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ICMA Research Symposium

Join academics, practitioners, and managers who teach (or pracademics) for research presentations in this mini-conference-in-a-conference on Sunday. Listen to current research, offer input for student and faculty pitches, offer input on research needs in the profession, and generally get studious.

Beyond DSS and Law Enforcement: Engaging Local Governments in Anti-Human Trafficking Work

Sunday, September 23 10:00 AM - 10:20 AM

In this session, we will share our progress in North Carolina, where Project NO REST team members are working to inform local government staff how to identify indicators of human trafficking. We also assist governmental staff in developing protocols for reporting any indicators that are observed.

Speaker: Margaret Henderson, Lecturer, The School of Government, University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill, Chapel Hill, NC

What Can City Managers Do? A Toolbox

Sunday, September 23 10:25 AM - 10:45 AM

Managing fiscal stress is not sustainable unless it is equitable, and making this linkage is critical for local governments to plan for a sustainable future for all their residents. Our presentation outlines tools in the city manager toolbox to address both.

Speaker: Austin Aldag, Student , Cornell University, Ithaca, NY
Speaker: Mildred Warner, Student Chapter Faculty Advisor, Cornell University Student Chapter, Ithaca, NY

Practitioner Narratives on Resident Engagement: Themes and What They Mean for Practice

Sunday, September 23 10:50 AM - 11:10 AM

This study examines narratives from an open-ended of survey of 226 local government practitioners regarding their experience with citizen engagement. The themes that emerge help us better understand practitioner perceptions and attitudes, which in turn offer important insights for practice.

Speaker: Ricardo Morse, Associate Professor of Public Administration & Government, University of North Carolina At Chapel Hill, Chapel Hill, NC

A Reflection of Changing Priorities? The Reallocative Impact of Priority-Based Budgeting in U.S. Municipalities

Sunday, September 23 11:15 AM - 11:35 AM

Cities and counties increasingly have adopted priority-based budgeting to address their budgetary issues, but what is this practice? Does it work? This presentation describes the emergence of priority-based budgeting, its principles, and provides the first independent statistical evaluation of its effectiveness.

Speaker: David Mitchell, Professor, University of Central Florida, Orlando, FL

A Long Time Ago in a Place Far Away: Changing Form of Government in Fargo

Sunday, September 23 11:40 AM - 12:00 PM

There are very few scholarly analyses of reforming local governments into the council-manager framework. The presentation highlights the key management strategies that Dwight developed to assist Harlowe, and to be successful in the following 50 years of his career in public service.

Speaker: Kurt Thurmaier, Professor and Chair, Department of Public Administration, Northern Illinois University, Dekalb, IL

Shared Service Delivery: Costs, Values, and Impacts for Equity

Sunday, September 23 1:00 PM - 1:20 PM

Shared service delivery is increasing in popularity for public service provision, but there are a multitude of barriers for sharing to endure overtime. We illustrate these obstacles and argue that voluntary service sharing alone will not promote an equitable regionalism, but it can be enhanced by differential state aid and relationship building between local governments.

Speaker: Austin Aldag, Student , Cornell University, Ithaca, NY
Speaker: Mildred Warner, Student Chapter Faculty Advisor, Cornell University Student Chapter, Ithaca, NY

Why Collaborate? Understanding Elected Officials' and Managers' Perspectives of Regional Collaboration

Sunday, September 23 1:25 PM - 1:45 PM

This study presents the findings from elected officials and local government managers on why they collaborate regionally. From semi-structured interviews, elected officials and managers describe the benefits and barriers, preconditions for collaborations, the structures that support collaboration at the local level.

Speaker: Stephanie Davis, Associate Director, Virginia Tech, Blacksburg, VA

Revisiting Bureaucratic Entrepreneurialism in the Age of Urban Austerity: Framing Issues, Taking Risks, and Building Collaborative Capacity

Sunday, September 23 1:50 PM - 2:10 PM

This study explores entrepreneurial city managers through interviews with officials in 20 local governments located in the Chicago, Illinois, metropolitan area. The findings suggest that entrepreneurial local governments remain an emergent phenomenon, as managers learn to proactively engage stakeholders, successfully frame priorities, and build organizational capacities through collaboration.

Speaker: Aaron Deslatte, Assistant Professor, Northern Illinois UniversityUniversity Libraries, De Kalb, IL

An Interactive Tool to Help Metropolitan Regions Decide Whether to Invest in Professional Sports Facilities

Sunday, September 23 2:15 PM - 2:35 PM

Under what conditions should a local government opt to invest public money into a professional sports facility? We present an empirically-grounded, interactive decision tool that assists local governments in determining whether their community is in a position to support the presence of a new facility for a new or existing team.

Speaker: David Swindell, Associate Professor, Arizona State University, Phoenix, AZ

ICMA and the 2018 Conference Host Committee appreciate the support of this year's conference contributors, especially Principal Sponsor ICMA-RC, and Diamond Sponsor Cigna.