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March 1, 2013
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  Leadership and Management 
  • Becoming the boss can be like being swept overboard
    Abruptly being promoted into a leadership position is like being swept into "turbulent seas ... without a visible lifeboat," writes Art Petty. To stay afloat, it's important to be realistic about your new role, to work hard and humbly, and to support subordinates and superiors. "[I]t's up to you to sink or swim," Petty writes. (2/24)
  • R.I. city council decides to go paperless
    The Cranston, R.I., City Council plans to integrate laptops and tablets into meetings. The move is aimed at saving money and paper by eliminating paper agendas, which can be hundreds of pages long. The plan will cost as much as $4,000. Wi-Fi will be installed in council chambers., R.I. (2/28) Email this Story
  Budgeting and Finance 
  • Ohio city council establishes rainy day fund
    The Solon, Ohio, City Council has created a rainy day fund, which will set aside money for unforeseen circumstances, such as economic change or a decline in tax revenue. The fund cannot exceed 5% of the general fund's annual revenue from the previous year. "It shows that the city has a formal fiscal commitment to set aside money should something tumultuous happen, rather than operating by the seat of our pants when things go bad," Finance Director Dennis Kennedy said. Sun News (Cleveland) (2/28) Email this Story
  Emergency Management and Public Safety 
  • Pa. city's residents will weigh in on police chief hire
    Pittsburgh residents will have an opportunity next week during a public hearing to give the City Council input on hiring the next police chief. Community groups and other residents expect to focus on issues including improving the Police Bureau's relationship with the community, making more minority hires and decreasing abuse allegations. Pittsburgh Post-Gazette (2/28) Email this Story
  Economic Development, Restoration and Sustainability  
  • Residents push Ga. city council for support in stadium plan
    Atlanta residents living near a planned stadium to replace the Falcons' Georgia Dome are urging the City Council to let them have a say. "If a stadium is built, we only get one chance to do it right," said Scott Chapman, president of a neighborhood association. "There are no do-overs for billion-dollar mistakes." Residents have made requests for the $1 billion project, including noise buffers and economic aid. The Atlanta Journal-Constitution (2/27) Email this Story
  Legislation, Policy and Grants 
  • Texas city council weighs transparency proposal
    An ordinance being considered by the El Paso, Texas, City Council to more clearly define "official business" has drawn criticism that it could make obtaining information difficult. Councilors say the proposal is meant to clear up confusion caused by a vague explanation of "transaction of official business" and that it actually would increase government transparency compared with state law. El Paso Times (Texas) (2/28) Email this Story
  Public Works and Infrastructure 
  Recognitions and Transitions 
  ICMA News 
  • Do you want to lead your organization someday?
    If you are an early-career professional who is new to local government, with less than five years of work experience, or you know someone who is, check out how the Young Professionals Leadership Institute can enhance your career. Held in conjunction with the 2013 ICMA Regional Summits, the Young Professionals Leadership Institute provides assistants, assistant managers and those beginning their career in local government with an engaging, interactive professional-development opportunity in five U.S. locations, with a registration rate of $99. Visit to view the full agenda. Then, register and walk away with knowledge and insight that will contribute to personal and professional growth throughout your career.
  • March 8 deadline for ICMA Annual Awards Program approaching fast!
    Don't miss out on this prestigious recognition for your work, that of a colleague or a program launched by your local government! 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, submit your nomination before March 8.
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