Joey Garcia

City of Torrance, CA

1st Place Winner

Torrance youngster looks for recycled material to build the second half of his garbage truck at the bi-annual Torrance Open House.

Torrance youngster looks for recycled material to build the second half of his garbage truck at the bi-annual Torrance Open House. The City of Torrance opens up its Public Works City Yard to further build relationships between residents and staff. Families are greeted by the men and women who help keep Torrance a beautiful place to live and staff is reminded of the wonderful people they serve.

Katie Taylor

Town of Longboat Key, FL

2nd Place Winner

The picture depicts the 5 month 500 tons of sand being brought into the Town of Longboat Key, FL beaches to re-nourish the poorly eroded beach throughout the island.

The picture depicts the 5 month 500 tons of sand being brought into the Town of Longboat Key, FL beaches to re-nourish the poorly eroded beach throughout the island.

Longboat Key, FL is a barrier island that fights erosion from the Gulf on a constant basis. This pictures shows the towns hard work in controlling the erosion and providing a beach that is friendly for their residents as well as tourist.

Emily Tipps

City of DeKalb, IL

3rd Place Winner

The photo showcases a project that is a collaboration between the City and DeKalb Area Council.

This photo shows the positive impact of professional local government leadership in multiple ways.

First, the photo showcases a project that is a collaboration between the City and DeKalb Area Council. Professional local government often stresses the importance of partnerships with area agencies. This public project is an effort to not only bring an interesting art piece to DeKalb, but also to help create a community environment. This photo also stresses the benefit for professional local government leadership through the presence of the #ProudlyDekalb image. The Proudly DeKalb movement had the backing of professional local government leadership that were able to assist in the marketing and creation of this community wide effort. The #ProudlyDekalb movement is another example of an important community initiative.

Lastly, the various employees also show the positive impact of professional local government leadership. The local government leadership brings individuals of different skill levels to work together on various projects. Myself and management Intern Chris Jackson have the opportunity as Interns through NIU MPA program to be able to learn from great professional local government leadership, that will help us be great leaders in the future.

Michael Penicnak

City of Geneva, IL

Contestant

Photo shows a storefront on West State Street in Geneva that has been restored through the past use of TIF funds in one of the most successful TIF districts in Illinois history.

This July 1, 2016 photo shows a storefront on West State Street in Geneva that has been restored through the past use of TIF funds in one of the most successful TIF districts in Illinois history. Professional managers are trained in their formal education to conduct environmental scans and identify the windows of opportunity to influence decisions. In a blighted environment, they saw an opportunity to use a new, innovative tool to raise the EAV. This increase in EAV helped grow and maintain a vibrant downtown. This vibrant downtown provides jobs, businesses and services for the community and raises quality of life for residents. I chose city management as my career path because I wanted to make a tangible difference in people’s lives. The professionals who approved this façade management have since retired, but the difference they made is still present in the community today. This program, though small in scope, covers why I wish to be a city manager.

Hannah Osborne

County of Durham, NC

Contestant

Caley and Rafael (current and previous ICMA Fellows, respectively) test out a mock “pop-up” table that will be used during this year’s Strategic Plan Refresh Engagement Plan.

In this collage, Caley and Rafael (current and previous ICMA Fellows, respectively) test out a mock “pop-up” table that will be used during this year’s Strategic Plan Refresh Engagement Plan. This table invites employees to brainstorm ways the County can seek input, feedback, ideas, and priorities from employees and the community for the Strategic Plan.

This picture demonstrates that professional local government leaders value and yearn for the feedback of all employees and community members. Citizen and employee engagement helps ensure that the Strategic Plan represents the priorities of the people. The process of engaging employees and community members in the strategic plan update will create a stronger plan with greater stakeholder support. Durham County’s work to diversify input and include many stakeholders in their planning process inspires me to work in local government.

Shelly Huntington

City of Huber Heights, OH

Contestant

Huber Heights Ohio City Manager, Robert Schommer, and Police Chief, Mark Lightner, bow their heads as a prayer is being given by an Air Force Chaplain during a flag dedication ceremony Tuesday, July 12, 2016 at The Rose Music Center.

Huber Heights Ohio City Manager, Robert Schommer, and Police Chief, Mark Lightner, bow their heads as a prayer is being given by an Air Force Chaplain during a flag dedication ceremony Tuesday, July 12, 2016 at The Rose Music Center. This event was hosted by Janell Smith, Ward 2 representative, Huber Heights City Council, the Miami Valley Young Marines and the VFW Huber Heights Memorial Post 3283. Patriotic events such as this are important to the community. It recognizes the ultimate service that some have given so that our country and communities are free. The appearance and participation of the local professionals at these events creates not only a connection with the citizens they ultimately serve but it supports their elected officials in building a cohesive community.

Stephanie Olson

Town of Chapel Hill, NC

Contestant

This photograph depicts food that would soon be served to children who face the devastating effects of food insecurity. Local community leaders came together to implement the Summer Food Service Program to ensure children do not go hungry in the summer months.

This photograph depicts food that would soon be served to children who face the devastating effects of food insecurity. Local community leaders came together to implement the Summer Food Service Program to ensure children do not go hungry in the summer months.

Sebawit Bishu

City of Miami, FL

Contestant

This photos show the interaction between a local government administrator (Village Manager Yocelyn Galiano) with MPA students and faculty at Florida International University in Miami, Florida.

This photos show the interaction between a local government administrator (Village Manager Yocelyn Galiano) with MPA students and faculty at Florida International University in Miami, Florida. The interaction depicts the important relationship that needs to be cultivated to between education institutions such as colleges and universities to prepare younger generations for careers in local government.

In this photo Manager Galiano (Also ICMA at FIU chapter advisor) discusses the many opportunities that a career in local government offers to Public Administration students at FIU.