The Future of Local Government
As the conference season continued this fall and I celebrated another birthday, two upcoming conferences struck home: the Municipal Management Associations of Southern and Northern California’s Annual Conferences. Why? The fountain of youth.

MMASC and MMANC conferences are heavily populated by 20 and 30-somethings on a director level or city manager career track. Seasoned staff round out this mix of professionals, giving these conferences a unique intergenerational tone. The mix of voices offer a creative take on solutions to the challenges and issues our cities face. Plus, hanging out with early-career folks is always a joy. I have the opportunity to offer advice and wisdom as the “old guy” in the room.

I will finish these conferences feeling refreshed and confident about the future of city leadership. These professionals are motivated to make an impact in their communities and quick to adopt fresh ideas and approaches. They are aspirational, energetic, innovative and hardworking.

Many will be attending with the support of their mentors: experienced professionals who enable their staff to attend the conferences and openly share their wisdom. The speed coaching sessions are a key highlight.

Yosemite and Indian Wells will be the hotspots for the future of public service leaders in California. I look forward to bringing along members of the Tripepi Smith team to connect with old friends and make new ones. Together, we are all going places.

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Client Highlight: Hawaiian Gardens
Incorporated in 1964, Hawaiian Gardens is a full-service, general-law city of about 14,400 residents. The City owes its name to a local fruit stand owner who built a bamboo frame shack covered with palm leaves. The smallest city in Southern California at just under one square mile, Hawaiian Gardens sits 20 miles south of Downtown Los Angeles on the border of Orange County and Los Angeles County.

Conference Plans
The Tripepi Smith team can frequently be found on the local government conference circuit! Come find us at the following events:

  • MMASC 2018 Annual Conference (Indian Wells)
  • MMANC 2018 Annual Conference (Yosemite) 
  • LOCC 2019 City Managers Department Meeting (San Diego)
  • CAPIO 2019 Annual Conference (Newport Beach)
  • ICMA 2019 Annual Conference (Nashville, TN)
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Courtney Miller
Courtney has had an affinity for the public sector since her days at CSU Sacramento, where she earned her B.A. in Government. She later launched her career at a political fundraising firm in Northern California before shifting her focus to communications, government relations and constituent advocacy. Her experience entails working as a communications director in the capitol, educating elected officials, candidates and political treasurers on the Political Reform Act and creating advocacy strategy for a statewide non-profit.

In her work at Tripepi Smith, Courtney offers her intellect and leadership to serve clients, such as Avenu Analytics, Pivot Charter Schools, Santa Clara County Fire Department, Daly City and Climatec.
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