Resource Management Skills

Public Employees Leadership Institute
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Modules

1. Overview of Strategic Planning
2. Creative Decision Making
3. Budgeting / Contracting
4. Purchasing
5. Consultant Management
6. Project Administration – The DOT Process


This course delves into the concepts and practices that one needs to utilize when managing his/her agencies’ resources, namely:

  • Strategic Planning
  • Creative Decision Making
  • Budgeting
  • Purchasing & Contracting
  • Consultant Management
  • Project Administration
  • “Making it Work” (combining these) for your particular circumstances.

Once completed, participants should be able to:

  • Recognize the need for planning
  • Develop a strategic plan
  • Set goals and look at alternatives
  • Create and modify practices
  • Involve employees
  • Better understand budgeting and contracting concepts.

Key Concepts:

  • Overview of Strategic Planning
  • Creative Decision Making
  • Budgeting/Contracting (Local)
  • Purchasing (DOT)
  • Consultant Management
Instructors

Position
City of Ames, Iowa


Experience
Tracy Warner has been with the City of Ames since 2003. Prior to that she was in private engineering consulting focusing on land development in the Des Moines, Iowa and Washington, DC areas. Tracy is active in APWA at both the chapter and national levels. She has served as Iowa Chapter President and on APWA national committees including: Diversity, Awards, and International Affairs. Tracy has given numerous presentations at conferences including Iowa APWA, Iowa Streets and Roads, Asphalt Paving, Iowa Concrete Paving, Iowa Water Conference as well as to several Iowa State University classes.


Professional affiliations
Active in the APWA and the Central Iowa Chapter of Iowa Engineering Society


Institute course(s)
Resource Mangagement Skills

Position
Public Works Director, City of West Des Moines, Iowa


Experience
Bret has been with the City of West Des Moines Public Works Department since 1989. He started his career as an equipment operator for before moving into various managerial roles. He was promoted into the Superintendent of Public Works position in 1994 and into his current position as the Director of Public Works in 2008.  Bret has served as the APWA Iowa Chapter President and Delegate. In 2006 Bret was presented with the APWA Donald C. Stone Award for Excellence in Education. He was selected by the APWA in 2007 as one of the Top Ten Public Works Leaders in North America. For several years Bret chaired the National APWA Winter Maintenance Sub-Committee. He currently serves as a Past Chair with this group and is still actively involved. Bret currently is a member of the APWA Institute Review Committee and recently served as a member and Chair of the APWA Leadership and Management Committee.


Professional affiliations
He has served as President of the American Public Works Association Iowa Chapter and chaired the APWA Winter Maintenance Sub-Committee. Was presented the APWA Donald C. Stone Award for Excellence in Education in 2006. Selected by the APWA as one of their Top Ten Public Works Leaders in 2007.


Institute course(s)
Effective Communication Skills
Finance
Resource Management Skills
Winter Maintenance Management
Sustainability in Public Works

Position
Johnson County Engineer, Johnson County, Iowa


Education
BS in Civil Engineering; Colorado State University
MS in Civil Engineering; Iowa State University


Experience
Greg Parker has served as the Johnson County Engineer for 12 years. He has over 25 years of experience from previous employment with Cities, other counties, and as a private consultant. He received a BS in Civil Engineering from Colorado State University and a MS in Civil Engineering from Iowa State University. He is a member of the Iowa County Engineers Association (ICEA), the National Association of County Engineers (NACE), the American Public Works Association (APWA), the National Society of Professional Engineers (NSPE), and the American Society of Civil Engineers (ASCE). He is the current Chair of the APWA Road Safety Sub-committee, Member of AASHTO/Winter Maintenance Technical Service Program, NACE Safety Committee, NACO Transportation Committee and past president of the Iowa Chapter – APWA.


Professional affiliations
Iowa County Engineers Association (ICEA)
National Association of County Engineers (NACE)
American Public Works Association (APWA), Iowa (past president)
National Society of Profession Engineers (NSPE
American Society of Civil Engineers (ASCE)


Institute course(s)
Resource Management Skills
Emergency Management
Winter Maintenance Management

Position
Senior Purchasing Officer; Iowa Department of Transportation


Education
Graduate of Iowa State University


Experience
Mary Zimmerman is a graduate of Iowa State. She has been a supervisor and a purchasing agent in local government purchasing for over twenty five years. She now uses her experience as a Government Contracting Specialist to provide counseling, technical assistance and training to Iowa businesses on how to sell their products or services to federal, state, and local governments through direct and indirect contracts.


Professional affiliations
Member of the National Institute of Government Purchasing


Institute course(s)
Community Service / Customer Orientation Skills
Legal Understanding
Resource Management Skills

Position
Marshall County Engineer, Marshall County, Iowa (retired 2010)


Education
Was Marshall County Engineer for over 31 years until he retired in 2010. Previously served another 10 years in other counties.


Experience
Iowa County Engineers Association
National Association of County Engineers (past president)


Institute course(s)
Fundamentals of Government
Resource Management Skills

Position
Deputy Director; Office of Local Systems; Iowa Department of Transportation


Education
Graduate of Iowa State University in Construction Engineering
Registered Professional Engineer (Iowa)


Experience
Previously served the Department as Urban Engineer, Assistant Specifications Engineer, Field Systems Engineer in the Office of Construction, and as a Design Engineer in the Office of Design. Also worked in various capacities for the Des Moines Water Works, Illinois Department of Transportation, and as a Project Manager for the K-Mart Corporation.


Institute course(s)
Resource Management Skills

Position
Program Manager; Institute for Transportation, Iowa State University (retired)


Experience
Was a county engineer in three different Iowa counties over a period of 31 years, most recently Story County. At InTrans served as a “Local Roads Safety Liaison” directing interactions with local / municipal public works agencies to make them aware of the many safety tools, software and training programs as well as funding opportunities available to them from various sources including the Iowa Department of Transportation and InTrans. Also assists in several other research projects that involve state and local governments.


Institute course(s)
Legal Understanding
Resource Management Skills
Basic Management Skills

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