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ICMA is a nonprofit dedicated to advancing professional local government management throughout the world. Local Gov Life is a mix of stories, insights, and advice from local government leaders.

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ICMA is a nonprofit dedicated to advancing professional local government management throughout the world. Local Gov Life is a mix of stories, insights, and advice from local government leaders.

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Great way to keep the conversation going from PM

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I like how they add to the conversation from PM magazine each month.

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Great way to keep the conversation going from PM

By MHedges17 - Nov 07 2017
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I like how they add to the conversation from PM magazine each month.
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Local Gov Life

Latest release on Dec 11, 2019

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ICMA is a nonprofit dedicated to advancing professional local government management throughout the world. Local Gov Life is a mix of stories, insights, and advice from local government leaders.

Rank #1: Local Gov Life - S01 Episode 06: The Next Generation of Leaders

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According to the Center for State and Local Government Excellence’s Local Government Workforce of Tomorrow report, “Local governments will face significant challenges in attracting and retaining talent in the years ahead as retiring baby boomers are replaced by a workforce that is younger, more diverse, more mobile, and more reliant on information and communication technologies.” Episode 6 of Local Gov Life explores this issue by asking next-generation leaders and managers about effective ways to attract and retain young talent in local government.

About ICMA

ICMA’s vision is to be the leading association of local government professionals dedicated to creating and supporting thriving communities throughout the world. We do this by working with our more than 12, 000 members to identify and speed the adoption of leading local government practices to improve the lives of residents. ICMA offers membership, professional development programs, research, publications, data and information, technical assistance, and training to thousands of city, town, and county chief administrative officers, their staffs, and other organizations throughout the world. Find out more about ICMA, and the profession, at our website: http://www.icma.org

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Oct 12 2017

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Rank #2: Local Gov Life - United Front Episode 02: Step Out of Your Box, Step Out of Your Office

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Dana Muscott is the first female city manager of Bay City, Michigan. In this episode of United Front, a special season of Local Gov Life, Muscott opens up about the criticism she has received about her education credentials - and how she overcame it; the management of a big career and a family; how to remain grounded in the CAO role; as well as the importance of mentorship in the profession. She also discusses why she chooses a hands-on approach as a local government leader with both her employees and the community - stating that everyone needs to have a voice - "so step out of your box, step out of your office!"

About ICMA

ICMA’s vision is to be the leading association of local government professionals dedicated to creating and supporting thriving communities throughout the world. We do this by working with our more than 12, 000 members to identify and speed the adoption of leading local government practices to improve the lives of residents. ICMA offers membership, professional development programs, research, publications, data and information, technical assistance, and training to thousands of city, town, and county chief administrative officers, their staffs, and other organizations throughout the world. Find out more about ICMA, and the profession, at our website: http://www.icma.org

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Mar 15 2018

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Rank #3: Local Gov Life - S03 Episode 02: Local Government - It's a Rewarding Profession

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For four decades, Carl Valente has served local and state governments throughout the Commonwealth of Massachusetts, while also serving five years as financial management director of ICMA. For the past 13 years, Valente has served as the town manager of Lexington, Massachusetts, a town that is celebrated as the site of the first shots of the American Revolutionary War in the Battle of Lexington in 1775. Valente notes in the podcast that this moment in history has an impact on the community to this very day.

In this episode of Making A Difference, Valente briefly touches on why he chose the local government management profession - and it came down to three things: 1) a call to public service made by President John F. Kennedy; 2) local government management principles and how important they were to running a local organization; and 3) exposure to policy aspects of government. And after a long career, Valente, who is set to retire in August 2018, credits his longevity to proficiency, keeping up with the changes, creating a professional development plan for himself, working hard to connect with residents, and focusing on what's important to the residents - not what's important to you.

About ICMA

ICMA’s vision is to be the leading association of local government professionals dedicated to creating and supporting thriving communities throughout the world. We do this by working with our more than 12, 000 members to identify and speed the adoption of leading local government practices to improve the lives of residents. ICMA offers membership, professional development programs, research, publications, data and information, technical assistance, and training to thousands of city, town, and county chief administrative officers, their staffs, and other organizations throughout the world. Find out more about ICMA, and the profession, at our website: http://www.icma.org

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YouTube: http://www.youtube.com/user/ICMAvideos

Jun 15 2018

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Rank #4: Local Gov Life - S01 Episode 03: Reinvigorating Downtown

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Episode 3 takes an in-depth look at the downtown initiatives of three different communities and the strategies their local government leaders are using to reinvigorate their downtown districts. This episode features Wally Bobkiewicz, city manager, and Damir Latinovic, neighborhood and land use planner, city of Evanston, Illinois, David Rauch, business analyst, Edmonton, Alberta, Canada, and Peggy Merriss, city manager, Decatur, Georgia.

For more on main streets at work, download the August 2016 issue of PM magazine.

About ICMA

ICMA’s vision is to be the leading association of local government professionals dedicated to creating and supporting thriving communities throughout the world. We do this by working with our more than 12, 000 members to identify and speed the adoption of leading local government practices to improve the lives of residents. ICMA offers membership, professional development programs, research, publications, data and information, technical assistance, and training to thousands of city, town, and county chief administrative officers, their staffs, and other organizations throughout the world. Find out more about ICMA, and the profession, at our website: http://www.icma.org

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Twitter: http://twitter.com/icma
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YouTube: http://www.youtube.com/user/ICMAvideos

Oct 12 2017

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Rank #5: Local Gov Life - S03 Episode 03: The Rewards of Adopting the Council-Manager Form of Government

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In 2009, a citizens' group known as VoteCM'09 in Bainbridge Island, Washington, bid to adopt the council-manager form of government. The group was led by Dr. Robert Fortner, a retired kidney specialist turned activist. Fortner, alongside several other Bainbridge Island residents, was instrumental in bringing the council-manager form of government to the city. Residents successfully adopted council management with 71 percent of voters approving the change.

