Quick Take: Michael Cannon, ICMA

Posted on September 14, 2014

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As we prepare for the ELGL & ICMA joint event at the ICMA Conference, attendees describe the current state of local government, their mentors, ways to strengthen local government, and of course, their dream six-pack. Raise Your Hand If You’re Going “Back to the Future” with ELGL and ICMA.

Michael Cannon



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1. Name your career mentors.

Mark Pentz, retired City Manager from Rockville, MD and Chandler, AZ

Julia Novak, former Deputy City Manager from Rockville, MD and Rye, NY and currently CEO of The Novak Consulting Group



2. Describe the current state of local government.

Funding and tax base challenges are a big part of it as the economic recovery is inconsistent across the US.   Many local governments are falling behind in key capital infrastructure investments

3. During her presidency, Bonnie Svrcek encouraged ICMA members to do “Just One Thing” for the organization. What’s “one thing” we can do to strengthen local government?

Technology investment.

4. In keeping with the beer tasting theme, tell us what we’d find in your ideal six pack.

Since I’m gluten intolerant, it would be a six pack of Omission Beer which uses the same ingredients as traditional beer and through a special process is able to remove the gluten after brewing.

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