Overcome your fear of giving feedback | Toledo, Ohio, faces first public audit in decades | Palm Bay, Fla., police connect with children at area parks
August 17, 2017
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Overcome your fear of giving feedback
Avoiding tough feedback can be harmful to employees and the company, writes Angela Sebaly. Truly being kind means telling people where they need improve -- and in a way that shows "respect and concern for the person on the receiving end," she writes.
ThoughtLeaders (8/14) 
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IPS offers Smart Parking solutions for innovative cities and we strive to provide our customers with the most technologically advanced yet practical and affordable smart parking solutions in the world. We are proud to say that IPS manufactures and assembles all Smart Meters locally in San Diego, CA and our customer service experience is second to none. Watch the video.
Budgeting and Finance
Toledo, Ohio, faces first public audit in decades
The Ohio state auditor will examine Toledo after the disclosure that the city overlooked $8 million in a fund for five years. A private firm had been handling Toledo's audits since 2009.
The Blade (Toledo, Ohio) (tiered subscription model) (8/5),  Dayton Daily News (Ohio) (8/8) 
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Emergency Management and Public Safety
Palm Bay, Fla., police connect with children at area parks
Florida's Palm Bay Police Department is having school resource officers and youth service officers spend time connecting with young people at area parks. "These guys will go to the parks, play some basketball with the kids or hand out coupons for Slurpees," said police Sgt. Cliff Graves.
Florida Today (Melbourne) (tiered subscription model) (8/13) 
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Economic Development, Restoration and Sustainability
Wis. city to rebrand to attract certain industries
Waupun, Wis., hopes to attract specific industries to boost its economic development and plans to update its brand and add website and social media content as part of an effort to do so. "Waupun is strong in agribusiness and advanced manufacturing ... but a newer sector we could possibly claim would be logistics transportation," said Kathy Schlieve, the city's director of economic development.
The Reporter (Fond Du Lac, Wis.) (8/14) 
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Legislation, Policy and Grants
Mebane, N.C., to allow Sunday alcohol sales earlier
The City Council of Mebane, N.C., has voted to allow Sunday alcohol sales to start earlier, moving from noon to 10 a.m. State government recently gave municipalities the option to move their sales times back.
The Times-News (Burlington, N.C.) (8/14) 
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Public Works and Infrastructure
Pre-construction work on Calif. toll project to start
The Riverside County Transportation Commission in California is adding toll lanes to Interstate 15 in Corona, and will start nighttime closures to begin pre-construction work. The $455 million project will add about 15 miles of tolled express lanes in both directions.
Inland Valley Daily Bulletin (Ontario, Calif.) (8/11) 
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Human Resources and Development
Indianapolis OKs "living wage" for city, county workers
Indianapolis City-County Council members have approved plans to set a $13-per-hour "living wage" for city and county employees. "Thirteen dollars an hour is a baseline, and this is what we as a city need to be doing to lead by example," said City-County Council member Vop Osili.
The Indianapolis Star (tiered subscription model) (8/15) 
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Recognitions and Transitions
Grand Rapids, Mich., city manager to retire
Grand Rapids, Mich., City Manager Greg Sundstrom plans retire at the end of this year after working for the city since 1981. "It has been a joy to work with him over the years, and I appreciate all he has done for the organization and our community," said Mayor Rosalynn Bliss.
MLive (Michigan) (free registration) (8/15) 
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Accepting applications through Sept. 29: Emerging Leaders Development Program
If you are an aspiring local government manager, or a current local government manager who wants to hone your management skills, attend the Emerging Leaders Development Program this fall to build knowledge, skills and abilities in the basic management and technical topics that managers need to know to be successful. Through a unique format that blends monthly teleseminars with senior credentialed managers or public administration professors, the Emerging Leaders Development Program minimizes your time away from work and maximizes your local government expertise. Graduates of the program will receive a certificate of completion from ICMA University. Learn more about the program and apply today!
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Brownfields 2017: Submit Your Redevelopment Projects - Receive Guidance & Support from Brownfields Experts - Win Awards!
Shark Bait is a new featured event of the dynamic Economic Redevelopment Forum at the 2017 National Brownfields Conference. The structure of Shark Bait provides attendees ('Swimmers') whose communities are impacted by brownfields the opportunity to: 1) select their priority redevelopment projects, 2) work with a team of technical experts ('Lifeguards') to create a pitch, and 3) present their developed projects to a panel ('Sharks') who will provide feedback and identify opportunities. The winning project will receive awards and prizes. The deadline to submit your application to participate in the Shark Bait event is Aug. 15, 2017. All participants must be registered for the 2017 National Brownfields Conference. Register for the conference and submit your Shark Bait application today!
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