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Knope of the Week: Dan Bauer, Deborah Scroggins, Kevin Campbell, Mary Beth Henry

[youtube http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=7OIqkmMC1sw&w=560&h=315] After a long holiday break including a brief jump off the fiscal cliff, the Knope of the Week is rested and ready to anoint the standouts in the local government arena for 2013. This year recipients will not only the incredible fame and glory associated with the award, but they will be recognized … Continued

Guest Buzzer Intro: Mary Beth Henry

Hi, I’m Mary Beth Henry your guest buzzer for Valentine’s Day. I’m the manager of the Office for Community Technology at the City of Portland and the Staff Director of the Mt. Hood Cable Regulatory Commission (mhcrc.org). I’ve always believed that our role as local government officials is to bring the proper amount of the future into … Continued

10.05.12 Knope of the Week – Mary Beth Henry

[youtube http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=SdhLJim5JxI&w=560&h=315] The 42nd Knope of the Week has been selected after a week long search for the individual(s) or group who has done the most to advance the mission of ELGL. In case you haven’t yet memorized the ELGL mission statement, here it is in its entirety, THE MISSION of the Oregon Emerging Local Government … Continued

Lightning Round with Mary Beth Henry, City of Portland

Mary Beth Henry, Manager Office for Community Technology/Mt Hood Cable Regulatory Commission City of Portland Favorite book of all-time: Micropolis in Transition by Dr. Edward Henry (full disclosure – yes he is my father)– Financed by the Ford Foundation and published in 1971 it is a case study of the challenges facing a small city in … Continued

Knope of the Week: Rick Usher, Kansas City (MO) Assistant City Manager

Knope of the Week Lands on Ted Talks Rick Usher (LinkedIn and Twitter) is the Assistant City Manager for Small Business & Entrepreneurship and has been employed by the City of Kansas City, Mo. since 1985. He’s a guru on Google Fiber. He’s a historian on Cookingham. And he’s a master communicator on Twitter. And now, … Continued

#ELGL14 Speaker Bios: Fiber, Fiber, Fiber

At our Fiber, Fiber Fiber session we’ll learn from these experts about Google fiber, independent fiber, and more! Mary Beth Henry, Director, Office of Community Technology, Portland, OR Bio: Oversee broadband infrastructure and adoption initiatives and advocate for the public interest in communications technology. Catalyze investment of resources to ensure the benefits of communications technology are … Continued

#ELGL14 Complete Schedule

 The countdown is on: registration for #ELGL14 opens at 7:00 a.m. on Friday, September 5.  Here’s the full conference agenda so you can get early approval to spend October 17 with ELGL at the Kennedy School.  You’ll notice one very important thing: this conference agenda is chock full o’ relevant local government information that will … Continued

Knope of the Week: Mark Funkhouser, Publisher of Governing

Half Mayor, Half Father, All Funk His Twitter bio says it all, “Half mayor, half father, all Funk. Mayor of KCMO from 5/07 to 5/11. Publisher of GOVERNING.” The man behind that bio is Mark Funkhouser and he is the Knope of the Week. His credentials are impeccable from city auditor to Mayor of Kansas City to … Continued

#ELGL13 Table Assignments

The wait is over – table assignments for #ELGL13 have been made! Here’s what you need to know about tables at the conference: How did ELGL assign tables? You’ll recall that you answered a series of questions about public service, Portland culture, and your preferences when you registered for #ELGL13.  We matched up your answers … Continued

Back-to-Back: ELGL Member Wins LOC Award for 2nd Year in a Row

  First Mary Beth Henry, now Erik Kvarsten is honored with the League of Oregon Cities (LOC) Herman Kehril Award. The award is given to a city employee whose exceptional contributions to city government in Oregon have provided lasting benefits to the community. Erik Kvarsten, Greshman city manager, was an early supporter of ELGL and a lifetime supporter … Continued

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