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 League Letter, June 27,2017 

League Letter | Volume 38 | Issue 26

NCLM Annual Conference CityVision 2017

2017 NCGFOA Annual Summer Conference

Basic Economic Development Course

NC BEMO Summer Conference

2017 NC Association of Municipal Attorneys Summer Conference

#NCBigIdea Submissions

2017 LELA Session

Strategic Planning for Government Professionals

Engaging Women in Public Service: Designing Your Way Forward

In the News: Solar phone charging station added to Downtown Newton

Job opportunities

Calendar

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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.

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.

#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.

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.

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: Solar phone charging station added to Downtown Newton

Downtown Newton has a new, high-tech feature: a solar-powered charging station for phones, laptops, and any electronic devices that can be charged through a USB port. Newton is one of the first communities in North Carolina to partner with Soofa, a technology company, to provide a sustainable charging station for visitors and residents. Positioned at the corner of Main Avenue and 1st Street, Newton’s charging station is conveniently located next to a street bench and has USB ports to charge up to two devices simultaneously. The charging station is free to use, and users need to bring their own USB charging cords. Click here to read more news!