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12/12/2018

Australian cities, which are primarily located on the coast or within river catchment areas, can use examples such as Copenhagen's "safe to fail" spaces as they plan their flood-mitigation strategies. "[I]f we don't quickly learn how to work with water in cities, water will hit them even harder in the future," writes Elisa Palazzo of the University of New South Wales Sydney.

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12/12/2018

The Board of Directors in Hot Springs, Ark., has tapped interim City Manager Bill Burrough to stay on in the position permanently. Burrough has served as deputy city manager since 2012, and this was the second time he has filled the post of interim manager.

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12/12/2018

Research from the National Recreation and Park Association shows the value of out-of-school time programs, including providing play and physical activity opportunities for students. A survey found almost all agencies encourage physical activity and arts and cultural experiences.

12/12/2018

The Next 100 Coalition aims to make parks relevant and valuable for the next 100 years, including through finding audiences traditionally underrepresented. "The intent is, where we have a diverse demographic like here in the [Chesapeake Bay] area, that we intentionally provide direction to our staff and teams that this has to happen, that it's not passive," says Kimberly Winter of the US Park Service's NatureWatch program.

12/12/2018

The Lake Oswego Parks & Recreation Department in Oregon gathered input at two public events on plans for multi-use trails and a bike-skills course. Two more events are planned for early 2019, says Parks Director Ivan Anderholm.

12/12/2018

Giving circles are an effective and increasingly popular way for individual donors to combine their giving power for a greater cause, writes Ronnie Polaneczky, noting how such groups are making a difference in the Philadelphia area. "Giving circles create structure for people with shared values to learn about the causes they care about and support them while creating community," adds Inside Philanthropy editor David Callahan.

12/11/2018

A Pew Research study has found that after years of steady gains, social media has edged out newspapers as a news source for adults in the US this year. The survey reveals that 20% of adults access social media for news, topping the 16% for newspapers, although TV remains the leading source.

12/11/2018

Help team members embrace change by enabling their individual strengths to contribute to it, writes Jon Lokhorst. For example, allow creative people to lead innovation and those who are more analytical troubleshoot applications, he writes.

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12/11/2018

City Council members in Modesto, Calif., have approved an 8% retail tax on cannabis products to be levied in addition to regular state and local sales taxes. Officials also approved tax rates for cannabis distribution, microbusiness, manufacturing, indoor cultivation and testing labs, and say they anticipate the new taxes will generate about $3.2 million annually.

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12/11/2018

The Blackpool Council announced that work is expected to begin in 2020 on a major development of the city's Golden Mile area that would transform it into a destination and attract 600,000 additional visitors. The $377 million project includes a flying theater experience, a virtual reality entertainment facility, an indoor interactive entertainment center and a fun park with laser tag, bumper cars, family rides, arcade games and a bounce park.

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