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1/18/2019

City Council members in the Canadian city of Corner Brook, Newfoundland, have announced they have selected Rodney Cumby to fill the role of city manager. Cumby, currently the executive manager of operations and planning for Lloydminster, Alberta, will replace acting City Manager Dale Park next month.

1/17/2019

The city of Denver is including qualified federal employees who are on furlough as a result of the partial government shutdown in its initiative to cover up to two months' worth of mortgage payments, to a maximum of $5,000, for the involuntarily unemployed. "I don't want anyone to lose their home because of this shutdown, so Denver's going to step up and support our federal employee residents where we can," says Mayor Michael Hancock.

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1/17/2019

Great teams understand the organizational vision and have created their own identity and values to complement the organization's, writes Focus One CEO Douglas Gerber in this book excerpt. "The sense of being part of something much bigger drives team members the extra mile," he writes.

1/17/2019

The Delaware County, Pa., council approved a request to fund an engineer's analysis of the county's emergency communications radio system, which is approximately 30 years old, including recommendations for replacement options. "This project will run a couple of years but the first step will really be seeing what is available and what price range we're looking at," said Delaware County Emergency Services Director Timothy Boyce.

1/17/2019

Officials in Shinnston, W.Va., have named former Gordon, Neb., City Manager Chad Edwards to take over from interim City Manager Robin Righter. Edwards is scheduled to take his position as city manager on Feb 1.

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1/17/2019

Littleton, N.H., and Tacoma, Wash., are two examples of how local agencies can utilize federal funds for park and recreation projects, writes Kyle Simpson of the National Recreation and Park Association. Littleton benefits from a Land and Water Conversation Fund grant and Department of Agriculture funding, while Tacoma used a federal tax-credit program to help fund a community center.

1/17/2019

A draft report in Greensboro, N.C., envisions a 20-year plan for parks and recreation in the city. In addition to ideas submitted by residents and volunteers, the report notes the potential of magnet parks and offers recommendations for specific sites.

1/17/2019

The Riverside Discovery Center in Scottsbluff, Neb., plans to remodel its chimpanzee exhibit ahead of the arrival of chimps through financing from an anonymous donation. The upgrade will include additional viewing areas and new lighting.

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1/17/2019

Government workers in Wilmette, Ill., recently took part in disability-awareness training. "[P]eople are often so uncomfortable asking people with disabilities about their disabilities, and this training dispelled that thought process," said Wilmette Park District HR manager Liz Cox.

1/17/2019

An all-inclusive playground is coming to Smyrna, Tenn., that will be designed to look like a plane on a runway. The playground is expected to cost $600,000.