October 27, 2021
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Leadership and Management
Team decisions can be improved in quality and timing when everyone involved understands the criteria behind the decision, such as cost, risk or how long implementation will take, writes Kevin Eikenberry. "You can set decision criteria upfront for a specific decision or have a set that you run many decisions through to help create better results," Eikenberry writes.
Full Story: Leadership & Learning with Kevin Eikenberry (10/25) 
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Benefits of Digital Transformation in Government
The pandemic changed the way constituents and government agencies interact with each other. Learn how partnering with a provider such as Verizon can be key to achieving mission-critical outcomes for government agencies such as maintaining data confidentiality.
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Budgeting and Finance
Glynn County, Ga., has a tax on short-term rental properties, and officials in the county seat of Brunswick are considering implementing a similar tax on properties within city limits. Properties in Brunswick would be required to register with the city if the ordinance passes.
Full Story: The Brunswick News (Ga.) (10/26) 
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Emergency Management and Public Safety
Smart cities require smart security solutions
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Cities are increasingly networked and automated, but the new efficiencies come with security and privacy concerns, as recent reports have found significant vulnerabilities. Communities seeking the ideal balance between convenience and security may benefit from establishing standards.
Full Story: SmartBrief/Infrastructure (10/25) 
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Mapping Inequity: Partnering for Data-Informed Decision Making
Join us November 5 for a practical and application-focused conversation on using data tools to inform policy and priority-setting in local government. Presenters will dive into the development of a Regional Equity Atlas, and tips to get started in your own community. Register Today!
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Economic Development, Restoration and Sustainability
The Southside section of Peoria, Ill., is now home to a rain garden intended to curb flooding, beautify the area and help alleviate issues with the city's combined sewer overflow system. "[H]opefully, this is a nucleus, the foundation, of something that can grow on the far Southside," former City Council member Clyde Gulley said.
Full Story: WMBD-TV/WYZZ-TV (Peoria, Ill.) (10/23) 
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Naenae Olympic Pool in Lower Hutt, New Zealand, is being demolished as part of the Hutt City Council's plans to reconstruct the pool. Work on the $48.7 million project is set to be finished by mid-2024 and include a hydro slide, leisure and splash pools and a 50-meter pool.
Full Story: Stuff (New Zealand) (10/26) 
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Legislation, Policy and Grants
Seven former 911 dispatchers in Lehigh County, Pa., are suing the county in federal court, saying that some of their colleagues refused to help Spanish-speaking callers, which contributed to the death of a man and his 14-year-old nephew in a house fire. The county is denying the allegations. The plaintiffs also contend in the suit that their resignations and terminations were forced in retaliation for reporting alleged employee misconduct.
Full Story: The New York Times (10/25),  Lehigh Valley Live (Easton, Pa.) (10/25),  Lehigh Valley Live (Easton, Pa.) (10/22) 
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Public Works and Infrastructure
Crews have finished Rapid City, S.D.'s Summit Arena within the projected timeframe and original budget. The $130 million arena covers 250,000 square feet of versatile space for hockey, basketball and other purposes.
Full Story: KELO-AM/FM (Sioux Falls, S.D.) (10/25) 
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Recognitions and Transitions
Acting City Manager Susan Robertson of Augusta, Maine, has been selected by city officials to fill the role of manager permanently, making her the first woman to hold the position. Robertson joined the city as assistant manager in 2019, and leaders say she has helped Augusta successfully weather the pandemic.
Full Story: WABI-TV (Bangor, Maine) (10/26) 
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On Tuesday, November 9, join Ilana Preuss, author of Recast Your City, for a discussion on how to flip the model on economic development in a better way that highlights the charm of small towns and invests in their people and places. This webinar will show you how to build a strong and resilient economy through concrete steps to include all types of talent in your entrepreneurship efforts, why (and how) to focus on small-scale manufacturing businesses as a catalyst, and how new real estate models for main street (and downtown) can be essential to your success. Learn more and register today.
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Join us on November 5 for a practical and application-focused conversation on using data tools to inform policy and priority-setting in local government. Presenters will dive into the development of a Regional Equity Atlas, principles for equitable data practice, and tips to get started in your own locality. Register today! 

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