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 League Letter, February 7, 2017 

League Letter | Volume 38 | Issue 6

Town Hall Day 2017 Registration Now Open

Environmental Issues and Your Community Survey

Water Collaborative Survey

Symposium: The Future of Banking in Rural North Carolina

Community Development Block Grants Disaster Recovery-Housing Workshop

2018 Recreational Trails Program Grant Cycle

Industrial Control Systems Cyber Training

Essentials of County Government and a Workshop for Veteran Elected Officials

Eastern Disaster Relief Funding Updates

Meeting Procedures for Local Governments

Strategic Planning for Elected Officials

Media Relations for Elected Officials

Alumni Association of Municipal and County Administration (AAMCA) Annual Update Seminar

Division of Water Infrastructure Announces Available Funding for spring 2017

Application Period for Hazard Mitigation Program Open

In the News: Greenway growth surge coming to Asheville

Job opportunities

Calendar

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Town Hall Day 2017 Registration Now Open

Town Hall Day is the League's premier opportunity for members to visit legislators and make their views known. Each legislative session, hundreds of elected and appointed city officials gather in Raleigh for an entire day of grassroots lobbying. Town Hall Day is a prime opportunity to show strength in numbers and draw attention to the many serious legislative issues facing your cities and towns. This year, Town Hall Day will be Wednesday, March 29. Find details and register here.

Environmental Issues and Your Community Survey

Like many areas across the country, North Carolina’s coastal communities face environmental and weather-related challenges. After Hurricane Matthew, many areas saw damages to infrastructure, local economies, and overall quality of life. The Division of Coastal Management (DCM) wants to hear from you about the most common and pressing environmental and weather-related challenges you experience in your community, along with your needs and activities for addressing them. Your responses will be used to help DCM identify and prioritize resources to assist coastal communities. All responses will remain confidential and no individual respondent will be identified in the survey report. You can access the survey here. Please complete the survey by 5 p.m. on Wednesday, February 15th. If you have questions or need assistance with the survey, please contact Monica Gregory at (252) 808-2808 ext. 230 or monica.gregory@ncdenr.gov.

Water Collaborative Survey

The North Carolina Source Water Collaborative (NCSWC) is a statewide partnership of non-profit organizations, university programs, state, local and federal agencies, professional associations, and regional councils of government that works to protect drinking water through non-regulatory approaches. The NCSWC is developing resources to assist public and elected officials in protecting and preserving their drinking water sources and would like your guidance. Please take a few minutes to fill out this survey to ensure these resources are helpful and relevant to your work.  

Symposium: The Future of Banking in Rural North Carolina

“What happens when the last bank leaves town? Faced with changing economies, demographics and banking technology how do rural communities face the challenge of having financial services for their residents and businesses? The Future of Banking in Rural North Carolina symposium will be held on February 16 from 9:00 a.m. - 3:00 p.m. at The Rural Center in Raleigh. Speakers include the Federal Reserve Bank, the FDIC, the Office of the Comptroller of the Currency, the Consumer Bankers Association. The cost is $100.00 and scholarships are available. Click here to learn more and register.

Community Development Block Grants Disaster Recovery-Housing Workshop

The League will host a Community Development Block Grants (CDBG) Disaster Recovery-Housing workshop on Thursday, February 23rd from 10:00 am to 3:00 pm. It will be in Greenville at the Willis Building located on ECU’s campus. The workshop is for elected officials and key staff from cities and towns located in the Hurricane Matthew/Presidentially-declared impacted areas. Participants will gain a basic understanding of the CDBG Disaster Recovery program rules and regulations, especially as they relate to housing and housing-related activities. Participants will also hear from State officials about proposed CDBG Disaster Recovery timelines and processes. Registration will run through February 16th. If you have any questions about the workshop, please contact Vickie Miller at 919-715-8835 or vmiller@nclm.org

2018 Recreational Trails Program Grant Cycle

The 2018 grant cycle for the Recreational Trails Program (RTP) is now open. The RTP is a federal grant program authorized by Congress with the intent of helping fund trails and trail-related recreational needs at the State level. At the State level, the Secretary of the Department of Environment and Natural Resources (DNCR) has assigned that responsibility to the Division of Parks and Recreation and its NC Trails Program. The North Carolina Trails Committee is a seven-member advisory committee who will review all applications and make recommendations for funding with the Secretary of DNCR having final approval authority for North Carolina. The Grant Application – Form A will be available from Tuesday, January 17, 2017 until Friday, February 24, 2017. Click here to access the application.

