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February 25, 2013
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  Leadership and Management 
  • How to be a horrible boss
    The worst bosses share a few highly undesirable traits, ClickFuel CEO Steve Pogorzelski says. They are risk-averse, punish people who show initiative, reward sycophants and tend to make big decisions based on anecdotes, rather than hard data. "Incompetent managers prefer to rely on anecdotes because they can always find someone to tell them what they want to hear, rather than what the facts are," Pogorzelski says. CNNMoney/Fortune (2/21)
  Budgeting and Finance 
  • Library director appeals to N.Y. city council for funds
    The director of the Utica, N.Y., library is asking the Common Council Finance Committee for funding in the next city budget. The director wants $56,000, after the council last year cut $150,000, which was the library's entire budget from the city. The library will receive $5,000 from a federal grant, but Mayor Robert Palmieri's proposed budget does not include funding for the library. Observer-Dispatch (Utica, N.Y.) (2/22) Email this Story
  • N.J. city manager, council agree that 2013 budget needs work
    Clifton, N.J., City Manager Matthew Watkins has presented a preliminary 2013 budget of about $108 million that includes raising taxes on homes assessed at $177,000 by about $30. The budget also includes $8.5 million for sewer operations and $2 million less in salaries compared with the 2012 budget. City Council members say there are issues to address before agreeing on a budget, but they must wait until the state budget is adopted, which is expected by the end of April. Clifton Journal (N.J.) (2/22) Email this Story
  Economic Development, Restoration and Sustainability  
  • Calif. city council allows tennis-tournament expansion
    The Indian Wells, Calif., City Council has given permission to BNP Paribas Open officials to expand the annual tennis tournament and build an 8,000-seat stadium, a 2,000-space grass parking lot, restaurants and other features. The $70 million plan, slated to be finished by the 2014 tournament, aims to increase attendance from 370,000 to 500,000 during the next five years. "It sure ... is a breath of fresh air [after] five or six years of economic absolute disaster to take a look at this and say we have something with a huge pulse ticking in our city," Councilman Patrick Mullany said. The Desert Sun (Palm Springs, Calif.) (tiered subscription model) (2/21) Email this Story
  • N.C. city council says downtown management must shape up
    The Greensboro, N.C., City Council has threatened to revoke funding from Downtown Greensboro, a management team tasked with advocating for the center city. Councilors say the group's advocacy must become more effective if it wants to continue to be funded by the city, which provided 65% of Downtown Greensboro's budget the previous fiscal year. "I feel like the vision is there," former Downtown Greensboro Chairwoman Susan Schwartz said. "What is lacking is the partnership or the commitment to get the things done that are in the plan." The News & Record (Greensboro, N.C.) (2/22) Email this Story
  Legislation, Policy and Grants 
  • Mich. city council considers allowing alcohol at restaurants
    Restaurant patrons in Oak Park, Mich., might soon be able to order alcohol for the first time since 1945, as the City Council prepares to vote on whether to issue tavern licenses. While liquor sales at stores are legal, restaurants cannot serve alcohol. If the council votes in favor of offering tavern licenses, restaurants could offer beer and wine by the glass. The Detroit News (2/22) Email this Story
  Public Works and Infrastructure 
  • Wash. city council looks to install smart parking meters
    The Olympia, Wash., City Council has advanced a plan to replace parking pay stations with smart meters, after a test revealed that smart meters could save the city more than $23,000 annually on maintenance. The $693,000 plan would replace the 2-year-old pay stations, which are on each block, with smart meters at each parking space. According to the test, smart meters require 24 minutes per week of maintenance, compared with 16 hours per week for pay stations. The Olympian (Olympia, Wash.) (2/22) Email this Story
  • N.C. city council delays stormwater-project funding
    The Hendersonville, N.C., City Council has delayed funding for the Mills River Watershed Project, which aims to keep Mills River streams off the state's list of impaired waterways as a result of unstable sources of stormwater sediment. A $200,000 Environmental Protection Agency grant is available, but only if the city provides an additional $180,000. Times-News (Hendersonville, N.C.) (2/21) Email this Story
  ICMA News 
  • Do you want to lead your organization someday?
    If you are an early-career professional who is new to local government, with less than five years of work experience, or you know someone who is, check out how the Young Professionals Leadership Institute can enhance your career. Held in conjunction with the 2013 ICMA Regional Summits, the Young Professionals Leadership Institute provides assistants, assistant managers and those beginning their career in local government with an engaging, interactive professional-development opportunity in five U.S. locations, with a registration rate of $99. Visit to view the full agenda. Then, register and walk away with knowledge and insight that will contribute to personal and professional growth throughout your career.
  • March 8 deadline for ICMA Annual Awards Program approaching fast!
    Don't miss out on this prestigious recognition for your work, that of a colleague or a program launched by your local government! Each year, ICMA recognizes outstanding contribution to the profession of local-government management through the Annual Awards Program. Recipients will be recognized in two umbrella categories -- for individual achievement through the Professional Awards and for jurisdictional achievement through the Program Excellence Awards -- during ICMA's 99th Annual Conference, scheduled Sept. 22 to 25 in Boston, and will be highlighted in a fall issue of ICMA's PM (Public Management) magazine. Visit the awards page of ICMA's website at for complete information on the Annual Awards Program and the nomination process. Then, submit your nomination before March 8.
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