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 League Letter, October 31, 2017 

League Letter | Volume 38 | Issue 44

North Carolina Leadership Reception 2017 City Summit, NLC

Save the Date: New Mayor Orientation

NC League Safety Grants

NC League Mayors Association

NLC City Summit

Next Century Cities Survey

NC Finance Workshops

Capital Budgeting & Infrastructure for Elected Officials

LUCA Training North Carolina

Coastal Government Workshops: Planning for Open Space

Join EPA for Upcoming WIFIA Outreach Events!

In the News: Baseball played downtown by 2020?

Job opportunities

Calendar

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North Carolina Leadership Reception 2017 City Summit, NLC

Plan to join your fellow North Carolinians for a leadership reception while you're attending NLC's City Summit, Charlotte! The reception will be hosted by League Executive Director Paul Meyer and Associate Director of Public and Government Affairs Rose Vaughn Williams. The leadership reception will be held on November 16, 5 p.m. at Fahrenheit Charlotte. There is no charge to attend, but advance registration is requested. To register please click here.

Save the Date: New Mayor Orientation

The North Carolina League of Municipalities will sponsor orientation sessions across the state for all newly-elected mayors following November’s municipal elections. League staff and UNC School of Government faculty will cover subject matter designed to help first-time mayors understand the nature of their role and responsibilities once they take office. If your city or town elects a new mayor, please encourage him or her to attend one of the following orientation sessions. The registration fee is $40; lunch is provided.  For more information, contact Vickie Miller, the League’s Grassroots Coordinator, at 919-715-8835 or via email at vmiller@nclm.org

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.

NLC City Summit

Represent your city at #CitySummit17. City Summit is the only national conference that brings together leaders from cities and towns of all sizes. This year's conference is hosted in Charlotte, North Carolina, and expected to draw over 3,500 local elected officials, municipal staff, and local government experts for a four-day event to learn, network, and discover solutions that will strengthen America's cities and towns. The conference will be held from November 15-18 and North Carolina Officials can register for as low as $99!

Next Century Cities Survey

Next Century Cities has partnered with RVA Market Research, LLC in order to conduct a survey about 5G and Smart City development. There is little data about these activities and how they are perceived at the local level, and Next Century Cities hopes to use survey results in order to inform policy positions and to protect local authority. This survey is completely anonymous and anyone from your city or utility can take the survey. Click here to take the survey.

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.

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.

Join EPA for Upcoming WIFIA Outreach Events!

The Environmental Protection Agency is holding three webinars in December about its newest infrastructure financing opportunity, Water Infrastructure Finance and Innovation Act (WIFIA) loans. The dates will be December 6, December 13 and December 20. At the webinars you will learn more about WIFIA and its current status, financial benefits and application tips. To register, please click any of the dates listed above.

In the News: Baseball played downtown by 2020?

Baseball could be played downtown in the summer of 2020 if the city of Gastonia’s plans for the Franklin Urban Sports and Entertainment District move forward as planned. City leaders held their third and final meeting Monday at the conference center to give an overview of the project and offer a timeline of what will be taking place if, or when, a downtown stadium project moves forward. While an estimated $13.5 million stadium may be the centerpiece of the FUSE District, city leaders insist the project has more to do with economic development and recruiting retail and restaurants, breweries and hotels, to an area that has lagged behind for decades. “This is a project to bring new investment into an area that has seen a lot of dis-investment over the years,” said Kristy Crisp, the city of Gastonia’s director of economic development and someone who has helped oversee the project. Click here to read more!