Say WA!? ELGL expands to Washington State


Home to the Super Bowl champions, Macklemore & Ryan Lewis, Grey’s Anatomy, and Twilight, Washington state adds a new family member this week…….ELGL. We are proud to announce a new partnership with the Association of Washington Cities (AWC).  This new partnership will bring ELGL programming and information to local government professionals working in Washington cities.  ELGL also plans on tapping into the remarkable knowledge base from AWC staff to arrange webinars and blog columns to share trending news that other communities can use.

Alison Hellberg and Candice Bock will be the main points of contact through AWC and will work in close partnership with ELGL to align ELGL and AWC programming and articles.


What Is ELGL?

ELGL is a big-tent organization connecting all functions of the local government arena. We have more than 600 members from 25 different states with four chapters – Midwest, Pacific, Southeast, and Southwest.

We define “emerging” as anyone interesting in launching themselves into the next step of their career. This could be a city manager interested in moving to a bigger city or a planner interested in becoming a community development director. Most of our members are actively involved in other professional associations such as American Planning Association, Government Finance Officers Association, ICMA, 3CMA, and Association of Municipal Recorder.

Here’s what the local government community is saying about ELGL:

If you want to keep up with the leading edge thinkers among the next generation of leaders…be a member of ELGL.  Ron Holifield, CEO, Strategic Gov’t Resources

ELGL is probably the coolest and most informative public administration-related organization I’m aware of.  Eric Peterson, City Manager, Hillsborough, NC

ELGL is this really cool group… that are our profession’s future, as a profession and as an association, in my opinionBonnie Svrcek, ICMA Past President and Lynchburg Deputy City Manager

In one year, I will renew my membership because ELGL is rejuvenating public service with its positive and youthful energy.  Leisha DeHart-Davis, UNC Professor of Public Administration

Learn more about ELGL members by reading the following articles:  What ELGL Means to Me, (Re)Filling the Big Tent, and Faces of the Future.


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Become part of the effort by joining ELGL todayIndividual membership is $30 and student membership is free. Organizational membership is $230 and includes 10 memberships and unlimited job advertisements on our website which receives 14,000 views a month and on our social media channels (Facebook. LinkedIn, Instagram, Pinterest, and Twitter).

Word on the Street


“We’re excited to join forces with AWC,” said ELGL Program Manager Ben Kittelson.  “AWC shares our passion for local government, and offers a similar emphasis on professionalism and connectivity through their association.  I predict that ELGL and AWC will have a very strong partnership,” Kittelson said.

broncosafetyELGL co-founder Kent Wyatt believes,

“ELGL and AWC is the perfect partnership. AWC is one of the leading state associations by offering timely programming and a comprehensive job board. For ELGL, it’s an opportunity to expand our current membership in Washington state. Last week, we contacted our membership with Washington connections to allow them to start communicating the new endeavor. ELGL supporters — Heather Gantz (Waldron), Julie Underwood (former Shoreline city manager), Dave O’Leary (Shelton city manager), and Rhyan Van Horn (Evans School) — have already provided an extensive list of Washington contacts.”

Washington has been the focus of a number of web features on including: Doug Schulze, Bainbridge Island City ManagerCharlie Bush, City of Issaquah, Deputy City AdministratorJulie Underwood, former Shoreline City ManagerJon Funfar, Pasco (WA) Communications Specialist, and Governor Chris Gregoire.

What’s Next

Over the next couple of weeks, we will build our membership base in Washington and continue to develop Washington-related content. In mid-August, we will accept applications for the  Advisory Board. Initial programming in Washington will begin in September.

Please show your enthusiasm for this new ELGL partnership by sending a HT tweet to @awcities.  And fill out this quick survey below to indicate your interest levels in some potential future webinars with our friends from Washington.

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