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Holding Space

I’ll keeping this one short and sweet. We all know someone struggling this holiday season.  And we all know someone who is struggling and holding it all in so no one knows. May we all remember that we have colleagues, co-workers and yes, even constituents we serve, who are bearing burdens this holiday season seen … Continued

Climb a Tree, Not a Ladder

  Frequently I am asked to participate in panel discussions or give conference presentations on local government workforce trends and recruitment.  I’m gracefully in my early 40s, yet I’m asked to speak on behalf of my colleagues who are 10, 15 & 20 years younger.  I have another panel coming up.  The topic of the annual … Continued

The Premier Resource for Local Government Careers

  Did you know that there are more than 440 jobs posted right now on the ELGL Job Board? Unlike the jobs on other job boards, ours are from organizations that are the best of the best – they’re consistently driving innovation, empowering employees, and improving local government services. You can be sure that there are … Continued

Morning Buzz: Confession

What I’m listening to – I can’t hear anything over my space heater What I’m watching – Much to my dismay I don’t control the remote in my all boy house, so typically Impractical Jokers or BattleBots What I’m reading – Buddhist Path to Simplicity     Confession: I would have stayed in grad school for the rest … Continued

Kudos to GovPros & Keep Them Flowing All Year Long

The #Goviree series is authored by Francie Palmer. The past several months, weeks and in recent days; we have witnessed devastating natural disasters and crisis situations our communities have faced.  Our brothers and sisters in fire, police, city, county, state and federal government have been called to action using training they had hoped they’d never … Continued

Morning Buzz – IAP2 Foundations of Public Participation

Susan Barkman shares a review for the IAP2 Foundations of Public Participation training. What I am watching: Bones What I am listening to: My iPhone is on shuffle, so whatever it decides. What I am reading: I just moved so I am in between at the moment… In graduate school, I found one of my … Continued

Implementing a Plan Takes a Village

The latest from City of Lubbock AJ Fawver in the Planning & Shaping Cities Series. Imagine (and some of you won’t have to imagine too hard!),  you’ve just completed a plan for your city (or neighborhood, or downtown, and so forth).  You presented it for adoption to your governing body, and a unanimous vote sealed the … Continued

Scottsdale Serves Using Nextdoor

Scottsdale, AZ Management Fellow & ELGL Member, Rachel Hudgens  interviews John Stumbaugh, Solid Waste Program representative about Scottsdale’s use of the Nextdoor platform . RH: When did the Solid Waste Department begin using the Nextdoor app? JS: The Solid Waste Department started using the app two years ago. RH: Why did the department decide to … Continued

The Local Government Winding Road: Why Leaving Could Enhance Your Career

By Greg Stopka, Strategy and Innovation Manager, Park District of Oak Park In 2011, I accepted the position of central region director with the Alliance for Innovation, leaving the local government world I had spent three years in previously as a budget intern and an assistant to the city administrator. Leaving what many consider the … Continued

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