Leaders should take time to polish their personal brand | Business group might propose infrastructure bank to D.C. Council | N.M. city manager presents balanced budget
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April 24, 2013
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Leadership and Management
Leaders should take time to polish their personal brand
Smart leaders make a point of thinking about how they're perceived by others, writes Joel Garfinkle. That means being visible and consciously cultivating a memorable, meaningful public image. "You are the CEO of You, Inc.," Garfinkle writes. "You are responsible for creating your personal brand, for getting your name known, for being memorable." ThoughtLeaders blog (4/17)
Budgeting and Finance
Business group might propose infrastructure bank to D.C. Council
The Council of the District of Columbia could consider a proposal from the Federal City Council to create an infrastructure bank for Washington, D.C., to address capital and social projects without increasing debt. The bank would combine public and private money to alter how the city handles development projects. The Federal City Council is a coalition of top business organizations. American City Business Journals/Washington, D.C./Breaking Ground blog (4/23)
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N.M. city manager presents balanced budget
Santa Fe, N.M., City Manager Robert Romero has proposed a balanced budget to the City Council that would not borrow from reserves or other funds and would not reduce jobs or health-insurance benefits or increase taxes or fees. The plan would cut 24 permanent and 16 temporary positions that are vacant, reduce hours at libraries, freeze wages for 1,400 workers and hold less money on hand for overtime and standby pay. The Santa Fe New Mexican (tiered subscription model) (4/23)
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Economic Development, Restoration and Sustainability
N.C. city council pledges $87.5M to improve Panthers stadium
The Charlotte, N.C., City Council has unanimously approved an $87.5 million plan to upgrade Bank of America Stadium in exchange for a commitment from the Carolina Panthers to stay put for at least six years. The money will come from hotel and food and beverage tax revenue and will pay for improvements including escalators, video boards and sound-system upgrades at the 17-year-old stadium. The Washington Post/The Associated Press (4/22)
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Maine city council alters zoning to allow multiuse development
The Portland, Maine, City Council has unanimously approved zoning changes to let four 165-foot towers be built as part of a development in a blighted part of the city. The towers will include 675 apartment units and more than 90,000 square feet of retail space, and they will be accompanied by two parking garages with 1,100 spaces total. The Forecaster (Falmouth, Maine) (4/23)
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Legislation, Policy and Grants
Calif. city officials might reduce hurdles for big-box retailers
Officials in Sacramento, Calif., will review a 2005 ordinance that requires retailers to conduct a financial analysis before they can build a store that has 90,000 square feet of grocery space and uses 20% or more of the store for groceries. The measure has deterred big-box retailers, but chains including Wal-Mart Stores and Target have opened nearby, serving as anchors that draw other retailers and generate sales tax revenue, says Joshua Wood, executive director of Region Builders. American City Business Journals/Sacramento, Calif. (4/22)
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Ala. city council likely will forgo FEMA grant for tornado shelters
The Pelham, Ala., City Council is poised to decline a grant from the Federal Emergency Management Agency that would fund as many as five tornado shelters. Councilors say a previous council applied for the grant after tornadoes damaged parts of Alabama in 2011. However, tornadoes can be predicted three days in advance using technology, giving residents time to prepare and negating a need for shelters, Mayor Gary Waters says. AL.com (Alabama) (4/22)
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Public Works and Infrastructure
Ohio city council OKs management change for lakefront parks
The Cleveland City Council has unanimously agreed to transfer management of 444 acres of lakefront parks from the state to Cleveland Metroparks. The state has been leasing the city-owned parks since 1978. Cleveland Metroparks will lease them for 99 years and has secured funding to bring them up to standards. The Plain Dealer (Cleveland) (4/22)
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Pa. city prepares to upgrade 100-year-old sewer, water lines
Harrisburg, Pa., will use geographic information system technology to mark and map the sewer- and water-line system for repairs. The move is part of a multibillion-dollar update of the century-old system. The Patriot-News (Harrisburg, Pa.) (4/22)
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ICMA News
Creative branding is key to economic-development success
In the 1980s, Dubuque, Iowa, was a city in crisis, facing 23% unemployment, a faltering business community and an exodus of residents. To change course, Dubuque's public- and private-sector leaders created a progressive economic-development plan. Today, Sustainable Dubuque is a model community and an example of the power of creating a solid brand. In "Economic Development: Branding Your Community," ICMA will explore branding for economic development and share best practices of Dubuque in a webinar at 1 p.m. Eastern on May 2. Go online for more information and to register.
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