City official visits China


Natasha Hampton


From Staff Reports

Saturday, June 22, 2019

Rocky Mount Assistant City Manager Natasha Hampton was invited by the International City/County Management Association as one of five government professionals from the US, Canada and Denmark to represent their respective cities at the 2019 Qingdao International City Management Conference in Qingdao, China and Beijing City Summit in Beijing, China.

Hampton also served as a panelist and subject matter expert during conference and summit events which took place June 6-13. Hampton spoke on the city of Rocky Mount’s approach toward City Refined Management or Urban Governance, Governance Capacity Modernization and Big Data Application. Urban Governance notes how governments utilize political, economic and social resources to plan and finance urban areas in order to support the needs of citizens. Examples include policy solutions for social issues such as affordable and workforce housing, gender equality, inclusive communities and smart cities.

Big Data Application includes the scientific analysis of data to support modern government solutions. Big Data is used to help organizations identify current and future trends impacting communities and when applied properly, help to mitigate risks, increase revenues and determine what cities need in order to build more sustainable communities. The city’s departments of Police, Fire, Energy Resources and Human Resources are examples of areas that heavily rely on data collection, analysis and application in an effort to provide safe, efficient and reliable services.

“The city of Rocky Mount’s approach toward precise governance is leading the charge on how municipalities address global challenges like infrastructure, housing and technology,” Hampton said. “I was honored to represent the city of RockyMount and share with national and international leaders in government about this governing body’s 21stcentury collective strategies toward addressing the diverse and complex needs of our communities.”

As a credentialed ICMA member, Hampton addressed more than 300 attendees. City representatives were chosen based on activities cities are currently engaged in relative to the topics of discussion. Representatives must also have the necessary technical expertise, experience, background and achievements.

All travel and accommodation expenses while in Qingdao and Beijing were sponsored in full by the China University of Political Science and Law, Qingdoa Urban Administration Bureau, the Qingdao Shibei District Municipal Government and ICMA.