by Ratna Okhai, Senior Management Fellow, City of Fort Lauderdale
In an effort to engage the next generation of local government professionals, FCCMA needs your assistance in generating topics of interest that are relevant to local government for research. The goal is to engage future leaders now, while they are in their MPA programs, working toward the Capstone course. In this course, all students must write a research paper on a topic of their choice as it relates to Public Administration. Your submitted topics will be shared with MPA programs and contacts in our state universities to suggest as potential projects.
In order to continue the growth of the profession and tackle the challenges faced, emerging talent needs to be attracted to local government, and there needs to be a continued dialogue about the topics that affect us. The objective is to encourage this dialogue and engage the next generation so that they can research and prepare for these challenges currently facing seasoned professionals.
Completed Capstone projects may be displayed on FCCMA’s website to share with the association as well as recognize participants and their universities. FCCMA will continue to collect topics throughout the year, so continue to submit topics as new challenges arise that have the opportunity for research. All topics should be emailed to Carol Russell at firstname.lastname@example.org and include contact information for interested students to inquire.