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 League Letter, April 12, 2016 

League Letter | Volume 37 | Issue 15

2016 Regional Board Workshops for Planning and Development Regulation

2016 Regional Master Municipal Clerks Academies

2016 Summit: Building Communities for Tomorrow's Jobs

Engaging Women in Public Service: Local Government Managers' Summit

Utilities Billing and Collection Administration Course

Basic Principles of Local Government Purchasing Course

Getting Your Message Across

League's 2016 COLA & Merit survey are now available

Save the date for Town Hall Day - June 8, 2016

In the News: Windstream launches ultra-fast Internet service in 7 NC towns

Job opportunities

Calendar

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2016 Regional Board Workshops for Planning and Development Regulation

The UNC School of Government is traveling across the state this May and June to offer a half-day workshop on legislative zoning decisions. This year the workshops are focused on local government planning, types of land use decisions, rezoning procedures and limits on zoning. The workshops are geared for boards making legislative zoning decisions, including governing boards, planning boards, boards of adjustment, and preservation commissions, as well as planning and zoning staff. Click here to learn more and register.

2016 Regional Master Municipal Clerks Academies

The UNC School of Government, in cooperation with the League and the North Carolina Association of Municipal Clerks (NCAMC), is pleased to announce the schedule for this year's Regional Master Municipal Clerks Academies.  The academies will take place: April 22 at Mount Holly; April 29 at Rocky Mount; May 6 at Holden Beach. Click here to learn more about this event or contact Trey Allen at (919) 843-9019 if you have any questions about the academy sessions.

2016 Summit: Building Communities for Tomorrow's Jobs

The N.C. Association of Regional Councils of Government will hold its 2016 Summit: Building Communities, on April 18-19 in Raleigh at the North Raleigh Hilton. A mix of government and private sector leaders will offer best practices, case studies and skill-building workshops over the two-day event. Click here to learn more.

Engaging Women in Public Service: Local Government Managers' Summit 

If you are a city or county manager or administrator, assistant or deputy, consider attending the Engaging Women Local Government Managers' Summit. This day-long event will be held Friday, April 29th, 2016 at the Downtown Marriott in Greensboro, NC. The event seeks to foster a network of women working in NC local government management, through networking and hands-on skill building. Click here to register.

Utilities Billing and Collection Administration Course

The UNC School of Government is offering a Utilities Billing and Collection Administration Course which will provide an overview of the authority and requirements for establishing customer accounts and billing and collecting public enterprise utility fees. The focus will be on water, sewer, and solid waste enterprises.  Course date is May 4, 2016 at the Knapp-Sanders Building in Chapel Hill. Click here for event details.

Basic Principles of Local Government Purchasing Course

The UNC School of Government in association with Carolinas Association of Governmental Purchasing is offering a Basic Principles of Local Government Purchasing Course.  This course is designed for new local government purchasing officials and covers basic principles and legal requirements for local government purchasing. It will be held May 10 - 13, 2016. Click here to for more information and to register.

Getting Your Message Across

Does your job require speaking to groups, motivating others toward a common goal, or having difficult conversations with coworkers? If so, Getting Your Message Across is the workshop for you. This day-long, interactive, skill-based workshop held on May 20, 2016 is focused on the needs of public-sector officials. Click here for more information.

League's 2016 COLA & Merit survey are now available

Each year the League surveys our members and compiles information about their anticipated Cost-Of-Living Adjustments (COLA) and Merit Increases for the upcoming year. We do this to provide data and information to member municipalities to assist in both their daily operations and long-range planning. This year’s responses represent 55.2% of all cities and towns that have employees and the report can be accessed here.

Save the date for Town Hall Day - June 8, 2016

Town Hall Day is the League's premier opportunity for members to visit legislators and make their views known.  Each legislative session, hundreds of elected and appointed city officials gather in Raleigh for an entire day of grassroots lobbying.  Town Hall Day is a prime opportunity to show strength in numbers and draw attention to the many serious legislative issues facing cities and towns. Click here for more information.

In the News:  Windstream launches ultra-fast Internet service in 7 NC towns.

Windstream has launched its ultra-fast Internet service for seven North Carolina towns: China Grove, Concord, Davidson, Harrisburg, Kannapolis, Lewisville and Matthews. The 1-gigabit service allows users to download 100 songs in three seconds or an HD movie in seven seconds, Windstream said Monday. Click here to read more about this and other stories in the news this week