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ICYMI March 16-20, 2015


This past week the ICMA team has been busy.  There were some great events that took place and interesting resources added to the Knowledge Network.  Without further ado, here they are:

  • March 18, ICMA and the Alliance for Innovation (AFI) hosted a very special, Leading Ideas Series webcast, “The Next Big Thing: Local Government’s Next Century.” ICMA CEO Bob O’Neill  moderated the session; see the Next Big Thing webpage for info on the other outstanding panelists. View the archived webcast here.
  • Join ICMA in supporting the 2015 Wyland Foundation National Challenge for Water Conservation.
  • Learn how to win an Alaska cruise or a Sun Juan Islands experience package by registering early for the 2015 Seattle Annual Conference.
  • The Brownfields 2015 blog added a post to answer what is a REC (Recognized Environmental Condition) anyway?
  • This article explains why Alliance for Innovation ambassadors are so important to making the Alliance work.
  • Chesterfield County, Virginia, was able to align a comprehensive performance management system to their organizational goals.
  • Learn how to save energy costs by utilizing solar gardens in this Center for Sustainable Communities blog post.
  • Jim Heztel, urban planner, writes how planning in the City of Lauderdale, Florida, can assist Legazpi, Philippines, in climate adaptation.
  • The San Antonio Metropolitan Health District implemented a new initiative to prevent congenital syphilis in Bexar County, Texas. Learn more here.
  • In her March 2015 Transformations welcome letter, Alliance for Innovation President Karen Thoreson reflects on how important “paying attention” is to innovative efforts.
  • Supreme Court of the United States rules no notice and comment for interpretive rules no matter what.  Learn more in this Government Affairs and Public Policy blog post.
  • Check out these two blog posts added this past week from the Professional Fellows Exchange Program. 
  • Learn how to activate your community from this adaptation of Peter Kageyama’s book Lover Where You Live: Creating Emotionally Engaging Places.
  • There is still time to nominate an individual or program for a Local Government Excellence Award! The application deadline was extended to March 31. Details and nominations forms are at the website.

What are the big future issues that local government should be focused on?  Out of all these resources, which were the most beneficial to your community?  Please share your thoughts/stories below.

Douglas Shontz

Knowledge Network Intern