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December 17, 2012
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  Leadership and Management 
  • Tell your workers that it's OK to fail
    Bosses should tell their workers that failure is to be expected and even welcomed, OptionEase CEO Kim Kovacs says. Failure is a learning experience, Kovacs explains, and also a sign that you're testing the failure points of your company's business model. "If you can recognize the failure before it becomes epic, that's a really good thing. You're going to learn way more every time you fail at something than when you are succeeding," she says. Inc. online (free registration) (12/13)
  • Mich. city mayor begins replacement search before manager resigns
    Bay City, Mich., Manager Robert Belleman has not yet received a formal offer to take the place of Saginaw County's retiring controller, but a formal offer is expected Tuesday and Bay City Mayor Chris Shannon has already started considering who could replace Belleman on an interim or permanent basis. "It would be prudent to be proactive," Shannon said. He said he has already reached out to several city officials including the city clerk, deputy city manager, police chief and finance director. (Michigan) (free registration) (12/13) Email this Story
  • Ohio city manager says city needs to invest in itself
    If the Hamilton, Ohio, City Council wants to improve finances and create more jobs, it will have to make plans to reinvest in its infrastructure, the city manager said during a budget presentation. He said businesses leave Hamilton because of a lack of amenities on one of its busiest streets. "We have a lot of empty buildings and that leaves the perception that Hamilton is a dying town," the city manager said. "...The main reason businesses leave town is because the city has not reinvested in itself." The Journal-News (Hamilton, Ohio) (free registration) (12/12) Email this Story
  Budgeting and Finance 
  • Pa. city council approves a budget higher than planned
    The Scranton, Pa., City Council approved a $109 million budget last week that includes a 22% property tax increase and a 1% commuter tax. The final budget was 10% higher than the original budget because of a court order, and did not include raises for the finance director, fire chief, solicitor and other city employees. WNEP-TV (Moosic, Pa.) (12/13) Email this Story
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  Emergency Management and Public Safety 
  • N.J. county encourages locals to make use of emergency alert texts
    Gloucester County, N.J., officials are encouraging residents to sign up for a text alert system that sends out information about emergencies, traffic situations and school messages. While the county also has an emergency alert system for landline phones, more people are opting to only use cellphones, and officials said residents must sign up for the alerts for the system to work effectively. (Hackensack, N.J.) (12/14) Email this Story
  • New software will help Calif. city reduce collisions
    Redwood City, Calif., officials announced that they will buy software that will help identify where most collisions take place and help officials make a plan to reduce the accidents. The software, which will be purchased using a $28,000 grant from the California Office of Traffic Safety, will allow the city to do away with its current system in which collision data is recorded by hand. City-Woodside, Calif. (12/14) Email this Story
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  Public Works and Infrastructure 
  • Ore. city voters could decide on fluoride as early as May
    The Portland, Ore., City Council will consider putting the issue of drinking-water fluoridation on the ballot in a special election in May 2013. The measure is scheduled for the next primary in May 2014, but Commissioner Randy Leonard said adding fluoride to the drinking water is a health issue and should be decided sooner. "I think it should be voted on as soon as possible," he said. The Oregonian (Portland) (12/13) Email this Story
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