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 League Letter, November 15, 2016 

League Letter | Volume 37 | Issue 46 

Applications now being accepted for G. Herbert Stout Awards

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

2016 Regional Board Workshops for Planning and Development Regulation

Help American Planning Association Draft a Critical Report

FEMA Assistance to Firefighters Grant Program

NLC Leadership Positions and Application Available

Nominations Now Being Accepted for Source Water Protection Awards

Accounting and Auditing Update

Call for Entries for 2017 American Planning Association-NC Awards

In the News: Town's challenge: Add retail on NC 3, but 'keep it rural'

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Applications now being accepted for G. Herbert Stout Awards

Local governments in North Carolina are encouraged to apply now for the G. Herbert Stout Award recognizing local government innovators and promising students in Geographic Information Services (GIS). Three awards are available based on the type of entrant and the categories are city or town government, county government, and regional government or local/regional authority. The awards will be delivered at the NCGIS2017 Conference in Raleigh Feb. 22-24, 2017. Click here for information on how to apply.

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.

Help American Planning Association Draft a Critical Report

The American Planning Association (APA) is an active partner in a diverse coalition of stakeholders that is working to preserve and promote the Community Development Block Grant (CDBG) program. Recognizing that a new administration and a significant number of new members of Congress will begin work in Washington in January, the CDBG Coalition is in the process of developing a national report that highlights the accomplishments of CDBG. The APA has volunteered to help draft the report and has agreed to assist with drafting a section on the impact of CDBG recovery funding after major disasters and the importance of balancing competitive grant programs with traditional, reliable funding sources like CDBG. The coalition is looking specifically for projects that: improve neighborhoods through CDBG-funded housing, use CDBG in HOME or Low-Income Housing Tax Credit projects, allow seniors to age in place, create neighborhoods or choice, make energy improvements to help people on fixed incomes, address abandoned or blighted properties. If you have a project you’d like included in the report, please submit your project examples to Tess Hembree (thembree@planning.org) by November 18, 2017. Click here for more information.

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.

Accounting and Auditing Update

Registration is open for the accounting and auditing update to be held December 1, 2016 at the School of Government in Chapel Hill. Topics covered in this course include a pension update and common issues with 68, 73, and 75, a Governmental Accounting Standards Board update on leases, fair value accounting, abatements, and investment pools and much more. Click here for more information and to register.

Call for Entries for 2017 American Planning Association-NC Awards

Due to conflicts with American Planning Association’s (APA) annual National Conference and other awards programs that happen in the spring, the APA-NC Awards Committee has decided to accept 2017 Award applications from mid-November, 2016 through January 31, 2017 instead of late spring as has been the case in the past. There are six categories to submit for consideration, including Outstanding Planning, Media, Distinguished Leadership, Student, Professional Achievement and Service and 2017 Special Theme.  Award nominations must be postmarked by Tuesday, January 31, 2017. Nomination information and questions should be directed to Awards Committee Co-Chair Scott Shuford, AICP, at sshuford@ci.fay.nc.us or (910) 433-1311.

In the News: Town's challenge: Add retail on NC 3, but 'keep it rural'

Mooresville commissioners could approve a zoning text amendment Monday night to add two neighborhood center nodes -- areas that support small-scale retail for the surrounding housing developments -- along N.C. 3. According to the N.C. 3 Corridor Study, an employment center is recommended for the intersection of the highway and Rocky River Road. Click here to read more about this and other stories in the news this week.