I have some big news to share. Huge! Yuuuuuuuge!
If you’ve been following along with these weekly updates, you may have noticed that ELGL is growing quickly. We’re adding an average of 20 new members every week. And our members are incredible, engaged and ready to take advantage of all of the connection, communication and education opportunities that ELGL offers.
Because of this unprecedented growth in the organization, effective August 1, we’ve decided to decrease the annual dues from $30 to $25.
Yep, you read that right. We’re passing along the bounty of our growth in the form of lower dues to our members. Student membership will remain at $0, and organizational membership will increase (slightly) from $230 to $250 for entire organizations to join ELGL.
Why are we doing this? First and foremost, it’s aligned with our strategic vision for ELGL, which states that we’re going to make ELGL resources and opportunities available to anyone with a passion for public service. We do not want cost to be a barrier to engagement with ELGL – and this relates to everything we do, from annual dues, to conference costs.
We also want ELGL members to recognize that the decisions we make for this organization are driven solely by our membership’s best interests. ELGL isn’t a moneymaking venture and our business plan is focused on content, education opportunities, and authentic relationships.
Lastly, another major reason why we’re able to lower the dues for individual members is because we continue to build and grow our relationships with organization sponsors like GovHRUSA and ICMA (and more) who subsidize our major events and activities. We’ve been able to build out these meaningful relationships because of our individual members, who attest to the value and benefit that ELGL provides to them. I am grateful for this and it wouldn’t be possible without all of you.
- New members alert! We added 29 new members to the ELGL family.
- We published the map and final happy hour location details for the August 3 ELGL/CPBB event.
- And, we began compiling the myriad events and activities that ELGL is hosting at #ICMA16.
- ELGL org member Clackamas County just won a prestigious award from NACO.
- National #CityHallSelfie day is August 15. (Who will visit the most city halls on that one day?!)
- Jobs, Jobs, Jobs had a #CityHallSelfie theme this week. We also shared jobs from Beaverton, Iowa City, and Portland.
- We met Justin Amos from Charlotte, NC and learned about his passions for local gov and home brewing.
- And, we met Lisa Henty from Durham County, NC and found out that she also loves local gov and baking (let’s crowdfund a brewery-slash-bakery that Justin and Lisa can operate, shall we?!).
Communicate (ELGL.org Content):
- Ashley Jacobs shared her perspective that local government hiring process are a lot like… reality TV.
- Chris Maddox offered some excellent advice about interviewing for new jobs.
- Our friends from RFPIO shared information about new trends in local government purchasing.
- #ELGL13 and #ELGL15 keynoter Governor Christine Gregoire was in the news again, this time for her role in spearheading a leadership team to address Seattle, WA’s transportation challenges.
- Dylan Feik from Calistoga, CA share his “life in presidential terms.“
- So much Morning Buzz excellence this week:
Communicate (By the Numbers):
- Twitter Town Hall hosted by What Works Cities on how data can help cities drive results.
- Member Chad Doran shared his experiences from TCU’s leadership program.
- Kent, Ben and Kirsten first tried this interactive word cloud exercise at NCLGBA and this week, we had our whole membership answer the question: in one word, describe your feelings about the silver tsunami of boomer retirements.