Statewide Association Selects FSU for New Partnership for Excellence in Local Public Management
by Jill Elish
The Florida City and County Management Association (FCCMA), Florida State University's Askew School of Public Administration and Policy, and the John Scott Dailey Florida Institute of Governement have joined forces to educate the next generation of local public managers in Florida, strengthen public management research and education, and create a local government issues forum.
The FCCMA Board of Directors selected FSU to develop a new center, the Florida Partnership for Excellence in Local Public Management, following a competitive process that involved reviewing proposals from seven public administration, public policy and government schools in Florida.
"Florida's cities and counties are the governments closest to the people, and we need to promote public service and careers in local public management across the state," said William Whitson, immediate past president of the FCCMA. "Florida State University, the Askew School of Public Administration and Policy, and the John Scott Dailey Florida Institute of Government have outstanding reputations within our field—and we know they will become even better as we form this partnership. Our membership is committed to this center because we know the value of continuing education and the need to educate a new generation. In addition, we want to focus statewide attention on local issues—and our forum plans will accomplish that goal."
The Florida Partnership for Excellence in Local Public Management will:
"We envision the center to be a catalyst for ensuring that the academic curriculum, research and analysis, and executive leadership preparation and development opportunities for students and current administrators are responsive, practical and relevant," Hendry said. "It is our vision that this center will integrate the incredible talent and capacity of today's academic and practitioner communities to effectively prepare and develop the next generation of government leaders in Florida. The direct beneficiaries of the Florida Partnership for Excellence in Local Public Management will be the students and government at all levels in Florida, and most importantly, the communities and people they serve."
The program will be launched in phases, with academic programs in 2007, statewide issue forums in 2007-2008 and additional outreach programs in the future. Current and anticipated funding for the program includes sources from the FCCMA, FSU, state and congressional appropriations, and private-sector and foundation support.
The FCCMA is one of the largest state associations for local public
managers in the United States and has the most credentialed managers
through the International City/County Management Association in the
The Florida City and County Management Association, Askew School of Public Administration and Policy, and the John Scott Daily Florida Institute of Government joined forces to educate the next generation of local public managers in Florida.