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ICMA is a nonprofit dedicated to advancing professional local government management throughout the world. Local Gov Life is a mix of stories, insights, and advice from local government leaders.

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Local Gov Life - Season 4, Episode 1: Learn as a Mentee, Be a Mentor, and Pay It Forward
We caught up with some ICMA members at our Annual Conference in Baltimore to learn what it means to be a good mentor, and some of the most valuable ways that you can pay it forward.
Jan 29, 2019
Local Gov Life- Season 3 Episode 5: A Relationship Built on Trust
In this episode of “Making a Difference”, Chris Clark, a city council member from Mountain View, California, shares his views on the importance of professional local government management.
Nov 07, 2018
Local Gov Life- Season 3 Episode 4: Bertha Henry Believes There is Nothing More Rewarding Than Public Service
In this Episode, Bertha Henry talks about the challenges her community faces and has faced—from natural disasters to the recent school shooting in Parkland, Florida—and how it has brought people together.
Aug 01, 2018
Local Gov Life-Season 3 Episode 3: The Rewards of Adopting the Council-Manager Form of Government
In this episode of “Making a Difference," we sit down with Dr. Robert Fortner, community stakeholder and activist for the council-manager form of government.
Jul 12, 2018
Local Gov Life - Season 3, Episode 2- Making A Difference. Local Government - It's a Rewarding Profession
We sit down with Carl Valente and discuss the current state of the local government management profession and why it feels great to make a difference in people’s lives.
Jun 15, 2018
Local Gov Life: United Front Episode 6 - Julie Underwood Won’t Let Fear Get in the Way
In this final episode of LocalGov Life “United Front,” Julie Underwood, city manager of Mercer Island, Washington describes her career, her philosophy on finding mentors, and how she manages the “second shift.”
May 31, 2018
Local Gov Life - Season 3, Episode 1 - Making A Difference. Jane Brautigam Explains How She "Fell in Love" with Local Government
To celebrate Public Service Recognition Week, ICMA launches a new season of its Local Gov Life podcast series called “Making a Difference.”
May 02, 2018
Local Gov life: United Front Episode 5 - Chris Volkers Gives Back to the Next Generation
In this episode, Chris Volkers, City Manager of Moorhead, Minnesota, talks about advice she received when she was starting her career—listen first before you speak—and gives advice to young women now beginning their careers.
May 01, 2018
Local Gov Life: United Front Episode 4 - Marcela Piedra Advises “Never Stop Learning”
In this episode of United Front, Marcela Piedra, the first female CAO of El Centro, California believes that no matter where you are in your career, you always need to be learning.
Apr 16, 2018
Local Gov Life: United Front Episode 3 - Think More Positively of Your Strengths
In this episode of United Front, Gina Holt opens up about her longstanding career in government (both private and public) and discusses what it has been like as a woman working in a male-dominated field.
Mar 29, 2018
Local Gov Life: United Front Episode 2 - Step Out of Your Box, Step Out of Your Office
In this episode of United Front, Dana Muscott, city manager of Bay City, MI, opens up about the importance of work/life balance and why it's okay to just say no.
Mar 15, 2018
Local Gov Life: United Front Episode 1 - See What You Can Become
In this episode of United Front, Bonnie Svrcek, city manager of Lynchburg, VA, opens up about her career and also discusses various aspects of women in the workplace.
Mar 05, 2018
Local Gov Life Season 2 Episode 7: Fighting the Threat of Climate Change and Rising Sea Levels
In this episode of Local Gov Life, ICMA member, chief resiliency officer, and assistant city manager of Miami Beach, Susanne Torriente, sits down with ICMA to give us a snapshot of Miami Beach's current infrastructure, discusses how residents take part in the fight against climate change, and provides great insight for other local governments planning to build rising sea-level resiliency programs in their community.
Feb 23, 2018
Local Gov Life Season 2: Episode 6: Resilience in the Aftermath of September 11th
In this episode, Professor Patrick Malone reflects on the leadership lessons he learned first hand in the wake of 9/11 and how he sees them being applied on a daily basis on the local government level.
Feb 02, 2018
Local Gov Life Season 2: Episode 5; An Earthquake and its Aftermath in New Zealand
In this episode of Local Gov Life, Simon Markham describe how his New Zealand community continues to rebuild seven years after a devastating earthquake.
Dec 11, 2017
Local Gov Life Season 2 Episode 4: Navigating Through a Municipal Bankruptcy
In this episode of Local Gov Life, Kurt Wilson, City manager of Stockton California discusses his city's fiscal crisis and its aftermath.
Nov 22, 2017
Local Gov Life Season 2 Episode 3: When a Tornado Strikes
In this episode of Local Gov Life, Tim Gleason, former city manager of Washington, Illinois, discusses how he managed the crisis of an EF-4 tornado striking his community.
Nov 13, 2017
Local Gov Life Season 2 Episode 2: When a Public Health Crisis Comes to Town
In this episode of Local Gov Life, A.C. Gonzalez and Sana Syed cover how they navigated the Ebola crisis that struck Dallas three years ago.
Oct 30, 2017
Local Gov Life Season 2 Episode 1: Reacting, Recovering, and Rebuilding from Hurricane Disaster
In this episode of Local Gov Life, Paul Shives looks back at preparedness and response efforts, talk about the community's challenges - then and now, and reveals leadership lessons learned from the worst natural disaster in the state's history.
Oct 12, 2017
Episode 6: The Next Generation of Leaders
Episode 6 of Local Gov Life explores this issue by asking next-generation leaders and managers about effective ways to attract and retain young talent in local government.
Oct 12, 2017
Episode 5: The Opioid Epidemic
Episode 5 explores how communities use collaboration and innovation as effective tools for responding to the current opioid crisis.
Oct 12, 2017
Episode 4: ICMA Annual Conference Preview
This episode helps the listener prepare for the 2016 ICMA Annual Conference in Kansas City, Missouri. Listen to host committee members and conference attendees discuss how this year's conference will be a 'transformative' experience.
Oct 12, 2017
Episode 3: Reinvigorating Downtown
Episode 3 takes an in-depth look at the downtown initiatives of three different communities and the strategies their local government leaders are using to reinvigorate their downtown districts.
Oct 12, 2017
Episode 2-Go Ahead—Laugh!
This episode takes an in-depth look at humor in the workplace and explores how leaders use humor as an effective leadership tool.
Oct 12, 2017
Episode 1-Community and Organizational Volunteerism
This episode of Local Gov Life takes an in-depth look at volunteering and will look at how communities attract and manage volunteers.
Oct 12, 2017