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South Florida

Administrator Newsletter of the South Florida Chapter American Society for Public Administration Winter 2015-16

Editor’s Corner Special points of interest:  Marian Wright Edelman speaks at FIU’s 2016 MLK Jr. Breakfast……pg. 5  Best Practices Conference Highlights…….pp. 6-17  ASPA Awards Two Chapter Members at National…pg. 21  Chapter Announces Scholarship 21

Inside this issue: President’s Message


Notes from Ines, District III


Career Planning Advice for PA Students


Student 4 Representative Spot Member Benefits


Upcoming Events, Past Events


About ASPA


Board of Directors, 22 2015 - 2016 How to Join


Get in Touch


Sheryl St. Pierre, MPA Newsletter Editor, ASPA South Florida Chapter

In this winter issue, we highlight one of ASPA South Florida Chapter’s signature events, the annual Best Practices Conference. Attendees share their experiences with us in interesting articles illustrated with dozens of pictures from the event. The conference included some of South Florida’s up-and-coming community advocates, as well as leading practitioners, public servants, and academicians. In a new article series, we tap into the expertise of Dr. Agatha Caraballo, the Chapter’s President-elect, to guide students on their career path. Ines Beecher writes her last column as

ASPA National Council Representative for District 3. Dr. Valerie Patterson, ASPA Board Member, reflects on her over two-decade long involvement with Florida International University’s Martin Luther King, Jr. Commemorative Celebration, and on King’s enduring message of service. ASPA South Florida Chapter President, Dr. Terry Murphy, appeals to public administrators to contribute their ideas to help their communities and elected leaders find solutions to climate change and other formidable challenges. Finally, we hope you will join us for upcoming events in the spring.

Visit our website and follow us on social media for details on upcoming events. Becoming a member of the ASPA South Florida Chapter makes you a part of the leading professional association for public administrators in Florida. Join today!

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President’s Message Mayors across Florida are in the news encouraging the Presidential candidates to address the issue of climate change. The Mayors of Miami and Coral Gables recently authored an opinion piece declaring global warming to be a non-partisan issue of utmost importance to the voters of Florida. Now that the local political leaders of Florida are focused on the topic of climate change, public administrators should expect a call for ideas. Dr. Terry Murphy

The ASPA South Florida annual conference was promoted under the banner of “Public Administrators in a Changing Climate.” The event last month was an extraordinary success, and very timely. From the opening plenary, featuring celebrated environmental educator Caroline Lewis of the CLEO Institute, to the closing session led by David McDougal, M.Ed., a founding member of the Miami Climate Alliance, the day was uplifting, informative and reassuring. The board members and volunteers of our South Florida ASPA Chapter did an exceptional job of making our 10th Annual Conference a memorable event.

“As the elected

Every one of the eight (8) panels throughout the day drew attentive crowds. We were delighted to have the Hon. Daniella Levine Cava, the newly elected County Commissioner from District 8, moderate one of the panels. The testimony provided by the outstanding officials and academic experts on these panels reinforced my confidence in public administration professionals. We were also pleased to have the Hon. Jean Monestime, Chairman of the Miami-Dade County Commission, deliver the keynote speech. As Chairman Monestime reminded us, “Providing quality public services, in a reliable manner, is the bedrock to a stable society.” The entire day was a celebration of the value of public service.

President, ASPA South Florida Chapter

leaders are searching for solutions to rising seas and income inequality, professionals in the field of public administration will be called upon to develop practical programmatic responses.”

As the elected leaders are searching for solutions to rising seas and income inequality, professionals in the field of public administration will be called upon to develop practical programmatic responses. Often times, the most prominent public policy priorities will involve public sector workers from a wide range of agencies and departments. Whether you work as a tax collector, a building manager, a librarian, or a procurement officer, you will be involved in responding to climate change. As we craft solutions to respond to global warming, an immediate threat to everyone on the low-lying peninsula of Florida, consider the role of your particular service area and what contribution you may make. If you have ideas on how carbon emissions can be reduced, how properties may be better protected from flood waters, or how drinking water supplies can be shielded from saltwater intrusion, speak up. If you have an idea about how government services can be improved to reduce the economic burdens on working families, share your thoughts. As a public administrator, you are the best source for innovative ideas on public policy. If you want ASPA to be your voice, please contact any member of the board to share your ideas. Our website is: Respectfully, Terry Murphy

