Author: Emily Edmonds

2021 Data Analysis Cohort Sprints Announced

ELGL is excited to announce two 2021 Data Analysis Cohorts, a pair of six-week skills-based cohorts for local governments interested in refreshing their basic data analysis skills or exploring the technologies available for data analysis work. This cohort is being developed by rockstar ELGL’er Jason Jones and the ELGL Brain Trust.  Part of ELGL’s Local … Continued

2021 Creative Community Cohort Programs Announced

Civic Arts & ELGL are excited to begin the second the Creative Community Cohort, a six-month learning opportunity designed for busy local government staff who are currently working to develop and implement creative placemaking projects and processes in their communities. The cohort-model learning process allows local government practitioners in any department to enhance their knowledge … Continued

2021 Cohort Sprint: Hard Conversations about Racial Justice

The 2020 twin challenges of the pandemic and the racial equity crisis in the US are driving local governments to address inequities and injustice in all their systems, from HR to services and everything in between. This six-week course will focus on preparing participants to have hard conversions that address the current environment of racial … Continued

2021 Employee Experience & Engagement Cohort announced

Cohort Overview The Employee Experience Cohort is designed for local governments that are interested in building or transforming an employee engagement program. The events of 2020 have completely changed the workplace for a public sector employee. With unprecedented freedom to telework, concerns about health and safety, as well as feelings of isolation and disconnectedness between … Continued

2021 Community Surveying for Inclusion Cohort Announced

2021 Community Surveying to Understand Inclusion A Justice & Equity Cohort from ELGL & Polco / National Research Center 2020 showed us how imperative inclusivity is to the civic process. When any group of residents feels unheard or undervalued, we see all aspects of community livability suffer. But we know equally that inviting resident voices … Continued

Cohort Applications Now Open for 2021

Cohort applications are now open for programs that begin in January and February of 2021. You can learn more at and apply here! As part of our mission to help our members find joy in public service, ELGL offers high-quality, accessible, affordable learning opportunities in a variety of formats. Our diverse membership base, expert … Continued

So Long But Not Goodbye

Hey y’all. It has been a wild year, hasn’t it? You’ll have seen the Program Director position posted on ELGL and many of you have reached out to ask – yes, it’s true! I’ll be leaving ELGL at the end of this year. After a medical scare over the summer, I’ve decided it’s time to step … Continued

Call for 2021 ELGL Cohort Mentors

Are you a local government or adjacent expert? Do you want to give back to others in 2021 by sharing your knowledge and expertise? Are you excited to help cities, counties, towns, and regional governments with the difficult issues they face in a variety of issues? Sign up today to be an ELGL Cohort Mentor!  … Continued

Announcing the 2020 Strategy & Performance Management Cohort

ELGL is thrilled to welcome a small group of carefully chosen cities and counties to its 2020 Strategy & Performance Management Cohort. In partnership with ClearPoint Strategy, this group will work through a rapid strategic planning program designed to help them build and implement strategy & performance management goals over just twelve weeks. They’ll be mentored … Continued

Call for Mentors: Opportunities in Fall ’20 & Winter ’21

ELGL’s Cohorts Program is recruiting mentor volunteers for several cohorts in fall 2020 and early 2021. We have several new cohorts opening up this fall and early next year – and we need your help! In our three- and six-month cohorts, each participant receives valuable guidance from a one-on-one mentor city. This provides an outlet … Continued

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