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January 25, 2013
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  Leadership and Management 
  • Purpose matters more than pay, millennials say
    Workers who are part of Generation Y are motivated more by a sense of significance and purpose on the job than they are by pay, research indicates. Companies can tap into that yearning to boost retention. Dan Schawbel, managing partner of Millennial Branding, recommends letting Gen Y employees have access to top leaders, giving them a chance to pitch ideas and showing them the impact of their work. The Fast Track (1/23)
  • Pa. city council weighs heavy agenda items
    The Philadelphia City Council had two important items to consider when it met for the first time this year. Councilors had to decide whether to switch the property-tax system to one based on market value, a proposal that was considered last year but was postponed because of uncertainty. The council also had to deal with a financial deficit plaguing schools, 37 of which could be closed to save $28 million. The Philadelphia Inquirer (1/24) Email this Story
  Budgeting and Finance 
  • Okla. county looks to change banks to avoid account fees
    The Payne County, Okla., Budget Board is on the market for a bank after the treasurer was told the county will have to start paying fees for two accounts that hold $35 million. County Treasurer Bonita Stadler says the fees could cost $700 per month because interest accrued on the accounts is not enough to cover them. The Budget Board approved monthly use of $1,000 from the general fund to pay the fees through June while Stadler hears proposals from other banks. Stillwater NewsPress (Okla.) (1/22) Email this Story
  Emergency Management and Public Safety 
  • Privatizing 911 isn't part of plan in several N.J. areas
    After Lawrence Township, N.J., became the first town in the state to privatize police-dispatch service, officials from other New Jersey communities say they are not planning to follow suit. They say they are skeptical of hiring a company whose priority is turning a profit, not serving the community, and of how much privatization would save long term. A better alternative might be to consolidate 911 service among neighboring towns, they say. The Times (Trenton, N.J.) (1/23) Email this Story
  Economic Development, Restoration and Sustainability  
  • Iowa city council weighs 2 casino options
    The Davenport, Iowa, City Council heard two proposals for a casino, one for an interstate facility and one for a downtown location. Aldermen seemed more in favor of the interstate proposal, which would bring in about $91.3 million in gaming revenue and $11 million in net revenue. It could also draw retail to the area. The downtown proposal would generate about $67.2 million in gaming revenue and $10.5 million in net revenue and would offer less opportunity for expansion. Quad-City Times (Davenport, Iowa) (1/23) Email this Story
  Legislation, Policy and Grants 
  • N.Y. city council and mayor face off on employment bill
    The New York City Council approved a bill that would prohibit employers from disqualifying job candidates simply because they are unemployed. However, Mayor Mike Bloomberg says he won't sign what he calls "one of the most misguided pieces of legislation" because he doesn't want small businesses to live in fear of lawsuits. Council Speaker Christine Quinn says she thinks Bloomberg's veto would be overridden. The Village Voice/Runnin' Scared blog (1/24) Email this Story
  Public Works and Infrastructure 
  • Mexico City earns award for transportation improvement
    Mexico City was awarded the Institute for Transportation and Development Policy's 2013 Sustainable Transport Award for improving bus rapid transit, parking, and walking and cycling infrastructure. "Mexico City was like a patient sick with heart disease; its streets were some of the most congested in the world," ITDP CEO Walter Hook said. "In the last year, Mexico City extended its great Metrobus BRT system straight through the narrow congested streets of its spectacular historical core, rebuilt public parks and plazas, expanded bike sharing and bike lanes, and pedestrianized streets." Environment News Service (1/22) Email this Story
  Recognitions and Transitions 
  • Wash. city manager plans to retire after 13 years
    Blaine, Wash., City Manager Gary Tomsic says he will retire in June after 13 years. City Councilwoman Bonnie Onyon says Tomsic has improved the city's finances and has been active in the community during his tenure. "I've had a wonderful group of people to work with," Tomsic said. "We are the best community our size in the state of Washington, hands down." The Bellingham Herald (Wash.) (1/23) Email this Story
  ICMA News 
  • ICMA Annual Awards Program is under way; deadline for nominations is March 8
    Each year, ICMA recognizes outstanding contribution to the profession of local-government management through the Annual Awards Program. Recipients will be recognized in two umbrella categories -- for individual achievement through the Professional Awards and for jurisdictional achievement through the Program Excellence Awards -- during ICMA's 99th Annual Conference, scheduled Sept. 22 to 25 in Boston, and will be highlighted in a fall issue of ICMA's PM (Public Management) magazine. Visit the awards page of ICMA's website at for complete information on the Annual Awards Program and the nomination process. Then celebrate the value of professional local-government management by nominating your colleague, your community or yourself for a 2013 ICMA annual award. Nominations are accepted through March 8.
  • Don't miss Web conference Thursday on public-safety concept
    The public-safety concept, through which individuals are trained as police officers and firefighters, has been successfully implemented in the U.S. for more than 100 years. However, the concept remains one of the most politically controversial ideas a local-government manager can champion. At 1 p.m. Eastern on Thursday, ICMA will host a fascinating Web conference titled "Police-Fire Mergers: Understanding the Public Safety Concept," featuring Leonard Matarese, director of research and project development at the ICMA Center for Public Safety Management, and Jane Bais-DiSessa, city manager of Berkley, Mich. During this event, the speakers will discuss the theory behind the public-safety concept and provide insight into how one community has successfully implemented it. Visit the ICMA website for more information and to register.
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