Special Season

ICMA Weekly Community Conversations on the Coronavirus

This special series of podcasts are derived from ICMA weekly teleconferences that address the COVID-19 pandemic featuring experts discussing the current situation, as well as how to mitigate the impact of the coronavirus on your community and local government operations.

Episode 1

Impact on Public Health

In this 30-minute recorded teleconference, Dr. E. Oscar Alleyne, chief of programs and services, National Association of County and City Health Officials (NACCHO), provides an update on COVID-19 and the impact that community mitigation can have on the spread of the virus. Following his brief presentation, ICMA asked questions on a range of topics.

Listen

Episode 2

Economic Recovery

Jeff Finkle, president and CEO of the International Economic Development Council (IEDC), provides an update on COVID-19. He describes lessons learned from past experiences in emerging from economic disasters and shares important information about resources that communities can tap in the weeks and months ahead to help them recover from this disaster. Following his brief presentation, listeners had the opportunity to ask questions.

Listen

Episode 3

Tools and Techniques for Managing COVID-19 Recovery Costs

In this webinar Mark O’Mara, director of recovery for Hagerty Consulting, and ICMA Strategic Partner, discusses federal funding opportunities related to COVID-19, and the many puzzle pieces, including the CARES Act, FEMA Public Assistance, and funding from Health and Human Services/Centers for Disease Control, Housing and Urban Development, Small Business Administration, Federal Transit Administration, and Community Disaster Loans. He answers questions from local government participants and suggests five initial steps for city and county managers to help manage cost recovery.

Listen

Episode 4

Dealing with Your Own Stress: Coping Strategies in the COVID-19 World

When a disaster hits, local government managers have the challenging task of providing leadership to the community – often while dealing with the crisis in their own home. Now, more than ever, local government managers must safeguard their emotional well-being as they deal with extreme personal and professional stressors. In this 30 minute, recorded teleconference, David E. Morrison, M.D., a consultant, psychiatrist, and founder of Morrison Associates, Ltd., offered guidance and advice about how local government managers can cope with stress during this global health crisis. Following his brief presentation, listeners had the opportunity to ask questions.

Listen

Episode 5

Understanding the CARES Act and Other Recent Federal Legislation for Local Governments

In response to the difficulties faced by cities, counties and other municipalities due to the public health and economic emergency brought on by the COVID-19 virus, the U.S. Congress and President have enacted three pieces of legislation to provide relief to local governments, states, health care entities, business, and many other sectors. This webcast, led by Sustainable Strategies DC addressed the resources for local governments and communities in these three federal response packages.

Listen

Episode 6

Moving Beyond the Current Crisis: A Plan to Re-Open Our Communities

Richard Florida joins us to share his thoughts on the path forward, which will feature a 10-point plan to re-open our communities after the COVID-19 pandemic. In this 90-minute webinar, we will shift our thinking to what comes next and how you might re-think the ways in which you work together with your staff to re-build your cities, towns, and counties.

Listen

Episode 7

The Role of EMS in Local COVID-19 Responses

The Center for Public Safety Management (CPSM) and the Academy of International Mobile Healthcare Integration (AIMHI) teamed up to bring insights into how the COVID-19 pandemic is affecting EMS delivery, and some of the top challenges facing local EMS agencies as they try to meet this crisis head-on.

Listen

Episode 8

Budgeting During a Crisis

This webinar, led by Andy Belknap, Senior Vice President, Management Partners, covered the first principles of cutback budgeting, lessons from real-world experience during the Great Recession, and exploration of how simulation software can be used to frame the fact-based trade-off discussions your public entity will need to have, both internally and externally, in the near future. Case studies from local governments of all sizes are profiled to show how online public engagement can help provide essential feedback to governments making these difficult choices.

Listen

Episode 9

Managing Crisis Communications During the COVID-19 Pandemic

While many jurisdictions have a crisis communications plan in place to deal with all manner of emergencies and disasters, the COVID-19 pandemic is stretching these plans to the limit, forcing local governments to get creative with their engagement efforts. In this webinar, Thomas Bakaly, former city manager and current CEO of the Los Angeles-area Beach Cities Health District, Thomas Bryer, Professor of Public Administration at the University of Central Florida and Sarah Stoeckel, a councilmember from Titusville, Florida shared strategies and insights that will help make your own outreach and engagement efforts more effective during this challenging time.

Listen

Episode 10

Employment Law and COVID-19

The Families First Coronavirus Response Act (FFCRA) and the Coronavirus Aid, Relief and Economic Security Act (CARES Act) have created new rights such as expanded family and medical leave and emergency paid sick leave that local governments need to comply with. Neil Reichenberg, executive director, International Public Management Association for Human Resources, (IPMA-HR), provides information on the major provisions of these laws and the regulations and guidance that have been issued by the federal government and guidance on reopening.

Listen

Episode 11

Fiscal and Organizational Strategies During a Pandemic

Local governments have been tapping their reserves and spending whatever has been required to meet the immediate public health demands of this COVID-19 crisis. City and county managers recognize that even as their costs have increased, their revenues are declining. A team of experts from the private sector and local government discussed strategies to prepare for both the short-term and long-term economic reality.

Listen

Episode 12

Engagement During a Crisis: Local Government's Response to COVID-19

Zencity, an ICMA Strategic Partner, with city leaders from Peachtree Corners, Georgia, Cedar Rapids, Iowa, and Winthrop, Massachusetts, discussed best practices for engaging with residents during a crisis. Each shared their community's story and strategies for managing through this pandemic.

