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 League Letter, December 5, 2017 

League Letter | Volume 38 | Issue 49

NCLM 2017 Municipal Salary

Save the Date: New Mayor Orientation

NCCMA Winter Seminar

SOG Survey

Next Century Cities Survey

NC Finance Workshops

Join EPA for Upcoming WIFIA Outreach Events!

In the News: NC Town Turns Problem Into Economic Boom

Job opportunities

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NCLM 2017 Municipal Salary

The League’s 2017 Municipal Salary Survey is now available. The latest version of this annual survey includes salary information for a wide range of positions from more than 250 municipalities of all sizes across North Carolina. We at the League greatly appreciate all those who took the time to participate in this year’s survey. Results of the survey are free to access for elected officials and many employees of League member municipalities. To access the survey, follow this link to log in to the League’s website. If you have not yet registered for a password, or have forgotten your existing password, you can address those issues at the above link as well.

Save the Date: New Mayors Orientation

The North Carolina League of Municipalities will sponsor orientation sessions across the state for all newly elected mayors following November’s municipal elections. League staff and UNC School of Government faculty will cover subject matter designed to help first-time mayors understand the nature of their role and responsibilities once they take office. If your city or town elects a new mayor, please encourage him or her to attend one of the orientation sessions on Dec.1, Dec. 6. And Dec. 14. The registration fee is $40; lunch is provided, please click here to register. For more information, contact Vickie Miller, the League’s Grassroots Coordinator, at 919-715-8835 or via email at vmiller@nclm.org

NCCMA Winter Seminar

The North Carolina City and County Management Association, in conjunction with the UNC School of Government, will hold its 2018 Winter Seminar on January 31 through February 2 at The Benton Convention Center in Winston-Salem. The seminar will focus on topics to include civic disruption, the opioid crisis and how to better listen to employees. For more information and to register, please click here.

SOG Survey

The UNC School of Government is seeking responses from all jurisdictions so that survey reports reflect accurate, near-universal experience around the state. Your peers, the legislature, and interest groups use these reports to understand what is happening on the ground, so broad participation is critical. The survey asks about the number of development applications, adoption of a comprehensive plan and use of ETJ, plan consistency statements, conditional zoning, subdivision plat reviews, and preferences for future SOG training and resources. Emails soliciting responses were sent to the zoning administrator or planning director for each city and county (and to the clerk or manager for those jurisdictions without a planner). Reports based on the five surveys the SOG previously conducted are online here.

Next Century Cities Survey

Next Century Cities has partnered with RVA Market Research, LLC in order to conduct a survey about 5G and smart city development. There is little data about these activities and how they are perceived at the local level, and Next Century Cities hopes to use survey results in order to inform policy positions and to protect local authority. This survey is completely anonymous and anyone from your city or utility can take the survey. Click here to take the survey.

NC Finance Workshops

The N.C. Department of Revenue is presenting workshops for county and city finance staff and property tax staff. These workshops will be offered at 11 different locations throughout the state. The morning session (8:30 a.m.-12 p.m.) focuses on forms sent to our Information Unit from property tax staff (TR-1, TR-2, AV-50). The afternoon session (1:30 p.m.-5 p.m.) focuses on Refunds and Distributions. Classes will run from Oct. 18-Dec. 13. To register, please enter your information here. To find the list of locations these workshops will be held, please click here.

Join EPA for Upcoming WIFIA Outreach Events!

The Environmental Protection Agency is holding three webinars in December about its newest infrastructure financing opportunity, Water Infrastructure Finance and Innovation Act (WIFIA) loans. The dates will be Dec. 6, Dec. 13 and Dec. 20. At the webinars you will learn more about WIFIA and its current status, financial benefits and application tips. To register, please click any of the dates listed above.

In the News: NC Town Turns Problem Into Economic Boom

As development expands in even the smallest of North Carolina towns, erosion is a growing problem for existing waterways. That was the case for Mount Airy before city planners partnered with water conservation experts to find a solution that's paying back in big dividends. To prevent further erosion and clean up the Ararat River that passes through the town, more than six miles of greenway were built. Darren Lewis, Mount Airy’s assistant parks and recreation director, says in addition to fixing a problem, the Granite Greenway planted an economic seed. "We're really excited about what it has done for the private businesses that really see the value of the greenway,” he states. “It has created several businesses that have opened along the greenway." Click here to read more!