ASPA Past President and LA Mayor Tom Bradley Advisor Ray Remy Dies at 82
Ray Remy, a trusted advisor to former LA Mayor Tom Bradley who helped plan the Wilshire Boulevard subway and 1984 Olympics—two projects that defined Bradley's legacy—and run the city during a time of economic growth and civic optimism, died on December 21. He was 82.
Remy was an active ASPA member for almost 40 years, including serving a year as ASPA president (1979-1980). These were turbulent times for ASPA as the organization determined a new strategic direction related to its Chapters and Sections, expanded its approach to ethics and equity, debated appropriate electoral procedures to best serve the organization and more. Remy served as one of a handful of critical volunteer leaders that helped determine the future of the organization—a future that is playing out even today. He also was active in the Southern California Chapter, helping plan its annual awards banquet; attended the Annual Conference regularly; and embodied ASPA's work to develop professionalism of public managers in California.
Remy was perhaps better known as Bradley's right-hand man, working for eight years as the mayor's chief of staff and deputy mayor. Known for having an analytical mind, he preferred to lay out the pros and cons of a particular position to Bradley, rather than to give his opinion. He was known as the "issues" man among political insiders for his insight on transportation, water, economic development and other topics.
Remy was born in San Francisco in 1937. His father was a dentist in the Army Reserve Medical Corps and his mother was a homemaker. He attended Claremont Men's College, later known as Claremont McKenna College; he received his master's degree in public policy from UC Berkeley. He married Sandra Shortridge, whom he first met in the fifth grade, and the couple moved to Los Angeles in the 1960s, where he worked for the League of California Cities.
Remy later helped run the Southern California Association of Governments (SCAG), where he worked on a regional transportation plan that proposed a new downtown subway line, said Mark Pisano, who succeeded Remy as the group's executive director. Bradley was chair of the board at SCAG at the time and worked with Remy on the transit-focused transportation blueprint. Remy joined Bradley's City Hall team in 1976.
Pisano credited Remy for his consensus-building approach on transportation and economic development. Under Bradley, "Los Angeles had an unusual period of working together and getting things done," Pisano said.
Remy left City Hall in 1984 to head the Los Angeles Area Chamber of Commerce, where he helped lead the fight to keep the Los Angeles Air Force Base in El Segundo, pushed for the Alameda Corridor transportation project and created an export-import program. He also served on several local and state boards and commissions, as director of the California Employment Development Department and was elected into the National Academy of Public Administration.
Remy is survived by his wife, two daughters, nine grandchildren and four great-grandchildren.
Find the full obituary online here.
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This Month's ASPA News in Five Minutes!
ASPA President Paul Danczyk has released his video of the month for January. This quick, five-minute "short" will give you the highlights about what is happening at ASPA this month including Annual Conference updates, webinars, Chapter programming and more!
You can read more about many of these details throughout the rest of this edition of Bridge, but take a few minutes to watch Paul's video and get caught up on everything you need to know!
Click on the image above to view the video.
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E-Learning Takes You to the Next Level
ASPA's e-learning opportunities are ongoing throughout the year. Averaging 75 attendees per live event and free for anyone to participate, these events provide you with valuable insights and information at your fingertips. Visit our website to stay informed about all upcoming webinars including KeepingCurrent, BookTalks and the Student and New Professionals Series.
BookTalk: Making Government Work
January 9 | 1 p.m. EDT
Katherine Barrett, Barrett and Greene
Richard Greene, Barrett and Greene
Scott Pattison, Moderator
As performance management evolves, it encompasses many different tools and approaches including measurement, data analysis, evidence-based management, process improvement, research and evaluation. In an effort to provide a complete, up-to-the minute book for anyone interested in performance management in any of its forms, nationally known, award-winning experts about state and local government, Katherine Barrett and Richard Greene, have written Making Government Work: The Promises and Pitfalls of Performance-Informed Management.
Student and New Professionals Series: Dissertations Focused on Social Equity
January 30 | 1 p.m. EDT
In partnership with ASPA's Section on Democracy and Social Justice
Ana-Maria Dimand, Moderator, Florida International University
RaJade Berry-James, North Carolina State University
Brandi Blessett, University of Cincinnati
Tia Gaynor, University of Cincinnati
Sean McCandless, University of Illinois Springfield
Niche, yes, but vitally important to PhD candidates in the process of writing their dissertations and those studying social equity! This webinar will look at dissertations that are focused on this subject including best practices for getting through the dissertation process, focusing your research, staying on track and more. If you're not studying social equity, join anyway—there will be learning moments for you!
From the Archives: Local Accountability in the Age of Pre-Emption
What were we doing this time last year? 2019 started with a look at intergovernmental administration. Check out our archives for this great discussion with the National League of Cities, Arizona State University and others! (Members-only programming.)
