Dear ELGL members,
It was a short week (we were on vacation earlier in the week), but an eventful one. No joke – I was doing jazz hands at my desk about the three items included in this weekly update. We hired an amazing Program Coordinator; started the implementation process for new membership software, and we’re gearing up big-time for #ELGLPopUps.
Have a great week –
I’m excited to announce that we hired Noor Shaikh as ELGL’s Program Coordinator. In this capacity, Noor will work on long range projects like our training opportunities (conferences, etc.), outreach (especially on college campuses and MPA/MPP programs), and our upcoming software implementation (more about that in the next section).
Noor is the perfect candidate for this job because she’s smart, dedicated to local government service, and a tremendously hard worker.
So much of ELGL’s growth and success is the result of awesome people working really hard and smart on cool projects. I can’t wait for Noor to get started on some great projects!
This week I signed a contract with Member365 to upgrade our membership experience. We’ll use this software on the backend of ELGL.org for our members; it will allow us to offer services like a member directory, emailing, event registration, job board, and an easier registration and renewal process.
It’s not cheap; we’re paying $2,500 up front, and then $275 per month for the service. But we’ll also eliminate some costs (MailChimp, EventBrite, most notably) so the monthly charge is no net change.
Because ELGL started as a local, volunteer effort without the express initial intent to grow into an international association, we never implemented the tools that we need now given our size. This is a huge step forward for us and I’m not going to lie – when I signed the contract, I did a little happy dance at my desk which involved a lot of clapping and squealing.
As members, you won’t notice a huge change. ELGL.org will look and feel the same. You will notice a new experience when you log in and have opportunities to connect with members, review the job board, and more. The decision to work with Member365 came after I sat through 11 (!) demos of similar products. This tool was the most affordable and had the features and functionality that matter most to ELGL.
August is a funky time of the year – a ton of people are on vacation and work generally seems to slow down in a lot of local governments. #CityHallSelfie day was an awesome way to engage people and this year’s experience was bigger than ever.
But now it’s time to shift our focus and excitement to the four #ELGLPopUp conferences!
Each of the locations has an incredible agenda planned and September 22 will be another chance for ELGL to make a nationwide impact by sharing what we learn with each other.
If you haven’t registered yet, you can sign up online here. The cost is $25/students, $50/members, and $75/nonmembers (includes ELGL membership).