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 League Letter, August 29, 2017 

League Letter | Volume 38 | Issue 34

Municipal Equation: EP 32: Games Over Gangs

NCLM Resolutions Honoring Municipal Officials

North Carolina Department of Transportation Drone Workshop

Smart Grid, Transportation Focus of Meeting

NFIP Summer Workshops

Our Town Grant Program for Placemaking

Opioid Epidemic Uncovered: Finding the Prescription for Recovery

CDBG-DR Applications

NC Finance Workshops

In the News: Morganton receives skate park grant from Tony Hawk

Job opportunities

Calendar

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Municipal Equation: EP 32: Games Over Gangs

So many communities have admirable, longstanding outreach programs for at-risk youths, often through traditional outlets like sports leagues or arts programs. But in Raleigh, a partnership between the police department, N.C. State University and a local betterment organization is proving innovative -- breaking from tradition and embracing what so many kids can't turn off these days: video games. On this episode, hear how kids from a rough neighborhood are actually creating video games of their own that reflect their real-life experiences and their strong will to avoid gang life. It's not just a feelgood one-off -- these kids are actually learning computer coding, a professional skill that opens big doors. Click here, to tune in!

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.

Smart Grid, Transportation Focus of Meeting

The 2017 Annual Research Triangle Cleantech Cluster Annual Meeting will feature innovations and collaborative efforts taking place in the Triangle to make the region a global leader in smart grid, transportation, and water technologies. This year’s event will dive into the solutions developed by the members and the applicability of those solutions on the global stage. This event will be held on September 14. To view more details about this event, please click here.

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.

CDBG-DR Applications

The North Carolina Division of Emergency Management (NCEM) is making available approximately $32.5 million of CDBG-Disaster Recovery (CDBG-DR) funds for disaster recovery program activities. This grant announcement is directed to 46 counties for recovery efforts that will be decided after a competitive review of funding requests and the submittal of project applications.  The maximum grant award for a county is $1 million dollars per county. The application and guidelines for CDBG-DR dollars includes eligible activities such as: homeowner and rental rehabilitation, housing reconstruction, construction of new rental units, temporary rental assistance, supportive housing and services, rehabilitation of community facilities, and public infrastructure. The deadline to submit applications is October 20 by 5 pm. Counties may submit their applications as early as October 6. All applications may be submitted via email to Michele.grant@ncdps.gov.

NC Finance Workshops

The N.C. Department of Revenue is presenting the following workshops for county and city finance staff and property tax staff. These workshops will be offered at eleven different locations throughout the state. The morning session (8:30 a.m.-12:00 p.m.) focuses on forms sent to our Information Unit from property tax staff (TR-1, TR-2, AV-50). The afternoon session (1:30 p.m.-5:00 p.m.) focuses on Refunds and Distributions (descriptions below). To register, please visit this website and enter your information here. To find the list of locations these workshops will be held, please click here.

In the News: Morganton receives skate park grant from Tony Hawk

It’s one thing to get the approval of the city to construct a skate park in downtown Morganton. But to get the approval of arguably the world’s greatest skater — now that’s something special. The Morganton Parks and Recreation Department received a $15,000 grant from the Tony Hawk Foundation on July 25 to help construct a skate park behind the Collett Street Recreation Center. Andy Smith, the city’s risk management coordinator and self-described “last person who should want a skate park,” said he first applied for a grant in December. But the foundation said Morganton did not have enough plans and support in place. The foundation was looking for more community involvement, Smith said. So when he applied again in June, Smith had documented Facebook shares, community meeting records and a final design. “I was pretty excited and shocked when I got the phone call that we got the grant,” Smith said. “(The foundation) has been really helpful through this whole thing.” Click here to read more news!