I Love BBQ: Michael Penicnak, City of Geneva, IL

Kansas City

ELGL is co-hosting the hottest social event at #ICMA16 in Kansas City, MO – the Sunday evening BBQ Mix & Mingle. No one likes to attend an event when they don’t know anyone else attending, so ELGL is publishing daily “I Love BBQ” profiles of our registered attendees to give you a sneak peek and preview of your fellow local government BBQ aficionados. Learn more about the creative and innovative local government leaders you’ll meet at this ICMA mixer:


Michael Penicnak

City of Geneva, IL, Economic Development Intern

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When I think of Kansas City, I think about… President Truman, even if he’s from nearby Independence, MO.

The biggest issue facing local government is… As cliche as it sounds, the pressure to do more with less.

My pro tip for getting the most out of professional conferences… Plan your schedule a day or two before the conference.

If I had to create a presidential ticket with my top two mentors, I’d select… Mentor is such a broad category that I can’t dwindle it down to a “top two.” However, in the spirit of the question, I’d like to give a shout out to Jim Norris (Village Manager of Hoffman Estates, IL) on his guidance in local government matters.

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