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 League Letter, June 28, 2016 

League Letter | Volume 37 | Issue 26

Envision Carolina: SAS Smart Cities Event

N.C. Department of Transportation requests public feedback on upcoming State Transportation Improvement Program

EPA Announces Availability of Funding for Brownfields Area Wide Planning Grants

Introducing Municipal Equation Podcast

Park & Recreation Grants Available for Local Governments in NC

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)

Save the Date: Local Government Managers Innovation Lab

NLC Briefing on Municipal Financial Inclusion

Contracting for Construction and Design Services

In the News: Williamston receives accreditation for National Main Street program

Job opportunities

Calendar

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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.

N.C. Department of Transportation requests public feedback on upcoming State Transportation Improvement Program

The N.C. Department of Transportation (NCDOT) is asking the public to provide feedback on the quantitative scores and preliminary local input points assignments for the transportation projects for the upcoming State Transportation Improvement Program (STIP). NCDOT officials are hosting 15 information sessions across the state through July 14, to receive input on the locally identified priorities and points assignments methodologies that will result in a Draft STIP next year. Click here for more information.

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.

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. Click here to listen to the first two episodes or subscribe on iTunes.

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.

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.

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 your 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 for North Carolina city leaders focused 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: Williamston receives accreditation for National Main Street program

The Town of Williamston received accreditation and marks for high performance from the National Main Street Center. Williamston is one of 44 North Carolina communities cited for economic vitality and fidelity in following the best-practice standards for historic preservation and community revitalization championed by the center. New Bern, Washington, and Wilson also made the list. Click here to read more about this and other stories in the news this week.