Mixin’ It Up with Dan Weinheimer, City of Fort Collins, CO

Posted on July 3, 2015

For the second year in a row, ELGL will be 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.

Dan Weinheimer, Legislative Policy Manager, City of Fort Collins


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If you could pick three bands (dead or alive) as the opening act for the Dueling Pianos event, which would you choose?

  • Will Ferrell as Marty Culp,
  • Liberace (for the spectacle), and
  • Ray Charles

hot  coffee(Complete the sentence) When I learned the ICMA Conference was being held in Seattle, I thought….bring on the caffeine!
(Complete the sentence) I knew local government was the career for me when…..I saw the results of my work benefiting the community I lived in.
Our #13Percent Initiative focuses on increasing diversity in the local government workforce. Give us your perspective — does local government have an issue? what, specifically, can we do to increase diversity in the workforce?
I think local government has an issue – but so do many professions. Demographics and technology should give us hope for increasing the number of female (and minority) City Managers. We also need to confront the fact that we’re not glamorizing City Manager positions – we need to help tell more positive stories about life in the City Manager’s chair. Speak to the concerns of those not becoming City Managers and we stand a better chance of increasing applicants and those in the role.
The Seahawks lost the Super Bowl by passing instead of running from the 1-yard line. Give us your best tip(s) for rebounding from difficult situations.
Sometimes misdirection only succeeds in confusing you, not your opponent. Recognize your mistake, admit it, learn from it and forget it (Dean Smith).

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