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  • Contains 3 Component(s), Includes Credits Includes a Live Web Event on 12/14/2021 at 1:00 PM (EST)

    Are you considering outsourcing some of your municipality's services? In this webinar, Jim Nichols, ICMA-CM will give you the tools you need to make better decisions when it comes to contracting for service delivery.

    As local governments manage the ever-increasing needs of citizens with ever-shrinking budgets, outsourcing various municipal services can be an attractive prospect. However, these decisions can have serious and far-reaching consequences when not done properly. This then begs the question - how do you know which services can, and more importantly, should, be contracted out?

    In this webinar, you'll join ICMA Credentialed Manager Jim Nichols (who you may recognize from past webinars on development review processes) as he breaks down the ins and outs of outsourcing and public-private partnerships. He will discuss:

    • The distinctions between outsourcing vs. "privatization," and how they are applied (it doesn't have to be all-or-nothing!)
    • When outsourcing does and does not make sense, and what types of jurisdictions can benefit the most?
    • How to form a partnership between a service provider and the municipality to ensure the best end result for the community
    • Which services are best suited to outsourcing

    ICMA Practice Areas: [9] Community and Resident Service; [10] Service Delivery; [12] Financial Management and Budgeting

    Jim Nichols, ICMA-CM

    Program Manager, Jacobs; former public works director and deputy city manager

    Jim Nichols has had an extensive career in local government executive management around the US, having served over 17 years as Assistant/Deputy City Manager amongst other executive roles for communities around Texas, Arizona and Nevada. Over the course of his career, Jim has overseen nearly every municipal service that is typically offered by a city. Jim has also worked overseas in the Middle East and Latin America helping to develop and establish new cities including the service models necessary to meet the community needs. He has also worked for a US city in which all of their municipal services have been outsourced. Jim’s breadth of experience in city service delivery allows him to speak on the use and application of outsourcing as one option for addressing a community’s service needs.

    Jim holds a Master of Science degree in Engineering from the University of Connecticut and is a licensed Professional Engineer in Arizona, Nevada and Washington. He also is a Credentialed Manager through ICMA and has published 3 books through the American Public Works Association.

  • Contains 3 Component(s), Includes Credits Includes a Live Web Event on 12/07/2021 at 1:00 PM (EST)

    Join ResourceX for a webinar on a new tool that will help your organization develop a 21st Century Budget.

    ResourceX asked local government leaders attending the 2021 ICMA Conference in Portland, OR, "How would you define a 21st Century Budget?" Some of their responses included: "Value-based process, Cross-organizational, Goal-aligned, Equity-focused, Collaborative, Prioritized, Inclusive, Program-based, and Outcome-driven." These responses validated the time and effort ResourceX has invested into converting line-item budgeting into program budgeting, thus achieving a 21st Century Budget. However, challenges such as financial systems, ERPs, and budgeting tools can make it difficult for organizations to stick to programs, leaving a gap between program data and budgeting platforms and making it hard for them to move towards program-based budgets. But now, a tool exists to bridge this gap and help local governments connect their budget processes with the results their communities seek to achieve.

    In this webinar, you'll join ResourceX CEO Chris Fabian as he demonstrates their new tool, the OnlinePBB Budgeter, and discusses the benefits of a program-based budget request process while sharing stories from communities already leaping into 21st Century Budgeting. You will learn:

    • How this tool facilitates departmental communication during the budget request process
    • How data created during the Priority Based Budgeting implementation process is tied to each request, informing decision-makers of how each request impacts the priorities they set as elected officials in their communities
    • How requests are loaded with line items impacted, the program's alignment to the organization's overall priorities, the reliance on the organization to provide the service, and much more
    • How specific data can be layered on to determine impact of each program on community initiatives like equity, climate action, homelessness, etc.

    This webinar is complimentary for ICMA members thanks to the sponsorship of an ICMA Strategic Partner who will have access to registration information.

