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 League Letter, July 18, 2017 

League Letter | Volume 38 | Issue 29

Municipal Equation: EP 29: Into the Alley

NCLM Annual Conference CityVision 2017

NC BEMO Summer Conference

2017 NC Association of Municipal Attorneys Summer Conference

2017 NC Association of Municipal Clerks Annual Summer Academy

North Carolina Department of Transportation Drone Workshop

NCDOT PTD Strategic Plan Public Involvement

#NCBigIdea Submissions

Ordinance Template for Early Sunday Alcohol Sales

2017 LELA Session

NFIP Summer Workshops

Social Media Strategies for Government Professionals

Strategic Planning for Government Professionals

Engaging Women in Public Service: Designing Your Way Forward

Childhood Obesity Prevention Award Grants

Division of Water Infrastructure Application Training

In the News: Tree City USA Is Right Here In the Triad - Winston-Salem

Job opportunities

Calendar

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Municipal Equation: EP 29: Into the Alley

When you think of downtown alleys, what comes to mind? Bad associations, maybe? The place to avoid at night? Ever since childhood, Americans have had the general impression that alleyways are dark, dirty, dangerous -- the right setting for noir crime stories. And that might often be the case. But some U.S. cities are starting to embrace their alleys like assets -- as places to be -- with art, lighting, planters, seating and cleanliness, inviting spaces that pedestrians can use to cut from block to block. Some alleyway owners even hold weekend events in them. There's a lot you can do to sweep out the bad associations and boost charm and use, if you want to. What could you do with your downtown alleys? You'll hear tons of ideas and considerations on this intercontinental episode. Click here to tune in!

NCLM Annual Conference CityVision 2017

Register for the Connect CityVision 2017 Annual Conference, September 20-23 in Greenville, NC! This year the League wants to help you make connections that you can take back to your municipality and your colleagues at our numerous networking events and sessions. CityVision 2017’s Town Talks and breakout sessions will tackle hot topics such as smart city technology, regional partnerships, economic development strategies and leadership training. View the Preliminary Agenda and other conference information online. We are also excited to announce that CityVision 2017’s Friday night dinner entertainment will feature comedian David Atkins, better known by his stage name, Sinbad! Attendees can also register for the 17th Annual Golf Tournament to be held prior to conference at Bradford Creek Golf Course. We hope to see you in Greenville for a conference full of learning and laughs!

NCBEMO Summer Conference

N.C. Black Elected Municipal Officials (NCBEMO), an affiliate of the N.C. League of Municipalities, is a nonpartisan organization of black elected municipal officials and those who believe in its mission to act as a statewide forum and provide information on public policy issues. NCBEMO represents mayors and councilmembers from more than 540 cities and towns across the state. We provide a forum for information on public policy; serve as an advocate for positive legislative change and oppose injurious legislation; cooperate with all levels of government and agencies to develop intergovernmental policy and programs; promote, sponsor or conduct training programs; promote education in municipal government; support officials in the administration of their affairs; and provide opportunities to study, discuss, interchange ideas and experiences, obtain expert advice to improve their cities. The NCBEMO Summer Conference is scheduled for July 30 – August 1 in Carolina Beach at the Courtyard Marriott. For registration details, click here.

2017 NC Association of Municipal Attorneys Summer Conference

The North Carolina Association of Municipal Attorneys invites you to attend the 2017 NCAMA Summer Conference. Highlights will include professional development, a great location and networking! The conference will be held on August 3-5 in Wrightsville Beach at the Holiday Inn Resort. Please be sure to make your reservations by July 21. For more details, click here.

2017 NC Association of Municipal Clerks Annual Summer Academy

The UNC School of Government, in cooperation with the North Carolina Association of Municipal Clerks (NCAMC) and the North Carolina League of Municipalities, is pleased to announce the schedule for the NCAMC Summer Academies, which will take place August 17-19 in Atlantic Beach.  For registration information, click here.

North Carolina Department of Transportation Drone Workshop

The N.C. Department of Transportation’s Division of Aviation aims to show how beneficial and safe this technology can be through free workshops around the state, focused on commercial and government drone operations and data management. The department is inviting local government groups, educational institutions, and commercial operators who are interested in utilizing this technology to support their mission. This event will be held in two places, Charlotte on July 27 and Asheville on August 31. For more information, click here.

NCDOT PTD Strategic Plan Public Involvement

This summer, stakeholders and the public are invited to participate in an online survey for the North Carolina Public Transportation Statewide Strategic Plan. The survey can be accessed at here, and will be available until July 31. The N.C. Department of Transportation is developing the Public Transportation Statewide Strategic Plan to improve bus, rail, and paratransit services across the state by better matching transit services to the needs of North Carolinians. For more information about NCDOT, please click here.

#NCBigIdea Challenge Submissions

The Institute for Emerging Issues is looking for the topic of its 2019 Emerging Issues Forum and is inviting you to submit ideas. The effort is called the “#NCBigIdea Challenge.” For the first time in IEI’s history, the institute is seeking to "crowdsource" the topic and is seeking feedback from a wide variety of entities, including local government officials, to help determine what they can most usefully work on next. The #NCBigIdea Challenge kicks off a 5-week open submission process, where big ideas can be submitted via Twitter using #NCBigIdea, or the online submission form available at www.NCBigIdea.org. The deadline for submissions is July 31.

