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ICYMI May 4 – 8

This week’s wrap-up is further evidence of the wealth and diversity of information available in the Knowledge Network:

  • Apply before May 22 for the WCMA Scholarships to the 101st Annual ICMA Conference in Seattle/King County, Washington, September 27-30.
  • Is transparency worth its reputation? The answer from Thomas Miller, president of the National Research Center, Inc., is a resounding “Yes!” His perspective is based on a recent study that shows that transparency is effective in this aspect of modern-day governance: public opinion research. Transparency in opinion surveys is about full disclosure of methods so that readers can determine the quality of the study.
  • May 5 was Give Local America Day. This is the single biggest 24-hour crowdfunding event in the United States. Check here for 3 ICMA resources about volunteering.
  • Incentives for economic development are beneficial tools for communities when being used wisely. Check here for some guidelines for effective and responsible business incentives.
  • ICMA is dedicated to sharing management practices across the border. In April, ICMA México-Latinoamérica staff accompanied a delegation from two Mexican municipalities in the state of Sinaloa on two-day visits to Arizona. The cities of Chandler and Surprise, Arizona, shared their experiences in managing urban growth and preparing for service demand and delivery.
  • The expiration of authorized federal transportation funding is fast approaching. The Big 7 will be hosting the Transportation Briefing on Capitol Hill on May 12 from 2:00 p.m.-3:00 p.m. in Room 2253 of the Rayburn House Office Building.
  • Data management has always been a topic of interest on the Knowledge Network. This week we have a new blog entitled Data Envy? Don’t Worry; Your Data ARE Big Enough! Hope this gives you some food for thought.
  • Supported by ICMA-RC, NACA launched its first scholarship program this year. To date this program has awarded scholarships to four individuals to attend the 2015 ICMA Emerging Professionals Leadership Institutes and ICMA Regional Summits.
  • Another update from NACA: The organization will cosponsor educational sessions during the NACo Annual Conference this coming July in Mecklenburg County/Charlotte, North Carolina. The two sessions are A New Official’s Guide to County Government and Budgeting 2.0:  Service Delivery vs. Smaller Government.
  • Moving Your Community's EMS [emergency medical services] System into the Future describes using mobile integrated health care and community paramedicine programs. Check here for 3 considerations in creating a proactive model of health care delivery for your community.
  • The city of Marion, Iowa, Police Department Designates "Safe Zones" for Online Sales Transactions.
  • Enroll in the Alliance for Innovation’s Innovation Academy Class of 2016. Sign up to participate here.
  • As a follow-up to the Association of Southeast Asian Nations (ASEAN) Fellowship Exchange Program held last week, here you can read about more of our guests’ interesting experiences in the U.S.

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Yalan Qin

Knowledge Network Intern


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Great initiatives for a worth while campaign...

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