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Notes from Ines Beecher, District 3 Representative This is my last column as ASPA National Council Representative for District 3. The three years I have served in this position have been a great learning experience. Thank you for your support through the years! Here are my updates. January: A conference call was held by National Council in January to discuss the upcoming National Conference activities, the financial report, and on-going professional development webinars and book talks. I really enjoyed these activities. February: I listened to the ASPA/CAP Webinar: The Sherlock Holmes Approach to Government on February 25th. The webinar was conducted by: Gary VanLandingham, Director of Pew-MacArthur Results First Initiative; Toby

Barker, State Representative for House District 102 of Mississippi; and, Richard Green, Board Member, ASPA Center for Accountability and Performance (CAP) who served as moderator. The information imparted was

enlightening as the speakers encouraged public administrators to “focus on what works.” The challenge is that governments and policymakers struggle to make strategic choices with limited data on program effectiveness. Based on an approach called the “Results First Solution” pioneered by

Washington State, the speakers delineated steps for applying more systemic evidence into the decisionmaking process. I recommend members to take a look at this and other archived webinars on the ASPA website. ASPAsponsored professional development webinars are free to ASPA members. As an added benefit, ASPA members can access archived webinars for free too.

Ines Beecher National Council Representative, District 3

March: Jared Llorens, Director of the E.J. Ourso College of Business Public Administration Institute at Louisiana State University, will assume the position of ASPA District 3 Representative. I extend a heartfelt welcome to Jared in his new role.

Starting Your Public Administration Career Path Agatha Caraballo is the Undergraduate Program Director and a Digital Instructor in the Department of Public Administration at Florida International University. She is also the chapter’s President-Elect. The ASPA South Florida Chapter thought it would be a great resource for our student members to

tap into Dr. Caraballo’s expertise in careerbuilding and professional development. ASPA South Florida asks: What advice do you offer students who cannot complete a traditional internship because they have full-time jobs, or other conflicting obligations?

Dr. Caraballo answers: Due to technological advances, several public sector organizations are now offering Virtual Internships for students which allow them to work remotely without having to be physically present at a job site. One excellent example is the Virtual Student Foreign Service (VSFS) program

Dr. Agatha Caraballo, President-Elect, ASPA South Florida Chapter

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Continued from pg. 3 Starting Your Public Administration Career Path offered by the United States Department of State in partnership with more than a dozen other federal agencies. Students can apply for the VSFS program in July, annually. In addition, some local municipalities and nonprofit organizations may also be receptive to establishing virtual internships. The FIU Public Administration Careers webpage offers links to the websites of towns and cities located in Miami-Dade and Broward Counties, as well as other helpful

resources for identifying flexible internship arrangements. Students in need of experience may also want to consider volunteering in their spare time for a public agency, or nonprofit organization, aligned with their career goals. Each issue Dr. Caraballo will provide innovative advice and relevant information for students building their careers in public administration. Do you have a question or would like some guidance to help you in your career path? Send us your questions to:

Student Representative Spot As aspiring professionals, public administration students strive toward the goal of accomplishing a degree so we may launch and grow a worthwhile public or non-profit sector career. Public service professionals accept the responsibility of finding solutions to challenging issues, and working together to achieve a common goal: stewardship of the public interest.

in connecting people and organizations with similar interests. Today, public administrators can connect with other professionals and organizations, and build solid relationships, through these online

Public service professionals make connections across a wide spectrum of networks. Growing popularity of social networking internet sites like Facebook, Instagram, Twitter, and LinkedIn have been helpful

networking tools. Another way you can network is by attending professional conferences, luncheons, workshops, seminars, and by joining a professional association. As a student member,

your involvement in a professional association like ASPA South Florida Chapter will yield many immediate benefits. It will give you many opportunities to expand your network by meeting experienced practitioners in the public service community. Joining ASPA has been a positive experience for me. I encourage you to become a part of an organization that is dedicated to advancing the art, science, teaching and practice of public and non-profit administration. Make joining ASPA South Florida Chapter part of your 2016 resolution!

Rody Tamara Veras Student Representative, ASPA South Florida

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Reflections on Celebrating the Legacy of Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr.

Dr. Valerie L. Patterson Board Member ASPA South Florida Chapter

I can recall attending the first Martin Luther King celebration on the Biscayne Bay Campus of Florida International University twenty-five years ago as a doctoral student in the public administration program. The idea of a celebration to commemorate Dr. King resonated with me in so many ways, touching my heart, reinforcing and grounding the importance of the past in shaping and building the future. I attended the 25th annual celebratory breakfast of the life of Dr. King held at Florida International University on Friday, January 15, 2016. One theme emerging from that first celebration was reflected in a notable quote of this year’s breakfast speaker Marian Wright Edelman, “Service is the rent we pay for being. It is the very purpose of life, and not something you do in your spare time.” Edelman has lived a life of service and her life serves as an example that many of us could not begin to imagine as within our ability to accomplish, but provides a blueprint for emulation if we care as much as we say we care – about the children of the world. As a member of the planning committee for this event, I can say that the deliberations for identifying a keynote speaker for the twenty-fifth anniversary of the commemorative breakfast at FIU were thoughtful and intense. For at least the past five years the committee has explored ideas for identifying a speaker the notable 25th year.

