Managers can learn to impart meaning | Porter County, Ind., reviews proposed 911 dispatch changes | Pa. township faces stiff sediment reduction rules
April 19, 2018
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Managers can learn to impart meaning
The idea of "meaning" at work can be thought of as purpose that extends beyond the work itself, and it might be the most important part of employee engagement.
TLNT (4/13) 
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Emergency Management and Public Safety
Porter County, Ind., reviews proposed 911 dispatch changes
Commissioners in Porter County, Ind., are seeking feedback from first responders as they review proposed changes to emergency-dispatch communications, including switching radio channels for each police and fire department to a single channel. "We are not going to rush into such a critical decision that has so many moving parts," says Commissioner Jim Biggs.
The Times of Northwest Indiana (Munster) (4/18) 
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Economic Development, Restoration and Sustainability
Pa. township faces stiff sediment reduction rules
At least 60% of the land in Pennsylvania's Bethlehem Township will be affected by requirements that the city curb its sediment runoff by 188 tons a year over the next five years. The report presented to township commissioners was in response to an Environmental Protection Agency mandate that states find ways to reduce sediment.
The Morning Call (Allentown, Pa.) (4/16) 
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Chinese city will use lottery system to approve wind farms
Officials in the Chinese city of Yanan plan to use a lottery system to determine which wind-power projects are approved for development this year. The plan aims to limit strain on the grid, which has not kept pace with new power sources.
Reuters (4/17) 
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Ethics
Suncor, ExxonMobil face lawsuit over climate change in Colo.
The city of Boulder, Colo., Boulder County and San Miguel County are suing Suncor Energy and ExxonMobil, claiming the two companies "contributed to, accelerated, and exacerbated human-caused climate change by promoting and selling huge amounts of fossil fuels." The plaintiffs are seeking compensation for "past and future damages" related to climate change mitigation costs.
E&E News (free content) (4/17) 
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Legislation, Policy and Grants
City declares itself exempt from Calif. "sanctuary" law
The City Council of Los Alamitos, Calif., voted 4-1 on Monday to pass an ordinance saying the state's "sanctuary" law is unconstitutional and that the city is exempt from the measure. Proponents of declaring exemption say immigration is within the purview of the federal government and not the state.
The Associated Press (4/17) 
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Public Works and Infrastructure
$2.4B Texas widening project to be completed in 2018
A widened section of U.S. 290 in Harris County, Texas, is now open, and work on the entire project could be finished by the end of 2018. Construction started in 2011 on the $2.4 billion project, one of the largest jobs ever undertaken by the Texas Department of Transportation.
Houston Chronicle (tiered subscription model) (4/17) 
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Human Resources and Development
Fla. chamber, schools partner for intern program
A Florida school district is partnering with the Jackson County Chamber of Commerce to connect students with summer internships in local businesses. The organization recently held an information session for businesses as part of an effort to mentor students while promoting local jobs and industry.
Jackson County Floridan (Marianna, Fla.) (4/17) 
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ICMA News
ICMA Blog Post: What Can Local Governments Do to Control Benefit Costs?
This "Ask a Manager" blog post by Steve Mokrohisky, county administrator for Lane County, Oregon, recommends five things that local governments can do to control benefit costs. Subscribe to the ICMA Blog and get this and more local-government-management content sent directly to your inbox.
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Effective Supervisory Practices Webinar Series Launches May 2
Back by popular demand, ICMA University's Effective Supervisory Practices Webinar Series gives new and future managers the tools they need to lead. Based on the ICMA best-seller, this six-part webinar series launches May 2 in ICMA's new, high-tech online classroom. This technology upgrade is part of the association's commitment to creating a worldwide learning community, as outlined in the Envision ICMA Strategic Plan. Learn more.
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