Local Gov Life
Summary: ICMA is a nonprofit dedicated to advancing professional local government management throughout the world. Local Gov Life is a mix of stories, insights, and advice from local government leaders.
In response to the difficulties faced by cities, counties and other municipalities due to the public health and economic emergency brought on by the COVID-19 virus, the U.S. Congress and President have enacted three pieces of legislation to provide relief to local governments, states, health care entities, business, and many other sectors. This webcast, led by Sustainable Strategies DC addressed the resources for local governments and communities in these three federal response packages.
When a disaster hits, local government managers have the challenging task of providing leadership to the community – often while dealing with the crisis in their own home. Now, more than ever, local government managers must safeguard their emotional well-being as they deal with extreme personal and professional stressors. In this 30 minute, recorded teleconference, David E. Morrison, M.D., a consultant, psychiatrist, and founder of Morrison Associates, Ltd., offered guidance and advice about how local government managers can cope with stress during this global health crisis. Following his brief presentation, listeners had the opportunity to ask questions.
ICMA Weekly Community Conversations on the Coronavirus In this webinar Mark O’Mara, director of recovery for Hagerty Consulting, and ICMA Strategic Partner, discusses federal funding opportunities related to COVID-19, and the many puzzle pieces, including the CARES Act, FEMA Public Assistance, and funding from Health and Human Services/Centers for Disease Control, Housing and Urban Development, Small Business Administration, Federal Transit Administration, and Community Disaster Loans. He answers questions from local government participants and suggests five initial steps for city and county managers to help manage cost recovery.
ICMA Weekly Community Conversations on the Coronavirus Jeff Finkle, president and CEO of the International Economic Development Council (IEDC), provides an update on COVID-19. He describes lessons learned from past experiences in emerging from economic disasters and shares important information about resources that communities can tap in the weeks and months ahead to help them recover from this disaster. Following his brief presentation, listeners had the opportunity to ask questions.
Local governments have a duty to keep their community informed, especially during trying times. In this episode we look at how top local government leaders effectively communicate-- especially around challenging topics. Our speakers, Greg Hermann, deputy city manager San Luis Obispo, California; Yocelyn Galiano, village manager, Pinecrest, Florida; and Mike Ekey, assistant city manager, Ramor, Missouri, all shared strategies and tips that will help any leader improve their personal communication skills and provide insights on how to develop those skills within their staff and organization.
In this 30-minute recorded teleconference, Dr. E. Oscar Alleyne, chief of programs and services, National Association of County and City Health Officials (NACCHO), provides an update on COVID-19 and the impact that community mitigation can have on the spread of the virus. Following his brief presentation, ICMA asked questions on a range of topics.
Whether you’re new to the profession or a seasoned expert, you can always learn more about how to develop your staff. In this episode, we feature three motivational local government leaders: Mark Peterson, vice president, Gov HR and former city manager of Normal, Illinois; Scott Sellers, city manager of Kyle, Texas; and Matt Bronson, city manager of Grover Beach, California. They share their thoughts on coaching, supervision, and leadership, while also taking us through significant moments in their careers where they learned key leadership skills. *Participants in this episode were originally featured in a popular ICMA Coaching Webinar, Successful Supervision and Leadership. ICMA coaching webinars feature leading practices, strategies and tactics, and developing issues and trends in the field.
Episode 1 – Try an International Experience To gain a new perspective, while also developing skills you can use in your community, consider an international experience. In this episode, we hear from two ICMA members--Chris Gerry an early-career professional from Palm Desert, California, and Clay Pearson, city manager of Pearland, Texas, and past chair of ICMA’s International Committee—who share how working on international development projects helped them enhance their career experiences. ICMA’s Harleen Kovela and Tony Green describe opportunities for global engagement through ICMA.
People remember local government interactions for two primary reasons: they had a great experience, or they had a terrible one. But how do you foster a customer service mindset?
ICMA members will vote in January on three changes to our constitution to increase diversity and inclusion on our Executive Board. In this episode, past president Karen Pinkos explains the proposed changes and what they mean to the future of the organization.
Cannabis law is constantly changing. Is your community ready? In this episode, city managers and planners from Santa Rosa, California; Durango, Colorado, and Battle Creek, Michigan explain how they approach marijuana regulation.
Human trafficking could be happening in your community. Local government workers are uniquely positioned to identify and investigate indicators of human trafficking. Our experts explain what you need to know.
Every community needs a strategic plan. It can be hard to zero in on the right process and follow through on what you learn. Our experts explain how to get it done.
Budget season can be intimidating for local government. In this episode, ICMA Members share stories of personal resilience while maneuvering the budgeting process.
Local governments and volunteers are a match made in heaven. In this episode of Local Gov Life, ICMA Members discuss the benefits of getting residents involved in volunteering programs.