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December 26, 2012
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  • Departing manager: N.C. city should host big event to attract business
    Former Charlotte, N.C., City Manager Curt Walton said he hopes the city takes a page out of Denver's book and works to attract more businesses and major events. Walton, who retired last week after leading the city through the recession without tax increases, said that more Fortune 500 companies moved to Denver after it hosted the 2008 Democratic National Convention and that Charlotte should try to host a Super Bowl, a NATO conference or another large event. WSOC-TV (Charlotte, N.C.) (12/22) Email this Story
  Budgeting and Finance 
  • Ohio city council goes against resident budget rankings
    The Cincinnati City Council rejected four out of six budget cuts recommended by a $100,000 public-input project that included focus groups, meetings and online surveys, and had residents rank city programs. The city faces a $34 million budget deficit, $141,580 of which will be closed by the two accepted cuts. The council would have closed $1.1 million of the gap by accepting all six cuts. (12/23) Email this Story
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  • La. city council could exempt beads from parade ban
    The New Orleans City Council will consider an ordinance exempting plastic beads from a ban on throwing objects at parade floats. The plastic beads would only fall under the exemption if there is a float at the end of a parade that specifically is meant to collect them for recycling. The ordinance could make its way through the council in time for next year's Carnival parade season. The Times-Picayune (New Orleans) (12/24) Email this Story
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  • ICMA publishes sixth edition of financial management classic
    ICMA has released a new (sixth) edition of "Management Policies in Local Government Finance," the latest in the classic ICMA "Green Book" series. A comprehensive update of the 2004 edition, this new version offers managers, CAOs and up-and-coming chief financial officers a thorough grounding in the principles of financial management as well as a review of the financial policies and practices used by local governments throughout the U.S. Order now at
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