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VAN MILLIGEN, Michael C. (Lansing, IL, Mar. 16, 1956-- ). Van Milligen became the City Manager of Dubuque in 1993. Previously he had served as the assistant village manager of Skokie, Illinois from 1987 to 1992 and in the public information office of Skokie from 1986 to 1987.

In Dubuque, Van Milligen served on the executive committee and board of directors of the DUBUQUE RACING ASSOCIATION and the GREATER DUBUQUE DEVELOPMENT CORPORATION. He was the 1997 campaign chairperson of the United Way and a board member of the Dubuque Youth Leadership Council, Grand Opera House Foundation, DUBUQUE AREA LABOR-MANAGEMENT COUNCIL, East Central Intergovernmental Association, Dubuque Metropolitan Transportation Study and the DUBUQUE AREA CHAMBER OF COMMERCE Convention and Visitors Bureau.

Van Milligen has been a member of the Dubuque chapter of the NATIONAL ASSOCIATION FOR THE ADVANCEMENT OF COLORED PEOPLE (N.A.A.C.P.); Community Based Task Force on Gangs, Drugs, and Youth Violence; Dubuque County Dairy Association; Governor's Strategic Planning Team for Strong Families; and the Dubuque Transportation System Innovation Zone Study Group.

In 2003, Van Milligen was named the Outstanding Manager of the Year by the ICMA. This award recognizes a local government administrator who has initiated and implemented creative, innovative projects and programs in the management of his or her community. In 2004, he was featured as part of the Harvard University John F. Kennedy School of Government “Innovators in Public Service” Series. Van Milligen was named Manager of the Year in September 2007 by the Iowa City/County Management Association. This annual award honors chief administrators whose accomplishments and superior work performance represent the best possible application of management principles and whose creative contributions to professional local government management increases public awareness of the value of professional management to the quality of life in Iowa communities. He was also awarded the 2009 Joe Lukehart Service Award by the Iowa City/County Management Association. The award is presented to individuals who have promoted or enhanced the city/county management profession in Iowa, and who have made outstanding contributions to the Iowa City/County Management Association. Additionally, the award is given to individuals responsible for promoting the professional development of the IaCMA.

In 2009, Van Milligen was named Public Executive of the Year by the Novogradac Community Development Foundation. The annual award is given to an executive who has had a particularly strong impact in the field of community development or has assisted substantially in the advancement of community development, policy agenda, and legislative priorities.

Van Milligen served as the 2005-2006 president of the Iowa City/County Management Association.

In 2010 Van Milligen was named a National Academy of Public Administration Fellow by the Academy's board of directors. Nominated by three existing Fellows, the nominee had to be recommended for consideration by a nominating committee of Existing Fellows and then be elected by a vote of all Fellows. In 2010 there were approximately 700 NAPA Fellows with Van Milligen one of only 72 current or former city or county managers elected to the group.



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