Mrs. Edelman as the founder and president of the Children's Defense Fund (CDF) lived up to Civil Rights Activist Marian Wright Edelman expectations by offering a rallying cry for serving the addresses an attentive crowd at FIU’s 25th Annual group most important and vital to the future of this MLK, Jr. Celebration Breakfast. country – the children. To make the case for the (Photo Credits: The Miami Herald © 2016) children of this country – Mrs. Edelman linked the story of her participation in the Civil Rights movement, discussing her role as the director of the NAACP Legal Defense and Educational Fund in the 60s and as counsel for the Poor People’s Campaign that Dr. King began organizing before his death.

“Service is the rent we pay for being...” ~ Marian Wright Edelman

The struggle continues for many in this country. As public servants we stand on the frontline of delivering the services that are needed by the most vulnerable in our communities. Mrs. Edelman’s address and her work served as a galvanizing opportunity to reflect on the importance of public service and public service motivation. It certainly resonated and reinforced my commitment to making a difference in the lives of others. On that day twenty-five years ago I did not know that my path would lead me to an opportunity to experience a first-hand account of the history that has so shaped my life as a woman who was born and raised in Miami. Mrs. Edelman’s service, commitment to children, her work as an activist, mentor, attorney, advocate, wife, mother, grandmother, founder and president of the Children’s Defense Fund is a testament to the importance of living the purposeful life.

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10th Annual ASPA South Florida Best Practices Conference Highlights

Registrants enter Miami-Dade Board of County Commissioners’ (BCC) Chambers for the Conference Opening Plenary.

Welcome/Opening Plenary Caroline Lewis of the CLEO Institute, a distinguished environmental educator, welcomed over 150 participants to the 10th Annual ASPA South Florida Best Practices Conference. The conference was held at the Stephen P. Clark Government Center in downtown, Miami on Friday, February 12, 2016. Pillars of Prosperity: An Inspiring Luncheon Address As the morning sessions ended, conference participants made way to an open-air luncheon before assembling for a captivating speech by the Honorable Jean Monestime (District 2), Chairman of Miami-Dade Board of County Commissioners. ASPA South Florida Chapter invited Chairman Monestime to address the audience of students,

practitioners, academicians and others committed to public stewardship. The Chairman emphasized public administration as a “social-solutions business.” “Public administrators are the pillars of prosperity,” declared the Chairman, “You do play an important role in making sure our community becomes a bet t e r pla ce .” He explained that as Honorable Jean Monestime delivers a stewards we must seek moving speech to attendees. to understand the needs of the people we serve, and create solutions that are responsive to those collective needs. The Chairman concluded with an open invitation to ASPA members to share their ideas with the Chairman’s Council on issues such as income inequality, housing access and affordability, transportation, and other concerns. Conference Wrap-Up/Closing Plenary Terry Murphy co-facilitated the closing plenary with David McDougal, Cofounder of the Miami Climate Alliance, and South Florida Field Director for NextGen Climate Action. The pair solicited feedback from attendees in a dialog session called, “Tell it like it is.” Many shared their experiences and suggestions for next year’s conference.

ASPA board members, Nicki Fraser, Glenn Joseph, Michel Tantardini and Roslyn Alic-Batson (l to r) , gleefully serve lunch to conference participants.

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Moving Ahead with South Florida Transportation By Eve Mila, 2016 BPC Session Participant

I'm an undergraduate student studying political science at Florida International University. The session, Moving Ahead with South Florida Public Transportation, was moderated by Charles Scurr, Executive Director of the Citizens Independent Transportation Trust of Miami-Dade County. When I listened to the presentation, the age old issues of congestion and accessibility to transit come up.

Panelist Alice Bravo Panelist Alice Bravo, Director of Miami-Dade Transit, highlighted how less than 20% of Miamians can access key workplace hubs via transit in under 90 minutes. Ms. Bravo touched on a few new programs like the first mile, last mile which reaches the premium transit corridors in a more effective way.

