In this episode of Making A Difference, Valente briefly touches on why he chose the local government management profession - and it came down to three things: 1) a call to public service made by President John F. Kennedy; 2) local government management principles and how important they were to running a local organization; and 3) exposure to policy aspects of government. And after a long career, Valente, who is set to retire in August 2018, credits his longevity to proficiency, keeping up with the changes, creating a professional development plan for himself, working hard to connect with residents, and focusing on what's important to the residents - not what's important to you.
- Challenges of working in a wealthy community.
- The importance of professional management in a community.
- Challenges facing local government.
- Recruitment tips for local government leaders.
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Carl Valente, town manager, Lexington, Massachusetts
- ICMA’s Life, Well Run Initiative Website
- Hiring a Professional Local Government Manager
- Professional Management Drives Local Government Efficiency and Effectiveness
- Professional Management, Council-Manager Government Sweep List of All-America Cities Finalists
- Smarter, Faster, Cheaper: An Operations Efficiency Benchmarking Study of 100 American Cities
- Newly Elected Leaders Toolkit
- Become a Professional Local Government Manager
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Join ICMA's Michele Frisby on the Making a Difference podcast, season 3 of Local Gov Life, as she talks with three professional local government managers and administrators, an elected official, and a community stakeholder about how professional management has made a difference in the quality of life in their communities. Subscribe to Local Gov Life on iTunes or Google Play Music.