    Chris Fabian

    Co-founder, ResourceX

    Chris Fabian is Founder and CEO of both the Center for Priority Based Budgeting and Resource Exploration. Priority based budgeting (PBB) is a leading best practice in local government and a powerful lever for change. ResourceX provides the software solution and powerful analytic tools to implement a priority based budget using data and evidence to transparently and exponentially improve results for citizens and the community. He combined both companies in 2017 under ResourceX, with staff members in Colorado, North Carolina, Texas, New Mexico, Michigan and Ohio. PBB is now practiced and applied by over 200 organizations across North America.

    Chris’s journey into the world of Government Finance began in 2003, when his very first company, the Local Government Solutions Group, was a partner to David Osborne’s “Public Strategies Group” – Osborne, if the name is familiar was co-author of “Reinventing Government” and “The Price of Government.” In partnership with Public Strategies, Chris worked with some of the country’s first pioneers in “Budgeting for Outcomes” – the process that first attempted to propose an alternative to traditional line-item budgeting approach, emphasizing the “Outcomes” that the public gets for its money.

    From 2005-2008, Chris’s work centered on creating the Priority Based Budgeting process while a local government practitioner. “PBB” is currently recognized as a leading practice by the International City/County Management Association (ICMA), the Government Finance Officers Association (GFOA) as well as the Alliance for Innovation.

  • Contains 3 Component(s), Includes Credits Includes a Live Web Event on 11/30/2021 at 1:00 PM (EST)

    Join Republic Services for their annual transparent update on the state of affairs in today’s recycling and waste industry, and learn how to ensure your programs are set up to weather the changing world around us.

    The recycling and waste industry is far from “normal” in 2021, as we navigate multi-year challenges.  The impacts of the pandemic and work-from-home lifestyle changes remain real, while supply chain issues hit new contract startups hard.  Commodities are on the rise, and annual CPI indices are beginning to outpace industry costs, but most cities are not positioned to take advantage.  A continuation of the series of ICMA Webinars from Republic Services, we will update you on current market dynamics and look at the economic and program impacts from current events.  We will also offer suggestions on how cities can structure more successful partnerships to address these new market realities and keep programs durable in your community.

    You and your staff will learn:

    • What are the current trends and impacts from the pandemic, China Sword, and other industry topics, and how do they impact my Municipality?
    • What are the short term and longer-term impacts of these topics on the recycling and waste industry?
    • How can we better structure long term contracts going forward to ensure municipalities are positioned to maximize their upside?


    • Pete Keller – Vice President, Recycling and Sustainability, Republic Services
    • Richard Coupland – Vice President, Municipal Sales, Republic Services

    This webinar is complimentary for ICMA members thanks to the sponsorship of an ICMA Strategic Partner who will have access to registration information.

    ICMA Practice Areas: [9] Community and Resident Service; [10] Service Delivery

    Richard Coupland III

    Vice President, Municipal Sales Republic Services

    Mr. Coupland joined Republic Services in 2015 as vice president of Municipal Sales.  He currently leads the Municipal market vertical, consisting of partnerships with more than 2400 municipal cities in 40 states and Puerto Rico.  His team provides consultative support to their Municipal partners, to understand and navigate changes in the industry, as well as emerging technology and methods.

    Richard received his Bachelor of Science degree in Mechanical Engineering from the Virginia Military Institute, and his Masters degree in Business Administration from the W.P. Carey School of Business at Arizona State University.

    Pete Keller

    Vice President, Recycling and Sustainability Republic Services

    Pete is responsible for defining and implementing the strategic direction of the sustainability platform for Republic Services, to meet both business objectives and customer needs. His dedication to our Blue Planet is best noted by Republic Services’ recognition as the only Recycling and Waste company in to world to be named to the Dow Jones Sustainability Index.  Pete is a thought leader in the industry, with contributions to recycling infrastructure development, standards and optimization, development of renewable energy projects, and customer solutions that support the organization’s commitment to sustainability.

    Pete has a Bachelor’s Degree in Civil Engineering from Worcester Polytechnic Institute and has served on numerous industry boards and committees during his career. 

  • Contains 3 Component(s), Includes Credits

    Join ICMA and The Ferguson Group for a webinar on how local governments can take advantage of funding from the recent Infrastructure Investment and Jobs Act.

