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Category: COVID-19 Community Engagement and Communciations

Improving Citizen Engagement in Online Forums & Public Meetings

Photo by Chris Montgomery on Unsplash This article is written by Brian Murphy (LinkedIn/Twitter) and coauthored by Nathan Lee, CivicPulse. As local governments work to connect with community members in a socially distant way, online meetings and public forums have become the new normal as in-person meetings have become impossible. Online messaging tools like email … Continued

Rewind: Recovery Planning for Local Visitor Economies

This webinar originally aired on June 25, 2020. For many cities, the economic activity of the travel & tourism sector is an essential part of the city’s larger economic landscape. Because the visitor economy has been so hard-hit by the COVID-19 crisis, deliberate action to foster a recovery in that sector is a top priority … Continued

Rewind: Fourth of July Celebrations During COVID-19

This webinar originally aired on June 23, 2020. With the 4th of July just around the corner, budget cuts, protests, and concerns about a potential second wave are forcing many cities to adjust their Independence Day celebration plans. Join ELGL, the City of Elk Grove, CA, the City of Mankato, MN, and our friends at … Continued

Will Crisis Engagement Become Engagement?

I’m Jessica VanderKolk, Communications Manager for the City of Battle Creek, Michigan. Talk to me on Twitter and LinkedIn! What I’m reading — Untamed by Glennon Doyle What I’m watching — ASMR videos to relax my brain, while I work and before I sleep What I’m doing — Running as much as I can, and … Continued

Rewind: Reopening Local Government: Best Practices & Research

This webinar originally aired on May 26, 2020. As local governments begin to reopen to the public, there are many important considerations for the safety of employees, local businesses, and community members. This webinar will provide perspectives on the reopening experiences in Jackson, Mississippi, and Lewisville, Texas, and will also include data and research from … Continued

Rewind: Building Community and Rebuilding Connections

This webinar occurred on May 21, 2020. Even at the best of times, authentic, inclusive, and effective public engagement looks very different from traditional, 3-minutes-at-a-microphone, public comment. Even after COVID-19 mandates are lifted, local government resources will be more limited, while complex issues such as housing, homelessness, workforce development, and the gig economy will only … Continued

Rewind: Mastering Virtual Communications

This webinar occurred on May 14, 2020. About the webinar: Prior to this unprecedented crisis, only some of our communications were virtual. Now, as a result of “shelter in place” orders across the nation, our only option is digital communication. What leading innovative techniques and strategies are being successfully used by cities? What is the … Continued

Smokin’ in the Zoom Room

We had a recent ELGL Facebook Group anonymized question that sparked a lot of discussion: “What are your thoughts on smoking during video calls while working remotely?” Here’s a summary of the responses. And a reminder – you can submit an anonymous question! Just email us and we’ll post for you. I kind of view … Continued

Rewind: Virtual Ideation Session – Reopening Local Government

In this virtual ideation session, we explored the challenges, opportunities, and strategies that organizations are thinking about, and then discussed using collaborative conversations. This session was hosted in partnership with Judi Brown and Leah Tremblay-Adams from CivicMakers. View the resources from the chat transcript Link to the Mural Board Draft example transition plan Watch the … Continued

Rewind & Recap: Virtual Meetings & Public Records Law

Miss the recent webinar with the National Freedom of Information Coalition (NFOIC) and, or just want a review? Here’s what we discussed on the recent “Virtual Meetings & Sunshine” webinar on April 28th. Hosting Virtual Meetings that are Secure, Accessible, and Compliant with Public Records Laws The challenges of virtual public meetings Adjusting to … Continued

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