Image consultant Terry Wildemann says she has learned that good leaders focus on serving others, don't take things personally and set strong boundaries. "To serve well, I needed to ask for help and learn, which meant asking many questions and being open to listening and understanding," she says.
Thinking about Tolling: Keys to Success During CDM Smith's next webinar, our panelists will help tolling newcomers understand its power as a revenue generation tool and the critical considerations to make for success, from policy discussions to organizational changes to feasibility studies. Register for this free webinar.
A ransomware attack against the government of Baltimore on May 7, the second cyberattack on the city in 15 months, locked out its Health Department, rendering health officials and other departments unable to access a state network for drug overdose notification and other digital content on government systems. Hackers have demanded a ransom of 13 bitcoins to unlock the data, but Baltimore Mayor Jack Young said the city will not pay.
Cities should prioritize the development of urban parks and green spaces, which unite communities and benefit the environment, says Brendan Shane of the Trust for Public Land. "They're an amenity asset that brings multiple benefits to a community, and at a core level helps bring the community together," he says.
New York City's Climate Mobilization Act, commonly referred to as its "Green New Deal," could lead to fines on older brick-walled apartment buildings if steps are not taken to curb carbon emissions. Almost 20% of buildings in the city would face a penalty in 2024 based on current energy-use patterns, according to a Wall Street Journal analysis.
The Patterson Foundation will invest up to $5 million to renovate the Sarasota, Fla., waterfront and develop a free public park with fitness and cultural attractions. The nonprofit will launch the project with a $2 million investment, then contribute an additional $1 million for every $5 million worth of private investments funneled into the 53-acre venture.
Over the next 25 years, the cost of maintaining roads and bridges in the Akron, Ohio, area will approach $5 billion after inflation, according to the Akron Metropolitan Area Transportation Study. AMATS' Highway Preservation Needs Report identifies 41 bridges in "poor" condition but does not specifically identify road projects.
Pennsylvania Gov. Tom Wolf's School Breakfast Initiative recently awarded $592,000 in grants to more than 150 schools to support school breakfast programs. The funds will target alternative approaches to school breakfast, including in-class and grab-and-go options.
The city of Broomfield, Colo., has selected Jennifer Hoffman as its city and county manager, making her the first woman to hold the role. Hoffman has worked with the city for 18 years and will replace Charles Ozaki, whose retirement date is tentatively scheduled for Aug. 1.
Join the ICMA Online Classroom for the webinar Rethinking Recycling: Adapting to the New Status Quo on May 28 at 1 pm ET. Participants will gain insight into issues derived from China's decision to establish a significantly more rigid criteria for recyclable materials they will accept. Local government experts from Fort Collins, Colo., and Mecklenburg County, N.C., will provide examples on how they successfully responded to these new challenges, and industry experts from Republic Services will share strategies to help organizations develop sustainable waste management programs. Learn more and register today.
Co-sponsored by the US Environmental Protection Agency and ICMA, the National Brownfields Training Conference will take place December 10-13, 2019, in Los Angeles, Calif., at the Los Angeles Convention Center. Submit your ideas for dynamic educational sessions that encourage conversation and participation from your fellow attendees. A great Brownfields 2019 educational program will motivate brownfields stakeholders to engage, learn, and share their experiences and knowledge of community revitalization challenges and solutions. Since 1996, the National Brownfields Training conference has brought together a cross-section of stakeholders focused on cleaning up and reusing formerly utilized commercial and industrial properties. Submit your idea by May 31!