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February 7, 2013
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  Leadership and Management 
  • Why specificity is key when praising your staff
    As the research of psychologist Carol Dweck shows, it's important to be specific when praising your employees. Rather than offering general compliments, highlight the specific behavior that you want to encourage, writes Margaret Heffernan. This sort of feedback can motivate employees to keep up the good work, she writes. Inc. online (free registration) (2/4)
  • Texas city council pushes legislative agenda forward
    The Waco, Texas, City Council has approved an agenda that focuses on health care, schools and taxes that it will send to state legislators. The council will wait on officials from McLennan County, McLennan Community College and the Waco Independent School District to approve the agenda, which represents common goals. Items include accepting a federal Medicaid expansion, reinstating prekindergarten funding, expanding community and technical colleges, and avoiding property-tax caps. Waco Tribune-Herald (Texas) (2/6) Email this Story
  Budgeting and Finance 
  Emergency Management and Public Safety 
  • N.Y. city council wants answers about Sandy accommodations
    The New York City Council has questioned Homeless Services Commissioner Seth Diamond about the plan for getting 2,000 to 3,000 families displaced by superstorm Sandy into temporary housing. Most of the families are staying in hotels, but Diamond would not disclose when they will be relocated to permanent homes or how much is being spent on temporary accommodations. Daily News (New York) (2/5) Email this Story
  Economic Development, Restoration and Sustainability  
  • La. city council considers forming historic district
    The Mandeville, La., City Council is expected to vote tonight on creating a historic district in Old Mandeville. The measure would create the district and a preservation commission and regulate historic buildings and development in the area. While many have voiced support for the measure, several residents oppose it, saying it would take away their rights as property owners. The Times-Picayune (New Orleans) (2/5) Email this Story
  Legislation, Policy and Grants 
  • La. city council puts off vote on Carnival parades
    The Slidell, La., City Council has delayed a vote on a parade ordinance that has been three years in the making. The ordinance, which is meant to cut the cost of Carnival for the city, would require parade krewes to follow safety guidelines, cap parades at eight each year and shorten Carnival season from six weekends to four. The Times-Picayune (New Orleans) (2/5) Email this Story
  Public Works and Infrastructure 
  Recognitions and Transitions 
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  • Sign up for the 2013 Brownfields Conference in Atlanta
    The National Brownfields Conference is the largest training and networking event in the nation focused on economic redevelopment and sustainability. This event is designed to bring people together from a wide range of fields to learn, discuss and take action on brownfield sites to ultimately revitalize communities and restore the environment. In its 15th year, this event attracts thousands of attendees and more than 200 exhibitors for 2½ days of interactive educational sessions, mobile workshops, keynote speakers and the exclusive economic-redevelopment forum. The National Brownfields Conference, co-sponsored by the Environmental Protection Agency and ICMA, invites you to be part of the solution from May 15 to 17. See details and register.
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