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Scott Wrighton
City Manager, Lavasa Corporation Limited, Lavasa.
“Successful Urban Democratic Governance”

All the architectural, infrastructure, housing and transport schemes may amount to little without addressing politics and structural governance issues head-on-otherwise the best plans will have trouble getting off the drawing board. Stable and operationally efficient governance systems functioning under accountable local leadership relates directly to a local government’s ability to raise revenue for new projects, issue bonds, forge public-private partnerships, attract investors, assemble land, and gain community support for projects, especially projects that change traditional urban living paradigms. The world urban centres that have found ways to make government less dysfunctional have had, and will continue to have, greater success in building sustainable cities and responding to increased urbanization pressures.
Mr. Wrighton currently serves as city manager of Lavasa, in the State of Maharashtra, west-central India, a new planned city being developed in the Western Ghat mountain range by the Hindustan Construction Corporation.

He holds a bachelors degree in History & Political Science from Sterling College, a masters degree in History from the University of Hawaii, and a masters degree in public administration from the University of Kansas (all U.S.A. educational institutions). He is a past member and officer of several state (Illinois, Missouri, Georgia, Kansas) city management associations, and he has been a member of the International City-County Management Association (ICMA) for nearly 30 years. He served on the ICMA’s International Committee for 5 years, as well as its Conference Planning Committee. He is a graduate of several professional development training programs, including the University of Virginia’s Senior Executive Institute, and the University of Vermont’s Performance-Based Budgeting training; he is certified to teach and administer the Myers-Briggs Type Indicator. He has served as a reviewer for the Government Finance Officers Association’s local government budget awards, and Mr. Wrighton has presented, taught and facilitated programs on numerous local government topics at international meetings and conferences of the ICMA, municipal clerks, public works directors, county elected officials, information technology managers, regulatory code officers and finance officials, in the United States, Europe, South Africa, China, India and the South Pacific.

Immediately prior to accepting his current position in Lavasa, Mr. Wrighton served for more than 6 years on the faculty of the University of Georgia’s Carl Vinson Institute of Government. There he assisted city, county, nonprofit association, and quasi-governmental boards on a variety of management, organizational, and leadership development topics. In addition to facilitating retreats and special training projects for Institute clients, he was the program manager for the Georgia City/County Management Association, and the Georgia Chapter of the American Public Works Association.

Prior to his tenure at the University of Georgia, Mr. Wrighton served local governments for 22 years in Illinois, Kansas, and Missouri, spending nearly 20 of those years as a city manager. His special interests include intergovernmental cooperation, local government consolidation, charter revisions, ethics, community strategic planning, international good governance, group decision-making dynamics and processes, the use of parliamentary procedure in public meetings and hearings, and the role of the local government manager. Mr. Wrighton is the author of several published articles, most dealing with local government issues. He served as general editor of one of ICMA’s best selling books, Effective Supervisory Practices: Better Results Through Teamwork, 4th Edition, 2005.
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