Being quiet can accomplish more than talking | Ontario city OKs bitcoin use for property taxes | Luzerne County, Pa., seeks bids for $20M 911 upgrade
April 5, 2019
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Leadership and Management
Being quiet can accomplish more than talking
Keeping your mouth shut can enable your counterpart to engage, which can be more effective for persuasion than lecturing or shouting, Lisa Kohn writes.
Chatsworth Consulting Group (4/2) 
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Budgeting and Finance
Ontario city OKs bitcoin use for property taxes
Ontario city OKs bitcoin use for property taxes
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Officials in the city of Innisfil, Ontario, Canada, have approved a trial program that will allow residents to pay their property taxes using cryptocurrency. The city is working in partnership with a cryptocurrency-payment processing company that will accept bitcoin payments, convert them to Canadian dollars and transfer them to the city.
CryptoGlobe (4/4),  CBC News (Canada)/The Canadian Press (3/28) 
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Emergency Management and Public Safety
Luzerne County, Pa., seeks bids for $20M 911 upgrade
Luzerne County, Pa., is planning to procure a digital communications system for its 911 emergency center intended to support 167 public safety agencies, give comprehensive in-building coverage for four buildings and provide "99.999% reliability" for critical applications. The commission has issued a request for proposals and anticipates a cost of about $20 million.
The Citizens' Voice (Wilkes-Barre, Pa.) (4/3) 
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Economic Development, Restoration and Sustainability
Minneapolis provides subsidies for energy efficiency in green zones
A Minneapolis program allows businesses within so-called green zones to obtain subsidies for energy-efficient improvements, including HVAC replacements. "Green zones focus on reducing energy costs and adding renewable energy, but the big-picture goal is that we hope we won't need green zones anymore because there is equality across the city," Kelly Muellman, the city's sustainability program coordinator, says.
Finance and Commerce (Minneapolis) (4/2) 
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Pre-Civil War hotel in Selma, Ala., sold to developer
The city of Selma, Ala., has sold the historic, shuttered St. James Hotel for about $300,000 to Rhaglan Hospitality, which plans to spend more than $3 million converting the property to a Hilton. City Council President Corey Bowie says the property, built in 1837, will spur downtown redevelopment.
Alabama NewsCenter (4/2) 
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Ethics
DeKalb County, Ga., ethics code revisions get state OK
Changes to the DeKalb County, Ga., ethics code have been approved by the Georgia Senate and are awaiting the governor's signature. The bill eliminates a provision in the county's ethics code that allows the local Chamber of Commerce, universities and other external groups to nominate ethics board members, in violation of a state law that requires elected officials to appoint ethics board members.
The Atlanta Journal-Constitution (free content) (4/2) 
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Legislation, Policy and Grants
Judge resigns unintentionally by announcing Texas high court aspirations
Bill McLeod, a judge in Texas' Harris County, resigned unintentionally when he announced that he intends to run for a state Supreme Court seat. The state's constitution says such a statement is considered an automatic resignation, but county commissioners could let him keep his civil court position pending a special election.
KHOU-TV (Houston) (4/1) 
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Recognitions and Transitions
Late Pittsburg, Calif., former manager remembered
Community members in Pittsburg, Calif., are remembering S. Anthony Donato, who held the position of city manager from 1969 to 1995 and passed away last month at the age of 89. "He had the foresight, strength and will to do what he had to be done for our community and that's his legacy," says former City Clerk Mary Erbez.
East Bay Times (Walnut Creek, Calif.) (4/1) 
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