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.
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.
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.
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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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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