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  • Monday, February 15, 2016 10:06 AM | Deleted user

    UMANT has partnered with ELGL in a yearlong webinar series on how to be more efficient in government. February’s webinar focuses on Slack.com – an uber-tool for team communications. We use it here at UMANT and its amazingly adaptive to your needs! The March webinar focuses on how to leverage your linked in profile at work. Sign up HERE!

  • Monday, February 15, 2016 10:05 AM | Deleted user

    If you haven’t typed www.umant.com into your browser, now is good time to take a look. In January, UMANT updated its website to give you a crisp look, more intuitive organization, and updated content. Want to see something on the website, but it isn’t there? Email Caitlan Smelley at csmelly@addisontx.gov and let her know how we can make the website even better.

  • Monday, January 11, 2016 10:04 AM | Deleted user

    We heard you. In the fall of 2015, UMANT distributed a member survey as a check-up on how the organization is doing. We wanted to know what we were doing well, what opportunities we were missing, and perhaps more importantly, if there were any areas in which the organization wasn't coming through for its members. As it turns out, we learned quite a bit.  

    While I encourage the curious to view the entire survey results HERE, the message that UMANT leadership took home was that we absolutely need to pay attention to two key areas in order to serve our members:

    • First, we must ensure your UMANT membership is valuable, something that contributes to your professional growth, and not just a line item on a resume.
    • Second, we must ensure we maintain a friendly and inviting atmosphere - especially for our new members.  

    These two concepts drove our discussions at the Executive Committee strategic planning meeting, ultimately resulting in a new focus area for 2016: Growth. This isn't a superficial goal meant to simply drive up membership numbers, but a perspective through which we can view everything we do. Orienting our plans, events, and communications toward retaining our current members and adding new ones will drive UMANT to become more creative, more engaging, and provide an incredible value to you, the members. By focusing on growth, we have to ensure we are reinventing ourselves as a stronger and more impactful organization.  

    On behalf of the 2016 Executive Committee, we look forward to serving you in 2016. If I can ever do anything to make your UMANT experience better, please don't hesitate to reach out to me.

    Ryan Adams, 2016 UMANT President
    Assistant to the City Manager, City of Irving


  • Monday, January 11, 2016 10:03 AM | Deleted user
    UMANT has planned a more coordinated communications strategy for 2016 to keep you informed of the local government landscape without overloading your inbox. Each month you’ll receive two emails from UMANT: an update on all things UMANT (this exact email you’re currently reading) and an update on local government happenings within the region.
  • Monday, January 11, 2016 10:02 AM | Deleted user

    Take a minute to meet your new Executive Committee. You’ll also notice that there are also two new subcommittees: Partnerships and Fund Development.  We’re here to serve our membership so let us know how we can help you and feel free to share your ideas to make UMANT a better organization.

  • Monday, January 11, 2016 10:01 AM | Deleted user

    In December, the 2016 Executive Committee met to discuss the next 12 months of UMANT. For an inside look at our planning session, check out the meeting minutes for a snapshot of our plans for 2016 here. See something you want to be involved with? Reach out to any of your EC members – we’re always on the hunt for ideas!

  • Monday, January 11, 2016 10:00 AM | Deleted user

    We’re bringing useful content to you. As UMANT strives to give you the best professional experience, we working to utilize partnerships with other like-minded organizations. Engaging Local Government Leaders (ELGL.com) is on the forefront for local government ideas and innovative content. In 2016, UMANT is sponsoring their efficiency webinars – a series of webinars designed to teach local govies how to make better use of technology platforms in order to free up time. MailChimp, SurveyMonkey, Slack, Google Alerts, NextDoor, SignUpGenius, and much more will be covered. As webinars are scheduled, we’ll make sure you know about them.

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