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 League Letter, July 5, 2016 

League Letter | Volume 37 | Issue 27

Ep. 2 Municipal Equation Podcast - The Municipal Infrastructure Quandary

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

Envision Carolina: SAS Smart Cities Event

EPA Announces Availability of Funding for Brownfields Area Wide Planning Grants

Park & Recreation Grants Available for Local Governments in NC

Basic Economic Development

Local Elected Leaders Academy: Managing Conflict Constructively

Local Elected Leaders Academy: Real Colors (with Youth Delegates)

Save the Date: Local Government Managers Innovation Lab

Contracting for Construction and Design Services

In the News: Coastal towns backing Emerald Isle in legal challenge over beachfront property rights

Job opportunities

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Municipal Equation Podcast - Ep. 2: The Municipal Infrastructure Quandary

It's no secret that infrastructure across the nation has gotten to ragged condition. What you maybe didn't know was that the burden of paying for it keeps sliding to local government. Why? And, more importantly, is there anything we can do? In Ep. 2 of Municipal Equation, Host Ben Brown, digs in with guests national, state and local to talk about the infrastructure deficit and the tools municipalities can explore to trim it down. Click here to listen.

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

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, are offering a half-day session to acquaint municipalities and counties with smart city solutions on July 14 from 1:00 to 5:00 p.m. at the SAS Executive Briefing Center in Cary. Click here to register.

EPA Announces Availability of Funding for Brownfields Area Wide Planning Grants

The U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) is accepting proposals from eligible entities who wish to develop an area-wide plan for brownfields assessment, cleanup, and subsequent reuse. The proposal submission deadline is Aug. 10. This funding is for research and/or technical assistance activities directed to one or more brownfield sites located in a specific area. Proposals must include an area-wide plan that consists of specific implementation strategies. EPA anticipates awarding approximately 20 projects in total, funded at up to $200,000 each. Click here for more information.

Park & Recreation Grants Available for Local Governments in NC

North Carolina counties and municipalities are eligible of a park and recreation grant program to benefit children and / or veterans with disabilities. A total of $3 million is available from the recently approved Connect NC Bond (CNCB). The matching grants can be used to build special facilities or adapt existing facilities that meet the unique park and recreation needs of children and / or veterans with physical and developmental disabilities. The grant application as well as program highlights are available here.

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.

Local Elected Leaders Academy: Managing Conflict Constructively

Participants in this workshop will discuss and learn useful techniques to define conflict, recognize sources of conflict, and methods to address and negotiate conflict constructively. In addition, participants will gain a better understanding of their own and others’ personality traits and qualities by referencing Real Colors temperament program. This seminar is part of the NCACC Annual conference in Winston-Salem held August 11-14 but municipal officials are welcome to participate. Click here to register for the seminar.

Local Elected Leaders Academy: Real Colors (with Youth Delegates)

Everyone has a distinct temperament spectrum comprised of four colors: Blue, Gold, Orange, and Green. In this “Real Colors” session, attendees will learn how to quickly identify their own “color” and personal strengths, as well as those of others. Using this powerful knowledge, one can develop more effective communication skills and build better relationships by recognizing and appreciating the strengths and viewpoints of others. This seminar is part of the NCACC Annual conference in Winston-Salem held August 11-14 but municipal officials are welcome to participate. Click here to register for the seminar.

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: Coastal towns backing Emerald Isle in legal challenge over beachfront property rights

North Carolina coastal communities are stepping up to support the Town of Emerald Isle in a legal challenge involving beachfront property rights. The North Carolina Supreme Court will hear a civil complaint filed by two Emerald Isle residents against the Town of Emerald Isle that challenges the town’s right to convert what they say is their private beachfront property to public use. Click here to read more about this and other stories in the news this week.