Nine years later, ICMA sat down with Fortner for the latest episode of ICMA's Local Gov Life: Making a Difference, where they discuss the transition from the previous structure. They talk about how the relationship works between the city manager, Doug Schulze, and elected officials, as well as how the city is now light years ahead of what it used to be prior to being a council-manager form of government.

About ICMA

ICMA’s vision is to be the leading association of local government professionals dedicated to creating and supporting thriving communities throughout the world. We do this by working with our more than 12, 000 members to identify and speed the adoption of leading local government practices to improve the lives of residents. ICMA offers membership, professional development programs, research, publications, data and information, technical assistance, and training to thousands of city, town, and county chief administrative officers, their staffs, and other organizations throughout the world. Find out more about ICMA, and the profession, at our website: http://www.icma.org

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YouTube: http://www.youtube.com/user/ICMAvideos

Jul 12 2018

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Rank #6: Local Gov Life - S03 Episode 04: Bertha Henry Believes There is Nothing More Rewarding Than Public Service

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It has been quite a year for Bertha Henry, county administrator of Broward County, Florida. She received ICMA’s Award for Career Excellence at last year’s ICMA Annual Conference and Governing magazine named Henry a Public Official of the Year. But those who know her are not surprised. Her passion for the people she serves and the profession of local government management drives her to make a difference “day in and day out,” as she says. In this podcast, Henry talks about the challenges her community has faced—from natural disasters to the recent school shooting in Parkland, Florida—and how it has brought people together. She also discusses why she believes it is important to serve in a leadership capacity in local government, “to lift all in the community you have to help shape public policy.”

About ICMA

ICMA’s vision is to be the leading association of local government professionals dedicated to creating and supporting thriving communities throughout the world. We do this by working with our more than 12, 000 members to identify and speed the adoption of leading local government practices to improve the lives of residents. ICMA offers membership, professional development programs, research, publications, data and information, technical assistance, and training to thousands of city, town, and county chief administrative officers, their staffs, and other organizations throughout the world. Find out more about ICMA, and the profession, at our website: http://www.icma.org

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Aug 01 2018

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Rank #7: Local Gov Life - United Front Episode 01: See What You Can Become

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Bonnie Svrcek, city manager of Lynchburg, Virginia, is the first female city manager for her community. She also became the second woman ICMA president in ICMA's history. A true groundbreaker for women in the local government management profession. In this episode of United Front (powered by TownCloud), Svrcek opens up in the first half about her early career in the profession, talks about her time as ICMA president, and asks women to see what they can become as leaders in the profession. She also discusses women in the workplace, including the challenges and barriers to female leadership, the importance of inviting men to join the conversation about getting more women into the CAO role, building equity and inclusivity within the organization, sexual harassment, and more.

About ICMA

ICMA’s vision is to be the leading association of local government professionals dedicated to creating and supporting thriving communities throughout the world. We do this by working with our more than 12, 000 members to identify and speed the adoption of leading local government practices to improve the lives of residents. ICMA offers membership, professional development programs, research, publications, data and information, technical assistance, and training to thousands of city, town, and county chief administrative officers, their staffs, and other organizations throughout the world. Find out more about ICMA, and the profession, at our website: http://www.icma.org

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LinkedIn: http://www.linkedin.com/company/icma
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YouTube: http://www.youtube.com/user/ICMAvideos

Mar 05 2018

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Rank #8: Local Gov Life - S04 Episode 02: Civic Service: A Love Story

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For those of us in public service, it can feel like the weight of the world rests on your shoulders. With an unending mission of providing essential services to all reaches of our local populations, it’s good to know that there’s a helpful group of residents ready to get their hands a little dirty- literally.

In this episode of Local Gov Life, we sat down with a handful of ICMA Members at our 2018 Annual Conference to weigh in on volunteerism and provide some useful tips on how you can start building a successful volunteer program in your community.

Discussing some of the programs volunteers in their communities have assisted with, how to keep them engaged, and knowing when to take a step back, we promise this episode is worth a listen (or two, or four). If you’ve been looking for ways to get your residents active and volunteering, this is one podcast you won’t want to miss.

About ICMA

ICMA’s vision is to be the leading association of local government professionals dedicated to creating and supporting thriving communities throughout the world. We do this by working with our more than 12, 000 members to identify and speed the adoption of leading local government practices to improve the lives of residents. ICMA offers membership, professional development programs, research, publications, data and information, technical assistance, and training to thousands of city, town, and county chief administrative officers, their staffs, and other organizations throughout the world. Find out more about ICMA, and the profession, at our website: http://www.icma.org

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LinkedIn: http://www.linkedin.com/company/icma
Instagram: https://www.instagram.com/icmaorg/
YouTube: http://www.youtube.com/user/ICMAvideos

Apr 09 2019

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Rank #9: Local Gov Life - S02 Episode 01: Reacting, Recovering, and Rebuilding from Hurricane Disaster

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One day you're planning with your staff for the preparation of a hurricane; the next day, you're surveying damage from the worst natural disaster in the state's history. Meet Paul Shives, business administrator of Tom's River, NJ, a community greatly affected by the damage left in the wake of Hurricane Sandy. The township of 92,000 people suffered 9,200 damaged structures, 750,000 cubic yards of storm debris, and $38 million worth of damage to township property and infrastructure. Hear how Tom's River has managed the rebuilding process and has risen from the destruction of superstorm Sandy.

In this episode of Local Gov Life, Shives looks back at preparedness and response efforts, discusses the community's challenges - then and now, and reveals powerful leadership lessons every local leader can learn from.

