Skip to Main Content
 

 League Letter, January 3, 2017 

League Letter | Volume 38 | Issue 1

National League of Cities (NLC) City Cultural Diversity Awards

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

NC Finance Connect: A New One-Stop Resource for Local Government Finance

Applications now being accepted for G. Herbert Stout Awards

Essentials of County Government and a Workshop for Veteran Elected Officials

Leading with Emotional Intelligence Course

Budgeting and Financial Basics for Municipal Elected Officials

City and County Clerks Academy and Institute

Public Records & IT Procurement

Technology & Innovation Task Force Drones Questionnaire

Call for Entries for 2017 American Planning Association-NC Awards

Application Period for Hazard Mitigation Program Open

In the News: Town of Beaufort’s fire department to move into $3.2M upgrade

Job opportunities

Calendar

--

National League of Cities (NLC) City Cultural Diversity Awards

You are invited to submit your municipality’s outstanding diversity efforts for the 2017 City Cultural Diversity Awards Program. This awards program, established in 1995, showcases examples of how cities achieve excellence in diversity and is designed to: 1) encourage citizen involvement in local government-sponsored activities and 2) enhance and show the appreciation of cultural diversity as a way of life in our municipalities. Share your local programs that reach across demographic lines to ensure participation and engagement for everyone. Award recipients will be recognized during the Celebrate Diversity Breakfast, March 13, 2017, during NLC's Congressional City Conference. Visit the City Cultural Diversity Awards Program web page for more information, including criteria and submission requirements. Hurry though. Applications must be submitted via the online portal by Thursday, January 5, 2017.

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

NC Finance Connect: A New One-Stop Resource for Local Government Finance

NC Finance Connect is a new, free online community portal that allows local and state government professionals to exchange information related to budgeting, financial management, purchasing, taxation, community and economic development, and other finance-related topics (collectively referred to as "local government finance"). Users may ask and answer questions, voice concerns, share resources, advertise open positions, and get peer-to-peer support. The portal facilitates real-time conversations among local and state officials, while simultaneously capturing the information in a format that aids in future retrieval and use by others. It also provides ready access to the School of Government’s resources as well as those from partner organizations. NC Finance Connect was created through a grant from the School of Government Innovation Fund, which was supported by Local Government Federal Credit Union. Click here to learn more.

Applications now being accepted for G. Herbert Stout Awards

Local governments in North Carolina are encouraged to apply now for the G. Herbert Stout Award recognizing local government innovators and promising students in Geographic Information Services (GIS). Three awards are available based on the type of entrant and the categories are city or town government, county government, and regional government or local/regional authority. The deadline for submission is January 18, 2017 and the awards will be delivered at the NCGIS2017 Conference in Raleigh Feb. 22-24, 2017. Click here for information on how to apply.

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.

Leading with Emotional Intelligence Course

Did you know that emotional intelligence is a better predictor of workplace effectiveness than IQ is? When you think about what behaviors characterized your most effective and least effective bosses, you're probably thinking about emotional intelligence skills, and they can be learned. As part of this workshop held on January 13 at the Quorum Center in Raleigh, you will complete the Emotional Quotient Inventory 2.0, receive coaching about your results, and identify simple strategies you can begin using to increase your emotional intelligence. Click here to register for the course.

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.

Technology & Innovation Task Force Drones Questionnaire

The Federal Aviation Administration's 35-member Drone Advisory Council (DAC) has only one mayor member, San Francisco Mayor Edwin M. Lee. The remainder of the Committee is made up of industry representatives. The primary issues the DAC are focused on, privacy, local preemption and jurisdiction, impact local governments and its residents significantly. The United States Conference of Mayors' Technology and Innovation Task Force has created this questionnaire to identify city priorities around drone usage and to collect feedback that can be provided to the DAC. If you have questions about this questionnaire or the Technology and Innovation task force, please contact David Burns at dburns@usmayors.org.

Call for Entries for 2017 American Planning Association-NC Awards

Due to conflicts with American Planning Association’s (APA) annual National Conference and other awards programs that happen in the spring, the APA-NC Awards Committee has decided to accept 2017 Award applications from mid-November, 2016 through January 31, 2017 instead of late spring as has been the case in the past. There are six categories to submit for consideration, including Outstanding Planning, Media, Distinguished Leadership, Student, Professional Achievement and Service and 2017 Special Theme. Award nominations must be postmarked by Tuesday, January 31, 2017. Nomination information and questions should be directed to Awards Committee Co-Chair Scott Shuford, AICP, at sshuford@ci.fay.nc.us or (910) 433-1311.

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: Town of Beaufort’s fire department to move into $3.2M upgrade

The Town of Beaufort’s fire department is getting a major upgrade. The $3.2 million project’s been in the works for the last 10 years and it’s almost set to open. The new 12,500 square foot facility is taking the place of the department’s current 5,600 one just a few blocks up the road. “There will be six bedrooms and 3 bathrooms, a training room, three drive-thru bays, a tool room, it’s gonna be a head turner,” said Assistant Chief Richard Lovick, Beaufort Fire Department.” It will also be an improvement to the town’s fire ratings. The new building has three bays which will hold up to six trucks. The current one has four. Adding the additional trucks will cut down on insurance premiums. Click here to read this and other news.