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October 3, 2012
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  Leadership and Management 
 
  • Hate managing people? You're not alone
    More than two-thirds of managers admit they don't relish their management responsibilities, and most say they don't have the necessary skills and training, Devora Zack writes. Most managerial angst comes when people try to fight their natural styles to become someone they're not. "The only way to achieve real success as a manager -- and to garner the rewards and benefits of managing -- is to lead from a place that is authentic to your core," Zack writes. Fast Company online (9/26)

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  Budgeting and Finance 
  • N.Y. county will raise taxes, cut county jobs in 2013
    The Schenectady County, N.Y., Legislature voted to override the county's 2% tax cap and approve a budget that includes a 7.49% tax increase. Local residents spoke out against raising taxes beyond the tax cap at a meeting last week, but the 2013 budget was passed in an 11-4 vote. The county will also make cuts under the new budget, which includes the loss of 30 county jobs and reorganization of some programs. WNYT-TV (Albany, N.Y.) (10/1) Email this Story
  • N.C. county increases reserves
    Henderson County, N.C., increased its reserves by $2.5 million over the past fiscal year with the help of revenues from sales and property taxes that exceeded projections and conservative budgeting on the part of department heads. While the state recommends county governments have 8% of the current budget in reserves and the county's policy strives for 12%, Henderson County will have 25% of its current budget in reserves. Times-News (Hendersonville, N.C.) (10/1) Email this Story
  Emergency Management and Public Safety 
  • Ark. county to start using emergency database
    Pulaski County, Ark., will take advantage of Smart911, an emergency service offered statewide since the summer, the county sheriff's office announced this week. The Smart911 network allows residents to register information such as their home address or existing medical conditions online so that if they call 911, that information is automatically given to the responder. Arkansas is the first state to offer Smart911 statewide. KUAR-FM (Little Rock, Ark.) (10/1) Email this Story
  Economic Development, Restoration and Sustainability  
  • Downtown expansion plan meets mixed reviews
    The Indianapolis, Ind., City-County Council approved a tax-increment financing expansion downtown that includes building a new fire station and a residential and retail development. Those who oppose the plan say it would take tax dollars away from schools, libraries and other city services since the increase in property tax revenue from the expansion could go toward only development. However, the plan's supporters argue that the extra funds can go toward developing the rest of Massachusetts Avenue, which would be good for the city. The Indianapolis Star (10/1) Email this Story
  Ethics 
  • Md. city prepares for new ethics law
    The Hyattsville, Md., City Council received approval of a new ethics law by the Maryland State Ethics Commission last month, which will be implemented by the city starting in January. The ordinance, which was drafted by city officials and then revised by the State Ethics Commission, will require council members to file 17-page financial disclosure forms during their tenure and within 60 days after they leave office. The law also requires that the city appoint an Ethics Commission that will enforce the ordinance. Patch.com/Hyattsville, Md. (10/1) Email this Story
  Legislation, Policy and Grants 
  • City passes program to hold landlords accountable for property safety
    The Seattle City Council unanimously voted to approve a program that will require all rental properties to be registered and inspected starting in 2014. Through the program, all landlords will complete a checklist illustrating their properties comply with the city's health and safety codes, and all properties will be inspected within 10 years and reinspected every five years. While tenant advocate groups said the program is necessary for residents' rights to good housing, landlord organizations expressed concerns about the costs of the program and its potential penalties. The Seattle Times (10/1) Email this Story
  Public Works and Infrastructure 
  • Ala. county starts work on replacing aging bridge
    The Madison County, Ala., Commission approved spending $108,900 on surveying and designing a new bridge and improvements for Dan Tibbs Road and the 44-year-old bridge that crosses over Dry Creek. The bridge, which is only 18.7 feet wide, was deemed a "high priority" for replacement during a 2009 inspection and services an increasing amount of traffic driving to the nearby industrial park. Replacing the bridge is expected to cost about $736,000, and construction should start in about a year. AL.com (Alabama)/Real-Time News from Huntsville blog (10/2) Email this Story
  Recognitions and Transitions 
  • Two Ill. cities to be recognized for partnership initiative
    Glenview and Lake Forest, Ill., will receive the Community Partnership Program Excellence Award for their Municipal Partnering Initiative during ICMA's annual conference next week. The initiative's goal is to re-evaluate the way local government services are delivered in ways that save taxpayer money. The two communities have been working on it for more than two years. Patch.com/Glenview, Ill. (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 icma.org/virtual.
  • 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 www.tripbuilder.com/icma2012apps 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 icma.org 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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