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Welcome To The Hall: A practical guide for municipal leaders

Written by local government veteran James Ridge, Welcome to the Hall: A Practical Guide for Municipal Leaders dives into the multitude of responsibilities involved with leading Canada’s municipalities today.

In addition to sharing personal anecdotes from his long career in local government (which includes serving as City Manager in Burlington and as Deputy City Manager in Vancouver), Ridge also highlights some key lessons learned throughout his career.

Municipal leaders – mayors, councillors, CAOs, and more – will find his stories both relatable and insightful, as he details the challenges and rewards of public service, acknowledging the importance of their work as they shape the social, economic, cultural, and environmental fabric of communities across the country for decades to come.

Whether you’re a veteran yourself or a newcomer to the field seeking a better understanding of local government responsibilities, this book is a great read.