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6/21/2018

The Dorchester County Council in South Carolina approved an increase in property taxes that will fund eight new 9-1-1 dispatcher positions, which county officials say is necessary as the population grows. "When we're looking at public safety and when we're looking to do things to keep people safer, then we feel like that's an investment that's worth making," said Dorchester County Council Chairman Jay Byars.

6/21/2018

Illinois law requires dispatch centers that serve fewer than 25,000 residents to consolidate with larger centers, and the Deerfield, Ill., dispatch center, which operates services for Bannockburn and Riverwoods, is just 212 residents below that limit. However, Deerfield argues it serves commuters to its businesses during the day as well as college students living on campus and should therefore be exempt from the consolidation requirement.

6/21/2018

A partnership between Nuance Communications and Nexgen, a provider of computer-aided dispatch and records-management systems, could bring better dictation and voice-command technology to first responders using CAD systems.

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6/21/2018

Dispatchers at Phoenix Fire Department's Regional Dispatch Center will receive raises to bring their salaries in line with police dispatchers' salaries. The city council approved the pay grade increase, which will cost the city $217,549 for a year.

6/20/2018

If Vermont lawmakers fail to reach a state budget agreement, the resulting government shutdown could wreak havoc on city and town governments, warns the Vermont League of Cities and Towns. The state's role in setting property tax rates means a shutdown could delay collection or force cities to spend extra on sending out multiple assessments.

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6/20/2018

The Mecklenburg County Park and Recreation department in North Carolina has an "ag-vocating" program that teaches gardening to residents and discusses topics such as childhood obesity. Another offering is the Bringing Accessible Agriculture Recreationally Now program, which teaches youths business and marketing concepts.

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6/20/2018

The iXplore Yellowstone app helps visitors who download the app to identify flora and fauna without internet access. The app also features a journal for people to track their travels.

6/20/2018

The Ashland Parks and Recreation Commission in Oregon is spending $230,000 on developing a 100-year plan for Lithia Park. The effort includes public forums and an online survey.

6/20/2018

Wake Forest, N.C., is holding public meetings as it decides how to develop outdoor-recreation opportunities on a 80-acre parcel of land. "Funds will be requested next fiscal year to develop a master site plan for the property based on the information we receive from the citizens," said Ruben Wall, director of the Department of Parks, Recreation & Cultural Resources.

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6/19/2018

A cycle of perpetual learning, adaptation and influencing can be hard to achieve but is critical for leaders, Art Petty writes. "Adding complexity to this challenge is the reality that our organizations are mostly designed to optimize the status quo," he notes.

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