Washington, DC —The International City/County Management Association (ICMA) is pleased to announce that Albany, Oregon, has been recognized for its data-driven management and reporting efforts with a Certificate of Excellence in Performance Management.
“Performance management is a bedrock principle of professional local government management,” ICMA Executive Director Marc A. Ott said. “By recognizing these leaders, ICMA hopes to encourage others to make a commitment to collect and analyze data, report it transparently, and use it to continuously engage their communities and improve their organizations.”
Certificates are based on established criteria and are awarded at three levels: Achievement, Distinction, and the highest level of recognition, Excellence. Albany is among 27 jurisdictions receiving the Certificate of Excellence, one of 63 recognized overall, and the only Oregon city to earn recognition. This is the 11th year that Albany’s performance management efforts have been recognized by ICMA.
Jorge Salinas, Albany Deputy City Manager and Chief Information Officer, oversees performance management efforts for the City of Albany.
“We appreciate the City Council’s and City Manager Peter Troedsson’s support in open government, transparency, and performance management,” Salinas said. “Every department has worked very hard toward this certification.” Salinas recognized Media and Applications Developer Matt Harrington for his work in promoting performance management culture throughout the City and helping the data stand out on the City’s website.
Excellence certificate recipients collect and verify data to ensure reliability; train staff in performance measurement; report data to the public through budgets, newsletters, and/or information provided to elected officials; provide comparative and benchmarking information to the public; use performance data in strategic planning and operational decision-making; and share their knowledge with other local governments through presentations, site visits, and other networking activities. They also track and report key outcomes, survey residents and local government employees, incorporate data into performance dashboards or other visual communications, and foster the development of a performance culture throughout their organizations.
A complete list of recipients and examples of programs that exemplify the certificate criteria appear on the Certificate Program page on the ICMA website.
ICMA will officially recognize recipients at its 105th Annual Conference in Nashville/Davidson County, Tennessee, October 20-23.
ICMA, the International City/County Management Association, advances professional local government management worldwide through leadership, management, innovation, and ethics.
ICMA provides member support, publications, data and information, peer and results-oriented assistance, and training and professional development to more than 12,000 appointed city, town, and county leaders and other individuals and organizations throughout the world. The management decisions made by ICMA’s members affect millions of individuals living in thousands of communities throughout the world, from small villages and towns to large metropolitan areas.
Gerald Young; Senior Research Associate,