Author: Ben Kittelson

ELGL Welcomes 2024-2027 Board of Directors Members

Three new local government professionals are joining the ELGL Board of Directors for three-year terms. ELGL is excited to announce the appointment of Mike Ekey, Olivia Hilton, and Jackie Wehmeyer to terms beginning on July 1, 2024. “Mike, Olivia, and Jackie will add needed skill sets and perspective to ELGL,” said Warren Kagarise, ELGL Board … Continued

Podcast: City Planning from Waaaay Downtown with Caitlin Clark, Scottsdale, AZ

Caitlin Clark Planning Specialist City of Scottsdale, AZ LinkedIn The Real Deal Caitlin Clark. The most famous planner in the nation joined the podcast to talk about her work and starring in a television commercial. Caitlin Clark, Planning Specialist for the City of Scottsdale, Arizona, shared her career path to working in local government and … Continued

Podcast: Inclusive Transportation with Veronica O. Davis

Veronica O. Davis Author Inclusive Transportation: A Manifesto for Repair Divided Communities LinkedIn | Twitter Empathy and change. Veronica O. Davis joined the podcast to talk about her book, Inclusive Transportation: A Manifesto for Repairing Divided Communities. She discussed a different way to center equity in transportation, the importance of centering people in the planning … Continued

Podcast: Strategic Planning and Leadership with Josh Edwards, Athens-Clarke County, GA

Josh Edwards Assistant Manager Athens-Clarke County, GA LinkedIn | Twitter Drawing ideas out of people and implementing those ideas. Josh Edwards, Assistant Manager for Athens-Clarke County, Georgia, joined the podcast to talk about leadership, the role of an Assistant Manager, and strategic planning. He discussed how the organization created its first organization-wide strategic plan, how … Continued

Podcast: Putting Assets to Work with Kimberly Olivares and Ben McAdams

Kimberly Olivares Deputy Chief Financial Officer City of Austin, TX Bio | LinkedIn Ben McAdams Senior Fellow GFOA Bio | LinkedIn Digging around in your municipal couch cushions. Kimberly Olivares, Deputy Chief Financial Officer for the City of Austin, Texas, and Ben McAdams, Senior Fellow at the Government Finance Offers Association (GFOA), joined the podcast … Continued

Podcast: The 2023 GovieLovies

The most prestigious award in local government podcasting. The GovLove co-hosts teamed up to hand out awards and recap another year of a podcasting about local government. Lauren, Dan, Meredith, and Ben selected three of their favorite episodes to award a GovieLovie. They also shared their highlight from 2023, dream guests for 2024, and what … Continued

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

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