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 League Letter, June 21, 2016 

League Letter | Volume 37 | Issue 25

Introducing Municipal Equation Podcast

NC Competes for Jobs Tour

Park & Recreation Grants Available for Local Governments in NC

Anti-opioid medications available through U.S. Communities Cooperative Purchasing Program

Bicycle and Pedestrian Grants

Basic Economic Development

Supervisory Management Program

Local Elected Leaders Academy: Managing Conflict Constructively

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

Performance Measurement 101

Save the Date: Local Government Managers Innovation Lab

NLC Briefing on Municipal Financial Inclusion

Contracting for Construction and Design Services

In the News: Asheboro named All-America City

Job opportunities

Calendar

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Introducing Municipal Equation Podcast

Municipal Equation is a podcast that gets to the core of our cities and towns – and creates an exchange of ideas meant to help you make your hometown a better place. We cover all of the variables that make life in a municipality – whether a city, town, village, what-have-you – unique to any other locale. The personalities, big ideas, challenges, studies, technologies, celebrations and YOU are all part of the Municipal Equation. Let’s talk about it. Ben Brown is your host. Click here to listen to the first two episodes or subscribe on iTunes.

NC Competes for Jobs Tour

The North Carolina Department of Commerce's NC Competes for Jobs tour is bringing senior Commerce officials to regions across the state for a series of economic development sessions that will give communities the tools they need to help them better compete for business in today’s global economy. Meetings will offer information on economic development grants and loans, opportunities to receive assistance and/or planning for infrastructure, water and sewer, leveraging the state’s improved workforce development system and more. There are two remaining announced dates on the tour (6/22 and 6/27), with more to be announced later, so click here to register.

Park & Recreation Grants Available for Local Governments in NC

North Carolina municipalities are eligible for park and recreation grants to benefit children and/or veterans with disabilities. A total of $3 million is available from the recently approved Connect NC Bond. 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.

Anti-opioid medications available through U.S. Communities Cooperative Purchasing Program

With the passage of Senate Bill 734, local governments in North Carolina and their first responders will now be able to more readily acquire anti-opioid medication to reverse the life-threatening effects of an opiate overdose. Anti-opioid medications Narcan and Naloxone are both available through a national discounted pricing program through U.S. Communities Cooperative Purchasing Program, an endorsed program of the N.C. League of Municipalities and National League of Cities. Learn more about the discounted pricing program and how to become a participant in U.S. Communities here.

Bicycle and Pedestrian Grants

The N.C. Department of Transportation Division of Bicycle and Pedestrian Transportation offers several grant programs that may be of interest to municipalities, as well as real-time information about bicycle and pedestrian safety.  Since 2004, 164 municipalities have been awarded these grants. Learn more about the grants and safety programs 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.

Supervisory Management Program

Supervisors in local government today face unique and complex challenges when working with others and serving their communities. This UNC School of Government program provides newly promoted and veteran local government supervisors and front-line managers with the opportunity to better understand and practice basic supervision skills. This program will be held over the next few months in two locations across the state. Click here for the program details.

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.

Performance Measurement 101

Do you really know how well your department is performing? This workshop is designed for city and county managers, department heads, and other local government officials, focuses on the fundamentals of performance measurement and the design of measures that strengthen local government performance. This course is offered as two half days, Tuesday, July 12, 1:00-5:00 pm and concludes Wednesday, July 13, 9:00 am to noon. The Performance Measurement Workshop will be offered August 25 at the School of Government from 9:00 am to 4:00 pm. Click here to learn more.

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.

NLC Briefing on Municipal Financial Inclusion

Make plans to join the National League of Cities’ (NLC) Institute for Youth, Education, and Families Inclusion in Charlotte on September 16th, 2016, for a special one-day Briefing on Municipal Financial Inclusion for North Carolina. City leaders will focus on how cities can help residents achieve financial stability. This invitation-only meeting will offer a unique opportunity for city leaders to learn about innovative approaches in North Carolina and other cities around the country for improving the financial health of families and communities.

This invitation-only meeting is intended for mayors, councilmembers, senior advisors and community partners in North Carolina to come together to network, generate ideas and connect with representatives at the state level. The meeting, in partnership with the North Carolina League of Municipalities, the North Carolina Office of Treasury and the City of Charlotte will be held on Friday, September 16th from 9:30 a.m. to 3:30 p.m. at the Charlotte-Mecklenburg Government Center (CMGC) in Charlotte, NC – 600 E. Fourth Street. Please click here to register.

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: Asheboro Named All-America City

The National Civic League announced 10 winners of the 2016 All-America City Award on Sunday evening and Asheboro was among the winners. The honor is given each year to towns, cities, counties, tribes, neighborhoods and metropolitan regions for outstanding civic accomplishments. Click here to read more about this and other stories in the news this week.