About ICMA

ICMA’s vision is to be the leading association of local government professionals dedicated to creating and supporting thriving communities throughout the world. We do this by working with our more than 12, 000 members to identify and speed the adoption of leading local government practices to improve the lives of residents. ICMA offers membership, professional development programs, research, publications, data and information, technical assistance, and training to thousands of city, town, and county chief administrative officers, their staffs, and other organizations throughout the world. Find out more about ICMA, and the profession, at our website: http://www.icma.org

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Twitter: http://twitter.com/icma
Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/ICMAORG/
LinkedIn: http://www.linkedin.com/company/icma
Instagram: https://www.instagram.com/icmaorg/
YouTube: http://www.youtube.com/user/ICMAvideos

Oct 12 2017

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Rank #10: Local Gov Life - United Front Episode 03: Think More Positively of Your Strengths

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Gina Holt began her career in Springfield, Tennessee, as the assistant to the city manager. Now, 28 years later, she holds the top spot as the city's very first female city manager. In this episode of United Front, a special season of Local Gov Life, Holt opens up about her longstanding career in government (both private and public) and discusses what it has been like as a woman working in a male-dominated field.

Yes, at one point she was asked to retrieve a cup of coffee for her male colleagues, and no, it was never asked of her again. Here, she digs deep about why the confidence gap exists, and strongly suggests that "women need to think more positively of their strengths and just go for it, and get out there and aim high."

About ICMA

ICMA’s vision is to be the leading association of local government professionals dedicated to creating and supporting thriving communities throughout the world. We do this by working with our more than 12, 000 members to identify and speed the adoption of leading local government practices to improve the lives of residents. ICMA offers membership, professional development programs, research, publications, data and information, technical assistance, and training to thousands of city, town, and county chief administrative officers, their staffs, and other organizations throughout the world. Find out more about ICMA, and the profession, at our website: http://www.icma.org

Follow us on Social Media!

Twitter: http://twitter.com/icma
Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/ICMAORG/
LinkedIn: http://www.linkedin.com/company/icma
Instagram: https://www.instagram.com/icmaorg/
YouTube: http://www.youtube.com/user/ICMAvideos

Mar 29 2018

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Rank #11: Local Gov Life - S02 Episode 04: Navigating Through a Municipal Bankruptcy

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Stockton, California, became a symbol of finacial disaster when the combination of a downward spiraling economy and politically expedient decisions led to a highly publicized Chapter 9 bankruptcy filing 2012. The upheaval caused by this crisis affected city staff members and residents and as City Manager Kurt Wilson put it, led to literally life and death decisions in some cases. Wilson describes how the crisis came about, and what steps were required for the city to become financially viable again, in this podcast based on a session held at the ICMA West Coast Summit last March.

Wilson explains that in navigating any crisis, a calm, steady presence can help alleviate the anxiety, confusion, and fear that is pervasive when the outcomes are unknown. He also suggests that experience is the best teacher in leading an organization through any type of disaster. While the effects of the bankruptcy will be felt for many years to come, Stockton was able to emerge from bankruptcy two years ago. In fact, the city is now among the most fiscally healthy cities of its size. According to analysts, the city made the right moves and is on the "right path."

About ICMA

ICMA’s vision is to be the leading association of local government professionals dedicated to creating and supporting thriving communities throughout the world. We do this by working with our more than 12, 000 members to identify and speed the adoption of leading local government practices to improve the lives of residents. ICMA offers membership, professional development programs, research, publications, data and information, technical assistance, and training to thousands of city, town, and county chief administrative officers, their staffs, and other organizations throughout the world. Find out more about ICMA, and the profession, at our website: http://www.icma.org

Follow us on Social Media!

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Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/ICMAORG/
LinkedIn: http://www.linkedin.com/company/icma
Instagram: https://www.instagram.com/icmaorg/
YouTube: http://www.youtube.com/user/ICMAvideos

Nov 22 2017

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Rank #12: Local Gov Life - S01 Episode 05: The Opioid Epidemic

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Episode 5 explores how communities use collaboration and innovation as effective tools for responding to the current opioid crisis. The episode features Lee Feldman, city manager, Fort Lauderdale, Florida, Patrice Harris, MD, chairwoman of the American Medical Association Board of Directors, and Brent Fedors, county administrator, Gloucester County, Virginia.

For more tips and best practices on managing the opioid crisis, download the October 2016 issue of PM magazine.

About ICMA

ICMA’s vision is to be the leading association of local government professionals dedicated to creating and supporting thriving communities throughout the world. We do this by working with our more than 12, 000 members to identify and speed the adoption of leading local government practices to improve the lives of residents. ICMA offers membership, professional development programs, research, publications, data and information, technical assistance, and training to thousands of city, town, and county chief administrative officers, their staffs, and other organizations throughout the world. Find out more about ICMA, and the profession, at our website: http://www.icma.org

Follow us on Social Media!

Twitter: http://twitter.com/icma
Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/ICMAORG/
LinkedIn: http://www.linkedin.com/company/icma
Instagram: https://www.instagram.com/icmaorg/
YouTube: http://www.youtube.com/user/ICMAvideos

Oct 12 2017

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Rank #13: Local Gov Life - United Front Episode 05: Chris Volkers Gives Back to the Next Generation

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After a 26-year career in court administration in Minnesota and California, Chris Volkers became the first female city manager of Moorhead, Minnesota. Volkers said she is proud that Moorhead is a community run mostly by women in leadership roles. “We all work well together; we each bring our own talents to our roles.”

