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February 18, 2013
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  Leadership and Management 
  • Manage your talent like a sports team, says former Tyco CEO
    Successful sports teams usually have a balanced roster of committed and talented players, says former Tyco International CEO Edward Breen. That's the same approach leaders should take in running their companies, Breen explains. "There's no one individual going to make a company. So I always want to put people around me who I think are better than me, who will challenge me," he says. Knowledge@Wharton (2/13)
  • N.C. city council might change meeting time after 58 years
    The Salisbury, N.C., City Council is discussing changing a long-standing tradition of holding meetings at 4 p.m. every other Tuesday. Councilors are hoping a change would encourage more public participation and are considering options including a 5 p.m. meeting time and a three-month trial period. The last time the council amended the meeting schedule was in 1955, when members decided on the first and third Tuesday of each month. Salisbury Post (N.C.) (2/15) Email this Story
  Budgeting and Finance 
  • Ohio city officials could see pre-recession pay again
    The North Olmsted, Ohio, City Council has proposed legislation that would restore salaries of elected officials to pre-recession levels. In 2009, the council froze wages and took a 5% pay cut amid the recession. The proposal follows contract negotiations in which city employees received a 2.5% raise last year. Sun News (Cleveland) (2/14) Email this Story
  • Ala. city budget faces possible challenge from sequestration
    The Huntsville, Ala., City Council is discussing the implication of sequestration, which would affect the city's budget when it comes to providing everyday services and spending on long-term projects. Alabama also could lose as many as 40,000 jobs, according to a study, significantly affecting Huntsville's sales tax revenue. "Across the board, we're feeling a lot of pressure on our budget," Mayor Tommy Battle said. "We're going to use all the tools we have to slow down this spending that is happening right now because we're also in the same situation of not knowing of what's going to happen in Washington." WHNT-TV (Huntsville, Ala.) (2/14) Email this Story
  Emergency Management and Public Safety 
  • Texas city officials undergo emergency-preparedness "pop quiz"
    Wolfforth, Texas, officials participated in the first city drill that included police, fire and maintenance workers and a school district official. City Manager Darrell Newsom called the drill, which involved telling workers that power to 67 Texas and New Mexico counties would be shut off within the next 10 minutes. A representative from Xcel Energy says their response is the most organized he has seen. Lubbock Avalanche-Journal (Texas) (2/14) Email this Story
  Economic Development, Restoration and Sustainability  
  • Wash. city councilors want smaller towers at waterfront
    Three of the nine Seattle City Council members have declared support for smaller, slimmer towers in the South Lake Union waterfront area. The councilors back a compromise between the city and South Lake Union's major real estate companies to maximize public view of the lake and reduce shadows in Lake Union Park. South Lake Union is part of a rezoning package up for a council vote in March. American City Business Journals/Seattle (2/14) Email this Story
  Legislation, Policy and Grants 
  • N.Y. appeals court rejects mayor's homeless-shelter rule
    New York City Council Speaker Christine Quinn has prevailed in her legal battle against a homelessness rule by Mayor Michael Bloomberg. The state Court of Appeals struck down Bloomberg's rule requiring single adults to prove a lack of shelter before being given a bed. The policy, long standing for families, was expanded to include adults in 2011. Daily News (New York) (2/14) Email this Story
  Public Works and Infrastructure 
  • Texas city council weighs airborne transportation
    The Round Rock, Texas, City Council is considering building a public-transit system of airborne gondolas. The European-inspired cable car network is estimated to cost significantly less per mile to install than an urban rail system and could be linked to other forms of transportation, such as bike and car sharing. In a city of more than 100,000 residents without public-transportation infrastructure, gondolas appear "an opportunity to think outside the box," Transportation Director Gary Hudder said. Austin American-Statesman (Texas) (free registration) (2/14) Email this Story
  Recognitions and Transitions 
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    Does having more paramedics always produce a better outcome? Can emergency medical dispatch create efficiency in fire and emergency medical service delivery? What is the real story behind compressed air foam? Get answers to these questions and a few of your own in an interactive Web conference at 1 p.m. Eastern on Wednesday. Learn more and register.
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