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 League Letter, April 25, 2017 

League Letter | Volume 38 | Issue 17

Municipal Equation: EP 23: How to Podcast (Answering Listeners' Most FAQ)

Infrastructure Symposium

Public Executive Leadership Academy

State Transportation Improvement Program Public Information Sessions

Division of Water Infrastructure Announces Available Funding for Spring 2017

Application Period for Hazard Mitigation Program Open

Citizen Advisory Committees and Boards

NC Public Transportation Community Workshops

Leadership Principles for Government Professionals

Basic Principles of Local Government Purchasing

North Carolina Association of Municipal Clerks Nominations

2018 NC 911 Board Grant Cycle Opened

Financial Fiduciary Responsibilities for Elected Officials

2017 North Carolina City & County Management Association (NCCCMA) Summer Seminar

Engaging Women in Public Service: Local Government Managers Summit

In the News: Fayetteville Among U.S. Cities Taking Smart Approach to Stormwater

Job opportunities

Calendar

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Municipal Equation: EP 23: How to Podcast (Answering Listeners' Most FAQ)

On this episode, we answer a frequent listener question (coming most often from people who work in government): "What do I really need to know about starting a podcast? Equipment? Approach? Editing?" There's a jungle of online resources for that, but they're frustrating to sort through. A lot of them conflict with or contradict one another, or are just marketing materials to get you to purchase some specific podcasting solution that might not be right for you. So this episode serves as our plain-English, how-to guide (especially for folks who work in government or public service, though anybody can apply these lessons) on getting started in podcasting. We list equipment, software, best practices to help you stay out of the ditch, and some philosophy on podcasting for public agencies (or any other field, really.) It's a big primer packed into a listener-friendly 36 minutes. And hear why Ben thinks virtually any local government can do something positive with podcasting. Click here to listen!

Infrastructure Symposium

Infrastructure affects our daily lives, whether roads, water and sewer or the energy grid. Join the NC League of Municipalities and Smith Moore Leatherwood on May 18 in Raleigh for an Infrastructure Symposium that will provide attendees with practical information that can be applied to cities and towns across North Carolina. This event is perfect for elected officials, city and town managers, attorneys, public works/utilities directors, engineers and planning officials, economic development directors, transit agencies and utility authorities, and others. Click here for more information.

Public Executive Leadership Academy

Take your leadership education to the next level with the Public Executive Leadership Academy. Participants develop a "real world" community change project, learn tools to diagnose and solve community problems, and think strategically about board and staff relations. The program is designed for public leaders with at least five to seven years of management experience, including city and county managers, assistant managers, and department heads who play significant external roles in their community. Scholarships for this event will be available. It will be held at the UNC School of Government in Chapel Hill. Click here to apply.

State Transportation Improvement Program Public Information Sessions

The State Transportation Improvement Program (STIP) is a document developed cooperatively by local, regional and state transportation entities. It includes a list of multi-modal transportation projects, such as highway, transit and bicycle based on the state’s long-range transportation goals. The projects are drawn from and are consistent with a Statewide Long-Range Transportation Plan, Countywide Transportation Plans and Metropolitan Transportation Plans. There will be nine (9) public information sessions held from March 29-May 9 across the state designed to inform the public about the projects in the Draft STIP and gather input on the process to create it. People who cannot attend a meeting in person can also provide feedback via phone, fax and e-mail. Contact the NCDOT for dates and locations.

Division of Water Infrastructure Announces Available Funding for Spring 2017

The Division of Water Infrastructure in the N.C. Department of Environmental Quality has announced the spring 2017 funding round and related application training. Funding offered this round will include a portion of the Connect NC bond program and all applications must be received by the division no later than close of business on April 28, 2017. Click here for more information on the application.

Application Period for Hazard Mitigation Program Open

The N.C. Emergency Management application period for the Hazard Mitigation Grant Program is now open. With the catastrophic impact of Hurricane Matthew on North Carolina, the state expects to see the largest HMGP offered since Hurricane Floyd. N.C. Emergency Management is accepting Letters of Interest for possible inclusion in the state’s HMGP submission to FEMA. Eligible applicants are local governments with a FEMA and NCEM approved and adopted Hazard Mitigation Plan. The deadline for receiving the letters is May 1, 2017. Questions regarding the Hazard Mitigation Grant Program, technical assistance with applicant intake or eligibility can be directed to Nick Burk, Hazard Mitigation Grants Section Manager, at 919-825-2301, or Sharon Winstead, Hazard Mitigation Supervisor, at 919-825-2356.

Citizen Advisory Committees and Boards Workshop

One of the most common and substantive ways citizen participation in local government occurs is through service on appointed advisory committees (CACs) and boards (also sometimes called commissions or task forces). This one-day workshop offered by the UNC School of Government explores promising practices of non-mandated, local government citizen advisory committees and boards. Participants will learn about essentials around advisory committee service, including clarifying roles and expectations; recruiting, appointing, and training volunteers; staffing and managing committee work; and evaluating CAC effectiveness. This course will be held May 5, in Chapel Hill. Click here for more information.