In this podcast, Volkers talks about the advice she received when she was starting out in her career—listen first before you speak—and says she gives advice now to young women beginning their careers. She advises anyone in the middle of their careers to reach out and help the next generation of managers. “I am so proud of those relationships,” she says of the mentoring experiences she has shared with students and others who have asked her advice.

One thing Volkers admits she has been guilty of is to feel the need to “do it all.” She advises “Ask for help! The mother, wife, executive female doesn’t have to be the only one who takes the kids to the doctor.” She says that she and her husband often talk through workloads and split up the duties.

As for who her #SheLeadsGov mentors are: “Any woman who has the courage to go for what she wants. Women everywhere are amazing.”

About ICMA

ICMA’s vision is to be the leading association of local government professionals dedicated to creating and supporting thriving communities throughout the world. We do this by working with our more than 12, 000 members to identify and speed the adoption of leading local government practices to improve the lives of residents. ICMA offers membership, professional development programs, research, publications, data and information, technical assistance, and training to thousands of city, town, and county chief administrative officers, their staffs, and other organizations throughout the world. Find out more about ICMA, and the profession, at our website: http://www.icma.org

Follow us on Social Media!

Twitter: http://twitter.com/icma
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LinkedIn: http://www.linkedin.com/company/icma
Instagram: https://www.instagram.com/icmaorg/
YouTube: http://www.youtube.com/user/ICMAvideos

May 01 2018

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Rank #14: Local Gov Life - S04 Episode 01: Learn as a Mentee, Be a Mentor, and Pay It Forward

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ICMA’s history is rooted in the sharing of best practices among local government managers. From practical guidance, to the more ephemeral, a good mentor can provide the advice you need when you need it most. They can even help you think outside of the box, and approach issues in an innovative way. So, when asked to share stories of their own mentoring experience, these ICMA members had plenty to share.

In this episode, we caught up with some ICMA members at the 104th ICMA Annual Conference in Baltimore to learn what it means to be a good mentor, and some of the most valuable ways that you can pay it forward. Take a listen and see what lessons you can take home to become a more present, equitable, and influential mentor in your community, and beyond.

About ICMA

ICMA’s vision is to be the leading association of local government professionals dedicated to creating and supporting thriving communities throughout the world. We do this by working with our more than 12, 000 members to identify and speed the adoption of leading local government practices to improve the lives of residents. ICMA offers membership, professional development programs, research, publications, data and information, technical assistance, and training to thousands of city, town, and county chief administrative officers, their staffs, and other organizations throughout the world. Find out more about ICMA, and the profession, at our website: http://www.icma.org

Follow us on Social Media!

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YouTube: http://www.youtube.com/user/ICMAvideos

Jan 29 2019

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Rank #15: Local Gov Life - United Front Episode 06: Julie Underwood Won’t Let Fear Get in the Way

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Julie Underwood, city manager of Mercer Island, Washington, has been the first woman and the first person of color in not one, but two, communities. “It seems silly but I thought if I fail, they’ll never hire another woman…another person of color again,” she said. She shared an anecdote about a councilmember remembering a woman who left a job to spend more time with her family. “He wanted to know if I would do the same thing,” Underwood said. Her manager asked the councilmember whether he would have asked that same question of a man. “He was mortified,” she said. “Unconscious bias. It happens all the time.”

In this final episode of LocalGov Life, United Front, Underwood describes her career, her philosophy on finding mentors, and how she manages the “second shift.” With three children at home and a demanding career, Underwood stressed how she and her spouse team up on most family responsibilities and how she outsources some of the household chores. She also gives some great advice on how to have those difficult gender bias conversations in a positive way.

About ICMA

ICMA’s vision is to be the leading association of local government professionals dedicated to creating and supporting thriving communities throughout the world. We do this by working with our more than 12, 000 members to identify and speed the adoption of leading local government practices to improve the lives of residents. ICMA offers membership, professional development programs, research, publications, data and information, technical assistance, and training to thousands of city, town, and county chief administrative officers, their staffs, and other organizations throughout the world. Find out more about ICMA, and the profession, at our website: http://www.icma.org

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YouTube: http://www.youtube.com/user/ICMAvideos

May 31 2018

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Local Gov Life - S05 Episode 04: Customer Service in the Local Government Space

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Does customer service matter in your local gov? It matters to citizens. We interview two experts in local government public service to find out how they organize customer service improvement efforts. Our first guest, Cory Fleming, directs ICMA’s 311/CRM consulting services, where she provides contract services to local governments implementing centralized customer service systems. Our second guest, James Sullivan, is a public sector consultant and 311 advocate who helps organizations plan customer service strategies based on what their constituents need.

If you're looking for advice on developing a customer service mindset in your local gov, this episode is for you.

Resources
Webinar: Building Customer Service into Local Government (for purchase)

About ICMA
ICMA’s vision is to be the leading association of local government professionals dedicated to creating and supporting thriving communities throughout the world. We do this by working with our more than 12,000 members to identify and speed the adoption of leading local government practices to improve the lives of residents. ICMA offers membership, professional development programs, research, publications, data and information, technical assistance, and training to thousands of city, town, and county chief administrative officers, their staffs, and other organizations throughout the world. Find out more about ICMA, and the profession, at our website: http://www.icma.org
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YouTube: http://www.youtube.com/user/ICMAvideos

Dec 11 2019

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Local Gov Life - Special Episode: Diversity & Inclusion at ICMA

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About ICMA

ICMA’s vision is to be the leading association of local government professionals dedicated to creating and supporting thriving communities throughout the world. We do this by working with our more than 12,000 members to identify and speed the adoption of leading local government practices to improve the lives of residents. ICMA offers membership, professional development programs, research, publications, data and information, technical assistance, and training to thousands of city, town, and county chief administrative officers, their staffs, and other organizations throughout the world. Find out more about ICMA, and the profession, at our website: http://www.icma.org

