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9/20/2017

The Industrial Development Agency of Niagara County, N.Y., passed a $6.6 million, 12-year tax incentive for the Niagara Daredevil Waterpark. American Niagara Hospitality will build the $20 million facility as an expansion to the Sheraton at the Falls Hotel.

9/20/2017

Board members in Will County, Ill., are hoping to balance the area's economic development and residents' quality of life with a plan that examines freight movement in the county and how it affects jobs, safety and infrastructure. Once the plan is approved, the county will apply for federal grants to fund recommendations.

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9/20/2017

City council members in Hogansville, Ga., unanimously voted to hire David Milliron as city manager. Milliron takes over from Mayor Bill Stankiewicz, who has been serving as both mayor and city manager since May.

9/20/2017

Traditional surveying has generated unreliable data and a database of self-selected respondents, writes Ananda Mitra of Wake Forest University. Today's organizations need to use digital networks with a focus on open-ended questions, she writes.

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9/20/2017

The Vermont Outdoor Recreation Economic Collaborative met recently with a goal of capitalizing on the state's recreational offerings. Workshops and an online survey are available for residents to weigh in.

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9/20/2017

The Portland Parks & Recreation department in Oregon created a community event to discuss proposed components of a 7.6-acre park. Public input will continue to be collected ahead of an estimated 2019 start to construction.

9/20/2017

The Carson City, Nevada, parks and recreation department and city library sponsored Story Stroll, an opportunity for children to walk along a path to find pages to a book, one at a time. The event was part of the Outside the Lines international program that aims to engage residents in reading.

9/20/2017

Explore Minnesota wants to welcome people to the northern portion of the state to explore the night sky, using social media and digital billboards to market "Dark Sky Season" during December.

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9/19/2017

Tax rolls in Luzerne County, Pa., have an additional $2.6 million in properties thanks to new software that reviews listings and detects buildings or additions that were overlooked.

9/19/2017

The Las Vegas fire communications center has hired eight registered nurses for a new call line where some less urgent medical calls are routed. The pilot program, which began in July, aims to avoid the use of ambulances when they are not necessary.