Local governments touch our lives every day in ways large and small…
…maintaining our streets and sidewalks.
…making sure our water is fit for drinking, cooking, and bathing.
…monitoring for outbreaks of infectious diseases.
…meeting the needs of seniors.
…ensuring new construction meets building codes.
…responding quickly to fires, accidents, and other emergencies.
The three E’s: effective, efficient, equitable
Professional local government managers bring experience and expertise to managing services and are committed to delivering them effectively, efficiently, and equitably.
- Pearisburg, VA, Manager Kenneth Vittum led the effort to meet the town’s need for health services and support for families caring for other family members.
- Wake County, NC, solved a shortage of experienced paramedics and improved its EMS service by using existing resources more efficiently.
- In Fort Smith, AR, plant closings and an increasing number of layoffs resulted in some homeowners being unable to maintain their properties. Together, elected and appointed officials, including City Administrator Ray Gosack, created a program to help homeowners meet minimum maintenance requirements and maintain their neighborhoods.
- Upper Arlington, OH, created a new program to reduce the burden on its emergency services and connect elderly residents to resources.
- Throughout a blizzard in Elgin, IL, Manager Sean Stegall used the city’s social media channels to update residents on the city’s snow removal operations. During the course of the two-day storm, he posted approximately 100 messages on Twitter and Facebook and won kudos from residents for the city’s response.
An important part of service delivery is to assess the results.
Local governments use the information they gain to:
- establish goals and outcomes in budget decisions
- set performance targets and measure progress
- assess policy options
- make sound management decisions
- communicate service and financial improvements to citizens
ICMA’s (International City/County Management Association) Center for Performance Measurement helps local governments improve the quality, effectiveness, and efficiency of their services by collecting, reporting, and analyzing, data and applying it to improving performance.
Innovation in public services
The Alliance for Innovation is a network of local governments that partners with ICMA, and Arizona State University to transform local government by accelerating the development and dissemination of innovative practices.