If you work in local government, I highly recommend you immerse yourself in ICMA's resources to keep abreast of local government best practices. Know what your colleagues are asking about, and contribute your own experiences and wisdom.
I also recommend subscribing to the ICMA SmartBrief daily newsletter on topics relevant to local government professionals. And last, consider attending the ICMA conference next month (#ICMA14) to network with your colleagues across the country. We're excited to attend our partner's 100th anniversary conference.
eCivis has connected local governments to grants management solutions for more than 14 years now. Connecting funding streams to vital community needs, and maintaining transparency inside and outside departments, is critical for accountability. The International City/County Management Association's message boards are chock-full of excellent Q&A and best practices on these and other topics. With this in mind, I want to remind local government professionals that there is a huge variety of discussions on the ICMA boards that can benefit your community. Here are just some examples:
- How do you ensure that performance measures are valid? (11 answers) Do any cities have experience with this, particularly if you have conducted training in this area?
- What's your advice on setting up a grants office for a small city? (7 answers) What advice and resources might you have for "ramping up" grant seeking and virtually setting up a grants office?
- Have any communities implemented solar power in municipal facilities? (6 answers) What was your project, and how did you analyze it?
The great thing about local government professionals is their eagerness to share resources—attachments abound in the answers section. So join the discussion.