President's Welcome 2017

ARTICLE | Jan 10, 2017
NCMA members attend session on Emergency Management during the 2016 summer conference in Norfolk.

NCMA is dedicated to the advancement of professional administration and management of local communities in the state.

Welcome to NCMA! What an honor it is to serve with other elected and appointed officials across the state of Nebraska and to represent NCMA at the national level.

The Nebraska City/County Management Association is an information, knowledge and experience-sharing organization dedicated to the advancement of professional administration and management of local communities in the state. The organization boasts representation of communities across Nebraska with growing membership as more managers recognize the benefits of belonging to a professional management association.

If you are new to Nebraska public management, I believe that you will find our organization and our members to be a welcoming group eager to share information and help one another. I believe that our NCMA organization is progressive evident in the following initiatives considered to have long reaching, positive outcomes for our state.

The first initiative is the addition of electric “fueling” or charging stations in communities across the state. Our members continue to promote the addition of these stations for owners of electric and hybrid cars as they drive from one end of the state to the other.

The second initiative is the establishment of a relationship with municipal managers from Norway in order to share experiences and ideas with their government leaders.  Dr. Robert Blair, a professor with the University of Nebraska at Omaha, initiated a successful relationship with the local public management association of Norway.  We have since sent a delegation from NCMA to Norway and were honored to host our Norway friends at the 2016 ICMA Conference in Kansas City.

Thirdly, we are excited to support Dr. Blair on his sabbatical as he pursues a major research project related to City and County administration.  His research in part will focus on Nebraska statutes and their clarity and ability to define and organize the position of City Administrator/Manager and the clarity of the role of the Mayor and/or elected officials as defined by statute and practice.  Dr.  Blair is hopeful this will help strengthen the City Administrator role within all the communities in Nebraska.  The NCMA wishes Dr. Blair great success and encourages strong participation from all our communities as needed.

I am proud to serve with the following 2016-2017 NCMA Executive Board Officers:

The Executive Board gratefully recognizes the service of Past President J. D. Cox who served in 2015-2016 as NCMA President.

Please take the time to reach out to our new NCMA-ICMA members. We look forward to seeing you at the League of Municipalities Mid-Winter Conference and at our annual NCMA Summer Training Conference hosted this year by Brent Clark in Broken Bow, Nebraska.

If you have any questions about our organization, please don’t hesitate to contact me.

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Shane Weidner, NCMA President

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