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Nov 18 2019

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Local Gov Life - S05 Episode 03: Cannabis Regulation

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In the last election, voters in seven states voted on thirty-six cannabis-related ballot measures ranging from taxing medical cannabis to legalization of recreational marijuana. Michigan legalized medical marijuana in 2008 and recreational marijuana in 2018. Rebecca Fleury, city manager of Battle Creek, Michigan, and her colleague Eric Feldt explain how they adapted Battle Creek’s successful medical marijuana regulatory framework to recreational cannabis. Next, we hear from Nicol Killian, AICP, assistant director of community development for the City of Durango, Colorado. State law changed several times between 2010 and 2014, and she details how Durango took a reactionary approach to keeping up. Finally, Sean McGlynn, city manager of Santa Rosa, California, and his colleague Clare Hartman, AICP, deputy director of planning, outline their community’s proactive stance on legalizing recreational cannabis. They saw an opportunity to bring previously below-ground business activity into the fold.

If you're looking for guidance on how to manage legalized cannabis in your community, this episode is for you.

Key Considerations for Developing Local Commercial Cannabis Regulation (including a checklist)

Webinar: Regulating Cannabis in Your Community (for purchase)

About ICMA

ICMA’s vision is to be the leading association of local government professionals dedicated to creating and supporting thriving communities throughout the world. We do this by working with our more than 12,000 members to identify and speed the adoption of leading local government practices to improve the lives of residents. ICMA offers membership, professional development programs, research, publications, data and information, technical assistance, and training to thousands of city, town, and county chief administrative officers, their staffs, and other organizations throughout the world. Find out more about ICMA, and the profession, at our website: http://www.icma.org

Follow us on Social Media!

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Nov 04 2019

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Local Gov Life - S05 Episode 02: Human Trafficking

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People in local government, from librarians to firefighters, have an incredible opportunity to see and act on signs of human trafficking--if they know what they are looking for and who to call. In this episode,
Margaret F. Henderson of the University of North Carolina School of Government defines human trafficking and explains recent research showing that 19 of 25 business models of human trafficking would intersect with local government. Then, City Manager Donald Duncan tells us how he expanded human trafficking training beyond police and social services to include all employees of Conover, North Carolina. If you’re interested in learning how a local community can fight human trafficking, this episode is for you.

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ICMA’s vision is to be the leading association of local government professionals dedicated to creating and supporting thriving communities throughout the world. We do this by working with our more than 12, 000 members to identify and speed the adoption of leading local government practices to improve the lives of residents. ICMA offers membership, professional development programs, research, publications, data and information, technical assistance, and training to thousands of city, town, and county chief administrative officers, their staffs, and other organizations throughout the world. Find out more about ICMA, and the profession, at our website: http://www.icma.org

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Sep 06 2019

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Local Gov Life - S05 Episode 01: Strategic Planning

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Every community needs a strategic plan. It can be hard to zero in on the right process. Our guests Kel Wang and Michael Sambir led a city of over 1 million people through 2 strategic plans from start to finish and they join us to explain how it’s done. Then, Angelica Wedell of the National Research Center identifies the 6 Es of strategic planning. Hint: it starts with “engage.” If you’re involved with helping a community decide where to go and how to get there, this podcast is for you.

Strategic planning asks 3 questions: Where are we now? Where do we want to go? How do we get there? We take a look at how the city of Edmonton, Alberta completed 2 strategic plans: one for operations and another for the community. Kel Wang, the city’s corporate performance lead, and Michael Sambir, the city’s strategic coordinator, explain how they guided a city of over 1 million people through the process. Then, Angelica Wedell of the National Research Center, lays out the 6 Es of strategic planning. Hint: it all starts with engagement. If you’re involved in helping a community decide where it wants to go, this episode is for you.

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ICMA’s vision is to be the leading association of local government professionals dedicated to creating and supporting thriving communities throughout the world. We do this by working with our more than 12, 000 members to identify and speed the adoption of leading local government practices to improve the lives of residents. ICMA offers membership, professional development programs, research, publications, data and information, technical assistance, and training to thousands of city, town, and county chief administrative officers, their staffs, and other organizations throughout the world. Find out more about ICMA, and the profession, at our website: http://www.icma.org

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Aug 12 2019

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Local Gov Life - S04 Episode 03: How to Best Your Budget

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It takes a lot of courage to manage a local government. Between elected officials, your staff, and your residents, deliverables and expectations need to be managed with a level of complexity that can intimidate many. Fortunately, ICMA has tons of resources on how to make the best decision for your community- including the expertise of our members.

In this episode of Local Gov Life, we talk to some ICMA members who discuss resilience in the face of The Great Recession, offer some advice on transparency with your elected officials, and share stories that remind us that you aren’t in this alone. If you’ve ever had to make a tough decision when it came to budgets and contracts, this is one episode you won’t want to miss. Give it a listen and check out some ICMA resources meant to help navigate you through the budgeting process without a scratch.

About ICMA

ICMA’s vision is to be the leading association of local government professionals dedicated to creating and supporting thriving communities throughout the world. We do this by working with our more than 12, 000 members to identify and speed the adoption of leading local government practices to improve the lives of residents. ICMA offers membership, professional development programs, research, publications, data and information, technical assistance, and training to thousands of city, town, and county chief administrative officers, their staffs, and other organizations throughout the world. Find out more about ICMA, and the profession, at our website: http://www.icma.org

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May 22 2019

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Local Gov Life - S04 Episode 02: Civic Service: A Love Story

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For those of us in public service, it can feel like the weight of the world rests on your shoulders. With an unending mission of providing essential services to all reaches of our local populations, it’s good to know that there’s a helpful group of residents ready to get their hands a little dirty- literally.