Corporate Development, for Florida East Coast Industries, explains how in utilizing Henry Flagler’s railway infrastructure, this proposed high-speed line aims to revitalize businesses on the central and eastern coastlines of Florida. From the renderings, I am reminded of European and Asian transportation hubs turned convention center style Panel Moderator Charles Scurr stations. The German designed bullet train model is already in use in most of China and some parts of Western Europe. It is also great to hear that this company will allow the other commuter train companies to share tracks, which is important because when it comes to public transportation, collaboration is much more vital than competition. The resulting reduction of private vehicular traffic will help everyone breathe easy and ride smoothly. Panelist Aileen Boucle, Executive Director of the Miami-Dade Metropolitan Planning Organization (MPO), cites Miami-Dade County as having the largest MPO in the state of Florida. The county also has the highest congestion in the state. The MPO works with implementing agencies and federal administrations in a coordinated effort to create innovative infrastructure solutions for the region. Ms. Boucle emphasizes how important it is to have lots of discussions with partners to ensure the development of a responsive plan that addresses infrastructure challenges proactively. Ms. Boucle believes the MPO has achieved this kind of plan.

Panelist Jose Gonzalez All Aboard Florida, a privately funded endeavor, is preparing to make its South Florida debut. Panelist Jose Gonzalez, Senior Vice President-

Panelist Aileen Boucle

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Hiring, Promoting, and Transitioning in a Public Service Career By Carolyn Francis-Royer, 2016 BPC Session Participant This year’s Best Practices Conference had remarkable panels. Once of the best panel discussions occurred during the session called “Hiring, Promoting, and Transitioning in a Public Service Career.” The panelists, experts in the human resource management field, provided great information and insight. Stacy H.S. Hipsman, JD, a Human Resources (HR) Executive Consultant and Labor Attorney, served as the session’s panel moderator, a role in which she facilitated clarity and the sharing of perspectives. Ms. Hipsman has experience from Department of Children and Families to working for the Town of Davie and the City of Fort Lauderdale. The other panelists were Virginia Washington, HR Director at Miami Dade County; Shirlyon McWhorter, Director of Diversity and Equal Opportunity Programs at Florida International University; Sharon Liebowitz, Staffing Services Manager for Broward County; and, Patrick Kokenge, Supervisory Administrative Judge for the U.S. Equal Employment Opportunity Commission. Virginia Washington offered information on the growing civil rights campaign called “Ban the Box” which advocates for eliminating the criminal history checkbox on job applications. Ms. Washington mentioned that the factors employers

examine when looking into an applicant’s criminal history include: How long ago the offense occurred, the nature of offense vs. nature of prospective job, and whether there were resulting convictions. Shirlyon McWhorter advised Human Resources (HR) practitioners to focus on the “People” component when tackling the top three challenges in HR: Hiring Best Practices, Promoting and Transitioning. One very useful piece of advice she offered was to use various advertising methods to “Cast a Wide Net” to attract a diverse pool of applicants. Judge Patrick Kokenge of the EEOC, advised us on the internet Do’s and Don’ts. Employers may check social media profiles when considering an applicant. He reminds us that content posted on the internet does not go away. Therefore, jobseekers should exercise prudence in their social media activities. Sharon Liebowitz discussed the major factors to consider when managing change, for example: Do you have commitment from the top? Do you have a competent implementation team? What strategies do you use for promoting success or acknowledging mistakes? Ms. Liebowitz candidly advised participants to prioritize their focus by

Human resource and labor relations experts deliberate over trends, best practices, and challenges affecting the public sector workforce: (l to r) Moderator Stacey Hipsman and panelists Sharon Liebowitz, Shirlyon McWhorter, Virginia Washington, and Judge Patrick Kokenge.

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The First Responders to Climate Change By Keven Mayo, 2016 BPC Session Participant

ASPA South Florida Chapter President, Terry Murphy (top center), moderates panel discussion on climate change and the role of public administrators. Climate change and the associated rise in sea level are leading to factors we often don’t consider. Dr. Terry Murphy moderated this panel. Dr. Virginia Walsh, PG, Chief of Hydrology from the Miami-Dade Water & Sewer Authority Department (WASD), is working with many other agencies and groups as part of the Climate Change Compact for South Florida counties to look at several scenarios for sea level rise. WASD started a surface and ground water flow model in 2008 with the U.S. Geological Survey and updates it regularly. Betsy Wheaton, Assistant Building Director in the Environment and Sustainability Division for the City of Miami Beach, said that high water is straining waterrelated infrastructure in the city. The current mayor won with his platform “I will get your streets dry!” The most publicized issue is the large amount of saltwater coming up through the storm drains at high tides and flooding the streets. The city is completing the installation of a pump system for tidal infiltration and rain events to minimize water on the streets, raising required seawall heights and roads, and promoting beach replenishment. They are working on reducing CO2 emissions by encouraging use of public transportation, bicycles, hybrid vehicles, and installing charging stations for electric vehicles. The branding for this effort is “Miami Beach (MB) Rising Above.” Marina Blanco-Pape, PE, is the Water Management Director for the Miami-Dade Department of Regulatory

