Update from the International City/County Management Association (ICMA) Annual Conference
October 8, 2012 | Contributed by: Gene Wilk
We’re excited to be here at the International City/County Management Association’s (ICMA) 98th annual conference at the Phoenix Convention Center to share important information about our industry’s consumer choice initiatives. The ICMA conference is the perfect venue for us to connect with city and county managers and other officials who play key behind-the-scenes roles in ensuring the growth and sustainability of their communities.
Since last evening, I’ve been joined by Dex One’s Tim Foster and hibu’s Matt Krug at our booth in the busy Exhibition Hall, where we’ve been meeting with numerous city managers and other officials from not just the U.S., but also Canada, Mexico and China. We’ve been sharing details on the ways we can partner with their communities to promote the ability of residents and local businesses to select their directory delivery options via www.YellowPagesOptOut.com.
The conference is very well attended and it’s great meeting everyone who stops by. That said, I’m particularly eager to connect with two ICMA Executive Board Members who I’ve contacted in advance and are planning to visit our booth. Both are connected to my past!
- Past ICMA President David M. Childs, the city manager of Palmdale, California. I grew up in the neighboring city of Lancaster in the Antelope Valley of California. During college, I worked one summer for the City of Palmdale Parks & Recreation Department at Courson Park and the Palmdale Board of Realtors gave me a $500 scholarship to attend Cal State Northridge.
- Lee Feldman, city manager of Fort Lauderdale, Florida, who represents the southeast region of the United States on the ICMA Board – When I worked for Florida Representative Tracy Stafford, we had our district office in downtown Ft. Lauderdale and Rep. Stafford represented much of the city in the Florida Legislature.
Stay tuned for additional updates (and photos!) over the next few days!