Clear goals are the foundation of good workplace communication | First all-female class joins Paterson, N.J. police department | Denver may try deploying mental health staff, medics instead of police
June 14, 2019
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Clear goals are the foundation of good workplace communication
Good internal communications are made easier when the company is clear about goals and key objectives, writes Alexander Maasik. "No system of organizational communication or culture works unless you and your team work on it day to day," Maasik notes.
The Next Web (6/11) 
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How Modern Budgeting Helps Organizations Succeed
Your budgeting process makes or breaks your ability to solve workforce challenges efficiently and effectively. Many governments have taken a modern budgeting approach to workforce planning and have made a major impact in their organization. Find out how you can create a better budget that's more accurate, strategic, and efficient.
Emergency Management and Public Safety
First all-female class joins Paterson, N.J. police department
The three new Paterson, N.J., police officers sworn in by mayor Andre Sayegh this week marked several milestones for the department, including the first all-female class and Serein Tamimi, a Palestinian-American who is the first officer in the department to wear a hijab. "Now young Patersonians, young people in our schools and our streets, can look up and say, 'I want to be just like them,'" says the mayor.
The Record (Woodland Park, N.J.) (6/11) 
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Denver may try deploying mental health staff, medics instead of police
Denver is working on a test program that would dispatch mental health professionals and medics to certain 911 calls instead of police, creating a less emotionally charged environment for those calls. The city plans to model its effort on the Crisis Assistance Helping Out on the Streets program in Eugene, Ore.
KCNC-TV (Denver) (6/10) 
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Economic Development, Restoration and Sustainability
Baltimore edges toward normal operation weeks after ransomware attack
More than a month after ransomware hobbled Baltimore's government computers, the city has finally restored much of its email system, but the effects of the attack will be felt for some time. "It's going to be an arduous, lengthy process," cybersecurity expert Jeff Bathurst said.
WJZ-TV (Baltimore) (6/12) 
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Fla. city allows construction of hospital
Sarasota Memorial Hospital has gained approval from the Venice, Fla., City Council to build a hospital on 65 acres. The $437 million project is expected to take 2.5 years.
WWSB-TV (Sarasota, Fla.) (6/11) 
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Legislation, Policy and Grants
Texas county accepts grant to fund park improvements
City Council members in Tyler, Texas, this week voted unanimously to accept an $80,000 grant from national nonprofit KaBOOM! to build a new playground in the city's Gassaway Park. "That's a hidden treasure that we've had in north Tyler for a while, and now it's coming to life for the kiddos," says Councilmember Ed Moore.
Tyler Morning Telegraph (Texas) (6/12) 
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Public Works and Infrastructure
Belfast deploys smart tech in public spaces
City council members in Belfast, Northern Ireland, are hoping to better understand how people use open spaces and parks by deploying sensors and cameras enhanced with artificial intelligence. The city is also using an app to incentivize residents to visit parks.
UKAuthority (6/10) 
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Recognitions and Transitions
Washoe County, Nev., honors retiring manager
Commissioners in Washoe County, Nev., this week honored county manager John Slaughter, who dedicated 33 years to serving the county -- the last five as manager. Slaughter retired this month and the county has named assistant county manager Dave Solaro to act as interim county manager until a permanent replacement can be found.
The Associated Press (6/12) 
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Join ICMA's new online member community - ICMA Connect!
Don't miss out on becoming a part of ICMA's new online member community - ICMA Connect! Open only to ICMA members, the ICMA Connect community provides a safe, secure environment where members can discuss the latest local government issues and challenges and connect with their peers around shared interests, best-practices, career opportunities, events, and more. Access the community in the palm of your hands by downloading the ICMA Connect app - available for download in iOS and Android app stores. Join the ICMA Connect community today for free!
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Webinar | Economic Impacts of a No-Kill Philosophy for Municipal Animal Services
Join the ICMA University Online Classroom for our upcoming webinar on no-kill animal sheltering on June 20 at 1 pm ET. Speakers Tawny Hammond and Ledy VanKavage, of the Best Friends Animal Society, will lead an in-depth discussion on the no-kill philosophy and provide strategies that municipalities, small and large, can employ to sustainably integrate this practice into their municipal animal services to the benefit of their organizations and communities. Save your seat for this pet-friendly webinar and register today!
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