Industrial Control Systems Cyber Training

Cyber-security issues (cybercrime, cyber vandalism and cyberwarfare) and their impact on water and wastewater systems is an ever growing and evolving threat that requires constant vigilance. The U.S. Department of Homeland Security, Office of infrastructure Protection (DHS-OIP) have arranged for cyber-security training for Industrial Control Systems (ICS, not to be confused with NIMS Incident Command System). This training is scheduled for February 27- March 2, 2017 and will take place at Wake Technical Community College, 9101 Fayetteville Rd, Raleigh, NC 27603 in the Student Services Conference Center. Training will be delivered by the Idaho National Laboratory- Industrial Control System-Computer Emergency Response Team (ICS-CERT) and is specifically designed for personnel who are responsible for the oversight, design and operation of control systems to include but not limited to; operators, engineers, IT personnel, supervisors and managers. Registration is required and more information can be found here. If you have questions or concerns, please call (919) 996-3489 or contact Robert.mielish@hq.dhs.gov or Darryl.aspey@hq.dhs.gov, the North Carolina based DHS staff who arranged this opportunity.

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. Registration information is available online. Contact Carolyn Boggs with any questions at boggs@sog.unc.edu or 919-962-4157. 

Eastern Disaster Relief Funding Updates

The NC Association of County Commissioners and NC League of Municipalities are again partnering to hold free information sessions across the state where local government leaders will get an update from Dan Gerlach, President of the Golden LEAF Foundation, on the status of the grant application process for Eastern Disaster Relief Funding and what to expect in the coming months. This is your opportunity to ask questions about the process and get prepared for next steps. There will be six sessions in all staring February 9. Click here to see dates and to register.

Meeting Procedures for Local Governments

Join UNC School of Government faculty member Trey Allen as discusses rules of procedure for local government boards, paying special attention to common procedural problems. This event will be held Friday, February 24, 2017 at the WCU at Biltmore Park, Asheville, NC. For information, contact LGTP director Rebecca Scott at (828) 227-3442 or rdscott@wcu.edu or click here to register.

Strategic Planning for Elected Officials

This one-day interactive workshop offered by the UNC School of Government provides local elected officials an opportunity to walk through a strategic cycle of planning, implementation, and evaluation. Participants will identify how components of planning and evaluation link together, clarify roles and responsibilities for each step in the process, and begin outlining what they would like to accomplish in their own planning, performance measurement, budgeting, and evaluation processes. There are two location and dates for this workshop: Greenville, NC – March 10, 2017 and Asheville, NC – March 24, 2017. Click here to learn more.

Media Relations for Elected Officials

Understanding the basics of media relations is essential before even the most simple press interaction, especially when it comes to making sure you get your message across. Master the skills to compose an effective message and compile a plan to advance that message using earned media tactics such as print, radio, TV and social media. This course offered by the UNC School of Government on March 15, will give you a much better idea of what it feels like to interact with the media, you’ll have take-away points to help you use the media to get your message out. Click here to learn more.

Alumni Association of Municipal and County Administration (AAMCA) Annual Update Seminar

Save the date now for the Annual Update Seminar for graduates of the Municipal and County Administration Course at the UNC School of Government in Chapel Hill on Thursday, April 27 and Friday, April 28, 2017. The seminar topic will be “To Open or Not to Open….That’s the Question: A Key to Better Transparency.” Click here to register.

Division of Water Infrastructure Announces Available Funding for spring 2017

The Division of Water Infrastructure in the N.C. Department of Environmental Quality has announced the spring 2017 funding round and related application training. Funding offered this round will include a portion of the Connect NC bond program and all applications must be received by the division no later than close of business on April 28, 2017. Application training for the following funding programs will be offered in late February and early March in Asheville, Salisbury, Kinston, and Raleigh. Space is limited at each location, so please RSVP to Jennifer Haynie at jennifer.haynie@ncdenr.gov (919.707.9173) at least a week prior to the training event you plan to attend. Click here for more information on the application.

Application Period for Hazard Mitigation Program Open

The N.C. Emergency Management application period for the Hazard Mitigation Grant Program is now open. With the catastrophic impact of Hurricane Matthew on North Carolina, the state expects to see the largest HMGP offered since Hurricane Floyd. N.C. Emergency Management is accepting Letters of Interest for possible inclusion in the state’s HMGP submission to FEMA. Eligible applicants are local governments with a FEMA and NCEM approved and adopted Hazard Mitigation Plan. The deadline for receiving the letters is May 1, 2017. A separate goal of March 31, 2017, has been set for receiving letters for an expedited grant process for communities facing a more pressing resilient housing need. Communities will have to develop a process for gathering documentation and application for community residents, but technical assistance and additional help can be provided. Questions regarding the Hazard Mitigation Grant Program, technical assistance with applicant intake or eligibility can be directed to Nick Burk, Hazard Mitigation Grants Section Manager, at 919-825-2301, or Sharon Winstead, Hazard Mitigation Supervisor, at 919-825-2356.

In the News: Greenway growth surge coming to Asheville

Greenway building in Asheville is forecasted for the next seven years to be more than what was built in last 30 years. There are more than 16 miles being built and planned at an estimated $24 million. The money will add to an already unprecedented surge in greenway plans paid for by federal, city and other money. Click here to read this and other news.