"Thanks for a great conference. It exceeded my expectations and brought back many excellent ideas we can use to improve our services.” Les Koch, City of Salt Lake City, UT
The Transforming Local Government Conference (TLG) is not just any regular conference. TLG highlights the leaders of innovation in the public sector. TLG attracts participation from local governments that are deliberately seeking new and innovative ways to connect people, information and ideas that support their efforts to be the best communities to live, grow, work, play and prosper. Last month at TLG in Las Vegas, that is exactly what occurred.
When Mary Martin, Councilmember in Port Orange, FL was asked what motivated her to attend TLG, she replied “The dynamics, this is the most energized of all the conferences I attend!”
The conference opened with a welcome from the host communities of Southern Nevada including the Cities of Henderson, Las Vegas, North Las Vegas, the Town of Pahrump, and the counties of Clark and Nye. Carol Coletta, President and CEO of CEOs for Cities and host and producer of the nationally syndicated public radio show Smart City followed the opening with a spirited keynote address that set the tone for a thought provoking week focusing on innovation around the issues of cities and regions in governing themselves. Then Jamie Casap with Google shared a keynote address about what he has learned on his travels across the globe about the Millennial Generation – who they are, how they communicate, and why local government is missing this valuable “service inclined” group.
Throughout the conference jurisdictions from across the US shared case studies on innovative programs. Topics included going environmentally green, as well as sustainable economic programs, successful civic engagement, and what innovation looks like inside a local government organization.
TLG was offered virtually for the first time in its history. TLG Virtual 2010 was designed to provide the closest experience to TLG without attending the actual conference. Virtual presentations are still available for purchase from the Alliance for Innovation website.
- Transforming Local Government – New Imperatives for Success
Carol Coletta, President and CEO, CEOs for Cities and Host and Producer, Smart City
- DurhamFirst Stars to Culture of Service Champions -- a Journey
City of Durham, North Carolina
- Teachers and Tractors – A More Engaging Approach to Economic Development
City of Ankeny, Iowa
- Stop Fighting Like Cats and Dogs: How to Create a Successful Animal Service Program
Washoe County, Nevada
- Increasing Your Community’s Disaster Resiliency by Taking a Leap of Faith
City of Independence, Missouri
The Southern Nevada host communities worked together to provide local tours on innovation as well as networking events. Attendees were able to learn and network in a relaxed and fun atmosphere.
Looking Ahead to the 2011 Transforming Local Government/FCCMA Conference
The Alliance for Innovation and FCCMA are combining conferences in 2011 to bring participants of both organizations a new experience. The 2011 Transforming Local Government/FCCMA Conference will blend the best of both conferences together to create a thought provoking event designed to renew your spirit for public service.
The Alliance is now accepting case study applications for the 2011 conference. The Alliance’s process for case study selection ensures that the best possible content will be available for attendees of the conference. The process begins with the case study application whereby local governments submit their most successful and innovative programs for possible inclusion on the program.
The 2011 conference will be held in Clearwater, Florida June 1-3. The conference theme is Making Magic: How BOLD Can Government Be and will highlight the bold action and leadership needed in today’s changing environment.
Case study applications are to address innovative excellence related to one of the following topics:
- Collaboration and Partnerships – Public-private partnerships, Public-public partnerships, Public-non-profit partnerships, Regionalism, Shared service delivery
- Management Strategies for Continuous Improvement – How we position ourselves to act boldly – value added service delivery, streamlining operations, cross departmental teaming, organizational models, reorganization, measuring performance
- Public Involvement – new and innovative approaches to engaging citizens – involving the public in priority setting, citizen education (growing good citizens, reaching new audiences) and communication techniques (high-tech, town halls, increased participation)
- Local Government Professionals Toolbox – Skills for today’s leaders – scenario planning, SWOT, Strategic Planning, Organizational Development and Learning in Touch times, Exposure to concepts like HPO, Lean Government and ISO
Case studies must be submitted by August 15, 2010. Each government can submit up to two applications for consideration. Every application is reviewed and submitters are interviewed by Alliance Regional Directors. Using the same evaluation system, the case study application is weighed and scored at the conclusion of the oral interview. All applications are then sent to selection committee made up Alliance and FCCMA representatives for final selection.
We encourage all local governments with a story to tell to consider submitting an application for the conference. This will be an opportunity to share your story with a national audience.
Link to the TLG conference website at www.tlgconference.org to view the case study submittal form. Submit electronic case study applications to Brandi Allen, Conferences and Education Director, Alliance for Innovation at firstname.lastname@example.org.