In this episode of Local Gov Life, we sat down with a handful of ICMA Members at our 2018 Annual Conference to weigh in on volunteerism and provide some useful tips on how you can start building a successful volunteer program in your community.

Discussing some of the programs volunteers in their communities have assisted with, how to keep them engaged, and knowing when to take a step back, we promise this episode is worth a listen (or two, or four). If you’ve been looking for ways to get your residents active and volunteering, this is one podcast you won’t want to miss.

About ICMA

ICMA’s vision is to be the leading association of local government professionals dedicated to creating and supporting thriving communities throughout the world. We do this by working with our more than 12, 000 members to identify and speed the adoption of leading local government practices to improve the lives of residents. ICMA offers membership, professional development programs, research, publications, data and information, technical assistance, and training to thousands of city, town, and county chief administrative officers, their staffs, and other organizations throughout the world. Find out more about ICMA, and the profession, at our website: http://www.icma.org

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Apr 09 2019

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Local Gov Life - S04 Episode 01: Learn as a Mentee, Be a Mentor, and Pay It Forward

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ICMA’s history is rooted in the sharing of best practices among local government managers. From practical guidance, to the more ephemeral, a good mentor can provide the advice you need when you need it most. They can even help you think outside of the box, and approach issues in an innovative way. So, when asked to share stories of their own mentoring experience, these ICMA members had plenty to share.

In this episode, we caught up with some ICMA members at the 104th ICMA Annual Conference in Baltimore to learn what it means to be a good mentor, and some of the most valuable ways that you can pay it forward. Take a listen and see what lessons you can take home to become a more present, equitable, and influential mentor in your community, and beyond.

About ICMA

ICMA’s vision is to be the leading association of local government professionals dedicated to creating and supporting thriving communities throughout the world. We do this by working with our more than 12, 000 members to identify and speed the adoption of leading local government practices to improve the lives of residents. ICMA offers membership, professional development programs, research, publications, data and information, technical assistance, and training to thousands of city, town, and county chief administrative officers, their staffs, and other organizations throughout the world. Find out more about ICMA, and the profession, at our website: http://www.icma.org

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Jan 29 2019

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Local Gov Life - S03 Episode 05: A Relationship Built on Trust

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In this episode of “Making a Difference,” Chris Clark, a city council member from Mountain View, California, shares his perspectives on how professional local government managers can make the job easier for elected officials by bringing a high level of expertise and experience to the oversight of their communities. Councilmember Clark also discusses how the involvement of a professional manager helped Mountain View navigate a series of tough decisions during the 2008 financial crisis.

About ICMA

ICMA’s vision is to be the leading association of local government professionals dedicated to creating and supporting thriving communities throughout the world. We do this by working with our more than 12, 000 members to identify and speed the adoption of leading local government practices to improve the lives of residents. ICMA offers membership, professional development programs, research, publications, data and information, technical assistance, and training to thousands of city, town, and county chief administrative officers, their staffs, and other organizations throughout the world. Find out more about ICMA, and the profession, at our website: http://www.icma.org

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Nov 07 2018

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Local Gov Life - S03 Episode 04: Bertha Henry Believes There is Nothing More Rewarding Than Public Service

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It has been quite a year for Bertha Henry, county administrator of Broward County, Florida. She received ICMA’s Award for Career Excellence at last year’s ICMA Annual Conference and Governing magazine named Henry a Public Official of the Year. But those who know her are not surprised. Her passion for the people she serves and the profession of local government management drives her to make a difference “day in and day out,” as she says. In this podcast, Henry talks about the challenges her community has faced—from natural disasters to the recent school shooting in Parkland, Florida—and how it has brought people together. She also discusses why she believes it is important to serve in a leadership capacity in local government, “to lift all in the community you have to help shape public policy.”

About ICMA

ICMA’s vision is to be the leading association of local government professionals dedicated to creating and supporting thriving communities throughout the world. We do this by working with our more than 12, 000 members to identify and speed the adoption of leading local government practices to improve the lives of residents. ICMA offers membership, professional development programs, research, publications, data and information, technical assistance, and training to thousands of city, town, and county chief administrative officers, their staffs, and other organizations throughout the world. Find out more about ICMA, and the profession, at our website: http://www.icma.org

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Aug 01 2018

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Local Gov Life - S03 Episode 03: The Rewards of Adopting the Council-Manager Form of Government

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In 2009, a citizens' group known as VoteCM'09 in Bainbridge Island, Washington, bid to adopt the council-manager form of government. The group was led by Dr. Robert Fortner, a retired kidney specialist turned activist. Fortner, alongside several other Bainbridge Island residents, was instrumental in bringing the council-manager form of government to the city. Residents successfully adopted council management with 71 percent of voters approving the change.

Nine years later, ICMA sat down with Fortner for the latest episode of ICMA's Local Gov Life: Making a Difference, where they discuss the transition from the previous structure. They talk about how the relationship works between the city manager, Doug Schulze, and elected officials, as well as how the city is now light years ahead of what it used to be prior to being a council-manager form of government.

About ICMA

ICMA’s vision is to be the leading association of local government professionals dedicated to creating and supporting thriving communities throughout the world. We do this by working with our more than 12, 000 members to identify and speed the adoption of leading local government practices to improve the lives of residents. ICMA offers membership, professional development programs, research, publications, data and information, technical assistance, and training to thousands of city, town, and county chief administrative officers, their staffs, and other organizations throughout the world. Find out more about ICMA, and the profession, at our website: http://www.icma.org

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Jul 12 2018

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Local Gov Life - S03 Episode 02: Local Government - It's a Rewarding Profession

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For four decades, Carl Valente has served local and state governments throughout the Commonwealth of Massachusetts, while also serving five years as financial management director of ICMA. For the past 13 years, Valente has served as the town manager of Lexington, Massachusetts, a town that is celebrated as the site of the first shots of the American Revolutionary War in the Battle of Lexington in 1775. Valente notes in the podcast that this moment in history has an impact on the community to this very day.