    After finally clearing Congressional approval earlier this month, President Biden is poised to sign the Infrastructure Investment and Jobs Act (IIJA) into law. Its passage marks a comprehensive bipartisan commitment to strengthening and expanding the country’s infrastructure systems including transportation, water, energy, and broadband, with emphasis on resilience, safety, and equity. Nearly half of the $973 billion authorized by IIJA represents new spending on these systems and programs over the next 5 years. 

    Join ICMA for a webinar on November 19, 2021 at 1:00pm ET for an overview of the law, with a focus on those programs appropriate for local governments.

    Elizabeth Kellar

    Director of Public Policy and Disaster Recovery Programs, ICMA

    Elizabeth Kellar is Director of Public Policy and Disaster Recovery programs for the International City/County Management Association; she also has served as Deputy Executive Director overseeing all of ICMA's operations, programs, and business strategies.  She is Senior Fellow for the Center for State and Local Government Excellence after serving as the President/CEO from 2006-2016. She speaks and writes about workforce, retirement, ethics, and intergovernmental issues for a variety of audiences.

    Beth is a Fellow in the National Academy of Public Administration and has served as chair for NAPA's Standing Panel on the Federal System. She began her career with the City of Sunnyvale, California.

    Jennifer Imo

    Managing Partner for Client Services, The Ferguson Group

    Jennifer Imo, a partner at TFG and member of the firm’s management committee, represents local governments with a focus on community and economic development, transportation, public works, criminal justice, and public safety. In addition to representing individual city and county governments, she serves as the Federal Director of NATaT, a local government advocacy group that represents the interests of more than 10,000 towns and townships across the country.

    Jennifer provides strategic consulting and federal advocacy services for her clients, helping them find innovative ways to address local issues and fund local priority projects. As a result of her successful strategizing and strong relationships with congressional offices and the federal agencies, Jennifer’s clients have secured hundreds of millions of dollars in federal appropriations, authorizations, competitive grants, and cost savings in the 18 years she has been with TFG. TFG provided federal advocacy and grant services to Loudoun County, VA from January 2015 to December 2018, during which time the County enjoyed a 63:1 return on investment. Jennifer served as the client manager during that time. The County is still a grants client, but the Board of Supervisors decided not to renew the advocacy contract. That decision was not based on the level of service provided to the County received, but the Board chose to contract with an international law firm.  

    Jennifer has fostered productive relationships between her clients, various federal agencies, and White House staff over the course of several administrations. One example is the hiring of Robert Mariner as he was leaving USDOT. The two had worked together for many years and developed such a good rapport that Robert was happy to jump on board with TFG. On behalf of NATaT, Jennifer led an effort to secure bipartisan Congressional and federal agency support for an initiative that repealed a costly unfunded mandate on state and local governments related to road sign replacement. In addition, she facilitated a working relationship between the Department of Labor’s Employment and Training Administration and a local government to develop a program for displaced workers who lost their jobs in furniture and textile plant closings. She also negotiated an agreement between the Federal Transit Administration and a community that enabled city leaders to spend congressionally-appropriated funds immediately instead of having to wait for the lengthy disbursement process, ensuring that an important project was not delayed.  

    Jennifer lobbies Congress on a variety of legislative issues of interest to local governments. She works closely with groups like NACo, NLC, USCM, ICMA, GFOA, and others to affect legislation that touches many aspects of local government. She has worked closely with the International Association of Fire Chiefs (IAFC) and National Volunteer Fire Council (NVFC) to draft and promote legislation that benefits departments across the country. Jennifer often speaks at conferences and on webinars on a variety of local issues, focusing primarily on helping communities access federal support for local priorities and initiatives.  

    She earned her B.A. in Political Science and Psychology from the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill, and her J.D. from Wake Forest University. She joined TFG in 2002 after working as a litigation associate at Moore and Van Allen, PLLC in Charlotte, NC. 

