Is #localgov Part of ‘The Swamp’? 

Swamps are filled with odorous, stagnant water and creatures that breed disease. November’s highly divisive national election filled the public’s mind with disturbing images like this – rhetorical exaggerations to remind people of any negative experience they’ve ever had with a government agency. But the vast majority of employees at any level of government are…  Read More…

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MPA Students Gather 7 Lessons From #ICMA2016

For graduate students interested in urban management careers, the International City/County Management Association (ICMA) Annual Conference is the ultimate professional development and networking opportunity. We were glad and grateful to join the excitement at the 102nd ICMA Conference in September as representatives of the Lyndon B. Johnson School of Public Affairs at the University of…  Read More…

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Take Charge of Your Career

So there I was, looking out into a sea of faces. Council members, city managers and directors from all over California had gathered at the 2016 League of California Cities Annual Conference, and an unexpected number of them had decided to attend my session on emerging leaders. As a representative of the Municipal Management Association…  Read More…

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Calling For Community Hero Nominations

Do you know a community hero, like Sergeant Saemi Kitchens of Prince William County, Va., or Warren Gaskill, a recycling operator in Rockville, Md.? These dedicated public servants work with professional local government managers to keep your city, town or county running smoothly every day. If you look around your community, you’ll find people using their talents…  Read More…

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Two Local Gov Success Stories Demonstrate Leadership & Partnerships

Life, Well Run  published two seemingly very different Success Stories this month.  But both have a foundation in leadership and partnerships. In Roswell, Georgia, City Administrator Kay Love has made it a priority to recruit and keep top-notch staff at her organization.  And the programs have shown to decrease attrition, all the while having some fun.  Be sure to…  Read More…

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Life, Well Run Especially During Crisis

As many communities are struggling in the aftermath of Hurricane Matthew we are reminded that preparation is key.  But also that several success stories have come out of crises. These are some of the best and most inspirational from the Life, Well Run archives: Philadelphia benefited greatly from its extra investment to leverage its 311 non-emergency communication tool into…  Read More…

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