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February 22, 2013
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  Leadership and Management 
  • 4 ways to praise your employees
    Some bosses find it easy to be critical of failure but difficult to praise good work, writes Mary Jo Asmus. It's important to notice and celebrate small victories as well as milestones, Asmus argues. "A little bit of noticing and letting them know what you observe can go a long way, especially if you have a habit of being critical," she writes. (2/18)
  • Calif. city council, planning commission work on communication
    The Mill Valley, Calif., City Council and the Planning Commission have decided on recommendations to improve communication between the commission and City Hall, after Planning Commissioner David Rand accused city officials of being disconnected from the commission. Councilors and Rand agreed that city and commission leaders should meet regularly; the commission will provide project information to councilors ahead of meetings; study-session guidelines should be determined; and performance evaluations should be implemented. Valley, Calif. (2/21) Email this Story
  Budgeting and Finance 
  • N.Y. city manager supports proposal to limit union raises
    Auburn, N.Y., City Manager Douglas Selby has expressed support for state legislation that would limit the power of independent arbitrators in the negotiation of union contracts, saying the proposal could help fiscally distressed cities, including Auburn. "It would be helpful because it does put a cap on what comes out of an arbitration award," he said. However, the legislation has been criticized by the city's firefighter and police unions, which say it could affect the fairness of contract negotiations. The Citizen (Auburn, N.Y.) (2/20) Email this Story
  • Mich. city council authorizes union pay cut
    The Detroit City Council has approved a 10% pay cut in the form of unpaid furlough days for about 600 union workers. The move follows similar action for nonunion workers and employees of the legislative and executive branches. The mayor's office estimates that the cuts will save about $500,000 per month. Detroit Free Press (2/21) Email this Story
  Emergency Management and Public Safety 
  Economic Development, Restoration and Sustainability  
  Legislation, Policy and Grants 
  • N.C. city council backs state's through-truck proposal
    The Wilmington, N.C., City Council has expressed unanimous support for a state proposal to ban large trucks from driving on certain roads to pass through the city. Similar restrictions are already enforced downtown. The ban would apply to tractor-trailers, trucks that are longer than 25 feet or wider than seven feet and trucks that weigh at least 2.5 tons. Port City Daily (Wilmington, N.C.) (2/21) Email this Story
  Public Works and Infrastructure 
  Recognitions and Transitions 
  • S.C. city council gives interim manager permanent appointment
    The Tega Cay, S.C., City Council has unanimously approved hiring interim City Manager Charlie Funderburk permanently. Funderburk, who joined the city's staff in 2001 as parks and recreation director, was appointed interim manager last month when former City Manager Dennis Pieper resigned. Funderburk also has served as the city's operations manager. The Herald (Rock Hill, S.C.) (2/20) Email this Story
  ICMA News 
  • "Reinventing Government" workshop: The book's continuing impact after 20 years and its message for our future -- March 28 in Phoenix
    Presented by ICMA's Center for Management Strategies, the Alliance for Innovation and Arizona State University, as well as sponsored by CH2M HILL, this half-day program will feature an interview with Ted Gaebler, discussing the impetus behind the book and insight about improving performance in the future, as well as a critical review of criticism of the book. The afternoon session will feature leading managers' assessment of the impact of reinventing government principles and examination of the future of practice and research in the profession. The discussion will offer insight and tools to address issues and challenges we face. Reread the book before you come to this thought-provoking workshop! Register.
  • 6 scholarships are available to ICMA members
    Each scholarship enables a local-government team with an ICMA city or county manager to participate in the Environmental & Sustainability Management System Institute. Learn more.
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