    Zach Israel

    Principal, The Ferguson Group

    Zach Israel is a Principal and Manager of Legislative Affairs at The Ferguson Group, specializing in serving local government clients with policy, funding, and regulatory expertise. His policy areas of focus include, but are not limited to, appropriations, transportation, water infrastructure, agriculture, homeland security, energy and environment, and housing. In his role as Principal, Zach works closely with local government staff and elected officials to ensure that their community receives robust federal funding and benefits from public policies and legislation that improve the lives of their residents. Zach has a solid track record of effectively delivering funding and policy successes for clients while working in partnership with Congressional and Administration staff.

    As Manager of Legislative Affairs, Zach closely tracks, monitors, and reports on all legislative activity that takes place within Congress, including the annual appropriations process, Water Resources Development Act (WRDA), surface transportation reauthorization, National Flood Insurance Program (NFIP) reauthorization, and any other legislation impacting local governments, including infrastructure-related bills. Zach also writes and publishes TFG’s weekly Legislative Update, which provides substantive news and analysis on Congressional activity.

    Prior to joining The Ferguson Group in May of 2015, Zach worked in the Government Affairs department at the North American Securities Administrators Association (NASAA) in Washington, DC, the oldest international organization devoted to investor protection. He conducted policy and legal research on various issues relating to federal and state financial regulation, investor protection, and securities matters in the U.S., Canada, and Mexico, and educated members of Congress and their staff on issues of importance to NASAA.  Zach also previously served as the Field Director and Policy Research Associate on a Congressional campaign in his native New Jersey and, during college, interned for Sen. Bob Menendez (D-NJ) and former Reps. Rush Holt (D-NJ) and Scott Murphy (D-NY).

    Zach is also an elected official in Washington, DC, having been elected as an Advisory Neighborhood Commissioner for Single Member District 4D04 on November 3, 2020 and took office beginning January 2, 2021. Zach received his B.A. in Political Studies from Bard College, and lives in Washington, DC with his wife Juliana and son Elliot.  

  • Contains 3 Component(s), Includes Credits Recorded On: 11/18/2021

    Learn how to develop a succession plan to help your community weather the "silver tsunami" of retirements in coming years.

    One of the most serious challenges facing the public sector is the imminent retirement of a generation - according to a recent survey from the Center for State and Local Government Excellence, 52% of governments report that the largest anticipated number of potential retirements will take place over the next few years. With decades of expertise and institutional knowledge on the line, it's more important than ever that local governments have succession plans in place to maintain a strong and effective staff.

     In this webinar, you'll join managers from three different jurisdictions as they discuss how their organizations are preparing for the "silver tsunami." They will cover:

    • The necessary components of an effective succession plan
    • How to identify staff members suitable for mentorship and future advancement
    • The competencies required for key positions
    • How succession planning can foster organizational commitment

    .. And more!

    ICMA Practice Areas: [4] Staff Effectiveness; [6] Strategic Leadership; [13] Human Resources Management and Workforce Engagement

    Stephanie Mason, ICMA-CM

    Township Manager, Doylestown Township, PA

    Ms. Mason grew up in southeastern Michigan. She attended James Madison College a residential college at Michigan State University where she earned her BA in Urban Policy. She received her Master of Public Administration with a specialist in city management from the Graduate School of Public and International Affairs at the University of Pittsburgh. In 1987 she was appointed to the position of assistant township manager with Doylestown Township. In January of 2000 she was appointed township manager, secretary/treasurer, and zoning officer. 

    Ms. Mason is a credentialed manager with ICMA. From 2016-2019 she served on the ICMA Executive Board as one of the three Vice Presidents from the Northeast Region and currently serves on the ICMA Credentialing Advisory Board. In addition, she serves as Vice President on the Executive Board of the Delaware Valley Health Trust and is on the Executive Board of the Delaware Valley Municipal Management Association. She is past President of the Bucks County Consortium of Municipalities and Association of Pennsylvania Municipal Management. She previously served on the Pennsylvania Intergovernmental Risk Management Association and on the US 202 Parkway Committee. She is an adjunct professor at Delaware Valley University in the master’s in public policy program. She liaisons to many township committees including the Bike/Hike Committee, Friends of Kids Castle, Planning Commission, the Pension Advisory Committee, Public Water and Sewer Advisory Board, Telecommunications Advisory Board and the Ways and Means Committee. In 2011 she received the Pennsylvania State Association of Township Supervisors Presidents Leadership Award. She and her husband have two sons. 