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ASPA 2020 Annual Conference Early-Bird Deadline Expires Jan. 31
More than 400 people already are registered for the 2020 ASPA Annual Conference, taking place in Anaheim, California, April 3-7. Are you on the list? If not, make sure you register by the end of the month to receive our early-bird registration rate of $439 (member, full conference registration). This rate will not be reprised; make sure you register while it's still an option!
This year's conference will focus on a vision for the future, especially as it relates to the critical issues of our time: infrastructure, public finance, leadership and management, governance and social equity. As such, panels and plenaries throughout the conference will feature some of most well-known experts on these issues, as attendees think through how public administration can bring that vision to reality.
Attendees can not only pick from more than 230 panel and workshop sessions, but also will be treated to six plenary lectures, 10 presidential panels, numerous networking receptions, family-friendly events, an interactive exhibit hall and more. Recent information added to our conference website includes:
- An updated conference schedule
- A list of currently scheduled Section and journal business meetings
- The list of accepted 2020 Founders’ Fellows
- SWPA National Awards Breakfast speaker details
Much more will be posted in the coming weeks as we finalize plans for this tremendous event. Check back regularly and make sure you register by the end of the month to receive our lowest registration rate available. We look forward to seeing you in Anaheim!
Contact firstname.lastname@example.org with questions; follow us on Twitter using #ASPA2020.
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ASPA Election Results Announced
Late in December, ASPA announced the following individuals have been elected to our leadership positions:
- District I Representative: Michael Ahn
- District II Representative: Jonathan Del Collo
- District III Representative: Kim Hoffman
- District IV Representative: J. Paul Blake
- District V Representative: Rex Facer, II
- International Director: Pan Suk Kim
- Student Representative: Abdul Samad
- President-Elect: Allan Rosenbaum
Each District Representative and the International Director will serve a three-year term; the Student Representative will serve a one-year term; the President-Elect will serve one year in that capacity after which he will advance to the ASPA presidency for a two-year term.
We look forward to working with these leaders in the coming year.
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On behalf of ASPA's Endowment Board, National Council and staff, thank you to those who donated to ASPA in 2019. Your contributions advance excellence in public service today and for the generations of public servants rising through the ranks.
As ASPA works to build its national services, strengthen Chapters and Sections and enact the vitally important work of its Endowment, we need your full participation. In 2019, we took a number of meaningful strides toward a stronger and bolder public service—with more recurring donors and more funds raised than any year in the last decade—and this is entirely because you care enough to contribute!
Throughout 2019, your donations helped us shine a light on rising stars such as Ana-Maria Dimand, Andrea Headley and Alan Kennedy; honor civil servants around the country during 2019's Public Service Recognition Week; and, most of all, stand with and support the public service during what turned out to be a very challenging year.
We are grateful for your support, look forward to serving you more in 2020 and anticipate your continued contributions in the months ahead.
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PA TIMES Magazine Edition Released
Immediately prior to the holidays, the final 2019 edition of PA TIMES Magazine was posted to the ASPA website. If you haven't already, download your copy and catch up on this edition's content, which includes special digital features such as links to a variety of websites, video features (look for the red play button) and more!
Continuing our work to profile excellence within the profession, this edition features public servants and organizations that actively work all year long to make public service a more equitable space, including:
- Heather Boushey (Washington Center for Equitable Growth)
- Tia Sherèe Gaynor (University of Cincinnati)
- Doug Linkhart (National Civic League)
- James Nordin (Golden Gate University)
- Blue Wooldridge (Virginia Commonwealth University)
Also included in this edition is coverage of the 2019 Elliot Richardson lecture, given by University of Southern California Dean Jack Knott, an in-depth interview with Virginia Commonwealth University's L. Douglas Wilder School of Government and Public Affairs and special coverage of ASPA's Sections' work to advance issues related to equity within our membership.
Download your copy now and you won't miss a word of PA TIMES!
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In the News
Today's headlines contain plenty of news coverage of some of our nation's most pressing public administration challenges. ASPA has curated some of the most important stories from the past few weeks. If you have not seen these yet, make sure you read them now!
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Flemming Awards Call for Nominations
Please consider nominating a deserving federal employee for the 71st annual Arthur S. Flemming Awards. Nominations will be accepted through Friday, January 31, 2020. The Arthur S. Flemming Award recognizes outstanding and meritorious achievement in working for the federal government; encourages the highest standards of performance in the federal service; enhances appreciation of our form of government and the opportunities and responsibilities that it presents; and attracts outstanding individuals to a career in federal service. Eligibility is restricted to individuals currently engaged in federal government service and who have served 3-15 years. Only years directly on the federal payroll are considered service. Click here for more information.
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National Civic League 2020 All-America City Award Program
Since 1949, the National Civic League has designated 10 communities each year as All-America Cities for their outstanding civic accomplishments. The National Civic League is accepting applications for the 2020 All-America City Award, focused on enhancing health and well-being through civic engagement. They are looking for applicants with community-driven projects that reflect the concept that good health for the entire community requires a focus on mental, physical, spiritual, cultural and economic well-being. Begin your community's application today to become a 2020 All-America City! Cities, counties, towns and tribes wishing to apply have until February 19, 2020 to submit their application.
