January 19, 2021
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Leadership and Management
Texas city's assistant manager speaks at MLK Day event
Steele (YouTube/Austin College)
Terrence Steele, assistant city manager of Sherman, Texas, was the keynote speaker at a Martin Luther King Jr. Day event organized by Austin College. "If we come together as a community, then we can help bring about that dream that Dr. King had in mind," Steele said.
Full Story: Herald Democrat (Sherman, Texas) (1/18),  KXII-TV (Sherman, Texas) (1/18) 
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Budgeting and Finance
New York City is likely to lose around $2.5 billion in property tax revenue, although corporate and personal gains increased in 2020, said Mayor Bill de Blasio. The budget being sent to the City Council for review proposes more funding for schools and prioritizes fundamental municipal needs, but it also anticipates reduction measures such as trimming the workforce through attrition.
Full Story: Gothamist (New York) (1/14) 
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Emergency Management and Public Safety
Mayors from 37 US cities are asking President-elect Joe Biden to send coronavirus vaccines directly to their cities instead of states, arguing local authorities are better-positioned to quickly administer vaccines. "While it is essential to work with state and local public health agencies, healthcare providers, pharmacies, and clinics, there is a need to be nimble and fill gaps that are unique to each local area," the mayors said in a letter.
Full Story: Reuters (1/14) 
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Economic Development, Restoration and Sustainability
Commissioners in Richland County, Ohio, have earmarked $100,000 from a state Bureau of Workers' Compensation rebate for local economic development initiatives in 2021. Commissioner Tony Vero says the allocation demonstrates that officials are serious about working to expand job growth.
Full Story: Richland Source (Mansfield, Ohio) (1/14) 
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Ethics
City Council members in Johnstown, Pa., have voted to disband the municipal ethics commission, noting that the Pennsylvania State Ethics Commission already performs the same functions. Officials said the decision would save the city at least $300,000 annually.
Full Story: The Tribune-Democrat (Johnstown, Pa.) (1/14),  WJAC-TV (Johnstown, Pa.) (1/13) 
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Legislation, Policy and Grants
Owners of short-term rentals in Wilmington, N.C., were required to vie by lottery for the right to lease the properties once the city adopted limitations on how close units could be to each other. A state superior court judge ruled the ordinance illegal, but officials are appealing and say they will delay revisions for at least three months.
Full Story: Watauga Democrat (Boone, N.C.) (1/14) 
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Human Resources and Development
District expands access with own broadband network
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A school district in Utah is believed to be the first in the US to begin installation of its own high-speed, wireless broadband network. Officials say the coronavirus pandemic and connectivity challenges during remote instruction helped to speed up the Powerplay LTE initiative.
Full Story: Deseret News (Salt Lake City) (1/14) 
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Recognitions and Transitions
City Council members in Charlottesville, Va., have selected Chip Boyles -- a veteran city manager who has served in Taneytown, Md., Hardeeville, S.C., and Clemson, S.C. -- to become city manager. Acting City Manager John Blair will serve until Feb. 12, then he will depart for a position in Staunton, Va.
Full Story: WVIR-TV (Charlottesville, Va.) (1/14) 
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ICMA News
This webinar on January 21 will examine how Chicago, IL; Montgomery County, MD; and Bellevue, WA, are transforming their communities through smart real estate strategies. While ensuring the health and well-being of employees and constituents is a continuing priority, reducing costs is also critical for continuing vital programs. Now is the ideal time to leverage one of government's most valuable assets -- its real estate -- to address broad policy goals. This webinar will explore how three local governments are successfully reducing real estate and facility costs, driving new revenue streams, and revitalizing their communities. Learn more & register today!
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ICMA offers six free coaching webinars per year covering ethics, skill building, leadership, community outreach, workplace development, and career building. The 2021 Free Coaching Webinar series covers the rights of individuals vs. community welfare, best practices to manage public spaces, and strategies for adapting to an industrial revolution. ICMA Free Coaching Webinars give local government professionals the opportunity to learn about new and leading practices, strategies, tactics, developing issues, and trends in the profession of local government management. Join us on March 17 for our first free coaching webinar of 2021, "Response to Emergencies That Impact All Citizens," sponsored by ICMA-RC, ICMA Premier Level Strategic Partner. This webinar will cover how ethics play a role in emergency response and the rights of the individual vs. health and welfare of the community. Register today for this webinar or register for all six webinars with one click! Invite your entire team to participate.

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