Chicago schools budget counts on uncertain funding

Reuters | August 12, 2017

Chicago schools budget counts on uncertain funding
A fiscal 2018 budget unveiled on Friday by the Chicago Public Schools (CPS) depends on nearly $570 million in new money from the state and city that may not materialize or has not been identified. The $5.7 billion spending plan for the fiscal year that began July 1 includes $300 million the state of Illinois would send the district under education funding legislation. But Republican Governor Bruce Rauner used an amendatory veto to substantially rewrite the bill to remove what he called a CPS bailout. It was unclear how much the district would receive under Rauner's revisions.

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CoLab Software Awarded Government of Canada Contract to Modernize Engineering Collaboration

CoLab Software | January 13, 2022

CoLab Software has signed a contract with the Government of Canada that enables the Department of National Defence (DND) to test CoLab’s collaborative engineering software. Funded under the Canadian government’s Innovative Solutions Canada Testing Stream, the $412,000 CAD contract allows the Naval Material Technology Management (NMTM) section of the DND to evaluate CoLab’s usefulness for modernizing their engineering design review processes. CoLab’s web-based app provides an ideal platform to streamline engineering workflows for greater efficiency across various ongoing projects. Engineering programs today are increasingly more collaborative, multidisciplinary, and geographically distributed than ever before. For design teams trying to manage these demands effectively, the status quo involves admin-intensive workflows and slow review cycles. Most organizations currently rely on generic tools and manual processes to collaborate on complex design projects—which leaves room for mistakes to slip through the cracks and increases the risk of expensive, preventable errors getting caught too late in the design process. CoLab is purpose-built for engineering teams to share and review design files quickly and easily, replacing the heavy use of emails, slideshows, spreadsheets, PDFs, and screenshots. Using CoLab, engineering teams can make better design decisions and work more effectively. Design conversations are centralized in CoLab, and stakeholders always have the full mechanical context when giving or receiving feedback on a design. The review process becomes more automated and standardized with CoLab, giving engineers the ability to focus on critical design work instead of administrative tasks. Through direct CAD/PLM integrations and compatibility with over 60 file formats, CoLab brings together all the information and people involved in a design project so that collaboration is simplified, organized, and efficient. “It’s encouraging to see the Canadian government embrace modern ways of working by adopting more collaborative and digital solutions,” says CoLab CEO Adam Keating. “We’re excited to have this chance to work together and to provide tools that support the Digital Navy Action Plan.”

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AT&T Offers Eligible Customers Low-Cost Broadband Through New Federal Program

AT&T Communications | January 10, 2022

What's the news? AT&T and Cricket Wireless opened enrollment today for the new federal Affordable Connectivity Program (ACP), which lowers the monthly cost of broadband service for eligible customers and will help close the digital divide. Congress recently created the long-term $14 billion Affordable Connectivity Program, which replaces the temporary Emergency Broadband Benefit (EBB) program. This investment will help ensure that substantially more Americans can afford the broadband connections they need for work, school, healthcare and more. Why is this important? Affordability is one of the key roadblocks to narrowing the digital divide. The ACP will provide eligible customers with federal benefits that can be applied to home internet or wireless services from AT&T and Cricket Wireless. What's new? Under the ACP, the maximum monthly benefit will change to up to $30 per month for eligible households. The monthly benefit will remain at $75 per month for households on qualifying Tribal lands. Existing EBB customers will continue to receive monthly benefits of up to $50 per month through March 1. Households will also have new ways to qualify for ACP such as: receiving WIC benefits or having an income at or below 200% of the Federal Poverty Guidelines. You can find all eligibility requirements at acpbenefit.org. When does this change take effect? New customers can confirm eligibility with the National Verifier and enroll in the ACP today. EBB enrollment ended December 30, 2021. I'm currently receiving the Emergency Broadband Benefit (EBB). What do I need to do? Nothing right now. Your current benefit will remain the same through March 1. To receive ACP benefit after March 1, you may be contacted by the Universal Services Administrative Co. (USAC) to reverify your eligibility. If you qualified under the EBB COVID temporary loss of income criteria, the National Verifier will need to reverify your eligibility under different criteria prior to March 1. The main thing to remember is that the monthly subsidy will decrease from the EBB program's $50 maximum to up to $30 under the ACP on March 1 (there is no change to the Tribal benefit). I never participated in the EBB. How do I enroll in the ACP? Step 1 – You must first apply to the federal government's National Verifier at ACPBenefit.org to determine if you are eligible for ACP. Eligibility is determined by the federal government, not by AT&T. You may get approved online in just a few minutes, although it could take up to a few days if an application requires a manual review. Step 2 – Once approved, you will be able to order new AT&T Internet or prepaid wireless service, or have the benefit applied to your existing service. More details on the process will be available at att.com/acp. What AT&T and Cricket Wireless services are eligible for the benefit? You can find out details on which AT&T services are available by going to att.com/acp or to cricketwireless.com/ACP for information on Cricket Wireless plans. There you can find out about our home internet service, which is available in 21 states as well as our nationwide prepaid wireless services from Cricket Wireless and AT&T PREPAID. About AT&T Communications We help family, friends and neighbors connect in meaningful ways every day. From the first phone call 140+ years ago to mobile video streaming, we @ATT innovate to improve lives. AT&T Communications is part of AT&T Inc.

