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 League Letter, August 16, 2016 

League Letter | Volume 37 | Issue 33

Ep. 5 of Municipal Equation: Sound of a City

Registration is now open for 2016 Annual Conference

Introduction to Local Government Finance Class

Women in Municipal Government Strategic Planning Workshop

Foundations in Planning and Development Regulation Class

Managing Conflict Effectively

Our Town Placemaking Program seeks applications

Debt Setoff Regional Meetings Schedule

NC Partners for Financial Inclusion Program

Practical Analytic Techniques for Local Government Course

Outdoor Lighting Meeting

Contracting for Construction and Design Services

Division of Water Infrastructure Announces Available Funding for Fall 2016

Registration for the 15th Annual State Treasurers’ Conference is now open

Save the Date: Local Government Managers Innovation Lab

In the News: Chatham County considers incentives to attract new hotel to Pittsboro

Job opportunities

Calendar

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Ep. 5 of Municipal Equation: Sound of a City

What's your town doing with its government access television channel? Creatively, we mean. In Raleigh, North Carolina, city government is putting the spotlight on the local music scene with top-shelf live performances -- professionally produced, as good as anything you'll see on TV -- to in turn shine light on the city itself and humanize local government. Using city-owned or -operated venues to showcase public spaces or functions, Raleigh's government basically has its own Austin City Limits, with some extra, local flair to set it apart. The bands that perform even take the time to talk about their love for Raleigh. Could this be something your town could duplicate? Click here to listen.

Registration is now open for 2016 Annual Conference

For the first time ever, the League has combined the Advocacy Goals Conference and CityVision 2016 Annual Conference. This joint event will save you time and money, with just one trip to Raleigh checking off two important conferences on your calendar. Kicking off the event with our advocacy goals planning, members will build on the momentum achieved at 2016 Town Hall Day and the work done during the 2016 legislative session! Make your voice heard so that we are even better positioned to represent cities and towns in 2017 and beyond. Moving into the CityVision 2016 Annual Conference, attendees will attend plenary and breakout sessions that combine high-level planning with detailed implementation strategies to use back at home. Learn about the changing communications landscape, building and maintaining a strong economic foundation, and cultural and demographic shifts. Don’t miss this opportunity to better prepare for the challenges that lie ahead for all North Carolina cities and towns. Click here to register today!

Introduction to Local Government Finance Class

This introductory course offered by the UNC School of Government provides basic instruction in local government and public authority finance and financial management. Areas of instruction include the basic legal authority and requirements governing local government revenues, budgeting processes, cash management, purchasing and contracting, expenditure control, conflicts of interest, fund accounting and financial reporting. The course also provides an overview of the state and local economic issues that inform strategic budgeting decisions. There are two tracks of this class. Track 1 will be on August 29 - September 1, 2016 and Track 2 will be on August 30 - September 2, 2016 Click here for more information.

Women in Municipal Government Strategic Planning Workshop

Please join members of Women in Municipal Government for a strategic planning workshop September 1, from 9:30 am-3:30 pm, in the NCLM Coates Auditorium as they strategically plan the future of the organization. Lydian Altman, Director of Strategic Public Leadership Initiative for the UNC School of Government, will assist with developing the vision for the future, mission as an organization, goals for action and strategies for engagement. A catered lunch will be provided and included in the registration fee ($10). Please RSVP here by August 25, 2016.

Foundations in Planning and Development Regulation Class

This two-day basic introduction to planning and development regulation is offered annually in the fall by the UNC School of Government. This basic course scheduled in September in Chapel Hill is intended for planning and zoning staff, practitioners and staff in related areas, and interested citizen board members. For some staff members, this course alone may be sufficient, while for others, this will serve as the initial class in a multi-course curriculum. Click here for registration information.

Managing Conflict Effectively

Navigating difficult conversations is a core leadership skill. Healthy conflict gives us an opportunity to express our ideas and learn more about others’ perspectives so we can come up with solutions that last. Working through conflict can make us stronger, more resilient, and more accepting. This one-day course offered by the UNC School of Government on September 9, 2016 in Chapel Hill will help you find the opportunities for personal and professional growth presented by conflict. Click here for more information of the course.

Our Town Placemaking Program seeks applications

The National Endowment for the Arts will provide a limited number of grants to support placemaking projects through the Our Town Program. This program supports creative projects that help to transform communities into lively, beautiful and resilient places with arts at their core. The funding ranges between $25,000-100,000 and will support local efforts to enhance quality of life and opportunity for existing residents, increase creative activity and create a distinct sense of place. A requirement for this funding is partnerships between arts organizations and government, nonprofit organizations, and private entities to achieve livability goals for communities. Applications are due by Monday, September 12, 2016. Click here to learn more and submit an application.

