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March 4, 2013
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  Leadership and Management 
  • One job skill to rule them all
    Emotional intelligence is one of the most powerful factors to determine whether a person will be successful, Amanda Ebokosia writes. To enhance it, you should focus on five areas, including motivation. Ebokosia suggests creating notes that describe what drives you so that you don't lose sight of your goals. Black Enterprise (2/19)
  • Texas city's government form won't be put to vote
    El Paso, Texas, voters will consider nine amendments to the city charter during an election in November, but they will not vote on whether to alter the council-manager form of government, after a tie council vote killed a proposal to have voters weigh in. Voters will, however, vote on whether to add the lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgender community to the city's nondiscrimination policy, whether to move elections to November and whether to increase pay for the council and the mayor. El Paso Times (Texas) (2/26) Email this Story
  Budgeting and Finance 
  • Council pushes for N.Y. tax-law change to aid Sandy victims
    The New York City Council supports amending state property-tax law to distinguish between home repair and home improvement so homeowners affected by superstorm Sandy aren't hit with a higher bill. "Clearly, one person is improving their property at their discretion, and the other is trying [to] restore their life and home after a devastating event outside of their control," council Speaker Christine Quinn said. NY1 (New York City) (2/28) Email this Story
  Emergency Management and Public Safety 
  Economic Development, Restoration and Sustainability  
  • Ala. city council is updated on tornado-recovery projects
    The Tuscaloosa, Ala., City Council's Finance Committee has received a detailed report on the progress of storm-recovery projects from the Recovery Operations and Facilities Maintenance departments. The projects, addressing areas damaged by a tornado in April 2011, include a greenway trail; buildings for environmental services and public-safety logistics; and street widening, raised medians and LED lighting for the 10th Avenue corridor. AL.com (Alabama)/Real-Time News from Tuscaloosa blog (3/1) Email this Story
  Legislation, Policy and Grants 
  Public Works and Infrastructure 
  Recognitions and Transitions 
  • Calif. city council recognizes deputy manager's decade of service
    The Laguna Hills, Calif., City Council has awarded Deputy City Manager David Reynolds a certificate of recognition for serving the city 10 years. "We like to recognize the quality of our employees and want to retain them," Mayor Barbara Kogerman said. "They're highly motivated, they are experts in their areas, and he has served the city so well and professionally and in a caring and conscious manner for 10 years." Reynolds began as a management analyst after working in the private sector as a technology expert. The Orange County Register (Santa Ana, Calif.) (2/27) Email this Story
  ICMA News 
  • 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 our members. Reservations are due no later than April 1. View the trip itinerary and download your reservation form, or contact Sallie Ann Burnett at sburnett@icma.org or (864) 541-8678 with questions.
  • "Reinventing Government" workshop will focus on the book's continuing impact and its message for our future
    Ted Gaebler, co-author of the best-seller "Reinventing Government: How the Entrepreneurial Spirit is Transforming the Public Sector," is the featured speaker for this thought-provoking workshop. Presented by ICMA's Center for Management Strategies, the Alliance for Innovation and Arizona State University, as well as sponsored by CH2M HILL, the workshop will kick off with a half-day program that features an interview with Gaebler, who will discuss the impetus behind the book, share his insight on improving local-government performance in the future and provide a critical review of criticism of the book. The afternoon session will feature leading managers' assessment of the impact of reinventing government principles and an examination of the future of and research into the profession. The discussion will offer insight and tools to address issues and challenges you face. Register to join us from 10 a.m. to 3 p.m. Mountain on March 28 in Phoenix. (Note: Reread the book before you come!)
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