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w w w . s o g . u n c . e d u 2 Coates Connection We are all feeling the effects of the current financial crisis, but these times are particularly difficult for local governments. We know that your constituents expect you to provide the same or increased services despite reduced resources. I want to assure you that – particularly during this uncertain time – the School is more committed than ever to meeting the needs of the North Carolina's public officials. Over the past year, as gas prices have increased and travel budgets have decreased, we have expanded the num- ber of trainings we offer regionally. We are also working hard to develop new ways to provide information you need through webinars, videoconferences, and online training modules. We will continue to increase the variety of free resources available on our website. Two new programs at the School illustrate our expanded outreach efforts. The Local Government Service Corps is sending its first group of four Golden LEAF management advisors, including a recent graduate of our public administra- tion program, to work with 12 small towns across the state. And the Community-Campus Partnership, a UNC campus- wide initiative housed at the School of Government, is focusing faculty, student, and staff resources and expertise on the needs and priorities identified by its partners in economically distressed communities. The School of Government is facing its own financial challenges due to major state budget cuts, but we are com- mitted to working with you through this difficult period. In recognition of your budget constraints, the School has not increased its local government membership dues for the 2009–2010 fiscal year. I have no doubt that if any state in the country can weather this crisis, it is North Carolina. Good government can transform challenging circumstances, and I believe that your strong leadership can transform communities in good times and bad. M E S S AG E f r o m t h e D E A N Dean 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 contributed to many laws dealing with local government finance, including tax increment finance legislation. PRODuCTIve SCHOL AR A cum laude graduate of Princeton university and Harvard Law School, Lawrence has pub- lished more than 20 books on North Carolina law and government and contributed chapters to many others. With an elegant and graceful prose, he is able to explain complicated legal issues in a way that blends practical writing and theoretical scholarship. Some of his books are considered required reading within government agencies. PubLIC SeRvANT by rigorously preparing local government of- ficials to beer serve their communities, by draing legislation that improves the qual- ity of life, by graciously and patiently giving of his intelligence, time, and energy to all who ask for his help – David Lawrence has devoted his professional life to helping the people of North Carolina. (David Lawrence, continued from page 1) For more information about the David M. Lawrence Distinguished Professorship Campaign, contact the School of Govern- ment development office at 919.966.9780 or simpson@sog.unc.edu. To make a gift, visit the campaign web- site at www.sog.unc.edu/development/ lawrence.html.

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