    Kent Myers

    City Manager, Fredericksburg, TX

    Kent Myers, a native of Fort Worth, was appointed City Manager of Fredericksburg in May 2012.  Prior to this appointment, Dr. Myers served as City Manager in four other communities during his 40-year city management career.  He started in the profession as the first City Manager in Converse, Texas.  He also served as City Manager in Casa Grande, Arizona, Hot Springs, Arkansas and Port Angeles, Washington. 

    He graduated from the University of Texas at Arlington with a Bachelor’s in Criminal Justice.  He received his MPA degree from TCU.  In 2021 he received his PhD in Leadership Studies from Our Lady of the Lake University.

    He is active in the community including the Fredericksburg Morning Rotary Club.  He has also received the National Service to Youth Award from the Boys and Girls Clubs of America. Mr. Myers is a member of the Texas City Management Association (TCMA) and the International City Management Association (ICMA).  Mr. Myers recently was awarded the TCMA Mentor of the Year Award.  He also serves as the Past-President of the Texas Public Power Association (TPPA).

    He is married to Dianne and they have three sons, one grandson and one granddaughter.     

    Larry Burks, ICMA-CM

    Township Administrator, West Chester, OH

    Since 2006, Larry Burks has proudly served communities in Iowa, Nebraska and is now in Ohio as the Township Administrator for West Chester, Ohio. Burks has nearly two decades of service leadership both as a volunteer and public manager. Burks’ education includes a MPA in Public Management from University of Nebraska - Omaha (2007) and a BS in Environmental Studies - Geography & Planning (2005) also from UNO. In 2011, Burks received his professional certificate in Community Economic Development (CED) from NeighborWorks America. In 2015, Burks was recognized as an International City/County Managers Association (ICMA) Credentialed Manager. Receiving an ICMA-CM designation is an important career milestone. In addition to organizational development and succession planning, Burks has other special interests include economic development, strategic planning, conflict resolution, facilitation, financial condition analysis, teaching and learning. 

  • Contains 4 Component(s), Includes Credits Recorded On: 11/17/2021

    Do you have the skills to do more in your organization but can't figure out how to be given the opportunity? Our panelists will give you some strategies to get ahead.

    You have been a solid performer who completes reliable work and you are viewed as a productive team member. Or perhaps you are a new employee and do not have much on the job experience, but you know that you have the skill set to do more. You have not yet been given the opportunity to display your ability to lead others and manage important projects, but you know in your heart that you can do it. What steps can be taken to build your workplace reputation in the minds of others?
    1.  What are strategies for employees to get noticed in a positive way?
    2.  What are tips for Managers to expose employees to opportunities that will expand their skills and experience, including working on teams and opportunities to manage special projects?
    3.  How important is organizational culture in providing an environment of employee support, mentorship and exposure to opportunities for professional development and advancement?
    4.  Mistakes are a part of growth, but how can an employee recover after making a mistake?
    Can't attend? Register and receive and automatic e-mail notification when the recording is available.

    Heidi Vorhees

    President and Co-Owner


    Ms. Voorhees has more than 35 years’ experience in executive recruitment, general management consulting and local government administration and is the co-owner and President of GovHRUSA, a management consulting, executive recruitment and GovTemps USA, a temporary staffing business.

    Ms. Voorhees has led more than 250 recruitments for local government entities in 17 different states and the District of Columbia.  Ms. Voorhees spent 19 years in local government administration including ten years as the Village Manager for Wilmette, Illinois.  She also worked for the City of Kansas City, Missouri, and the Village of Schaumburg, Illinois.  She has been an adjunct instructor at Northwestern University’s MPPA program and at their Center for Public Safety.  Ms. Voorhees is a founding member of the Legacy Project, an organization in Illinois dedicated to the advancement of women in local government and is actively involved in the League of Women in Government, which supports local and statewide efforts to advance women in local government leadership.  In 2015, she co-authored “Women Leading Government – Why So Little Progress in 30 Years?” for the International City and County Management Association’s Public Management magazine.  Ms. Voorhees has spoken widely on this subject and on a wide variety of workforce issues at national and state conferences. 

