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.
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.
We caught up with some ICMA members at our Annual Conference in Baltimore to learn what it means to be a good mentor, and some of the most valuable ways that you can pay it forward.
In this episode of “Making a Difference”, Chris Clark, a city council member from Mountain View, California, shares his views on the importance of professional local government management.
In this Episode, Bertha Henry talks about the challenges her community faces and has faced—from natural disasters to the recent school shooting in Parkland, Florida—and how it has brought people together.
In this episode of “Making a Difference," we sit down with Dr. Robert Fortner, community stakeholder and activist for the council-manager form of government.
We sit down with Carl Valente and discuss the current state of the local government management profession and why it feels great to make a difference in people’s lives.
In this final episode of LocalGov Life “United Front,” Julie Underwood, city manager of Mercer Island, Washington describes her career, her philosophy on finding mentors, and how she manages the “second shift.”
In this episode of “Making a Difference" (powered by Capella University), Jane Brautigam, city manager of Boulder, Colorado, discusses how she "fell in love" with local government, as well as the challenges of diversifying a community and creating more affordable housing. She also examines what being a professional local government manager means to her.
To celebrate Public Service Recognition Week, ICMA launches a new season of its Local Gov Life podcast series called “Making a Difference.”