The Next Gen: How to hire and inspire them

Hungry to learn. Open to change. Motivated to help others. If you think this sounds like an ideal local government employee, you’re right. So why is it so hard to attract (and keep) millennials in local government?

Learn how to hire, inspire, and engage this dynamic generation (and Generation Z which is soon to follow).

You and your staff will discuss:

  • Understanding millennials (starting with why they don't like to be called that in the first place)
  • Market competition and how to be an employer of choice for incoming generations
  • Why you must reform recruiting, marketing and hiring processes to attract the next generation
  • Culture shifts that will support growth for the next generation (and help them to really deliver)
  • How to create an environment that successfully blends workers from different generations
  • Understanding what job satisfaction is for Generation Z
  • How does Generation Z see government?

James Lewis

City Manager, Pismo Beach, CA

Jim Lewis became city manager of Pismo Beach on March 1, 2013. Prior to serving as city manager of Pismo Beach, Jim served as the assistant city manager and president of the office of economic development for the City of Atascadero. Prior to this role, Jim served as the assistant to the city manager for the City of Claremont. In both positions, Jim was successful in transforming downtowns and building pride and positive relationships amongst business owners, community groups, neighborhoods and the city.

Jim served as president of the Municipal Management Association of Southern California (MMASC) in 2001 and currently serves as the First Vice President of the League of California Cities City Manager’s Department ad as a Trustee of the California City Management Foundation.

Lee Feldman

City Manager, City of Fort Lauderdale, FL

Mr. Lee Feldman is currently the City Manager for the City of Fort Lauderdale, Florida; a position he has held since June 2011. He is the president of the International City and County Management Association and has served as the president of the Florida City and County Management Association and was named the Florida League of Cities’ “City Manager of the Year” in 2006.  Mr. Feldman is a member of the United States Federal Emergency Management Agency National Advisory Council; serves as Chair of the National League of Cities’ City Futures Panel on Public Finance; serves as a member of the National League of Cities Steering Committee on Public Safety and Crime Prevention and Advocacy; chaired the International City and County Management Association’s Governmental Affairs and Policy Committee and serves on the Association’s Sustainability Advisory Group and has served on the Association’s Task Force on Community Tools for Ending Racism. Additionally, he teaches newly elected municipal officials the principles of finance and taxation in Florida and is frequently called upon to speak to professional groups on a variety of municipal issues.


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Open to view video. 90 minutes
1.50 ICMA CE credits  |  Certificate available
1.50 ICMA CE credits  |  Certificate available