Professional Management Drives #LocalGov Efficiency & Effectiveness

Professional local government management—through which elected officials hire a highly trained, nonpolitical chief executive to oversee the day-to-day operations of a community—makes a significant difference in that jurisdiction’s creditworthiness, efficiency, and ability to build community, according to a recent review conducted by ICMA, the International City/County Management Association. ` A review of Moody’s Aaa-rated local…  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…

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…

Raleigh Cleans Up With Mobile Litter Reporter

An innovative mobile phone application is helping the city of Raleigh, N.C., use crowdsourced data to respond to business and resident complaints about downtown cleanliness. The solution required teamwork among no less than four city departments but has already proven valuable by reducing litter complaints, providing hard data for budget decisions, and consolidating cleanliness efforts within…  Read More…

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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…

Day 2 of Public Service Recognition Week

It’s Day 2 of Public Service Recognition Week and our celebration of community heroes is in full swing. Yesterday, we introduced you to newly retired County Executive Melissa Peacor of Prince William County and Code Compliance Investigator Jeff Loeffler (read Sunday’s post). Today, we introduce the second community hero out of Prince William County: Sergeant…  Read More…