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 League Letter, November 8, 2016 

League Letter | Volume 37 | Issue 45

EP 11 of Municipal Equation: Insiders' Guide to Local Economic Development

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

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

Call for Entries for 2017 American Planning Association-NC Awards

In the News: Clayton peers into crystal ball

Job opportunities

Calendar

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EP 11 of Municipal Equation: Insiders' Guide to Local Economic Development

For a personal crash-course in local economic development -- with high-value tools, tips and insider knowledge – check out this special, extended episode of Municipal Equation featuring a couple of pros who know both sides of the business -- public and private -- and where they can pair up to make a difference for cities and towns of any size. Click here to listen.

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.

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.

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: Clayton peers into crystal ball

With the election cycle over and the apocalypse either assured or averted, depending on one’s view, people are thinking about the future. The Clayton Town Council spent two days late last month peering into its own crystal ball, trying to imagine what the town could be two or three decades from now. Click here to read more about this and other stories in the news this week.