In May, local community leaders will host two professionals from Indonesia for short-term assignments in their offices as they participate in the U.S. Department of State-sponsored Professional Fellows Program. The exchange has been arranged by the International City/County Management Association, or ICMA, the organization that develops and advances professional local government management worldwide. Oak Ridge City Manager Mark Watson is a local member of the ICMA.
This year, the Professional Fellows Program is providing professional development opportunities to up-and-coming leaders in the fields of legislative process and governance, media, and economic empowerment. This international exchange program is sponsored by the U.S. Department of State’s Bureau of Educational and Cultural Affairs, and in 2014, more than 400 foreign fellows, including legislators, journalists, entrepreneurs, NGO managers, community activists, and government officials will come to the United States under the Professional Fellows Program. In return, more than 300 American participants will take part in reciprocal fellowship programs overseas this year under the program. Some of the local organizations hosting the participants include: City of Oak Ridge, Staybridge Suites, and local home hosts.
“I feel great honor and privilege that the City of Oak Ridge has been chosen to host the ICMA fellows, Irma Mutiahsari and Hera Nugrahayu from Indonesia,” Watson said. “Our community has come together to provide our fellows with an applied understanding of our city.” [Read more…]