ICMA launches its second special section of LGR: Local Government Review in the June 2017 issue of Public Management (PM) magazine. Filled with key research findings and expert insights about local government issues and trends, this section of LGR focuses on two new articles:
1. CITIZEN ENGAGEMENT TOOLS, GOALS, AND SUCCESSES
Citizen engagement with government is at the heart of what it means to be a democracy and to engage in self-governance, and nowhere is this more direct and personal, with the potential to be more authentic or meaningful, than at the local government level. With this article, based on findings from ICMA Innovations and Emerging Practices in Local Government Survey 2016, local government managers will learn:
- The manager’s role in the citizen engagement process.
- A combination of strategies and tools that will produce meaningful engagement.
- How, when, and to what extent managers should engage with their communities.
2. RESTRUCTURED FOR ECONOMIC SUCCESS
Firsthand stories bring research to life, so we talked with three of the ICMA Innovations and Emerging Practices in Local Government Survey 2016 respondents about their significant organizational changes related to economic development. This article includes three distinct stories that demonstrate how innovative thinking and organizational change are firmly linked:
- Building capacity by adding a new economic development manager position.
- Creating a joint city-county office—the Office of Economic Vitality.
- Establishing a stand-alone economic development department that includes community development and sustainability.
LGR: Local Government Review is offered to ICMA members as a member benefit.
Not an ICMA member? Purchase copies of this special section from ICMA’s online bookstore.
Looking for more from LGR: Local Government Review? Take a look at the first issue.