Author: Kirsten Wyatt

A Proven Economic Development Strategy

This guest blog by Ed McMahon is cross published on ELGL from the National Main Street Center blog, an ELGL All-In member. Ed is a Senior Resident Fellow at the Urban Land Institute in Washington, D.C. and Chairman of the National Main Street Center’s Board of Directors. Amazon recently announced the location of its second … Continued

Advancing Racial Equity Conference: Diversity Dashboard

I’m presenting at the Governing for Regional Equity & Inclusion (GREI) conference on Friday, December 14 at Green River Community College in Auburn, Washington! The conference theme is “Advancing Racial Equity,” and I’m sharing information about the ELGL Diversity Dashboard. Thanks to ELGL member Mia Navarro for coordinating this session about how to use data … Continued

Main Street Now Conference: March 25-27, 2019

This blog post presented in partnership with the National Main Street Center, an ELGL All-In Member! ELGL members are cordially invited to the Main Street Now Conference, hosted by the National Main Street Center, in Seattle, March 25 – 27, 2019. Convened annually, the Main Street Now Conference showcases implementable best practices, time-tested solutions and innovative … Continued

Early Bird #ELGL19 Tickets on Sale

#ELGL tickets at the early bird rate of $200 are now on sale! This ticket price includes a full day of conferencing (plus meals and social events) on Thursday, May 16 and a half day of conferencing (plus meals and social events) on Friday, May 17. (Registrants also have the option of adding on a … Continued

Join the Morning Buzz Team

ELGL has a team of people who produce the daily “Morning Buzz” posts that provide interesting insights into local government topics. We’re currently looking for a few more people to join the Buzz Team. The application is online here, and is due by December 28. Frequently Asked Questions What’s the Morning Buzz? The Morning Buzz … Continued

2018 Year in Review: Report to ELGL Members

Friday, December 21 Noon PST View on Facebook Live ELGL Executive Director Kirsten Wyatt will recap ELGL’s programs, events, and content in a “Year in Review” report to ELGL members. Tune in live with your questions and comments about ELGL’s work in 2018 and plans for 2019.

Breaking the Myth of Cumbersome Government

This guest blog is by Shannon Haynes, the Assistant Town Manager for Breckenridge, Colorado. As government leaders, we often hear that it’s impossible to get things done quickly. We all know that government frequently gets a bad rap for making processes more difficult than they should be. Our processes are too cumbersome and antiquated. We require too … Continued

Cards for Kindfulness in ‘Tosa

This guest blog is by City of Wauwatosa, WI Director of Administrative Services Melissa Weiss. Anyone want to raise your hand and admit your workplace culture needs some help? Sometimes we feel like we should not talk about that elephant in the room, but I think we should talk about it because admitting it is … Continued

Webinar: Three Perks of Getting Your City’s Data Check-Up

Add to calendar: https://www.addevent.com/event/lH2666224 Wednesday, December 12, 02:00pm – 03:00pm (EST) How is your city doing? Completing a Certification assessment allows your city to know exactly how to answer that question and opens the door for you to receive exclusive support from What Works Cities as you build a well-managed local government. Join WWC partner Results … Continued

A Constant Evolution: What Makes a Well-Managed City

This What Works Cities Certification post is by Stephen Goldsmith, Mark Headd, Myung Lee, and Jennifer Pahlka and it appears on the What Works Cities Certification Medium page. The hard work of building a data-driven local government is a journey and not a destination — there is always room for improvement, and a truly well-managed city never stops looking for opportunities … Continued

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