In this episode of Making A Difference, Valente briefly touches on why he chose the local government management profession - and it came down to three things: 1) a call to public service made by President John F. Kennedy; 2) local government management principles and how important they were to running a local organization; and 3) exposure to policy aspects of government. And after a long career, Valente, who is set to retire in August 2018, credits his longevity to proficiency, keeping up with the changes, creating a professional development plan for himself, working hard to connect with residents, and focusing on what's important to the residents - not what's important to you.

About ICMA

ICMA’s vision is to be the leading association of local government professionals dedicated to creating and supporting thriving communities throughout the world. We do this by working with our more than 12, 000 members to identify and speed the adoption of leading local government practices to improve the lives of residents. ICMA offers membership, professional development programs, research, publications, data and information, technical assistance, and training to thousands of city, town, and county chief administrative officers, their staffs, and other organizations throughout the world. Find out more about ICMA, and the profession, at our website: http://www.icma.org

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Jun 15 2018

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Local Gov Life - United Front Episode 06: Julie Underwood Won’t Let Fear Get in the Way

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Julie Underwood, city manager of Mercer Island, Washington, has been the first woman and the first person of color in not one, but two, communities. “It seems silly but I thought if I fail, they’ll never hire another woman…another person of color again,” she said. She shared an anecdote about a councilmember remembering a woman who left a job to spend more time with her family. “He wanted to know if I would do the same thing,” Underwood said. Her manager asked the councilmember whether he would have asked that same question of a man. “He was mortified,” she said. “Unconscious bias. It happens all the time.”

In this final episode of LocalGov Life, United Front, Underwood describes her career, her philosophy on finding mentors, and how she manages the “second shift.” With three children at home and a demanding career, Underwood stressed how she and her spouse team up on most family responsibilities and how she outsources some of the household chores. She also gives some great advice on how to have those difficult gender bias conversations in a positive way.

About ICMA

ICMA’s vision is to be the leading association of local government professionals dedicated to creating and supporting thriving communities throughout the world. We do this by working with our more than 12, 000 members to identify and speed the adoption of leading local government practices to improve the lives of residents. ICMA offers membership, professional development programs, research, publications, data and information, technical assistance, and training to thousands of city, town, and county chief administrative officers, their staffs, and other organizations throughout the world. Find out more about ICMA, and the profession, at our website: http://www.icma.org

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May 31 2018

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Local Gov Life - S03 Episode 01: Jane Brautigam Explains How She "Fell in Love" with Local Government

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Jane Brautigam has been city manager of Boulder, Colorado, since 2008 and is the first woman manager in the city's 90-plus-year history. Brautigam started out in the legal profession and then engaged with local government to eventually become manager of one of the most beloved and recognizable cities in the United States. In this episode of “Making a Difference," (powered by Capella University), Brautigam discusses how she "fell in love" with local government, as well as the challenges of diversifying a community and creating more affordable housing. She also discusses what being a professional local government manager means to her.

About ICMA

ICMA’s vision is to be the leading association of local government professionals dedicated to creating and supporting thriving communities throughout the world. We do this by working with our more than 12, 000 members to identify and speed the adoption of leading local government practices to improve the lives of residents. ICMA offers membership, professional development programs, research, publications, data and information, technical assistance, and training to thousands of city, town, and county chief administrative officers, their staffs, and other organizations throughout the world. Find out more about ICMA, and the profession, at our website: http://www.icma.org

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May 02 2018

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Local Gov Life - United Front Episode 05: Chris Volkers Gives Back to the Next Generation

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After a 26-year career in court administration in Minnesota and California, Chris Volkers became the first female city manager of Moorhead, Minnesota. Volkers said she is proud that Moorhead is a community run mostly by women in leadership roles. “We all work well together; we each bring our own talents to our roles.”

In this podcast, Volkers talks about the advice she received when she was starting out in her career—listen first before you speak—and says she gives advice now to young women beginning their careers. She advises anyone in the middle of their careers to reach out and help the next generation of managers. “I am so proud of those relationships,” she says of the mentoring experiences she has shared with students and others who have asked her advice.

One thing Volkers admits she has been guilty of is to feel the need to “do it all.” She advises “Ask for help! The mother, wife, executive female doesn’t have to be the only one who takes the kids to the doctor.” She says that she and her husband often talk through workloads and split up the duties.

As for who her #SheLeadsGov mentors are: “Any woman who has the courage to go for what she wants. Women everywhere are amazing.”

About ICMA

ICMA’s vision is to be the leading association of local government professionals dedicated to creating and supporting thriving communities throughout the world. We do this by working with our more than 12, 000 members to identify and speed the adoption of leading local government practices to improve the lives of residents. ICMA offers membership, professional development programs, research, publications, data and information, technical assistance, and training to thousands of city, town, and county chief administrative officers, their staffs, and other organizations throughout the world. Find out more about ICMA, and the profession, at our website: http://www.icma.org

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May 01 2018

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Local Gov Life - United Front Episode 04: Marcela Piedra Advises “Never Stop Learning”

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Marcela Piedra is the first female CAO of El Centro, California. As a 20-year veteran of local government, she has moved through a number of departments, including economic development and community services, before moving to the CAO position. With this extensive experience, plus her educational background, Piedra is a well-respected leader and role model. Piedra believes that having had a city manager that “really embraced diversity,” helped her with the confidence to step into the leadership role she now holds. Here are a few other highlights:

  • You have to believe in yourself first because if you don’t, how can you expect others to believe in you.
  • Remember, you are a role model for every woman in the community and beyond.
  • Be open to learning everything you possibly can; you have to be teachable no matter what you do.
  • We’re all going to have challenges, it’s the relationships you have built that help you get through the difficult times.

