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League travels the state in April 

by Scott Mooneyham, League Advocacy Communications Strategist

The League realizes the value in meeting with our members, informing members about services and initiatives and gaining valuable feedback. Over the month of April, we are holding nearly 25 meetings across the state – from Sylva to Manteo.

Executive Director Paul Meyer is hosting a League Listening and Visioning Tour and traveling to each League District to discuss League initiatives and listen to your feedback. This tour is the first time the Executive Director has done a listening tour with the membership.

The tour provides an opportunity to discuss the state of affairs of cities, the city/state relationship, and the importance of municipal leadership in a rapidly changing political environment. It is a chance to impact the future and how the League can best serve its membership through a direct conversation with Paul! The meetings are scheduled as breakfast or dinner meetings to be convenient for busy, working elected officials and municipal staff.

Plus, some meetings on the Listening and Visioning Tour include a session with the UNC School of Government on the League’s strategic visioning process. The League Board, city officials, and many groups external to municipal government from all across the state have been working on strategic visioning since August 2014. The process is at an important stage, and the School of Government is drilling down on the future vision for cities. The tour meetings are also being used to obtain feedback on possible scenarios they are developing based on what they have learned so far.

In addition, the Risk Management Services program is traveling the state discussing the status of our Health, Workers’ Compensation and Property/Liability insurance programs. The annual RMS Spring Regional Meetings feature expert training in employment practices specific to hiring and firing do’s and don’ts, requirements of the Americans with Disabilities Act, fitness for duty, the Retaliatory Employment Discrimination Act, impact on Workers’ Compensation costs, and more.

Pat Flanagan, attorney with Cranfill, Sumner and Hartzog, will lead this discussion with participation from League staff. The sessions are practical and scenario based. The meetings also include an update on rates for upcoming year, financial performance, wellness program changes and additional member programs designed to help members reduce risk. Seven meetings are being held across the state, and they are the only way to hear first-hand about the initiatives underway to improve employee health and keep your community safe.

Strategic Visioning: Charting to 2030 and beyond

Since August 2014, the League, led by the Board of Directors and working with the UNC School of Government, has been working on a strategic visioning process to reflect the purpose of cities and towns and to develop scenarios for municipalities to 2030 and beyond.

The idea to strategically determine a vision for cities and towns came from a discussion at a Board of Directors’ meeting. The changing political and demographic landscapes have led to a need to deliberately chart a path for cities and towns.

The process is outward facing, inclusive, expansive and transparent. In addition to research by the School of Government, conversations with municipal officials, legislators, counties officials, business partners and other stakeholders are critical to the process.

Part of the League’s Listening and Visioning Tour includes a session with the School of Government that gives municipal officials across the state a chance to provide feedback on the possible scenarios and future vision that have been developed based on what has been learned to date.

Initial recommendations are anticipated to be provided to the Board of Directors this summer.