The Alabaster, Ala., city council voted to approve the position description for a city manager/planner position, an administrator-level post that has not been filled since 2013. Ward 5 Councilman Russell Bedsole said filling the administrator position, in addition to an executive director of engineering and infrastructure role, will "will streamline the management process throughout our city."
Research by Brene Brown suggests that many leaders are afraid to be vulnerable and trusting with their reports, instead directing them with an emphasis on compliance. "The biggest barrier to daring leadership is how we respond to our fear -- it's our armor that gets in the way," she writes.
Private-equity choices during the first three quarters of 2018 to invest in infrastructure, including roads, natural-gas pipelines and data centers, exceeded the same period in 2017 by 18%, totaling $68.2 billion. The initial $1 trillion infrastructure plan proposed by President Donald Trump during his campaign has faced roadblocks, including matching-fund requirements of local municipalities and the administration's change of course to focus more closely on trade issues.
Officials in Hanoi, Vietnam, are considering strategies to curb emissions in an effort to improve air quality. The city is encouraging transit use over private vehicles and is pressing transportation companies to switch from fossil fuels to compressed natural gas.
City Council members in Austin, Texas, are examining the possibility of reducing or eliminating service fees for child care facilities in an effort to increase the availability of quality child care in the city. "By making accessible, high-quality care, parents are able to better participate in the workforce, and the children will have long-term better outcomes," says Cathy McHorse of the Austin Public Health and Child Care Work Group.
Work is scheduled to begin next year on a $15.8 million youth and family recreation complex near Worley, Idaho, after the plans were approved by its landowners, the Coeur d'Alene Tribe. Plans call for a water park, indoor amenities, sports fields, a playground and other features.
Whether parks can help reduce crime is difficult to assess, according to crime experts. Residents near three South Carolina parks say the green space offers a valuable community asset and that complementary social programs can also help.
The Sedgwick County Zoo in Wichita, Kan., will be expanded over the next 25 years with entertainment offerings and improved animal-care facilities. The first phase will include a visitor center, expanded area for Amur leopards and the addition of an electric train for visitors to use.
Park and recreation agencies in rural communities can play a key role in health equity by offering programs that promote healthful eating and lifestyles, writes Allison Colman of the National Recreation and Park Association, which is offering 10 grants to address the issue. A lack of nearby access to grocery stores and health literacy are two challenges facing such communities, she writes.
Equity is a priority for Milwaukee Recreation, which has reassessed the department and its programs to ensure community members' needs are met. "From the leadership to the [team members], we are really grappling with what equity means to the department and with the best way to mobilize," says Milwaukee Public School equity specialist Latish Reed, a member of the Milwaukee Recreation Equity Committee.