Mixin’ It Up with Adam Mitchell, Town of Fuquay-Varina, NC

Posted on August 11, 2015

For the second year in a row, ELGL will be co-hosting an event at the ICMA Conference. This year we’re bringing a couple of pianos and booking a much larger room. More than 500 local government professionals from all areas of local government will attend. Registration will continue until we reach maximum capacity. We recommend registering as soon as possible. Let’s get prepared for the ELGL and ICMA “Mixing in Perfect Harmony” event by hearing from our guests.

Adam Mitchell

Adam Mitchell

Town Manager – Fuquay-Varina, North Carolina

If you could pick any three bands (dead or alive) as the opening act for the Dueling Pianos event, which would you choose?
  • Guns and Roses,
  • Journey, and
  • Van Morrison

When I learned the ICMA Conference was being held in Seattle, I thought…four sleepless nights!56b9546c3bb9cfb695db4e250db724ea

I knew local government was the career for me when…I left work after my first week and felt that my time spent added value to the community.

The #13Percent Initiative focuses on increasing diversity in the local government workforce. Give us your perspective — does local government have an issue? 

I believe that there are more opportunities to improve upon diversity in local government. I think it needs to start in the classrooms of younger individuals (middle and high school) in order to build interest sooner and better prepare the next generation of leaders and public employees for pursuing a career in local government pre or post college, depending on the path of interest.

Seahawks lost the Super Bowl by passing instead of running from the 1-yard line. Give us your best tip for rebounding from difficult situations.

Learn from the past but put it behind you. A clear mind with a renewed focus toward your goal lends towards a successful rebound.


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