2021 New & Future City Managers Seminar:
November 5-7 at the Westin Pasadena

The city management profession is a challenging mix of fiscal management, politics, legal issues, and public relations (to name a few). The California City Management Foundation is dedicated to supporting the next generation of city managers in navigating these challenges. Our largest effort is the annual New & Future City Managers Seminar or “NFCM Seminar.” If your Assistant City Manager or someone else in your peer network could benefit from the NFCM Seminar, please share this opportunity with them!

Wade McKinney 2016 NFCM Seminar

Past CCMF President Wade McKinney addressing 2016 New & Future City Managers Seminar attendees

What is the NFCM Seminar?

The NFCM Seminar is a longstanding annual workshop hosted by CCMF, geared toward helping new City Managers and those on track to become City Managers in the future. The group is limited to 25 participants who spend nearly all of their time together in close discussions, eating meals together, and staying at the same hotel. Group discussions are led by long-tenured City Managers who act as facilitators.

Download an informational flyer about the 2021 NFCM Seminar.

What will I learn at the NFCM Seminar?

In this intensive multi-day workshop, senior city managers share a wide range of keen insights and legendary stories that help guide and inform participants’ career choices. This event is a rare opportunity for new and soon-to-be City Managers to trade ideas and receive mentoring from seasoned veterans. We look forward to it all year!

Where/when will the 2021 Seminar be?

CCMF will host the 2021 NFCM Seminar from at The Westin Pasadena hotel. The Seminar will begin at 3:30 PM on Friday, November 5 and end at approximately noon on Sunday, November 7.

All events and networking activities will be at/near the hotel. CCMF Foundation Circle sponsors will have the opportunity to join the opening night dinner and reception.

How do I apply to participate?

You do not need to be an active CCMF member in order to apply, though the most successful applicants will already be a City Manager (or equivalent) or on an obvious track toward becoming one.

There is a six-hundred dollar ($600.00) cost to attend the CCMF New & Future City Managers Seminar, which includes all meals, lodging, and Seminar materials. Due to the intensive nature of the NFCM Seminar, CCMF strongly urges attendees to fully participate in all meals and networking activities.

To apply for one of this year’s participant spots, please email the following to Sarona Vivanco at SVivanco[at]Santa-Clarita.com by Friday, August 13, 5 PM:

  1. A short letter of interest explaining why you would benefit from attending the Seminar
  2. Your up-to-date Resume and/or a link to your up-to-date LinkedIn Profile
  3. Confirmation that you will fully participate in all meals and networking activities throughout the Seminar

CCMF will aim to let you know whether you have been selected by late August so you can make your $600 payment and make arrangements for time off/travel.

What do past Seminar participants have to say?

Kurt Wilson

“As a new City Manager, the New & Future City Managers Seminar was the most valuable training I attended. It gave me the opportunity to talk shop with people who understood my new role, and the insights from experienced City Managers really got my career off to the right start. I highly recommend NFCM for anyone serious about making an investment in this one-of-a-kind career!”- Kurt Wilson, Former City Manager of Stockton and a 2010 NFCM Seminar participant

Jim Lewis

“Before considering taking the step to City Manager, the New & Future City Managers Seminar is a MUST! It taught me a number of valuable lessons and also identified some key blind spots I had not considered before. That weekend literally connected me to my first Assistant City Manager job and gave me the confidence to know I had what it took to be a City Manager.”- Jim Lewis, City Manager of Pismo Beach and a 2004 NFCM Seminar participant