There's no reason to delay. CityVision 2018 pre-registration is open, but for a limited time. CityVision, in Hickory on Sept. 19-21, is the League's premier event full of engaging keynote speakers and informative sessions that will give you the tools you need to face the challenges in your hometowns head on. This year, CityVision will offer roundtable discussions following each general session to address shared challenges, connect with regional partners and engage in facilitated discussions to gain practical information that you can use immediately. This is the best opportunity for municipal officials from around the state to dive deep into issues like broadband and technology, infrastructure, branding your municipality and, most of all, grants -- finding the money you need to prepare your municipality for tomorrow. The annual conference also is where members elect officers and make any constitutional or bylaw changes. Pre-registration ends Friday, Aug. 24, so register early to avoid increased walk-in registration fees.
The state Division of Coastal Management (DCM) is taking proposals from local governments in the 20 coastal counties for Planning and Management Grants for fiscal year 2019, according to a news release. In total, $100,000 of matching funds is available, with a maximum of $20,000 per project. The deadline is Sept. 14. Projects focused on natural hazards and storm recovery will be prioritized. Read the press release for more information, including how to apply.