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 League Letter, July 5, 2017 

League Letter | Volume 38 | Issue 27

NCLM Annual Conference CityVision 2017

Municipal Equation: EP 28: Government and Art

2017 NCGFOA Annual Summer Conference

Basic Economic Development Course

NC BEMO Summer Conference

2017 NC Association of Municipal Attorneys Summer Conference

2017 NC Association of Municipal Clerks Annual Summer Academy

NCDOT PTD Strategic Plan Public Involvement

#NCBigIdea Submissions

Additional Hurricane Matthew CDBG-DR Regional Meeting

Hurricane Matthew Infrastructure Grants

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

In the News: Big changes coming to Raleigh's Moore Square

Job opportunities

Calendar

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NCLM Annual Conference CityVision 2017 - Early Bird Savings Expire Tonight!

Register online by midnight to save $50 at 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!

Municipal Equation: EP 28: Government and Art

Why does government feel inclined to support or invest in local arts? We ask the director of a municipal government arts office and talk with a notable public artist who together paint a picture of beautification, community pride, connection, attraction, inclusion, dialogue and big economic returns. They say public art also brings about an important conversation for growing municipalities whose identities may be changing or as new public challenges emerge. Can art be an outlet for government itself? Or a culturally significant communications tool? A lot to consider on this episode. Click here to tune in!

2017 NCGFOA Annual Summer Conference

We are pleased to present the 2017 North Carolina Government Finance Officers Association Summer Conference at the Holiday Inn Resort in Wrightsville Beach. The conference program and leisure activities we have planned will afford you an opportunity to complete CPE credit, share valuable information, and enjoy the beach atmosphere. The conference will be July 16-18 and pre-registration deadlines are July 7. For registration information, click here.

Basic Economic Development Course

This course from the UNC School of Government provides intensive instruction on the fundamentals of economic development practice. The course is a comprehensive educational experience that integrates theoretical and practical perspectives on economic development and provides participants with the background needed to organize, plan, and implement economic development activities and programs. This course is ideal for city managers and economic development professionals. The course will be held July 24 at the Courtyard by Marriott Chapel Hill. For registration details and questions, please click here.

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.

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 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.

Additional Hurricane Matthew CDBG-DR Regional Meeting

The Governor’s Recovery Office will hold an additional meeting July 12 from 1:30 to 4 p.m. to discuss funding opportunities for jurisdictions that sustained damage as a result of Hurricane Matthew. North Carolina received $198,553,000 in federal funding through the U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development's Community Development Block Grant Disaster Recovery (CDBG-DR) program. NC was directed to spend the majority of the funds, $158,842,400, in the four most impacted counties of Cumberland, Edgecombe, Robeson and Wayne. The remaining dollars will be spent on projects that are determined to be of the highest priority in the other 46 counties. The meeting will be held at the Office of Emergency Management (Situation Conference Room) in Raleigh. To find out more information, click here. If you have any questions, please feel free to contact Michele Grant, NCEM CDBG-DR Program Manager, at michele.grant@ncdps.gov.

Hurricane Matthew Infrastructure Grants

An additional $30 million will be made available for infrastructure grants to local governments recovering from Hurricane Matthew and other natural disasters through an appropriation made by the N.C. General Assembly to the Golden Leaf Foundation. Applications will be accepted by the foundation on a rolling basis until available funds have been awarded, and the legislation establishing the additional funding expands eligible projects to now include repair or replacement of equipment (priority items like school buses or fire engines), as well as construction, replacement or improvement of public infrastructure to support hazard mitigation. Find out more about the grant program and application process here.

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.

In the News: Big changes coming to Raleigh's Moore Square

In less than two years, a renovation of Moore Square in downtown Raleigh will be completed. Downtown Raleigh Alliance recently reported over $180 million dollars in ongoing or planned development is taking place in and around Moore Square. "The city will have put in roughly $20 million dollars of public investment," said Bill King. King serves as the Senior Director of Planning and Development for Downtown Raleigh Alliance. "We want to make sure (new development) blends nicely and that we have a nice mix of businesses that coexist with each other.” Click here to read more news!