Category: Morning Buzz

Why We’re Ditching Resumes

We’ve been working on a new diversity, equity, and inclusion initiative.  This new initiative has many prongs and one of the pieces I am most involved in is working toward reducing bias in job application screening.  We’ll be training all of our interview panels and eliminating names from job applications.  Why eliminate names from job … Continued

T. Hanks For Everything!

Right Now with Mario Smith (LinkedIn/Twitter) What I’m reading: Reading the new traffic and parking restrictions in Madrid. What I’m watching: Family Feud with my spouse. What I’m listening to: All the voices in my head telling me about the million things I need to accomplish in order to retire and transition from the military. It’s … Continued

Complete Count

I was selected to serve on Colorado’s Complete Count Campaign Committee, Colorado’s 2020 decennial census organizing group. I thought I knew a few things about the census as I came up to my first meeting – I’ve heard some presentations on the importance of a complete count and was aware of the financial impacts the … Continued


Right Now with Nick Smith (Linkedin/Twitter) What I’m watching:  YouTube videos about completing the side missions in Red Dead Redemption 2 (I’m thisclose to being 100% done, y’all). What I’m listening to:  The Hold Steady – Stay Positive Good morning, everyone! I was just reading Kendra Davis’ recent Morning Buzz trying to figure out which 500-700 … Continued

Morning Buzz: The First Big Mistake

What I’m watching – our City Council’s last Priority Setting session because it will be MY job to coordinate it this year, and I need all the help I can get. What I’m reading – Heartland by Sarah Smarsh, which is such an honest, tender, unapologetic look at my home state and the people there. … Continued

Join the Morning Buzz Team

ELGL has a team of people who produce the daily “Morning Buzz” posts that provide interesting insights into local government topics. We’re currently looking for a few more people to join the Buzz Team. The application is online here, and is due by December 28. Frequently Asked Questions What’s the Morning Buzz? The Morning Buzz … Continued

Go for the Joke!

What I’m Reading: Spider-Man: Enter the Spider-Verse (2018) #1 What I’m Watching: The Ballad of Buster Scruggs What I’m Listening to: When A Cowboy Trades His Spurs For Wings– Willie Watson and Tim Blake Nelson Go for the Joke! Morning Buzz with Douglas Shontz In the local government profession, we deal with important issues. These … Continued

Appreciation With a Traeger Bow

Morning Buzz by Kirsten Wyatt What I’m Reading: Pachinko by Min Jin Lee What I’m Watching: Rewatching West Wing on Netflix What I’m Listening To: The Daily Podcast by New York Times Over the years, I’ve met people who claim to be “so busy” and can’t find any time to welcome someone new to the … Continued

Four Lessons from Rebranding West Allis

Jenny Kosek, Communications Strategist for the City of West Allis, WI is taking over the Morning Buzz today to share her stories of rebranding. My city, West Allis, WI, just went through a rebranding process that was a long time in the making. In 2017, our Common Council adopted a Five Year Strategic Plan with … Continued

Holding Space

I’ll keeping this one short and sweet. We all know someone struggling this holiday season.  And we all know someone who is struggling and holding it all in so no one knows. May we all remember that we have colleagues, co-workers and yes, even constituents we serve, who are bearing burdens this holiday season seen … Continued

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