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February 20, 2013
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  Leadership and Management 
  • A little word with big power
    Saying "no" to colleagues is a professional skill that requires practice and the right mindset, Peter Bregman writes. You'll feel less guilty if you remind yourself that you're not rejecting the person, just his or her request. Be polite and appreciative, but push back against people who are persistent, Bregman writes. Harvard Business Review online/HBR Blog Network (2/15)
  • Md. city council chairman drafts rules for meeting order
    To combat the problem of councilors interrupting and talking over one another, New Carrollton, Md., City Council Chairman Duane Rosenberg is pushing for "standing rules" that would define who has the right to speak during meetings. "They seem to think it's OK to keep blurting things out and interrupting each other," Rosenberg said. "It's not fair to the audience or to the speakers who are cut off in the middle of their statements." He is working on draft rules with another councilor, and they could be adopted as early as next month. The Gazette (Gaithersburg, Md.) (2/19) Email this Story
  • Colo. city council presents community vision
    The Cañon City, Colo., City Council's community vision includes improving customer service, establishing plans for development, efficiency and sustainability, and promoting growth and land use. "My hope is that all organizations and people in the community will understand the vision, get behind the vision and all work together to see if we can make this vision happen," City Administrator Doug Dotson said. Daily Record (Canon City, Colo.) (2/18) Email this Story
  Budgeting and Finance 
  • Fla. county takes cautious approach to suggested raises
    Interim Lee County, Fla., Manager Doug Meurer presented a plan at the first 2013 budget hearing that includes ending a five-year pay freeze and putting $1.3 million toward merit-based raises for county employees, to help with retention. Some county commissioners, however, questioned the need for raises and said they need more information, citing a $30 million budget gap. Naples Daily News (Fla.) (2/18) Email this Story
  Emergency Management and Public Safety 
  Economic Development, Restoration and Sustainability  
  Public Works and Infrastructure 
  • Mich. city agrees to countywide water-treatment plan
    The Saginaw, Mich., City Council has approved an agreement to sell untreated drinking water to Bay County. The agreement is part of a plan among 15 municipalities to spend $60 million on a water-treatment facility that will connect with existing water intake. The plan, slated for completion by 2015, should result in improved water quality and long-term savings for customers. The Saginaw News (Mich.) (2/18) Email this Story
  Recognitions and Transitions 
  • Ga. city hires first manager in decades
    Shawn Gillen has been hired as the first city manager of Doraville, Ga., since the 1980s. Voters approved switching back to a manager form of government, after the city changed to strong-mayor government in 1981. Gillen has been city manager in Grand Rapids, Minn., since 2007. The Atlanta Journal-Constitution (2/18) 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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