Yongin, South Korea, has paid off $691.7 million in debt two years earlier than planned and is now debt free. The city, which was previously South Korea's most indebted city, will now focus on investing in infrastructure, welfare and education.
Weeks Marine of Cranford, N.J., has been chosen for the first phase of work on engineered beaches and protective dunes in New Jersey's storm-ravaged northern Ocean County peninsula. The project will stretch over 14 miles and involve pumping 11 million cubic yards of sand to pile up 22-foot dunes and create beaches 100 to 300 feet wide.
Gregory Murray, the administrator of Washington County, Md., has announced plans to retire in June. Murray has held the position of county administrator since 2007.
Officials in Geneseo, Ill., including the parks department, want to hear from residents about their perceptions of the city. Survey results will be used to create a "consistent, relevant and compelling" brand image, says Lynn Manternach of marketing firm MindFire.
The Chicago Park District is debating whether to allow organized sports to be held at Arrigo Park, a green space that dates to 1857. Some residents have asked the city to deny the request, citing the park's quiet state and the risk of damage to grass.
Improvements to Riverview Park in Melbourne, Fla., will be covered through the sale of $100 pickets that feature custom engravings. The goal is to sell 300 pickets.
The Michigan City Redevelopment Commission in Indiana has hired a firm to build a second website, this one focusing on arts and events, activities for visitors and residents, and other features designed to attract interest.
The Shelby Township Parks & Recreation Department in Michigan is offering several levels of sponsorship packages to help fund its events. Sponsors can buy recognition on event materials, social media and newsletter advertisements, among other opportunities.
The National Park Service estimates it will have had 325 million visitors in 2016, breaking the previous year's attendance record. The 100th anniversary marketing campaign and "Find Your Park" campaign are among the reasons attendance went up, spokesman Jeffrey Olson said.
Chicago dispatchers, police and firefighters are getting extra training on responding to mental health emergencies, even as a Justice Department report said the city's efforts fall short. The goal is to have 35% of officers complete the eight-hour, scenario-based program by the end of the year, while 90% of dispatchers have already started the training.
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