October 2, 2023


Dear Friends,


September has been a busy month for ILG as we continued to push forward towards California's climate goals, strengthened connections between current and future leaders, and focused on uplifting and supporting our communities.


We hosted and attended several events this month, giving us a chance to enjoy some face-time and connect with a lot of you. Between the CA Special Districts Association, the League of California Cities (congrats to our Beacon Award winners!), and the American Planning Association conferences, we were able to reach local government leaders from all over the state. Our Public Sector Workforce Forum brought several of our Sacramento area partners together to share information on how to grow and diversify the public workforce in our area, and our annual ILG board retreat provided a fantastic opportunity to check in and strategize with our amazing board and partners from all corners of California. 


We're keeping up the momentum in October with several exciting trainings and opportunities to grow and network. We're starting things out Oct. 4 with Meeting Mastery, ILG's new meeting facilitation and design training. We'll also be in Indian Wells for the California Economic Summit, and Lake Tahoe for the Municipal Management Association of Northern CA Annual Conference. 


We also have additional programs and resources in the works - stay tuned for announcements about some new projects tied to our recent Workforce Accelerator Fund WIOA Grant and our new High Road Training Partnerships Grant for Registered Apprenticeships, as well as several webinars. We’ll be announcing new ethics training resources as well in the coming weeks..


As always, it's a pleasure and a privilege to serve our local government community, and to work alongside so many visionaries and leaders.


In gratitude and community, 


Erica L. Manuel 

CEO & Executive Director


Meeting Mastery, ILG's new meeting facilitation and design training takes place this week!

Don't miss your chance to take advantage of this comprehensive meeting training! Public meetings can be a challenge to coordinate. The topics are often too technical and the format can be intimidating for the general public. That’s why our new training will equip you with the skills and tools to plan and implement productive, interesting and engaging public meetings that center equity and allow for meaningful participation, whether in person or virtual.


Scholarships are available! Please contact Roberto Carlos Torres at [email protected] for more information.



ILG Secures Grant To Improve Diversity In & Access To Local Government Careers

ILG is excited to announce a new workforce initiative called IDEA: Improving Diversity, Equity and Access to Local Government Jobs. IDEA is an 18-month grant that will allow ILG to help public sector employers develop solutions to hiring and retention issues by providing resources, a supportive community of practice and a way to plan collaborative actions that will make it easier for underrepresented communities to learn about, compete for, and thrive in local government careers.

The goal is to showcase local agency workplace innovation and success, while also updating some of local government’s most outdated hiring practices so they are more accessible to and inclusive of historically underrepresented communities. We want to do that by building partnerships between local agency leaders and diverse communities and by collaborating on the development of new workforce strategies that attract the next generation of local agency leaders. Stay tuned for more information about IDEA and how your agency can get involved!

Reach out to Melissa Kuehne at [email protected] if you have resources to share or would like to join our pubic sector workforce community of practice. 

Project Partners:

ILG To Launch Registered Apprenticeship Program for Local Governments

ILG is poised to become an Intermediary and Program Sponsor for the State’s growing Registered Apprenticeship program. With support from the High Road Training Partnership Program, in the coming months, ILG will be expanding partnerships and gathering resources that will help establish the organization as a go-to resource for cities, counties and special districts looking to create or expand registered apprenticeship programs to meet their evolving workforce needs. To join our growing public sector apprenticeships network, email [email protected].  


Webinar: Lunch & Learn: Navigating Workplace Investigations

Tuesday, October 10, 12:00pm-1:00pm

This webinar will provide participants with the basic tools, strategies, and approaches to conducting effective workplace investigations. The speakers will provide a brief overview on when to investigate, how to select an investigator and formulate an investigation plan, effective interview techniques, and how to properly assess credibility and document your findings as well as top investigation mistakes and post-investigation considerations for the public sector.

Find out more and sign up here.

Webinar: Results & Lessons from the 2023 California City Manager Survey

Tuesday, October 17, 2:30pm-3:30pm

Although the council-manager system has become the dominant form of municipal government in California, only limited research has focused on the state’s city managers as a group. To address this, the California City Management Foundation (CCMF), joined by Tripepi Smith Talent Solutions and the California Joint Powers Insurance Authority, issued a survey to current city managers in California. This webinar will present the results of this survey including demographic information, career paths, and the most pressing issues facing California’s local governments. 

Find out more and sign up here.

Webinar: Shaping the Future: Key Trends in Real Estate, Finance, and Economic Development

Wednesday, October 18, 1:00pm-2:30pm

Private sector investment priorities are undergoing profound changes. In response, local governments face the challenge of leveraging new real estate development trends, aligning with evolving worker preferences, and adapting to the digital economy’s transformative impact on flexibility and location. This session will empower local leaders with a deep understanding of the seismic shifts in land use and the nuances of and opportunities in public and private finance strategies. These insights are crucial to capture value in an environment of altered investment priorities. Moreover, this session provides actionable guidance on deploying effective economic development platforms to attract private investment and foster local prosperity. By equipping your community with these economic development strategies and public agency investment insights, you’re setting the stage for informed decision-making and ensuring a prosperous future.

Find out more and sign up here.


CSDA Annual Conference

In late August, Team ILG attended the California Special District Association’s Annual Conference in Monterey. We hosted a booth in the Expo to connect with special district leaders, here about their challenges and needs, and share information about ILG’s programs and services.

ILG Board Retreat

Thank you so much to our board members for traveling to Sacramento from all over California to attend the 2023 ILG board retreat! It's a pleasure to see everyone in person, and work together to serve the cities, counties, and special districts in our state.

