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ICYMI April 20–April 24


This week is full of holidays! Hope you are having a nice time celebrating the Earth Day (April 22), World Book Day (April 23) and Arbor Day (April 24). The Knowledge Network invites you to review the postings of this past week:

  • On the 45th anniversary of Earth Day, have you thought about what contribution you can make to better the environment in your community? The National Brownfields Training Conference in Chicago, Illinois, September 2-4, 2015, is a concentrated opportunity to learn about environmental revitalization and economic redevelopment strategies.
  • Three centuries ago, John Locke noted that “empowering government to provide public safety is one way individuals protect their freedom.” The Knowledge Network has located 5 resources to help you promote public safety in your community.
  • A source for data management is an ICMA essay in a new book published by the Federal Reserve Bank of San Francisco and The Urban Institute, What Counts: Harnessing Data for America’s Communities. ICMA staff members Cory Fleming and Randall Reid explore how local governments are breaking new ground in using data for performance management and analytics.
  • ICMA is pleased to announce two featured speakers for the 2015 Annual Conference in Seattle. Andrew Salkins and Dr. Dara Richardson-Heron will bring their wealth of knowledge, experience, and inspiration to talk about, respectively, resilient cities and women in leadership.
  • Professor Daniel Hummel from Idaho State University uses a blog to enthusiastically share his “great and memorable experience” participating in an ICMA city-to-city partnership with the U.S. Agency for International Development (USAID) Local Enterprise Support (LENS) project in Irbid, Jordan. Check out his diary-like blog to learn more about this program.
  • Dean Shankle, town administrator of the town of Hooksett, New Hampshire, also had a fulfilling experience participating in the LENS project in Jordan. In his opinion, Jordan is “a very nice country in a bad neighborhood.”
  • In this Government Affairs & Public Policy blog, read about the Supreme Court’s decision holding that no dog sniffs after completed traffics stops.
  • Last but not least, here are greetings and great pictures from Southeast Asian fellows involved in ICMA’s Professional Fellows Exchange Programs.

What stories do you have to share? Please comment below.

Yalan Qin

Knowledge Network, Intern