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October 4, 2012
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  Leadership and Management 
  • 5 reasons that it's sometimes best to shut up
    Smart bosses know bluster can be counterproductive and that silence is often a better strategy, writes Mary Jo Asmus. If you're dealing with shy, sensitive or emotionally distraught employees, try keeping your mouth shut and listen, Asmus advises. "I understand that there is a discomfort in silence in our noisy world. However, silence [is] also one of your most important leadership tools," she writes. (10/1)
  Budgeting and Finance 
  • Mich. city manager works to turn budget around in 5 years
    Ypsilanti, Mich., City Manager Ralph Lange said he is working with his staff to develop a five-year plan to put the city's finances on track and build a sustainable budget. Current projections show the city could face a budget deficit of $4 million in 2016, and Lange said he and his staff are looking at eliminating vacant jobs, reorganizing staff and city services and other options for his City Master 5-year Budget Turnaround Service and Sustainable Plan. (Mich.) (10/3) Email this Story
  Emergency Management and Public Safety 
  • Hacking test reveals vulnerabilities in Okla. city's system
    Tulsa, Okla.'s police department website is being rebuilt and the city's chief information officer has been put on paid administrative leave after a hacking test revealed several vulnerabilities in the city's network. The city thought the test was a real hacking, and erroneously informed about 90,000 people that their information might have been leaked. KRMG-AM/KRMG-FM (Tulsa, Okla.) (10/2) Email this Story
  Economic Development, Restoration and Sustainability  
  • Tenn. city manager criticizes sale of mall while other projects progress
    Oak Ridge, Tenn., City Manager Mark Watson has put the for-sale Oak Ridge mall on "inactive status," while other development projects in the city make progress. Watson said the mall owners are asking too much money for the space, at $10.5 million, after it was appraised for $5.7 million. Other city projects include a uranium processing plant slated to create 800 local jobs, and the restoration of the city's historic Jackson Square and an inn that will be an assisted living center. The Knoxville News-Sentinel (Tenn.) (free registration) (10/3) Email this Story
  • All members of Chicago's ethics board let go
    Chicago Mayor Rahm Emanuel emptied the city's Board of Ethics of its seven members to help the board fulfill the vision of the Ethics Reform Task Force. The task force aims to make the board a judge and jury for punishing those who violate the city's ethics ordinance, and the board's new members include former judges, former city employees and a theologian. Chicago Sun-Times (10/4) Email this Story
  Legislation, Policy and Grants 
  • L.A. City Council repeals marijuana storefront ban
    The Los Angeles City Council voted 11-2 to repeal a ban on storefront marijuana shops after opponents of the ordinance that was passed in July collected enough signatures to get a referendum on the ballot. However, the drug is illegal according to federal law, and the storefronts can still be shut down by federal authorities who specifically target marijuana stores in the area. The Washington Post/The Associated Press (10/2) Email this Story
  Public Works and Infrastructure 
  • Fla. county will get better cell reception
    Florida's Bay County Commission unanimously approved the construction of a cell tower on Panama City Beach Parkway to improve cell phone reception in the Panama City, Fla., area. However, some homeowners and realtors oppose the tower because it would decrease property values and make area homes harder to sell. News Herald (Panama City, Fla.) (10/2) Email this Story
  • N.H. city council advances plan for high occupancy meter rate
    A plan to increase parking rates in core downtown areas of Portsmouth, N.H., was unanimously advanced by the City Council to a third reading that will occur later this month. The high occupancy parking meter plan would raise the price to $1.50 per hour to park on certain streets, which would be the highest rate in New England. Opponents of the plan said the increased price will scare away tourists and customers and confuse workers at downtown restaurants and shops., N.H. (10/2) Email this Story
  Recognitions and Transitions 
  • N.M. county emergency employees receive awards
    Two of Lincoln County, N.M.'s employees received awards from the New Mexico Emergency Management Association. The county's emergency manager received the 2012 Emergency Manager of the Year Award and the emergency management coordinator received the Outstanding Emergency Management Support Staff Member 2012 Award. Both were recognized for their coordination of county resources during the Little Bear Fire and flooding, and for offering local training. El Paso Times (Texas) (10/2) Email this Story
  ICMA News 
  • There‚Äôs Still Time to Register for the ICMA Virtual Conference and Bring this Premier Professional Development Opportunity to You and Your Staff Virtually.
    If travel restrictions or budget constraints prevent you from coming to Phoenix this year, here's a low-cost, no-travel alternative that lets you bring ICMA to your organization through your computer! The Virtual Conference option for the 98th ICMA Annual Conference, Oct. 7 to 10, highlights the best of ICMA's premier professional development event. By registering for this event, you'll gain access to the live stream of more than 20 educational sessions, including all the keynotes! You'll also have on-demand access to the content, allowing you and your staff access to the archives until Dec. 31. One full virtual conference registration fee allows you and your staff to view the live sessions together via the Internet in your conference room or individually from your desktop or coffee shop. For more details and to register, visit
  • Sign up for the Free ICMA Conference App
    To enhance your ICMA conference experience, we've developed a state-of-the-art mobile app that will put important conference information right at your fingertips. With the conference app, you can:
    • Create your own custom schedule
    • View session handouts
    • Take notes and export them to your e-mail
    • Connect with other attendees, speakers, and exhibitors
    • View award-winning Phoenix city content
    • And much, much more!
    To download the mobile app, search "ICMA 98th Annual Conference" in your app store or plug into your device's browser. If you're using an iPhone, iPad, Android or BlackBerry device, you'll be directed to the location from which you can download the appropriate native app. If you're using another type of device, you'll be directed to the mobile web version of the ICMA 98th Annual Conference app. (Note: A wireless Internet connection or 3G network is required to use this feature.)

    The first time you open the app, it will ask for your username and password. Use the same information you use when signing on to the ICMA website.

    Don't have an ICMA username and password? Sign up is easy and free. Visit and click on "Create Account" (top right corner) and sign up! For more information about how to connect and engage with the Annual Conference, read more here.
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