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 League Letter, July 26, 2016 

League Letter | Volume 37 | Issue 30 

2016 Weather-Ready Sandhills Forums

2016 Local Government Legislative Review Webinar

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

2016 North Carolina Association of Municipal Attorneys Summer Conference and CLE

Introduction to Local Government Finance Class

Foundations in Planning and Development Regulation Class

Managing Conflict Effectively

Contracting for Construction and Design Services

Division of Water Infrastructure Announces Available Funding for Fall 2016

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

North Carolina 811 Deadline Looms

Save the Date: Local Government Managers Innovation Lab

In the News: N.C. environmental chief visits Edenton lighthouse

Job opportunities

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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.

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.

Introduction to Local Government Finance Class

This introductory course offered by the UNC School of Government provides basic instruction in local government and public authority finance and financial management. Areas of instruction include the basic legal authority and requirements governing local government revenues, budgeting processes, cash management, purchasing and contracting, expenditure control, conflicts of interest, fund accounting and financial reporting. The course also provides an overview of the state and local economic issues that inform strategic budgeting decisions. There are two tracks of this class. Track 1 will be on August 29 - September 1, 2016 and Track 2 will be on August 30 - September 2, 2016 Click here for more information.

Foundations in Planning and Development Regulation Class

This two-day basic introduction to planning and development regulation is offered annually in the fall by the UNC School of Government. This basic course scheduled in September in Chapel Hill is intended for planning and zoning staff, practitioners and staff in related areas, and interested citizen board members. For some staff members, this course alone may be sufficient, while for others, this will serve as the initial class in a multi-course curriculum. Click here for registration information.

Managing Conflict Effectively

Navigating difficult conversations is a core leadership skill. Healthy conflict gives us an opportunity to express our ideas and learn more about others’ perspectives so we can come up with solutions that last. Working through conflict can make us stronger, more resilient, and more accepting. This one-day course offered by the UNC School of Government on September 9, 2016 in Chapel Hill will help you find the opportunities for personal and professional growth presented by conflict. Click here for more information of the course.

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.

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.

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.

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.

In the News: N.C. environmental chief visits Edenton lighthouse

The state’s top environmental official got a first-hand look Wednesday at how a state $125,000 grant is providing better access to a historic landmark in Chowan County. N.C. Secretary of Environmental Quality for the NC Department of Environmental Quality (DEQ) Donald van der Vaart toured the historic 1886 Roanoke River Lighthouse during a visit to Edenton. The DEQ helped fund the ramp used by visitors to reach the lighthouse that sits in the waters of Edenton Bay on the downtown waterfront. Click here to read more about this and other stories in the news this week.