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Center for Politics Gets Big Boost
Our own state grown political commentator and civics mentor for generations of UVa students, many of whom have gone on to have careers in politics and government, recently gave a $1 million gift to his alma mater. Larry J. Sabato, PhD, famous for his frugality, has challenged the rest of us to help him support his Center for Politics.
By Peter Jackson
The Main Street programs that so many of our communities have engaged in are a good thing, and a planner tells us why.
By Matthew M. Dugan
VLGMA President Bonnie Svrcek Talks about the Importance of Leadership
at the Local Level.  The Virginia Local Government Management Association’s new president hit the ground running this past June when she was elected to an office many say fits her skill set perfectly. She reflects on her career accomplishments, and the fact that if not for a natural aversion to organic chemistry she might have gone into the health care field.
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We asked a few past Virginia Local Government Management Association Presidents to comment on what their year in office was like.
This year’s Virginia Local Government Management Association’s summer conference was bigger and better than ever. Special activities included those for members’ children, as well as partners.
Ready for Retirement? A Guide for Public Sector Employees Nearing Retirement
The International City/County Management Association has some pointers for those of you contemplating the “R” word.
By Robert Morales, CFP
Your Social Planning Is Key to Successful Retirement, According To Former Local Government Manager
At the summer VLGMA conference, an afternoon session focused on the reality of retirement. A panel of distinguished former managers, two of whom have subsequently taken
full or part time jobs in local government, discussed the real
deal of retirement. Clint Strong, formerly Hopewell City Manager, had some very pertinent insights.
The Dollars and “Sense” of Educating Our Children
Roanoke County Public Schools entered into a program to measure efficiencies, part of a state initiative. You will find the results of interest.
By Linda McLaughlin Scarborough

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Helpful Hands Across the Commonwealth
Mrs. Washington’s Big Reveal—Not Your Mother’s Martha
A new biography on Martha Washington has shed light on an important Virginian few of us knew very much about before, and it’s a real surprise in many ways.
    All About IT
Improving Your Information Technology Effectiveness
By Michael W. Goetz
Virginia’s Geospatial Extension Program
By Larry Stipek
Powerful Message from a
Powerful Book
By Russell M. Linden, PhD
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