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March 25, 2019 | Spotlight

GCCMA conference features educational sessions coordinated by Institute

Harris County Manager Randy Dowling addresses GCCMA members during an interactive session that allowed city and county managers to explore the strengths, weaknesses, opportunities and threats to the local government management profession.

Writer: Roger Nielsen

Leaders from more than 130 Georgia cities and counties attended practical training sessions coordinated by the Institute of Government at the Georgia City-County Management Association’s (GCCMA) Spring Conference.

The conference, held March 20–22 in Athens, featured a plenary session with Albany City Manager Sharon Subadan on how a healthcare cost-containment partnership benefited the city government and allowed employees to avoid higher premiums for the past five years.

GCCMA members also attended courses designed to strengthen their leadership capabilities, successfully encourage citizen participation in long-term planning projects and learn how four Georgia communities found effective solutions to challenges that affect counties and cities across the state.

The Institute of Government partners with GCCMA to offer professional development training. GCCMA is the Georgia affiliate of the International City/County Management Association (ICMA), and the GCCMA professional development curriculum is aligned with the executive leadership core competencies for ICMA-credentialed managers.

Also at the conference, first-time attendees had the opportunity to learn about the association at an overview session presented by GCCMA officers and facilitated by Institute of Government faculty member Gordon Maner and Mara Shaw, the Institute’s Leadership Development Program Manager.

A special panel presentation moderated by Newnan Assistant City Manager Hasco Craver explored how Georgia’s growing film industry is placing additional demands on local government resources and what assistance is available from the Georgia Department of Economic Development’s Georgia Film Office.