Q&A with incoming ICMA President Jane Brautigam | (VIDEO) Jane Brautigam | Wood: When chaos strikes, go toward the problem
November 5, 2019
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Highlights from the 2019 ICMA Annual Conference
Q&A with incoming ICMA President Jane Brautigam
Jane Brautigam, City Manager of Boulder, Colo., took the helm as ICMA's president as the 2019 conference wound down. "We prove our worth every single day by delivering amazing public service to people," she emphasizes in this brief interview.
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Enhance or Avoid an ERP Replacement
Few phrases cause heartburn faster than "ERP system upgrade." Yet most governments have recently completed, are currently undergoing, or will soon begin a major ERP project. Register for this live webinar as we discuss best practices to enhance or avoid an ERP replacement.
Keynote Speakers
Wood: When chaos strikes, go toward the problem
Jake Wood, CEO and co-founder of Team Rubicon, kicked off the conference as the opening keynote speaker. He discussed how to conquer chaos and shared how his experience as a Marine framed his approach to difficult situations. In a pre-conference interview, Wood said, "Spreading best practices across communities is critical to helping solve the inequities that reduce our friends' and families' quality of life."
International City/County Management Association (10/18) 
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The great rewrite: Brody on branding for municipal governments
Venture capitalist Leonard Brody shared his insight into the future of humanity and technology, especially over the next 730 days, which he says are as far out as we can typically plan. He also recommended municipalities be clear about their branding in order to succeed. Watch this brief clip of Brody.
International City/County Management Association (10/22) 
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Microresilience: Preparing for the challenges of leading well
Paralympic champion skier Bonnie St. John shared her inspiring personal story, which she uses to fuel her suggestions about microresilience practices. If you're overwhelmed, there are hacks you can use to keep your brain from being exhausted, she says.
International City/County Management Association (10/23) 
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Why you should eulogize your failures: Gina Rudan
Gina Rudan, Cultural Alchemist at Google X, told attendees that there's a place for processing failure in life. She holds a day every year when her staff can share eulogies for their failed ideas. "[G]reat results frequently come from taking great risks and giving experimental ideas a chance to succeed," says Rudan.
International City/County Management Association (10/23) 
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Public Safety
Local government makes a public safety center happen
Local government makes a public safety center happen
The Williamson County Public Safety Center near Nashville hosted a contingent of ICMA conference attendees. They showed off the building that can withstand an F5 tornado, and the video wall that gives them visibility into 16 views at once, if needed. The most important message? It wouldn't have happened without sound local government practices.
SmartBrief/Infrastructure (11/1) 
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Capital Improvement Plans
We know capital budgeting and improvement plans are all about projects requiring collaboration across multiple departments and take a lot of time to complete. Learn the fundamentals of creating a capital improvement plan in this free eBook and read how digital tools can make CIP easier, more collaborative, and transparent.
Closing thoughts from outgoing President Karen Pinkos
Proactive Citizen Engagement
Is your government Passive, Reactive, or Proactive? Take the free quiz inside this eBook to see what stage your government is at, and learn how your government can shift from maintaining a passive digital presence to cultivating a proactive one.
Celebrations and Transitions
Can we afford not to know? And other award winners
Mark Wooster, City Manager of Lake Zurich, Ill., says his city asked "can we afford not to know?" about the scale of its needs for equipment and infrastructure over the long term. For their efforts creating a 20-year community investment plan, they received a strategic leadership and governance program excellence award. Hear from Mark and other winners in this video.
International City/County Management Association (10/18) 
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Go out and be someone's Buford
Go out and be someone's Buford
Mike Conduff, who has been a city manager and an ICMA board member, was presented with the Distinguished Service Award. During his acceptance speech, he talked about how the late Buford Watson Jr., former City Manager of Lawrence, Kan., had made such a difference for Conduff professionally. Watson made sure Conduff was included when Conduff was a newcomer and served as a revered mentor. Reminiscing about Watson's influence, Conduff asked "Who's your Buford?" and urged attendees to "be a Buford" for someone else.
International City/County Management Association (11/3),  International City/County Management Association (10/21) 
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Get the #ICMA2019 sessions everyone was talking about with the Virtual Annual Conference
In case you haven't heard, the keynote and featured speakers plus our sessions at the ICMA Annual Conference were raved about in Nashville for their amazing content and takeaways! Available for $299 (members)/ $399 (nonmembers), you will have access to four keynote speakers, two featured speaker presentations, and 16 of the most compelling sessions. Purchase now!
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The National Brownfields Training Conference is just 5 weeks away!
Join us for the 2019 National Brownfields Training Conference, December 11-13, with preconference programming on December 10 in Los Angeles, CA. Featuring dozens of educational sessions and mobile workshops, including many showcasing the City of Angels and the redevelopment in the surrounding region, the educational programming offered by the conference has something for both beginners and seasoned professionals. Register for the conference and book your hotel here.
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