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Local Governments in San Mateo and Santa Clara Counties Recognized for Workforce Excellence

Award recognizes creativity and innovation within financial realities

SILICON VALLEY, CALIF. – Local governments in San Mateo and Santa Clara counties have received national recognition for their efforts to attract, retain and develop talented public service employees.

Local governments in the counties received honorable mention for the 2011 Local Government Workforce Excellence Award sponsored by the Center for State and Local Government Excellence.

“We are committed to providing outstanding service to our community and the way to ensure that is by having well-trained and highly skilled employees,” said Carole Groom, president of the San Mateo County Board of Supervisors. “This national award highlights that commitment.”

The award was presented Friday, November 11, at the National League of Cities Congress of Cities in Phoenix, Ariz.

“We are very pleased to receive the honorable mention for the Workforce Excellence Award,” said County Executive Jeffrey V. Smith, County of Santa Clara. “This recognition is an example of what can be achieved when local governments work together to improve public services.”

Local governments in the two counties participate in a “Two County Next Generation Committee,” sponsored by the City/County Manager associations of San Mateo and Santa Clara counties. Their goals are to accelerate employees’ development, retain high-potential talent, and attract young and diverse people to local government.

Initiatives to grow and retain talent include a management talent exchange program, a forum for future city and county managers, leadership academies for emerging leaders, and speed coaching events.

To attract talent, the Committee offers a regional internship program, a job shadow day for university students, a guide to local government careers, and an annual forum for Bay Area university career centers.

“Local governments in San Mateo and Santa Clara counties offer a model of regional, multi-government initiatives using economies of scale to address common goals and challenges” said Center President/CEO Elizabeth K. Kellar. “They’ve done their research so they know what their workforce needs are.”

Based in Washington, DC, the Center for State and Local Government Excellence identifies best practices and conducts research on competitive employment practices, workforce development, pensions and retirement issues, health care benefits, compensation, and demographics.

The award review committee was made up of representatives from ICMA (the International City/County Management Association), National League of Cities, Government Finance Officers Association, and International Public Management Association for Human Resources.

About the Center for State and Local Government Excellence
The Center for State and Local Government Excellence helps state and local governments become knowledgeable and competitive employers so they can attract and retain a talented and committed workforce. The Center identifies best practices and conducts research on competitive employment practices, workforce development, pensions and retirement security, health benefits, compensation, and demographics. The Center also brings state and local leaders together with respected researchers and features the latest demographic data on the aging workforce, research studies, and news on health care, recruitment, and succession planning on its website, www.slge.org.

Media Contact: Marshall Wilson, San Mateo County (650) 363-4153; Gwendolyn Mitchell/Lingxia Meng, Office of Public Affairs, (408) 299-5119, County of Santa Clara (408) 299-5119; Amy Mayers, Center for State and Local Government Excellence, 202-682-6102.
Posted: November 14, 2011