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 League Letter, January 5, 2016 

League Letter | Volume 37 | Issue 1

Essentials of Municipal Government courses begin this week!

Registration for regional Clerks’ annual meeting open

NC Rural Center 2016 Rural Economic Development Institute

Solutions Forum: Reshaping Suburbia

Read Southern City online

Orientation for New Mayors presentations online

In the News: Tryon receives $150k grant for Harmon Field stream bank restoration

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Essentials of Municipal Government courses begin this week!

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. Five courses will be held across the state in January, February and March. Click here to view the dates and register for Essentials of Municipal Government.

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.

NC Rural Center 2016 Rural Economic Development Institute

The NC Rural Center is accepting applications for its 2016 Rural Economic Development Institute, a 9-day leadership development program held in March, April and May in Raleigh. Each year roughly 35 rural leaders from across the state including elected officials, non-profit leaders, faith-based leaders, business owners and private sector employees participate in this training on a wide-range of rural economic development issues. Click here for more information.

Solutions Forum: Reshaping Suburbia

What will become of that old mall?  How can the city incentivize new development along the aging commercial corridor? These issues are arising in cities across the state and across the country.  In March the School of Government is convening two Solutions Forums in Charlotte and Raleigh. These are one-day collaborative workshops bringing together local government teams to explore the challenges and opportunities of reshaping suburban spaces.  With generous support from the Local Government Federal Credit Union, registration is free, but you must apply by Jan. 15. Click here to learn more.

Read Southern City online

The current issue of Southern City is now online! Read about good government and great hometowns across the state in the November/December issue. Inside you’ll find a feature on Spring Lake Mayor and NC Black Elected Municipal Officials President Chris Rey, a look back at CityVision 2015 in Winston-Salem and more. Click here to read Southern City.

Orientation for New Mayors presentations online

Presentations from League and UNC School of Government staff are available on the League’s website for your reference. After each municipal election, the League and School of Government host the Orientation for New Mayors as a primer for mayors who have not previously served as mayor where they can learn their roles as mayors, open meeting and public records laws, presiding for the good of the group and how to work with the media. Click here to view the pdf versions of the presentations.

In the News: Tryon receives $150k grant for Harmon Field stream bank restoration

After about a year of waiting, the Town of Tryon received word it was approved for a $150,000 grant to restore stream banks along the Pacolet River at Harmon Field. To read more about Tryon and other stories in the news this week, click here.