Alliance for Innovation "Big Ideas" Conference

This past weekend, the Alliance for Innovation held their annual “Big Ideas” conference in Fort Lauderdale, and, as usual, they put on a great event. The theme this year was resiliency–environmental, economic, and emotional. About 75 individuals from across the country participated in a discussion...

2014 ICMA Annual Conference

The 100th ICMA Annual Conference opened with President Simon Farbrother, the Chief Executive of the City of Birmingham in the United Kingdom, welcoming several thousand people who had traveled to Charlotte, NC for this significant event.   ICMA was created by eight people a century...

IHN 2014 California Regional Summit

On Friday, August 23, Management Partners participated with approximately 80 others in the International Hispanic Network’s Regional Summit held in San Jose.  Jan Perkins, Senior Partner and ICMA Senior Advisor, was one of the coaches participating in the newly launched Madrinas/Padrinos program.   Karen Davis,...

Sacramento CompStat Meeting

This week I was invited to witness how the Sacramento Police Department (SPD) has institutionalized data-driven, performance-based policing strategies by attending one of the SPD’s regular CompStat meetings on Wednesday, August 20, 2014. With many local governments around California having to limit their budgets and cut...

2014 Inspiring Women in Public Administration Conference

Over 200 women gathered for the annual Inspiring Women in Public Administration Conference, held at the University of Kansas Edwards Campus in Overland Park, Kansas. The theme was “Daring Greatly.” Speakers included San Bruno, CA city manager Connie Jackson; Tualatin, OR city manager Sherilyn Lombos;...

2014 FCCMA Conference

The Florida City and County Management Association is a professional organization of practicing Florida local governments administrators. It is one of the largest International City/County Management Association state affiliates with over 500 members. Almost half of the members attended the annual conference last month in...

2014 APA National Planning Conference

Can you imagine 5,000 planners in one location? Atlanta was the site of the American Planning Association’s national conference, April 26-30. Urban planners from across the United States and the globe assembled to share local planning solutions, best practices and innovations. I was there representing...

2014 Transforming Local Government Conference

The Transforming Local Government Conference is always a great forum for learning about innovative approaches to managing cities and counties, and this year in Denver was the biggest one ever. Management Partners is a corporate partner of the Alliance for Innovation, and I had the...

2014 Women’s Leadership Summit

US Treasurer Rosie Rios inspired an audience of over 250 at the Women’s Leadership Summit held in San Jose, CA on May 7.  She started her career in local government and was Fremont’s Director of Economic Development when I was city manager there.  This annual...

Reflections on Rwanda

I spent the week of March 17th participating in an initiative of the International Growth Centre and the World Bank which culminated in a National Forum on Sustainable Urbanization on March 20-21 in Rwanda. Rwanda has accomplished an enormous transformation since the genocide that rocked...

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