    Ms. Voorhees holds a Master’s Degree in Public Affairs from the School of Public and Environmental Affairs at Indiana University. She also has a Bachelor of Science degree in Political Science from Illinois State University. 


    Jaqui Guzman

    Deputy City Manager & Diversity and Inclusion Liaison

    City of Sunnyvale

    As Deputy City Manager at the City of Sunnyvale, Jaqui oversees Communications and manages several city-wide projects. She serves as the City's Diversity and Inclusion Liaison and is leading the City’s equity, access and inclusion organizational change management effort. She has over a decade of experience in local government serving in a range of roles from Budget Analyst to Acting Human Resources Manager. Jaqui started her career in local government as a Local Government Management Fellow. She holds a master's degree in public policy (MPP) from UCLA's Luskin School of Public Affairs, and a B.A from Occidental College.


    Jaqui grounds herself by being very active in her community and the profession. She serves on the board of Sunnyvale Community Services and AACI Health & Wellness.  She is an Advisory Board Member and former President of the Latina Coalition of Silicon Valley. Jaqui also serves as Chair of CalCities’ City Manager Department Subcommittee on Diversity.

    Jon Radermacher

    Mr. Radermacher has over 13 years of experience in local government administration with 11 years as a City Manager/Administrator in Minnesota. He is currently the City Administrator of Little Falls, Minnesota a community of 9,140 in Central Minnesota.

    Mr. Radermacher began his career in local government administration with a Local Government Management Fellowship in Sarasota County Florida in 2008. During the brief but impactful two years in Sarasota, he worked through the worst points of the “Great Recession” in one of the hardest hit counties in the country for foreclosures. He worked on a team to develop a program to alleviate the housing crisis and utilize Federal funding to revitalize neighborhoods most impacted by foreclosures. He was hired as City Manager in Madison, Minnesota in 2010, in the middle of a comprehensive infrastructure project that replaced 80% of the City’s water, sewer, stormwater, and streets. In 2015, he took over as City Administrator of Little Falls, working on major projects including a $20+ Million Wastewater Plant. In addition to his duties as City Administrator, he has served as an ex-officio Board member of Sourcewell, and advisory or policy boards for MN Pollution Control, League of Minnesota Cities and the Coalition of Greater Minnesota Cities. Mr. Radermacher is also a Statewide advocate for childcare and has been called to testify numerous times to the State legislature to understand the complexity of the situation and recommend solution for children and families.

    Mr. Radermacher holds a Master’s Degree in Public Administration from the University of South Dakota, and a Bachelor of Science Degree in Political Science and Criminal Justice from the University of South Dakota.


  • Contains 6 Product(s)

    Sign up for all six FREE live webinars spotlighting best practices featuring local government professionals and experts -- invite your whole team to participate!

    ICMA Coaching Program webinars are opportunities for local government professionals of all career stages to learn about new and leading practices, strategies and tactics, and developing issues and trends in the field. 

    The six 2021 Webinars are:

    March 17 Ethics: Response to Emergencies That Impact All Citizens: Rights of the Individual vs Health and Welfare of Community

    April 21 Skill Building: Best Practices to Manage Public Spaces

    May 19 Leadership: Leading from the Middle

    September 15 Community Outreach: Your Community in an Era of Anxiety: How Do You Make Sure You Hear Them and They Hear You

    October 20 Workplace Development: The Future of Work: Strategies for Adapting to a New Reality

    November 17 Career Building Growing Your Career: Tips for Redefining Yourself in the Minds of Others

    Participation in this free coaching webinar series qualifies for ICMA Voluntary Credentialing Program credit.

    Can't attend? Register and receive an automatic e-mail notice when the recording is available. 

