September 15, 2021
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Leadership and Management
Meetings should have a clear beginning, middle and end to ensure that attendees understand what decisions have been made and what their responsibilities are, writes Elizabeth Doty. "[L]eaders should take the last five minutes, as the meeting winds down, to guide the group in assessing what worked and what didn't," Doty writes.
Full Story: Strategy+Business (9/13) 
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Create Your ARPA Recovery Roadmap
Treasury urges local governments to engage your communities around American Rescue Plan Act (ARPA) spending. So ICMA is working with Polco to provide tools for your success! The ARPA Engagement Package reveals community needs, economic priorities, and documents progress. Learn More
Budgeting and Finance
Yakima County has become the first county in Washington to ban local income taxes on businesses and workers in the wake of a court decision last year that opened the door for such taxes. Seven cities in the state have taken the same step, and others are considering doing so.
Full Story: The Center Square (9/13) 
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Emergency Management and Public Safety
Director Randy Beeman is adding incentives to recruit skilled individuals to add staff and shorten training times as call taker vacancies in the Durham Emergency Communications Center have reached nearly 50%. The center has brought on 11 part-time staff, including former employees and retirees, and increased the size of their training academies in an effort to bring vacancies down, according to Beeman.
Full Story: WNCN-TV (Raleigh, N.C.) (9/10),  WNCN-TV (Raleigh, N.C.) (9/9) 
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Legislation, Policy and Grants
Minneapolis residents are voting this fall on a charter amendment that would change the city's form of government to an "Executive Mayor-Legislative Council structure," giving the mayor more administrative authority and eliminating the Executive Committee. "Consolidating power in the mayor may streamline the city bureaucracy, but opponents of the measure say it also has the potential to box out City Council members and their constituents," Solomon Gustavo writes.
Full Story: MinnPost (9/7) 
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A wide-ranging "green revolution" initiative has transformed parks, walkways, gardens and other landscaped areas in the city of Kazan, capital of the semi-autonomous Russian republic of Tatarstan. A key element of the effort, which has drawn international acclaim, is its "participatory environmental design," in which each project is developed with extensive public input.
Full Story: Bloomberg CityLab (free registration) (9/13) 
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Public Works and Infrastructure
Texas city turns to traffic detectors to address flow
Brownsville, Texas, is tapping an updated traffic-control system to bolster traffic-light synchronization across the city, after allocating $2.4 million toward the effort over two fiscal years. The city has placed detectors to collect data on traffic volume, using that information to ascertain the optimal flow and change the lights in real time via Wi-Fi-based antennas, officials note.
Full Story: The Brownsville Herald (Texas) (9/12) 
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The playground at Sam Peach Park in Puyallup, Wash., will be modernized for the first time since opening 21 years ago. New equipment includes spinner cups, slides and a friendship swing, with the cost covered by the park's namesake, former Mayor Sam Peach.
Full Story: The News Tribune (Tacoma, Wash.) (9/13) 
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Sediment buildup in Lake Laguna in San Luis Obispo, Calif., has reached the point that the city will embark on an eight-day dredging project, followed by several weeks of restoration work. "We have a beautiful, natural lake here in San Luis Obispo and we need to take care of it," said city spokesperson Whitney Szentesi.
Full Story: KSBY-TV (San Luis Obispo, Calif.) (9/13) 
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In the wake of the COVID-19 pandemic, it appears that remote work and relocation are here to stay. Statistics suggest that local governments have an unprecedented opportunity to expand their tax base and bolster economic development by attracting these "digital nomads." In this webinar on Wednesday, September 22, you'll join presenters from three different jurisdictions as they discuss the incentive programs they use to encourage individual teleworkers, small startups, and entrepreneurs to relocate to their communities. Learn more and register today.
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