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2020 COMPA Conference this February
The Conference of Minority Public Administrators (COMPA) will hold its 2020 Annual Conference in Atlanta, February 26-29, 2020, looking at the theme, "2020 VISION: Refocusing, Reforming, and Restoring Public Service Values and Governance." This year's conference theme is a call to action for public service leaders to embody and exemplify ASPA's core four values; accountability and performance, professionalism, ethics and social equity in our service to the profession and the citizenry. It highlights the courageous work of those who, despite the political, social and economic climax, are using their voice, research and efforts to positively affect and make a significant difference in their respective spheres of influence, communities and the nation. Click here for more information.
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E-PARCC 2020 Cases and Simulations Competition
The Program for the Advancement of Research on Conflict and Collaboration (PARCC) at the Syracuse University Maxwell School is sponsoring its 12th annual competition of E-PARCC to further stimulate the creation of effective and innovative teaching cases and simulations. E-PARCC provides free online resources for those who teach collaborative public management, network governance and analysis, collaborative governance, international development and collaborative problem solving around the world. Two competitions will take place in 2020: Collaborative Public Management, Network Governance and Analysis, Collaborative Governance, and Collaborative Problem Solving; and the Glendal E. and Alice D. Wright Prize Fund for Conflict and Collaboration Case Studies in International Development. Case and simulations studies on E-PARCC vary widely. In general, cases are approximately 15-25 type-written pages (double-spaced); simulations should include a minimum of four players. All entries must include a teaching note and all cases and simulations must be original and not published elsewhere. Selection of the winners will be made by a committee of scholars and practitioners. All case studies and simulations must be submitted no later than March 15, 2020. All entries should be submitted electronically to the PARCC office; questions should be directed to PARCC Director Catherine Gerard. Click here for more information.
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University of Central Florida Hosting PARC2020
The University of Central Florida will hold the 14th Annual Public Administration Research Conference (PARC) this March 19-20, themed, “Challenges and Opportunities for the Next Generation of Public Leaders: Lessons for Community-Engaged and Socially Equitable Urban Governance, Resilience, and Sustainability.” Annually, PARC brings together academics and practitioners to share innovative ideas and engage in discussions related to public administration and community leadership. Click here for more information.
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NISPAcee 2020 Conference this May 2020 in Croatia
The 28th NISPAcee Annual Conference will take place May 14-16, 2020 in Split, Croatia at the University of Split. Its theme will be, “Governance and citizens' rights in the era of Europeanization, globalization and digitalization.” Early registration expires April 5. Click here for more information.
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NAPA 2020 Social Equity Leadership Conference
The National Academy of Public Administration (NAPA) and the Humphrey School of Public Affairs at the University of Minnesota invite you to register for the Social Equity Leadership Conference, June 10–12, 2020. The conference will take place in Minneapolis, MN as attendees focus on "Advancing Social Equity Leadership: Implementing and Measuring Change in the Public Arena." Click here for more information.
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With the beginning of 2020 comes the first issue of PAR, volume 80. In this issue, we welcome several new editorial board members.
Issue 80(1), which is set up FREE, features a special symposium of articles on behavioral public administration, co-edited by Sanjay Pandey, Gregg van Ryzin and Christopher Carrigan. You can view this collection of articles online here.
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Public Integrity Update
Public Integrity Call for Case Study Abstracts Expires January 15
Administrative ethics are prominent in the daily news cycle including reports of impropriety, malfeasance, inequity and other ethical violations in the public and nonprofit sectors. The guest editors of an upcoming symposium in Public Integrity adopt the view that an ethical approach to public affairs is like a muscle that needs to be exercised. This exercise is best accomplished through reflection, exposure to nuance and application to real world examples. Case studies that exemplify public sector ethical challenges in the modern context are therefore essential teaching tools for students and active practitioners at all levels.
In support of this, Public Integrity is publishing a symposium that will provide a series of case studies in applied administrative ethics in contemporary governance and public affairs broadly. We encourage diverse submissions from students, practitioners and scholars alike that explore administrative ethics at the cutting edge of modern society. This call requires an initial submission of an abstract by January 15, 2020. Successful abstract authors will be invited to submit full manuscripts. Full manuscripts will be due in spring of 2020. Specific guidelines and deadlines will be provided with notification of acceptance. Click here for more information.
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New on PA TIMES Online
Every Monday and Friday, ASPA publishes a curated collection of original content that covers public service, management and international affairs.
This quarter, we welcome submissions that focus on social equity. Send your contributions to us at any time; the deadline is rolling. Contact us for more information.
Check out our recent articles and columns:
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By Ian Hutcheson
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