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March 5, 2013
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  Leadership and Management 
 
  • Transparency is better than cool, says Qualtrics CEO
    Transparency isn't just a cool-sounding bit of corporate jargon -- it's a way to ensure that all your workers are pulling in the same direction, Qualtrics founder Ryan Smith says. "We want to be transparent because we want to encourage our people to have all the information to keep them focused on what really matters -- our objectives and how they're going to contribute," Smith says. The New York Times (tiered subscription model) (3/2)
Iredell County, NC Reduces Utility Costs by 15%
Iredell County successfully implemented FacilityDude's UtilityTrac Plus, leading to a 15% reduction of county utility costs. In fact, they saved over $10,000 on one building alone just by finding billing errors and consolidating meters—easy fixes which didn't require any change in occupant behavior. How can FacilityDude help your government save money?
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  Emergency Management and Public Safety 
  • Ohio city council is asked to oppose fire-service merger
    A resident of University Heights, Ohio, is urging the Shaker Heights City Council to reject a proposal that would form the Council of Governments and establish one fire department for the cities. Anita Kazarian says the Council of Governments would not serve residents. "Our respective elected councils will no longer answer to the voters regarding funding, management, standards and performance of fire and [emergency medical services]," Kazarian said. "Taxpayers require the right to vote their opinions. This COG removes this right." Sun News (Cleveland) (3/4) Email this Story
  • Neb. school district, city council talk police-presence funding
    The Bellevue, Neb., City Council and officials of the school district are in a dispute regarding paying for police officers at schools. The city has paid for officers for more than 10 years, but it is asking the school district to foot half of the $50,000 annual bill. Most school districts fund officers on their own, and Bellevue has already decreased officers from three to two. Omaha World-Herald (Neb.) (3/4) Email this Story
Is Pricing Low Your Strategy to Success? Think again.
Pricing is the heart of a business. It affects everything you do and is affected by everything you do. Economists talk of supply and demand as key factors behind pricing—successful entrepreneurs manipulate demand by making their products more desirable. These six steps will help you determine the right price for your product or service, read the article and learn how to get pricing right.

  Economic Development, Restoration and Sustainability  
  • Voters in Okla. city will decide fate of parks proposal
    Enid, Okla., voters will decide today whether the city will follow through with a $50 million plan that includes improving parks; building two neighborhood parks, a downtown park and a community park; adding 10 miles of trails; and establishing the Parks and Recreation Department. The plan is part of the city's Quality of Life initiative, which uses public polls to help officials determine residents' priorities. The Enid News & Eagle (Okla.) (3/3) Email this Story
  • Fla. city council is expected to vote on waterfront YMCA
    A plan to relocate a YMCA to the waterfront in Pensacola, Fla., could be on the fast track to a City Council vote because of support from city officials and business leaders. "It will spur economic growth, enhances the quality of life of Pensacola, and I think it will help us expand our programming to meet the needs of the citizens of our community," said Steve Williams, board chairman of the YMCA. "It is a win-win for the Y and for the community." However, critics have questioned financial and parking aspects of the plan. Pensacola News Journal (Fla.) (tiered subscription model) (3/3) Email this Story
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  Legislation, Policy and Grants 
  Public Works and Infrastructure 
  Recognitions and Transitions 
  • Promotion is expected for Calif. assistant city manager
    The Carlsbad, Calif., City Council has appointed Assistant City Manager John Coates as city manager. An approval vote is scheduled next week. Coates, interim manager since November, "has the vision, style and experience we need to help Carlsbad continue on our path to becoming a truly world-class organization," Mayor Matt Hall said. "His collaborative approach to leadership and commitment to working with the community make him a great fit for Carlsbad." Coates joined the city in 2010 as director of the Parks & Recreation Department. San Diego Union-Tribune (2/28) Email this Story
  ICMA News 
  • Reserve your Scottish adventure by April 1!
    The ICMA Travel Connections program provides social travel events for members and their families to premium locales worldwide. The inaugural ICMA Travel Connections trip will carry members to Scotland from July 21 to 29. Many Scottish highlights await our members. Reservations are due no later than April 1. View the trip itinerary and download your reservation form, or contact Sallie Ann Burnett at sburnett@icma.org or (864) 541-8678 with questions.
  • "Reinventing Government" workshop will focus on the book's continuing impact and its message for our future
    Ted Gaebler, co-author of the best-seller "Reinventing Government: How the Entrepreneurial Spirit is Transforming the Public Sector," is the featured speaker for this thought-provoking workshop. Presented by ICMA's Center for Management Strategies, the Alliance for Innovation and Arizona State University, as well as sponsored by CH2M HILL, the workshop will kick off with a half-day program that features an interview with Gaebler, who will discuss the impetus behind the book, share his insight on improving local-government performance in the future and provide a critical review of criticism of the book. The afternoon session will feature leading managers' assessment of the impact of reinventing government principles and an examination of the future of and research into the profession. The discussion will offer insight and tools to address issues and challenges you face. Register to join us from 10 a.m. to 3 p.m. Mountain on March 28 in Phoenix. (Note: Reread the book before you come!)
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