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 League Letter, September 5, 2017 

League Letter | Volume 38 | Issue 36

Smart Grid, Transportation Focus of Meeting

NFIP Summer Workshops

Our Town Grant Program for Placemaking

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: NC city reaches out to aid Texas city with same name

Job opportunities

Calendar

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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.

Our Town Grant Program for Placemaking

The National Endowment for the Arts is accepting applications for Our Town, a grant program supporting placemaking projects that help to transform communities into lively, beautiful, and resilient places.  This funding supports local efforts to enhance quality of life and opportunity for existing residents, increase creative activity, and create or preserve a distinct sense of place.  Matching grants range from $25,000 to $100,000.  Applications are due September 11, 2017.

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: NC city reaches out to aid Texas city with same name

LaGrange, North Carolina, is reaching into its pockets to help its sister city - LaGrange, Texas. The eastern North Carolina town is helping the Texas town affected by Hurricane Harvey with a collection drive. Residents are being asked to donate the following: adult and children's socks, diapers, Clorox wipes, towels, bed linens and feminine hygiene products. "It is heartbreaking to stop and consider having to start over with nothing after a devastating event like this. We take daily commodities for granted all the time, and don’t realize how lucky we are until there is a time of emergency," says Jill Boone, a resident of LaGrange, North Carolina. “When our group of friends were trying to decide the best way to help, we became aware of the impacts to LaGrange, Texas, and really wanted to center our efforts on that town.” Click here to read more news!