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February 5, 2013
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  Leadership and Management 
 
  • Leadership tips from the Super Bowl coaches
    Jim Harbaugh and John Harbaugh aren't the "screaming field generals" once ubiquitous in football, Dov Seidman writes. Instead, the brothers represent the modern coach who listens to players, rather than yells at them, and aims not for absolute and unquestioned authority but for softer and more collaborative forms of power. "[O]ur world has transformed. And football provides us a great metaphor for how our leadership needs to change with it," Seidman writes. Time.com (2/1)
  • Texas city council plans shake-up of transportation board
    The Fort Worth, Texas, City Council aims to remove most or all members of the Transportation Authority board. Six of the nine members were informed that they would not be reappointed, and one member has stepped down. The council decided to reorganize the board amid criticism that it has not created a comprehensive transportation system, specifically referencing a lack of urgency on a project to connect southwest Fort Worth and Dallas/Fort Worth International Airport via rail. Fort Worth Star-Telegram (Texas) (2/2) Email this Story
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  Budgeting and Finance 
  Emergency Management and Public Safety 
  • Pa. bill would solicit plan for counties' 911 centers
    A Pennsylvania state legislator from Delaware County plans to propose a bill that would provide counties with guidance on consolidating and regionalizing 911 centers and that would help with the centers' budgeting. The legislation would give the Pennsylvania Emergency Management Agency authority to provide a plan that includes joint-purchasing opportunities, technology regionalization and center consolidation, which are cost-saving measures to help close a budget deficit for 911 centers. Delaware County Daily Times (Primos, Pa.) (2/3) Email this Story
  Economic Development, Restoration and Sustainability  
  • Canadian city plans significant downtown redevelopment
    Officials in Surrey, British Columbia, have mapped out a 20-year downtown-development plan that includes 10 skyscrapers, a five-star hotel, a performing-arts center and a population increase from about 28,000 to 65,000 people. "The build-out is going to be tremendous," said Elizabeth Model, executive director of the Downtown Business Improvement Association. "It will be a completely different city center than what we're looking at now." However, residents and business owners are hesitant to sell properties that would be redeveloped under the plan. The Vancouver Sun (British Columbia) (2/2) Email this Story
  Legislation, Policy and Grants 
  • N.J. county residents hope to get blue laws repealed
    Residents of Bergen County, N.J., are using social media to garner momentum for a campaign to repeal blue laws. Bergen is the only county in the state that still restricts sales of certain goods and forces malls and department stores to close on Sundays. Supporters of the laws say they want them to stay in place to provide one weekend day without traffic. The Record (Hackensack, N.J.) (2/3) Email this Story
  • Wash. city council will consider sex-offender residence measure
    The Puyallup, Wash., City Council will discuss the first draft of an ordinance that would bar two or more sex offenders from living in the same building in a residential zone. The ordinance would also require property owners to obtain a conditional-use permit before taking on two or more tenants who are sex offenders or violent felons if the property is in the central business district. Patch.com/Puyallup, Wash. (2/3) Email this Story
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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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