and Economic Resources, Division of Environmental Resources Management. She oversees the Storm Water Utility, which is funded through a fee on the water bill of county residents. Her office deals in part with street flooding from storm water. Ms. Blanco-Pape indicated that it is a continuous process composed of four parts: (1) Know the system – understand the hydrology and topography, and monitor the effectiveness of operations, maintenance and improvements. (2) Embrace change – Provide modeling information and work with FEMA to update vulnerability maps. (3) Consider options – Use the latest tools and information. Historical data is used to forecast. (4) Best Management Practices – Modeling forward. Share technical information with other government agencies and loop the results into other key processes. A lively Q&A period concluded the session.

Keven Mayo (center), ASPA member, and other session participants take notes during panel discussion.

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Challenging the Status Quo: Nonprofits Leading by Example By Sheryl St. Pierre, 2016 BPC Session Participant

Commissioner Levine Cava and panelists (l to r), Vance Aloupis, Sherry Thompson Giordano, Susan Rubio Rivera, and Tina Brown explain to participants that nonprofits are the linkages to communities. As resource constraints challenge local governments’ direct service-delivery capacity, nonprofit organizations are prevailing as key public sector partners. The community-level presence of nonprofits affords them an intimate understanding of the service areas’ history, needs, and opportunities. With changing constituent demographics, economic landscape, and political realities, this growing sector is evolving in innovative ways. During the Best Practices Conference, the ASPA South Florida Chapter presented a panel of nonprofit leaders to discuss how they are forging new ground by challenging the status quo. The Honorable Daniella Levine Cava, Miami-Dade County Commissioner-District 8, graciously moderated the panel which included: Vance Aloupis, Statewide Director of The Children’s Movement of Florida; Susan Rubio Rivera, Executive Director of MUJER; Tina Brown, Executive Director of the Overtown Youth Center; and, Sherry Thompson Giordano, Executive Director of PACE Center for Girls, Miami. A generous measure of insight and actionable practices—covering recruitment, advocacy, education, strategic planning, partnership-building, and sustainability—were offered by the session’s panelists and moderator. The Commissioner drew upon her extensive experience as a nonprofit leader, including her role as founder and former CEO of the human services coalition, Catalyst Miami, to advise funders to not force nonprofits to limit their services to just

those that are easily measurable, but may not have the most significant impact. Vance Apoulis emphasized the importance of mission-focus and strategic investment by stating, “Nonprofits need to learn to be unapologetically good at one thing and bad at everything else.” Part of this strategic honing should be investing in leadership development and offering competitive compensation to ensure the professional capacity needed to operate effectively. Susan Rivera compels nonprofits to “incorporate the voice of the community” in the organizations’ programmatic design. A community-centric intervention must be informed by and sensitive to the target population’s cultural framework. Tina Brown advises that a sense of urgency is requisite for nonprofit leaders to break through challenges faced by the communities they serve. As a leader who returned to her childhood neighborhood to “give back,” Ms. Brown also thinks it is important to lead by example. Sherry Giordano encourages nonprofits to form partnerships as a strategy for increasing their bandwidth and staying relevant. Ms. Giordano promotes the adoption of best business practices to ensure operational consistency, efficiency, and compliance. The session’s take away is that nonprofits must be entrepreneurial, adaptable, and missionoriented to successfully navigate the demands of community and the business of service.

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Public/Private Partnerships for People, Profits, and Purpose By Angela Miller, 2016 BPC Session Participant

Session participants fill a conference room in the Stephen P. Clark Government Center to obtain a better understanding of an innovative partnership model that engages community, government and the private sector.

