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 League Letter, June 6, 2017 

League Letter | Volume 38 | Issue 23

Municipal Equation EP 26: Bee in the City

Public Executive Leadership Academy

Leadership Principles for Government Professionals

Financial Fiduciary Responsibilities for Elected Officials

2017 North Carolina City & County Management Association (NCCCMA) Summer Seminar

The Navigator Awards are Seeking Nominations

Engaging Women in Public Service: Local Government Managers Summit

Basic Economic Development Course

2017 LELA Session

Strategic Planning for Government Professionals

In the News: Local business helping gift visitors with a taste of Franklin

Job opportunities

Calendar

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Municipal Equation EP 26: Bee in the City

We've all heard about the hard times that honeybees are going through and the huge implications for us all. But how do cities fit into all this? There's a surprising compatibility between cities and bees, and a role local governments can play. This episode comes just ahead of National Pollinator Week (June 19-25, though some honor it all month). To celebrate, we're joined by Bee Downtown, Bee City USA, and other voices covering the North Carolina cities of West Jefferson, Davidson, Asheville, Durham and beyond. Loads of trivia and insights on this one. To tune into this podcast click here!

Public Executive Leadership Academy

Take your leadership education to the next level with the Public Executive Leadership Academy. Participants develop a "real world" community change project, learn tools to diagnose and solve community problems, and think strategically about board and staff relations. The program is designed for public leaders with at least five to seven years of management experience, including city and county managers, assistant managers, and department heads who play significant external roles in their community. Scholarships for this event will be available. It will be held at the UNC School of Government in Chapel Hill. The event will be July 10-14. Click here to apply.

Leadership Principles for Government Professionals

Leadership is not about the title, position, or rank.  Leadership is about what you do. How well do you know yourself as a leader?  How do others view you? This interactive two-day course from the UNC School of Government helps you understand how others perceive the frequency of your leadership behaviors. The registration fee covers materials, assessments, and two hours of personalized, one-on-one coaching. This event will be held June 8-9 in Charlotte, NC. For more information about registration, click here.

Financial Fiduciary Responsibilities for Elected Officials

The Local Elected Leaders Academy (LELA) will be offering the “Financial Fiduciary Responsibilities for Elected Officials” workshop on Wednesday, June 14 from 9:00 am – Noon at the Moore County Agricultural Center located at 707 Pinehurst Avenue, Carthage, NC. This workshop will focus on the financial fiduciary responsibilities that elected officials have regarding the annual audit, the oversight of fund balance, and reporting requirements of the Local Government Commission. Specifically, there will be a focus on two of the most frequently challenging arenas: what an audit is (and, more importantly, what it is not) and the limitations and flexibility that a governing board has regarding the use of fund balance. Instruction will include real-life examples of internal control challenges and how board involvement can help overcome those challenges. Attendees will also learn about the types of questions that elected officials should ask of their staff and their independent auditors, and what various correspondences from the Local Government Commission actually mean. This workshop is primarily for municipal and county elected officials and there is no cost to attend the workshop. Click here to Register.

2017 North Carolina City & County Management Association (NCCCMA) Summer Seminar

Registration is now open for this year's NCCCMA Summer Seminar, which will be held June 22-24 at the Embassy Suites Spa & Golf Resort in Concord. Program Conference Committee members have put together an informative and engaging 3-day seminar agenda that strikes a balance between personal and professional development opportunities. Click here for conference information and please RSVP by Friday, June 9.

The Navigator Awards are Seeking Nominations

The Navigator Awards, presented by digital news publication Route Fifty, seeks to honor individuals and teams working either in or with state and local governments who have improved public sector services and the communities they serve. Place your nominations here before June 14 for the following five categories:

  • State and Local Executive Leadership
  • IT and Data Innovators
  • Agency and Department Leadership
  • The Next Generation
  • Government Allies and Cross-Sector Partners

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.

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.

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: Local business helping gift visitors with a taste of Franklin

It has always been customary for town leaders to provide distinguished visitors or citizens being honored by local government with a gift. In the past, the town of Franklin has provided a pen or coffee cup. Now, the town of Franklin will be gifting individuals with a little taste of Franklin, which also supports a growing local business. “For several years I have been thinking about something from the town of Franklin that we could give to visiting dignitaries, celebrities and anyone who does anything for the Town,” said Franklin Mayor Bob Scott. “I wanted something unique that promoted Franklin and our local businesses.  During BizWeek I had the opportunity to tour Harmony House Foods and I was impressed by what they are doing and how their product is shipped across the country.  When I attend NC League of Municipalities meetings one of the board members brings peanuts to us.  So, when I saw that Harmony House had freeze dried berries I asked John Seaman if he could make up small jars of the four berries that grow in Franklin and Macon County.  Strawberries, raspberries, blueberries and blackberries with the town logo on it. John liked the idea and had a prototype to me in a week with the town logo on the lid..  We showed it off at the Town Board meeting and everyone liked it.” Click here to read more news!