

October 22, 2019

Georgia Cities Foundation

The Development Sessions are designed to provide economic and community development professionals with the most current information, tools, professional insight, and resources available to augment municipal downtown development efforts and initiatives through departmental collaboration.

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2020 Census Recruitment Toolkit

2020 Census Recruitment Toolkit

October 16, 2019

U.S. Census Bureau

The U.S. Census Bureau is kicking off peak recruiting for 2020 Census jobs. This toolkit contains social media guidelines, tips, sample posts, and sample e-mail messages that will help you reach out to the people in your community and increase their awareness of the 2020 Census and census-related job opportunities.

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5 Overlooked Information Security Risks in Your City

CitySmart by Sophicity

October 16, 2019

Rod Riga, Data Center Engineer, Sophicity

If a city focuses on information security, they likely focus on securing servers, computers, laptops, and network equipment. Part of a thorough information security plan includes securing overlooked items with vulnerabilities. Here are five common risks you need to address.

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Leadership and Why Telling Our Stories Matters

Leadership Focus

October 7, 2019

Deke Copenhaver

I continue to be reminded that all politics are local and that people gravitate to stories of hope and inspiration. 

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Trends in Creative Placemaking on Problem Properties: 2019 National Survey Findings

October 3, 2019

Center for Community Progress

This report is designed to inform and inspire the efforts of everyone who plays a role in leveraging arts and culture to stabilize and revitalize neighborhoods, from foundations to local organizations and individual residents.

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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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Census Bureau Launches Updated 2020 Census Website

September 19, 2019

U.S. Census Bureau

The U.S. Census Bureau recently launched a new version of 2020census.gov. The new website adds features, resources and materials to help inform the public about the 2020 Census.

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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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2020 Census Questionnaire

2020 Census Questionnaire

August 23, 2019

U.S. Census Bureau

Households will be able to respond to the 2020 Census online, over the phone, or through a paper questionnaire. This is a sample of the paper questionnaire that will be used during the 2020 Census.

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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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