American Planning Association Conference

Team ILG attended the Cal APA Conference earlier this month and presented on our important work around leadership and housing. CEO and Executive Director Erica Manuel shared her insights on a panel discussion ""Women in Planning: Landmark Leadership" and Senior Program Manager Melissa Kuehne shared tips and resources for "How to Train Your Planning Commission."

Cal Cities Annual Conference

Thank you Cal Cities for another successful conference! This event is such a great opportunity to connect with our partners, government leaders, and organizations from all over the state- working together to serve the people of California.

Public Sector Workforce Forum

Thank you to all of our partners for making our IPPS Public Sector Workforce Forum so informative and successful. Our goal is to continue to share information and collaborate statewide so we can grow and diversify the public sector workforce.


Congratulations to our 2023 Beacon Award Winners!

In the last few weeks, Team ILG has honored multiple cities and special districts with Beacon Awards. This year’s winners are leading the way to increasing resilience and improving health and equity for all communities through innovative climate action solutions. We are excited to recognize the following agencies for their leadership and commitment to reducing greenhouse gas emissions, saving energy, and implementing sustainability best practices.


Beacon Vanguard Award


  • City of Piedmont 


Beacon Spotlight Awards


Beacon Leadership and Innovation Awards


  • City of Irvine - Equity and Engagement in Sustainability and Climate
  • Marin Water - Leadership in Climate Resilience and Adaptation
  • OneShoreline - Cross Agency Collaboration in Climate Adaptation
  • City of Redwood City - Leadership in Climate Resilience and Adaptation
  • City of Santa Rosa (on behalf of the Sonoma-Marin Saving Water Partnership) - Cross Agency Collaboration in Climate Adaptation
  • City of San Jose - Innovation in Clean Energy


Honorable Mentions


  • Orange County Sanitation District 
  • Riverside-Corona Resource Conservation District 


Find out more about the Beacon Program and how to get involved.


The 2023 county winners will be announced at the CSAC Annual Meeting!


In light of the Fair Political Practices Commission (FPPC) recent announced that they will no longer be providing the AB 1234 training for local agencies starting in 2024, we know many of our local agency partners are seeking alternate options to comply with this important mandate. To support local agencies, ILG is exploring options to ramp up our offerings in this space including additional virtual training and other web-based options. Please stay tuned for additional details in the coming weeks. In the meantime, don’t forget that ILG offers a self-study option for local governments accessible on our website. 

Find out more.


Career Compass: Responding to Public Criticism

As we advance in our local government careers, we will all face public criticism—sometimes fairly, sometimes not. How will we respond? In this edition of the Career Compass ICMA Coach Frank Benest share his personal experience as a city manager and provides strategies and advice on how to navigate public criticism. 

Read more.

Registration Open: MMANC Annual Conference

Prepare for an unforgettable experience at the MMANC Annual Conference! Join MMANC from October 25-27, 2023, at the Everline Resort and Spa in Olympic Valley, CA, as they bring together more than 250 local government professionals representing cities, counties, and special districts. Dive into the theme of “Bolder Leadership” and experience a dynamic fusion of fun and learning in a business-casual atmosphere.

Find out more.

Learn How Social Media Platforms are Evaluating Your Content

In today’s digitized world, social media is a crucial tool for public agencies to foster community engagement and disseminate key information. Understanding the mechanisms that underpin these platforms is necessary for any communications strategy, allowing organizations to effectively leverage social media for their objectives. ILG Partner Tripepi Smith shares insights on how different social media platforms evaluate content and determine what users see in their feeds.

Read more.

Registration Open: MMASC Annual Conference

This year's MMASC Annual Conference, "Empowering Leaders, Inspiring Excellence," will be held in person in Coronado, California. Get ready for three exhilarating days of training where hundreds of local government professionals will come together. Join MMASC to learn cutting-edge practices, enhance your skills, and connect with influential peers.

Find out more.


ILG is the nonprofit training and education affiliate of the League of California Cities, the California State Association of Counties and the California Special Districts Association.

California State Association of Counties Annual Meeting

November 14-16, 2023

Oakland Convention Center

550 10th Street Oakland, CA 94607


Registration is now open for the 129th CSAC Annual Meeting! The Annual Meeting is a chance for California County Supervisors and members of the California county family to participate in innovative discussions with world-class speakers, policy experts, and – most importantly – each other.

This year’s meeting will take place in Alameda County and will feature policy committee meetings, caucus meetings, keynote speakers, a clerks quiz, the annual installation of officers, and more!

Learn more and register today.

California Special District Association’s Special District Leadership Academy 

October 22 – 25, 2023, 

Hyatt Regency Sonoma Wine Country

170 Railroad Street, Santa Rosa, CA 95401


Registration is now open for the next Special District Leadership Academy. The Academy is a curriculum-based continuing education program, which recognizes the necessity for the board and general manager to work closely toward a common goal. SDLA provides the knowledge base to perform essential governance responsibilities and is designed for both new and experienced special district board members.


The ILG team will be presenting on Civility in Public Meetings for attendees on the advanced track.


Learn more and register today.

League of California Cities Annual Conference and Expo


Team ILG recently attended the Cal Cities Annual Conference and Expo in Sacramento. We hosted a booth in the Expo to connect with city leaders, hear about their challenges and needs, and share information about ILG’s programs and services. We also facilitated state mandated trainings on public service ethics and harassment prevention – thank you to our partners Liebert Cassidy Whitmore and Hanson Bridgett for partnering with us on those trainings! ILG also honored many cities with Beacon Awards highlighting their commitment to climate resilience and sustainability in California communities. It was great to connect with so many dedicated local leaders, were already looking forward to the next conference!

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