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 League Letter, February 16, 2016 

League Letter | Volume 37 | Issue 7

Last week to enter the Hometown Showdown!

FEMA Administrator Craig Fugate to speak at UNC Chapel Hill

Boundary and Annexation workshop

Join your North Carolina colleagues at the NLC Congressional City Conference

Federal Disaster Procurement Training

Southeast Rail Forum

In the News: Greensboro makes things happen

Job opportunities

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Last week to enter the Hometown Showdown!

Thirty-two towns will participate in the social media bracket contest, but the town with the most Facebook likes wins. Last year, more than 90 towns participated, and nearly 50,000 votes were cast! To enter, please send one photo of something your town is proud of to jwells@nclm.org by Feb. 18. It could be a monument, park, event or a cool project, but make sure it is clear of text, logos and at least 300 dpi. We’d also like permission to use your submission in the other League publications. We'll announce the top 32 through email by Feb. 24. Voting for the round of 32 will begin the week of Feb. 29, and we’ll announce the winner the week of the NCAA Men’s Basketball Championship, April 8.

FEMA Administrator Craig Fugate to speak at UNC-Chapel Hill

Craig Fugate, Administrator of the Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA), will speak at 4:30 p.m. on Wednesday, Feb. 17, at UNC-Chapel Hill’s Gerrard Hall on East Cameron Avenue. Fugate’s talk, which is free and open to the public, will examine chronic hazard threats and those emerging as a result of climate change that face the United States, and focus on policies being used to prepare for, respond to, recover from and mitigate their effects. To learn more about the Natural Hazards Resilience Speakers Series, click here.

Boundary and Annexation workshop

 North Carolina Secretary of State Elaine F. Marshall -- in conjunction with the US Census Bureau, the North Carolina League of Municipalities, the North Carolina Association of County Commissioners and the Governor’s Census Liaison Bob Coats -- will host free training sessions on new Geographic Update Partnership Software. While these workshops will primarily address the reporting of municipal boundaries for the Boundary and Annexation Survey, the software will be used by U.S. Census for reporting addresses, proposed redistricting blocks, etc. for the foreseeable future. The workshops will be held from 9 a.m. to 1 p.m. in Statesville on Feb. 24 and Goldsboro on Feb. 25. To register or ask questions, email annexations@sosnc.gov.

Join your North Carolina colleagues at the NLC Congressional City Conference

The Congressional City Conference, held March 5-9 in Washington D.C., is your opportunity to get information you need about federal policies affecting cities directly from policy makers. During the 2016 Congressional City Conference, you’ll have designated time to visit your congressional delegation offices on Capitol Hill. You are also invited to join fellow North Carolinians at the League’s reception during the conference. Click here for more information about the League’s reception and the conference.

Federal Disaster Procurement Training

This training from FEMA is intended to assist prospective disaster assistance grant applicants in meeting their obligations under the Federal procurement standards associated with their disaster financial assistance awards, so as to avoid the potential de-obligation of funds, both before and after those funds have been expended by an applicant. There will be regional trainings in Marion, Charlotte, Raleigh and Bolivia starting Feb. 15.

Southeast Rail Forum

The N.C. Department of Transportation Rail Division and the Triangle Chapter of the Women’s Transportation Seminar are holding the 2016 Southeast Rail Forum in Charlotte on March 16-18 to discuss ongoing freight and passenger rail initiatives in the region. The forum will feature discussions on a broad spectrum of issues related to high-performance passenger, intermodal and freight rail. Click here to register for this event.

In the News: Greensboro makes things happen

Greensboro City Manager Jim Westmoreland writes for American Infrastructure magazine about major infrastructure updates planned by the city to prepare for growth. Click here to read more about Greensboro and other stories in the news this week.