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 League Letter, August 1, 2017 

League Letter | Volume 38 | Issue 31

Municipal Equation: EP 30: State of the Cities, Eclipse and Turbo Growth

NCLM Annual Conference CityVision 2017

Small Cell Wireless Webinar

2017 NC Association of Municipal Clerks Annual Summer Academy

NCLM Resolutions Honoring Municipal Officials

NCLM Data Collection

North Carolina Department of Transportation Drone Workshop

Ordinance Template for Early Sunday Alcohol Sales

2017 LELA Session

NC Housing Finance Agency Loan Opportunity

NFIP Summer Workshops

Social Media Strategies for Government Professionals

Strategic Planning for Government Professionals

Engaging Women in Public Service: Designing Your Way Forward

Childhood Obesity Prevention Award Grants

Division of Water Infrastructure Application Training

Opioid Epidemic Uncovered: Finding the Prescription for Recovery

In the News: Harrington Village project in Leland progresses

Job opportunities

Calendar

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Municipal Equation: EP 30: State of the Cities, Eclipse and Turbo Growth

If we gather up a bunch of "State of the City" addresses from mayors across the U.S. and overlap them, what words and themes do you think will line up? Well, the National League of Cities does that kind of work, and it's enlightening. We talk with NLC about its latest examination to find out what today's mayors are saying in chorus and why -- after a chat about a rare total solar eclipse over a gem-studded mountain town. A few North Carolina mayors make an appearance as well -- Bob Scott of Franklin, Bill Saffo of Wilmington and Gloristine Brown of Bethel join League President Bob Matheny, mayor of Zebulon, to discuss the challenges and changes in their towns. Click here to tune in!

NCLM Annual Conference CityVision 2017

Register for the Connect CityVision 2017 Annual Conference, September 20-23 in Greenville, NC! This year the League wants to help you make connections that you can take back to your municipality and your colleagues at our numerous networking events and sessions. CityVision 2017’s Town Talks and breakout sessions will tackle hot topics such as smart city technology, regional partnerships, economic development strategies and leadership training. View the Preliminary Agenda and other conference information online. We are also excited to announce that CityVision 2017’s Friday night dinner entertainment will feature comedian David Atkins, better known by his stage name, Sinbad! Attendees can also register for the 17th Annual Golf Tournament to be held prior to conference at Bradford Creek Golf Course. We hope to see you in Greenville for a conference full of learning and laughs!

Small Cell Wireless Webinar

NCLM staff will conduct a webinar to explain new industry-backed small-cell wireless legislation and what it may mean for your town or city. HB 310 Wireless Communications Infrastructure Act implemented comprehensive procedures and restrictions on local government regulation of small cell wireless facilities. At the League webinar, staff will explain what cities can and cannot do under the legislation as small-cell wireless technology is deployed in the future. The seminar will be held on August 15, for registration details, click here. You can also learn more about the legislation by clicking here.

2017 NC Association of Municipal Clerks Annual Summer Academy

The UNC School of Government, in cooperation with the North Carolina Association of Municipal Clerks (NCAMC) and the North Carolina League of Municipalities, is pleased to announce the schedule for the NCAMC Summer Academies, which will take place August 17-19 in Atlantic Beach.  For registration information, click here.

NCLM Resolutions Honoring Municipal Officials

Each year, the North Carolina League of Municipalities approves resolutions honoring municipal officials. There are two kinds of resolutions to honor individuals – one for municipal officials or employees who have retired, and one for those who passed away. To submit a resolution request, complete this form no later than Thursday, Aug 31. In cases where the person served in more than one municipality or more than one position, please include all of them starting with the most recentPlease double check to be sure all information is accurate. Information will be entered on the resolution as it is entered on this form. Forms must be submitted to the League office no later than Thursday, Aug 31, so that resolutions can be submitted to the League membership for adoption at the annual business meeting held at CityVision 2017 in Greenville. Resolutions will be mailed by year-end 2017. If you have a special event and need the resolution(s) sooner, please email kemanuel@nclm.org.

NCLM Data Collection

The League recently upgraded its online data collection tool that allows town clerks to update contact information for your municipality in our database. It would be very helpful to the League if you would use this system to update the information on your elected officials. We have selected Wednesday, Aug 2 as our target date for completing those updates. If you have questions about completing this information, please contact Stacey Hypes at shypes@nclm.org or (919) 715-2235.

North Carolina Department of Transportation Drone Workshop

The N.C. Department of Transportation’s Division of Aviation aims to show how beneficial and safe this technology can be through free workshops around the state, focused on commercial and government drone operations and data management. The department is inviting local government groups, educational institutions, and commercial operators who are interested in utilizing this technology to support their mission. This event will be held in two places, Charlotte on July 27 and Asheville on August 31. For more information, click here.

Ordinance Template for Early Sunday Alcohol Sales

With the passage of SB 155 ABC Omnibus Legislation, local governments may choose to adopt ordinances to allow establishments that hold a “licensed premises' permit issued under G.S. 18B-1001” to sell alcoholic beverages beginning at 10 a.m. on Sundays (instead of noon). After discussions with the N.C. Retail Merchants Association and N.C. Restaurant and Lodging Association, the League is providing members with a model template ordinance. We hope this helps municipalities that are interested in allowing early sales in their jurisdiction.

