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 League Letter, January 26, 2016 

League Letter | Volume 37 | Issue 4

All but one Essentials of Municipal Government course sold out

2016 NC City County Management Association Winter Seminar is next week

Registration for regional Clerks’ annual meeting open

Clean Water Management Trust Fund grant deadline Feb. 1

2016 NC Main Street Conference

Apply now for the Innovations in American Government Awards

In the News: Downtowns remain core of most NC cities and towns

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All but one Essentials of Municipal Government course sold out

At Essentials of Municipal Government, new council members, managers and other officials focus on their roles, collaboration and leadership skills. This year’s course will be about leading changes and how you can work with other local governments to plan for the future, so county representatives are invited to attend as well. Of the five regional meetings space is only available at the Greenville location. Click here to view the dates and register for Essentials of Municipal Government.

2016 NC City County Management Association Winter Seminar is next week

The NCCCMA’s annual Winter Seminar is Feb. 3-5 at the Sheraton Imperial Hotel and Convention Center in Research Triangle Park. The seminar will focus on topics of importance to local government managers including positioning the field for the future and leadership skills. Click here to view an agenda and register for the seminar.

Registration for regional Clerks’ annual meeting open

North Carolina is hosting the International Institute of Municipal Clerks’ Region III Annual Meeting in Carolina Beach on February 17-19. Clerks from Alabama, Georgia, Florida and South Carolina will join North Carolina clerks for three days of networking and professional development. Clerks will have the opportunity to earn up to 2.5 CMC/MMC credits and 8 hours of credit toward the North Carolina CMC program. Click here for an agenda and registration details.

Clean Water Management Trust Fund grant deadline Feb.1

Applications in the next round of Clean Water Management Trust Fund grants are due Feb. 1. The grants are awarded to local governments, state agencies and non-profit groups to restore and protect North Carolina natural resources. The awards are made in four categories: restoration projects, innovative stormwater projects, planning, and land acquisition for protection of riparian buffers, greenways, natural heritage, historical and cultural sites and military buffers. Find out more about the grants at the CWMTF website here

2016 NC Main Street Conference

The NC Main Street Conference is the state’s largest downtown revitalization event, offering learning sessions, tours, time for downtown exploration and opportunities for networking with downtown professionals, elected officials, volunteers and consultants. Soaring with Main Street, the theme for this year’s conference in Goldsboro on March 16 to 18, is an exploration of North Carolina’s economic drivers and the innovative, creative downtown applications that are occurring across the state with the Main Street program. Click here to learn more and register.

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: Downtowns remain core of most NC cities and towns

Since the early 1980s, communities across North Carolina have hoped for downtown revitalization, aiming tax credits, infrastructure bonds and revitalization efforts at Main Street. Click here to read more about downtowns from Asheville to New Bern and other stories in the news this week.