NC Public Transportation Community Workshops

This May, stakeholders and the public are invited to provide input at community workshops in nine locations across the state as part of the North Carolina Public Transportation Statewide Strategic Plan. The N.C. Department of Transportation is developing this plan to improve bus, rail, and paratransit services across the state by better matching transit services to the needs of North Carolinians. The workshops will take place May 2-11, and will be free and open to the public. No registration is necessary to attend. Click here to see more information about the workshops.

Leadership Principles for Government Professionals

Leadership is not about the title, position, or rank. Leadership is about what you do. This intensive and highly interactive two-day course is based on The Leadership Challenge, a 360 feedback instrument helps you understand how others perceive the frequency of your leadership behaviors.  The leadership framework teaches specific, learnable behaviors that you can adopt to inspire commitment to a shared vision, build collaboration, teamwork and trust, and lead others to accept challenges and embrace change. Registration will close on May 8, 2017. Click here to register.

Basic Principles of Local Government Purchasing

The UNC School of Government is offering a course on local government purchasing in Chapel Hill, May 9-12. This course is designed for new local government purchasing officials and covers basic principles and legal requirements for local government purchasing. Topics include the following: Competitive bidding requirements for purchasing and construction contracting, purchasing ethics and conflicts of interest, practical skills such as vendor relations, developing specifications, and bid solicitations and more. Click here to learn more.

North Carolina Association of Municipal Clerks Nominations

The North Carolina Association of Municipal Clerks is accepting nominations for the Clerk of the Year award, an annual award presented to an outstanding North Carolina Clerk or Deputy Clerk at the NCAMC Summer Academy in August.

To be eligible for the award, the individual must meet certain criteria as follows:

  • Active member of the NCAMC for at least four years
  • Brings innovative ideas to the Association
  • Active in municipal, state and national associations
  • Demonstrates commitment to professional development
  • Demonstrates commitment to community involvement
  • Extraordinary individual job performance
  • Positive on-the-job attitude

You need not be a clerk to submit a nomination. Nominations are encouraged by and will be accepted from mayors, supervisors, managers, council members, board members, staff, etc. If you would like to make a nomination for this prestigious award, please complete the application here by June 1, 2017.

2018 NC 911 Board Grant Cycle Opened

The 2018 NC 911 Board grant cycle is now open and the board is accepting grant applications. You can access the application by visiting the 911 Board website. The link can be found on the rotating “Carousel” on the 911 Board website landing page, in the “911 Forms Panel” under “Resources” or by using this link. Once completed, the application along with any accompanying documents must be emailed to 911comments@its.nc.gov. Applications will only be accepted via email. Any application received via mail, fax or other media will not be accepted. The deadline for filing is midnight, June 7. If you have any questions, please contact Richard Taylor at 919-754-6624 or via richard.taylor@nc.gov.

Financial Fiduciary Responsibilities for Elected Officials

The Local Elected Leaders Academy (LELA) will be offering the “Financial Fiduciary Responsibilities for Elected Officials” workshop on Wednesday, June 14th from 9:00 am – Noon at the Moore County Agricultural Center located at 707 Pinehurst Avenue, Carthage, NC. This workshop will focus on the financial fiduciary responsibilities that elected officials have regarding the annual audit, the oversight of fund balance, and reporting requirements of the Local Government Commission. Specifically, there will be a focus on two of the most frequently challenging arenas: what an audit is (and, more importantly, what it is not) and the limitations and flexibility that a governing board has regarding the use of fund balance. Instruction will include real-life examples of internal control challenges and how board involvement can help overcome those challenges. Attendees will also learn about the types of questions that elected officials should ask of their staff and their independent auditors, and what various correspondences from the Local Government Commission actually mean. This workshop is primarily for municipal and county elected officials and there is no cost to attend the workshop. Click here to Register.

2017 North Carolina City & County Management Association (NCCCMA)Summer Seminar

Registration is now open for this year's NCCCMA Summer Seminar, which will be held June 22-24 at the Embassy Suites Spa & Golf Resort in Concord. Program Conference Committee members have put together an informative and engaging 3-day seminar agenda that strikes a balance between personal and professional development opportunities. Click here for conference information and please RSVP by Friday, June 9.

Engaging Women in Public Service: Local Government Managers Summit

The second annual Engaging Women Local Government Manager from the UNC School of Government will take place in conjunction with the NCCCMA Summer Seminar. This event seeks to foster a network of women working in North Carolina local government management, through networking and hands-on skill building. This is a statewide gathering of women working in senior local government management at the city, town, and county level. Attendees will leave with an overall understanding of assessment center evaluation and tips for success in multiple skills. This event will take place on June 22 and will be held in Concord, NC. Click here for registration details.

In the News: Fayetteville Among U.S. Cities Taking Smart Approach to Stormwater

When a hard rain falls on a city, it can turn quickly into an ecological disaster. Fayetteville is among five cities cited by Politico.com as taking innovative steps to follow nature’s modeling in dealing with the effects of a heavy rain. Click here to read this and other news.