  • Contains 3 Component(s), Includes Credits Recorded On: 11/09/2021

    In this webinar, you'll learn how small-scale manufacturing can contribute to your community's economic development efforts.

    Too many small towns and cities think economic development is all about recruitment or chasing the next "it" business sector. But the reality is that every community has an amazing economic engine sitting right under their nose: small-scale manufacturing. These businesses employee anywhere from 1 to 50 employees that make products, sell in person and online, and can help your local economy become more disaster-proof.

    Join Ilana Preuss, author of Recast Your City, for a discussion about how we can flip the model on economic development in a better way that highlights the charm of our small towns, and invests in our people and places. This webinar will show you how to build a strong and resilient economy through concrete steps to include all types of talent in your entrepreneurship efforts, why (and how) to focus on small-scale manufacturing businesses as a catalyst, and how new real estate models for main street (and downtown) can be essential to your success.

    ICMA Practice Areas: [12] Financial Management and Budgeting

    Ilana Preuss

    Founder & CEO, Recast City

    Ilana Preuss is the Founder of Recast City LLC, and author of Recast Your City: How to Save Your Downtown with Small-Scale Manufacturing. Preuss’ consulting firm works with local leaders, real estate developers, city and other civic leaders to integrate space for small-scale producers into redevelopment projects and place-based economic development. She is passionate about making great places and sees that small-scale manufacturers are a missing piece in today’s real estate and economic development efforts.

    With over 20 years of experience in community development, Ms. Preuss projects at Recast City span the country – from Washington, D.C. to Honolulu, HI. Through work with small-scale manufacturing businessowners, real estate developers, foundations, city planning and economic development offices, improvement districts, and mayors, the projects go from idea to action to build great places with vibrant economies.

    Ms. Preuss’ book, Recast Your City: How to Save your Downtown with Small-Scale Manufacturing, was released by Island Press in 2021. In 2017, Ms. Preuss co-authored, Made in PLACE: Small-scale manufacturing and placemaking, in partnership with Smart Growth America and funded by a grant from U.S. EDA, and she co-authored, Discovering Your City’s Maker Economy, for National League of Cities, in partnership with Etsy and Urban Manufacturing Alliance.

    Ms. Preuss is an experienced speaker, see her TEDx presentation, “The Economic Power of Great Places,” and keynote speeches such as at the Northeast Maker Summit and the North Carolina Main Street conference.

    Previously, Ilana was Vice President & Chief of Staff at Smart Growth America and worked in the US EPA Smart Growth Division, and she currently serves on the Board of Directors for the national non-profit, Incremental Development Alliance.

  • Contains 3 Component(s), Includes Credits Recorded On: 10/26/2021

    Join one of ICMA's most popular speakers, Patrick Ibarra, as he discusses the ten ways a healthy workplace culture can be a recipe for success.

    It’s practically impossible to name even a single successful organization, one that is a recognized leader in its field of endeavor, that does not have a distinctive, readily identifiable organizational culture. One of the most effective means by which to achieve a higher level of organizational performance is to create and sustain a healthy workplace culture where people can excel and pursue their potential. Join Patrick Ibarra, one of ICMA's most popular speakers and author of this recent PM Article, as he identifies the ten ways workplace culture is the “secret sauce” to success and what steps you can pursue immediately to transition your culture from the prevailing to the preferred.

    ICMA Practice Areas: [4] Staff Effectiveness; [13] Human Resources Management and Workforce Engagement

    Patrick Ibarra

    Co-founder; Mejorando Group

    Patrick Ibarra is an architect of innovation and entrepreneur of ideas, who seeks to challenge the status quo thinking of the “we’ve always done it that way” approach. With experience as a city manager and human resource director, Patrick is co-founder and partner of the Mejorando Group, an organizational effectiveness consulting firm that brings fresh thinking, innovation, and new ideas to help governments succeed in the 21st century.  Mejorando is a Spanish word meaning “getting better all the time” and it reflects Patrick and his firm’s approach as they advise top organizations and high achievers, helping them clarify their direction, focus their efforts and execute to reach the right results faster. The Mejorando Group’s clients include a variety of public sector organizations throughout the nation.

