How to overcome work-from-home struggles | Calif. county hires teens for pandemic campaign | Minn. project slows water flow to curb erosion
August 6, 2020
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Leadership and Management
How to overcome work-from-home struggles
Early benefits of working from home are wearing off, and employees need help from managers in creating new structures and connections while staying energized, writes Jim Haudan. "And since working from home doesn't seem to be going anywhere, the sooner we master leading in this physically distant world, the better for us all," he writes.
Full Story: SmartBrief/Leadership (8/4) 
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Emergency Management and Public Safety
Calif. county hires teens for pandemic campaign
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Contra Costa County in California is hiring teenagers to post on social media about the importance of wearing masks and taking other steps to prevent the spread of the coronavirus, along with facts about the disease. The teens will receive a $525 stipend.
Full Story: KNTV-TV (San Francisco) (8/3) 
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Economic Development, Restoration and Sustainability
The Pope County Soil and Water Conservation District in Minnesota and Erickson Excavating have built an earthen berm about a mile south of Lake Minnewaska as part of an ongoing program to keep erosion from entering the lake. The berm, which will be a maximum of 8 feet high, incorporates a 30-inch metal culvert.
Full Story: Pope County Tribune (Glenwood, Minn.) (8/3) 
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Public Works and Infrastructure
To better store, analyze and forecast data for regional growth, western Michigan's Grand Valley Metropolitan Council is using artificial intelligence and machine learning to coordinate government services and plan infrastructure improvements. "We look at the current year, and using our modeling growth factors we try to project what the travel demand on our transportation system could look like in the future," said director of transportation planning Laurel Joseph.
Full Story: MiBiz (Michigan) (8/4) 
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The 24-hour toll on the UK's Itchen Bridge in Southampton will return later this month. The Southampton City Council suspended the toll on March 31 due to the coronavirus pandemic before later introducing limited tolling during specific times.
Full Story: Southern Daily Echo (U.K.) (8/3) 
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Human Resources and Development
Maricopa County in Arizona wants to inform its Hispanic residents of the importance of voting, and outreach includes bilingual flyers, radio and TV ads and social media efforts. is part of the campaign to spread information about upcoming elections and polling places, with county Recorder Adrian Fontes noting, "It's our job as Americans, it's our obligation to move this democracy forward and have all of our voices heard."
Full Story: KNXV-TV (Phoenix) (8/4) 
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Ga. district shifts summer program to bagged meals
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School nutrition professionals in the Dawson County School System in Georgia altered its "Seamless Summer" meal program because of the coronavirus pandemic by moving to bagged, grab-and-go meals. Local students were served 5,500 meals through the summer initiative, which saw slightly less participation than previous summers, said Linda Byrd, school nutrition director.
Full Story: Dawson Community News (Dawsonville, Ga.) (8/4) 
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Recognitions and Transitions
City Manager Tom Bonfield of Durham, N.C., will retire in September after heading up municipal operations for the last 12 years. Bonfield is concerned he will not be able to participate fully as in-person operations ramp up because he is in a high-risk category for coronavirus.
Full Story: INDY Week (Durham, N.C.) (8/3) 
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You've seen her books, and you've probably been inspired by her powerful stance on racial bias. We're thrilled to announce author, educator, speaker, and scholar Robin DiAngelo as UNITE's Thursday General Session keynote speaker. Robin DiAngelo is the #1 New York Times bestselling author of "White Fragility: Why It's So Hard for White People to Talk About Racism," which has been on The New York Times bestseller list for almost two years and been translated into multiple languages. Get ready to listen to Robin's perspective on understanding and challenging racism. It's a keynote you won't want to miss! Learn more and register today!
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In the August issue of PM magazine: The economic impact of COVID-19 is coming into sharper focus, and governmental entities across the country are in the direct line of fire. Municipal bankruptcy may be a viable option for local governments to restructure financial obligations. Read the article.
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