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 League Letter, January 10, 2017 

League Letter | Volume 38 | Issue 2

North Carolina Mayors Luncheon

New Report on Smart Cities Released by National League of Cities

2017 Great Places Nominations Now Open

Local Governmental Retiree Pensions Overview

U.S. Geological Survey (USGS) Hurricane Matthew Flood Report Available Online

Industrial Control Systems Cyber Training

The UNC School of Government’s Strategic Planning Survey

Essentials of County Government and a Workshop for Veteran Elected Officials

Budgeting and Financial Basics for Municipal Elected Officials

City and County Clerks Academy and Institute

Public Records & IT Procurement

Application Period for Hazard Mitigation Program Open

In the News: A safe sidewalk for kids is within sight in Zebulon

Job opportunities

Calendar

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North Carolina Mayors Luncheon

The North Carolina League of Municipalities is inviting mayors from across the state to a business lunch & group discussion designed to provide input for the foundations of a statewide mayors’ group. The luncheon will take place in Raleigh on January 26 at 18 Seaboard Restaurant from 12:30 p.m. until 3:30 p.m. Our keynote speaker will be Frank Hill, Director of The Institute for the Public Trust. Following the lunch and discussions, there will also be a mayors’ networking opportunity. Click here to RSVP by January 20th. Please contact Will Brooks at 919-715-8154 or via email: wbrooks@nclm.org with any questions.

New Report on Smart Cities Released by National League of Cities

The National League of Cities (NLC) today released "Trends in Smart City Development," a new report featuring case studies about how five cities – Philadelphia, San Francisco, Chicago, Charlotte, N.C., and New Delhi, India – are implementing smart city projects from different approaches. The report also provides recommendations to help local governments consider and plan smart city projects. To learn how more about smart city trends and how different cities are implementing projects, access "Trends in Smart City Development" here.

2017 Great Places Nominations Now Open

The American Planning Association North Carolina (APA-NC) Chapter has announced that nominations are now open for the 2017 Great Places in NC award program. The purpose of these awards is to highlight North Carolina’s Great Places and the communities and people that have created them. There are four award categories and selected winners are publicized by APA-NC statewide, invited to Town Hall Day in Raleigh, and are asked to speak at the state APA conference. Additionally, winning communities will be recognized at a public event in their community. Nominations will be accepted from January 3-31. Click here to learn more.

Local Governmental Retiree Pensions Overview

The North Carolina League of Municipalities and North Carolina Association of County Commissioners recently co-wrote an article for the January- February 2017 NC Retired Governmental Employees’ Association (NCRGEA) newsletter. This educational piece attempts to help the NCRGEA membership understand the difference between the Local Governmental Employees’ Retirement System and the Teachers State Employee Retirement System and how they are funded. Also, it serves to explain the associations’ stance on legislatively mandated cost of living adjustments. Click here to access the newsletter.

U.S. Geological Survey (USGS) Hurricane Matthew Flood Report Available Online

The USGS has announced the publication of an online report by the USGS South Atlantic Water Science Center documenting the peak stages and streamflow related to inland flooding in North and South Carolina from Hurricane Matthew. The USGS has an additional report in the works that focuses on summarizing the continuous storm-tide data collected along the coast of North Carolina, South Carolina, Georgia and Florida before, during and after the passage of Matthew that will be published soon as well. All high-water mark and continuous storm-tide data associated with Hurricane Matthew that were collected by USGS are available here. Click here to learn more about the report.

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.

The UNC School of Government’s Strategic Planning Survey

The UNC School of Government is conducting research on how widespread strategic planning is in NC and how plans are being used in decision-making, why some jurisdictions have not engaged in this process, and the impact of the presence (or absence) of a strategic plan on manager-elected official relationships. The results of this research should fill a significant void in knowledge about strategic planning, and could help the School of Government as it advises local officials on whether and how to embark on this journey. The survey, designed for both elected officials and appointed managers and administrators, should take no more than 10-15 minutes to complete. Responses will be confidential and will not involve collecting identifying information such as your name or email address. Please use this link to access the survey. If you have any questions about the research study, please contact any of the following: Lydian Altman, Lydian@sog.unc.edu or 919-962-0103; Carl Stenberg, Stenberg@sog.unc.edu or 919-919-962-2377; Heather Curry, halewis@live.unc.edu

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. Both programs run concurrently in four cities across NC in January and February and registration information is available online. Contact Carolyn Boggs with any questions at boggs@sog.unc.edu or 919-962-4157.

Budgeting and Financial Basics for Municipal Elected Officials

The adoption of the annual budget is one of the most important activities undertaken by a municipal council. The budget serves as the council's primary opportunity to establish priorities and as a tool for planning services and programs, and properly managing finances. This half-day course offered by UNC School of Government will be held on January 17 in Kernersville and is designed to go beyond the strategic aspects and delve into the areas that are often confusing for elected officials, such as availability of fund balance, revenue-neutral tax rates, statutory limitations on available reserve funds and contingencies, the role of capital reserve funds, and the other important aspects of the overall budgetary process. Click here for more information.

City and County Clerks Academy and Institute

Municipal clerks, county clerks to boards of county commissioners, regional council secretaries, and their deputies are invited to increase their knowledge and improve their skills at the Annual City and County Clerks’ Academy held in Durham on January 18. The UNC School of Government provides help with practical problems confronted by clerks as well as opportunities for professional development and informal learning. Sessions on several topics relevant to the work of clerks are featured. Offered in conjunction are the New Clerks Academy and Institute, covering clerks’ duties and city and county governing board procedures, and the Master Clerks Academy I, offering a topic of interest to certified county and city clerks, regional council secretaries, and their deputies, and those seeking certification. On Thursday and Friday Master Clerks Academy II for all clerks, will cover advanced topics. For other clerks-related information, please visit Clerk-Net. Click here for more information.

Public Records & IT Procurement

Join UNC Faculty Frayda Bluestein and Norma Houston on January 24 in Chapel Hill for a one-day training session on technology-related legal topics, including public records, open meetings, procurement, conflicts of interest, and gifts & favors, as they relate specifically to the IT professional. This session will provide you with case studies, frameworks, and guides to help ensure that you and your staff are in legal compliance while maximizing the use of technology in your local government. Click here for more details.

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: A safe sidewalk for kids is within sight in Zebulon

Town leaders had good reason to smile as they gathered for a ceremony along Shepard School Road Friday morning. They were there to break ground on the second and final phase of a sidewalk project that has faced some setbacks since it began in 2012. The new phase will complete a safe walkway between Zebulon Middle School and the Zebulon Boys & Girls Club. There used to be only a path – a just a few feet off the roadway – imprinted by those who walked to the club from school and the surrounding communities south of the highway. Click here to read this and other news.