“To have an opportunity to change and impact people’s lives….and an opportunity to work with a group of people dedicated to what they do…how can I not love it?”

About ICMA

ICMA’s vision is to be the leading association of local government professionals dedicated to creating and supporting thriving communities throughout the world. We do this by working with our more than 12, 000 members to identify and speed the adoption of leading local government practices to improve the lives of residents. ICMA offers membership, professional development programs, research, publications, data and information, technical assistance, and training to thousands of city, town, and county chief administrative officers, their staffs, and other organizations throughout the world. Find out more about ICMA, and the profession, at our website: http://www.icma.org

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Apr 16 2018

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Local Gov Life - United Front Episode 03: Think More Positively of Your Strengths

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Gina Holt began her career in Springfield, Tennessee, as the assistant to the city manager. Now, 28 years later, she holds the top spot as the city's very first female city manager. In this episode of United Front, a special season of Local Gov Life, Holt opens up about her longstanding career in government (both private and public) and discusses what it has been like as a woman working in a male-dominated field.

Yes, at one point she was asked to retrieve a cup of coffee for her male colleagues, and no, it was never asked of her again. Here, she digs deep about why the confidence gap exists, and strongly suggests that "women need to think more positively of their strengths and just go for it, and get out there and aim high."

About ICMA

ICMA’s vision is to be the leading association of local government professionals dedicated to creating and supporting thriving communities throughout the world. We do this by working with our more than 12, 000 members to identify and speed the adoption of leading local government practices to improve the lives of residents. ICMA offers membership, professional development programs, research, publications, data and information, technical assistance, and training to thousands of city, town, and county chief administrative officers, their staffs, and other organizations throughout the world. Find out more about ICMA, and the profession, at our website: http://www.icma.org

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Mar 29 2018

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Local Gov Life - United Front Episode 02: Step Out of Your Box, Step Out of Your Office

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Dana Muscott is the first female city manager of Bay City, Michigan. In this episode of United Front, a special season of Local Gov Life, Muscott opens up about the criticism she has received about her education credentials - and how she overcame it; the management of a big career and a family; how to remain grounded in the CAO role; as well as the importance of mentorship in the profession. She also discusses why she chooses a hands-on approach as a local government leader with both her employees and the community - stating that everyone needs to have a voice - "so step out of your box, step out of your office!"

About ICMA

ICMA’s vision is to be the leading association of local government professionals dedicated to creating and supporting thriving communities throughout the world. We do this by working with our more than 12, 000 members to identify and speed the adoption of leading local government practices to improve the lives of residents. ICMA offers membership, professional development programs, research, publications, data and information, technical assistance, and training to thousands of city, town, and county chief administrative officers, their staffs, and other organizations throughout the world. Find out more about ICMA, and the profession, at our website: http://www.icma.org

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Mar 15 2018

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Local Gov Life - United Front Episode 01: See What You Can Become

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Bonnie Svrcek, city manager of Lynchburg, Virginia, is the first female city manager for her community. She also became the second woman ICMA president in ICMA's history. A true groundbreaker for women in the local government management profession. In this episode of United Front (powered by TownCloud), Svrcek opens up in the first half about her early career in the profession, talks about her time as ICMA president, and asks women to see what they can become as leaders in the profession. She also discusses women in the workplace, including the challenges and barriers to female leadership, the importance of inviting men to join the conversation about getting more women into the CAO role, building equity and inclusivity within the organization, sexual harassment, and more.

About ICMA

ICMA’s vision is to be the leading association of local government professionals dedicated to creating and supporting thriving communities throughout the world. We do this by working with our more than 12, 000 members to identify and speed the adoption of leading local government practices to improve the lives of residents. ICMA offers membership, professional development programs, research, publications, data and information, technical assistance, and training to thousands of city, town, and county chief administrative officers, their staffs, and other organizations throughout the world. Find out more about ICMA, and the profession, at our website: http://www.icma.org

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Mar 05 2018

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Local Gov Life - S02 Episode 07: Fighting the Threat of Climate Change and Rising Sea Levels

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Sitting as one of the lowest-lying areas in the state of Florida, the city of Miami Beach is very much aware that it is on the front lines of sea level rise. The impact of rising sea levels has pushed the city to spend millions of dollars on climate change strategies including elevating roads, raising sea walls, and installing pumps to push flood waters back into the Bay.

In this episode of Local Gov Life, ICMA member, chief resiliency officer, and assistant city manager of Miami Beach, Susanne Torriente, sits down with ICMA to give us a snapshot of Miami Beach's current infrastructure, discusses how residents take part in the fight against climate change, and provides great insight for other local governments planning to build rising sea-level resiliency programs in their community. Listen in to hear why this city is considered a leader in fighting the threat of climate change and rising sea levels.

About ICMA

ICMA’s vision is to be the leading association of local government professionals dedicated to creating and supporting thriving communities throughout the world. We do this by working with our more than 12, 000 members to identify and speed the adoption of leading local government practices to improve the lives of residents. ICMA offers membership, professional development programs, research, publications, data and information, technical assistance, and training to thousands of city, town, and county chief administrative officers, their staffs, and other organizations throughout the world. Find out more about ICMA, and the profession, at our website: http://www.icma.org

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Feb 23 2018

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Great way to keep the conversation going from PM

By MHedges17 - Nov 07 2017
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I like how they add to the conversation from PM magazine each month.