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 League Letter, September 6, 2016 

League Letter | Volume 37 | Issue 36

Registration is now open for 2016 Annual Conference

Our Town Placemaking Program seeks applications

Debt Setoff Regional Meetings Schedule

Practical Analytic Techniques for Local Government Course

Advanced Leadership Corps

Outdoor Lighting Meeting

Coastal Government Grant Opportunities Workshop

Contracting for Construction and Design Services

Division of Water Infrastructure Announces Available Funding for Fall 2016

State Treasurers Conference

2016 Regional Board Workshops for Planning and Development Regulation

In the News: Matthews and Mint Hill are big on charm and small-town appeal

Job opportunities

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Registration is now open for 2016 Annual Conference

For the first time ever, the League has combined the Advocacy Goals Conference and CityVision 2016 Annual Conference. This joint event will save you time and money, with just one trip to Raleigh checking off two important conferences on your calendar. Kicking off the event with our advocacy goals planning, members will build on the momentum achieved at 2016 Town Hall Day and the work done during the 2016 legislative session! Make your voice heard so that we are even better positioned to represent cities and towns in 2017 and beyond. Moving into the CityVision 2016 Annual Conference, attendees will attend plenary and breakout sessions that combine high-level planning with detailed implementation strategies to use back at home. Learn about the changing communications landscape, building and maintaining a strong economic foundation, and cultural and demographic shifts. Don’t miss this opportunity to better prepare for the challenges that lie ahead for all North Carolina cities and towns. Click here to register today! 

Our Town Placemaking Program seeks applications

The National Endowment for the Arts will provide a limited number of grants to support placemaking projects through the Our Town Program. This program supports creative projects that help to transform communities into lively, beautiful and resilient places with arts at their core. The funding ranges between $25,000-100,000 and will support local efforts to enhance quality of life and opportunity for existing residents, increase creative activity and create a distinct sense of place. A requirement for this funding is partnerships between arts organizations and government, nonprofit organizations, and private entities to achieve livability goals for communities. Applications are due by Monday, September 12, 2016. Click here to learn more and submit an application.

Debt Setoff Regional Meetings Schedule

The League and The NC Association of County Commissioners are sponsoring six free regional meetings, beginning September 13, to discuss debt setoff strategies for municipalities. Workshops are free and seating may be limited based on number of registrants and capacity. The 10:30 a.m. session is optional, meant for those local governments who are new and have not completed the required participation forms or those who have been recently assigned the duties of debt setoff. Everyone registering must attend the 1:00-3:30 p.m. session. Please register your vendor/third-party administrators that will be attending. Click here to register for a meeting near you.

Practical Analytic Techniques for Local Government Course

Participants in this course will learn techniques for planning, monitoring, and evaluating programs and activities. Held in Chapel Hill on September 16, the course focuses on a variety of easy-to-apply analytic techniques and includes examples of successful analysis among local governments. Topics include the use of analysis to consider the need for additional employees, to diagnose work scheduling and routing problems, to make adjustments for the impact of inflation, to analyze patterns of demand for a service, to consider privatization options, to annualize capital costs, and to perform life-cycle costing. Click here to register.

Advanced Leadership Corps

The Advanced Leadership Corp (ALC) is an intensive program that helps city and county elected officials understand their leadership styles and gain insight into how to work with others in their communities, their region and the state. The next program will be offered in Chapel Hill at the Carolina Inn September 18 - 23, 2016. Click here to see who can apply and how.

Outdoor Lighting Meeting

Registration is open 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 September 26 from 10am – 2pm at Duke Energy in the OJ Miller Auditorium (526 S Church St., Charlotte, NC 28202). 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, updates and sustainability efforts. The discussion will include updates on LED modernization, new products, industry news, and more!

Coastal Government Grant Opportunities Workshop

Make your plans to attend the Coastal Government Grant Opportunities Workshop: Funding for Access, Parks, and Boating Infrastructure. This free workshop will be held September 27, from 10:00am – 2:45pm at the Vernon G. James Research & Extension Center in Plymouth, NC. In the workshop, you’ll learn about grant opportunities for communities to acquire land and make improvements to beach and waterfront access, parks and boating facilities, what makes a successful grant proposal, how to leverage funding from multiple grant sources and more. Click here to register for the workshop.

Contracting for Construction and Design Services

This seminar offered by the UNC School of Government addresses topics of interest to those involved in construction contracts or in the procurement of the services of engineers and architects. A variety of topics will be covered including bidding procedures; construction methods; minority participation and reporting requirements. This three-day course will be held in Chapel Hill over September 27-29, 2016 with early bird registration pricing and scholarships available. Click here to learn more.

Division of Water Infrastructure Announces Available Funding for Fall 2016

The Division of Water Infrastructure in the N.C. Department of Environmental Quality announced the fall 2016 funding round and related application training. Funding offered this round will include a portion of the Connect NC bond program. All applications must be received by the division no later than close of business on Sept. 30, 2016. Application training for the following funding programs will be offered statewide in August in Sylva, Boone, Salisbury, Raleigh, Ahoskie, Kinston, Lumberton, and Raleigh/second session. Click here for more information or contact Jennifer Haynie at jennifer.haynie@ncdenr.gov (919.707.9173).

State Treasurers Conference

This year’s Annual State Treasurers’ Conference will be at the Hilton in Greenville on Friday, September 30. This one-day conference provides a forum to update local government finance officials and independent auditors on current governmental accounting, auditing, and financial management issues. A detailed agenda will be posted later this summer on the UNC School of Government website. Click here for more information on the conference.

2016 Regional Board Workshops for Planning and Development Regulation

What are the rules for land subdivision in North Carolina? Which divisions are regulated and which are exempt? What’s the legal review process? And can the government really require the developer to dedicate land? Join the UNC School of Government for a half-day Subdivision Workshop this fall to get answers to these and other questions about land subdivision. The workshop will be offered in four locations across the state from October 18 thru November 16. Click here to learn more.

In the News: Matthews and Mint Hill are big on charm and small-town appeal

Neighboring towns Matthews (with about 30,000 people) and Mint Hill (population about 25,000) share more than a common boundary. Both towns are steeped in history, offer numerous sports and outdoor opportunities and boast growing cultural and social scenes in their downtowns Click here to read more about this and other stories in the news this week.