I just returned home to Oregon after a week in North Carolina, where I had the chance to attend the North Carolina Local Government Budget Association summer conference. NCLGBA leadership put on a stellar conference, and I look forward to partnering with them in the future on more learning and networking opportunities. Let me articulate how impressed I am with the NCLGBA by quoting a blog post from this past week that Kent wrote:
They are 150 to 200 dedicated local government professionals. They don’t impose strict membership requirements based on job title. You could be a planner with no experience in finance or budgeting and join the group. They have affordable dues which are not based on your salary. This is the way it should be.
The outdated thinking that you need a certain title to join a city managers group or finance group is the thinking that chases people away from local government. There is not a single position in local government where you only interact with one function such as budgeting, streets, water. In a successful local government organization, cross departmental work is ingrained in the culture.
Also this week, Ben, Kent and I did a Perscope GovLove interview on my departure from the assistant city manager role in West Linn, Oregon. We hadn’t planned ahead to do this, but when we found ourselves at the beach together, the chance to talk honestly and openly was there and so we decided to record it. You can rewatch it on Periscope or you can listen to it on a future episode of GovLove.
New ELGL Best Friend:
- Last week, I started a new feature where I give away a free ELGL membership to someone working in local government who’s doing great work at the municipal level (LA Mayor Garcetti was last week’s recipient).
- This week, I’m pleased to welcome New Jersey Senator Cory Booker to ELGL! Kent, Ben and I were discussing our dream GovLove podcast guests and one of mine is Senator Booker. Fun fact: I’ve been writing to Senator Booker (and Amy Poehler) every year since 2013 to invite them to the annual ELGL conferences. So far, they haven’t accepted the invitation, but it’s probably just a matter of time before they’re headlining…
- Welcome to ELGL! We added 33 new members to the ELGL family, including Mecklenburg County, North Carolina.
- This week’s Jobs, Jobs, Jobs was the “Hey Bae” edition.
- Our friends with SGR shared their job board.
- ELGL members graciously tested our new text polling software, and we used it (to moderate success, thanks to slow internet connection) at the NCLGBA conference.
- Tim Wolff explained how Sim City led him to a career in local government management.
- We shared a cool opportunity from What Works Cities for ELGL members to get involved.
- We met Ryan Krueger from the city of Troutdale, Oregon.
Communicate (ELGL.org Content):
- Today’s national emoji day, so we celebrated by re-reading Mike Ekey’s awesome article.
- There was dancing in the streets in KCMO when we announced that they won the first annual Trending Now! award.
- ELGL launched a new column series, asking our members to share where they were eight years ago, and where they’ll be eight years from now.
- Tara Smelt urged us to “…remember, while it takes a group to make a movement to push towards change, that movement will always start with one person…”
- Morning Buzz excellence:
Communicate (By the Numbers):
- Sign up to learn from Vision Internet’s free webinar training on User Experience (UX), content strategy and more.
- We shared information about an informative HR training session featuring Oregon’s HR superstars.
- On behalf of a member, we’re seeking your performance improvement stories – tell us what you know!
- Here are our NCLGBA Presentation materials.
- ELGL at the Beach:
- We broke you off with two episodes of GovLove:
- And, we Periscope recorded a future episode of GovLove, where Kent and Ben interview me about my decision to stand up for myself in my former job in West Linn, Oregon.