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 League Letter, November 29, 2016 

League Letter | Volume 37 | Issue 48

Hurricane Matthew Recovery Committee Continues Meetings

Service Year NC Convening

Applications now being accepted for G. Herbert Stout Awards

Nominations Now Being Accepted for Source Water Protection Awards

Facilitation Skills for Successful Meetings

Essentials of County Government and a Workshop for Veteran Elected Officials

Leading with Emotional Intelligence Course

Budgeting and Financial Basics for Municipal Elected Officials

Call for Entries for 2017 American Planning Association-NC Awards

In the News: Elkin Mayor Lestine Hutchens receives highest state honor

Job opportunities

Calendar

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Hurricane Matthew Recovery Committee Continues Meetings

The state Hurricane Matthew Recovery Committee will be taking comments from the public, as well as discussing steps to address relief fundraising efforts, community outreach, long-term plans for sustainable communities and developing recommendations to address needs that will not be met by existing federal relief programs. The committee’s next regional meeting is scheduled for Wednesday, November 30, at the East Carolina University Heart Institute Building at 115 Heart Drive in Greenville from 10:00 a.m. to 12:00 p.m. The final meeting of the committee will be held on Friday, December 2, at Lenoir Community College in Kinston in the Waller Building at 231 Highway 58 South from 10:00 a.m. to 12:00 p.m. A portion of the meetings will be devoted to taking comments from the general public. Click here for more details.

Service Year NC Convening

The Institute for Emerging Issues (IEI) at NC State University invites you to join their endeavor to increase the quality and quantity of national service year positions in NC at the inaugural Service Year North Carolina Convening, December 1, 8:30 a.m, to 12:00 p.m. at the Hunt Library on NC State’s Centennial Campus. This event is free, but they do ask that you register for it. If you have questions or need additional event information, please contact Maggie Woods at mjwoods2@ncsu.edu

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.

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.

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.

Essentials of County Government and a Workshop for Veteran Elected Officials

Please join the UNC School of Government and Local Elected Leaders Academy (LELA ) for The Essentials of County Government, a dynamic orientation program for newly elected county commissioners. This program offers invaluable resources for new commissioners looking to maximize their leadership during their first months of service. These orientation programs will be held in four different locations across the state and scholarships are available. Contact Carolyn Boggs with any questions at boggs@sog.unc.edu or 919-962-4157 or 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.

Budgeting and Financial Basics for Municipal Elected Officials

The adoption of the annual budget is one of the most important activities undertaken by a municipal council. The budget serves as the council's primary opportunity to establish priorities and as a tool for planning services and programs, and properly managing finances. This half-day course offered by UNC School of Government will be held on January 17 in Kernersville and is designed to go beyond the strategic aspects and delve into the areas that are often confusing for elected officials, such as availability of fund balance, revenue-neutral tax rates, statutory limitations on available reserve funds and contingencies, the role of capital reserve funds, and the other important aspects of the overall budgetary process. Click here for more information.

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: Elkin Mayor Lestine Hutchens receives highest state honor

As members of the community gathered to recognized outgoing Elkin Mayor Lestine Hutchens and Commissioner J.L. Lowe, little did Hutchens know she was to be given the highest civilian honor to be bestowed in the state of North Carolina — the Order of the Long Leaf Pine. Click here to read more about this and other stories in the news this week.