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February 14, 2013
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  Leadership and Management 
  • Reward your employees to maximize productivity
    Rewarding your employees for their hard work is a good way to keep them motivated and create a strong community, writes Jacob Kache. "[T]he most effective rewards programs combine smaller, regular rewards, with bigger, more extravagant rewards at greater intervals," he writes. LeadChangeGroup.com (2/11)
  • Calif. city manager is asked to do more with added tax money
    The Sacramento, Calif., City Council has asked City Manager John Shirey to revamp his spending plan for $5 million in sales tax revenue, saying his plan to restore services to the Fire Department and pools doesn't go far enough. The money comes from Measure U, which was approved by voters in November and raises the city's sales tax rate by one-half percentage point. The increase is expected to bring in $27 million annually. The Sacramento Bee (Calif.) (free registration) (2/13) Email this Story
How Much Do You Really Need to Make? The Answer May Shock You
Rather than focus on what you can afford to pull out of the business to cover your living expenses, you need to focus on how much you need to earn at your business in order to afford the lifestyle you want to have. This is where the Personal Earnings Goal, or PEG, comes into play. Learn how to calculate your PEG and find out how much you really need to make.

  Budgeting and Finance 
 
  • Ore. city council raises franchise tax
    The Stayton, Ore., City Council unanimously approved increasing franchise tax on electric bills from 5% to 7%. The average residential bill will go up $2. The increase will make up for decreased property value and lower-than-expected tax money collected on alcohol and tobacco sales. The Stayton Mail (Ore.) (2/12) Email this Story
Building Workplace Trust 2015
Interaction Associates' 6th annual research study tracking trust on the job, Building Workplace Trust, is out, and more than half of employees surveyed give their organizations low marks for trust and leadership. Yet this year's findings again point to how high trust leads to better outcomes and financial results — and even boosts innovation.

  Emergency Management and Public Safety 
 
How SDN Makes Campus Networks Better
When should agencies adopt SDN? IDC reports that SDN provides immediate benefits for government campus networks, including modernized IT infrastructures that are more agile, cost-effective, and collaborative.
Read this new IDC paper to learn more.

  Economic Development, Restoration and Sustainability  
  • Kan. city council sets path toward bike friendliness
    The Topeka, Kan., City Council plans to apply to the Kansas Department of Transportation for a $1.4 million federal grant to cover 80% of the first phase of the Bikeways Master Plan. The plan, meant to make the city more bike friendly, includes almost 35 miles in pilot routes and the Topeka Bikeway System, which will be developed over 15 years. The Topeka Capital-Journal (Kan.) (2/12) Email this Story
  Public Works and Infrastructure 
  Recognitions and Transitions 
  ICMA News 
  • 2012 edition of stats book focuses on essentials for local-government managers
    ICMA has released the second edition of "Statistics for Public Administration: Practical Uses for Better Decision Making," an accessible and informative update of the 2010 edition. While this second edition describes research design and basic applied statistics, the book's primary purpose is to demonstrate how statistics can help local-government professionals do their jobs more effectively, rather than help readers master statistical theory. To find out what's new in the second edition, visit ICMA.org/press/statistics.
  • Join ICMA's Leonard Matarese and Joseph Pozzo in webinar on fire/EMS innovation
    Does having more paramedics always produce a better outcome? Can emergency medical dispatch create efficiency in fire and emergency medical service delivery? What is the real story behind compressed air foam? Get answers to these questions and a few of your own in an interactive Web conference at 1 p.m. Eastern on Wednesday. Learn more and register.
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