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 League Letter, July 12, 2016 

League Letter | Volume 37 | Issue 28

Free Financial Management Workshop

Headed to DNCC or RNCC? Join the National League of Cities for special events!

2016 Weather-Ready Sandhills Forums

North Carolina 811 Deadline Looms

Final Report on City Services for Fiscal Year 2014-2015: Performance and Cost Data

Envision Carolina: SAS Smart Cities Event Rescheduled

Basic Economic Development

Registration for the 15th Annual State Treasurers’ Conference is now open

Save the Date: Local Government Managers Innovation Lab

Contracting for Construction and Design Services

In the News: New business owners choosing small towns over big cities

Job opportunities

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Free Financial Management Workshop

The Southeast Rural Community Assistance Project, Inc. (SERCAP) is offering a free financial management workshop for members of local governments (administrators, bookkeepers, financial managers, elected officials, etc.) and is geared toward helping you with utility accounting, developing financial policy guidance, record keeping, planning and assisting you in ensuring that your utility is operated as a financially sustainable enterprise. This program will be offered July 21 from 8:30 AM to 4:30 PM. at the USDA Cooperative Extension Service, Rockingham Local Office at 123 Caroline St., Rockingham, NC 28379. Deadline for pre-registration is July 18. Contact John Crowder at jcrowder@sercap.org or 910-520-4767 for more information.

Headed to DNCC or RNCC? Join the National League of Cities for special events!

To ensure issues important to cities are top of mind with the Republican and Democratic nominees for president, the National League of Cities (NLC) is traveling to Cleveland and Philadelphia this July for the national political conventions. At both events, NLC will be hosting an infrastructure briefing and a networking reception for local officials. The special guest at the infrastructure briefing in Cleveland will be former U.S. Department of Transportation Secretary Ray LaHood, and special guests in Philadelphia will be former Philadelphia Mayor and Pennsylvania Governor Ed Rendell, Mayor Kasim Reed from Atlanta and Mayor Bob Buckhorn from Tampa.

NLC wants to know if you’re attending either convention, so you can be invited to their special events! If you are going as a delegate to either convention, please fill out this form. You will be the first to know about NLC’s activities and speaker announcements in the coming weeks.

2016 Weather-Ready Sandhills Forums

Sustainable Sandhills is engaging residents of the Sandhills region on a variety of topics centered on weather-related risks. Each forum includes 2 sessions – “The Weather Around Here” and “Ideas From Around Here.”  There will also be a discussion and Q&A period. The forums are open to anyone, but you must register early as space is limited. For more information, please visit the Sustainable Sandhills webpage.

North Carolina 811 Deadline Looms

North Carolina 811 is reminding utility operators that the deadline for small operators – those with less than 25,000 customers or less than 500 miles of facility lines – to become members of NC811 is Oct. 1. Under the Underground Utility Safety and Damage Protection Act, a utility operator who does not become a member of the Notification Center cannot recover damages caused to underground lines when an excavator complies with the law and has exercised reasonable care in the performance of the excavation or demolition. The Oct. 1 deadline is the final deadline for all utility operators, as the law was phased-in to take in larger operators in 2014 and 2015. To learn more about NC811 and the requirements of the law, click here. Click here to become a member.

Final Report on City Services for Fiscal Year 2014-2015: Performance and Cost Data

The Final Report on City Services for FY 2014-2015 is now available for purchase. This report is part of the ongoing North Carolina Benchmarking Project, a joint undertaking of the School of Government and the North Carolina Local Government Budget Association, and provides performance and cost data for thirteen North Carolina cities in the service areas such as residential refuse collection, household recycling, yard waste/leaf collection, police services, and more. Click here to for purchase information.

Envision Carolina: SAS Smart Cities Event Rescheduled

To deliver a more robust conference experience, Envision Carolina has been rescheduled to Tuesday, Oct. 4. Join city and county staff, along with elected leaders, to learn how technology can be implemented to improve daily lives for North Carolina citizens. SAS, in partnership with the Triangle J Council of Governments and the Research Triangle Cleantech Cluster, is offering a half-day session to acquaint municipalities and counties with smart city solutions on October 4th at the SAS Executive Briefing Center in Cary. Please note that the event has been moved from its originally-scheduled date of July 14. Click here for more information.

Basic Economic Development

This annual course offered by the UNC School of Government provides intensive instruction on the fundamentals of economic development practice. It is a four-day introductory training course held July 25 - 28, 2016 in Chapel Hill and is designed for economic development professionals employed by public, civic, or private development agencies and individuals new to the field. Click here to register. 

Registration for the 15th Annual State Treasurers’ Conference is now open

This year’s Annual State Treasurers’ Conference will be at the Hilton in Greenville on Friday, September 30. This one-day conference provides a forum to update local government finance officials and independent auditors on current governmental accounting, auditing, and financial management issues. A detailed agenda will be posted later this summer on the UNC School of Government website. Click here for more information on the conference.

Save the Date: Local Government Managers Innovation Lab

The Local Government Managers Innovation Lab is one of a new group of programs designed specifically for city and county managers. This one-day event held on November 18, 2016 in Chapel Hill will provide hands-on training to improve organizational effectiveness. Participants will learn to use design thinking as a practical tool to develop innovative solutions to community issues and to improve service delivery. Registration opens May 15th. Click here for event details. 

Contracting for Construction and Design Services

This seminar offered by the UNC School of Government addresses topics of interest to those involved in construction contracts or in the procurement of the services of engineers and architects. A variety of topics will be covered including bidding procedures; construction methods; minority participation and reporting requirements. This three-day course will be held in Chapel Hill over September 27-29, 2016 with early bird registration pricing and scholarships available. Click here to learn more.

In the News: New business owners choosing small towns over big cities

Many small town businesses struggle due to a lack of population and not enough tourism. That’s not the case in many Eastern North Carolina towns. Middle Street in New Bern, Queen Street in Kinston and Farmville are places that are booming with business. Click here to read more about this and other stories in the news this week.