Category: State of Local Government

Future of Public Hearings

Travis Parker, City of Lakewood Colorado Planning Director, writes about how the role of technology played in changing the public hearing process in Lakewood.   Throughout our country the business of local government is conducted in public hearings. Councils, boards and commissions sit behind a dais on a weeknight and listen to public comment before deliberating … Continued

Local Focus: Banning the M-Word

Local Focus is the League of Oregon Cities’ monthly magazine covering current city issues and trends. It is distributed to 3,500 city officials each month, primarily mayors, city councilors and city managers. ELGL has agreed to write a monthly article for the publication. Classifying and categorizing objects is a deeply ingrained aspect of human nature. Most … Continued

Humanism in Local Government

Kyle Knott, LinkedIn & Twitter, has worked at Village of Mukwonago, Wisconsin, Elk Grove Township, Illinois, and DeKalb County Business Incubator.  My first post was about the concept of professionalism. I wanted to convey that, at its core, professionalism calls for an abandonment of individuality to conform to a culture. This culture stresses the necessity of responsibility, accountability, and … Continued

I Have to Ask: Creating a Policy Lab

In this series, guest columnists respond to one of three topics selected by ELGL co-founder Kent Wyatt. This week Ben Clark, Associate Professor of Public Administration at the University of Oregon, writes about the potential of a Lane County-PPPM Policy Lab. For more info, read the policy lab report by Katie Fields, Keith Frazee, Darian Lightfoot, and Grace … Continued

Ask Ellie & Jill: Internal Candidate

In the series, ELGL members can anonymously send their questions, difficulties or scenarios to [email protected] and receive a response from the ghost writing response team. Your name, organization and other details will not be shared in the posting or subsequent response. Dear Ellie & Jill, A promotion opportunity has come open in my City due to retirement. I don’t … Continued

The Importance of Living: Why Your Mental Health Matters

By Sam Taylor, LinkedIn & Twitter One work afternoon in October 2017, I thought I was dying. My world was despair and fear. I found myself in an emergency room, unable to intelligibly communicate, disoriented, and my entire body fuzzy and tingling. I was wheeled back to a room faster than I ever have been … Continued

Ask Ellie & Jill: Working with Unions for the First Time

In the series, ELGL members can anonymously send their questions, difficulties or scenarios to [email protected] and receive a response from the ghost writing response team. Your name, organization and other details will not be shared in the posting or subsequent response. Dear Ellie & Jill, What advice do you have for someone who is interviewing for a job that … Continued

Sharpening Your Saw

What I’m listening to – @SparkleStories with my kids at bedtime What I’m watching – #sportsmanship What I’m doing – planning some summer camping trips Managing in a smaller, more remote area I have found that high-quality training is a luxury. It is a personal value – one I am sure I share with ELGL … Continued

Father’s Day 2018: Rock & Remember

Father’s Day 2018 is less than a week away! We want to know the best fatherly advice that you received and the song that reminds you of your dad. We’ll post submissions throughout the week. In the meantime, listen to the GovLove podcast episode – Podcast: Dad Talk – Balancing Budgets and Diapers. [contact-form to=”[email protected]” subject=”Dad’s … Continued

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