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October 30, 2012
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  Leadership and Management 
  • Half-measures are for losers, leader says
    Real leadership stems from having absolute belief and passion in the things you do, KWL Enterprises CEO Kevin Liles says. Employees, too, should be allowed to take ownership of their spheres of activity, even if that means letting them make mistakes along the way. "It's not about having a share in something; it's about taking ownership of every single thing you do," Liles says. The New York Times (tiered subscription model) (10/27)
  Budgeting and Finance 
  • Ohio city manager aims to privatize parking
    Cincinnati City Manager Milton Dohoney Jr. said he will look into privatizing parking to bring more money to the city. "[L]easing the system could allow the City government to focus current staff on other services, and provide a pool of funding that could be paid immediately to support neighborhood investment among other priorities," Dohoney said in a staff memo. However, one councilman expressed disapproval, saying the plan would replace a steady stream of revenue with a one-time payment. Cincinnati CityBeat/Politics/Issues blog (10/26) Email this Story
  Economic Development, Restoration and Sustainability  
  • Sales of distressed properties decrease in central Ohio
    One-fourth of houses sold during the third quarter in central Ohio were a foreclosure, a short sale or an otherwise distressed property, down from 26.8% in Q2 and from 40% in 2010, according to the Columbus Board of Realtors. Sales in downtown Columbus, Dublin, German Village and Plain City were on par with a normal market, with distressed properties accounting for less than 5%. However, distressed properties accounted for more than half of sales in Groveport, Lithopolis, Obetz and Whitehall, indicating the area is not out of the woods yet. The Columbus Dispatch (Ohio) (10/27) Email this Story
  Public Works and Infrastructure 
  Recognitions and Transitions 
  • Calif. city manager uses 2 wheels to learn area
    Chico, Calif., City Manager Brian Nakamura said he is getting to know the city by riding his bike around and being transparent with his leadership. He came to Chico after three years as the top administrator in Hemet, Calif. Nakamura said he plans to focus on Chico's economic struggles and creating jobs. Chico Enterprise-Record (Calif.) (10/27) Email this Story
  • N.C. county manager announces retirement
    Northampton County, N.C., Manager Wayne Jenkins plans to retire in March, after 12 years in the position. He wants to spend more time with family, he said, and he will help the Board of Commissioners search for a replacement if they request his aid. One county commissioner said he hopes Jenkins' replacement will have good communication skills because that is something Jenkins has done well during his tenure. Daily Herald (Roanoke Rapids, N.C.) (tiered subscription model) (10/26) Email this Story
  ICMA News 
  • Nov. 8 Web conference will focus on attracting and retaining retailers
    As the economy rebounds, communities have a dual role: Attract new businesses, while keeping existing businesses healthy and strong. During the ICMA Web conference "Economic Development: Attracting Retailers and Keeping Them," scheduled from 1 to 2:30 p.m. Eastern on Nov. 8, you will discuss how to target retailers, partner with developers and commercial brokers, and use incentives to stimulate development. The event will feature Lisa Hill, vice president of Buxton's public-sector division; Steven Lantsberger, economic-development director for Hesperia, Calif.; and Jeff Fleming, assistant city manager for Kingsport, Tenn. Register.
  • ICMA University: Invest in training, not travel
    A critical part of building your organization is training your staff, but finding the time to do so can be tricky. ICMA University is here to help! In one afternoon, your staff can receive specialized training across a broad range of topics that enables them to increase professional knowledge and skills. Topics include Ethics, High-Performing Organizations, Performance Measurement, Management, Citizen Engagement, Staff Development, Personal Development, Leadership and Innovation, and Planning, Budgeting and Finance. These workshops are a low-cost, high-payoff professional-development opportunity that can be brought to your office, conference or meeting. Whatever your experience level -- whether you're fresh out of graduate school or you're a seasoned manager -- ICMA University has something for you. Visit the ICMA University website to review the full selection of training opportunities.
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