Leadership means bringing out the best in others | Trump looks to shift infrastructure funding burden to states, local governments | Hackers' ransom demand meets resistance from N.C. county
December 11, 2017
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Leadership means bringing out the best in others
Janie Goddard, president of JADAK, a manufacturer of barcode scanners and machine-vision cameras, says her years as a middle-school teacher helped shape her leadership style. "As a new leader, relate to the person in front of you and figure out: How do I need to behave to get the best out of them?" she says.
The Post-Standard (Syracuse, N.Y.) (12/5) 
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Budgeting and Finance
Trump looks to shift infrastructure funding burden to states, local governments
The Trump administration wants to shift the burden of funding a massive infrastructure bill onto state and local governments, but Urban-Brookings Tax Policy Center senior fellow Tracy Gordon says those entities are "already feeling beleaguered." The federal government would provide competitive financing if the local government could show methods that would raise revenue for infrastructure, but they could also still use funding from private entities.
The Washington Post (tiered subscription model) (12/7) 
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Emergency Management and Public Safety
Hackers' ransom demand meets resistance from N.C. county
Officials of Mecklenburg County, N.C., said Wednesday they had refused to pay two bitcoins, worth about $23,000, to hackers who attacked several of the county's computer systems. "It was going to take almost as long to fix the system after paying the ransom as it does to fix it ourselves. And there was no guarantee that paying the criminals was a sure fix," county manager Dena Diorio said.
The New York Times (free-article access for SmartBrief readers) (12/6) 
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Economic Development, Restoration and Sustainability
Orlando, Fla., to convert old school into rec center
A land swap between the city of Orlando, Fla., and the Orange County school district means the former Grand Avenue School will be turned into a recreation center. The renovated school will house a pottery studio, a youth-mentoring program and a 900-seat gym.
Orlando Sentinel (Fla.) (tiered subscription model) (12/6) 
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City, owner of Woodland, Calif., retail center at odds over future of property
Country Fair Mall in Woodland, Calif., is only 30% leased, and J.C. Penney and Walmart are the main draws for customers. The city proposes demolishing much of the enclosed structure to make room for housing, retail and outdoor space, while owner Frank Zeng hopes to see it transformed to provide inexpensive space to small, local startups.
The Sacramento Bee (Calif.) (tiered subscription model) (12/3) 
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Legislation, Policy and Grants
N.Y. town withdraws bill to regulate wineries
Amid a public outcry, the town board in Southold, N.Y., has withdrawn a proposed ordinance that would have more tightly regulated the town's wineries. The measure would have required at least 80% of grapes to be grown on premises at any winery considered to be in a residential district, Town Supervisor Scott Russell said.
Patch (12/7) 
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Public Works and Infrastructure
Fla. county to address sewage discharges
Commissioners in Florida's Brevard County are supporting measures that would run in excess of $10 million to address the county's sewerage problems. These issues include periodic releases of sewage into the Indian River Lagoon, including 20 million gallons of sewage and stormwater discharged into the Anchor Drive Canal due to excessive rainfall in September and October.
Florida Today (Melbourne) (tiered subscription model) (12/6) 
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Human Resources and Development
Student survey will drive Ill. city's teen-suicide fight
A mental health survey of seventh- and 10th-graders taken this fall will be used by officials and service providers in Naperville, Ill., to develop programs to head off teen drug abuse and suicide.
The Naperville Sun (Ill.) (12/5) 
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