Another busy week full of travel and local government learning – Kent Wyatt and Ben McCready were in Fontana, WI for the Illinois/Wisconsin City Manager’s Association conference; and I was in Everett, WA for the Association of Washington Cities conference with Chris Maddox and Luke Fretwell. Both opportunities allowed us to meet IRL some ELGL friends who have been doing great work for us (here’s lookin’ at you, Zach Ratkai and Chad Doran).
I also had the chance to geek out pretty hard about some collaboration that’s occurring at the local government level around GIS services. AWC is facilitating a “GIS Consortium” where municipalities can pool resources to enhance or develop their data and GIS footprint. It’s exactly the kind of collaboration that I love to see, and I’ll be meeting with the consultants who put the AWC program together to see how ELGL members could benefit from similar programming or education.
- Welcome to ELGL! We added 25 new members to the ELGL family, and one new organizational member – the city of Evanston, Illinois.
- This week’s Jobs, Jobs, Jobs featured Ticketmaster vouchers.
- We posted job openings from Clackamas County, the SGR job board, and Bang the Table.
- Ben Collins from Plain Township, OH told us about his journey to local government.
Communicate (ELGL.org Content):
- The nation (or at least four cities and their staff) rejoiced when we announced the final four for the Inaugural Trending Now! Award.
Travels With Zoe continued with a recap of her stop in Prague and #13Percent.
- Ashley Freuchting told us how three local governments increased their social media impact.
- We told the stories from the #WACities and #WIILCMA16 conferences:
- Kent continued his inquiries into the operations of the League of Oregon Cities.
Communicate (By the Numbers):
- ELGL.org had 18,370 page views (13,800 unique views) on 26 blog posts.
- The most popular post of the week? Final 4 for the Inaugural Trending Now! Award
- Our Tweets from the main ELGL account had 79,40o impressions.
- We added 20 new Facebook followers and our posts reached 3,800 people from the main ELGL Facebook page.
- Here’s an overview of the four sessions that ELGL ran at the AWC conference in Everett, WA.
- Nominations are now being accepted for the institutional knowledge project, our effort to capture the knowledge of our retiring local government colleagues.
- Save the Date: Local Governments & Local and Regional Food Economies
- Save the Date: Technology Efficiency Series on Snapchat
- This week on the GovLove Podcast: Charlotte Open Streets with Sarah Hazel & Monica Holmes
- As ELGL criss-crosses the country, conducting trainings and assisting at conferences, it’s becoming apparent that we can really add value to the local government community by not just commenting on the trainings we attend, but by also showing the nuts-and-bolts logistics of what we present, so those sessions can be replicated by our members in their organizations.
- Stay tuned for the ways we compile all of these presentations in a way that is easy for our members to use and copy into the future.
- Here’s my favorite GIF of the week:
Questions? Comments? Drop me a note and let me know how ELGL can best serve you!