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Intermap Wins Prime Contract from the U.S. Air Force

Intermap Technologies | December 20, 2021

Intermap Technologies , a global leader in geospatial content development and intelligence solutions, today announced a new prime contract with the U.S. Air Force to support the Air Force Research Laboratory (AFRL) in its development of navigation solutions for GPS-denied environments. This is Intermap's eighth government contract of 2021. Military operations require precise positioning, navigation and timing (PNT). The U.S. Department of Defense (DOD) is exploring different approaches for absolute positioning and navigation in challenging environments to enable their multidomain operations. For most platforms, GPS is the sole source of PNT. Disruptions or corruptions in GPS signals can affect timely decision making, mission security, weapons systems, operations, and critical infrastructure. AFRL leads the discovery, development and integration of affordable warfighting technologies for air, space and cyberspace forces. Intermap is a pioneer and leads the industry in collecting, building, and utilizing global-scale and highly precise unstructured raw data, sourced from across the electromagnetic spectrum and extended to gridded or meshed 3D elevation models (DEMs). AFRL will leverage this unique capability and extensive archive, the world's largest, to advance its next generation of PNT systems. Under this prime contract, Intermap will provide relevant data, operational experience, applied technology, low-latency collection and processing capabilities, engineering and scientific support. "When operating in GPS-denied environments, Intermap leverages unique commercial capabilities and experience that can help the Air Force achieve desired effects where alternative navigation methods are required," said Patrick A. Blott, Intermap Chairman and CEO. "Under this new prime contract, Intermap will work with AFRL to help them advance the next generation of navigation systems supporting multidomain operations, long-range precision fires, force protection and maneuver." About Intermap Technologies Founded in 1997 and headquartered in Denver, Colorado, Intermap is a global leader in geospatial intelligence solutions. The Company's proprietary 3D NEXTMap® elevation datasets and value-added geospatial collection, processing, analytics, fusion and orthorectification software and solutions are utilized across a range of industries that rely on accurate, high-resolution elevation data. Intermap helps governments build authoritative geospatial datasets and provides solutions for base mapping, transportation, environmental monitoring, topographic mapping, disaster mitigation, smart city integration, public safety and defense.

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Maplewood, New Jersey Pursues Digital Transformation

GovPilot | January 15, 2022

A transition from paper to digital processes is underway in Maplewood, New Jersey where local officials have sought greater efficiency in municipal operations and constituent services. The township recently partnered with GovPilot, a Hoboken, New Jersey based provider of cloud-based government management software. Officials from Maplewood are working with GovPilot to implement a number of digital services that aim to make operations more efficient and services more convenient for constituents. Officials are initially utilizing GovPilot for Health Inspections, Open Records Requests, Dog and Cat Licenses, Special Event Management, and non-emergency constituent concern reporting. The township will deploy GovPilot's Report-a-Concern feature which enables residents to report non-emergency concerns such as potholes or general code violations directly via a digital form on the city website, or through an app on their phone called GovAlert. The app, available to residents on Android and iOS devices is easy to use, and routes citizen concerns directly to the relevant municipal department so that the issue can be resolved quickly. Township Administrator Gerald Giaimis said, "I encourage residents to download the GovAlert app on their phones and help us keep Maplewood safe by instantly reporting issues that they come across so we can address them quickly. Convenient digital government services are essential to cost effective public safety and services, and we aim to be responsive to our residents." Giaimis added, "GovPilot offers a cost-effective solution that will make Maplewood's services and operations more responsive to, and aligned with the needs of our constituents. The ability to provide digital services and operations is critical to creating an efficient, livable, and convenient community for our residents and businesses." Michael Bonner, the founder and CEO of GovPilot said, "We are excited to work with Maplewood on its early stages of digital transformation. In partnering with local governments in New Jersey and across the country we have found that digital processes generate significant increases in efficiency and productivity that have a positive impact on local budgets, services, and constituent experience. We expect to see similar results in Maplewood." About GovPilot: GovPilot - named a GovTech 100 company for five consecutive years - is the leader in digital transformation for local governments. GovPilot's cloud-based platform was built with the sole purpose of enabling local governments to operate at their full potential by standardizing, digitizing, and unifying more than 100 operational and constituent service processes on one system.

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