Public/Private Partnerships or P3 delivery During the afternoon portion of the Best method provides governments an alternative Practices Conference, I attended the panel way of taking on capital projects which session titled, Public/Private Partnerships for redirects risk to private sector investors. People, Profit and Purpose. The panelists The most attractive feature of the P3 included: Diana Gonzalez of The Consulting method is that Group of South the government Florida, Inc., and is not required President of to pay until the D M G project is done Consulting right. The Services, Inc.; panelists agree George Burgess, that the P3 Former Miamipartnership, Dade County Former Miami-Dade County Manager George Burgess however, is Manager, and (center-left) answers a question from the audience. only as good as currently the the contractual agreement put in place. Why COO for Becker and Poliakoff; Christopher should public administrators care about P3s? Hodgkins, CEO of the Miami Access Tunnel; According to the panel, we should care and, Moderator Jose Galan, Director, Real because: (1) P3 is a process everyone can Estate Development Division within the share in; (2) it’s an innovative, internationally Miami-Dade County Internal Services -tested approach (e.g. Canada, Europe, and Department; The panel representation Australia) that can create jobs, bring revenue reflected both local government (public) and into your communities; (3) it facilitates private stakeholders. The traditional design, residents’ ability to work with the public and bid, build approach is undesirable for private sectors to make quality of life governments because it is slow, costly, and conflict-filled. As explained by the panel, the and infrastructure better.

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Professional Development Workshop By Andrea Headley, 2016 BPC Workshop Participant

extremely informative. The presenters did a The Professional Development Workshop good job of emphasizing the importance of facilitated by Agatha Caraballo, Digital networking and building relationships while Instructor and Undergraduate Program also providing Director at substantive tips F l o r i d a via a handout on International resume and University’s cover letter Department of construction. I P u b l i c greatly enjoyed Administration, the interactive and Rody Veras, nature of the the ASPA South session which Florida Chapter encouraged S t u d e n t attendees to Represe ntative practice public during the ASPA skills South Florida Workshop Co-facilitator Agatha Caraballo assists participants in a speaking group exercise. while helping us Chapter 10th to articulate how Annual Best we want to brand ourselves. I was able to Practices Conference. The session was well attended, professionally organized, and meet the most people during this session.

Co-facilitator, Rody Veras (left), guides group in a role-play aimed at developing participants’ professional skills.

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Redevelopment and Gentrification: The Price of Progress By Sheryl St. Pierre, 2016 BPC Session Participant

Ramon Trias (far right) leads an exciting session that provides multifaceted insight on shortfalls of redevelopment and opportunities for public involvement. Panelists (l to r): Christopher Rose, Cady Millas Kaiman, and Willie Logan. Redevelopment is a process employed by local governments seeking to rebuild and improve defined geographic areas. In partnership with land developers and local stakeholders, governments craft comprehensive plans to revitalize housing, commercial, and industrial districts. Often times, areas designated for redevelopment are residence to deeply-rooted communities with long standing histories. This session examined how inadequate community advocacy and engagement in redevelopment projects make gentrification possible. Ramon Trias, Director of Planning and Zoning for the City of Coral Gables, moderated the session. The panel included: Christopher Rose, Director of the Office of Management and Budget for the City of Miami; Catherine “Cady” Millas Kaiman, Lecturer in the Center for Ethics and Public Service at the University of Miami School of Law; and, Dr. Willie Logan, former member of the Florida House of Representatives, and founder and President of the Opa-Locka Community Development Coalition. Christopher Rose remarked that positive redevelopment outcomes can be achieved “If there is a real commitment to and knowledge of the community.” Rose implores stakeholders to make “keeping the essential character” of a community an express priority.

Catherine Millas Kaiman illustrates how initiatives, like the 750 Plan which involved seven counties in a massive redevelopment plan, can become unwieldy despite best intentions. “Although the original idea was uplifting, the scope of the project has been too ambitious and impeded by national politics,” explains Ms. Kaiman. Willie Logan laments that developers are not sensitive to the needs of particular communities, thus “there has to be a local partner.” As elaborate plans are devised to “build housing in destitute neighborhoods,” Dr. Logan points out, “underlying issues like poverty and violence are left unaddressed...With flawed design, even if the intent was benign, the consequences hurt.” Ramon Trias recalls, from his own experience with organizing public hearings, the importance of local government ensuring that developers give affected communities an opportunity to be informed and voice their concerns. “Government has to make sure community engagement is done right,” insists Mr. Trias.

Attendees reach out to panelists for advice on engaging in community development.

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Leading Local Government in the 21st Century By Dr. Jonathan West, 2016 BPC Session Moderator The session “Leading Local Government in the

government, but that there are still many

21st Century” gathered academics and public

government services that continue to use

servants around the table from University of

outdated technology that is time consuming

Miami’s Assistant Professor Jennifer Connelly,

and inefficient. She shared survey results about


people’s varying preferences for government




Associate Professor Mohamad Alkadry, City of


Geographic locations and social

Miami Manager Daniel Alfonso, and North

environment are important for city officials in

Miami Beach




provide the



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session was Jonathan West, Chair


Professor Jonathan West leads panel of expert practitioners and academicians in a close look at the future of public administration. Panelists (l to r): Ana Garcia, Daniel Alfonso, Mohamad Alkadry, and Jennifer Connelly.

