Milwaukie City Manager Bill Monahan spent some of his vacation time in China last month presenting courses on U.S. urbanization trends.

At the summer session of the China University of Political Science and Law in Beijing, he taught an 18-hour course to undergraduates and post-graduates. After the course was completed, he traveled with the International City/County Management Association’s China Center and representatives of China University to the cities of Qingdao and Yangzhou.

by: SUBMITTED PHOTO - Milwaukie City Manager Bill Monahan presents on U.S. urbanization trends for students in China.In Qingdao on July 19, he presented a three-hour training session to local government officials from the city, as well as from surrounding provinces. Then on July 23 in Yangzhou, he gave a one-hour presentation to about 120 local government officials.

“My topic in the two cities was urbanization trends in Oregon, primarily focused on our statewide land-use planning law and urbanization,” Monahan said. “I spoke on how the urban growth boundary concept has been applied in the metropolitan area.”

Monahan got the opportunities to present as an active member of the IMCA’s International Committee. He serves as the committee’s contact for the China Center, established a couple years ago to provide opportunities for U.S. government managers to present courses on local government at CUPL. Along with Clay Pearson, city manager of Novi, Mich., Monahan participated as one of the first two presenters under this program.

“Earlier in my career, I had the opportunity to work on other international projects for ICMA in Indonesia, Sri Lanka, South Africa and Russia Far East,” Monahan said. “In those countries I provided technical assistance, training or professional development support.”

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