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January 10, 2013
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  Leadership and Management 
  • Why smart bosses start book clubs
    One way to foster engagement is to ask your entire team to read a particular business or management tome, writes Baron Christopher Hanson. Turning your company into a reading group gives you a chance to understand employees better and allows them to share their passions and ideas more freely. "Everyone in the company is guaranteed to have something in common to talk about going forward," Hanson writes. SmartBrief/SmartBlog on Leadership (1/8)
  • Md. city council president fills multiple roles
    Fred Smalls leads his community in many ways as he begins his third term as president of the Laurel, Md., City Council: He also serves as president of a hospital's board of directors and as deputy secretary of state for administration, finance and human resources for Maryland. His experience and involvement have made him a good mediator, his colleagues say, and he has made communication a priority for this term. "I want to get the city to do more outreach through social media and through a number of other platforms to help us inform and reach the residents better than we have," Smalls said. (Howard County, Md.) (1/9) Email this Story
  Budgeting and Finance 
  • Canadian city might increase property tax amid shortfall
    The Winnipeg, Manitoba, City Council likely will be forced to increase property tax to prevent police- and fire-service cuts and to pay for infrastructure investment after the city failed to secure additional revenue from the provincial government. Property tax went up 3.5% in 2012. (Canada) (1/9) Email this Story
  Emergency Management and Public Safety 
  • Colo. city commissions report on response to theater shooting
    Aurora, Colo., has hired an outside firm to evaluate how police and emergency personnel responded to last year's theater shooting amid questions about an ambulance shortage and the amount of time first responders took to arrive on scene. The fire chief had blamed the lack of ambulances on the "severely congested" site. A final report, which will take at least six months, will be made public. The Denver Post (1/9) Email this Story
  Economic Development, Restoration and Sustainability  
  Legislation, Policy and Grants 
  • Fla. city changes rules for street vendors
    The Hialeah, Fla., City Council voted to remove a rule prohibiting roadside vendors from selling goods within 300 feet of a store that sells the same items after a nonprofit sued, calling the rule anti-competitive. The council's decision also removes a requirement that vendors move continuously but enacts a ban on selling near highways. The Miami Herald (free registration) (1/8) Email this Story
  Public Works and Infrastructure 
  • Texas city will seek court ruling on stadium bonds
    The El Paso, Texas, City Council plans to ask a state court to determine whether it can issue bonds to finance the building of a downtown ballpark that would require the demolition of City Hall. The city is facing lawsuits aimed at preventing the demolition. The $50 million stadium would be home to a triple-A minor-league baseball team. City Hall is scheduled to be imploded as early as this spring. El Paso Times (Texas) (1/9) Email this Story
  Recognitions and Transitions 
  • S.C. assistant city manager is promoted to top spot
    Teresa Wilson has been hired as city manager of Columbia, S.C., after a 4-2 vote by the City Council. Wilson, previously assistant city manager, beat out 27 other candidates. "I don't hover over staff; I do like to be informed," Wilson said. "I'm a big proponent of motivating staff to work to the best of their abilities but also giving a little push when necessary." The State (Columbia, S.C.) (1/9) Email this Story
  ICMA News 
  • "A Boss's Guide to Performance Appraisals": Web conference on Jan. 17
    It's Judgment Day. Studies show that the annual performance appraisal is met with trepidation by most employees -- and their bosses. One reason is that the majority of organizations fail to create and deliver performance appraisals that are constructive to the employee and the organization. At 1:30 p.m. Eastern on Jan. 17, ICMA will present "A Boss's Guide to Performance Appraisals," a hands-on primer that will highlight best practices and teach you how to use performance appraisals to build a better organization. The speakers are Scott Letourneau, president of NEOGOV; Karen McLaughlin, city manager of Manteca, Calif.; and Joe Kriskovich, director of human resources and risk management in Manteca. Learn more and register.
  • Learn to lead and make connections that count at the Young Professionals Leadership Institute
    The Young Professionals Leadership Institute, which precedes each 2013 ICMA Regional Summit, is a special, two-day offering for assistants, assistant managers and those beginning their career in local government. Content is designed for ICMA members and nonmembers who are emerging leaders, have a Master of Public Administration degree or are working in a local-government organization in their first job but not in the manager's office. The institute provides an opportunity to build your leadership skill set while participating in skill-building workshops that emphasize effective management and supervision styles. It also includes a discussion with Bob O'Neill and a session on work-life balance. (Managers, we encourage you to invite young professionals to attend this leadership institute.) Don't miss this opportunity to connect with other managers and local-government professionals in your region. The institute is still a great value, at only $99. For details and to register, visit
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