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 League Letter, January 24, 2017 

League Letter | Volume 38 | Issue 4

North Carolina Mayors Luncheon

Water Collaborative Survey

ncIMPACT: A new initiative from the UNC School of Government

New Report on Smart Cities Released by National League of Cities

2017 Great Places Nominations Now Open

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

Symposium: The Future of Banking in Rural North Carolina

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

How to Disagree and Still Work Together: Managing Conflict on Your Board

Meeting Procedures for Local Governments

Application Period for Hazard Mitigation Program Open

In the News: Norwood looks for development through funds for Retail Academy

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.

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.  

ncIMPACT: A new initiative from the UNC School of Government

This year the UNC School of Government is launching an exciting new initiative – ncIMPACT. This comes in response to calls for the School to find more ways to help managers and other public leaders navigate policy challenges. ncIMPACT has deployed a brief survey to identify and underscore the critical obstacles local officials face in North Carolina. Responses will direct how this new initiative builds on the School’s 80-plus years of work across the state. Click here to take the survey and feel free to circulate it to other thoughtful managers and staff who you think will offer helpful insights.

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.

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.

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.

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. 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.

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.

How to Disagree and Still Work Together: Managing Conflict on Your Board

In this course offered by the UNC School of Government, you will learn and practice specific techniques to get your point across without creating an adversarial atmosphere. You will acquire tools to help identify the source of a disagreement and to craft solutions that are more likely to gain support and you will come away with specific strategies to build relationships and get results. This course will be held in Greenville, NC on February 10. For questions regarding course details, please contact Toogie Hampton via email: thampton@sog.unc.edu or by phone at (919) 843-6518. Click here for more information.

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.

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: Norwood looks for development through funds for Retail Academy

The town of Norwood is looking for development opportunities through Retail Academy, which is a sector of Retail Strategies. Retail Strategies is a “national retail firm partnering with cities across the nation to grow retail opportunities.” The company acts as a go-between for potential investors and towns. “They try to find, through their network, companies that are looking to come to a town like Norwood,” said Town Administrator John Mullis. Norwood hopes to receive developments which will capitalize on the seasonal beach traffic traveling U.S. Highway 52. Click here to read this and other news.