  • Contains 3 Component(s), Includes Credits Recorded On: 10/20/2021

    Are you wondering at what pace you will need to train your workforce in order to be prepared for the workplace of the future? Join our panelists to discuss strategies to prepare your organization for a new reality.

    Some experts say that we are in the beginning stages of new Industrial Revolution and the COVID-19 pandemic has only made it happen more quickly. What does the workplace of the future look like? Will technology/artificial intelligence replace some humans in the workplace? At what pace will local governments and businesses need to re-train workers to adapt to advancing technology? Will pandemics and emerging technologies change forever the office environment? 
    1.  How will these changes affect local government? What jobs will be affected?
    2. What steps can local governments take now to navigate the changing environment?
    3. What change management skills will be necessary to usher in this new era?
    4. What actions need to be taken to help employees manage this process?
    Can't attend? Register and receive and automatic e-mail notification when the recording is available.

    Kris Stadleman

    Director, NovaWorks


    Ms. Stadelman has been a leader in Workforce Development for three decades in four states.  She is currently the Executive Director of the NOVA Workforce Investment Board in the Silicon Valley, California; previous CEO of the Workforce Development Council of Seattle-King County, Washington; has held leadership positions in statewide programs in Colorado for the Governor’s Office as well as the State AFL-CIO; and directed employment and training programs for Community Action in Appalachian Ohio. 

     She is the past Chair for the California Workforce Association, former Chair for the Workforce Development Council of the US Conference of Mayors and was voted Executive Director of the Year by the National Workforce Association in 2007.  The Silicon Valley Business Journal listed Ms. Stadelman as a “Woman of Influence” in 2013.

    Alan Vandenberg

    County Administrator

    Kent County Michigan

    Al Vanderberg serves as County Administrator/Controller of Kent County, MI since August 2021.  Previously Al served as County Administrator of Ottawa County, MI; Deputy County Administrator/Controller of Kent County, MI;  City Manager of South Haven, MI; and Assistant City Manager of Greenville, MI.  Al earned his Bachelor of Arts Degree in Political Science from the University of Michigan and Master of Public Administration Degree from Michigan State University.

    Al served as President of the Michigan Municipal Executives and Michigan Association of County Administrative Officials (MACAO), Chair of the Grand Valley Metropolitan Council (GVMC) Board of Directors, and Chair of the former West Michigan Strategic Alliance. He was appointed by Gov. Snyder to the Michigan Municipal Services Authority Board of Directors and Executive Committee and was appointed by Gov. Snyder and reappointed by Gov. Whitmer to the Michigan Child Lead Exposure Elimination Commission. Al is a member of the MI Department of Civil Rights Council for Government and Education on Equity and Inclusion, the NACo DEI Advisory Group and the National Association of County Administrators Board of Directors..

    Al is a member of the adjunct faculty of Grand Valley State University where he teaches in the undergraduate and masters programs.  He also writes and speaks frequently on local government management topics and issues. 

    Kip Harkness

    Deputy City Manager

    San Jose

    Kip's purpose is to Awaken talented people to the spark of their full potential and enable them to change themselves and the world. His career journey has taken him from Timbuktu to Silicon Valley. Along the way Kip has advised farmers on the edge of the Sahara, created the national award winning Strong Neighborhoods Initiative, managed complex real-estate deals, and lead a network of top technology leaders.  Kip is currently a Deputy City Manager for the City of San José guiding leaders in the execution the City's enterprise priorities of;

    + Building the San José of Tomorrow: charged with transforming the entitlement and permitting processes to move at the speed of business, + Creating a smart and sustainable city : driving the adoption of 21st century infrastructure, with technology and innovation as enabling capabilities, and + Emergency Preparedness with relentless attention to preparing San José to respond to and recover from the next disaster.

    His portfolio has included responsibility for operations with over 1,700 employees, $480 Million annual operating budget and $2.5 Billion in capital projects. 

    Since 24 January 2020 he has led the City’s response to the COVID-19 pandemic as the Director of the Emergency Operations Center.