Connelly discussed

and Professor of Political Science and Director

the legal and ethical issues involving in using

of the Master of Public Administration

social media as a bridge between citizens the

program at the University of Miami (UM).

city officials. She asked city managers about

During the session Professor Connelly (UM)

using social media for recruitment, advertising

talked about the role of technology (E-

and connecting local government with people,

government), and the rapid growth of social

using Facebook to accept comments and

media and how it could be used to improve

feedback. Dr. Connolly also worries about the

citizen relations with government. She noted

insecurity of job positions for city managers in

that the adoption of social media tools, such

economically unstable cities and the need for

as Facebook, Twitter, or Instagram, may

protective mechanisms for such public


services (e.g., some solid contracts with




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Continued from page 14 Leading Local Government in the 21st Century financial guarantees).


Daniel Alfonso said that the City of Miami


created a Facebook page to interact with

governments act faster than state and local

people; however, most departments and units

government. “Think globally, act locally� he

of local government do not interact with

stated. Professor Alkadry also mentioned the

citizens using social media. He also said that

tendency of women to work in small towns

the economic challenges and its consequences

and the importance of closing the salary gap

are a major priority and that the slow

between men and women.

dissemination of e-government services is due

amount of pressure facing city officials who


system, He






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the city’s economic growth will help to make



achieving city goals.








makes public-

Aspiring, new and seasoned administrators wonder what 21st century opportunities and challenges lay ahead for the public sector.

A l f o n s o


p r i v a t e important


services, but that accepting social media

City Managers Ana Garcia and Danny Alfonso

approaches to interact with citizens largely

said there currently is no demand to

remains an unexamined topic for his city

implement use of social media as a way to



Professor Alkadry emphasized (FIU) such

However, Manager Garcia does think that the

things that should be important for public

Internet is the arena where citizens and city

servants such as living wage, procurement,

managers will meet to solve current problems,


and to spread all necessary information.



policing, gender issue and minority, diversity,



Nonetheless, she urges not to rush too

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Continued from page 15 Leading Local Government in the 21st Century fast because many elderly people and others

in his or her neighborhood. Manager Garcia

who are not tech savvy prefer to get the

said that the City of North Miami Beach uses

information in the old ways (e.g. newspapers).

social media, but face-to-face contact and

Moreover, with limited economic resources

phone calls are preferable. She suggested that

the local governments are not


able to examine the use of

community police officers in



order to reduce crime. She

government interaction tools.

noted that surveys should be

Manager Garcia asserted that















At the end of her

passionate about the job. She

presentation, Manager Garcia


recommended three books to

the problems she

faced when first becoming city Moderator, Jonathan West, encourages the audience which aided in participants to manage challenges with her own leadership role: (1) a solution-finding approach and commitment to collaboration. How Successful People Lead; (2) to solve those challenges. She

manager and how she was able

also emphasized the need for collaborative

Strengths Finder; and (3) The Five Dysfunctions of

government. Manager Garcia reflected on how

a Team. “When you start your work every

officials, including her, walk throughout the

day think where you want to be tomorrow,�

city and discuss any issues a citizen might face

declared Ana Garcia.

Thanks to Our 2016 Best Practices Conference Sponsors

Department of Public Administration

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Thanks for your feedback and participation in BPC 2016!

Photo Credits: Conference pictures provided by Bill Solomon and Roslyn Alic-Batson.

Join us for the ASPA Annual Awards Reception June 23, 2016 Jungle Island 6-9 pm Award Categories: Public Administrator of the Year Chapter Member of the Year Student Member of the Year Public Organization of the Year Educator of the Year Nonprofit of the Year Presidential Lifetime Award

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ASPA Member Benefits

Wondering what ASPA can do for you? Here are just a few of the ways ASPA keeps its members informed, both in their careers and the world of public management and administration. Networking - Interactions with professional public managers not only provide the basis for lasting friendships, but offers opportunities for informal consultation with skilled professionals on matters of public concern. Professional Development - A series of luncheon speakers and professional development seminars on cutting edge topics enable you to develop critical technical, ethical and leadership competencies. News and Views - ASPA membership is one way to keep your finger on the pulse of what is happening in your community. Advancing Public Service - Learning about best practices provides the opportunity to better serve the citizenry of Miami-Dade County and other parts of South Florida. Conference Participation - Supplementing ASPA's national and state conferences on public administration is the inauguration of a

