From: International City/County Management Association (ICMA)
Published October 14, 2004 11:03 AM

ICMA Workshop on Improving Water Resources through Collaboration

Local government officials and representatives of community watershed and other nonprofit organizations are invited to attend Collaborative Decision Making for Improved Water Resources, December 6-7, 2004, at the University of New Orleans Downtown Center in New Orleans, Louisiana. Sponsored by ICMA and made possible through a grant from the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency, the workshop will focus on consensus building and collaborative problem-solving techniques. Participants will learn about:

—The various kinds of collaborative processes
—When collaborative processes should or shouldn’t be considered
—Obstacles to collaboration and how to overcome them
—Defining and distinguishing consensus from collaborative decision making
—The three phases of collaborative processes.

Tanya Denckla, senior associate, Institute for Environmental Negotiation, University of Virginia, will lead the workshop, which also will feature a case study on the collaborative aspects of the St. Tammany Parish, Louisiana, comprehensive plan and interactive exercises involving the application of collaborative decision-making principles to water resource issues.

This workshop addresses practice groups 8 and 13 of the ICMA Practices for Effective Local Government Management and is part of the ICMA University.

Location and Registration Information

The University of New Orleans Downtown Center is located at 226 Carondelet, Room 212, New Orleans, Louisiana. The cost of the workshop is $15 per person. For more information and to register, visit Information also is available toll-free at 877/865-4326.

About ICMA

Headquartered in Washington, D.C., the International City/County Management Association (ICMA) promotes excellence in local government through professional management. Toward this end, ICMA provides technical and management assistance, training and professional development, online services, and publications to nearly 7,600 appointed local government managers and administrators in cities, towns, counties, and other entities throughout the world. ICMA’s resources and services reach is in contact with thousands of local, county, and state government professionals, academics, and other individuals interested in local government via its monthly mailings.

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