In Focus

10 Ways a Facebook Page can Help Local Governments (Nov 30)
Facebook presence can add personal touch to constituent service. More from Federal Computer Week.

FCC Issues Order Concerning Permitting of Wireless Antenna Facilities (Nov 30)
On November 18th the Federal Communications Commission (FCC) issued an order concerning the timely processing of permits for wireless antenna facilities. Local government planners and other staff should review the document to ensure that the jurisdiction’s procedures are in compliance. More from the FCC.

Groundhog Day for Government: Avoiding the Same Old Traps (Nov 30)
Successful public-sector initiatives follow a predictable path. More from Governing.

DOE Program Launches Guide to Help Cities Go Solar (Nov 30)
Local governments looking to adopt solar energy technologies in their cities now have a new resource from the Department of Energy (DOE) that assists community leaders and local stakeholders in building sustainable local solar markets. More from Nation’s Cities Weekly.

ARRA’s ‘Buy American’ Requirement could Test Counties (Nov 30)
Two provisions of the massive American Recovery and Reinvestment Act (ARRA) could prove nettlesome for counties. More from NACo’s County News.

Workers’ Compensation Insurance Premiums Increasing by 7.6 Percent (Dec 1)
The Department of Labor & Industries (L&I) recently announced a 7.6 percent average increase in workers’ compensation insurance premiums for 2010. More from L&I.

The Crisis in State and Local Government Retiree Health Benefit Plans (Dec 1)
The Center for State and Local Government Excellence has updated its issue brief, The Crisis in State and Local Government Retiree Health Benefit Plans: Myths and Realities, with 2009 data. More from the Center for State and Local Government Excellence.

Make the Most of Your Energy Efficiency Stimulus Funding (Dec 1)
Do you need help in planning, implementing, and monitoring your energy efficiency initiatives funded by the American Recovery and Reinvestment Act of 2009? More from ICMA.

Web Sightings – Transportation Concurrency (Dec 1)
This month we’ve selected Web sites addressing transportation concurrency. “Concurrency,” or the provision of adequate public facilities and services to serve development, is one of the goals of the state Growth Management Act (GMA). The GMA requires that transportation improvements or strategies to accommodate development impacts be made at the time new development occurs (or within a specified time period).

Gender Bias Policies Required by January 1st (Dec 2)
Every city, town and county that operates athletic programs, or allows others to use their public facilities for athletic programs, is required by new legislation to adopt policies prohibiting gender discrimination by January 1st. We now have a webpage with details and sample policies.

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