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February 6, 2013
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  Leadership and Management 
  • 4 ways to be a more intense boss
    Intensity is a powerful tool for any leader, although it's important to ensure that your focus and commitment don't come across as anger or obsession, writes Art Petty. Authenticity is a vital part of that process, Petty adds. "Your commitment to the mission at hand must come through in your every word, action and during every encounter," he writes. (2/4)
  • Calif. city council chooses 3 major priorities
    The Palo Alto, Calif., City Council has narrowed a list of priorities to three: infrastructure funding, technological improvement and the city's "two downtowns." The council aims to complete projects such as repairing streets and buildings, improving downtown parking and developing applications that improve service delivery. Palo Alto Daily News (Calif.) (2/5) Email this Story
  Budgeting and Finance 
  Economic Development, Restoration and Sustainability  
  • Mich. city council considers downtown-management revamp
    The Holland, Mich., City Council likely will vote tonight on restructuring downtown management so one person is in charge. The plan would put coordinators for marketing and promotion, streetscape and infrastructure, and planning and economic development under the manager, who would be in contact with businesses, residents and visitors. The Grand Rapids Press (Mich.) (2/4) Email this Story
  • Mo. city council formalizes intent for post-tornado work
    The Joplin, Mo., City Council approved a resolution stating its intent to proceed with the first part of post-tornado redevelopment. Initial projects include a library, with a movie theater on the second floor, which will cost $38 million total. The city plans to spend $806 million on redevelopment after a tornado caused severe damage in May 2011. The Joplin Globe (Mo.) (2/4) Email this Story
  Legislation, Policy and Grants 
  • Maine city council passes smoking ban
    The Portland, Maine, City Council has banned smoking in 36 parks and open spaces. Despite opposition from some residents, councilors say the measure is meant to protect nonsmokers from secondhand smoke. The ban goes into effect March 6 and carries a $50 fine for violators who have already received a warning. Portland Press Herald (Maine) (2/5) Email this Story
  Public Works and Infrastructure 
  • La. city council will investigate Super Bowl power outage
    The New Orleans City Council's Utility Committee has scheduled a meeting Friday about the Super Bowl's power outage. The committee, which regulates power company Entergy New Orleans, plans to investigate the outage, which lasted more than 30 minutes. "We cannot ignore major glitches like this, especially when they occur on the international stage," committee Chairwoman Cynthia Hedge-Morrell said. The Times-Picayune (New Orleans) (2/4) Email this Story
  • Ohio city council moves to make public transportation safer
    A member of the Cleveland City Council introduced a measure that would increase safety for Regional Transit Authority workers. The measure would increase the penalty for those involved in fighting, painting graffiti, playing loud music or other abusive behavior. It also calls for $2 million to go toward installing security cameras on all buses and trains. WJW-TV (Cleveland) (2/4) Email this Story
  ICMA News 
  • There's still time to sign up for Thursday's Web conference: "Service Delivery in Today's Economy"!
    Times are tough. Costs are rising rapidly. Yet, citizens expect the same -- if not a better -- level of service. Learn how one midsize California city is addressing the economic downturn and positioning itself to save millions without sacrificing quality of service. Join us at 1 p.m. Eastern on Thursday for "Service Delivery in Today's Economy," an eye-opening presentation by Cynthia Haas, deputy city manager of Carlsbad, Calif.; and Christine Smith, principal of Baker Tilly Virchow Krause, part of ICMA's Strategic Partners Program. Get details and register.
  • Sign up for the 2013 Brownfields Conference in Atlanta
    The National Brownfields Conference is the largest training and networking event in the nation focused on economic redevelopment and sustainability. This event is designed to bring people together from a wide range of fields to learn, discuss and take action on brownfield sites to ultimately revitalize communities and restore the environment. In its 15th year, this event attracts thousands of attendees and more than 200 exhibitors for 2½ days of interactive educational sessions, mobile workshops, keynote speakers and the exclusive economic-redevelopment forum. The National Brownfields Conference, co-sponsored by the Environmental Protection Agency and ICMA, invites you to be part of the solution from May 15 to 17. See details and register.
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