Humility can improve individuals and organizations alike | City rejects selective upzoning for block of Coney Island's Surf Ave. | Green infrastructure projects in New Orleans may be affected by shutdown
January 18, 2019
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Humility can improve individuals and organizations alike
The idea of humility is important for leaders who want to recognize and work on their shortcomings, and humility as a value can also improve organizational culture, writes Nick Martin of Aon's Assessment Solutions Group. "Once there's a collective understanding of what this behavior looks like, screening processes can be developed to identify this trait in potential talent," he writes.
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Economic Development, Restoration and Sustainability
City rejects selective upzoning for block of Coney Island's Surf Ave.
A report that Winiarski Entities' request for upzoning a block of Coney Island's Surf Avenue would be revised to specify only the developer's own properties led to rejection by the City Planning Commission. The commission cited the report and noted the selective upzoning would go against city planning principles.
The Brooklyn Paper (N.Y.) (1/15) 
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Green infrastructure projects in New Orleans may be affected by shutdown
Staff members at the Federal Emergency Management Agency's Hazard Mitigation Grant Program have been furloughed during the partial federal government shutdown, and that could delay a number of green infrastructure projects to curtail flooding in New Orleans. "All of our technical plans and reviews are going forward, but our delay may be on getting construction money," says Mary Kincaid, the city's chief resilience officer.
The Times-Picayune (New Orleans) (1/16) 
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Judge: Birmingham, Ala., within its rights to cover monument
The city of Birmingham, Ala., can legally leave up screening around a Confederate monument in Linn Park, ruled outgoing Judge Michael Graffeo, who declared a state law cited in the case unconstitutional. "A city has a right to speak for itself, to say what it wishes, and to select the views that it wants to express," Graffeo noted.
AL (Ala.) (1/16) 
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Public Works and Infrastructure
Authority: Fla. bridge repairs may mean $275K in lost toll collections
After undergoing repairs for more than a week, the Mid-Bay Bridge in Florida reopened to some traffic Wednesday, which was earlier than expected, although further repairs are still necessary. The Mid-Bay Bridge Authority estimates that the closure will result in $275,000 in lost toll revenue, with overall lost toll revenue exceeding $1 million for this fiscal year, as toll collections were also suspended because of Hurricane Michael last year.
Northwest Florida Daily News (Fort Walton Beach) (1/16) 
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Human Resources and Development
N.C. district serves growing ELL population
N.C. district serves growing ELL population
A North Carolina school district has the largest concentration of immigrant students in the state -- more than 20,000 -- who all need help to learn English, according to this article. The district will spend more than $30 million this year to serve the students, who speak Arabic, Hindi, Russian and Spanish, among other languages.
The Charlotte Observer (N.C.) (tiered subscription model) (1/16),  The Charlotte Observer (N.C.) (tiered subscription model) (1/16) 
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Mich. county offers free dental exams to low-income, uninsured adults
Adults in Michigan's Upper Peninsula who do not have dental insurance can get dental exams at My Community Dental Centers through the U.P. Friendly Smile Fund, which is funded by the Superior Health Foundation and the Marquette County Health Department. Adults whose income is less than 200% of the federal poverty level are eligible, no eligible patients will be turned away if they are unable to afford the requested $10 contribution, and staff will help patients determine whether they qualify for other dental assistance programs.
The Mining Journal (Marquette, Mich.) (1/15) 
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Recognitions and Transitions
Corner Brook, Newfoundland, officials name new city manager
City Council members in the Canadian city of Corner Brook, Newfoundland, have announced they have selected Rodney Cumby to fill the role of city manager. Cumby, currently the executive manager of operations and planning for Lloydminster, Alberta, will replace acting City Manager Dale Park next month.
The Western Star (Corner Brook, Newfoundland) (1/16) 
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Learn about climate-adaptation planning with free report download
In 2015, the U.S. Agency for International Development awarded the four-year Planning for Climate Adaptation Program to ICMA, with the goal of increasing the resiliency of communities in the Dominican Republic to the effects of climate change by improving participatory land-use planning. The results of this program include findings and recommendations on climate planning for local governments. Download the report today to learn more.
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4 ICMA University Online Classroom Webinars to boost your professional development in 2019
On Jan. 23, join Tawny Hammond of the Best Friends Animal Society for Animal Shelters: How to Reimagine and Rebrand. Explore the most common issues affecting community perception of animal shelters and learn best practices for reinventing and rebranding your animal sheltering services. On Feb. 12, join Tracey Virtue of NEOGOV for the free webinar Recruitment Trends in 2019. Learn the top trends shaping hiring and discover what your organization should be doing to hire top talent in today's competitive recruitment landscape. On Feb. 20, join former city manager Patrick Ibarra of the Mejorando Group for How to Create a Succession Planning and Talent Management Process. Learn how to identify your organization's mission-critical positions and a step-by-step method for creating succession planning and talent-management processes. On Feb. 27, join Carol M. Granfield, ICMA-CM, of Municipal Resources, and Aleksandra Stapczynski of Human Resources Services Inc. for Competitive Pay. Discuss various methods for municipal compensation and planning, and learn how to address compression issues to improve staff retention. Learn more about these online classroom professional development offerings and register today.
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