What a week! ELGL made its first visit to Kentucky, and we had the most web visits on ELGL.org of all time! Let’s celebrate with a weekly update:
My trip to Louisville was awesome – here’s the recap of the trip, including session highlights and an overview of the presentation I gave on workforce development. After being home for a few days, I’ve had a chance to reflect on this conference, and I’m going to go out on a limb and say it was the best local government conference I’ve ever attended (other than ELGL conferences, natch).
Why was it such a great conference? Three main reasons:
- First, the speaker lineup was exemplary – a great mix of professionals and vendors (for example, in one panel on digital cities, the panel included two CIOs and someone from Comcast) with an emphasis on practicality.
- Second, the attendees were so energetic. The conference had a great vibe – so much excitement for public sector innovation. There was definitely a sense that people wanted to be there, and they weren’t forced to go by their boss, or were just cutting out of work for a few days.
- Last, the 1.5 day length was perfect to get in a lot of learning, without dragging on for days and days.
I highly recommend marking your calendars for the 2017 Government Innovation & Performance Summit.
We also had a banner week on ELGL.org, because of the intense interest in our Trending Now! award program. We’re really excited to see so much energy and enthusiasm about how local governments use social media. It’s important to recognize and celebrate good work and we’re hopeful that awards like Trending Now! will showcase the best work that’s being done in the public sector.
ELGL Weekly Update – 06.19.16
- We are family! We added 27 new members to the ELGL family, and three new organizational members – the city of Ft. Lauderdale, FL; Tayo Inc.; and the Association of Washington Cities.
- This week’s Jobs, Jobs, Jobs featured celebrity emojis.
- We posted job openings from Chesterfield, SGR’s job board, Portland, Issaquah, and Hillsboro.
- Stephanie Scafa from the City of Eugene introduced herself to the ELGL family.
- We’re super pumped to cohost a social event during the ICMA conference with the newly formed CivicPRIDE group.
- And we’re also ringing in the new (fiscal) year with a social in Portland, cohosted with OCCMA and OGFOA.
Communicate (ELGL.org Content):
- We launched Travels With Zoe and learned about her first stop in Prague with ICMA.
- We announced the finalists for the Trending Now! award.
- Our friends at Dutch Bros. were featured in Forbes, so we revisited the cool things that we can learn from Dutch Bros. culture in local government.
- I shared my perspectives from my Governing Magazine trip to Louisville, KY.
- Mayor Knauss from Chewelah, WA shared her ideas on how to get high school students involved with municipal government.
- We added “Workplace Confessionals” to the Workforce Development Toolbox, and started accepted submissions (like this one) as examples of how NOT to behave in your local government job.
- Kent continued his inquiry into the ineffectiveness of the League of Oregon Cities.
- We posted part II of “Data Download” – here’s my favorite line from the post:
- ELGL will not tiptoe around this challenge. We will not post blog articles that are apologetic for speaking the truth. We know these numbers make many uncomfortable. We also firmly believe that sometimes progress comes from working through that discomfort, not making excuses and backing down from our stance. We believe that this approach will help us #BalanceTheBench – the hashtag we want to use to describe a reality where there’s gender equity in local government management.
Communicate (By the Numbers):
- ELGL.org had 24,478 page views (16,835 unique views) on 31 blog posts.
- The most popular post of the week? The Trending Now! award blew everyone else out of the water.
- Our Tweets from the main ELGL account had 76,00o impressions.
- We added 26 new Facebook followers and our posts reached 21,670 people from the main ELGL Facebook page.
- This week: We’re in Everett, Washington for the Association of Washington Cities conference.
- And also this week: We’re in Fontana, Wisconsin for the WCMA & ILCMA summer conference.
- It’s the last “Between Two Interns” podcast with Roger and Mark (their fellowships conclude on June 30). Listen to their interview with Lake Oswego, Oregon city manager Scott Lazenby.
- Kent pregamed for his interview with What Works Cities’ Zach Markovits and then he did a postgame wrap up.
- Submit the song that reminds you of your dad – you might get interviewed for a future ep of GovLove!
Here’s my favorite GIF of the week: