McGill Attends the VLGMA Conference in Virginia Beach
This week, McGill is attending the Virginia Local Government Management Association (VLGMA) Summer Conference in Virginia Beach as a silver-level sponsor. The theme of this conference is The New Era of Leadership and The Power of Relationships. As a relationship-driven organization, we are thrilled to be participating in a conference that promotes these values.
VLGMA is a non-profit, non-partisan association that largely consists of city, town, and county managers and respected members of their management teams from across the state. The association’s main objective is to improve the quality of local government through professional management by providing resources and opportunities for training and networking.
At McGill, we fully endorse the vision of the VLGMA, which is to support and empower local government managers by building strong communities through inclusion, innovation, and leadership.
McGill Business Services Manager Greg Kelly said, “The conference promotes local government as a noble profession and strongly advocates networking, planning for the next generation of local government management by providing many opportunities for continuing education, and advocating for succession planning throughout all levels of local government. The association always tries to highlight the most pressing and ever-changing needs of local government in current times and under current circumstances.”
At the VLGMA conference, there are ample opportunities for growth in professional management, including designated networking times and seminars and workshops on the future of the workforce in the new digital age, embracing generational differences, local government financing, recasting work culture in the age of transformation, and more.
Greg explained, “I enjoy the conference because it allows me to reconnect and interact with my colleagues in the local government management world that I have long-standing relationships with. It also allows me to meet many new managers in Virginia as well as graduate students with aspirations for management positions. And of course, it gives me the opportunity to expose folks to the many services that McGill has to offer to local government. As a past president of this organization, I have a well-established base with most of the attendees and I am able to talk management with them and also find out what their current and future capital improvement needs are.”
McGill attends conferences across the Southeast not only to interact with leaders and citizens of local municipalities but also to learn new things and bring back with us ideas and strategies that will help us better serve our clients in the future.
When asked what he hopes to take away from the VLGMA conference, Greg said, “I have learned a lot by hearing about how various localities have weathered the COVID Pandemic and finding out how they are using their ARPA funds as well as how they are dealing with staffing declines, inflation, and the current economic downturn.”
The conference so far has been going great,” noted Greg. “It is the largest gathering of Virginia managers since COVID. We are having a lot of folks drop by our exhibition booth and chat. The leadership of the conference is constantly applauding and recognizing all of the event sponsors both verbally and visually.”
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