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 League Letter, November 14, 2017 

League Letter | Volume 38 | Issue 46

Municipal Equation: EP 38: Being Careful About Smart Cities and Civic Tech (And the Best Fictional Mayors)

Display your municipality’s flag at the NLC City Summit!

North Carolina Leadership Reception 2017 City Summit, NLC

Save the Date: New Mayor Orientation

NC League Safety Grants

NLC City Summit

SAS Public Safety Summit

Next Century Cities Survey

NC Finance Workshops

Capital Budgeting & Infrastructure for Elected Officials

Coastal Government Workshops: Planning for Open Space

Join EPA for Upcoming WIFIA Outreach Events!

In the News: Stand-alone greenway coming to Burlington

Job opportunities

Calendar

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Municipal Equation: EP 38: Being Careful About Smart Cities and Civic Tech (And the Best Fictional Mayors)

Appropriate to the age of exponential innovation, the smart-cities conversation is moving quickly. Should we it slow down? Explore additional ethical questions? Evaluate our best practices and ideas? More and more people think so. On this episode, we meet a town that's built a "simulated smart city" so they can try it before they buy it and experiment to better understand how it all fits together. And we talk with an author whose new book, among many other things, questions whether advances in civic technology are really taking the complexities of human beings and their various communities into account. Are we being inclusive in our efforts to collect better public data, engage with residents, and manage municipal resources? (After that, we get a bit lighter -- by listing out some of the best fictional mayors of all time, as submitted by you.) Click here to tune in!

Display your municipality’s flag at the NLC City Summit!

The National League of Cities is providing North Carolina municipalities an opportunity to display their flags in the Exhibit Hall during the City Summit.  Municipalities are encouraged to bring their flags – with a flag pole stand – to Charlotte.  Flags/stands can be dropped off at the NLC Service Desk in front of Hall A at the Charlotte Convention Center.  Thanks for helping to show our North Carolina pride! NLC City Summit runs Nov. 15-18. 

North Carolina Leadership Reception 2017 City Summit, NLC

Plan to join your fellow North Carolinians for a leadership reception while you're attending NLC's City Summit, Charlotte! The reception will be hosted by League Executive Director Paul Meyer and Associate Director of Public and Government Affairs Rose Vaughn Williams. The leadership reception will be held on Nov. 16, 5 p.m., at Fahrenheit Charlotte. There is no charge to attend, but advance registration is requested. To register please click here.

Save the Date: New Mayor Orientation

The North Carolina League of Municipalities will sponsor orientation sessions across the state for all newly elected mayors following November’s municipal elections. League staff and UNC School of Government faculty will cover subject matter designed to help first-time mayors understand the nature of their role and responsibilities once they take office. If your city or town elects a new mayor, please encourage him or her to attend one of the orientation sessions on Dec.1, Dec. 6. And Dec. 14. The registration fee is $40; lunch is provided, please click here to register. For more information, contact Vickie Miller, the League’s Grassroots Coordinator, at 919-715-8835 or via email at vmiller@nclm.org

NC League Safety Grants

The North Carolina League of Municipalities is excited to offer a new program to members in our workers’ compensation and property and casualty insurance pools.   The Safety Grant Program was created to assist insurance pool members in the reduction of accidents, injuries, and liability claims.  The program has allotted $100,000 in each pool to help members purchase equipment and services that will significantly reduce the potential for future workers’ compensation, property/casualty, or liability insurance claims. Members are eligible for up to $5,000 in matching grants, depending on their annual premium, for each pool in which they participate. All applications will be reviewed by a panel to verify that the requested items meet the requirements of the grant program. Members are encouraged to contact their risk management field consultant to review their claims activity and identify any potential liability concerns before applying for a grant. Additional information can be found here. You can also contact Bryan Leaird, Director of Risk Control, at 919-715-2905 or bleaird@nclm.org

NLC City Summit

Represent your city at #CitySummit17. City Summit is the only national conference that brings together leaders from cities and towns of all sizes. This year's conference is hosted in Charlotte, North Carolina, and expected to draw over 3,500 local elected officials, municipal staff, and local government experts for a four-day event to learn, network, and discover solutions that will strengthen America's cities and towns. The conference will be held Nov. 15-18 and North Carolina officials can register for as low as $99!

SAS Public Safety Summit

Criminal justice and public safety agencies have the ability to change outcomes and affect lives through the use of data and analytics. The SAS Public Safety Summit is a deep dive into how analytics is used to address the challenges that threaten the health and safety of our cities and counties. This event will be held at SAS Executive Briefing Center on Nov. 15 from 9 a.m. – 4 p.m. For more information and to register please click here.

Next Century Cities Survey

Next Century Cities has partnered with RVA Market Research, LLC in order to conduct a survey about 5G and smart city development. There is little data about these activities and how they are perceived at the local level, and Next Century Cities hopes to use survey results in order to inform policy positions and to protect local authority. This survey is completely anonymous and anyone from your city or utility can take the survey. Click here to take the survey.

NC Finance Workshops

The N.C. Department of Revenue is presenting workshops for county and city finance staff and property tax staff. These workshops will be offered at 11 different locations throughout the state. The morning session (8:30 a.m.-12 p.m.) focuses on forms sent to our Information Unit from property tax staff (TR-1, TR-2, AV-50). The afternoon session (1:30 p.m.-5 p.m.) focuses on Refunds and Distributions. Classes will run from Oct. 18-Dec. 13. To register, please enter your information here. To find the list of locations these workshops will be held, please click here.

Capital Budgeting & Infrastructure for Elected Officials

The UNC School of Government is hosting a workshop that will help you understand your leadership role in the capital budgeting process, translate complex financial terms into plain language, and provide you with the right questions to ask your manager and finance staff. Planning for and financing things like schools, parks, green ways, public safety needs and water/sewer is an important part of being an elected leader. This course will take place on Nov. 16 and will be held in Chapel Hill. For registration information, please click here.

Coastal Government Workshops: Planning for Open Space

This workshop hosted by the North Carolina Division of Coastal Management will teach you about the benefits of open space protection, how open space can service multiple needs including recreation opportunities; floodplain management, riparian buffers, military buffers, wildlife habitat, and forestry and farmland protection; identify contacts that build framework for open space protection; and learn how other communities approach open space protection. The courses will be held on Nov. 30 from 9:30 a.m. – 4:15 p.m. and on Dec. 5 from 9:30 a.m. – 3:30 p.m. To register for the November course click here, and to register for the December course click here.

Join EPA for Upcoming WIFIA Outreach Events!

The Environmental Protection Agency is holding three webinars in December about its newest infrastructure financing opportunity, Water Infrastructure Finance and Innovation Act (WIFIA) loans. The dates will be Dec. 6, Dec. 13 and Dec. 20. At the webinars you will learn more about WIFIA and its current status, financial benefits and application tips. To register, please click any of the dates listed above.

In the News: Stand-alone greenway coming to Burlington

City Manager Harden Watkins said the approval of the first stand-alone greenway in Burlington is a great example of partnership in the county. "Very important to quality of life, those are the things that people look for when making decisions to buy homes, to invest in businesses here to bring jobs to our community," Watkins said. "Impact Alamance is our funding partner they are a wonderful partner in the community. They do great things all over Alamance County. They're funding three-quarters of the expense of this project for us and we have our other partners -- the Town of Elon, Elon University and LabCorp completing the rest." The first phase will be about one mile, eventually expanding 3.6 miles towards downtown along Front Street. Click here to read more!