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February 21, 2013
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  Leadership and Management 
  • Understand your management style to become a better leader
    Some leaders prefer to take charge of the decision-making process by using an autocratic or paternalistic management style, writes Lee Polevoi. Others would rather give their employees more responsibility by acting as democratic or laissez-faire managers. "By better understanding which kind of manager you are, you can adapt or modify your style as necessary and cultivate the most effective work environment for you and your employees," Polevoi writes. Intuit Small Business Blog (2/13)
  Budgeting and Finance 
  Emergency Management and Public Safety 
  Economic Development, Restoration and Sustainability  
  • Colo. city council approves zoning for controversial development
    The Denver City Council has passed a zoning measure that allows a controversial development to be built on the site of a vacant post office. Supporters of the seven-story development say it will bring needed economic revitalization, while opponents say the development is too tall, lacks parking and will negatively affect prices of nearby homes. The Denver Post (2/20) Email this Story
  Legislation, Policy and Grants 
  Public Works and Infrastructure 
  • Texas city council reallocates money toward road repairs
    The Taylor, Texas, City Council plans to take money that was allocated for a recreation center and put it toward street repairs. Assistant City Manager Jeff Straub says about half of the city's streets are failing and need to be rebuilt. "It has gotten to the point where if we fixed them all today, it would be $66 million," Straub said. "Over a reasonable course of time to address the magnitude of this issue, it is more like $100 million. That's an awful amount of money for a city of this size." YNN Austin (Texas) (2/19) Email this Story
  ICMA News 
  • 6 scholarships are available to ICMA members
    Each scholarship enables a local-government team with an ICMA city or county manager to participate in the Environmental & Sustainability Management System Institute. Learn more.
  • "Reinventing Government" workshop: The book's continuing impact after 20 years and its message for our future -- March 28 in Phoenix
    Presented by ICMA's Center for Management Strategies, the Alliance for Innovation and Arizona State University, as well as sponsored by CH2M HILL, this half-day program will feature an interview with Ted Gaebler, discussing the impetus behind the book and insight about improving performance in the future, as well as a critical review of criticism of the book. The afternoon session will feature leading managers' assessment of the impact of reinventing government principles and examination of the future of practice and research in the profession. The discussion will offer insight and tools to address issues and challenges we face. Reread the book before you come to this thought-provoking workshop! Register.
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