State of Place: Let’s Make this Last For…Longer than 3 Months

State of Place tapped ten experts on how cities can build their bench by keeping interns after the weather turns cold. Right now, your city is experiencing an influx of students who are evaluating the internships and amenities that your city has to offer. According to Google Trends, there’s always a sharp increase in searches … Continued

Busting Barriers to Public Involvement

It’s 2018, and it’s a great year to be courageous local government leaders. It’s a year to think about how to better engage the communities we serve, all the communities we serve, so that our projects and services are the best they can be. You may be thinking, we have it down. We serve all … Continued

Tips for Facing the One Thing Worse than Death

Jerry Seinfeld once said, “According to most studies, people’s number one fear is public speaking. Number two is death. Death is number two. Does that sound right? This means to the average person, if you go to a funeral, you’re better off in the casket than doing the eulogy.” Rafael Baptista continues his public speaking column … Continued

State of Place: There’s No Place Like….the Mall?

With ONE WEEK left before Christmas, State of Place thought they’d reprise last year’s epic trip to one of Houston’s largest malls and take the pulse of America’s seemingly dying pastime. This year, State of Place Technical Product Manager Alli Torban got in on the “fun.” Read about her recent visit to one of the DC … Continued

State of Place: What to Get Your Urbanist

State of Place is kicking off December with their second edition of an ultimate gift guide for all those urban planners, data geeks and city-lovers in your life! Our team has revealed their top picks for the holiday season, guaranteed to WOW your loved ones for Christmas, Hanukkah, Kwanzaa, Three Kings Day (Los Reyes Magos), Festivus … Continued

Criminal Justice Coordination in Oregon and Beyond

Criminal justice systems are complex and are frequently siloed. Law enforcement officers are very different from a defense attorney, parole and probation officer, or a county commissioner. The problem is that these parties don’t often naturally communicate well with each other, which hinders their ability to collaborate and work together to solve problems. In an … Continued

Neighborhood Stigmas – The Power of Labeling

Hey there. It’s your every-other Friday Morning Buzzmaster, Sarah. If I didn’t introduce myself before, here’s a little about me. I am dedicated local government professional, but where my passion really lies is with people and communities, and in particular at the neighborhood level. Local government is one awesome place to exercise that passion, and … Continued

#AmazonHQ2: How Data Can Help Amazon Find It’s Perfect Match

Unless you’ve been on a social media diet, if you’re a place-lover or city-nerd, you knew last week was D-Day for cities vying for some Amazon love…and boy are cities chomping at the bit – 238 to be exact – all over, not only those in the U.S., but also plenty of contenders from our … Continued

2017 Predictions ‘Parks and Rec’ Got Right, Wrong

Parks and Recreation’s final season in 2015 time jumped to our present and made some pretty wild predictions. Here at ELGL, we’re big fans of Parks and Rec, and given that 2017 is quickly winding to a close, it’s high time we take a look at how some of the predictions have turned out. False: … Continued

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

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