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Lunch and Learn Series Archives

Public Works: Pizza and Projects

Our fourth session in this series looks at the ins-and-outs of the Public Works Department at the City of Bryan. This session will explain how many disciplines Public Works covers, what are Capital Improvement Projects (CIP) and how the public can provide input, and the role Public Works plays in developing and maintaining the City’s infrastructure.

In this session, participants learned:

  • What is a Capital Improvement Project (CIP)
  • How is a CIP different from regular infrastructure maintenance
  • How the public can have input on CIP projects
  • How many areas Public Works oversees, including water, streets and drainage, solid waste, and code enforcement

 

City Secretary’s Office: Clerk ‘N Que

Our third session in this new series looks at the ins-and-outs of the City Secretary’s Office at the City of Bryan. The City Secretary and her staff are the stewards of records for the City, and this session will explain and how they promote public information about the City and enhance public participation in the governmental process.

In this session, participants learned:

  • A little “Municipal Government 101”
  • Info about City records and public information
  • How the departments of the City Secretary’s Office serve the City and encourage public participation
  • How many different duties the City Secretary’s Office actually is responsible for. (Hint: It’s a lot of stuff.)

 

Economic Development:
Bringing Home the Bacon

Our second session in this new series looks at the ins-and-outs of economic development within the City of Bryan, and how attracting new businesses and industries helps generate new streams of tax revenue for the City.

In this session, participants learned:

  • How the City of Bryan tries to attract new businesses and industries to Bryan
  • What kinds of tools the City staff use to try to spur economic development
  • How residential economic development differs from commercial economic development

 

Municipal Finance 101:
Numbers and Nachos

Our first session in this new series looked at municipal finance – budgets, accounting, revenues, debt issuance (municipal bonds) – and how accounting and finance are different for a municipality than they are for entities in the private sector.

In this session, participants learned:

  • How cities track and report costs
  • How the City of Bryan borrows money (issues debt) and why
  • What is the City’s credit rating and why it is important

 

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