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 League Letter, August 2, 2016 

League Letter | Volume 37 | Issue 31 

Ep. 4 of Municipal Equation: The Science of Place Attachment

Registration is now open for 2016 Annual Conference

2016 Weather-Ready Sandhills Forums

2016 North Carolina Association of Municipal Attorneys Summer Conference and CLE

Introduction to Local Government Finance Class

Foundations in Planning and Development Regulation Class

Managing Conflict Effectively

Our Town Placemaking Program seeks applications

Practical Analytic Techniques for Local Government Course

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

North Carolina 811 Deadline Looms

Save the Date: Local Government Managers Innovation Lab

In the News: Renovation of 1800s-era hotel could renew Elizabeth City, N.C.

Job opportunities

Calendar

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Ep. 4 of Municipal Equation: The Science of Place Attachment

On this episode of Municipal Equation, we journey into the psychology of moving from place to place and searching for the perfect town or city to settle down in -- if there's such a thing. Sometimes it comes with finding creative ways to build a relationship with your locale -- a conversation with huge insights not only for residents of any town but for local government as well. Our guest is Melody Warnick, author of a new book, "This is Where You Belong: The Art and Science of Loving the Place You Live." 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!

2016 Weather-Ready Sandhills Forums

Sustainable Sandhills is engaging residents of the Sandhills region on a variety of topics centered on weather-related risks. Each forum includes 2 sessions – “The Weather Around Here” and “Ideas From Around Here.”  There will also be a discussion and Q&A period. The forums are open to anyone, but you must register early as space is limited. For more information, please visit the Sustainable Sandhills webpage.

2016 North Carolina Association of Municipal Attorneys Summer Conference and CLE

The North Carolina Association of Municipal Attorneys cordially invites you to attend the 2016 NCAMA Summer Conference which will be held in Asheville at the Renaissance Hotel from August 4-6. Conference highlights include: professional development, networking opportunities, and the great location of Downtown Asheville. On-site registration is available.

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.

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.

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.

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.

North Carolina 811 Deadline Looms

North Carolina 811 is reminding utility operators that the deadline for small operators – those with less than 25,000 customers or less than 500 miles of facility lines – to become members of NC811 is Oct. 1. Under the Underground Utility Safety and Damage Protection Act, a utility operator who does not become a member of the Notification Center cannot recover damages caused to underground lines when an excavator complies with the law and has exercised reasonable care in the performance of the excavation or demolition. The Oct. 1 deadline is the final deadline for all utility operators, as the law was phased-in to take in larger operators in 2014 and 2015. To learn more about NC811 and the requirements of the law, click here. Click here to become a member.

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: Renovation of 1800s-era hotel could renew Elizabeth City, N.C.

Outer Banks developer SAGA Construction plans to renovate The Southern Hotel in Elizabeth City similar to what it looked like in the late 1800s. The company has committed to invest $5.1 million, combined with $5.6 million in tax breaks and a downtown development grant of $500,000 awarded to the city all in effort to provide destination lodging and create additional business opportunities for the downtown area. Click here to read more about this and other stories in the news this week.