Oak Ridge is a Secret City What kind of secret? Yeah we have many secret here in Oak Ridge Tennessee. On governance and legislative process that the primary thing that we should know, technology and environmental issues, community engagement, economic development and there will be more. The first week in the city of Oak, we found a lot of new things, including the democratic process in the body that we attended the city council meeting and the apparent differences between the democratic process here with the existing democratic process in general cities in Indonesia. The City...
Justice Kennedy is better known for his rhetorical flair that his practical guidance. But his majority opinion in Town of Greece v. Galloway provides a roadmap cities can follow to stay out of trouble when beginning city council meetings with a prayer. While anyone could give a prayer at a Town of Greece board meeting, from 1999-2007 all pray givers were Christian. Some referred to Jesus in their prayers. The town recruited “board chaplains” from a local directory and nearly all congregations were Christian. Clergy crafted their own messages without any input from the town. ...
I am excited to announce that The Municipal Year Book 2014 will soon be here. And be prepared: this is not your father’s Year Book!! In celebration of ICMA’s 100th anniversary, we’ve pulled out all the stops (well, some of them, anyway). Along with an outstanding collection of survey-based research articles and the accompanying tables, figures, and charts you’ve come to expect, we have photos! We have a cartoon! And we have a very special foreword by Executive Director Bob O’Neill on the legacy of local government professionalism! Heady stuff, indeed. ...
Every day on the Knowledge Network , users share their ideas and experiences with their local government peers by sharing resources. These resources, which can be found on the Knowledge Network’s Questions , Blogs , Groups and Document pages offer case studies and discussions about the newest innovations in local governance. This week, the Knowledge Network became the new home of: Many new blog posts, including a new addition to the Professional Fellows Exchange Program blog, “ Wellington was a WOW! ,”which offers Deputy City Manager, Jerene Watson’s perspective on her recent trip New Zealand to...
According to the late William M. Kelly, Mayor of Edgeworth, Pennsylvania, 1991-1997, in an article in the Edgeworth Preservation Newsletter, April 1994 , the stage was set for the formation of Edgeworth Borough in the late 1800’s. The burgeoning heavy industry of early Pittsburgh made that area less desirable as a place to live for those who could afford to commute by railway, creating the growth impetus for Edgeworth. Edgeworth having no industrial pollution, became a haven for managers and professionals. A reputation soon followed that Edgeworth was an “upscale” residential area. In the Edgeworth section...
Every day on the Knowledge Network , users share their ideas and experiences with their local government peers by sharing resources. These resources, which can be found on the Knowledge Network’s Questions , Blogs , Groups and Document pages offer case studies and discussions about the newest innovations in local governance. This week, the Knowledge Network became the new home of: Many new blog posts, including a new addition to the In the Know blog, “ Think Open Source Software Isn’t for Your Local Government? Think Again! ” that...
One of easiest ways to find new content on the Knowledge Network is searching KN topic pages. All of the content on the Knowledge Network is organized by topic. More than 200 topic tags cover areas of interest to local governments from accountability to zoning. Each piece of content on the KN can be tagged with one or more topic tags, which it can then be searched for by; and every topic has its own topic page, which aggregates all content tagged with that topic. Users can also add their topic interests to their profiles. These were...
This week’s Topic Tuesday is council-manager form of government. We are working hard to ensure that you have all the resources you need for best practices in this form of local government. ICMA’s origins rest in the council-manager model that combines the strong political leadership of elected officials (in the form of a council, board, or other governing bodies) with the strong professional experience of an appointed local government manager or administrator. Check out our resources below: Council-manager form resource package This is ICMA’s first-response information packet...
At some point, your ambition or a program that you are enrolled in might lead to pursuing an internship in local government management. Fortunately, when you decide the time is right to take on an internship, you won’t need to look any further than the Knowledge Network to find the resources that you need to get prepared. Find Internships & Fellowships page features an interactive map that shows local government internship postings all around the world. Internship topic page is where you can find articles, blog posts, questions and...
What does a hammer have to do with Life, Well Run? One could say everything. Hammering home our messages in a relentless, disciplined fashion will help us effectively reach our targeted audiences.