Debt Setoff Regional Meetings Schedule

The League and The NC Association of County Commissioners are sponsoring six free regional meetings, beginning Sept. 13, to discuss debt setoff strategies for municipalities. Workshops are free and seating may be limited based on number of registrants and capacity. The 10:30 a.m. session is optional, meant for those local governments who are new and have not completed the required participation forms or those who have been recently assigned the duties of debt setoff. Everyone registering must attend the 1:00-3:30 p.m. session. Please register your vendor/third-party administrators that will be attending. Click here to register for a meeting near you.

NC Partners for Financial Inclusion Program

Make your plans now to join the National League of Cities’ Institute for Youth, Education, and Families for a special one-day Briefing on Municipal Financial Inclusion for North Carolina city leaders on September 16th, 2016 from 9:30-3:30 at the Charlotte-Mecklenburg Government Center in Charlotte, NC. This meeting is intended for mayors, councilmembers, senior advisers and community partners of municipalities in North Carolina to come together to network, generate ideas and connect with representatives at the state level. Registration ends September 5th. Click here to reserve your spot.

Practical Analytic Techniques for Local Government Course

Participants in this course will learn techniques for planning, monitoring, and evaluating programs and activities. Held in Chapel Hill on September 16, the course focuses on a variety of easy-to-apply analytic techniques and includes examples of successful analysis among local governments. Topics include the use of analysis to consider the need for additional employees, to diagnose work scheduling and routing problems, to make adjustments for the impact of inflation, to analyze patterns of demand for a service, to consider privatization options, to annualize capital costs, and to perform life-cycle costing. Click here to register.

Outdoor Lighting Meeting

Save the Date! The next joint meeting between League members and Duke Energy to discuss issues surrounding the modernization of municipal street lighting will be on September 26 from 10am – 2pm at Duke Energy in the OJ Miller Auditorium (526 S Church St., Charlotte, NC 28202). We will announce a link for registration once available. This meeting will serve as a continuation of discussions that began after the League, in 2013, intervened in the Duke Energy Carolinas rate case before the North Carolina Utilities Commission. Contact: Sarah Collins.

Contracting for Construction and Design Services

This seminar offered by the UNC School of Government addresses topics of interest to those involved in construction contracts or in the procurement of the services of engineers and architects. A variety of topics will be covered including bidding procedures; construction methods; minority participation and reporting requirements. This three-day course will be held in Chapel Hill over September 27-29, 2016 with early bird registration pricing and scholarships available. Click here to learn more.

Division of Water Infrastructure Announces Available Funding for Fall 2016

The Division of Water Infrastructure in the N.C. Department of Environmental Quality announced the fall 2016 funding round and related application training. Funding offered this round will include a portion of the Connect NC bond program. All applications must be received by the division no later than close of business on Sept. 30, 2016. Application training for the following funding programs will be offered statewide in August in Sylva, Boone, Salisbury, Raleigh, Ahoskie, Kinston, Lumberton, and Raleigh/second session. Click here for more information or contact Jennifer Haynie at jennifer.haynie@ncdenr.gov (919.707.9173).

Registration for the 15th Annual State Treasurers’ Conference is now open

This year’s Annual State Treasurers’ Conference will be at the Hilton in Greenville on Friday, September 30. This one-day conference provides a forum to update local government finance officials and independent auditors on current governmental accounting, auditing, and financial management issues. A detailed agenda will be posted later this summer on the UNC School of Government website. Click here for more information on the conference.

Save the Date: Local Government Managers Innovation Lab

The Local Government Managers Innovation Lab is one of a new group of programs designed specifically for city and county managers. This one-day event held on November 18, 2016 in Chapel Hill will provide hands-on training to improve organizational effectiveness. Participants will learn to use design thinking as a practical tool to develop innovative solutions to community issues and to improve service delivery. Click here for event details.

In the News: Chatham County considers incentives to attract new hotel to Pittsboro

With construction nearing completion later this year for the new Chatham County Agriculture & Conference Center in Pittsboro, county government leaders are looking ahead at ways to draw bigger events to the $12 million venue. A proposal is on the table for an incentive package offer to attract a developer to build a 100-room hotel in Pittsboro. The hotel, they say, could better position the new conference center as a site for conventions and the large events. Click here to read more about this and other stories in the news this week.