CITYWIDE: PROFESSIONAL AND LEADERSHIP DEVELOPMENT PROGRAMS

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CITYWIDE: PROFESSIONAL AND LEADERSHIP DEVELOPMENT PROGRAMS
Problem Identification:
City managers and department heads have very limited opportunities to participate in professional development programs and interact with their peers from Baltimore’s regional business community.

Recommended Action:
Provide City managers expanded professional and leadership development opportunities through training and mentoring/networking programs in conjunction with the Baltimore business community.

Classification:
Organizational

Functional/Operational Area:
Citywide

Estimated Annual Impact:
Cannot be Estimated

Estimated Implementation Costs:
None

Barriers to Implementation:
None

Projected Implementation:
60 days

Next Steps:
Work with local business organizations such as the Greater Baltimore Committee and Presidents’ Roundtable to facilitate the development of relevant training programs and offering of mentoring/networking opportunities.

Analysis:
The Baltimore City government’s public sector community is a very insulated environment. During the course of the Greater Baltimore Committee/Presidents’ Roundtable Management and Efficiency Reviews, innumerable City managers and department heads commented that they found the mere process of meeting with their counterparts from the business community and engaging in structured discussions about management challenges to be tremendously valuable.

There exists an abundance of professional development and informal mentoring/networking opportunities available to the members of the business community, but efforts to include peers from the public sector arena have been limited. There needs to be developed a concerted effort to publicize the availability of these professional enhancement opportunities to those serving in City government.