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 League Letter, September 12, 2017 

League Letter | Volume 38 | Issue 37

Municipal Equation: EP 33: The City Connection

Smart Grid, Transportation Focus of Meeting

NFIP Summer Workshops

Opioid Epidemic Uncovered: Finding the Prescription for Recovery

Development Finance Toolbox

Suggested Rules of Procedure for a City Council, Fourth Edition

Community Facilities Direct Loan & Grant Program

NC Public Transportation Division Workshops

CDBG-DR Applications

NC Finance Workshops

In the News: Six black women leading NC police departments make history

Job opportunities

Calendar

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Municipal Equation: EP 33: The City Connection

A majorly successful social engagement program with a yearlong waiting list. Pianos left in the urban outdoors for any random person to play. And a totally mysterious city data collector. We plunge into their mutual concepts -- creative or playful ways of connecting people and their town -- and how they might work where you live. There's a lot of hectic stuff going on out there, so take this episode as a bit of fun (though our warmest and most immediate thoughts are with everyone impacted by the many recent or active natural disasters and other hardships). We also call upon you to help us solve what ranks as one of the weirdest downtown mysteries out there today. Click here, to tune in.

Smart Grid, Transportation Focus of Meeting

The 2017 Annual Research Triangle Cleantech Cluster Annual Meeting will feature innovations and collaborative efforts taking place in the Triangle to make the region a global leader in smart grid, transportation, and water technologies. This year’s event will dive into the solutions developed by the members and the applicability of those solutions on the global stage. This event will be held on September 14. To view more details about this event, please click here.

NFIP Summer Workshops

The North Carolina Division of Emergency Management Floodplain Management staff will provide training on both the basic roles/duties of a floodplain administrator, as well as the regulatory context of the NFIP regulations, to guide safe development in floodplains. These workshops will also address coastal re-mapping processes, the new website Flood Risk Information System (FRIS), information on how Flood Insurance Reform Act of 2012 and the Home Owners Flood Insurance Affordability Act of 2014 will affect property owners and communities, and include basic information on the Community Rating System (CRS) of the NFIP. For more information about the training sessions and to register, click on the following links: western workshop, August 2-3 in Morganton; central workshop, August 16-17 in Fuquay-Varina; and eastern workshop, on September 14-15 in Surf City.

Opioid Epidemic Uncovered: Finding the Prescription for Recovery

The Poe Center for Health Education and the NC Medical Society Alliance will host a luncheon conference in Raleigh on September 14 and Greensboro on September 15 to examine the opioid crisis and explore collaborative solutions. For more information, click here.

Development Finance Toolbox

The UNC School of Government is hosting an interactive course that will discuss the basics of development finance tools used by North Carolina local governments to achieve their community and economic development goals. Topics include: local government capital financing, attracting private investment to Main Street, Public-Private Partnerships for Redevelopment and much more. This course will be held on September 19-20. Please click here for more details.

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!

Community Facilities Direct Loan & Grant Program

The Community Facilities (CF) program is a loan program with a grant component overseen by the U.S. Department of Agriculture. The program may be used to develop essential community facilities or purchase necessary equipment in rural areas and towns with a population of less than 20,000. The amount of grant assistance available depends upon the median household income and the population in the service area and the availability of grant funds. Loan funds may be used to construct, enlarge, or improve community facilities for health care, public safety, and public services. Applications are due by September 30. More information can be found here.

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). 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.

In the News: Six black women leading NC police departments make history

For the first time in North Carolina history, there are six female, African-American police chiefs. Four of them are in the Triangle: Raleigh's Cassandra Deck-Brown, Durham's CJ Davis, Morrisville's Patrice Andrews and Fayetteville's Gina Hawkins. "When I walked in today, I had to just stop for a second because I saw these women, and I thought, 'Let me just soak it in,'" Andrews said when the four chiefs met for an interview with WRAL News. From the first day of police academy, the chiefs said, they quickly got a reality check that they would have to work twice as hard to get through because they were women. Deck-Brown's class at the Raleigh Police Department had only four women, which she says was a record at the time.  "We've broken a glass ceiling," Deck-Brown said. "So, becoming chief, the honor is knowing that somebody else has that opportunity to get there.” Click here to read more news!