Author: stacy.schweikhart@ketteringoh.org

That’s the Last Straw!

Right Now with Mario Smith (LinkedIn/Twitter)   There is no doubt we have a plastic problem. Our oceans are plagued with it and streets full of it. How do we fix this issue? We take baby steps. First up, straws. Seattle became the first major city to ban the use of plastic straws and utensils. … Continued

Podcast: The First Lady of Water, Cathy Bailey, Cincinnati, OH

Cathy B. Bailey Director of Greater Cincinnati Water Works Department (GCWW) Cincinnati, Ohio LinkedIn | Twitter The Director of the Greater Cincinnati Water Works Department, Cathy B. Bailey, joined GovLove to talk about her career path. Cathy started as a chemist in 1992 for the Cincinnati, OH water department and was named the director in 2015. She talked … Continued

Dashboard Reflections: Race, Age and Need for More Data

Rafael Baptista is the Strategic Planning and Performance Analyst for the City of Raleigh, North Carolina. He is a contributing author to Careers in Government. He holds a Bachelor’s of Arts Degree in Politics and Spanish from Willamette University where he was a member of the debate team. He is also a proud MPA graduate of the University of … Continued

Preparing Your Local Government for “the Reckoning”

NOVEMBER 29, 2017 BY ELGL Executive Director’s note: this submission was received from an ELGL with the request that it be published anonymously. Here at ELGL, we always accept anonymous submissions because we know that the power of local government storytelling doesn’t always occur at the perfect time in our careers. If you have a story to tell, … Continued

Harassment and Gender Disparity in Local Government

JANUARY 8, 2018 BY ELGL Executive Director’s note: this submission was received from an ELGL with the request that it be published anonymously. Here at ELGL, we always accept anonymous submissions because we know that the power of local government storytelling doesn’t always occur at the perfect time in our careers. If you have a story to tell, … Continued

Bystander or Upstander: Harassment in the Local Government Workplace

Executive Director’s note: this submission was received from an ELGL with the request that it be published anonymously. Here at ELGL, we always accept anonymous submissions because we know that the power of local government storytelling doesn’t always occur at the perfect time in our careers. If you have a story to tell, we want to … Continued

#13Percent: Be Accessible and Visible

Rebecca Olson (LinkedIn & Twitter), City of Roseville, MN, Assistant City Manager, writes about continuing the conversation on increasing gender diversity in local government. Share your thoughts by signing up to be guest writer for this series. Last week my daughter was on spring break from college. In the course of trying to juggle the scheduling of who is using … Continued

The Importance of Living: Why Your Mental Health Matters

By Sam Taylor, LinkedIn & Twitter One work afternoon in October 2017, I thought I was dying. My world was despair and fear. I found myself in an emergency room, unable to intelligibly communicate, disoriented, and my entire body fuzzy and tingling. I was wheeled back to a room faster than I ever have been … Continued

WINNER: Organized Chaos: Creative Engagement Solutions for Emergency Preparedness

Organized Chaos was chosen as the ELGL/UTA Challenge WINNER for their creative engagement solution in Emergency Preparedness! We are highlighting the work of the five groups that participated in the ELGL & UTA Challenge. Teams were tasked with developing community engagement solutions for one of the following areas: budget, infrastructure investment, planning and zoning, and emergency preparedness. … Continued

Break It Down: More than a Paperweight, Using an Emergency Management Plan

By: Meredith Hauck, Assistant City Manager, City of Merriam, Kansas Connect: LinkedIn and Twitter Most people begin the new year with hope and wishes.  In 2015, however, senior staff at the City of Raymore, Missouri, started the year with an intense session focused on doom and gloom.  Our resolution for the year was to get prepared for … Continued

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