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State Auditor J.B. McCuskey, through his Local Government Services Division, is pleased to extend this invitation to the Annual Training Seminars for Municipal Officials and Assistants during the months of September and October at various locations throughout West Virginia.

DENVER (Sept. 5, 2017) – The National Civic League is accepting applications from communities that have included diverse voices in problem-solving or promoted equitable practices and solutions to apply for the 2018 All-America City Award.

The 2018 focus was chosen, in part, to bring attention to the 50th anniversary of the Fair Housing Act as well as the Report of the National Advisory Commission on Civil Disorders (more commonly known as the Kerner Commission).

With this framing in mind, the National Civic League is particularly interested in learning about community projects that: promote positive community-police relations; promote racial healing and dialogues on race; expand government and institutional representation and access; further educational equity in the community; create affordable and safe housing; reduce poverty; increase job readiness and employment; focus on restorative justice; seek equitable transportation access; promote or ensure access to healthy food and/or to safe and healthy natural environments.

The National Telecommunications and Information Administration’s BroadbandUSA program is holding an in-depth Technical Assistance Workshop on broadband planning and funding in Charleston, West Virginia on Tuesday, September 19, 2017.

Broadband is a critical driver of American prosperity and economic growth. As a result, state and local governments are seeking ways to expand broadband access and digital inclusion to improve workforce development, education outcomes, and healthcare in their communities. If you answer “yes” to the following questions, please consider attending this workshop:

Bringing What's Next WV to Your Community

Does your community need a serious conversation about its future? Join us for a webinar to learn how to get started and move from talking together to working together to improve your community. 

September 7 at 2:00 PM  

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Facilitating Community Discussions

Do you want to learn how to facilitate civil conversations with diverse people in your community as part of your What's Next initiative? Join us on this webinar to learn more about facilitating productive community dialogues.

September 20 at 2:00 PM

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Enclosed is the Municipal Government Week information packet for 2017.

The third week of October each year was proclaimed, “Municipal Government Week” by the Governor. This year the dates will be October 16-20, 2017, it is our twenty second annual event and we need your support.

Please take the time to read through the enclosed information and pass it on to the person(s) responsible for putting together this activity.

Call us if you have any questions and as always, share your ideas and news releases with us.

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For the past two years as your State Fire Marshal, my staff and I have witnessed the reporting of unacceptable numbers of fire fatalities due to numerous preventable fire incidents. I see this as unacceptable because of the loss of life to precious families, friends, and neighbors. This concern will remain until working together, we reduce if not eliminate these unfortunate and preventable losses.

We have partnered with the American Red Cross and are working with several other organizations to expand our efforts with a statewide smoke alarm installation initiative. The goal is to do all we can to help all West Virginians, and especially our most vulnerable to fatal fires: children and seniors.

As a part of this year’s Governor’s Day to Serve, we want to launch a smoke alarm initiative project titled “Get Alarmed West Virginia.” In partnership with the American Red Cross and in conjunction with their national “Sound the Alarm – Save A Life” initiative, we want to enlist fire departments, colleges and universities, churches, fraternal and community service organizations, and all who are willing. In other words: people like you! 

This initiative will provide and install free smoke alarms to all residential households in need, as identified through canvassing efforts that will be conducted prior the scheduled event time period. Due to the scale of this project, we’re looking to serve as many communities as possible throughout the state with your help starting on the Saturdays of Sept. 9, 16, 23, and 30, and then culminating with this initiative on Oct. 14.

We’re trying to get an early start on the planning of this significant and important initiative. Please join us by committing early to this project and getting others involved to make this initiative a success! So, gather your friends, family, classmates, fellow parishioners and community service partners and make the commitment by visiting our website at http://www.firemarshal.wv.gov/Divisions/Fire%20Services/Pages/Get-Alarmed-WV%21.aspx or contact Courtney Rosemond or Tim Rock, our public education staff at (304) 558-2191 or by

contacting the American Red Cross at 1-844-216-8286.  Let’s “Get Alarmed West Virginia”!

The next time you come across a burned-out house in danger of collapse, take a moment to think about Kanawha County.

The Kanawha County Commission recently approved a $1 million demolition program to remove up to 114 uninhabitable structures, thanks in large part to the West Virginia Housing Development Fund’s Property Rescue Initiative.

Kanawha County currently allocates 100 percent of its building permit fees to demolish dilapidated structures. In order to ramp up its efforts and make this pool of funding go further, the county leveraged its demolition fund to apply for an interest-free loan through the Property Rescue Initiative.

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