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GFOA Newsletter
January 26, 2017
Sign up Today to Take Advantage of Early Registration Discount on GFOA’s Annual Conference

Register today—January 26, 2017—to save with an early-bird discount on the registration fee for GFOA’s 111th Annual Conference, May 21−24, at the Colorado Convention Center in Denver. Go to GFOA’s website and click the “Annual Conference” tab to:

Earn more than 20 CPE credits with your participation.

We look forward to seeing you in Denver! For more information about what Denver has to offer, click here. If you have any questions about the Annual Conference, contact GFOA.
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Association News
There’s Still Time to Register for GFOA Training Next Month in New Orleans

Connect with your peers and sign up for a series of GFOA training seminars at the Renaissance Pere Marquette Hotel in New Orleans, Louisiana, February 13-17, 2017:

Group Discount Available. Register with three or more colleagues for the same seminar and get 10% off on each registration fee. (To receive the group discount, registrations must be received and paid together. The discount cannot be applied to online training registrations.)

Register Today. Submit a training registration form or sign up using GFOA’s e-store.

Hotel Accommodations. A block of rooms has been reserved for GFOA attendees at the Renaissance Pere Marquette Hotel. Click here for more information about the hotel and special GFOA group rates.

We look forward to seeing you in New Orleans! Click here for ideas on what to do in the city. If you have any questions about the training, contact GFOA.
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News Links
Dirt Roads Help Some Cities, Counties Drive Down Costs

Some cities and counties are dealing with dwindling infrastructure budgets by abandoning plans to repave crumbling roads and turning them into dirt or gravel roads instead, according to Pew Trusts. Although these deconstructed roads can require more routine maintenance than asphalt or concrete, like regular grading and treatments to minimize dust and run off, they are generally much cheaper than paved roads to install and maintain. “There have been about 70 such conversions, stretching along 550 miles of road in at least 27 states, according to a 2015 review of the projects produced by the National Cooperative Highway Research Program.”

According to the report, converting a paved road to an unpaved one can cost $1,000 to $100,000 a mile. “The trend isn’t widely discussed among transportation officials,” the article said, because “some officials may fear that residents would be unhappy with a decision to turn their road to dirt.”
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Considering the Ways Quality of Place Matter

Amenities of all kinds are understood to play a key role in drawing the highly skilled knowledge economy workers to cities, thus building economic growth. One recent study that focuses on the role of quality-of-place factors—crime rates, entertainment, density, diversity, housing, and knowledge workers—in small and medium-sized metro areas found that quality of place plays a bigger role in medium-sized metros than in smaller ones. The study, in Urban Affairs Review,  suggests that amenities do attract young talent to cities, informing moving decisions nearly as much as low crime rates or housing availability.

Another study, Social Science & Medicine, looks at the connection between quality of place and happiness in large cities. “The survey asked questions about happiness and the dimensions of quality of place that are thought to affect it, such as availability of and access to good schools, parks, quality health care, transit, shops, entertainment, and cultural amenities,” along with safety, jobs, income, marriage, and family status, and health. Quality of place was found to matter most to young people, while “older residents’ happiness with their city correlated more with their feelings toward government performance on issues such as schools, health care, and safety.” The study concluded that “to ensure the happiness of residents across their lifespan…cities should focus on providing quality services while also emphasizing access to parks and amenities, and bolstering local beauty and character.”

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Four Tips for Boosting Your Career

Fortune offers the following career advice: “Rather than worrying about the future, it’s better to focus on how you can incrementally improve your career each day.” An article suggests four potential strategies:

  • Keep exploring and improving. “Employers value people who are comfortable with change.”
  • Pursue work that you genuinely like. “To make that happen, focus on activities that give you positive energy versus those that drag you down.”
  • Cultivate personal relationships. Look for opportunities like eating lunch with coworkers, or meeting up with coworkers when you’re at a meeting in another city.
  • Make a difference. “Whatever you do, make it better than it would be if you weren’t involved.”
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Editor: Marcy Boggs  |  Executive Director/CEO: Jeffrey Esser

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