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 League Letter, November 1, 2016 

League Letter | Volume 37 | Issue 44 

Gig East: Growing the Gigabit Ecosystem

NCLM Forum: What Do Drones Mean for Local Government?

Coastal Government Grant Opportunities Workshop: Funding for Water Access, Parks, and Boating Infrastructure

2016 Regional Board Workshops for Planning and Development Regulation

Data to Knowledge: Community Development for Place-Based Projects

Budgeting in Local Government

FEMA Assistance to Firefighters Grant Program

NLC Leadership Positions and Application Available

Nominations Now Being Accepted for Source Water Protection Awards

In the News: 2016’s Best Places to Raise a Family in North Carolina

Job opportunities

Calendar

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Gig East: Growing the Gigabit Ecosystem

On Friday, November 4, the City of Wilson will host Gig East: Growing the Gigabit Ecosystem at the Edna Boykin Center. The event is being presented by WRAL TechWire and is sponsored by the Wilson/Barton Think Tank and others. The half-day event begins at 8:00 AM with a networking session followed by a keynote from Blair Levin, former chief of staff at the Federal Communications Commission and a recognized international authority on broadband networks. The event will also feature a fireside chat between Wilson City Manager Grant Goings and WRAL TechWire editor Rick Smith. Panels will focus on agribusiness and industrial innovation. Click here for registration information.

NCLM Forum: What Do Drones Mean for Local Government?

Mark your calendars for the next League-sponsored education forum -- this time about drones and their implications for local government. The forum, which will feature state Rep. John Torbett and other experts on the technology, is scheduled for November 16, from 9:30 AM – 12:00 PM at the Neuse River Wastewater Treatment Plant meeting room, 8500 Battle Bridge Rd. in Raleigh, but you may also participate remotely via webinar. The format will include a look at the big picture with drones, a moderated panel discussion, and a question-and-answer period. Click here to register for the forum.

Coastal Government Grant Opportunities Workshop: Funding for Water Access, Parks, and Boating Infrastructure

In this workshop sponsored by the NCDEQ: Division of Coastal Management, participants will learn about grant opportunities for communities to acquire land and make improvements to beach and waterfront access, parks, and boating facilities, along with what makes a successful grant proposal. This workshop will be held November 16, from 10:00 AM - 2:45 PM at the Vernon G. James Research & Extension Center in Plymouth, NC. Continuing education credits are available for this workshop. Contact Whitney Jenkins at 252-838-0882 or whitney.jenkins@ncdenr.gov  if you have any questions. Click here to register.

2016 Regional Board Workshops for Planning and Development Regulation

What are the rules for land subdivision in North Carolina? Which divisions are regulated and which are exempt? What’s the legal review process? And can the government really require the developer to dedicate land? Join the UNC School of Government for a half-day Subdivision Workshop this fall to get answers to these and other questions about land subdivision. The workshop will be offered in four locations across the state thru November 16. Click here to learn more.

Data to Knowledge: Community Development for Place-Based Projects

Data to Knowledge is a one day symposium sponsored by North Carolina Community Development Association that will bring together community developers and geographic information professionals to discuss data needs for use in place based community projects throughout North Carolina. This event will be held at the Goodwill Industries in Winston-Salem on November 4, from 9:00 AM - 3:00 PM. Click here to register for the event.

Budgeting in Local Government

Make plans today to attend this Budgeting in Local Government course November 8-11, in Chapel Hill. This course fulfills one of the core requirements for the Local Government Finance Officers Certification Program. Perfect for city and county managers, finance officers and staff, budget administrators and analysts, and others who have responsibilities for annual budget preparation will benefit from this course. Click here to learn more.

FEMA Assistance to Firefighters Grant Program

FEMA announced the annual funding opportunity for the Assistance to Firefighters Grant Program (AFG). The Fiscal Year 2016 AFG program will award $310.5 million to enhance the safety of the public and firefighters against fire-related deaths and hazards. Since 2002, FEMA has awarded $6.8 billion in fire grants to more than 62,300 recipients. Historically, 84 percent of awards go towards purchasing personal protective equipment, vehicles, and other operational equipment. The application period is open through November 18, 2016. The grant guidance is posted at www.grants.gov and here. Applicants who need additional information may contact firegrants@fema.gov or call 866-274-0960.

NLC Federal Advocacy Committee Application Available

Serving in an NLC leadership position or getting engaged through one of NLC’s member councils or federal advocacy committees is one of the most rewarding ways for you as a municipal leader to bring your expertise to the service of cities and towns at the national level. Now is the time to submit applications if you'd like to serve on the seven Federal Advocacy Committees. The application deadline for the Federal Advocacy Committee membership is November 23. If interested in applying, please email Paul Meyer, Executive Director of NCLM.

Nominations Now Being Accepted for Source Water Protection Awards

Source Water Protection Award nominations are being sought for candidates that demonstrate innovative and collaborative solutions to protect North Carolina’s drinking water and the watersheds that support it. The six award categories include: Planning (surface water), Planning (groundwater), Implementation (surface water), Implementation (groundwater), Education and Leadership. Nominations are due by December 1st and award winners will be announced at the 2017 North Carolina Water Resources Annual Symposium in association with the Water Resource Research Institute Conference. Applications and additional information, including award criteria, are now available here or by contacting Rebecca Sadosky at 919-707-9096 or Rebecca.Sadosky@ncdenr.gov.

In the News: 2016’s Best Places to Raise a Family in North Carolina

In light of the sweeping transformation of the Tar Heel State that have made it an attractive home for families, WalletHub’s analysts compared 85 of its cities based on 21 key indicators of family-friendliness. Find out where your town or city ranks. Click here to read more about this and other stories in the news this week.