Bedrock principles for success | Women process work stress differently from men, research shows | S.D. city council takes e-mail rules seriously
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March 18, 2013
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Bedrock principles for success
Management trends come and go, but certain business principles will be true forever, Jeff Haden writes. Own up to every one of your mistakes, stay focused on your next project and continually strive to connect with knowledgeable people. "Success is a marathon, not a sprint. Explore. Indulge a curiosity," he writes. Inc. online (free registration) (3/6)
Women process work stress differently from men, research shows
One-third of workers report chronic stress related to their jobs, and women feel more stress than men do, according to an American Psychological Association study. Women have a "tend and befriend" response to stress that causes them to seek comfort from loved ones, while men have a "fight or flight" reaction, experts say. The Wall Street Journal (3/4)
S.D. city council takes e-mail rules seriously
Aberdeen, S.D., City Council members follow certain guidelines when it comes to e-mail, including not replying to all and not offering an opinion, City Attorney Adam Altman says. "I always tell them be sure not to hit 'reply all' on the e-mail because that's basically encouraging a debate," Altman said. "Debate should be held in public." While sending one-on-one e-mail isn't a problem, councilors generally try not to send too many messages unless they're discussing a big issue, because e-mail can easily cross over into a violation of open-meeting law. Aberdeen American News (S.D.) (tiered subscription model) (3/15)
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Budgeting and Finance
Md. city council doubts hotel can repay debt
Officials from the city-owned Hilton Baltimore have been unable to convince the City Council that the hotel can meet debt obligations, after it was reported that the hotel will have to use $1 million in tax revenue to service debt. The hotel has fallen short of revenue expectations and has struggled with debt payments since it opened in 2008. American City Business Journals/Baltimore (3/14)
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Pa. city council opposes sequestration
The Scranton, Pa., City Council has introduced a resolution to oppose federal sequestration. The all-Democratic council says congressional Republicans are using cuts that affect the poor and elderly to give tax breaks to the wealthy. If the resolution is passed, the council will send it to lawmakers including Sens. Bob Casey and Pat Toomey. The Times-Tribune (Scranton, Pa.) (tiered subscription model) (3/15)
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Emergency Management and Public Safety
Mich. city's police say school lockdowns must be quick
Schools in Bay City, Mich., must react quickly to emergencies, which police Lt. Joseph Lanava says is done through regular planning and drills. "Emergency lockdown situations are so dynamic, you have to do something really quickly," he said. "It's rarely a situation where you can act slowly and wait for it to play out." However, emergency drills and plans are not carried out consistently from school to school. Bay City Times (Mich.) (3/14)
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Economic Development, Restoration and Sustainability
Nev. city council missed red flags in multiarena development
A fraud case between the Henderson, Nev., City Council and a developer has been settled. The case involved a multistadium development, for which the developer garnered council support without securing a team to play there. The council encountered several red flags throughout the process, including a financier that turned out to be a Chinese maker of surveillance equipment, but didn't immediately act on them. As part of the settlement, the developer can no longer work on projects in the city. (Las Vegas) (3/15)
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Legislation, Policy and Grants
Colo. city council comes out split on oil and gas rules
The Colorado Springs, Colo., City Council has tied in a final vote on establishing oil- and gas-drilling regulations, after almost four months of debate and an initial vote in favor. The matter will go to the next council, which will be seated after April's election. However, the tie vote doesn't mean drilling cannot happen. "They can still drill within the city under state permits," Councilwoman Angela Dougan said. "It just means we lose our seat at the table." The Gazette (Colorado Springs, Colo.) (3/12)
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Public Works and Infrastructure
Ala. city council will fund road projects with $20M bond
The Madison, Ala., City Council has prioritized the majority of a $20 million bond on road projects, including street improvement, an interchange, a bridge, widening, resurfacing and a median crossing. (Alabama)/Real-Time News from Huntsville blog (3/14)
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March is Ethics Awareness Month
Protecting integrity and the public trust are fundamental to the local government profession's role and reputation. Raise the visibility of ethics in your workplace - contact the ICMA Ethics Center at 202-962-3521 for information about ethics training for staff, leadership, elected officials, boards, and commissions. Learn more.
Recognitions and Transitions
Incoming Calif. city manager says financial stability is key
Pall Gudgeirsson, who will become city manager of San Clemente, Calif., this week after City Manager George Scarborough retires, says his initial goal is to ensure finances stay on course in the down economy. Gudgeirsson says financial stability is vital to the city's ability to deliver services. "It's great when the economy is swinging up and you're able to get retail sales taxes from car dealerships, malls, etc., but when the economy is going down and you don't have them, you don't take those hits," he said. The Orange County Register (Santa Ana, Calif.) (3/14)
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ICMA's Center for Management Strategies offers valuable resources for your organization
Did you know that the ICMA Center for Management Strategies offers educational programming and technical assistance in ICMA's leading practice areas for local governments? The center offers strategies for priority-based budgeting/fiscal health and wellness as well as high-performance organizations to assist city managers in addressing organizational efficiency and effectiveness. Resources on leading practices in civic engagement and collaborative service delivery are coming soon! For more information, contact Cheryl Hilvert at, or visit the center's website at
Reserve your Scottish adventure by April 1!
The ICMA Travel Connections program provides social travel events for members and their families to premium locales worldwide. The inaugural ICMA Travel Connections trip will carry members to Scotland from July 21 to 29. Many Scottish highlights await you! Reservations are due no later than April 1. View the trip itinerary and download your reservation form, or contact Sallie Ann Burnett at or 864-541-8678 with questions.
Adventure is not outside man; it is within."
-- George Eliot,
British writer
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