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10/17/2019

The Poway, Calif., parks and recreation department is co-sponsoring a class to teach adults with disabilities about healthy cooking and food safety so they can live independently. The other sponsor is an apartment community that will be home to adults with special needs.

10/17/2019

A former laundromat site in Blue Point, N.Y., called "an eyesore" by state Sen. Monica Martinez will become a park thanks to a $500,000 state grant. The project will be collectively managed by the state, county and town of Brookhaven.

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10/16/2019

The Redevelopment Commission in Fort Wayne, Ind., has given final approval for two tax increment financing districts designed to promote development downtown. City officials started the process in March but held off on final approval in order "to be relatively sure that we weren't creating this speculatively," says city redevelopment manager Joe Giant.

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10/16/2019

Municipalities such as the 94 cities that signed on to the global Green New Deal at the World Mayors Summit in Copenhagen are well-positioned to limit global warming and reduce emissions, writes Simon Curtis of the University of East Anglia. Transnational networks can amplify the work of cities that take practical steps toward sustainability, he writes.

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10/16/2019

An advocacy group, Atlantic City Residents for Good Government, is mounting a petition drive to change to a council-manager system. The proposed system would reduce the number of city council members from nine to five and would involve hiring a certified city manager while eliminating the elected mayorship.

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10/16/2019

Eureka, Calif., has selected Dean Lotter to be city manager, succeeding Greg Sparks, who intends to retire by the end of the year. Lotter has been city manager of New Brighton, Minn., for 23 years and before that held other administrative positions in the state.

10/16/2019

Working in parks and recreation is often fun, but it also requires many skills and a lot of effort and problem-solving, writes Paul Gilbert, executive director of the Northern Virginia Regional Park Authority. He recounts the lengthy process to rebuild and reopen Occoquan Regional Park, which included holding community meetings, finding funding and planning the grand opening.

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10/15/2019

Fundera has created an infographic that provides social marketers with quick tips to tap into people's fear of missing out, such as creating exclusive Facebook events that encourage prospects to sign up before attendees are capped. Create time-limited content to tout special offers and promote it with influencers, and add a countdown clock to inform prospects when deals end.

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10/15/2019

The Bristol City Council in the UK contributed 50% of a $12.6 million venture called CityFunds, which aims to help the city reach socio-economic goals including housing equity and hunger eradication. Bristol has said its goal for 2050 is to be "fair, healthy and sustainable."

10/15/2019

Recently opened Scissortail Park in Oklahoma City covers 36 acres, cost $132 million and was paid for by revenue from a special sales tax introduced in 1993. The "aspirational park," as described by Mayor David Holt, includes a pond, tree-lined promenade, multiple pavilions and a performance stage.

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