MPA Students Gather 7 Lessons From #ICMA2016

For graduate students interested in urban management careers, the International City/County Management Association (ICMA) Annual Conference is the ultimate professional development and networking opportunity. We were glad and grateful to join the excitement at the 102nd ICMA Conference in September as representatives of the Lyndon B. Johnson School of Public Affairs at the University of…  Read More…

Take Charge of Your Career

So there I was, looking out into a sea of faces. Council members, city managers and directors from all over California had gathered at the 2016 League of California Cities Annual Conference, and an unexpected number of them had decided to attend my session on emerging leaders. As a representative of the Municipal Management Association…  Read More…

Calling For Community Hero Nominations

Do you know a community hero, like Sergeant Saemi Kitchens of Prince William County, Va., or Warren Gaskill, a recycling operator in Rockville, Md.? These dedicated public servants work with professional local government managers to keep your city, town or county running smoothly every day. If you look around your community, you’ll find people using their talents…  Read More…

Sheryl Sculley Honored at Donor Breakfast

To help civic leaders, students, and elected officials better understand how professional managers contribute to improving quality of life and financial success of our cities, counties, and towns we needed to create success stories, videos, and blogs reflecting stellar examples. We had a great response from communities but one city manager stands out: Sheryl Sculley…  Read More…

Life, Well Run Especially During Crisis

As many communities are struggling in the aftermath of Hurricane Matthew we are reminded that preparation is key.  But also that several success stories have come out of crises. These are some of the best and most inspirational from the Life, Well Run archives: Philadelphia benefited greatly from its extra investment to leverage its 311 non-emergency communication tool into…  Read More…

Photo Contest Winners Look Forward to KC Conference

The potential for positive community impact clearly motivates the three passionate MPA graduates who won travel stipends to attend the 102nd Annual ICMA Conference in this Summer’s Life, Well Run Student Photo Contest. The pictures submitted by several graduate-level students depict how professional local governments impact communities in positive ways. “My motivation for public service stems…  Read More…