July 17, 2016

July 17, 2016


This week, in an impromptu Periscope interview, Kent, Ben and I talked about workforce gender discrimination.

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The outdated thinking that you need a certain title to join a city managers group or finance group is the thinking that chases people away from local government.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.

Please contact me if you have any questions or concerns you’d like ELGL to address; you can tweet at me to @kowyatt or email me directly. Thank you!

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…


Communicate (ELGL.org Content):

Communicate (By the Numbers):

  • ELGL.org had 10,700 on 18 blog posts.
  • The most popular post of the week? The Trending Now! Award Winner announcement.
  • 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.



Final Thoughts:

  • Here’s my favorite GIF of the week:


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