The Customer is Always Right…

This Morning Buzz is by Christian Williams, a Planner with the City of Goodyear, AZ and an ELGL Board of Directors member! Planner of the Week My city has what is called a “Planner of the Week” (POW); my three colleagues and I rotate through being the POW (for a weeklong period). During this weeklong … Continued

Let’s Talk Planning: Pre-Applications

Today’s Buzz is by Christian M. Williams @MyPublicTweeter I have been getting settled in my new role as a (city) Planner here with the city of Goodyear. As I discussed in my last Morning Buzz, I recently made the transition from the Manager’s Office to the Planning world for a myriad of reasons. While I miss … Continued

Mario Castles and Careers

Today’s Buzz is by Christian M. Williams @MyPublicTweeter I grew up in the 1990s and a popular video game on Nintendo during this time was Mario…it was a big part of my experience growing up as an only child. There are countless levels in Mario where the setting is a castle; on your journey (as … Continued

Just Because the Captain’s Hands Are on the Steering Wheel

Today’s Buzz is by Christian M. Williams @MyPublicTweeter This past week I was reminded how much I appreciate the power of collaboration. That combined with empathy can make a world of difference. At the city of Goodyear, we have dry-runs for Council presentations that might be out of the ordinary or potentially controversial. I have … Continued

Volunteer Opportunity with ELGL and It’s Simple!

Blog Post by Christian M. Williams @MyPublicTweeter As a board member, I am asked by ELGL members how they can become more involved in the organization. Here is your opportunity! This fall, ELGL is reaching out to academics who might be interested in local government. Here is where you come in – we want to … Continued

If I Can Do It, You Can Too: Going Back to School & Working Full Time

Morning Buzz by Christian M. Williams @MyPublicTweeter Since ELGL has a diverse membership with different career and academic goals, I thought I would share a little about my journey to finish graduate school while working. Some of you have met your academic goals and some of you are pondering what’s next. For those of you … Continued

Authenticity and New Experiences: Reflections from #ELGL19

Morning Buzz by Christian M. Williams Twitter: @MyPublicTweeter After a power packed week of learning and engaging at #ELGL19, I thought it appropriate to share a few takeaways for this #MorningBuzz. The point of conferences is not only to attend sessions and hear about new innovations, but to engage with new people; engaging on both … Continued

The Census is Coming! Have you Started your CCC?

By: Christian M. Williams @mypublictweeter The 2020 Decennial Census is right around the corner! April 1 will mark the one-year countdown before residents are asked to submit this very important information. As part of these efforts, many municipalities and governments across the country have formed Complete Count Committees (CCC). These committees educate, engage with and motivate … Continued

Reflecting on #NDOSC

By: Christian M. Williams @mypublictweeter If you had asked me back in November how successful #NDOSC (National Day of Supper Clubbing) would be, I would have struggled to find an answer.    One week ago, on February 6, 400+ people from 30+ cities across the nation met up simultaneously to discuss local government #localgov. Volunteers … Continued

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