A Trend Toward #LocalGov

It could be a lack of Federal jobs or a change in student philosophy, but it appears that more MPA graduates are entering local government jobs than in previous years, according to the Network of Schools of Public Policy, Affairs, and Administration (NASPAA). In recent direct-to-graduate surveys, NASPAA found the trend toward local government to be…  Read More…

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…

Photo Contest Winners Look Forward to KC Conference

The potential for positive community impact clearly motivates the three passionate MPA graduates who won travel stipends to attend the 102nd Annual ICMA Conference in this Summer’s Life, Well Run Student Photo Contest. The pictures submitted by several graduate-level students depict how professional local governments impact communities in positive ways. “My motivation for public service stems…  Read More…

Villanova ICMA Student Chapter to Live-Stream Discussion on Careers in Local Government

Many Villanova students are still celebrating their incredible win in the men’s NCAA basketball tournament (just look at that shot!), but the ICMA Student Chapter is back to work. Next Wednesday, April 20, they’ll be hosting a live-streamed panel discussion on career paths in local government. The guided conversation will explore the reasons why panel…  Read More…