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 League Letter, December 13, 2016 

League Letter | Volume 37 | Issue 50

NC Finance Connect: A New One-Stop Resource for Local Government Finance

Applications now being accepted for G. Herbert Stout Awards

Essentials of County Government and a Workshop for Veteran Elected Officials

Leading with Emotional Intelligence Course

Budgeting and Financial Basics for Municipal Elected Officials

Call for Entries for 2017 American Planning Association-NC Awards

In the News: State agency honors Swansboro Historical Association

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NC Finance Connect: A New One-Stop Resource for Local Government Finance

NC Finance Connect is a new, free online community portal that allows local and state government professionals to exchange information related to budgeting, financial management, purchasing, taxation, community and economic development, and other finance-related topics (collectively referred to as "local government finance"). Users may ask and answer questions, voice concerns, share resources, advertise open positions, and get peer-to-peer support. The portal facilitates real-time conversations among local and state officials, while simultaneously capturing the information in a format that aids in future retrieval and use by others. It also provides ready access to the School of Government’s resources as well as those from partner organizations. NC Finance Connect was created through a grant from the School of Government Innovation Fund, which was supported by Local Government Federal Credit Union. Click here to learn more.

Applications now being accepted for G. Herbert Stout Awards

Local governments in North Carolina are encouraged to apply now for the G. Herbert Stout Award recognizing local government innovators and promising students in Geographic Information Services (GIS). Three awards are available based on the type of entrant and the categories are city or town government, county government, and regional government or local/regional authority. The deadline for submission is January 18, 2017 and the awards will be delivered at the NCGIS2017 Conference in Raleigh Feb. 22-24, 2017. Click here for information on how to apply.

Essentials of County Government and a Workshop for Veteran Elected Officials

Please join the UNC School of Government and Local Elected Leaders Academy (LELA) for The Essentials of County Government, a dynamic two-day orientation program for newly elected county commissioners. Paired with this program is an additional workshop for veteran elected officials called, “People and Jobs on the Move: Implications for North Carolina’s Competitiveness,” which is available to municipal officials. Both programs run concurrently in four cities across NC in January and February and registration information is available online. Contact Carolyn Boggs with any questions at boggs@sog.unc.edu or 919-962-4157.

Leading with Emotional Intelligence Course

Did you know that emotional intelligence is a better predictor of workplace effectiveness than IQ is? When you think about what behaviors characterized your most effective and least effective bosses, you're probably thinking about emotional intelligence skills, and they can be learned. As part of this workshop held on January 13 at the Quorum Center in Raleigh, you will complete the Emotional Quotient Inventory 2.0, receive coaching about your results, and identify simple strategies you can begin using to increase your emotional intelligence. Click here to register for the course.

Budgeting and Financial Basics for Municipal Elected Officials

The adoption of the annual budget is one of the most important activities undertaken by a municipal council. The budget serves as the council's primary opportunity to establish priorities and as a tool for planning services and programs, and properly managing finances. This half-day course offered by UNC School of Government will be held on January 17 in Kernersville and is designed to go beyond the strategic aspects and delve into the areas that are often confusing for elected officials, such as availability of fund balance, revenue-neutral tax rates, statutory limitations on available reserve funds and contingencies, the role of capital reserve funds, and the other important aspects of the overall budgetary process. Click here for more information.

Call for Entries for 2017 American Planning Association-NC Awards

Due to conflicts with American Planning Association’s (APA) annual National Conference and other awards programs that happen in the spring, the APA-NC Awards Committee has decided to accept 2017 Award applications from mid-November, 2016 through January 31, 2017 instead of late spring as has been the case in the past. There are six categories to submit for consideration, including Outstanding Planning, Media, Distinguished Leadership, Student, Professional Achievement and Service and 2017 Special Theme. Award nominations must be postmarked by Tuesday, January 31, 2017. Nomination information and questions should be directed to Awards Committee Co-Chair Scott Shuford, AICP, at sshuford@ci.fay.nc.us or (910) 433-1311.

In the News: State agency honors Swansboro Historical Association

Officials with the Swansboro Historical Association could not have had any idea they’d end up a state award winner when they applied for a couple of grants, but that is what happened. On Nov. 18, the Swansboro Historical Association was named an Albert Ray Newsome Award winner for their annual “Haunted Hayride.” Click here to read more about this and other stories in the news this week.