Listen

Episode 13

Planning and Preparing for Your Local Government's Return to Work

JLL Commercial Real Estate and Property Investments and Stantec, a design firm, presented this webinar covering the short term and long term issues of bringing employees back to work and how to manage your real estate and workplaces and serve your mission when government budgets are strained by reduced tax revenues and rising expenses for healthcare and other critical constituent services.

Listen

Episode 14

Prioritizing Emotional Strength During Difficult Times

Cigna, ICMA Presidential Level Strategic Partner, provides guidance to help you learn more about how to manage stress, anxiety, loneliness and grief surrounding the pandemic and ways you can manage competing priorities and cope with distress.

Listen

Season 6

Upping Your Game

The start of a new decade raises the question, “Where will I be in my career in 10 years?” Season 6 of Local Gov Life shares career advice to help you develop a professional growth plan. And don’t forget to check out all of ICMA’s great coaching resources at ICMA.org/coaching.

Episode 1

Try an International Experience

To gain a new perspective, while also developing skills you can use in your community, consider an international experience. In this episode, we hear from two ICMA members--Chris Gerry an early-career professional from Palm Desert, California, and Clay Pearson, city manager of Pearland, Texas, and past chair of ICMA’s International Committee—who share how working on international development projects helped them enhance their career experiences. ICMA’s Harleen Kovela and Tony Green describe opportunities for global engagement through ICMA.

Listen

Episode 2

Developing Successful Leaders

Whether you’re new to the profession or a seasoned expert, you can always learn more about how to develop your staff. In this episode, we feature three motivational local government leaders: Mark Peterson, vice president, Gov HR and former city manager of Normal, Illinois; Scott Sellers, city manager of Kyle, Texas; and Matt Bronson, city manager of Grover Beach, California. They share their thoughts on coaching, supervision, and leadership, while also taking us through significant moments in their careers where they learned key leadership skills.

*Participants in this episode were originally featured in a popular ICMA Coaching Webinar, Successful Supervision and Leadership. ICMA coaching webinars feature leading practices, strategies and tactics, and developing issues and trends in the field.

Listen

SPONSORED BY:

Episode 3

Complex Issues Require Effective Communication Skills

Local governments have a duty to keep their community informed, especially during trying times. In this episode we look at how top local government leaders effectively communicate-- especially around challenging topics. Our speakers, Greg Hermann, deputy city manager San Luis Obispo, California; Yocelyn Galiano, village manager, Pinecrest, Florida; and Mike Ekey, assistant city manager, Ramor, Missouri, all shared strategies and tips that will help any leader improve their personal communication skills and provide insights on how to develop those skills within their staff and organization.

Thanks to our sponsor ANSI offering Standards Connect, a digital solution to increase engagement, collaboration, and management of standards. You can customize access for individuals and teams in Standards Connect’s flexible online platform. You have the ability to create a catalog of standards tailored to your requirements. Continued annual access promotes increased productivity and maintains compliance. If you’re spending more than $2,000 a year on standards, please request a proposal for Standards Connect. Visit: https://webstore.ansi.org/Info/StandardsSubscriptions

*Participants in this episode were originally featured in a popular ICMA Coaching Webinar, Successful Supervision and Leadership. ICMA coaching webinars feature leading practices, strategies and tactics, and developing issues and trends in the field.

Listen

SPONSORED BY:

Episode 4

Professional Growth at Every Career Stage

In local government, professionals have a multitude of growth opportunities. This episode features Don Maruska, former director of ICMA’s Coaching Program and, chief development officer for Take Charge of Your Talent; Pam Davis, assistant city manager for the City of Boulder, CO, Ben Bryant, deputy city manager, Happy Valley, OR, and Bertha Henry, county administrator for the County of Broward, FL. These speakers share their professional growth stories from starting out as an intern to continuing to learn as a chief executive. No matter where you are at in your career, this episode has some great career advice for you.

Special thanks to our sponsor SolSmart. Set your community up for solar success by joining SolSmart, a national designation program which recognizes municipalities and counties for encouraging solar energy growth. You can receive no-cost technical assistance from experts who review and update your processes to make it easier for residents and businesses to go solar. We can help with everything from Planning and Zoning, to Inspections and Permitting. Learn more about this U.S. Department of Energy Solar Energy Technologies Office funded program by visiting www.solsmart.org.

*Participants in this episode were originally featured in a popular ICMA Coaching Webinar, Successful Supervision and Leadership. ICMA coaching webinars feature leading practices, strategies and tactics, and developing issues and trends in the field.

Listen

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.

SPONSORED BY:

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.

Thanks to our sponsor Spring City which combines decorative historic streetscape luminaires, lamp posts, bollards, and traffic control pieces with modern advanced technologies. Products are designed and manufactured in the US. From smart city connectivity, dark sky compliance, to custom designed pieces contact Spring City’s knowledgeable staff to walk you through from planning to installation. Visit springcity.com, or call Tracie Wolf at 610-569-4224 for more information.

Listen

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.

Listen

Episode 3

Cannabis Regulation

Cannabis law is constantly changing. Is your community ready? Learn how city managers and planners from three cities approach regulation of cannabis. Find out what you need to know when legalized cannabis is on its way.

Listen

Special Episode

Diversity & Inclusion at ICMA

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.

Listen

Episode 4

Customer Service in the Local Government Space

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?

Listen

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.

Listen

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.

Listen

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.

Listen

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.

Listen

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.

Listen

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.

Listen

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.

Listen

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.

Listen

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.

Listen

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.

Listen

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.

Listen

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.

Listen

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.

Listen

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.

Listen

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.

Listen

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.

Listen

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.

Listen

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.

Listen

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.

Listen

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.

Listen

Episode 5

The Opioid Epidemic

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

Listen

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.

Listen

Advertisement