Ann Erdman is the Public Information Officer for the City of Pasadena, California.
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Tuesday, September 23, 2008
Greetings from Richmond!
I'm at the International City-County Management Association (ICMA) conference in Richmond, Virginia, where more than 2,000 people are sharing ideas, learning from each other's experiences, and improving their local government management skills.
Pasadena was one of only 21 cities selected by ICMA to have a video featured about best practices in a wide range of fields. We were selected because of our environmental programs, which are far ahead of the curve.
The 21 videos are being shown on screens throughout the convention center, in hotel rooms, on tour buses and on the ICMA website.
The conference started on Sunday. I'm flying home today (Tuesday), and for the rest of the week I'll be working in the press room at the League of California Cities conference in Long Beach through Saturday.
About 10 PIOs from throughout California (and one from Reno) do this every year, providing information to reporters covering the conference, teaching city managers and city council members how to survive on-camera interviews, writing and producing the daily conference newsletter, sending news releases to city managers' and council members' hometown newspapers, and much more.