Calif. county may seek advance on increased toll revenue for rail station | Local leaders say Vt. government shutdown would hurt cities, towns | Dickinson County, Mich., implements Smart911
June 20, 2018
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A supportive culture brings out people's best work
Employees respond best to a culture that supports them through rough patches and reminds them why their work is important, writes Julie Zhuo of Facebook. "I can't recall an example of groundbreaking work coming from an environment of stress, anxiety, and fear of failure," she writes.
Medium (6/12) 
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Budgeting and Finance
Calif. county may seek advance on increased toll revenue for rail station
The Transportation Authority of Marin in Marin County, Calif., is considering requesting a $2.1 million advance on toll revenue from the Metropolitan Transportation Commission to complete a rail station. The request would ask for funds proposed by Regional Measure 3, a recent successful ballot initiative.
Marin Independent Journal (San Rafael, Calif.) (6/17) 
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Local leaders say Vt. government shutdown would hurt cities, towns
If Vermont lawmakers fail to reach a state budget agreement, the resulting government shutdown could wreak havoc on city and town governments, warns the Vermont League of Cities and Towns. The state's role in setting property tax rates means a shutdown could delay collection or force cities to spend extra on sending out multiple assessments.
VTDigger (Vermont) (6/18) 
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Emergency Management and Public Safety
Dickinson County, Mich., implements Smart911
The dispatch center at the Dickinson County Sheriff's Department in Michigan has begun using Smart911 to provide more details to first responders in emergencies. The county received grant funding to implement the program.
The Daily News (Iron Mountain, Mich.) (6/16) 
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Economic Development, Restoration and Sustainability
Vancouver, Wash., hopes to redevelop Tower Mall
City-owned Tower Mall in Vancouver, Wash., is seeking solutions for redevelopment after the city purchased the property at auction in 2017. The city will determine what residents want from the 186,000-square-foot enclosed property; plans may include urban green space and mixed development in an urban village-style layout.
The Columbian (Vancouver, Wash.) (6/17) 
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Public Works and Infrastructure
Dynamic routing improves England city's traffic management
A pilot program using dynamic routing led to improved traffic management in Coventry, England. The upgrade allows drivers to receive traffic updates on their cellphones.
Traffic Technology Today (U.K.) (6/18) 
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Telecoms back San Jose's smart city plans
Verizon and AT&T will invest millions of dollars to install small cells across San Jose, Calif., to improve wireless service and lay the groundwork for smart city services, Mayor Sam Liccardo said. The city termed it the largest small-cell project in the US and a foundation for providing 5G services.
San Jose Mercury News (Calif.) (6/16) 
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Human Resources and Development
Ala. city launches effort to create a mobile clinic
Opelika, Ala., has launched the Opelika Neighborhood Mobile Wellness Clinic initiative to provide primary and preventative care to underserved neighborhoods. The city received a donation of a 40-foot bus and established a fundraising goal of $200,000 to retrofit it as a mobile clinic.
Opelika-Auburn News (Ala.) (6/18) 
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2018 ICMA Annual Conference - Let us help you build a stronger community
The mission of #ICMA2018 is simple: to provide local government professionals with a place to learn, connect, and pursue the common task of building sustainable communities and improving the lives of people worldwide. At the 104th ICMA Annual Conference in Baltimore, September 23-26, we'll bring in local government experts and thought leaders to more than 150 educational sessions to provide you with an abundance of innovative ideas and practical strategies to build a stronger, more resilient community. Let's do this together. Let's build communities that last and where people of all ages can live and thrive together. Register today to save!
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ICMA adds volume discounts to Local Government 101 online certificate program
Do you have several staff members who would like to earn a professional certificate in local government management? Take advantage of new volume discounts and save up to 50 percent off of registration. Learn more.
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