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...

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...

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...

One Stop Center, Kigali, Rwanda

I am fortunate to be on a “working vacation” in Kigali, Rwanda, attending a conference on urbanization sponsored by the International Growth Centre. Rwanda is about the size of Vermont in land area, but with a population of 11.5 million. Urbanization is one of their...

City Managers Department Meeting (CA)

Congratulations to the 2014 City Managers’ Department award winners! The City of Santa Rosa, led by City Manager Kathy Millison, has received the Award for the Advancement of Diverse Communities for its extensive programs and policies designed to build a more community. Elaine Polachek, Assistant...

Santa Ana Community Workshops Are a Huge Success

On the Saturday before Thanksgiving, the City of Santa Ana hosted two Strategic Planning community workshops, one in the morning and the second in the afternoon, with a total of more than 280 community members in attendance. The purpose was to provide feedback on the...

Growing our Roster

The team at Management Partners is always looking for ways to better serve our local government clients. We are pleased to announce that in the first six months of 2013, our company has brought on new associates in our West Coast Offices: Melanie Corona joins...

What’s Up With California Bankruptcies?

It has been widely reported that several California cities have entered bankruptcy in the last two years, or are rumored to be in tight financial circumstances.  The reporting of this comes against the backdrop of continued press attention to the very real financial straits of...

Creating a Brighter Future in the Post-Redevelopment Era

Management Partners teamed up with several organizations to offer the workshop, “Creating a Brighter Future in the Post-Redevelopment Era.”  Over 35 city and county executives attended the interactive session.  Presenters included the California Redevelopment Association, Goldfarb & Lipman, Dutra Cerra Graden, City of San Leandro,...

Fremont on Solid Financial Footing

Last summer Management Partners delivered a strategic fiscal sustainability study and implementation action plan to the City of Fremont to help them avoid the type of financial crises many jurisdictions in California are experiencing. A year later, as this column in The Oakland Tribune newspaper, written by the current...

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