Local Government 201

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With Local Government 201, you will dive deeper into core issues facing local government management. Designed to take you beyond the basics, this professional certificate program will deliver a practical understanding of key areas important to your success as a local government manager.

Audience: New and mid-career managers, assistant managers, and even-career changers new to local government.

Prerequisites: Completion of LG 101 online certificate program or 5 years of experience in local government management.

Course Overview: This five-course, 15-session program will include:

  • Effective Communication: Engaging Staff, Elected Officials, and Community
  • Public Safety: Trends and Innovations, Race in America, and Crisis Communications
  • Building Community: Sustainability, Smart Cities, and Placemaking
  • Organizational Development: Alternative Work Models, Succession Planning, Becoming an Employer of Choice 
  • Leadership: Leadership at All Levels, Creating a True Leadership Team, and Becoming an Innovative Leader

 

 

  • Local Government 201 Final Quiz

    Contains 2 Component(s)

    10 questions

    Score 8 out of 10; you may retake if necessary. 

  • Local Government 201 Course 5 Session 3: Leadership at All Levels

    Contains 3 Component(s), Includes Credits

    One of three sessions in the fifth course of Local Government 201.

    This course will explore leadership at all levels, how to create a true leadership team, and how to become an innovative leader. Subject matter will include: 

    • Emotionally intelligent leadership
    • Six styles of leadership
    • Change management
    • The future of work and generational differences
    • Five levels of leadership

    Michelle Poché Flaherty

    Assistant City Manager, City of Redwood City, CA

    With 30 years of government experience, Michelle Poché Flaherty has held senior executive positions in federal, state and local government. She served as Deputy Chief of Staff at the U.S. Department of Transportation; Deputy City Manager of Palo Alto, CA; and is currently the Assistant City Manager of Redwood City, CA.  Michelle is a certified executive coach, published author and instructor in leadership, and subject matter expert in organizational performance management. 

    Felicia Logan

    Director of Leadership Development, ICMA

    Passionate about leadership and development, I believe in the capacity and capability of each invidual to make a difference and contribute personally and professionally to something that has meaning. Many people have forgotten their true strengths or left them undeveloped. Through exploration of core values and purpose a new commitment to leadership excellence is discovered which results in renewed vigor and success.

  • Local Government 201 Course 5 Session 2: Leadership at All Levels

    Contains 3 Component(s), Includes Credits

    One of three sessions in the fifth course of Local Government 201.

    This course will explore leadership at all levels, how to create a true leadership team, and how to become an innovative leader. Subject matter will include: 

    • Emotionally intelligent leadership
    • Six styles of leadership
    • Change management
    • The future of work and generational differences
    • Five levels of leadership

    Michelle Poché Flaherty

    Assistant City Manager, City of Redwood City, CA

    With 30 years of government experience, Michelle Poché Flaherty has held senior executive positions in federal, state and local government. She served as Deputy Chief of Staff at the U.S. Department of Transportation; Deputy City Manager of Palo Alto, CA; and is currently the Assistant City Manager of Redwood City, CA.  Michelle is a certified executive coach, published author and instructor in leadership, and subject matter expert in organizational performance management. 

  • Local Government 201 Course 4 Session 3: Organizational Development

    Contains 3 Component(s), Includes Credits

    One of three sessions in the fourth course of Local Government 201.

    From alternative work schedules to succession planning, this course will help you lead your organization to becoming an employer of choice. You will discuss: 

    • Alternative Work Models 
    • Succession Planning
    • Talent Management 
    • Employee Engagement
    • Becoming an Employer of Choice

    Michelle Poché Flaherty

    Assistant City Manager, City of Redwood City, CA

    With 30 years of government experience, Michelle Poché Flaherty has held senior executive positions in federal, state and local government. She served as Deputy Chief of Staff at the U.S. Department of Transportation; Deputy City Manager of Palo Alto, CA; and is currently the Assistant City Manager of Redwood City, CA.  Michelle is a certified executive coach, published author and instructor in leadership, and subject matter expert in organizational performance management. 

  • Local Government 201 Course 4 Session 2: Organizational Development

    Contains 3 Component(s), Includes Credits

    One of three sessions in the fourth course of Local Government 201.

    From alternative work schedules to succession planning, this course will help you lead your organization to becoming an employer of choice. You will discuss: 

    • Alternative Work Models 
    • Succession Planning
    • Talent Management 
    • Employee Engagement
    • Becoming an Employer of Choice

    Michelle Poché Flaherty

    Assistant City Manager, City of Redwood City, CA

    With 30 years of government experience, Michelle Poché Flaherty has held senior executive positions in federal, state and local government. She served as Deputy Chief of Staff at the U.S. Department of Transportation; Deputy City Manager of Palo Alto, CA; and is currently the Assistant City Manager of Redwood City, CA.  Michelle is a certified executive coach, published author and instructor in leadership, and subject matter expert in organizational performance management. 

  • Local Government 201 Course 3 Session 3: Building Community

    Contains 3 Component(s), Includes Credits

    One of three sessions in the third course of Local Government 201.

    Explore environmental sustainability, economic sustainability, and social equity. This course will discuss how to develop a sustainability plan as well as placemaking and planning.

    • Environmental sustainability
    • Economic sustainability
    • Social equity
    • Sustainability plans
    • Measuring sustainability
    • Placemaking and planning
    • Community engagement

    Michelle Poché Flaherty

    Assistant City Manager, City of Redwood City, CA

    With 30 years of government experience, Michelle Poché Flaherty has held senior executive positions in federal, state and local government. She served as Deputy Chief of Staff at the U.S. Department of Transportation; Deputy City Manager of Palo Alto, CA; and is currently the Assistant City Manager of Redwood City, CA.  Michelle is a certified executive coach, published author and instructor in leadership, and subject matter expert in organizational performance management. 

