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January 3, 2013
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  Leadership and Management 
  • What should your New Year's resolutions be?
    It's a good time to try to become a better boss, but where should you start? The Wall Street Journal's panel of experts recommends taking professional development seriously, learning how to influence those around you and getting serious about organizing your to-do list. "If all you do is make lists of the projects you need to finish, odds are good that they will remain unfinished far longer than you'd like," writes Heidi Grant Halvorson. The Wall Street Journal (1/2)
  • Fla. city's new manager accomplishes much in little time
    When Marcus Collins became city manager of Callaway, Fla., less than three months ago, he faced a water-system overhaul, the former manager's dismissal, angry residents, a financial crisis and a city going through three mayors in only months. However, during his short tenure, he has helped the city avoid bankruptcy by paying off three long-term debts and setting up two more to be paid within seven years, and he has brought professionalism to City Council meetings. Collins says he will also focus on economic development. News Herald (Panama City, Fla.) (12/31) Email this Story
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  Budgeting and Finance 
 
  • Nonprofits face pinch as Colo. county reduces budget
    Jefferson County, Colo., commissioners approved a $468.3 million budget for 2013 that includes $9 million in cuts. Nonprofits will see $688,000 less: Family Tree, which provides services for homelessness, child abuse and domestic violence, will lose $125,000; the Jefferson Center for Mental Health will lose $163,000; and the Seniors' Resource Center will lose $400,000, meaning the closure of one location. The Denver Post (1/2) Email this Story

Time and Attendance: The Core of Managing and Measuring Your Workforce
Based on data from Brandon Hall Group's 2014 Workforce Management Study, this paper explores the evolution of time and attendance, the impact of automation and integration, and the key role time and attendance solutions play in managing and measuring today's workforce. Read the Paper and Learn More

  Emergency Management and Public Safety 
  • Mo. city's new police chief wants to add civilian review
    Sam Dotson, the new police chief in St. Louis, says one of his priorities is setting up civilian review so residents can give input when officers must be disciplined. The plan has drawn criticism from union officials and others, but Dotson says he will begin by studying civilian review in other cities. "We need to protect the rights of our officers and give the community that added trust in the department that things won't be overlooked or swept under the rug," he said. St. Louis Post-Dispatch (1/1) Email this Story
  Economic Development, Restoration and Sustainability  
  • Calif. city council weighs large development
    The Oceanside, Calif., City Council was set to consider a proposal to develop 465 acres that were a sand mine. The development would include 22 athletic fields and a commercial district including shops and hotels. "It's going to be a boon for this whole region," said a member of the Economic Development Commission. The plan was expected to pass with little opposition. San Diego Union-Tribune (1/1) Email this Story
  Legislation, Policy and Grants 
  • Foreclosure ordinance is approved by Nev. city council
    The North Las Vegas, Nev., City Council voted in favor of an ordinance that seeks to reduce blight in foreclosed properties. The ordinance requires foreclosed properties to be properly maintained and registered with the city, with mortgagees' contact information included in the registration. "The important thing is opening that line of communication with the lending institution or the folks that own these properties," said Las Vegas City Councilman Steve Ross, who came to the meeting to support the ordinance and share how a similar one has benefited Las Vegas. Las Vegas Review-Journal (1/1) Email this Story
  Public Works and Infrastructure 
  • S.D. city council authorizes $2.1M sewer project
    The Aberdeen, S.D., City Council approved a sanitary- and storm-sewer project on Kline Street. The $2.1 million project will replace several blocks' worth of sewer lines, along with some drinking-water lines. The city likely will borrow as much as $1.5 million from South Dakota's revolving fund loan. Aberdeen American News (S.D.) (1/1) Email this Story
  • Va. city council considers resolution opposing uranium mining
    The Danville, Va., City Council is scheduled to vote today on a resolution to continue the state's uranium-mining moratorium. City Manager Joe King wrote in a summary that although mining at Coles Hill would not threaten the water supply, it could harm the city otherwise. No studies done on uranium mining "accurately assess the potentially negative effects uranium mining ... could have on this region's efforts to recruit new businesses, employees, residents and students to this area," the resolution states. Danville Register & Bee (Va.) (12/31) Email this Story
  Recognitions and Transitions 
  • N.Y. city council president shares "bucket list" of goals
    As Chuck Lesnick starts the last year of his second term as president of the Yonkers, N.Y., City Council, he says he is aiming to fulfill a "bucket list" of goals. They include balancing the budget, which is projected to be $89 million short; bringing some cut positions back to the school district; and fostering economic growth while improving historic parts of the city. "I've always said I want Yonkers to be hip, young, edgy and interesting so young people will stay here," Lesnick said. DailyVoice.com/Yonkers, N.Y. (1/2) Email this Story
  ICMA News 
  • Attention, ICMA members and strategic partners! Call for ideas closes Friday!
    Don't miss this opportunity to submit ideas and vote on sessions you would like to see at ICMA's 99th Annual Conference, scheduled Sept. 22 to 25 in Boston. Contribute to the sharing of innovative ideas and practical strategies in local-government management and leadership by responding to ICMA's annual conference call for ideas. Submit a session, and vote on ideas that have been submitted! Visit the Call for Ideas website for details.
  • ICMA publishes sixth edition of financial-management classic
    ICMA has released the sixth edition of "Management Policies in Local Government Finance," the latest in the classic ICMA Green Book series. A comprehensive update of the 2004 edition, this version offers managers, chief administrative officers and up-and-coming chief financial officers a thorough grounding in the principles of financial management as well as a review of financial policies and practices used by local governments throughout the U.S. Order at ICMA.org/press/finance.
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