South Florida conference with informative presentations from professional practitioners and academics. Visibility Among Peers - ASPA's South Florida chapter rewards excellence in public service with annual awards, scholarships, internships and other forms of personal recognition for outstanding performance. Community Service - Chapter efforts are designed to provide outreach and special assistance to needy segments of our community. Liaison with Educational Efforts - The chapter has established linkages with higher educational institutions to encourage students to consider careers in public service. Public-Private Partnerships - The ASPA chapter is cultivating close relationships with nonprofit and private sector service providers in recognition of the changing face of the public service profession.

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Special Announcements Allan Rosenbaum Receives 2016 Julia J. Henderson International Award Based on his substantial contributions to International Public Administration, former ASPA National and South Florida Chapter President, Dr. Allan Rosenbaum, will receive the Julia J. Henderson International Award this year from the Section for Women in Public Administration (SWPA). The award will be presented at the annual SWPA Breakfast at the ASPA national conference on March 21st in Seattle, Washington. Congratulations to Dr. Rosenbaum!

Andrea Headley Wins 2016 Section for Women in Public Administration Scholarship Award ASPA South Florida Chapter student member and Florida International University doctoral candidate, Andrea Headley, will be recognized as a 2016 recipient of the Section for Women in Public Administration (SWPA) Scholarship at this year’s national conference during the annual SWPA Breakfast. Congratulations to Ms. Headley!

Scholarship Opportunities ASPA South Florida offers several scholarships for Public Administration students throughout the year. Here are some upcoming scholarship competitions.

ASPA South Florida Chapter General Scholarship Opportunity Applications due 5:00 PM May 1, 2016 Students who demonstrate a commitment to public service, through voluntary community work or other participation in community organizations/activities, have an opportunity to apply for a $1,000 scholarship from the ASPA South Florida Chapter. Individuals must currently be enrolled in a College or University degree program in South Florida. Scholarship will be awarded at the 2016 ASPA Annual Awards event. For more information, contact Dr. Agatha Caraballo at 305-348-1006 or email

ASPA South Florida Chapter The Natacha Seijas “Women in Public Service” Scholarship Opportunity Applications due 5:00 PM May 1, 2016 Female students who are currently be enrolled in a College or University degree program in South Florida have an opportunity to apply for a $1,000 scholarship from the ASPA South Florida Chapter. Scholarship will be awarded at the 2016 ASPA Annual Awards event. For more information, contact Dr. Agatha Caraballo at 305-348-1006 or email

How to Join About the American Society for Public Administration Future members can easily join by attending one of the many events planned and complete an application form onsite, or by filling out the online application posted at ASPA Application.

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The Society is the professional home for more than 9,000 PA practitioners, academics and students with its South Florida Chapter consisting of 171 members strong and growing. The Chapter embraces the society's original concept in finding ways of assisting its members to work better in their profession under the auspices of the national founder. The ASPA South Florida Chapter's mission is to enhance public administration, promote the profession and preserve the public trust by providing expertise, direction, and leadership for all its members and other stakeholders. For more information on ASPA, please visit

ASPA South Florida Chapter Board of Directors President Terry Murphy, PhD President-Elect Agatha Caraballo, PhD Recording Secretary Angela Miller, MSW



Corresponding Secretary Carolyn Francis-Royer, MPA

Board Members Roslyn Alic-Batson, MSM Seraphin W. Bernard, MPA Nicki Fraser, MPA Keven “Kem” Mayo, MPA Rina Gomez, MPA, PHR Valerie Patterson, PhD Michele Tantardini, MPA Melissa Dynan, MPA Jeisson Rodriguez, MPA

Treasurer Estephanie Escobar, MPA

National Liaison Meredith Newman, PhD Allan Rosenbaum, PhD

Immediate Past President Glenn C. Joseph, MPA, MBA

District 3 Representative Ines Beecher

Student Representative Rody Veras

Thanks to This Issue’s Contributors! Chair, Communications Committee: Roslyn Alic-Batson Editorial Assistant: Angela Miller Staff Photographer: Bill Solomon Contributor - Event Photos: Roslyn Alic-Batson Writers - Regular Sections: Dr. Terry Murphy, Ines Beecher, Dr. Agatha Caraballo, and Rody Veras Writers - Special Features: Dr. Valerie Patterson, Eve Mila, Carolyn Francis-Royer, Keven Mayo, Angela Miller, Andrea Headley, and Dr. Jonathan West

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