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 League Letter, March 8, 2016 

League Letter | Volume 37 | Issue 10

Happy Birthday to North Carolina’s oldest town!

First ICMA coaching webinar of the year

2016 NC Main Street Conference

Scholarship available for children of local government employees

U.S. Communities Strategic Sourcing Summit

Southeast Rail Forum

In the News: NC cities make top of best places to live list

Job opportunities

Calendar

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Happy Birthday to North Carolina’s oldest town!

On this day in 1705, Bath was incorporated marking the colony’s first town. Bath was also home to the first capitol, port, public library and post road in North Carolina. Today, Bath is a rural community and destination for historic tourism and water-based recreation. Happy birthday, Bath!

ICMA webinar: Thriving as a High-Performance Organization

Register for ICMA’s first webinar of 2016: Thriving as a High-Performance Organization. The webinar is free of charge and will be broadcast live on March 10 from 4 p.m. to 5:30 p.m. Attendees will learn how to assess your organization’s performance and opportunities to improve, best practices from other local governments, and resources to optimize performance. Register for the webinar here to watch live or be notified when the digital recording is available.

2016 NC Main Street Conference

The NC Main Street Conference is the state’s largest downtown revitalization event, offering learning sessions, tours, time for downtown exploration and opportunities for networking with downtown professionals, elected officials, volunteers and consultants. Soaring with Main Street, the theme for this year’s conference in Goldsboro on March 16 to 18, is an exploration of North Carolina’s economic drivers and the innovative, creative downtown applications that are occurring across the state with the Main Street program. Click here to learn more and register.

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.

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.

Southeast Rail Forum

The N.C. Department of Transportation Rail Division and the Triangle Chapter of the Women’s Transportation Seminar are holding the 2016 Southeast Rail Forum in Charlotte on March 16-18 to discuss ongoing freight and passenger rail initiatives in the region. The forum will feature discussions on a broad spectrum of issues related to high-performance passenger, intermodal and freight rail. Click here to register for this event.

In the News: NC cities make top of best places to live list

Raleigh (4), Charlotte (15), Winston-Salem (39), and Greensboro (51), all made it into the top 100 places to live according to U.S. News & World Report’s ranking. U.S. News analyzed the 100 most populous metro areas to find the best places to live based on a strong job market and quality of life among other factors. Click here to read more about the list and other stories in the news this week.