Business owners pay close attention to how well a community and its local government are managed. Taxes, fees, and bond ratings are just some of the leading indicators business owners look at when determining how well a community is managed, and deciding whether to open a new business or expand their current facilities in a particular city. Some of the reasons professionally-managed communities are very attractive to business owners include: Consistency Businesses want consistency more than anything. Businesses choose communities that have stable leadership, established decision-making processes, and long-range planning. Elected officials come and go, serving only...
Acting like the chief executive officer of a large company, professional city, county, and town managers oversee local government operations so public services are there when we need them. Professional local government managers: Manage public funds, ensuring that programs and projects are cost effective and efficient; balance budgets; and secure the financial health of our communities. Coordinate and evaluate delivery of public services and plan for future needs. Supervise and invest in city staff and department heads; setting standards of excellence; accountability, and ethical behavior. Managers are vital leaders within local government and they are the...
On April 22, Annah and I officially got into the Town Hall of Basalt, where we will spend the two weeks learning. We had a meeting with Susan Philp, the Director of Planning Department. Town of Basalt has a long history and has grown from a railway station town. Old style buildings are located in downtown. I also learned that this town was evolved from a statutory form to a home rule municipality. Residents of Basalt votes for their form of government which is the Mayor/Council and town manager form. Thailand is different. Local government are under the national local...
Professional local government managers are vital partners for elected officials, such as mayors and city council members. Managers oversee the day-to-day operations of the local government, procure products and services, supervise department heads, and develop the budget. This allows mayors and council members to focus on what they were elected to do—set policy and craft a vision for the community. Managers then translate that policy and those campaign promises into real results. Appointed by the governing body, managers are nonpartisan and apolitical public servants who bring experience, sound financial stewardship, and proven management practices to every decision made within...
Welcome to the first posting of the Life, Well Run blog! There’s a perfect storm brewing for professional local government management. Today, few people recognize the critical role local government managers play in shaping a community. Perhaps, because managers are so good at what they do and shun the spotlight, some elected officials may not fully appreciate their value, and many in the public are unaware the job even exists. These factors, combined with changing demographics— the baby boomer managers who were inspired to public service by President John F. Kennedy have begun to retire—present...
Welcome back from the conference, attendees! In your absence we have some great new things on the Knowledge Network! A few blogs have been updated. The Center for Management Strategies wants to thank you for attending our conference. Governmental Affairs and Public Policy's blog has some parting information for you, a nd we have some closing remarks on the 2012 Conference Blog . The ICMA Center for Center for Sustainable Communities is back to business as usual, and they have some great information on using youth as...
Need help with a complex personality on your city council? Want to learn how to build strong working relationships so that you can be as effective as possible? Join ICMA’s Kevin Duggan and Mike Conduff on November 15 at 1 pm ET in a web conference to give you helpful hints and best practices for building trust and creating a mutually supportive working relationship with your city council or governing board. You will learn: - Top 10 suggestions for building relationships with your council/governing board - How to navigate changes in council - Tips for addressing most common council-manager issues
In case you missed it, here’s a quick look at some of the highlights from the Knowledge Network last week. There are plenty of great questions that are still looking for answers, so jump right in if you have any insight to share! New Questions Should a city annex property with failing infrastructure ? Is it time to get rid of the manual punch clock ? How should a recent MPA grad get started in the public sector ? Is there federal money available for counties generating wind...
Since it was first created a century ago, the council-manager form of government has become the most popular structure of local government in the United States. While many new municipalities have been incorporated with managers from their beginnings, many cities and counties across the country have made a deliberate change from strong-mayor to council-manager. Appointing a non-partisan professional manager with the authority to carry out the policies set by the elected body has advantages for many communities, and several have recently made the switch. Individual states determine the specific allowances for municipal forms of government and the process for changing...
Final Findings Looking at the socioeconomic data in the my blog post, one can find a correlation between the following characteristics and council-manager governments: smaller percentage of black persons fewer ethnically owned minority firms higher median household income and household value lower poverty rate greater number of foreign born residents larger percentage of Hispanic/Latino persons faster rate of population growth larger the young population in a city. However, these findings are based on median averages and are not necessarily statistically significant....