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 League Letter, June 20, 2017 

League Letter | Volume 38 | Issue 25

Municipal Equation: EP 27: The Skatepark Solution

NCLM Annual Conference CityVision 2017

Engaging Women in Public Service: Local Government Managers Summit

Funding Opportunity: Fiscal Year 2017 Preparedness Grants

Hurricane Matthew CDBG-DR Regional Meetings

2017 NCGFOA Annual Summer Conference

Basic Economic Development Course

NC BEMO Summer Conference

2017 NC Association of Municipal Attorneys Summer Conference

2017 LELA Session

Strategic Planning for Government Professionals

In the News: Burlington to convert streetlights to LED

Job opportunities

Calendar

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Municipal Equation: EP 27: The Skatepark Solution

Local governments are always looking for ways to get kids involved. Meanwhile, millions of skaters across the U.S. are doing their thing -- often to the irritation of business owners and law enforcement. On this episode, we look at the big things that happen when kids and government get together to develop public skateparks, a solution that takes away tension, encourages civic involvement and celebrates freedom and creativity. It's no wonder they often end up being the most popular feature of the local parks system. Listen in for practical advice from the Tony Hawk Foundation, lessons from a police captain who did an about-face with the local skating community, progress from a city currently developing a skatepark, and unquestionable testimony from kids who've benefited from the free, 24-hour public skatepark in their town. Click here, to tune in!

NCLM Annual Conference CityVision 2017

Online registration is now open for the CityVision 2017 Annual Conference in Greenville, September 20-23. This year, we are doing things a bit differently – the conference begins on Wednesday, with sessions and social events running through Saturday morning. We made the scheduling shift to accommodate the majority of cities' and towns' council meeting schedules, and we hope it will allow even more members to attend the conference. The CityVision annual conference balances educational sessions with ample networking and social events so that municipal officials can learn from both experts and colleagues who may be facing similar issues back at home. This year's annual conference will connect attendees to the latest trends and best practices for incorporating technology, regional partnerships and projects, pathways for economic development, and leadership skills training into how municipalities operate and provide services to their communities. Early Bird registration rates end July 5 at midnight – taking advantage of the Early Bird rates will save you $50! Click here to register online and view the preliminary agenda and conference highlights.

Engaging Women in Public Service: Local Government Managers Summit

The second annual Engaging Women Local Government Manager from the UNC School of Government will take place in conjunction with the NCCCMA Summer Seminar. This event seeks to foster a network of women working in North Carolina local government management, through networking and hands-on skill building. This is a statewide gathering of women working in senior local government management at the city, town, and county level. Attendees will leave with an overall understanding of assessment center evaluation and tips for success in multiple skills. This event will take place on June 22 and will be held in Concord, NC. Click here for registration details.

Funding Opportunity: Fiscal Year 2017 Preparedness Grants

The U.S. Department of Homeland Security (DHS) and FEMA released the Fiscal Year 2017 (FY17) Notice of Funding Opportunity (NOFO) announcements for preparedness grants, on June 2. These 10 grants, which include the Urban Area Security Initiative (UASI) Grant Program and the State Homeland Security Grant Program (HSGP), will provide more than $1.6 billion in funding to state, local, tribal, and territorial governments as well as transportation authorities and nonprofit organizations to improve the nation’s readiness in preventing, protecting against, responding to, recovering from and mitigating terrorist attacks, major disasters and other emergencies. Receiving an appropriation on May 5, this year’s DHS Preparedness Grant Program cycle has the shortest turn around since the program’s inception in 2003. To properly administer these grants with critical in-depth application reviews and award processes, the application period has been reduced to 21 days. Therefore, these 2017 grants will not be subject to the requirements of Section 9 (Sanctuary Jurisdictions) of the Executive Order. To review the FY2017 Preparedness Grant NOFOs, go to www.grants.gov. After the application period closes on June 22, the applications will undergo critical, in-depth reviews. All awards for these grants will be made no later than September 30.

Hurricane Matthew CDBG-DR Regional Meetings

The Governor’s Recovery Office invites municipal officials to attend the two regional meetings 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 two meetings will be held on June 23 at the Jones County Civic Center in Trenton and June 26 at the White Lake Town Hall in White Lake. If you have any questions please feel free to contact Michele Grant, NCEM CDBG-DR Program Manager, at michele.grant@ncdps.gov.

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. 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 – Aug. 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 Aug. 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 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, Aug. 10, from 9:30 a.m. – 2:30 p.m. at the Durham Convention Center. Find registration information here.

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.

In the News: Burlington to convert streetlights to LED

In an effort to be more energy efficient, Burlington is seeing streetlights across the city replaced with LED bulbs. Of the approximately 5,000 street lights in the city, around 700 have already been replaced by Duke Energy with LED bulbs, which the company does when existing mercury vapor lights burn out, said Nolan Kirkman, Burlington’s director of development and technical services. Now, the city is working with Duke Energy to overhaul all streetlights in residential areas — roughly 2,800 — as well as 250 streetlights in Burlington’s downtown center. “The biggest advantage is there is lower energy usage,” Kirkman said. “That’s less energy Duke Energy has to produce. That’s less coal they have to burn.” Click here to read more news!