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 League Letter, May 9, 2017 

League Letter | Volume 38 | Issue 19

Municipal Equation: EP 24: Autonomous Vehicles in Your City

Infrastructure Symposium

Public Executive Leadership Academy

NC Public Transportation Community Workshops

NC City & County Management Association Hosts Free Web Seminar

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: Here’s what Morrisville’s new downtown could look like

Job opportunities

Calendar

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Municipal Equation: EP 24: Autonomous Vehicles in Your City

Do autonomous vehicles or driverless cars still sound futuristic to you? Even if deployments are planned for just a few years away? That's right, this technology is developing so quickly that it's catching a lot of local policymakers off-guard. Experts say it's time for cities of all sizes to put some serious thought into what will be a major change in how we get from A to B. For cities, that means understanding the implications, considering the unknowns, and thinking about policy. But with the technology so fresh and incomplete, where would a city even begin with that? That's our focus on this episode. We're joined once again by Nicole Dupuis from the National League of Cities, which just released a report with guidance on the subject. According to Dupuis, "Absolutely, we need to take this seriously." And another question: Will future generations know the feeling of passing a driver's test? There's a lot to ponder on this episode. To tune into the most recent episode of Municipal Equation, click here!

Infrastructure Symposium

All across Raleigh, private development and public infrastructure are combining to bring economic vibrancy to the city. You don’t have to go see it for yourself, or figure out how the lessons from that development might apply to you. We’re bringing all of that to you – or more precisely, you to it – during a mobile tour that is part of our Infrastructure Symposium on May 18. Kicking off the day’s events and beginning at the Raleigh Convention Center, tour and hear “rolling commentary” on rooftop solar, Raleigh Union Station (under construction), park/open-space projects in-progress, and Raleigh City Farm, a downtown produce provider to restaurants and residents. Sponsored by the League and Smith Moore Leatherwood, both the tour and the rest of the day’s events are FREE, so come join us. Registration ends on Friday, May 12.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.

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.

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 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.

In the News: Here’s what Morrisville’s new downtown could look like

The town has its first glimpse at what its long-awaited downtown district could look like. The 4-acre first phase of the Morrisville Town Center is expected to be complete by the end of 2019, when a new Wake County library is set to open at the site on Town Center Drive. Designs call for four-story buildings with a mix of shops, restaurants and apartments, lawns and courtyards, and a 350-space parking deck. For more stories, click here!