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How's that Rescue Plan going?

A new interactive dashboard from the National Association of Counties, National League of Cities and the Brookings Institution shows the programs that 152 municipal governments have funded so far with their shares of the $350 billion in state and local assistance included in the $1.9 trillion American Rescue Plan. About 12% the money tracked has gone toward funding infrastructure investments, including IT and cybersecurity. “They see investment in IT infrastructure, other infrastructure, these are good things to do with one-time money,” said Brookings senior fellow Alan Berube. Benjamin Freed reports.

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With over 1,500 institutions and hundreds of thousands of students who use AWS Educate, we wanted to take you on a trip around the world and highlight how students are learning and innovating with the cloud. Learn more.

Essential GIS

Officials in Sumter County, Florida, announced Friday they’ve started using a next-generation 911 system that will allow first responders to reach emergency scenes faster. Stephen Kennedy, the county’s 911 coordinator, said that because a majority of emergency calls now come from mobile phones, the county first needed to improve its GIS data. “Without that we could not have moved to the next-gen system," he said. Colin Wood has more.

ICYMI: A coin for the city?

Philadelphia Mayor Jim Kenney last week gave the go-ahead for the city to begin exploring a partnership with CityCoins, a cryptocurrency organization that has garnered enthusiasm from mayors in New York City and Miami. “We’ve had three or four conversations internally, and I finally had one with the mayor where he was very enthusiastic and thought it was a good idea," said city CIO Mark Wheeler, who'll be leading the vetting process of CityCoins. Ryan Johnston had the story.


Driving innovation to deliver quality education 

Moving to the cloud provides new opportunities to support the academic mission, says Kent State University CIO John Rathje. To continue modernizing technology in online learning and student experience, IT leaders must ensure they remain aligned with universities’ business goals. Rathje shares how data migration to the cloud allowed the institution to easily aggregate different forms of information to make better-informed decisions quickly and support students more readily. Hear more from Rathje.

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