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2 Coates Connection For local governments, spring is budget season. Though the weather has improved over the past few months, our economy is still struggling and many local governments continue to face tough budget choices. Likewise, the School of Government is facing reduced state appropriations, and we anticipate further budget cuts. However, we have re- sponded to these tough times by increasing our resources for public officials—and by striving to be more innovative and timely in responding to your needs. For the past 10 months, I have traveled across the state to meet with managers, department heads, elected officials, and others in order to hear about the specific challenges local governments are facing. The School is acting on the information gathered from these meetings and from conversations many of you have had with individual faculty mem- bers. We have introduced new courses and shifted emphasis in existing courses to address your pressing concerns. We have added webinars that not only save on travel expenses but allow multiple people to participate for one low registration fee. Ethics training has been mandated by the legislature, and we have offered regional training sessions across the state. The School also held an ethics webinar this spring that attracted more than 1,000 officials, including participants from small governments with no travel budgets. Faculty members are reaching people and sharing information in new ways, including through blogs. Jeff Welty's Criminal Law Blog has received 318,000 hits since early last year and is averaging about 10,000 hits per week. The School is also sharing information via social media outlets, including Twitter and Facebook. We could not be as responsive or act as quickly to develop resources that address your needs if not for annual mem- bership dues. Not only do we rely on you to let us know about your changing needs, but we also rely on your member- ship dues to help us develop timely responses to those needs. Because we understand your financial constraints, we are holding your dues for 2010–2011 at the same level for a third straight year. The School of Government is your partner in working to improve the lives of those you serve. We have reduced our budget but not our services to local government officials. We will continue to respond to your needs while we weather this new economy together. M E S S AG E f r o m t h e D E A N Mike Smith Coates Connection is published twice a year by the School of Government at UNC-Chapel Hill. The newsletter is also available online at www.sog.unc.edu/ about/news.html. Please send comments to editors Gini Hamilton (hamilton@sog.unc.edu or 919.962.5795) or Faith M. Thompson (fmthomps@sog. unc.edu or 919.962.8477). w w w . s o g . u n c . e d u Chair deWiš f. McCarley Vice-Chair Catherine C. eagles* Directors Philip e. Berger* Kenneth Carter Jr. Curtis Clark robert J. Crumley franklin freeman Jr. S. ellis hankins elizabeth Keever J. edward Kitchen Charles "Chuck" Neely Jr. Susan C. Pašerson elizabeth L. Quick* A. douglas rothwell* Maurice r . Smith Priscilla P. taylor* david f. ompson frederick e. turnage* emily L. Williamson Executive Director Michael r . Smith, Dean Secretary omas h. ornburg, Senior Associate Dean Treasurer Bradley G. Volk, Associate Dean for Administration Assistant Executive Director Ann C. Simpson, Associate Dean for Development & Communications SChooL of GoVerNMeNt foUNdAtIoN Board of Directors | 2009–2010 *Our special thanks to board members whose terms ended in May 2010.

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