Category: I Have To Ask You

I Have to Ask: Roanoke Innovates

In this series, guest columnists respond to one of three topics selected by ELGL co-founder Kent Wyatt. This week, Marc Nelson, City of Roanoke, Virginia, Special Projects Coordinator for Innovation & Economic Inclusion, In March 2018, I began leading a new initiative for the City of Roanoke (City) focused on innovation, entrepreneurship, and economic inclusion. … Continued

I Have to Ask: Project Management

In this series, guest columnists respond to one of three topics selected by ELGL co-founder Kent Wyatt. This week, Dr. Bill Brantley (LinkedIn) provides lessons learned on the role of communications during project management. I first learned about project management when I worked as an investigative paralegal for the Kentucky Natural Resources and Environmental Protection … Continued

I Have to Ask: Finding Your Spark

In this series, guest columnists respond to one of three topics selected by ELGL co-founder Kent Wyatt. This week, Emily Gibson, Planning Director, Montgomery County, VA, writes about sparks Instead of champagne. After ELGL19, I returned to everyday life challenging myself to keep that “spark” with me as long as I could. You know, the … Continued

I Have to Ask: CIP! What’s That?

In this series, guest columnists respond to one of three topics selected by ELGL co-founder Kent Wyatt. This week, Kathryn Welch, City of Denton, Texas, writes about the importance of a capital improvement program. I think we have all asked ourselves what a capital improvement program is at some point in our local government careers. I definitely … Continued

I Have to Ask: @TheHoboBoss

In this series, guest columnists respond to one of three topics selected by ELGL co-founder Kent Wyatt. This week,Clarence Wittwer, City of Pearland, Texas, Public Works Director, breaks down his Twitter handle. ELGL co-founder Kent Wyatt posed three questions for me to consider writing about including,“Your Twitter handle is TheHoboBoss. Please explain”. All were great … Continued

I Have to Ask: Show Don’t Tell

In this series, guest columnists respond to one of three topics selected by ELGL co-founder Kent Wyatt. This week, Jenny Kosek, City of West Allis, Wisconsin, writes about the importance of graphic design in local government. Remember those aptitude tests you took in high school that told you what career paths you’d be most successful … Continued

I Have to Ask: Special District Superstars

In this series, guest columnists respond to one of three topics selected by ELGL co-founder Kent Wyatt. This week, Jennifer Quisenberry, Member Communications/Executive Support Specialist, Special District Association of Oregon, highlights the work of three special districts in Oregon. Since starting my journey with Special Districts Association of Oregon (SDAO) about six years ago, I … Continued

I Have to Ask: Dashboard Confession

In this series, guest columnists respond to one of three topics selected by ELGL co-founder Kent Wyatt. This week, Brian Bickers, Management Analyst at Arlington County, VA, writes about three things to consider when creating a dashboard. Thinking about performance dashboards can be overwhelming. For one thing, what is a performance dashboard? We are still in … Continued

Call for Writers: I Have to Ask You….

We want you to write for ELGL! We’re looking for guest columnists for our popular series, “I Have to Ask You.” Here’s how it works. Choose a date to be the featured guest columnist – Sign up a Guest Columnist Kent Wyatt will send you a choice of three local government topics to write about. You … Continued

I Have to Ask: From City Manager to Consultant

In this series, guest columnists respond to one of three topics selected by ELGL co-founder Kent Wyatt. This week, Jennifer Teal, The Novak Consulting Group, writes about the transition from city manager to consultant. A couple of hours after I received Kent’s email with my potential “I Have to Ask You” questions, I got a phone … Continued

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