Season 5

Gnarly Issues

Some matters linger on the to-do list week after week, quarter after quarter, administration after administration. This season of Local Gov Life is dedicated to challenging issues not easily solved alone. Grab your earbuds and learn how experts handle these gnarly issues. For more gnarly issues, check out the August 2019 edition of PM Magazine.

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Episode 1

Strategic Planning

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.

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Episode 2

Human Trafficking

Whether you’re aware of it or not, human trafficking could be happening in your community. Local government workers are uniquely positioned to identify and investigate indicators of human trafficking. Learn more about fighting human trafficking on this episode of Local Gov Life featuring Margaret F. Henderson of the UNC School of Government and Donald Duncan, City Manager of Conover, North Carolina.

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Season 4

Lessons to my younger self

Season 4 of Local Gov Life focuses on lessons local government leaders have picked up along the way. This season we chat with ICMA Members who attended the 2018 ICMA Annual Conference in Baltimore. Tune in to hear some unique perspectives from every career stage, region, and population.

Episode 1

Learn as a Mentee, Be a Mentor, and Pay It Forward

Local government professionals share how lessons from good mentors provided a steady hand through turbulent times and helped them become better mentors themselves.

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Episode 2

Civic Service: A Love Story

Local governments and volunteers make the perfect match. In this episode of Local Gov Life, ICMA members discuss the benefits of getting residents involved in volunteer programs.

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Season 3

Making A Difference

Season 3 of Local Gov Life focuses on how professional local government management makes a difference in communities across the county. This season we talk with three professional local government managers and administrators, an elected official, and a community stakeholder.

Episode 1

Jane Brautigam Explains How She "Fell in Love" with Local Government

In this episode of “Making a Difference," Brautigam discusses how she "fell in love" with local government, as well as the challenges of diversifying a community and creating more affordable housing.

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Episode 2

It's a Rewarding Profession

In this episode of “Making a Difference,"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.

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Episode 3

The Rewards of Adopting the Council-Manager Form of Government

In this episode of “Making a Difference," we sit down with Robert Fortner, community stakeholder and activist for the council-manager form of government.

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Episode 4

Bertha Henry Believes There Is Nothing More Rewarding Than Public Service

In this episode, Henry talks about the challenges her community has faced—from natural disasters to the recent school shooting in Parkland, Florida—and how it has brought people together.

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Episode 5

A Relationship Built on Trust

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.

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United Front

United Front

Hear how six female managers are earning the respect of their peers and breaking down barriers they contend with in today's local government profession.

Episode 5

Chris Volkers Gives Back to the Next Generation

Moorhead, Minnesota, City Manager Christina Volkers considers helping the next generation of professionals one of her top priorities.

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Episode 7

Fighting the Threat of Climate Change and Rising Sea Levels

Assistant city manager of Miami Beach, Susanne Torriente, describes how the city is fighting to keep the community afloat.

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Season 2

Stories of Crisis and Resilience

Compelling stories of local government professionals and how they overcame the disruptive challenges in their community – both personal and professional.

Episode 1

Reacting, Recovering & Rebuilding from a Hurricane Disaster

Business administrator of Tom's River, NJ, Paul Shives, looks back at preparedness and response efforts from the worst natural disaster in the state's history.

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Episode 2

When a Public Health Crisis Comes to Town

Former city manager, A.C. Gonzalez, and public information officer, Sana Syed, cover how they navigated the Ebola crisis that struck Dallas three years ago.

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Episode 3

When a Tornado Strikes Your Community

Tim Gleason, former city manager of Washington, Illinois, discusses how he managed the crisis of an EF-4 tornado striking his community.

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Episode 4

Navigating Through a Municipal Bankruptcy

Kurt Wilson,city manager of Stockton, California, discusses his city's fiscal crisis and what steps were required for the city to become financially viable again.

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Episode 5

An Earthquake and its Aftermath in New Zealand

Simon Markham describes how his New Zealand community continues to rebuild seven years after a devastating earthquake.

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Episode 6

Resilience in the Aftermath of September 11th

Prof. Patrick Malone reflects on the leadership lessons he learned first hand in the wake of 9/11 and how local governments are applying these lessons on a daily basis.

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Episode 7

Fighting the Threat of Climate Change and Rising Sea Levels

Assistant city manager of Miami Beach, Susanne Torriente, describes how the city is fighting to keep the community afloat.

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Season 1

PM Feature Stories

Each episode digs into PM feature stories alongside guests including local government practitioners and academics.

Episode 1

Volunteerism

Local government experts share the importance of engaging local volunteers to support events and foster resident participation.

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Episode 2

Go Ahead—Laugh!

Take an in-depth look at humor in the workplace and explore how leaders use humor as an effective leadership tool.

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Episode 3

Reinvigorating Downtown

A look at the downtown initiatives of three different communities and the strategies their local government leaders are using to reinvigorate their downtown districts.

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Episode 4

ICMA Annual Conference Preview

Host committee members and conference attendees of the 2016 ICMA Annual Conference discuss how the conference is a 'transformative' experience.

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Episode 5

The Opioid Epidemic

Explore how communities use collaboration and innovation as effective tools for responding to the current opioid crisis.

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Episode 6

The Next Generation of Leaders

We ask next-generation leaders and managers about effective ways to attract and retain young talent in local government.

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