Author: Ben Kittelson

Podcast: Community Building and Agricultural Urbanism with Tim Maslow, Groveland, FL

Tim Maslow Community and Economic Development Director City of Groveland, FL LinkedIn Planning with natural charm. Tim Maslow, Community and Economic Development Director for the City of Groveland, Florida, joined the podcast to talk about planning and urbanism. He shared how Groveland is working to manage population growth, retain natural amenities, and create walkable places. … Continued

Podcast: Building a Customer Service Culture with Melissa Cantarero Weiss, Wauwatosa, WI

Melissa Cantarero Weiss Deputy City Administrator City of Wauwatosa, WI LinkedIn Strategy and service. Melissa Cantarero Weiss, Deputy City Administrator for the City of Wauwatosa, Wisconsin, joined the podcast to talk about building a customer service culture. She shared how they engaged employees in developing customer service values and integrating customer service into training, employee … Continued

Podcast: Community Trust and Engagement with Zencity and Cary, NC

Dan Ault Assistant Town Manager and Chief Innovation Officer Cary, NC LinkedIn Eyal Feder-Levy CEO and Co-Founder Zencity LinkedIn The civic infrastructure of the futrure. Two guests joined the podcast to talk about using technology to better engage residents and improve trust in local government. Dan Ault is the Assistant Town Manager and Chief Innovation … Continued

Podcast: The Evolving Nature of Equity in Practice with Dr. Benoy Jacob, University of Wisconsin

Dr. Benoy Jacob Director, Community Development Institute University of Wisconsin-Madison, Division of Extension Bio | LinkedIn Governing for equity. Dr. Benoy Jacob, the Director of the Community Development Institute at the University of Wisconsin-Madison’s Division of Extension, joined the podcast to talk about bridging the theory and practice of equity in local government. He shared … Continued

Four New Board Members Join the ELGL Board of Directors

The ELGL board of directors recently approved the appointments for four new board members to help run the national organization. These appointments reflect the expansion of the board resulting from recent bylaw changes and allow the organization to implement staggered, three-year terms for all board members. “We are so excited to have these local government … Continued

Nominations Open for the 2022 Top Influencers in Local Government Award

The award, previously named the Traeger Award, is named after Chris Traeger, the city manager for the fictional City of Pawnee, Indiana on the show “Park and Recreation.” He was known for extreme energy and commitment to improving local government. One of our strategic goals as an organization is to find the joy in local … Continued

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