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January 31, 2013
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  Leadership and Management 
  • Are you a gracious boss?
    Bosses often focus so much on showing their strength and assertiveness that they forget to be gracious, writes Kevin Daum. Traits such as humility, empathy and a willingness to defer to others are important parts of modern leadership, Daum argues. "Simply put, the most gracious and powerful leaders are the ones who understand when to step back as a follower and let the most appropriate person lead," he writes. Inc. online (free registration) (1/29)
  • Ill. city council aims for engagement with strategic plan
    The Lake Forest, Ill., City Council unanimously approved a strategic plan that encourages residents' participation. The plan includes working on community character and livability, economic vitality, environmental and fiscal stewardship, human capital, infrastructure and service delivery. The council hopes to get residents involved through monthly town hall meetings, which will begin in February. Chicago Tribune (tiered subscription model) (1/29) Email this Story
Making the Most of Parcel Boundary Data
For a growing list of industries, the importance and widening use of parcel boundary and property data continues to grow. Thankfully, alternatives to traditional parcel acquisition efforts are now available through cost-effective and ready to use solutions. Read our guide to smart decision-making using parcel boundary data
  Budgeting and Finance 
  • Texas city's finances could determine manager's fate
    The Floresville, Texas, City Council discussed a $385,000 deficit and the state of City Manager Andy Joslin's job at a packed meeting. Many people were there to support Joslin, and they suggested that the council give him six months to get the city on a budget track that doesn't add more debt before dismissing him. The council decided in a closed session that Joslin has 90 days to meet criteria set out by councilors. KSAT-TV (San Antonio) (1/30) Email this Story
  Emergency Management and Public Safety 
  Economic Development, Restoration and Sustainability  
  Public Works and Infrastructure 
  • U.K. high-speed rail will include 2 Manchester stops
    A high-speed rail line out of London will add two stops in Manchester by 2033, the Transport for Greater Manchester Committee says. The project is expected to bring 30,000 jobs and will cut travel time between Manchester and London by one hour. The rail's total cost is about £32.7 billion. Capital FM (U.K.) (1/28) Email this Story
  • Minn. city council works toward wastewater solution
    The East Grand Forks, Minn., City Council decided to form an advisory committee to help develop a wastewater-treatment plan. The council has been discussing the issue for three years and likely will either fix a lagoon system or send wastewater under the Red River to a treatment plant in Grand Forks, N.D. Grand Forks Herald (N.D.) (1/29) Email this Story
ICMA Web Conference: Service Delivery in Today's Economy — 2/7 @ 1pm ET
Times are tough. Costs are rising rapidly, yet citizens expect the same — if not better — level of service. Join us to discuss how to evaluate your operations to get the best value for the services you provide. Register here.
  ICMA News 
  • Professional-development opportunity for early-career professionals
    Whether you are new to or only a few years into the profession of local-government management, plan to join us at the Young Professionals Leadership Institute, presented by ICMA University right before each 2013 ICMA Regional Summit. The institute is designed exclusively for assistants, assistant managers and individuals embarking on their local-government career, and it helps participants understand the art and practice of leadership and builds skills through peer-to-peer interaction. Managers are encouraged to invite appropriate members of their staff to attend. Thanks to a generous grant from ICMA-RC, the cost of the Young Professionals Leadership Institute remains at $99. This year's featured workshop: Living Great by Choice. Visit for details.
  • Did you know?
    ICMA's Center for Management Strategies offers educational programming and technical assistance in ICMA-endorsed leading practices for local governments. Priority-based budgeting/fiscal health and wellness as well as high-performance organization strategies are being offered to assist city managers in addressing organizational efficiency and effectiveness, and leading practices in civic engagement and collaborative service delivery are coming soon! For more information, contact Cheryl Hilvert at or visit
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