Building Customer Service into Local Government

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While providing good customer service is a necessity for most businesses, it is equally if not more essential in the public sector, where a single negative interaction with a local government employee or department can tarnish a community member's view of their jurisdiction as a whole. As such, it's crucial that your employees understand its importance and exhibit a high level of customer service acumen.

In this webinar, you'll join ICMA's Senior Technical Specialist Cory Fleming and 311 advocate James Sullivan as they delve into the theory and practice behind providing a great customer experience for your community. This program will cover:

  • The key differences between private and public sector customer service
  • The science behind the customer experience
  • How to use technology to improve your jurisdiction's service
  • How to foster a customer-oriented mindset in your organizational culture 

Cory Fleming

Senior Technical Specialist, ICMA

Cory Fleming is a Senior Technical Specialist with the International City/County Management Association (ICMA).  Fleming has written extensively about the use of data and technology for improved local government service delivery and performance measurement in various capacities.  Among her responsibilities, Fleming works with ICMA’s Smart Communities Advisory Board, comprised of 25 ICMA members from across the U.S. and Canada who work to enable local government professionals to build “smart communities” through the use of data and technology.  The board helps guide and participate in ICMA’s emerging smart community research, education, and outreach activities.  

James Sullivan

Public Sector Customer Experience Advocate

James Sullivan is a Public Sector Customer Experience Advocate.  He is passionate about the power of government customer service systems to change communities positively the lives of municipalities’ residents, businesses, visitors, and other constituents.  He has served as trusted advisor to government clients across the country, providing expertise on the full range of issues facing government systems implementations: from developing the initial business case through technology acquisition and deployment, facility design, change management, training, and end-user adoption.


James’ clients include the municipalities of Atlanta, Grand Rapids, Montgomery County MD, Newark NJ, Philadelphia, Cleveland, San Antonio-Bexar County, Clearwater-Pinellas Fl., Washington Suburban Sanitary Commission, and the U.S. Veterans Administration among others.


07/23/2019 at 1:00 PM (EDT)   |  90 minutes
07/23/2019 at 1:00 PM (EDT)   |  90 minutes
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1.50 ICMA CE credits  |  Certificate available
1.50 ICMA CE credits  |  Certificate available