Va. county manager proposes budget cuts for tax decrease | Ind. county committee to examine 911 emergency call concerns | Calif. city encourages residents to install drought-resistant gardens
March 24, 2017
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Leadership and Management
Employees will go the extra mile if they trust you
An environment of trust means challenging employees to grow and being caring and empathetic while coaching them along that journey, writes Paul Zak. The case for trust isn't just about being nice but has been backed up by research, he notes.
The CEO Magazine (3/17) 
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Budgeting and Finance
Va. county manager proposes budget cuts for tax decrease
Arlington County, Va., manager Mark Schwartz has presented county board members with a list of potential budget cuts that would facilitate a one-cent tax rate cut from his proposed 2018 budget. The $11.1 million optional cuts could affect libraries, parks, schools, human services, community planning, county jail staff and planned service improvements.
Connection Newspapers (Alexandria, Va.) (3/21) 
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Emergency Management and Public Safety
Ind. county committee to examine 911 emergency call concerns
A committee of local emergency officials from will evaluate management concerns at the Porter County, Ind., 911 department after complaints from local police and fire departments. One area the committee will examine is an ongoing upgrade to an 800-megahertz emergency radio network.
The Times of Northwest Indiana (Munster) (3/23) 
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Modernize Your Online Code!
enCodePlus is a unique Internet-based document editing and presentation system for authoring, displaying, and managing the municipal code. enCodePlus meets the needs of innovative communities with features like in-line graphics, GIS map integration, and sign and parking calculators. Learn more
Economic Development, Restoration and Sustainability
Calif. city encourages residents to install drought-resistant gardens
Long Beach, Calif., is teaching residents about water efficiency and drought resistance with demonstration gardens. Residents who drought-proof their yards through the city's Lawn-to-Garden Turf Replacement program can receive up to $3,750, plus $750 more for a drip-irrigation install.
Route Fifty (3/22) 
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St. Louis to raze buildings, create green space
The Metropolitan St. Louis Sewer District will tear down derelict buildings and replace them with green space to absorb rain. The program is focusing on the north side of the city.
St. Louis Post-Dispatch (3/23) 
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Legislation, Policy and Grants
Calif. Bay Area cities bar contractors who work on Trump wall
Oakland, San Francisco and Berkeley, Calif., have adopted or are considering rules to prevent contractors who work on President Donald Trump's proposed border wall from being awarded city contracts. "I'm hoping that the more cities join in, the more powerful our voices will be in this movement to stop the wall," said Oakland City Council member Abel Guillen.
Bloomberg BNA (free content) (3/23) 
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Public Works and Infrastructure
Australian city trials driverless electric bus service
The city of South Perth, Australia, is working with Western Australia's Royal Automobile Club to trial an electric driverless bus that can carry up to 11 passengers for a distance of just under 2 miles. The RAC Intellibus has completed more than 350 trips so far, with 97% of passengers agreeing the technology could be useful.
ZDNet (3/22) 
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San Antonio launches campaign to help people eat healthier
The Viva Health! campaign in the San Antonio metro area aims to give people information on a healthy diet and offer the easiest and most cost-effective ways to replace unhealthy meals with nutritious ones. The three key tenets of the program are having fruits and vegetables fill half the plate at each meal, using smaller plates for portion control and drinking water instead of sugar-sweetened beverages.
San Antonio Express-News (tiered subscription model) (3/22) 
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Human Resources and Development
N.Y. county aims to boost workplace safety, cut costs
St. Lawrence County, N.Y., has hired a risk manager to improve workplace safety for county, town and village staff with the goal of addressing rising workers' compensation claims. Workers' compensation payments cost the county about $120,000 per week, up from around $30,000 per week six years ago.
Watertown Daily Times (N.Y.) (3/23) 
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ICMA's Emerging Professionals Leadership Institute wants you!
If your interest is public service, you're passionate about local government, and you're looking for a way to make connections and build your leadership skills, plan to attend ICMA's Emerging Professionals Leadership Institute. Designed for early-career management professionals who are looking for low-cost, local leadership training, EPLI helps you connect with like-minded colleagues and local government leaders in your region. The $99, two-day program includes the ICMA University workshop "StandOut 2.0 - Building a Culture of Strength Within the Organization;" a conversation with ICMA President Lee Feldman, city manager of Fort Lauderdale, Fla.; a work session on financial management provided by ICMA-RC; and a special session on equity and inclusivity in the workplace and our communities. Don't miss this opportunity to make the connections you need to succeed! Find a location near you and register!
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Now is the perfect time to build a more ethical culture for your organization
March is National Ethics Awareness Month, and what better time to strengthen the ethical culture of your organization by ensuring that every member of your staff understands your organization's values and can deal with ethics-related, on-the-job issues. ICMA offers online training for your staff, workshops and training and technical assistance on such ethics-related topics as Ethics at Work, the Ethical Survivor, Promoting an Ethical Culture, the Leader's Role in Building an Ethical Culture, and Elected Officials and the Public Trust. Each program can be customized for staff, leadership, elected officials, and boards and commissions. Contact the ICMA Ethics Center at 202-962-3521 for more information. Or visit for general information on ethics-related topics.
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