Author: Kent Wyatt

I Have to Ask: The Pressure of Innovation

In this series, guest columnists respond to one of three topics selected by ELGL co-founder Kent Wyatt. This week, Greg Stopka, Strategy and Innovation Manager, Park District of Oak Park, writes about the opportunities and challenges of the “innovation” title. What’s your definition of innovation?  It’s a loaded term and I remember when I worked … Continued

The Engagement Corner – A New Resource For ELGL Members

We’re excited to partner with Bang the Table in creating this exclusive benefit for ELGL members. Link: ELGL Engagement Corner. By: Matthew Crozier, CEO at Bang the Table As local governments across the US continue to prioritize citizen engagement, today, we’re excited to launch a new resource platform to help guide discovery and share best … Continued

I Have to Ask: Impact of Volunteerism

In this series, guest columnists respond to one of three topics selected by ELGL co-founder Kent Wyatt. This week, Sarah Gallimore, Senior Design Strategist (Mayor’s Office, Innovation Team), City of Detroit, chronicles how volunteering positively impacted her career. I may not have started my career out as a civil servant but I believe I’ve always had … Continued

I Have to Ask: Parks and Recreation

In this series, guest columnists respond to one of three topics selected by ELGL co-founder Kent Wyatt. This week, Matt Roylance, Assistant Town Manager, Town of Garner, writes about what he learned as the Deputy Director of Parks, Recreation and Open Space. I know a lot of us in local government get (and make) jokes … Continued

I Have to Ask: Embracing Video

In this series, guest columnists respond to one of three topics selected by ELGL co-founder Kent Wyatt. This week, Jennifer Casey, Emerging Media Specialist, Town of Collierville, TN, highlight three tips for producing video content.              There was a Microsoft attention span study that went around a few years ago … Continued

I Have to Ask: Creative Storytelling

In this series, guest columnists respond to one of three topics selected by ELGL co-founder Kent Wyatt. This week, Danielle Rogers Community Marketing Manager, City of Newton, Iowa, writes about creative storytelling. Storytelling is part of my soul. One of my earliest memories is being in awe of my third-grade teacher reading Roald Dahl’s BFG … Continued

I Have to Ask: Learn All the Skills

In this series, guest columnists respond to one of three topics selected by ELGL co-founder Kent Wyatt. This week, Shannon Mills, Strategic Performance Management Analyst, Pinellas County, Florida, writes about her previous work experience at Nielsen. Last year, I made a (huge) professional shift from being a telecom research analyst at Nielsen to a strategic … Continued

I Have to Ask: Libraries and Homelessness

In this series, guest columnists respond to one of three topics selected by ELGL co-founder Kent Wyatt. This week, Jamie Eustace, Library Director, City of Baytown, TX, writes libraries as special places. His name was Reese His body was found under an oak tree in front of the library before we opened one Monday. Reese … Continued

I Have to Ask: Communicating Complex Budget Info

In this series, guest columnists respond to one of three topics selected by ELGL co-founder Kent Wyatt. This week, Adam Blowers, City of Geneva, New York,  Comptroller & Assistant City Manager, writes about the challenge of communicating budget information with the community. I try to find the humor in every situation, which I’ve become quite … Continued

I Have to Ask: Silver Tsunami as a Recruitment Opportunity

In this series, guest columnists respond to one of three topics selected by ELGL co-founder Kent Wyatt. This week, Matt Hartleib, HR Manager and Director of Civil Service, City of La Porte, Texas, writes about the “silver tsunami” as a recruitment opportunity. Google “silver tsunami.” Better yet, stop by your organization’s HR offices and say … Continued

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