Looking forward from today

September 14, 2009

As we each enjoy our own slice of Montreal, I have to admit to being a bit distracted; I am the “logistics” guy from the Host Committee for next year’s conference in San Jose, CA.  This means I’m paying much too much attention to the details and looking for lessons learned, including a meeting today with other future host committees.  For those who haven’t had the pleasure of participating in the organization of an ICMA conference, there are two annual committees – planning and host – that support the ICMA staff and leadership in putting together the event.  The Host Committee is responsible for local arrangements, including field demos, athletic and social events.

Montreal is a beautiful City and a great place to learn from.  If you also are making observations that you’d like to share for next year’s host committee, please stop by the San Jose booth outside the exhibit hall.  We have a hardcopy survey available there as well as online at the following address: http://www.surveymonkey.com/s.aspx?sm=qTZA6gqXS05y7RL2_2bbyTMQ_3d_3d

If you have suggestions, please feel free to comment on the survey, this post, or send me an email at ed.shikada@sanjoseca.gov.  We’d love to hear your ideas.


Field Demo – Westmount’s kitchen collection compost

September 14, 2009

ICMA Member Cynthia Seelhammer went on the Field Demo to nearby Westmount, where they toured a landfill site where this city of 20K sends residential kitchen waste to be piled and composted for one year. They accept food waste, pizza boxes, tissues, meat, garden waste and pet waste. No, it does not create cash flow, but residents support it as right thing to do. Learn more here.

More travel advice for Montreal…

September 6, 2009

In this morning’s Washington Post, there was an article highlighting Montreal’s “cool side”, including some tips on upcoming festivals, restaurants, and places to souvenir shop.

If you only had 36 hours in Montreal, what should you do?

September 1, 2009

The NY Times has a terrific travel feature in which they outline the must’s (must-see’s, must-do’s, must-eat’s, etc.) for a city if you only have 36 hours to spend there.  I did a quick search and found one for Montreal–it’s about 3 years old, so you’ll want to double-check to make sure everything is still open and located where it says it is, but I imagine it’s a great start as you think about how to spend your free time in the city. They also have other articles on Montreal, which you can find here

As a native North Carolinian, I just have to share their recommendations for 36 hours in Asheville and Research Triangle Park–if you haven’t been to these spots, add them to your travel to-do lists! Of course, as a  Tar Heel, I would recommend you weight your time more heavily in Chapel Hill as opposed to Durham or Raleigh when you’re in RTP…