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Additional Coronavirus Pandemic Information

Provided by: Dustin Haisler, Vice President, e-Republic and Texas CPM Program Faculty.

1. State and Local Government Resources for COVID-19 - CLICK HERE
2. Working From Home – 10 Apps to Keep Your Productive - CLICK HERE
3. 8 Tips For Working From Home And Staying Sane - CLICK HERE

Coronavirus Pandemic Information

"Dear CPM Alumni, Given the current Coronavirus pandemic we will periodically be distributing information that hopefully will be useful for you and your organizations. Best wishes and of course stay well! - Howard Balanoff"

ICMA Shared Resources 03.23.2020

Bojorquez Open Meetings Newsletter

Coronavirus ICMA Discussion Guide

Update 2: Perspectives from ICMA Leaders Across the Globe on COVID-19


Click here for details.



As of Friday December 6, 2019, the 2020 CPM Cycle of CPM Courses in Arlington, Texas which is scheduled to begin on January 23 & 24, 2020 is closed. The 2020 CPM Program in Arlington has reached its maximum limit of 35 participants. It is possible that some persons may drop the course prior to the first day of class so please email me (Howard Balanoff, ) if you wish to be added to a waiting list for the 2020- Arlington CPM Program.

Individuals on the waiting list will be moved from the waiting list to the CPM Track 1 Course on a first come first served basis. CPM Programs in other locations (i.e. Nacogdoches, Round Rock, San Marcos etc.) are still open and accepting new registrations. Please go to the CPM website which is and click on the “course schedules” link at the top of the page for a list of CPM Program locations and their scheduled attendance dates.

65 Texas CPMs Graduated in December 2019

We congratulate all the new Certified Public Managers from across Texas who graduated at the State Capitol in Austin December 9, 2019. See the summary of the day’s event, photos of graduates and video of Graduation Speaker, Assistant Chief Troy Gay, here.

Dr. Balanoff, Texas CPM Program Director is Named to Receive 2019 Professional Excellence Award in Education from the International City/County Management Association (ICMA).

The ICMA award for excellence in education named in honor of Stephen B. Sweeney will be presented on Wednesday October 23rd at the 2019 ICMA Conference in Nashville, Tennessee. Click here to view the narrative for the award that is included in the October 2019 issue of the ICMA Journal Public Management (PM).  The ICMA Public Management (PM) link to the award is

Texas CPM Graduates 57 New CPMs

Click here for the June 2019 graduation photos, information, graduate names and video of the commencement speech by Ms. Charmelle Garrett, Former City Manager of Victoria Texas, and CPM graduate of the first class in 1996.

Dr. Balanoff, CPM Program Director and Marilyn Balanoff Visit Leiden University in the Hague, Netherlands

Click here for an interview which was conducted by staff of the Leiden University CPM Program.

View the 2019 Texas CPM Conference Plenary Presentations and William P. Hobby Distinguished Lecture Online

The 2019 Texas CPM Conference and William P. Hobby Distinguished Lecture was conducted on Friday April 5, 2019 at the Texas State University Avery Building in Round Rock, Texas. Over 100 CPM alumni, students, faculty and guests attended. All presentations are available to view online here.

San Marcos & Round Rock CPM Courses Track 4 and 6 Closes

The Spring 2019 San Marcos Track 4 and Round Rock Track 6 is currently closed for new participants. Individuals wishing to be added to a waiting list for openings in the 2019 Texas CPM Program should contact Sue Breland at

CPM Graduation at Texas Capitol on Monday December 10th

Texas State University’s William P. Hobby Center for Public Service graduated thirty-six new Texas Certified Public Managers® at the Texas State Capitol on Monday December 10, 2018. Click here for the names of graduates, photos, and the video of graduation speaker, Bert Lumbreras.

Dallas/Fort Worth CPM Program in Arlington is Closed through February 2019

The 2018/2019 Dallas/Fort Worth CPM Program in Arlington, Texas is closed for new participants through Track 1 (February 2019) . Individuals wishing to be added to a waiting list for openings in the 2019 Texas CPM Program in Arlington should contact Dr. Howard Balanoff at or 512/245-3453.

CPM Graduation Conducted at the Texas Capitol June 8, 2018

62 new graduates join more than 1800 Texas alumni Certified Public Managers©. Click here for the names of graduates, photos and the video of graduation speaker, Alexander Briseno.

Texas CPM Conference and William P. Hobby Distinguished Lecture

The Texas CPM Conference was a great success, hosting over 100 participants from across the state and featuring Interim Chief Brian Manley of the Austin Police Department delivering the William P. Hobby Distinguished Lecture. See the 2018 Conference page for more information on the day, photos and the video of Chief Manley's presentation.

Conversion Chart for CPM Tracks to Academic Course Numbers in Round Rock and San Marcos.

Click here for a list of CPM Tracks offered in San Marcos and Round Rock with the course numbers for undergraduate and graduate academic courses.


Starting in the Fall 2017 Semester MPA Internships will be coordinated by Dr. Howard Balanoff, Professor & Director of the William P. Hobby Center for Public Service.

Click here for the Revised Internship Guidelines. For additional information please contact Dr. Balanoff at and/or 512/245-3453.

Click here to access the online MPA Student Data Internship Form. All MPA students whether or not they are interested in an Internship are required to complete this form.

Click here to access the online Employer Internship Request Form if you are a public or not-for-profit sector employer or a related private sector employer that is looking to hire an MPA Intern.

Blast from the Past

Click here for a video of the 1st Texas CPM Graduation which was conducted by Governor George Bush in December 1996.