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 League Letter, March 29, 2016 

League Letter | Volume 37 | Issue 13

Updated Notary Public Manual Available

Scholarship available for children of local government employees

Municipal Insurance Trust Webinars

U.S. Communities Strategic Sourcing Summit

2016 Regional Board Workshops for Planning and Development Regulation

NCLM 2016 Risk Management Spring Meetings

How Are We Doing? Evaluating Manager and Board Performance

2016 Regional Master Municipal Clerks Academies

2016 Summit: Building Communities for Tomorrow's Jobs

Engaging Women in Public Service: Local Government Managers' Summit

Save the date for Town Hall Day - June 8, 2016

In the News: Two NC Cities Make Fortune's List of 'Best New Cities for Beer Lovers'

Job opportunities

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Updated Notary Public Manual Available

The North Carolina Secretary of State’s Office and the UNC School of Government have released a major update of the North Carolina Notary Public Manual. The new edition represents the first time in a decade that the legally-required guide has been updated. The new 2016 North Carolina Notary Public Manual includes practical instruction, tips, and best practices for notaries who may be faced with difficult questions from those wanting a notarization from them. The book is now available for sale through North Carolina Community College book stores and the UNC School of Government’s online book store.

Scholarship available for children of local government employees

The Warren Jake Wicker Undergraduate Scholarship is awarded annually to a high school senior who has been accepted by and will be attending UNC-Chapel Hill as a freshman in 2016. The $1,000-award is offered to freshmen with at least one parent who has been continuously employed full-time by a North Carolina city or county government for at least five years prior to January 1, 2016. Applications must be submitted to the UNC Office of Scholarships and Student Aid here on or before May 1, 2016. For information and an application form, contact Torie Davis Forte at torie_forte@unc.edu or 919-843-1619.

Municipal Insurance Trust Webinar

The Municipal Insurance Trust, your benefits pool administered by the NC League of Municipalities, is excited to announce a new program that can reduce costs for both you and your employees without sacrificing benefits. An informational webinar outlining the new benefits will be held on:  March 31st. Click here for details.

U.S. Communities Strategic Sourcing Summit

U.S. Communities, a League Preferred Partner, is holding a Strategic Sourcing Summit in Charlotte on March 31 from 10 a.m. to 1 p.m. This half-day educational seminar for public officials is to learn more about U.S. Communities, meet the U.S. Communities Program Manager and hear from several suppliers about their products and solutions and their best overall government pricing that may be of interest to your member city and towns. Click here to learn more about the event, which is free and includes lunch.

2016 Regional Board Workshops for Planning and Development Regulation

The UNC School of Government is traveling across the state this May and June to offer a half-day workshop on legislative zoning decisions. This year the workshops are focused on local government planning, types of land use decisions, rezoning procedures and limits on zoning. The workshops are geared for boards making legislative zoning decisions, including governing boards, planning boards, boards of adjustment, and preservation commissions, as well as planning and zoning staff. Click here to learn more and register.

NCLM 2016 Risk Management Spring Meetings

The League’s Risk Management Services regional spring meetings are coming to a location near you. These half-day meetings will cover our financial performance, rates, and program changes, health benefit changes, supplemental medical insurance, and risk management resources for police. There is no cost to attend but, we do ask that you register so we’ll have a proper count for refreshments and handouts. Click here for dates, locations, and to register.

How Are We Doing? Evaluating Manager and Board Performance

Boards and managers work interdependently in leading and governing their communities. To work together successfully, both parties must have clear and common expectations about their respective roles and how they will be held accountable. This UNC School of Government course teaches participants how to develop a successful evaluation process and how to avoid the common pitfalls with board self-assessments and manager evaluations. There are two sessions of this course offered; one in Asheville on April 8th and the other in Greenville on April 15th. Click here to view details and register for these events.

2016 Regional Master Municipal Clerks Academies

The UNC School of Government, in cooperation with the League and the North Carolina Association of Municipal Clerks (NCAMC), is pleased to announce the schedule for this year's Regional Master Municipal Clerks Academies.  The academies will take place: April 15 at Lewisville; April 22 at Mount Holly; April 29 at Rocky Mount; May 6 at Holden Beach. Click here to learn more about this event or contact Trey Allen at (919) 843-9019 if you have any questions about the academy sessions.

2016 Summit: Building Communities for Tomorrow's Jobs

The N.C. Association of Regional Councils of Government will hold its 2016 Summit: Building Communities, on April 18-19 in Raleigh at the North Raleigh Hilton. A mix of government and private sector leaders will offer best practices, case studies and skill-building workshops over the two-day event. Click here to learn more.

Engaging Women in Public Service: Local Government Managers' Summit 

If you are a city or county manager or administrator, assistant or deputy, consider attending the Engaging Women Local Government Managers' Summit. This day-long event will be held Friday, April 29th, 2016 at the Downtown Marriott in Greensboro, NC. The event seeks to foster a network of women working in NC local government management, through networking and hands-on skill building. Click here to register.

Save the date for Town Hall Day - June 8, 2016

Town Hall Day is the League's premier opportunity for members to visit legislators and make their views known.  Each legislative session, hundreds of elected and appointed city officials gather in Raleigh for an entire day of grassroots lobbying.  Town Hall Day is a prime opportunity to show strength in numbers and draw attention to the many serious legislative issues facing cities and towns. Click here for more information.

In the News: Two NC Cities Make Fortune's List of 'Best New Cities for Beer Lovers'

North Carolina beer lovers don't have to go far to find a great place to imbibe. Charlotte and Asheville were recently named on Fortune's list of the 10 best under-the-radar cities for beer lovers. The list describes Asheville as the South's "epicenter" for beer and mentions Charlotte rapidly-growing brewery scene. Click here to read more about this and other stories in the news this week.