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 League Letter, May 30, 2017 

League Letter | Volume 38 | Issue 22

Public Executive Leadership Academy

North Carolina Association of Municipal Clerks Nominations

Leadership Principles for Government Professionals

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

Basic Economic Development Course

2017 LELA Session

In the News: Mural brightens downtown Wilson alleyway

Job opportunities

Calendar

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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.

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.

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.

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 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. 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.

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.

In the News: Mural brightens downtown Wilson alleyway

“It’s beautiful. To work here every day it’s good to have some brightness. This morning it kind of calmed my day at work, so that’s great. Anything that beautifies Wilson or gives a calming effect, I think it’s great, and for one just having some kids out here painting, I think it’s awesome,” said Darnell Thoms. This enlightening effect on Thoms was a collaborative project between students from the Sallie B. Howard School for the Arts and Education and Wilson Downtown Development Corp. The two entities spent last week creating heritage murals at 106 E. Barnes St., a project supported by a $1,500 grant from the Wilson Arts Council Grassroots grant program. Click here to read more news!