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Check Out What You Missed in Maryland

Every year, the Maryland Governor's Grants Office (GGO) hosts a unique training conference for professionals looking to share and draw from expertise in the arenas of state and federal financial assistance. Beyond venues most relevant to those from Maryland, presenters with national, nonprofit, and business experience draw attendees from all across the

Join Us for the Maryland Governor's Grants Training Conference

eCivis is proud to announce its fourth-year sponsorship of the Maryland Governor’s Grants Office at its 2017 Governor’s Grants Training Conference on Monday, November 13, 2017.  This year we join forces with our partner CostTree as sponsors and session speakers. (Photo: Maryland Governor's Grants Training Conference, Plenary Session, 2016.)

Taxes Are the New Budget Cuts

Recently I attended the Government Finance Officers Association (GFOA) conference May 6-9 in Denver. This being my first time attending, I was struck with the level of professionalism and the atmosphere of learning emanating from the conference speakers and attendees. You never know quite what you’re going to get in a conference, since in my experience conferences are like colleges. Some are party schools and proud of it; others try hard to promote their academic standards and austere culture. This definitely seemed more towards the latter.

NACo Conference This Weekend

We're excited to share this reminder: The 2016 NACo Annual Conference and Exposition begins this Friday in Long Beach, California. If you're attending, be sure to check out the packed schedule. Many of the conference topics center on themes counties have long struggled with, including transportation and infrastructure, and the opioid and heroin crisis. Other topics include:

NGMA Grant Management Training Coming to LA

The National Grants Management Association (NGMA), Crowe Horwath, and eCivis are excited to offer FREE grant management training, titled Grant Management in 2015, in Los Angeles on the afternoon of Monday, November 9, 2015, 1:00 p.m. – 5:00 p.m.(registration begins at noon and training begins promptly at 1:00 p.m.). Interested in attending and learning a bit more about the sessions and speakers? Read on.

ICMA Conference 2015: All About the Partnerships

  A bustling scene at the eCivis booth at ICMA 2015.

Did you get a chance to attend ICMA's 101st conference in Seattle last week? Fortunately, I was able to catch some keynote speeches and sessions by virtually attending the conference from my desk in Pasadena, CA. The final keynote speech, which came from the world of improv of all places, inspired this blog post.

There's a saying in improv: Bring a brick, not a cathedral. That is, the spirit of collaboration—so crucial to actors on a stage working without a script—is a matter of contributions by many to build a scene. In terms of translating this idea to local government projects, that "scene" might well be a brainstorming session to figure out how to revitalize a blighted corner of the community, to bring in alternative funding for your municipality, to draw millennials to your town.

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