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8/20/2018

Leaders who assume they should be all-knowing and don't pay attention to input from staff risk overlooking information that could help them succeed, writes Mary Jo Asmus. Listening to staff feedback and input helps strengthen teams, makes staff feel valued, and can provide valuable insight for decision-making, she says.

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8/20/2018

A number of US cities and states have offered significant tax credits to Amazon in an effort to secure the corporation's second headquarters. Analyses show the incentives are much higher than standard, and some say cities are offering more than necessary.

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8/20/2018

The first man-made island in a plan by Amsterdam officials to make space for affordable housing near the city center is ready for development. The island is designed to make space for 1,200 affordable, environmentally friendly homes that will be resilient to flooding.

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8/17/2018

Officials in Boulder, Colo., want all revenue from the local sweetened beverage tax to go to city programs and will ask voters this fall to approve the plan. Under current rules, the city must refund revenue beyond $3.8 million, and the city council estimates the tax will bring in $5.2 million in its first year.

8/17/2018

City council members in Newport Beach, Calif., have voted unanimously to hire Irvine assistant city manager Grace Leung for the post of city manager. Leung will take over from current city manager Dave Kiff on Sept. 4.

8/16/2018

Sonoma County, Calif., is restructuring its emergency services division as an independent department and will increase training after criticism of the county's response to wildfires last October. Meanwhile, recent wildfires have also called attention to shortcomings with emergency alerts in some California regions.

8/16/2018

Municipalities in the United Counties of Leeds and Grenville in Ontario are seeking feedback from local businesses on a plan to end tax rebates for owners of vacant commercial or industrial property. Other nearby municipalities have already opted to phase out their rebate programs.

8/16/2018

Corvallis, Ore.'s police chief is working to establish an emergency dispatch district whose combined taxing authority could fund increased staffing and equipment upgrades. The new 911 taxing district requires approval from residents in 14 county, city and rural jurisdictions.

8/16/2018

A 58-acre plot of land owned by Ohio State University is being purchased by the Columbus Department of Recreation and Parks for $5.2 million if the deal closes this year. A park would be built at what has long been a sheep farm.

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8/16/2018

San Francisco's elevated Salesforce Transit Center Park is on the roof of a transit center and includes lawns, a public plaza, an amphitheater and botanical gardens. A skybridge enables access to the fifth floor of the Salesforce Tower.

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