Category: Exclusives

New Blog Series Alert: #GovireeLife

ELGL is excited to announce a new monthly column starting in August from retired Rancho Cucamonga Communications Manager Francie Palmer sharing career reflections, insights and local government retiree aka #GovireeLife musings. This blog will focus on #ShouldHave #WouldHave #CouldHave and #WhatsNext adventures for a dedicated public servant, recovering workaholic and passionate #Govie! (Yes, she’s worn … Continued

Congrats to Heather Geyer!

Longtime ELGL member, contributor, and advocate Heather Geyer is movin’ on up! She just accepted a city manager position with the city of Northglenn, Colorado. To celebrate Heather, we’ve compiled our favorite blogs and profiles of her over the years. If you’d like to congratulate Heather, you can Tweet at her. Or, check out these … Continued

Feelin’ the Love for Local Government

This guest blog is by Jennifer Teal. Connect with her on LinkedIn, Twitter, and online! As I’m writing this blog post, my 8-year-old son is sitting at a bank of laptops with a handful of older boys building an epic fortress in Minecraft. My 9-year-old daughter is playing Mario Kart for the first time on … Continued

iPod, iPad, iPhone, and now, iLead, Orlando’s Neighborhood Training Program

It’s National #CityHallSelfie Day and City Council Meeting Day in @citybeautiful! — Mayor Buddy Dyer (@orlandomayor) August 15, 2016 Under the leadership of Orlando Mayor Buddy Dyer, the City of Orlando’s Office of Communications and Neighborhood Relations developed the iLead program to organize, support, mentor and guide citizens and organizations in their effort to … Continued

Real-Time Outdoor Communication for the City of Atlanta

This guest post is by ELGL member Ed Krafcik. Goal Enable real-time outdoor communication for the City of Atlanta’s Customer Service Department (ATL 311), as well as the City’s residents, neighborhood associations, and local businesses. Solution The City of Atlanta selected the Soofa Sign and Soofa Talk content management system to deliver important messages and share relevant … Continued

What Consulting Taught Me

This post is by ELGL member Haley Kadish. Haley received her MPA from the John Glenn School of Public Affairs at The Ohio State University. She started her career in local government as an ICMA Local Government Management Fellow in Catawba County, NC. After her fellowship, she joined The Novak Consulting Group where she worked with nearly 50 … Continued

Share: How Do You Forecast Personnel Costs?

This information request is by our good friends at OpenGov. Please take a minute and share your perspectives with them. Personnel is the largest expense in government, often comprising 70 percent of the operating budget. But calculating personnel costs can be extremely cumbersome because there are so many factors that influence compensation (from seniority to … Continued

How Online Engagement Can Support Meaningful Policy Change

This guest blog is by ELGL member Meghan Ruble with Bang the Table. There are many reasons to launch a comprehensive Community Engagement strategy, including increasing reach and capacity, fostering equity, building trust, agency empowerment, creating a shared vision, and mobilizing a community. A rather untold story of the community engagement sphere is how effective … Continued

Public Procurement is Broken

This guest blog is by Mariam Pallathucheril is a summer research fellow at CoProcure and a current MPA/MPP candidate at Columbia University (SIPA) and the Hertie School of Governance concentrating in Economic Policy and Technology. She received her Bachelor’s degree in Economics and Government from Georgetown University. We’ve all heard “public procurement is broken.” But how … Continued

Six Ingenious Ways Local Governments Use Social Media

This blog reprinted with permission by our friend Rachel Keyser with ViewPointCloud!  Social media has long been an integral part of daily life. We have never been so easily connected as now, and the benefits span far beyond seeing your friends’ Christmas photos and not-so-funny memes. From marketing, to journalism, to fundraising, social media has revolutionized professional industries. For local … Continued

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