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October 19, 2012
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  Leadership and Management 
  • Data analytics can aid leaders' decision making, report says
    Leaders can use data analytics to improve decision making and should work to make them part of their organization's culture, officials said during an event releasing a report by the IBM Center for the Business of Government and the Partnership for Public Service. The report cites seven federal offices that used data analytics to improve programs, including the Transportation Security Administration, which came up with a more-thorough inspection process that will be introduced at 30 airports. Government Executive (10/17)
  • Administrator is hired to clean up Texas municipal court
    The Corpus Christi, Texas, city manager hired a court administrator to oversee the municipal court after an internal investigation found 32 areas that need overhaul and resulted in the firing of four employees, including two lower-level workers who were criminally charged. The administrator said her first task is to implement a computer system that will restore accountability in tracking court cases. Corpus Christi Caller-Times (Texas) (10/17) Email this Story
  Budgeting and Finance 
  • Lack of funds could shut down Ga. center that helps rape victims
    The DeKalb Rape Crisis Center in Decatur, Ga., could run out of funds by year-end amid rising demand and a long waiting list of people seeking help. The financial crisis is a result of decreased donations and government grants. The center, which employs one full-timer and almost 200 volunteers, is hoping online donations and a wine-tasting fundraiser next month will help keep it open. WXIA-TV (Atlanta) (10/18) Email this Story
  Emergency Management and Public Safety 
  Economic Development, Restoration and Sustainability  
  • Councilors in Maine's Twin Cities discuss riverfront development
    The Lewiston and Auburn, Maine, city councils conducted a joint session to discuss teaming up on developing both cities' Androscoggin River riverfront. The cities, which are separated by the river, each has a plan, but councilors agreed that they should work together to clean up the river and coordinate development to boost the image of both cities, which are referred to as Maine's Twin Cities. Sun Journal (Lewiston, Maine) (10/18) Email this Story
  Legislation, Policy and Grants 
  • N.C. county commissioners forgo vote on protest ordinance
    The Jackson County, N.C., Commission decided not to take a final vote on legislation to limit protesters, after the ordinance had been drafted and had passed through at least one work session. The legislation would have required a group of 10 or more protesters to get a permit and would have restricted assembly to grassy areas. Two residents spoke out against the legislation before commissioners decided not to vote on it. The Smoky Mountain News (Waynesville, N.C.) (10/17) Email this Story
  Public Works and Infrastructure 
  • Pa. city councilor questions mayor on cost of water-system proposal
    The Allentown, Pa., City Council voted unanimously to give the mayoral administration an ultimatum that if it does not disclose the cost of a proposal to lease the water and sewer systems, the council will not advance the proposal. One councilor said she has been asking for the information for weeks and that she estimates the cost is upward of $500,000. The mayoral administration must provide information about the proposal's cost and the part of the budget funding it before the council's scheduled vote at the end of this month. WFMZ-TV (Allentown, Pa.) (10/18) Email this Story
  Recognitions and Transitions 
  • Calif. city manager is chosen for talent, not controversy
    The Greenfield, Calif., City Council unanimously selected Susan Stanton as city manager, filling a position that had been open for more than a year. Stanton received national media attention in the 2000s after undergoing a sex change, thought to be the reason she was fired from two city-manager positions in Florida. However, Greenfield Mayor John Huerta said Stanton's talent with labor negotiations and cultural centers made her an obvious choice. "[Hiring her] is a bold move, but it goes back to her experience and qualifications," Huerta said. Monterey County Weekly (Seaside, Calif.) (10/18) Email this Story
  • Ga. city wins 24th consecutive national budget award
    Newnan, Ga., received an award from the Distinguished Budget Presentation Awards Program for the 24th consecutive year, with only six other government entities ahead of it for the most awards. The program recognizes governments that create and maintain "budget documents of the very highest quality," said Finance Director Katrina Kline, one of the employees recognized for contributions. The Times-Herald (Newnan, Ga.) (10/17)
  ICMA News 
  • 2012 conference wrap-up and thanks!
    ICMA thanks our 2012 sponsors, exhibitors, planning and host committee members and nearly 3,000 attendees for making the 98th ICMA Annual Conference the best-attended conference in four years! Select virtual conference content will be available for purchase this month. Check out the conference website for highlights, and visit Flickr to see photos from the world's foremost event for local-government management professionals, which this year took place Oct. 7 to 10 in Phoenix/Maricopa County, Ariz. See you next year in Boston!
  • "Social Media: Are they Engaged or Asleep?" Sign up for Thursday's ICMA Web conference
    Your fan page might have thousands of "likes," but are you truly engaging citizens? For a practical Web conference on social media engagement, Juniper Korkie, ICMA's director of digital strategies, welcomes Nannette Rodriguez, chief information officer of Miami Beach, Fla., and Michelle Bono, assistant to the city manager of Tallahassee, Fla. Register to learn how to evaluate your social media strategy, deliver relevant information, creatively promote events, increase audience engagement, manage your social media reputation and measure engagement.
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