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 League Letter, August 15, 2017 

League Letter | Volume 38 | Issue 32

Municipal Equation: EP 31: 'City People Lose Their Minds for Sunflowers'

Attend Connect CityVision 2017 -- Friday is the Last Day to Pre-Register!

2017 NC Association of Municipal Clerks Annual Summer Academy

NCLM Resolutions Honoring Municipal Officials

North Carolina Department of Transportation Drone Workshop

NC Housing Finance Agency Loan Opportunity

NFIP Summer Workshops

2017 Mayors Challenge

Engaging Women in Public Service: Designing Your Way Forward

Childhood Obesity Prevention Award Grants

Opioid Epidemic Uncovered: Finding the Prescription for Recovery

In the News: Swansboro to receive 319 grant

Job opportunities

Calendar

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Municipal Equation: EP 31: 'City People Lose Their Minds for Sunflowers'

On a summer day last year in Burgaw, North Carolina, a farmer named Michael Lanier snapped a photograph of bright new life on his family land and put it up on social media. The next day, a massive crowd beyond anything he'd imagined turned out for an in-person look. This farmer had unwittingly stumbled upon an amazing engagement opportunity, and when he tried it again this year, an even bigger crowd showed -- thousands of people. So when one of the state's biggest city governments did something similar recently, the response was off the charts. It nearly got unruly at times. But it wasn't just about civic engagement. It was more innovative, an example other cities can follow. Click here to tune in!

Attend Connect CityVision 2017 -- Friday is the Last Day to Pre-Register!

CityVision provides municipal officials a chance to hear about issues facing cities and towns and network with colleagues from across the state – we hope that your municipality will be represented this year! Register today to reserve your seat. Space is filling up and pre-registration ends this Friday at midnight! We’ve paired national experts with local professionals to give you the full spectrum of industry trends and best practices to lessons learned from real-world implementation and challenges. Don’t miss these topics and speakers at Connect CityVision 2017! And it’s not all business, catch Sinbad on the CityVision 2017 stage following the President’s Dinner! Ranked by Comedy Central as one of the “100 Greatest Standups of All Time,” actor and comedian Sinbad has had audiences laughing for over three decades. Join the League and your fellow municipal officials for what is sure to be the best CityVision conference yet!

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 August 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 formForms 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.

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.

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 

2017 Mayors Challenge

The Bloomberg Philanthropies 2017 Mayors Challenge is an initiative to help city leaders think big, be bold, and uncover inventive and, ultimately, shareable ideas that tackle today’s toughest problems.  Participating cities will: solve an urgent problem, join Bloomberg’s Cities Network and possibly win big! As many as 35 Champion Cities will win up to $100,000 to test their ideas and built local support. The five cities with the best ideas will receive millions to implement their ideas at scale. To be eligible, cities must be located within the United States and have more than 30,000 residents within the administrative division of the city/urban area. RSVP by August 18! For more details, click here.

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.

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: Swansboro to receive 319 grant

Swansboro will add dozens of public parking spaces within easy walking distance of downtown and reduce the amount of untreated storm-water runoff reaching the nearby White Oak River. Making the project even sweeter is the fact that the town will be getting financial assistance in the form of a Section 319 grant, federal funds distributed by the N.C. Division of Environmental Quality. “We’ve just received word that we’ve been awarded the grant,” Scott Chase, town manager, said the last week of July. The project will add 70 parking spaces and retrofit the town hall campus for better storm-water treatment. It is estimated to cost $284,130. The town was awarded $172,397 in U.S. Environmental Protection Agency funds. Click here to read more news!