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About Local Government 2030

In 2019, the National Academy of Public Administration issued a call to all government professionals to address the “Grand Challenges” facing our nation. In response, an ad hoc group of local government professionals around the country started meeting in 2020 to develop actionable projects to meet these Grand Challenges.

One consistent message emerged from these discussions: We need individuals from all local government professions to come together to provide leadership in implementing solutions. No one group can do it alone.

A coalition of local government professionals – joined by more than 25 professional associations – took the next step by organizing a convening of 51 local government professionals in November, 2022 at the University of Nebraska, Omaha.  The convening was modeled after the Minnowbrook conferences, which started in 1968 and continued in 1988 and 2018 to reimagine the field of public administration. 


The convening identified three actionable initiatives to work on during 2023.  A second convening is planned for January 26-27, 2024 at Arizona State University to bring back together the original 51 delegates, along with elected city and county officials and other stakeholders to share work completed and pledge to continue the work of ensuring local government is ready to serve our communities in the future.

  Organizing Committee

  • Pam Antil, City Manager, City of Encinitas, CA

  • Emily Blakesley, Assistant City Administrator/HR Director, Port Washington, WI

  • Wally Bobkiewicz, City Administrator, City of Issaquah, WA

  • Mayra Cantu, Assistant to the City Manager, City of Georgetown, TX

  • Glen Cole, Assistant City Manager / Community Development Director, City of Rolling Meadows, IL

  • Genesis GavinoChief of StaffCity of Dallas, TX

  • Carla Hansen, Deputy City Manager, City of Walnut Creek, CA    

  • Lisa Henty, Director of Management and Budget, Fauquier County, VA       

  • Ron Holifield, Chief Executive Officer, Strategic Government Resources        

  • Shayne Kavanagh, Senior Manager of Research, Government Finance Officers Association 

  • Ben Kittelson, Board Member, Engaging Local Government Leaders

  • Mike Land, City Manager, City of Coppell, TX                

  • Adam Lincoln, City Manager, City of Pasco, WA                

  • Craig Maher, Professor and Director, School of Public Administration, University of Nebraska, Omaha

  • Tad McGalliard, Managing Director, Research Development and Technical Assistance, International City/County Management Association

  • Joe Mitchell, Director of Strategic Initiatives and International Programs, National Academy of Public Administration

  • Melanie Morales, Creative Services Manager, City of San Antonio, TX                

  • Chris Morrill, Executive Director/CEO, Government Finance Officers Association    

  • Mike Mucha, Deputy Executive Director, Government Finance Officers Association    

  • Kim Nelson, Professor, University of North Carolina, Chapel Hill    

  • Julia Novak, Executive Vice President, Raftelis

  • Bob O'Neill, Fellow, Riley Center for Livable Communities, College of Charleston        

  • Marc Ott, CEO/Executive Director, International City/County Management Association

  • Kimberly Richardson, Assistant City Manager, City of Peoria, IL            

  • Kevin Shrawder, Associate Economist, National Association of Counties        

  • Amber Snowden, Special Assistant to Executive Director, International City/County Management Association  

  • Tanya Spiegel, Economic Development Manager, City of Rancho Cucamonga, CA             

  • David Swindell, Associate Professor, Arizona State University        

  • Teryn Zmuda, Chief Research Officer and Chief Economist, National Association of Counties    

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