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 League Letter, May 2, 2017 

League Letter | Volume 38 | Issue 18

Infrastructure Symposium

Public Executive Leadership Academy

State Transportation Improvement Program Public Information Sessions

Citizen Advisory Committees and Boards

NC Public Transportation Community Workshops

NC City & County Management Association Hosts Free Web Seminar

Leadership Principles for Government Professionals

Basic Principles of Local Government Purchasing

North Carolina Association of Municipal Clerks Nominations

2018 NC 911 Board Grant Cycle Opened

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

In the News: New sign will welcome visitors to downtown Gastonia

Job opportunities

Calendar

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Infrastructure Symposium

The recent heavy rains that swept across North Carolina provide another example of how stormwater and managing that stormwater poses significant challenges for municipalities. Join the League and Smith Moore Leatherwood on May 18 in Raleigh for an Infrastructure Symposium that will address that and other hot-button topics involving municipal infrastructure. Addressing stormwater, hear keynote speaker Dr. Bill Hunt, N.C. State University professor and expert on stormwater design, discuss greener and cheaper ways to prevent rainwater from turning into a headache for your community. Hunt was recently featured in this Politico article making the case for innovative approaches to stormwater management. Aged systems across the state and nation have already been pushed to their limits, as discussed in a WUNC story this week in which Department of Environmental Quality Secretary Michael Regan notes some underground pipes were laid a full century ago. Don't miss the upcoming forum. Learn more about Dr. Hunt, other symposium programming, and how to register 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. Click here to apply.

State Transportation Improvement Program Public Information Sessions

The State Transportation Improvement Program (STIP) is a document developed cooperatively by local, regional and state transportation entities. It includes a list of multi-modal transportation projects, such as highway, transit and bicycle based on the state’s long-range transportation goals. The projects are drawn from and are consistent with a Statewide Long-Range Transportation Plan, Countywide Transportation Plans and Metropolitan Transportation Plans. There will be nine (9) public information sessions held from March 29-May 9 across the state designed to inform the public about the projects in the Draft STIP and gather input on the process to create it. People who cannot attend a meeting in person can also provide feedback via phone, fax and e-mail. Contact the NCDOT for dates and locations.

Citizen Advisory Committees and Boards Workshop

One of the most common and substantive ways citizen participation in local government occurs is through service on appointed advisory committees (CACs) and boards (also sometimes called commissions or task forces). This one-day workshop offered by the UNC School of Government explores promising practices of non-mandated, local government citizen advisory committees and boards. Participants will learn about essentials around advisory committee service, including clarifying roles and expectations; recruiting, appointing, and training volunteers; staffing and managing committee work; and evaluating CAC effectiveness. This course will be held May 5, in Chapel Hill. Click here for more information.

NC Public Transportation Community Workshops

This May, stakeholders and the public are invited to provide input at community workshops in nine locations across the state as part of the North Carolina Public Transportation Statewide Strategic Plan. The N.C. Department of Transportation is developing this plan to improve bus, rail, and paratransit services across the state by better matching transit services to the needs of North Carolinians. The workshops will take place May 2-11, and will be free and open to the public. No registration is necessary to attend. Click here to see more information about the workshops.

NC City & County Management Association Hosts Free Web Seminar

The NC City & County Management Association is pleased to be a partner in the ICMA Coaching Program to offer the "Best Practices in Citizen/Customer Service" as a free webinar to anyone who is interested in local government. The course, to be held May 11 from 1 p.m. to 2:30 p.m., will cover:

  • What are agencies doing to raise the bar of service delivery and cost effectiveness?
  • How are agencies engaging citizens to be more than simply consumers of service?
  • What are some future prospects for enhancing citizen/customer experience?

For more information and details about registration, please click here.

Leadership Principles for Government Professionals

Leadership is not about the title, position, or rank. Leadership is about what you do. This intensive and highly interactive two-day course is based on The Leadership Challenge, a 360 feedback instrument helps you understand how others perceive the frequency of your leadership behaviors.  The leadership framework teaches specific, learnable behaviors that you can adopt to inspire commitment to a shared vision, build collaboration, teamwork and trust, and lead others to accept challenges and embrace change. Registration will close on May 8, 2017. Click here to register.

Basic Principles of Local Government Purchasing

The UNC School of Government is offering a course on local government purchasing in Chapel Hill, May 9-12. This course is designed for new local government purchasing officials and covers basic principles and legal requirements for local government purchasing. Topics include the following: Competitive bidding requirements for purchasing and construction contracting, purchasing ethics and conflicts of interest, practical skills such as vendor relations, developing specifications, and bid solicitations and more. Click here to learn more.

North Carolina Association of Municipal Clerks Nominations

The North Carolina Association of Municipal Clerks is accepting nominations for the Clerk of the Year award, an annual award presented to an outstanding North Carolina Clerk or Deputy Clerk at the NCAMC Summer Academy in August.

To be eligible for the award, the individual must meet certain criteria as follows:

  • Active member of the NCAMC for at least four years
  • Brings innovative ideas to the Association
  • Active in municipal, state and national associations
  • Demonstrates commitment to professional development
  • Demonstrates commitment to community involvement
  • Extraordinary individual job performance
  • Positive on-the-job attitude

You need not be a clerk to submit a nomination. Nominations are encouraged by and will be accepted from mayors, supervisors, managers, council members, board members, staff, etc. If you would like to make a nomination for this prestigious award, please complete the application here by June 1, 2017.

2018 NC 911 Board Grant Cycle Opened

The 2018 NC 911 Board grant cycle is now open and the board is accepting grant applications. You can access the application by visiting the 911 Board website. The link can be found on the rotating “Carousel” on the 911 Board website landing page, in the “911 Forms Panel” under “Resources” or by using this link. Once completed, the application along with any accompanying documents must be emailed to 911comments@its.nc.gov. Applications will only be accepted via email. Any application received via mail, fax or other media will not be accepted. The deadline for filing is midnight, June 7. If you have any questions, please contact Richard Taylor at 919-754-6624 or via richard.taylor@nc.gov.

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 14th 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. We are now accepting nominations for the 2017 Navigator Awards across 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

Place your nominations here before June 14!

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.

In the News: New sign will welcome visitors to downtown Gastonia

Efforts to spruce up the scenery and project some more positive vibes at the northern entrance to downtown Gastonia are ongoing. Next on the agenda? A new ‘gateway wall’ that will greet incoming motorists with something simple and classic, along the lines of ‘Welcome to Gastonia.’ City leaders believe it will be just one more step in improving the aesthetics of the area, and they’ll be able to carry it out with a surplus of funds from a downtown revitalization grant. Last August, the city was awarded $94,340 from the N.C. Department of Commerce’s Rural Economic Division. Click here to read more stories.