Ordinance Template for Early Sunday Alcohol Sales

With the passage of SB 155 ABC Omnibus Legislation, local governments may choose to adopt ordinances to allow establishments that hold a “licensed premises' permit issued under G.S. 18B-1001” to sell alcoholic beverages beginning at 10 a.m. on Sundays (instead of noon). After discussions with the N.C. Retail Merchants Association and N.C. Restaurant and Lodging Association, the League is providing members with a model template ordinance. We hope this helps municipalities that are interested in allowing early sales in their jurisdiction.

2017 LELA Session

In today’s high-speed world, communication is more important than ever. “Active Listening” is one of the most important skills you can develop. How well you listen has a major impact on your effectiveness as a leader and the quality of your relationships. During this interactive workshop, Dan Clark, Director of the Montana State University Local Government Center, presents strategies and skills to improve your ability to listen to co-workers, other elected officials, staff members and constituents. Practice listening strategies that will help build relationships, solve problems, ensure understanding, resolve conflicts, and improve your effectiveness as a leader. Completion of this course provides LELA credits, and the course is being held in conjunction with the N.C. Association of County Commissioners’ annual conference, but municipal officials are welcome to register.  The course will be held Thursday, August 10, from 9:30 a.m. – 2:30 p.m. at the Durham Convention Center. Find registration information here.

NFIP Summer Workshops

The North Carolina Division of Emergency Management Floodplain Management staff will provide training on both the basic roles/duties of a floodplain administrator, as well as the regulatory context of the NFIP regulations, to guide safe development in floodplains. These workshops will also address coastal re-mapping processes, the new website Flood Risk Information System (FRIS), information on how Flood Insurance Reform Act of 2012 and the Home Owners Flood Insurance Affordability Act of 2014 will affect property owners and communities, and include basic information on the Community Rating System (CRS) of the NFIP. For more information about the training sessions and to register, click on the following links: western workshop, August 2-3 in Morganton; central workshop, August 16-17 in Fuquay-Varina; and eastern workshop, on September 14-15 in Surf City 

Social Media Strategies for Government Professionals

How can you use social media to better inform and engage your community? Do you need to develop a social media policy for your organization? The UNC School of Government is now offering a course for all government officials who have established a social media presence. This course gives you tips for increasing reach and engagement through various social media platforms. The course will be held on August 9 in Chapel Hill. Click here to register.

Strategic Planning for Government Professionals

How can your public sector organization best benefit from having a strategic plan?  What is important for you to understand before you get started?  What should you consider as you begin to plan?  Who should be involved in helping you plan, and how can that input be helpful?  What components are important to include in your plan? This, UNC School of Government, hands-on workshop spurs your ideas and jump-starts your planning. Topics include:

  • Role of Elected and Appointed Officials Assessment and Context
  • Key Elements of a Strategic Plan
  • Creating Your Strategic Planning Process
  • Writing Good Goals and Objectives
  • Using The Plan to Allocate Resources and Evaluate Progress

This course will be held on August 17 in Chapel Hill. Please click here for more details.

Engaging Women in Public Service: Designing Your Way Forward

This event is designed for women interested in strengthening both their leadership skills and professional trajectory in public service. Interactive workshops will focus on designing professional future, identifying habits that limit your success, and building your negotiation skills. This course, offered by the UNC School of Government, is targeted for women in public service, including those in local, state, and federal government or nonprofit organizations; also city/county managers (men and women) interested in harnessing the leadership potential of women. This event will take place on August 25 in Raleigh. Click here for more details.

Childhood Obesity Prevention Award Grants

The United States Conference of Mayors (USCM), in partnership with the American Beverage Foundation for a Healthy America (ABFHA), has launched the 2018 Childhood Obesity Prevention Grants Program.  In the sixth year of the program, six cities will share a total of $445,000 in grant awards, to support both new and existing programs initiated by USCM member mayors that address the childhood obesity epidemic in America’s cities.

  • Awards will be made in three categories – small, medium and large city.
  • Small City (Population less than 75,000) – 2nd Place $25,000; 1st Place $100,000
  • Medium City (Population between 75,000 and 250,000) – 2nd Place $25,000; 1st Place $120,000
  • Large City (Population greater than 250,000) – 2nd Place $25,000; 1st Place $150,000

The application deadline is August 18. Please click here for more information.

Division of Water Infrastructure Application Training

The Division of Water Infrastructure in the N.C. Department of Environmental Quality announces training for the fall 2017 funding round. Funding offered this round will include a portion of the Connect NC bond program and will be announced shortly after July 19. All applications must be received by the division no later than close of business on Sept. 29, 2017. In addition to the Connect NC bonds program, application training for the following funding programs will be offered from July 31 to August 10: State Reserve Program, Clean Water State Revolving Fund, Drinking Water State Revolving Fund and Community Development Block Grant for Infrastructure.  Training will be held at the following seven cities: Hendersonville, Boone, Hickory, Raleigh, Kinston, Fayetteville and Wilmington. You can find the list of application training sessions, here, along with the location and seating availability.

In the News: Tree City USA Is Right Here In the Triad - Winston-Salem

The North Carolina Forest Service named Winston-Salem as the state’s Tree City USA of the Year for 2017. The award comes thanks to the city’s efforts to promote and protect its urban forests, and to educate homeowners and utilities on how to maintain trees properly. Nine North Carolina municipalities were eligible for the award from receiving a Growth Award last year from Tree City USA, which encourages communities to participate in activities that recognize environmental improvement, encourage higher levels of tree care, and strengthen the community’s involvement. Click here to read more news!