This was a difficult week for the ELGL family. Starting with the shootings of Mr. Alton Sterling in Baton Rouge, LA and Mr. Philando Castile in Falcon Heights, MN, and then with the police shootings in Dallas, TX, we were all rocked to the core. Much of the dialogue this week on the ELGL management team Slack channel was about how local governments can best care for and respond to their employees when tragedies happen. Do you have examples from your organization you’d like to share? We’d love to highlight strategies, programs and approaches that work (and no, referring employees to an EAP doesn’t cut the mustard).
Also this week, we installed Romulus to ELGL.org’s “Contact Us” page. This is our way to build out systems that allow ELGL to be as responsive to our now 1,500 members (!) as we were back when we were just getting started and could count our members on two hands. Romulus is a communications and workflow management tool designed for local governments; they are kind enough to allow us to use the resource for free as part of their support of ELGL.
New ELGL Best Friend:
- I’m starting a new feature in this Weekly Update where I give away a free ELGL membership to someone working in local government who’s doing great work at the municipal level.
- This week, I’m pleased to welcome Los Angeles Mayor Eric Garcetti to ELGL. Take a listen to this Freakonomics podcast with Mayor Garcetti and you’ll be as excited as I am about this “polymath who relies heavily on data and new technologies” to guide his municipal leadership.
- Welcome to ELGL! We added 24 new members to the ELGL family.
- We shared the city manager job for Milwaukie, Oregon, and the City of Beaverton, Oregon job board.
- We hosted a Twitter conversation for our members to react, respond and share on the officer involved shooting deaths in MN and LA. Here’s the transcript.
- We posted and shared online resources to support the Dallas PD and DART.
- ICMA posted their coaching program survey on ELGL.org to get ELGL member feedback.
Communicate (ELGL.org Content):
- We had more eyes on ELGL content than ever before, largely because of the Trending Now! award program.
- We started a new partnership with Stone Mountain Advisers and posted a blog about regional collaboration.
- From NRC: top 10 reasons to write a top 10 list
- Kent Wyatt interviewed Michael Karlik, founder of City Council Chronicles., and also admitted that Pokemon confuses him.
- Matt Horn shared his story about how he found local government.
- Ashley Jacobs talked about resiliency and what she’s learned during career changes.
Communicate (By the Numbers):
- ELGL.org had 25,500 pageviews and 11,200 users on 24 blog posts.
- The most popular post of the week? Vote Now for the Trending Now! Award
- Our Tweets from the main ELGL account had 73,10o impressions.
- We added 17 new Facebook followers and our posts reached 3,320 people from the main ELGL Facebook page.
- We’re excited to partner with MRSC for a webinar on social media on July 19.
- Here’s the landing page for our trip this week to Wrightsville Beach for the North Carolina Local Government Budget Association conference.
- We’re presenting on #13Percent and workforce development at NCLGBA; here’s some background on #13Percent we shared in advance of the conference.
- On GovLove, Ben Kittelson showcased Greensboro, North Carolina’s method of participatory budgeting.
- We also posted a bonus! episode of GovLove, with Josh Schoemann from Washington County, Wisconsin.
- And, we also spread the ELGL podcast love and featured the McHenry County, Illinois podcast.