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February 27, 2013
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  Leadership and Management 
  • How to make management training stick
    The positive effects of management training fade quickly unless participants are periodically re-engaged with the material, consultant Bruce Tulgan writes. Sending short training videos to participants can work to some extent, but a better tactic may be to establish a private social network where participants can continue to discuss training material, Tulgan writes. (2/22)

  • Ore. city council pares down list of goals
    The Forest Grove, Ore., City Council has unanimously approved goals that include promoting livable and sustainable neighborhoods, a prudent financial plan and meeting local, state and national needs of the city. The council also established subgoals, which members voted on to be tallied and presented at their next meeting. "At one point, we had a lot of goals," council President Tom Johnston said. "We had way too many goals. We've cut back to three." The Oregonian (Portland) (2/26) Email this Story
  • N.C. city's use of manager system nears 100th birthday
    Hickory, N.C., will celebrate 100 years of using the manager-council form of government next month. The 1913 vote for the change prompted the highest turnout by percentage in city history and made Hickory the first North Carolina city to hire a manager. "It is important to educate our citizens about their local form of government, how it operates and what that means to our city," said City Manager Mick Berry, who will speak to elementary-school students during the next three weeks. The Hickory Daily Record (N.C.) (2/25) Email this Story
Quest Conference Showcases City of Irving, TX
The Quest for Excellence Conference showcases the best practices of Baldrige Award Recipients in a dynamic educational environment. Learn from the City of Irving, TX, a 2012 awardee, as they share how they transformed into an innovative and high-performing municipality. Register today for Quest for Excellence April 7-10, 2013 in Baltimore, MD!
  Budgeting and Finance 
  • Fla. county manager urges 6% budget cut
    Lake County, Fla., Manager David Heath has told departments and constitutional officers that they will have to make a 6% budget cut to help the county avoid a property-tax increase and use of reserves. Despite rising home prices, officials expect that property value will decrease 3%. Heath says he expects the general fund to be down $8.6 million next year. Orlando Sentinel (Fla.) (2/25) Email this Story
  Emergency Management and Public Safety 
  • Mich. city's police chief asks council to raise budget
    Ann Arbor, Mich., Police Chief and Safety Services Administrator John Seto has appealed to the City Council to approve a tentative budget that includes more than $263,000 in overtime, in addition to a $24.2 million baseline. Seto says the Police Department would be stronger with additional overtime, comp time, animal-control services and supplies. (Mich.) (2/26) Email this Story
  Economic Development, Restoration and Sustainability  
  • Calif. city could be first to regulate mobile shops
    Small retailers that opt to put their shop on wheels instead of opening a bricks-and-mortar store aren't officially permitted in San Francisco, but that could change. City officials are drafting regulations that would govern the operation of mobile boutiques, salons, dog groomers and other mobile retailers. The Examiner (San Francisco) (2/25)
  Legislation, Policy and Grants 
  • Ohio city council revises ordinance on abandoned, junk vehicles
    The North Royalton, Ohio, City Council has updated an ordinance on abandoned and junk vehicles to more clearly define the classifications and to give the Building Department more authority on enforcement. Under the revision, abandoned vehicles are those parked on private property for a week or more with expired plates or that are inoperable, while junk vehicles are those that are at least 3 years old with considerable damage. Sun News (Cleveland) (2/26) Email this Story
  Public Works and Infrastructure 
  • Ore. city council leaves bridges out of transportation plan
    The Tualatin, Ore., City Council has approved a $500,000-plus transportation plan that excludes work on two bridges, despite Mayor Lou Ogden's push for inclusion. "People say I'm all about bridges, but, no, I'm all about trying to solve traffic problems," Ogden said. "And I have concerns about the overall performance of this plan." Councilors and residents say the projects would negatively affect the environment and would not ease traffic. The Oregonian (Portland) (2/26) Email this Story
  Recognitions and Transitions 
  ICMA News 
  • Do you want to lead your organization someday?
    If you are an early-career professional who is new to local government, with less than five years of work experience, or you know someone who is, check out how the Young Professionals Leadership Institute can enhance your career. Held in conjunction with the 2013 ICMA Regional Summits, the Young Professionals Leadership Institute provides assistants, assistant managers and those beginning their career in local government with an engaging, interactive professional-development opportunity in five U.S. locations, with a registration rate of $99. Visit to view the full agenda. Then, register and walk away with knowledge and insight that will contribute to personal and professional growth throughout your career.
  • March 8 deadline for ICMA Annual Awards Program approaching fast!
    Don't miss out on this prestigious recognition for your work, that of a colleague or a program launched by your local government! Each year, ICMA recognizes outstanding contribution to the profession of local-government management through the Annual Awards Program. Recipients will be recognized in two umbrella categories -- for individual achievement through the Professional Awards and for jurisdictional achievement through the Program Excellence Awards -- during ICMA's 99th Annual Conference, scheduled Sept. 22 to 25 in Boston, and will be highlighted in a fall issue of ICMA's PM (Public Management) magazine. Visit the awards page of ICMA's website at for complete information on the Annual Awards Program and the nomination process. Then, submit your nomination before March 8.
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