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 League Letter, August 22, 2017 

League Letter | Volume 38 | Issue 33

NCLM CityVision 2017

NCLM Board of Directors Elections

NCLM Resolutions Honoring Municipal Officials

North Carolina Department of Transportation Drone Workshop

NC Housing Finance Agency Loan Opportunity

NFIP Summer Workshops

Our Town Grant Program for Placemaking

Opioid Epidemic Uncovered: Finding the Prescription for Recovery

In the News: Fayetteville’s baseball stadium groundbreaking today

Job opportunities

Calendar

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NCLM CityVision 2017

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!

NCLM Board of Directors Elections

Elections for the League’s Board of Directors will take place at the Annual Business Meeting, to be held during the League’s annual conference “CityVision 2017: Connect” on September 22. The deadline for submission of candidate interest forms is August 25. Please submit your forms to the Nominating Committee for seats on the Board of Directors, here. For more information about the election process, 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.

Our Town Grant Program for Placemaking

The National Endowment for the Arts is accepting applications for Our Town, a grant program supporting placemaking projects that help to transform communities into lively, beautiful, and resilient places.  This funding supports local efforts to enhance quality of life and opportunity for existing residents, increase creative activity, and create or preserve a distinct sense of place.  Matching grants range from $25,000 to $100,000.  Applications are due September 11, 2017.

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: Fayetteville’s baseball stadium groundbreaking today

On the same day as the historic solar eclipse, Fayetteville will make history of its own when it breaks ground on a $33 million minor league baseball stadium on Hay Street. “How appropriate that the groundbreaking is on the day of the eclipse, which we haven’t see in 100 years,” Mayor Nat Robertson said. “This is the cusp of a real downtown turnaround.” On Monday, dignitaries, investors and Houston Astros executives will gather for the 11 a.m. ceremony at the site of the future 4,786-seat stadium, where a symbolic home plate is marked on a curb in the parking lot. It will be a moment years in the making, and perhaps the most significant milestone in downtown’s revitalization since the 1980s. Click here to read more news!