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 League Letter, February 9, 2016 

League Letter | Volume 37 | Issue 6

Enter your town in the Hometown Showdown!

FEMA Administrator Craig Fugate to speak at UNC Chapel Hill

Southeast Rail Forum

Join your North Carolina colleagues at the NLC Congressional City Conference

Federal Disaster Procurement Training

U.S. Communities provides discounted medications to combat drug abuse

Apply now for the Innovations in American Government Awards

In the News: Southern Pines one of 50 Best Small Towns in America

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Enter your town in 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 discuss chronic hazard threats and those emerging as a result of climate change that face the United States, and discuss 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.

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.

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 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.

League Preferred Partner U.S. Communities provides discounted medications to combat drug abuse

In conjunction with President Obama’s announcement of local, state and federal efforts to address the growing problem of opioid misuse and abuse, Premier, through their U.S. Communities contract, offers industry-leading discounts for naloxone and medications containing buprenorphine. These medications help prevent painful withdrawal symptoms when a person stops taking opioid drugs. Click here to learn more.

Apply now for the Innovations in American Government Awards

Offered by Harvard Kennedy School’s Ash Center for Democratic Governance and Innovation, the Innovations Award is the nation’s premier award for the public sector. It recognizes programs that demonstrate creative and effective government at its best.  The winners of the Innovations in American Government Award and the Roy and Lila Ash Award will each receive a $100,000 grant to support replication and dissemination activities in 2017. Top finalists will also receive monetary grants.  All units of government — federal, state, local, tribal, and territorial — from all policy areas are eligible to apply here by April 15 for recognition.

In the News: Southern Pines one of 50 Best Small Towns in America

Newsmax placed Southern Pines on its list of America’s best small towns for its ample green space and charming features like the Weymouth Center and Arts Council of Moore County galleries. Click here to read more about the list and other stories in the news this week.