    Lisa Yoder

    Sustainability Coordinator, Summit County, Utah

    David Witkowski

    Executive Director, Civic Technology Initiatives

    David Witkowski is a wireless and telecommunication industry expert and leader who became Executive Director of Joint Venture's Wireless Communications Initiative (WCI) in 2015, and subsequently launched the Smart Region Initiative in 2017.  He serves as Co-Chair of the Public Wi-Fi SuperCluster for the Global City Teams Challenge (coordinated by NIST, NTIA, and US Ignite) and serves on the Connected City Advisory Board (coordinated by the Wireless Broadband Alliance).

    David's passion for technology and wireless began as a hobby during childhood and continued during his service in the US Coast Guard where he led deployment and maintenance programs for mission-critical radio, radar, and data networking systems. After earning his BSEE from University of California - Davis, with a study emphasis on modulation theory and RF/wireless design, he held managerial and leadership roles for companies ranging from Fortune 500 multi-nationals to early-stage startups. David is the CEO of Oku Solutions LLC, a leading professional services company specializing in business development, market entry strategies, business intelligence, and public policy for the wireless and telecommunications industries.

    David is the author of "Bridging the Gap : 21st Century Wireless Telecommunications" (Joint Venture Silicon Valley, 2016), co-author of "Carrier & Public Wi-Fi" (Mobile Experts LLC, 2015), lead co-author of "Evaluation of RF Network Testing" (Anritsu, Motorola, Bird Technologies, & CommScope, 2013), and has written feature articles for IEEE Microwaves Magazine, CIO Review, MissionCritical Communications, EETimes, Make:Magazine, QST, Urgent Communications, and RCR Wireless. As a public speaker he has delivered presentations and moderated panels at Alberta Wireless Connections, APCO, Broadband Live, CDX Global Forum, CTIA, DAS & Small Cells Congress, IEEE International Microwave Symposium, IWCE, League of California Cities Conference, Mobile World Congress - Americas, RCA Technical Symposium, SCWS Americas, State Of The Valley, TC3, and Wireless West.

    David serves as Co-Chair of the GCTC Wireless SuperCluster at NIST, on the Board of Expert Advisors for the California Emerging Technology Fund, as a Member of the Connected City Advisory Board, and is a Senior Member in both the IEEE and the Radio Club of America.

  • Local Government 201 Course 3 Session 2: Building Community

    Contains 3 Component(s), Includes Credits

    One of three sessions in the third course of Local Government 201.

    Explore environmental sustainability, economic sustainability, and social equity. This course will discuss how to develop a sustainability plan as well as placemaking and planning.

    • Environmental sustainability
    • Economic sustainability
    • Social equity
    • Sustainability plans
    • Measuring sustainability
    • Placemaking and planning
    • Community engagement

    Michelle Poché Flaherty

    Assistant City Manager, City of Redwood City, CA

    With 30 years of government experience, Michelle Poché Flaherty has held senior executive positions in federal, state and local government. She served as Deputy Chief of Staff at the U.S. Department of Transportation; Deputy City Manager of Palo Alto, CA; and is currently the Assistant City Manager of Redwood City, CA.  Michelle is a certified executive coach, published author and instructor in leadership, and subject matter expert in organizational performance management. 

  • Local Government 201: Course 2 Session 3 Public Safety

    Contains 3 Component(s), Includes Credits

    This is one of three sessions in Local Government 201: Public Safety

    Take a deep dive into trending issues in public safety. This is one of three sessions in a course. Topics will include: 

    • The future of public safety 
    • EMS and healthcare reform
    • Staffing for effective policing
    • Race and American public safety
    • Diversity in police, fire and EMS
    • Crisis communication
    • Emergency communication

    Thomas Wieczorek

    Director, Center for Public Safety Management

  • Local Government 201: Course 2 Session 2 Public Safety

    Contains 3 Component(s), Includes Credits

    This is one of three sessions in Local Government 201: Public Safety

    Take a deep dive into trending issues in public safety. This is one of three sessions in a course. Topics will include: 

    • The future of public safety 
    • EMS and healthcare reform
    • Staffing for effective policing
    • Race and American public safety
    • Diversity in police, fire and EMS
    • Crisis communication
    • Emergency communication

    Thomas Wieczorek

    Director, Center for Public Safety Management

  • Local Government 201 Course 1 Session 3: Effective Communication

    Contains 3 Component(s), Includes Credits

    One of three sessions in the first course of Local Government 201.

    Learn how to communicate like a leader. This session is one of three that will discuss effective communication strategies. Subject matter will include: 

    • Components of effective communication
    • Developing the tone for internal communications
    • Forms of communication and when to use them
    • Transparency vs. confidentiality
    • Communicating to a diverse audience
    • Personality types and communication
    • Communicating to your boss/governing board
    • Council-manager relations
    • Communicating to your staff

    Michelle Poché Flaherty

    Assistant City Manager, City of Redwood City, CA

    With 30 years of government experience, Michelle Poché Flaherty has held senior executive positions in federal, state and local government. She served as Deputy Chief of Staff at the U.S. Department of Transportation; Deputy City Manager of Palo Alto, CA; and is currently the Assistant City Manager of Redwood City, CA.  Michelle is a certified executive coach, published author and instructor in leadership, and subject matter expert in organizational performance management.