Do you know your organization's culture? | Report: Green design could save cities lots of money | Calif. county braces for post-fire consequences
February 19, 2018
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Leadership and Management
Do you know your organization's culture?
Every work culture has its pros and cons, so if yours is experiencing too much stress from competitiveness, it may be time to borrow concepts from a collaborative culture, writes Jesse Lyn Stoner. When red tape and dullness inhibit performance in a bureaucratic workplace, adopt approaches from startups, such as allowing more individual initiative, she writes.
Seapoint Center (2/13) 
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Budgeting and Finance
Report: Green design could save cities lots of money
Green design could save cities money as well as improve public health, according to a report by environmental consulting firm Capital E. The Delivering Urban Resilience report studied three cities, finding that expanded tree cover and making surfaces cooler were two ways to save money and benefit residents.
Next City (2/14) 
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Emergency Management and Public Safety
Calif. county braces for post-fire consequences
Sonoma County, Calif., is deploying gauges as early warning indicators for landslides and flooding like those that resulted from recent fires. And authorities are weighing other measures, including controlled burns, to manage future incidents.
The Press Democrat (Santa Rosa, Calif.) (2/13) 
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Economic Development, Restoration and Sustainability
Wis. city could become a renewable energy leader, says advocate
There's an opportunity for local governments, including cities, states and school districts, to fill the gap in renewable energy leadership led by state and federal entities, said Renew Wisconsin Program and Policy Director Michael Vickerman. He argued before the Sustainable La Crosse Commission on Thursday that La Crosse, Wis., is well-suited to step into that role.
La Crosse Tribune (Wis.) (2/16) 
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Legislation, Policy and Grants
Japanese city announces recognition of LGBT couples
Officials in Fukuoka, Japan, announced this week they will issue papers recognizing LGBT couples starting in April. While the move does not entitle LGBT couples to any legal rights, the documents can be used to demonstrate a relationship when renting housing or providing family consent for medical procedures.
The Japan Times (2/14) 
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Public Works and Infrastructure
Texas city is repurposing canal for infrastructure, residential needs
The city of El Paso, Texas, and other organizations are working on an active transportation system for a stretch of canal that would help stormwater and flood management while providing a space for bicyclists and pedestrians.
Parks & Recreation magazine (2/2018) 
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Fla. city commission approves concrete pier pilings
City commissioners approved the use of concrete pilings for the new pier in Anna Maria, Fla. Up to 240 50-foot pilings will cost between $180,000 and $349,440, depending on the style.
Anna Maria Island Sun (Fla.) (2/14) 
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Human Resources and Development
Mental health issues drive Md. school district measures
Mindful of the stresses students face in a highly competitive system, the Howard County, Md., school superintendent is requesting three additional social workers along with other mental health steps the district is taking. "I'm driving this agenda from my personal experience," said Michael Martirano, whose wife committed suicide in 2016.
The Baltimore Sun/Columbia Flier (2/15) 
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Recognitions and Transitions
Ariz. city manager to encourage cooperation
Frank Felix, recently appointed city manager of Nogales, Ariz., says he hopes to improve interdepartmental communication and cooperation to improve city services for taxpayers. Felix previously served Nogales as Mayor John Doyle's executive assistant before being named acting city manager.
Nogales International (Ariz.) (2/16) 
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