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 League Letter, October 10, 2017 

League Letter | Volume 38 | Issue 41

Municipal Equation: EP 35: 'Without Being Nudged' - Advancing Women in Government Leadership

NC League Safety Grants

NC League Mayors Association

NC League Fall Tour

Outdoor Lighting Meeting with Duke

Suggested Rules of Procedure for a City Council, Fourth Edition

NC Public Transportation Division Workshops

CDBG-DR Applications

NC Finance Workshops

Making Sense of the Census: Workshop

Capital Budgeting & Infrastructure for Elected Officials

LUCA Training North Carolina

Coastal Government Workshops: Planning for Open Space

In the News: Officials boost innovation economy

Job opportunities

Calendar

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Municipal Equation: EP 35: 'Without Being Nudged' - Advancing Women in Government Leadership

Women are the majority of the United States, but only a slice of government leadership. On this episode, we talk with women working to turn the dial with research, myth-busting, confidence-building and a business case. (Tai chi, too.) We hear from the heads of the League of Women in Government, the president of N.C. Women in Municipal Government, and other local government officials who see positive trends but a lot of work to do. Oh, but first, we have to check in with a mayor and his mother who just made national TV. Click here to tune in!

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

NC League Mayors Association

Mayors from around the state have come together to create an association open to all of the state mayors to further the interests of North Carolina cities and towns, and to serve as a platform for all mayors learn from one another. The North Carolina Mayors Association has recently approved bylaws and a constituency agreement with the North Carolina League of Municipalities. Discounted dues will be available until October 31, and you can find the application here. If you have any questions contact William Brooks at wbrooks@nclm.org.

NC League Fall Tour

Join the League during one of our 9 lunch-and- learn meetings scheduled across the state this fall to learn about the different coverage options available to our members.  We'll go over how our approach to health insurance helps you control costs and helps your employees stay healthy.  We'll also discuss ways to leverage the League's risk management services and partners to reduce your risk exposures for health, property and casualty, and workers' compensation, and what the organization can do for you. These meetings are perfect for Managers, Clerks, HR Directors, Finance Officers, Risk Managers, and other municipal staff who are involved in the insurance decision-making for their employer. Sessions will start on November 1 and end November 17. For location information, please click here. To register, please click here.

Outdoor Lighting Meeting with Duke

The next joint meeting between League members and Duke Energy to discuss issues surrounding the modernization of municipal street lighting will take place on October 19th from 10:30 – 2:00 at the Duke Energy Offices in Raleigh (410 S. Wilmington Street, Raleigh, NC 27601). Registration information will be available soon. This meeting will serve as a continuation of discussions that began after the League, in 2013, intervened in the Duke Energy Carolinas rate case before the North Carolina Utilities Commission. It’s an opportunity for Duke to check in with municipal customers to discuss outdoor lighting strategies, its upcoming rate cases, and other initiatives. In addition, League Legislative Counsel Erin Wynia will give a presentation on Local Regulation of Small Cell Wireless Systems. Click here for the full agenda. For more information, contact Sarah Collins at scollins@nclm.org.

Suggested Rules of Procedure for a City Council, Fourth Edition

The UNC School of Government’s Suggested Rules of Procedure for a City Council, Fourth Edition, 2017, is now available for purchase. This book provides city councils with model procedural rules for their meetings. Within the fourth edition, topics included are: the organizational meeting, pertinent requirements of the open meetings law, the role of the presiding officer, agenda preparation and approval, public hearings, and public comment periods. Click here to purchase your copy today!

NC Public Transportation Division Workshops

This October, stakeholders and the public are invited to provide input at community workshops across the state as part of the North Carolina Public Transportation Statewide Strategic Plan. The workshops are free and open to the public. No registration is necessary to attend. For more information on the Public Transportation Statewide Strategic Plan and date and locations, please click here.

CDBG-DR Applications

The North Carolina Division of Emergency Management (NCEM) is making available approximately $32.5 million of CDBG-Disaster Recovery (CDBG-DR) funds for disaster recovery program activities. This grant announcement is directed to 46 counties for recovery efforts that will be decided after a competitive review of funding requests and the submittal of project applications.  The maximum grant award for a county is $1 million dollars per county. The application and guidelines for CDBG-DR dollars includes eligible activities such as: homeowner and rental rehabilitation, housing reconstruction, construction of new rental units, temporary rental assistance, supportive housing and services, rehabilitation of community facilities, and public infrastructure. The deadline to submit applications is October 20 by 5 pm. Counties may submit their applications as early as October 6. All applications may be submitted via email to Michele.grant@ncdps.gov.

NC Finance Workshops

The N.C. Department of Revenue is presenting the following workshops for county and city finance staff and property tax staff. These workshops will be offered at eleven different locations throughout the state. The morning session (8:30 a.m.-12:00 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.-5:00 p.m.) focuses on Refunds and Distributions (descriptions below). Classes will run from October 18-December 13. To register, please visit this website and enter your information here. To find the list of locations these workshops will be held, please click here.

Making Sense of the Census: Workshop

South By North Strategies, Ltd is holding an informative census data course on October 26. The course provides an introduction to essential census concepts and sources, along with hands-on opportunities to practice local applications. Anyone who wants to understand, interpret, use, and talk about data can benefit from this class. The course will take place at The Frontier at Research Triangle Park from 9:00 a.m-4:30 p.m. For more information 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 November 16 and will be held in Chapel Hill. For registration information, please click here.

LUCA Training North Carolina

In preparation for the 2020 Census, local governments are invited to review the US Census Bureau list of addresses for their area through the Local Update of Census Addresses (LUCA) program. The training sessions will be held from October 23-November 2 starting at 9 a.m. Workshops are presented by the US Census Bureau Atlanta Regional Census Office staff and hosted by North Carolina Councils of Government. For more information about the workshops please click here.

Coastal Government Workshops: Planning for Open Space

This workshop hosted by the North Carolina 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 November 30 from 9:30 a.m. – 4:15 p.m. and on December 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.

In the News: Officials boost innovation economy

During a Thursday morning work session, the Wilson City Council heard about a five-part plan to grow an innovative culture in Wilson as part of multi-year initiative. “Wilson is more important to our state to expand entrepreneurship and innovation success than others because if it is going to work on a broader state basis, Wilson is a petri dish,” said City Manager Grant Goings. “Wilson is the place where we’ve got to make it work.” Wilson was selected with four other communities to participate in Innovate NC, an effort led by the Institute for Emerging Issues to foster collaboration and determine the best practices to spur entrepreneurship. Stakeholders from Wilson participated in events across the state and hosted events centered around technology and Greenlight Community Broadband. Click here to read more!