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Articles from Vol. 18, No. 49, December 18

Advance Planning Offers Undeniable Edge in Government Disaster Preparedness
In July, 1994, 75 people from Oklahoma City travelled to Emmitsburg, Md. to participate in a Federal Emergency Management Agency-sponsored integrated emergency management training program. Many were city employees, representing nearly every agency....
Building Better Neighborhoods Requires Partnership and Patience
Congress of Cities sessions on neighborhood revitalization and poverty reduction confirmed that successful strategies may require changing attitudes and perceptions, community visioning, capacity development, and multi-sectoral cooperation. At the Urban...
Census Advisory Panel Resumes
Methods of conducting the year 2000 census, questionnaire length and content, methods to build collaboration with communities and results of a test census taken at three locations during 1995 were central topics as the Census 2000 Advisory Committee...
Cities Lose a Visionary Leader: NLC Founder, John G. Stutz, Dead at 102
John G. Stutz, founder of the National League of Cities and a distinguished state municipal league director, died at his home in Topeka, Kan., last week at the age of 102. Stutz embarked on his venture of establishing a national organization to support...
Disclosure Amendments Explained
The adoption of amendments to Rule 15c2-12 on November 10, 1994, was a major step taken by the Commission to improve the integrity of the municipal markets. These amendments reinforce current market practices that generally have provided good quality...
Diversity and Governance Agenda Emphasizes Leadership
The challenge of governing increasingly diverse communities was actively discussed in two workshops sponsored by NLC's new Diversity and Local Governance project. "Leadership Skills in a Diverse Community" and ,Diversity Management in the Municipal Workforce"...
Federal Budget Stalemate Continues
After another week of almost no progress to break the federal budget deadlock, Congressional GOP leaders announced that they had reached agreement with the White House to enter into marathon budget negotiations beginning last weekend after the Weekly...
HELO Chooses Alarcon as President
NLC's Hispanic Elected Local Officials (HELO) constituency group used the Congress of Cities as an opportunity to elect new officers for 1996, develop a workplan for the coming year and look ahead to its twentieth anniversary plans for next year's meeting...
Highway Law Should Help Local Transport Funds Stay Put
Due to the lobbying efforts of local governments and mass transit representatives, the National Highway System (NHS) bill, signed into law on November 28, contains provisions that will minim~e the ability of states to transfer federal transportation...
NBC-LEO Marks 25th Anniversary Milestone with Substance and Style
NBC-LEO members and colleagues had acknowledged and celebrated their organization's silver anniversary (1970-1995) at the Phoenix NLC Congress of Cities. According to NBC-LEO's Immediate Past President, Mayor David Moore of Beaumont, Tex., "NBC-LEO has...
Never Say Never
Before politicians and pundits get too far ahead of themselves as they wax eloquently about what they think will happen in the 1996 elections, let's try setting a few ground rules. The first is to excise words like never, can't, and won't from the common...
NLC's Municipal Government Shopping Mall: Wall-to-Wall High-Tech and High-Touch Products, Services
The latest in equipment, services, and technologies for cities and towns was on display for two days at the National League of Cities, 72nd annual Congress of Cities and Exposition in Phoenix, Ariz. This year's exposition was one of the largest in the...
NLC Urges Complete Overhaul of Stormwater Management Program
"To accomplish the objective of wet weather pollution abatement, NLC believes Congress must repeal the current municipal stormwater management program and enact an alternative program which addresses stormwater pollution on a watershed basis, looking...
Practice Makes Preparedness a Reality
How do you organize ordinary human beings to respond to extraordinary circumstances? That was the theme of "Community Disaster Programs: Preparing for and Responding to the 'Big One' Phoenix Style," a workshop included at this year's Congress of Cities....
Prudent Management of Public Funds
Few issues may be as important today to municipal finance offlcials as the prudent management of public funds. I believe that, as a general matter, regulation of state and local government investment practices is best left to state and local governments....
'Rethinking Public Safety' Ideals Resonate throughout Congress of Cities
The Congress of Cities was a culmination of President Carolyn Long Banks' theme of rethinking public safety, evident in workshop titles, informal discussions, policy development President Banks set for the year was played out in venues great and small,...
Scottsdale Demonstrates the Reality of Sustainability
NLC's Leadership Training Institute conducted its first mobile workshop during NLC's 1995 Congress of Cities. Forty five participants were bussed from the Phoenix Civic Center, away from the traditional workshop or conference format, to the Scottsdale...
SEC Pelts Municipalities with Enforcement Action
The federal Securities and Exchange Commission (SEC) recently has unleashed a series of enforcement actions against municipal governments and officials. For the first time ever, the SEC is pressuring cities and municipal officials to enter into consent...
Tech City Excites and Energizes City Officials at Conference
For the second year in a row, the annual Congress of Cities and Exposition featured Tech City. This popular program, sponsored by NLC, PTI and IBM, provided delegates with a review of practical information technology in use by local governments, as well...
WIMG Sets New Agenda, Hears from NLC President
Women in Municipal Government offered several opportunities for members to share in networking and information exchange at this year's Congress of Cities. The group also elected its 1996 Board of Directors and is continuing its strategic planning efforts...