Is government wrong in the way it attempts to reach out to young people? Does it work against its own interest when it tries to "have a talk" or come to terms with millennials (or, further, "Generation Z")? Is "millennials" maybe a bad or condescending word? Increasingly, people are saying yes to all three, and that it's high time we overhaul the conversation and beware the standard trade advice regarding "engaging with millenials." On the latest episode of Municipal Equation, the League's biweekly podcast about cities and towns in the face of change, we talk with observers including a generations expert, a national-level local government group and a "millennial mayor" to explore what we can do differently than make wholesale assumptions about the interests and behavior of people in their 20s and 30s today. This episode is loaded with useful advice and practices for local government workplaces. Don't miss it. Municipal Equation comes out every other Tuesday at nclm.org/municipalequation. You can also subscribe on iTunes or Google Play or follow the podcast on your favorite listening app. Contact: Ben Brown
The General Assembly's gears continue to revolve in what is otherwise an off-season with brief sessions and interim committee meetings. But the Insider State Government News Service reported on Friday that potential votes aren't expected until Feb. 7 at the earliest as lawmakers wait on action from the U.S. Supreme Court in a case over the drawing of legislative districts and whether they can be used in this year's elections. Meanwhile, however, lawmakers are working on bills that may affect things like school class size and judicial districts. They could spend part of February finalizing these and other matters, the Insider reports, before resting ahead of the short session that is scheduled to begin in May, according to House leadership.
The Census Bureau is conducting Boundary and Annexation Survey workshops in three locations across North Carolina in February: Wilmington, Feb. 12; Durham, Feb. 13; and Charlotte, Feb. 14. The workshops will provide an overview of the 2020 Census Geographic Partnership Programs, the 2018 BAS, and demonstrations for creating a digital and paper response for completing the BAS. To register, please RSVP by emailing your name, phone number, workshop location and BAS participation method type to email@example.com with a generic subject of: RSVP to [Insert City, State] BAS Workshop, by Feb 5.