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 League Letter, July 19, 2016 

League Letter | Volume 37 | Issue 29

Ep. 3 of Municipal Equation: The Five Levers of the Local Innovation Ecosystem

2016 Weather-Ready Sandhills Forums

2016 Local Government Legislative Review Webinar

North Carolina 811 Deadline Looms

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

American Planning Association North Carolina Chapter’s Webinar: Planning for Prosperity: Local Food

2016 North Carolina Association of Municipal Attorneys Summer Conference and CLE

Division of Water Infrastructure Announces Available Funding for Fall 2016

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

Envision Carolina: SAS Smart Cities Event Rescheduled

Save the Date: Local Government Managers Innovation Lab

Contracting for Construction and Design Services

In the News: Gibsonville to unveil historical marker

Job opportunities

Calendar

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EP. 3 of Municipal Equation: The Five Levers of the Local Innovation Ecosystem

In Episode 3 of ‎Municipal Equation host, Ben Brown interviews Christopher Gergen from Forward Cities and HQ Raleigh about his work to develop healthy and connected local innovation ‎ecosystems pulling from North Carolina's vast university talent pools and the heavy entrepreneurial spirit found across the state. Listen to it here.

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.

2016 Local Government Legislative Review Webinar

Now that the 2016 legislative session has adjourned, the UNC School of Government faculty members are reviewing enacted legislation and preparing updates in their areas of expertise. The School's annual local government legislative update webinar series will be offered live on August 1, 2016 and will be available on demand shortly thereafter. During the live program, time will be reserved for each presenter to respond to questions submitted by participants. Click here for more information on the webinar.

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.

American Planning Association North Carolina Chapter’s Webinar: Planning for Prosperity: Local Food

The American Planning Association’s North Carolina Chapter is continuing the Planning for Prosperity program this year with a focus on local food and its positive impact on local economies and communities. A kick-off webinar is scheduled for Friday, July 29 from 1:00 PM - 2:30 PM EDT. This webinar is focused on the intersection of local food, economic vitality, and community planning. Participants will learn more about the economic and community advantages of building and sustaining a vibrant local food system, examples of planning tools and community projects, and the kinds of partners planners can leverage to continue the conversation in their own communities. Click here to register.

2016 North Carolina Association of Municipal Attorneys Summer Conference and CLE

The North Carolina Association of Municipal Attorneys cordially invites you to attend the 2016 NCAMA Summer Conference which will be held in Asheville at the Renaissance Hotel from August 4-6. Conference highlights include: professional development, networking opportunities, and the great location of Downtown Asheville. Click here to register for the conference.

Division of Water Infrastructure Announces Available Funding for Fall 2016

The Division of Water Infrastructure in the N.C. Department of Environmental Quality announced the fall 2016 funding round and related application training. Funding offered this round will include a portion of the Connect NC bond program. All applications must be received by the division no later than close of business on Sept. 30, 2016. Application training for the following funding programs will be offered statewide in August in Sylva, Boone, Salisbury, Raleigh, Ahoskie, Kinston, Lumberton, and Raleigh/second session. Click here for more information or contact Jennifer Haynie at jennifer.haynie@ncdenr.gov (919.707.9173).

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.

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.

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. 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: Gibsonville to unveil historical marker

The town of Gibsonville unveiled a historical marker Saturday, July 16 that will honor the town’s founder, Joseph Gibson. The marker will say: “Gibsonville is named for Joseph Gibson, (1785-1857), local plantation owner who provided grading services to the N.C. Railroad in 1851. The first train arrived on Oct. 9, 1855 and the depot was named Gibson Station. On Feb. 18, 1871, Gibsonville was granted a town charter. It is known as “The City of Roses” for the mass of rose bushes along the railroad tracks.” Click here to read more about this and other stories in the news this week.