Coates Fall 2010/Winter 2011

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2 Coates Connection 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 President DeWi F. McCarley Vice President Susan Paerson Directors Kenneth Lee Carter Jr. Curtis Clark Robert J. Crumley Franklin e. Freeman Jr. S. ellis hankins elizabeth Keever J. edward Kitchen Charles Neely Jr. Maurice R . Smith David F. ompson 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 SCh O O L O F G OV e R N M e N T FO U N DAT I O N Board of Directors | 2010–2011 Often, life's challenges present opportunities. Many local governments are working to find innovative solu- tions to the budget challenges that have come with the economic downturn. At the School of Government, we are looking for opportunities to assist you as you make decisions about how to use your increasingly scarce resources. Two new initiatives are particularly timely and relevant. The County and Municipal Fiscal Analysis tool, developed by School faculty members in collaboration with the NC Department of State Treasurer, is a web-based dashboard designed to help local governments make the best and most practical use of their financial data. The dashboard helps you move beyond the data in your annual report and organize financial information in ways that allow you to think and plan more strategically. The visual and concise results provided by the dashboard also allow you to easily communi- cate complex financial information to elected board members and others. See page 3 for details. The Strategic Public Leadership Initiative offers a model for guiding your organization or department through a comprehensive cycle of creating goals, developing plans, allocating resources, and evaluating results. This initiative has provided an opportunity for many of the School's faculty and staff members to collaborate in offering hands-on assistance to local leaders who want to think strategically about the future of their communities. To learn more, visit www.sog.unc.edu/programs/strategicleadership. Both of these initiatives emphasize the value of collaboration. We are stronger, smarter, more creative, and more effective when we work together. At the School, we are working together to assist you as you help your communities thrive in this new economic landscape. M E S S AG E f r o m t h e D E A N Dean Mike Smith

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