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 League Letter, September 26, 2017 

League Letter | Volume 38 | Issue 39

Municipal Equation: Beer, Economic Development, and Civic Advice from Sinbad

Outdoor Lighting Meeting with Duke

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

Making Sense of the Census: Workshop

Capital Budgeting & Infrastructure for Elected Officials

In the News: Conventions give city a boost, chance to boast

Job opportunities

Calendar

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Municipal Equation: Beer, Economic Development, and Civic Advice from Sinbad

"Beer is the beverage of community," says Sean Lilly Wilson, a brewer who played a role in changes that brought exponential growth in the number of breweries in his state -- with happy extras for their surroundings. On this episode -- recorded live from CityVision 2017 -- we hear Sean discuss how breweries have played major roles in downtown and warehouse-district revitalizations and re-energized the local sense of community. Good beer is economic development, hometown pride, craftsmanship and more, he says, and the brewers making it aren't known to hold back on civic involvement, either. Oh, and who's that other guy we're hearing, here? Is that .... Sinbad? Click here to tune in!

Outdoor Lighting Meeting with Duke

Save the Date for the next joint meeting between League members and Duke Energy to discuss issues surrounding the modernization of municipal street lighting. The meeting 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 and an agenda and will be available soon. This webinar 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. Contact: Sarah Collins.

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). 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.

In the News: Conventions give city a boost, chance to boast

Nearly 300 mayors and city officials from across North Carolina here this week for the N.C. League of Municipalities three-day conference ending today at the Greenville Convention Center hope to prosper from their time spent here — and Greenville expects to prosper from their visit. “We’re very excited to once again host the mayors and city officials at their conference since their last visit in 2009,” said Rhesa Tucker, CEO of the convention center. Click here to read more!