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 League Letter, November 22, 2016 

League Letter | Volume 37 | Issue 47

EP 12 of Municipal Equation: The Food-Truck City Hall

Applications now being accepted for G. Herbert Stout Awards

NLC Leadership Positions and Application Available

Attend Hurricane Matthew Legislative Input Sessions

Nominations Now Being Accepted for Source Water Protection Awards

Accounting and Auditing Update

Facilitation Skills for Successful Meetings

Leading with Emotional Intelligence Course

Call for Entries for 2017 American Planning Association-NC Awards

In the News: Communities come together to battle Western NC wildfires

Job opportunities

Calendar

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EP 12 of Municipal Equation: The Food-Truck City Hall

Local governments are taking after food trucks and serving up convenience at a curb near you. In this episode of Municipal Equation, we talk with the City of Boston about its City Hall To Go program, which converted an old food truck into a city hall on wheels. Yes, that means it travels from hotspot to hotspot to make it easier for residents to connect with local government and access services. Since Boston pioneered it four years ago, several other U.S. cities have joined the fleet -- most recently Durham, with whom we discuss the program. Could it work in your hometown? Click here to find out.

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.

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.

Attend Hurricane Matthew Legislative Input Sessions

Gov. Pat McCrory established a Hurricane Matthew Recovery Committee, focused on rebuilding communities impacted by the hurricane. The N.C. Association of County Commissioners and N.C. League of Municipalities serve on the committee and are partnering to hold legislative input sessions to collect thoughts from local government leaders on what it is going to take to recover from the hurricane. The last input session is scheduled for November 29 at the Quorum Center in Raleigh from 10:00AM until 12:00PM. Please click here to register, and we encourage you to share this invitation with local government leaders you think are in a position to provide valuable feedback.

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.

Facilitation Skills for Successful Meetings

We’ve all left meetings that we don’t feel were the best use of our time. Whether you regularly facilitate or are just a frequent participant in group discussions, you can hone particular communication and leadership skills within the context of a meeting. This one-day course offered by the UNC School of Government on December 9, will give you tools for planning and guiding meetings so that everyone contributes and ideas are turned into clear agreements. Click here for more information.

Leading with Emotional Intelligence Course

Did you know that emotional intelligence is a better predictor of workplace effectiveness than IQ is? When you think about what behaviors characterized your most effective and least effective bosses, you're probably thinking about emotional intelligence skills, and they can be learned. As part of this workshop held on January 13 at the Quorum Center in Raleigh, you will complete the Emotional Quotient Inventory 2.0, receive coaching about your results, and identify simple strategies you can begin using to increase your emotional intelligence. Click here to register for the course.

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: Communities come together to battle Western NC wildfires

As of Saturday, November 19, the U.S. Forest Service says that crews from over 40 states are fighting 16 wildfires in our state. The work of fighting each fire is directed by a particular agency, depending on whose land it started on. If it was state land, the N.C. Forest Service oversees operations. On federal land, the U.S. Forest Service leads. The Eastern Band of the Cherokee tribe has help from the federal Bureau of Indian Affairs. Through mutual-aid agreements in place for such emergencies, lead agencies request the manpower and equipment they need, and departments across the state offer what they have to match. Click here to read more about this and other stories in the news this week.