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I Heart Wichita

Last weekend, I had a rocking time at a wedding in Wichita, Kansas, and I when I wasn’t cupid shuffling the night away, I explored the Air Capital of the World for the first time. My impression? Wichita has got it going on. And like one wise town manager, Doug Barrick once said, “Vacations are glorified … Continued

Gov-Speak

This past summer, I had the pleasure to hear a presentation from the former President of the Trust for Governors Island, Leslie Koch. If you haven’t heard of her, you should look her up. She transformed an abandoned military base into a beautiful public space, attracting people from all over the world. Not only is … Continued

Financial Modeling Master Class: Is History About to Repeat?

In this series, a variety of experts from PFM’s Whitebirch platform share advice on financial modeling. PFM is a team of asset managers and financial professionals, helping clients plan for their future. If there is a topic you would like to hear about, feel free to reach out to Ellis Johnson II. Gathering Clouds If the new National … Continued

These Streets are Made for Walking…

ELGLers State of Place share a highlight from the International Downtown Association Conference. HIGH DRAMA IN CANADA? THOUGHT THAT WAS ONLY A U.S. THING… When we heard about the one-year plus controversy around the idea of once again allowing pedestrians to cross at Portage and Main (Canada’s most famous intersection, it seems!), it was a … Continued

Why Cities are Zombies (Part III)

This is a three part guest blog by ELGL member Mariela Alfonzo with State of Place. Check out Parts I and II. PART III: IT’S SO HARD TO SAY GOODBYE TO…ZOMBIES? 4) Pivot or Persevere To pivot or persevere, that is the question – one startups tend to avoid at all (or exceedingly high) costs. Confronting … Continued

6 Reasons Parks and Rec Was the Greatest Show Ever

1. On Point Physical Humor 2. Ron Swanson’s Overt and Unapologetic Manliness 3. Ben Wyatt’s* Intense Love of Calzone  *I am pretty sure Ben Wyatt is based on Kent Wyatt 4. April Ludgate’s Sincerity 5. That Time April Dropped Some Real Knowledge Pizza 6. Leslie Knope’s Love of Waffles and Breakfast Food Generally

Election Updates and New School Year

By Jacob Johnson, UServeUtah In today’s buzz, I’ve got two topics for you: an update on elections and my start to a new school year. First, an update on the special election in Utah’s third congressional district. As predicted, John Curtis won in the Republican primary. As this election has been dissected, the Republican Party’s … Continued

Financial Modeling Master Class: Closing a Budget Gap

In this series, a variety of experts from PFM’s Whitebirch platform share advice on financial modeling. PFM is a team of asset managers and financial professionals, helping clients plan for their future. If there is a topic you would like to hear about, feel free to reach out to Ellis Johnson II. By Daniel Berger, The … Continued

Intersection of Faith and Public Service with Matt Hartleib

We are pleased to share the fourth article in the series  from Matt Hartleib, City of La Porte, Texas. In the series, ELGL members talk about how they balance their personal faith with their public service careers. Sign up to write for this series here.  The phrase “a separation of church and state” (which is not actually included in … Continued

Common Sense Digital Strategy

Right Now with Ben DeClue (LinkedIn/Twitter) What I’m Reading – Dark Matter by Blake Crouch What I’m Doing – Prepping for a City Council meeting Have you ever gone to a store or a restaurant and found that they’re closed even though their Facebook page hours show them as open? Have you ever looked up … Continued

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