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Local Government and Grant News for May 28, 2015

Posted by Timothy Tiernan on May 28, 2015 10:15:00 AM

How can local governments better serve their communities? One step is to read up on demonstrated successes, from economic development ideas with proven effectiveness to the innovative ways that cities are leading in energy efficiency. Here are some annotated stories to get you going:

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Topics: local government, grant news

Tackling Drought Through Innovation, Grants, and Government

Posted by Timothy Tiernan on May 26, 2015 4:00:00 AM

Smart technologies are changing the way we live and allowing cities to more efficiently deliver services. There are smart signals to optimize timing and assist with easing traffic congestion in cities, smart water meters that allow water customers to track usage and conservation in real time, and general open-data apps to keep residents informed and conserve resources.

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Topics: public-private partnership, environment

Performance Measurement: What the Uniform Guidance Means for Data Gathering

Posted by Rachel Werner on May 20, 2015 6:00:00 AM

Performance Measurement, Evaluation Strategy, Outcomes and Benchmarks – do these terms mean anything to you or are they just grant industry lingo? By now I’m sure you are aware of two important concepts: 1) measuring the progress of your project or program is important, and 2) maintaining and collecting accurate data is essential to any grant-seeking organization/agency. 

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Topics: OMB, grants management best practices, super circular

International Grants Consulting: Five Lessons Learned

Posted by Kim Richardson on May 18, 2015 8:28:00 AM

  Kim Richardson and Beverly Browning on the bus to
the NIH/NCIRD campus in Johannesburg.

After a year’s worth of planning, the time had finally come. Beverly Browning and I were sitting in the Delta Sky Club lounge at the International Terminal of Atlanta Airport. We were waiting to board our non-stop flight to Johannesburg, South Africa, where the following week we would be facilitating a five-day Grant Writing Boot Camp training for public health officials working throughout Africa to address influenza and other respiratory illnesses that can be especially deadly on this particular continent. This was our part in International Grant Professionals Week.

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Topics: grant writing

Infrastructure Week 2015

Posted by Timothy Tiernan on May 14, 2015 9:49:00 AM

If you're a civil engineer, mayor, or transportation department administrator, you probably know it's the 3rd annual Infrastructure Week (May 11-15). The theme of the week has perennially centered on the funding gaps between funding needs and actual levels, and the impact our investments have on our economic future. But what can we do with this information? We can arm ourselves with it, call on Congress to make long-term funding commitments, and explore programs and partnership possibilities.

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Topics: federal grants, transportation, infrastructure

Law Enforcement Grants for Body Cameras

Posted by Timothy Tiernan on May 13, 2015 6:00:00 AM

Do people tend to behave better when they know they’re being watched? Those in favor of law enforcement officers wearing body cameras think so. In the wake of the police shooting of Michael Brown in Ferguson, MO, and Freddie Gray’s death while in police custody in Baltimore, MD, proponents of body-worn cameras argue that their use improves police and civilian behavior, reveals instances of police misconduct, and builds trust between the police and the communities they serve.

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Topics: federal grants, law enforcement

Innovation Needs to Be Sustainable

Posted by James Ha on May 11, 2015 6:00:00 AM

When I talk to public sector leaders, the subject that comes up most often is the need for sustainability.  Transparency, accountability, and more efficient government are important goals, but they are diminished if solutions to achieve them cannot be sustained. So, truly innovative technology solutions must account for sustainability. Local government leaders often ask me what they should look for in technology solutions. Based on my experience in grants management, I share with them three attributes that define what I call sustainable software.

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Topics: grants management, sustainable software

"What Works Cities" Initiative for Mid-Sized Cities

Posted by Timothy Tiernan on May 5, 2015 6:00:00 AM


How can municipalities use data to improve the lives of their residents? This is the question at the heart of the "What Works Cities" intiative from Bloomberg Philanthropies. Similar to the 2012-2013 Mayors Challenge, which called for innovative ideas from local leaders and facilitated collaboration with experts, this $42 million, three-year program will provide expertise and time to cities that want data-driven solutions for their biggest challenges.

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Topics: local government

HUD Turns 50: Milestones in Housing and Grants

Posted by Timothy Tiernan on May 4, 2015 6:00:00 AM

The U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development (HUD) turns the big 5-0 this year, and that deserves a tip of the hat by way of a timeline. To commemorate the department's history of creating communities of opportunity, HUD has set up a new site (#HUDat50) with an interactive timeline and sidebars tracing back to when President Lyndon B. Johnson signed the act establishing the department in 1965. What are some of the major highlights and grant programs in HUD history? The sample below is a great reminder of the importance of these programs to communities across the United States:

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Topics: federal grants, housing, federal funding

Second Round of Promise Zones Announced

Posted by Timothy Tiernan on Apr 29, 2015 10:47:00 AM

North Hartford Promise Zone (Google Maps).

Yesterday, the Obama Administration announced the next round of urban, rural, and tribal communities that have received a Promise Zone designation. For this second round of competition, 123 applications were received from 38 states, along with Washington, D.C. and Puerto Rico. Eight communities—six urban and two rural/tribal—were selected for Promise Zone designation:

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Topics: partnerships, education, housing, rural issues

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