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January 9, 2013
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  Budgeting and Finance 
  • Iowa city eyes $25M investment for casino
    The Sioux City, Iowa, City Council is discussing a proposed budget for capital development that would include $25 million for infrastructure improvement to create a downtown casino. Money for the project would come from tax increment financing and would go to one of three companies in the running. The overall capital-improvement budget would total $271 million for the next fiscal year. Sioux City Journal (Iowa) (1/7) Email this Story
  Emergency Management and Public Safety 
  • Flag ruling in Northern Ireland fuels riots
    Riots in Northern Ireland continued a fifth straight day after the Belfast City Council voted to discontinue a long-standing tradition of flying the Union Jack flag year-round and instead fly it only on certain days. Clashes erupted between pro-British demonstrators and police and between pro-British and pro-Irish groups. About 50 police officers have been hurt since protests began last week. CNN (1/8) Email this Story
  • NYC opens $1.4M EMS station
    The New York City Fire Department cut the ribbon on a 7,000-square-foot emergency medical service station in Washington Heights that officials say will improve response time in upper Manhattan. The site contains a vehicle supply area, a decontamination bay and an area for basic and advanced life support. The station comprises modular trailers, but the Fire Department is seeking additional funding to make it permanent. Daily News (New York) (1/7) Email this Story
  Economic Development, Restoration and Sustainability  
  • Colo. city contemplates swapping parking spots for patios
    The Aspen, Colo., City Council will consider replacing some downtown parking spaces with inexpensive patios, or "parklets," to boost pedestrian and bicycle traffic. Restaurants would also be able to use the parklets for outdoor dining for a fee. The council is expected to work on the proposal later this month or early next month. Aspen Daily News (Colo.) (1/8) Email this Story
  Legislation, Policy and Grants 
  • Ore. city council will rethink parking-less apartments
    The Portland, Ore., City Council will discuss its policy of allowing apartment buildings without parking after receiving a memo noting that while a study found on-street parking adequate near such buildings, the council might want to further study the issue, given the fast pace at which such buildings are appearing. "[T]he rental vacancy rate in Portland has been one of the lowest in the country, sparking an increase in development of multifamily buildings with and without parking," according to the memo. "This change has raised questions about whether the experience and assumptions of the past regarding market demand for parking are no longer reliable." The Portland Tribune (Ore.) (1/7) Email this Story
  • Ohio city council creates student-led youth commission
    The Cleveland Heights, Ohio, City Council voted to establish the Youth Advisory Commission, made up of 10 high-school students. The goal of the commission, which is scheduled to meet monthly, is to encourage youth participation in government and communication between young people and the council. "The creation of this Youth Advisory Commission is with the belief that our youth are our most precious resource and we need to listen to what they have to say," said Councilman Jason Stein, who introduced the legislation. Sun News (Cleveland) (1/8) Email this Story
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  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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