2017 LELA Session

In today’s high-speed world, communication is more important than ever. “Active Listening” is one of the most important skills you can develop. How well you listen has a major impact on your effectiveness as a leader and the quality of your relationships. During this interactive workshop, Dan Clark, Director of the Montana State University Local Government Center, presents strategies and skills to improve your ability to listen to co-workers, other elected officials, staff members and constituents. Practice listening strategies that will help build relationships, solve problems, ensure understanding, resolve conflicts, and improve your effectiveness as a leader. Completion of this course provides LELA credits, and the course is being held in conjunction with the N.C. Association of County Commissioners’ annual conference, but municipal officials are welcome to register.  The course will be held Thursday, August 10, from 9:30 a.m. – 2:30 p.m. at the Durham Convention Center. Find registration information here.

NC Housing Finance Agency Loan Opportunity

The North Carolina Housing Finance Agency (HFA) provides funding to participating local organizations for the rehabilitation of owner-occupied homes damaged in 2016 storms Matthew, Julia or Hermine. Homeowners should apply directly to their local partner organizations designated by HFA. Help from HFA comes in the form of an unsecured, zero-percent interest, forgivable loan covering the hard and soft costs of home rehabilitation to be forgiven at the rate of $5,000 per year. The program can cover damages up to $40,000, and so long as the survivor lives in the home, the borrower will not need to make any payments on the loan. There is currently $14M available and funding is distributed on a first come, first served basis. A list of HFA’s local partners can be found here. For questions about the program, please contact Mike Handley at mhandley@nchfa.com

NFIP Summer Workshops

The North Carolina Division of Emergency Management Floodplain Management staff will provide training on both the basic roles/duties of a floodplain administrator, as well as the regulatory context of the NFIP regulations, to guide safe development in floodplains. These workshops will also address coastal re-mapping processes, the new website Flood Risk Information System (FRIS), information on how Flood Insurance Reform Act of 2012 and the Home Owners Flood Insurance Affordability Act of 2014 will affect property owners and communities, and include basic information on the Community Rating System (CRS) of the NFIP. For more information about the training sessions and to register, click on the following links: western workshop, August 2-3 in Morganton; central workshop, August 16-17 in Fuquay-Varina; and eastern workshop, on September 14-15 in Surf City 

Social Media Strategies for Government Professionals

How can you use social media to better inform and engage your community? Do you need to develop a social media policy for your organization? The UNC School of Government is now offering a course for all government officials who have established a social media presence. This course gives you tips for increasing reach and engagement through various social media platforms. The course will be held on August 9 in Chapel Hill. Click here to register.

Strategic Planning for Government Professionals

How can your public sector organization best benefit from having a strategic plan?  What is important for you to understand before you get started?  What should you consider as you begin to plan?  Who should be involved in helping you plan, and how can that input be helpful?  What components are important to include in your plan? This, UNC School of Government, hands-on workshop spurs your ideas and jump-starts your planning. Topics include:

  • Role of Elected and Appointed Officials Assessment and Context
  • Key Elements of a Strategic Plan
  • Creating Your Strategic Planning Process
  • Writing Good Goals and Objectives
  • Using The Plan to Allocate Resources and Evaluate Progress

This course will be held on August 17 in Chapel Hill. Please click here for more details.

Engaging Women in Public Service: Designing Your Way Forward

This event is designed for women interested in strengthening both their leadership skills and professional trajectory in public service. Interactive workshops will focus on designing professional future, identifying habits that limit your success, and building your negotiation skills. This course, offered by the UNC School of Government, is targeted for women in public service, including those in local, state, and federal government or nonprofit organizations; also city/county managers (men and women) interested in harnessing the leadership potential of women. This event will take place on August 25 in Raleigh. Click here for more details.

Childhood Obesity Prevention Award Grants

The United States Conference of Mayors (USCM), in partnership with the American Beverage Foundation for a Healthy America (ABFHA), has launched the 2018 Childhood Obesity Prevention Grants Program.  In the sixth year of the program, six cities will share a total of $445,000 in grant awards, to support both new and existing programs initiated by USCM member mayors that address the childhood obesity epidemic in America’s cities.

  • Awards will be made in three categories – small, medium and large city.
  • Small City (Population less than 75,000) – 2nd Place $25,000; 1st Place $100,000
  • Medium City (Population between 75,000 and 250,000) – 2nd Place $25,000; 1st Place $120,000
  • Large City (Population greater than 250,000) – 2nd Place $25,000; 1st Place $150,000

The application deadline is August 18. Please click here for more information.

Division of Water Infrastructure Application Training

The Division of Water Infrastructure in the N.C. Department of Environmental Quality announces training for the fall 2017 funding round. Funding offered this round will include a portion of the Connect NC bond program and will be announced shortly after July 19. All applications must be received by the division no later than close of business on Sept. 29, 2017. In addition to the Connect NC bonds program, application training for the following funding programs will be offered from July 31 to August 10: State Reserve Program, Clean Water State Revolving Fund, Drinking Water State Revolving Fund and Community Development Block Grant for Infrastructure.  Training will be held at the following seven cities: Hendersonville, Boone, Hickory, Raleigh, Kinston, Fayetteville and Wilmington. You can find the list of application training sessions, here, along with the location and seating availability.

Opioid Epidemic Uncovered: Finding the Prescription for Recovery

The Poe Center for Health Education and the NC Medical Society Alliance will host a luncheon conference in Raleigh on September 14 and Greensboro on September 15 to examine the opioid crisis and explore collaborative solutions. For more information, click here.

In the News: Harrington Village project in Leland progresses

The foundations are in for a project Leland town officials are hoping will transform the Village Road corridor. Site work for the Harrington Village project on Village Road has progressed to the point that building construction can begin, said Gary Vidmar, the town’s economic development director. At the site’s location on the corner of Baldwin Drive and Village Road, lumber is piled high, waiting to be turned into framework for multiple buildings planned for the project. Framing work for a few buildings has already begun. “There’s construction going on every day, particularly out front,” Vidmar said. Click here to read more news!