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Local Government Can’t Wait: 5 Tips to Prepare for the Transition

With the inauguration of a new president and convening of a new Congress, localities will have to move quickly to ensure they can carry out a smooth transition for their federally funded projects and partnerships amid an ongoing, increasingly devastating, pandemic. What should local leaders expect to see and how should they prepare for the first 100 days of the Biden-Harris administration alongside the Democrat-controlled...

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Getting the (Digital) Word Out to Small Businesses

Within days of shifting from office operations in mid-March 2020 to fully remote work, Laura Kennedy and her team faced a massive undertaking: distributing financial aid to suffering businesses. This kind of undertaking wasn’t unique to the town of Silverthorne, Colorado, where Kennedy serves as Finance Director. But what makes this story so compelling and noteworthy is the light it sheds on the critical role of digital operations in...

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When Schools Are Online but Students Aren’t

This past fall, marble notebooks and No. 2 pencils have been replaced on school supply lists by an internet-connecting device and Wi-Fi. Many schools, such as the Santa Fe Indian School (SFIS) in New Mexico, have resorted to some form of online learning to keep their communities safe and socially distanced. But these digital supplies have remained difficult to obtain for millions of students nationwide, including those at SFIS. How...

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How Colorado Is Operationalizing Equity

The devastating police and institutional violence against Black people, the sharp rise of xenophobic hate crimes against Asian people, the disproportionate impacts of COVID-19 on Black, Latino, Native American, low-income, uninsured, unhoused and chronically ill people ­– these inequities did not form overnight. It took years for fractures like these to take shape and even longer to reckon with the necessity for and possibilities of...