Category: I Have To Ask You

I Have to Ask: Fifteen Years is a Lifetime

In this series, guest columnists respond to one of three topics selected by ELGL co-founder Kent Wyatt. This week, Tim Wolff, Lake Isabella, MI Village Manager, writes about his 15-year tenure. Sign up to be a guest columnist for this series.  This February will mark my fifteenth anniversary as the Village Manager for the community of Lake Isabella. … Continued

I Have to Ask: Motherhood

In this series, guest columnists respond to one of three topics selected by ELGL co-founder Kent Wyatt. This week, Kate Green, City of Peoria, Illinois, writes about balancing motherhood and work. Sign up to be a guest columnist for this series.  Becoming a mother has redefined how I view the passing of time. I used to be … Continued

I Have to Ask: Keeping It Real and Timely

In this series, guest columnists respond to one of three topics selected by ELGL co-founder Kent Wyatt. This week, Angela Thompson (LinkedIn & Twitter), Director of Communications and Outreach with the City of Canton, highlights the need for a new kind of communications. Sign up to be a guest columnist for this series.  Sharing information has never been … Continued

I Have to Ask: Evolving Role of an Assistant City Manager

In this series, guest columnists respond to one of three topics selected by ELGL co-founder Kent Wyatt. This week, Micah Grau, Assistant City Manager, City of Buda, Texas, writes about the skills needed to succeed as an assistant city manager. Sign up to be a guest columnist for this series.  I’ve been fortunate to spend my young … Continued

Parenthood as Professional Development

In this series, guest columnists respond to one of three topics selected by ELGL Co-Founder Kent Wyatt. This week, Ryan Adams writes about balancing being a father to two young boys and advancing his professional career.  Hear more from Ryan on this GovLove podcast, Dad Talk, Balancing Diapers and Budgets. Sign up to be a guest columnist for … Continued

I Have to Ask: Channeling My Inner Leslie Knope

In this series, guest columnists respond to one of three topics selected by ELGL co-founder Kent Wyatt. This week, Stephanie Taylor, Public Information Coordinator, Carlisle, Pennsylvania, writes about  three strategies for connecting with the community. Sign up to be a guest columnist for this series.  One of the most challenging things I faced when stepping into my … Continued

I Have to Ask: Learning from the Military & Gov. Cuomo

In this series, guest columnists respond to one of three topics selected by ELGL Co-Founder Kent Wyatt. This week, Jacob Sherwood writes about his three years working for New York Governor Cuomo. Sign up to be a guest columnist for this series.  I began working for New York Governor Andrew Cuomo in January of 2016 as an … Continued

I Have to Ask: Virginia Military Institute

In this series, guest columnists respond to one of three topics selected by ELGL co-founder Kent Wyatt. This week, Meredith L. Thompson, Budget Manager, County of Roanoke, VA, writes about her experience working for the Virginia Military Institute. Sign up to be a guest columnist for this series.  Landing a job at the Virginia Military Institute (VMI) … Continued

I Have to Ask: It’s Lonely at the Top

In this series, guest columnists respond to one of three topics selected by ELGL co-founder Kent Wyatt. This week, Randy Recklaus, Village Manager, Village of  Arlington Heights, IL and ELGL Traeger Award winner, compares and contrasts the roles of assistant city manager and village  manager.  Sign up to be a guest columnist for this series.  … Continued

I Have to Ask: Navigating the Grant-Seeking Process

In this series, guest columnists respond to one of three topics selected by ELGL co-founder Kent Wyatt. This week Tia Cavender, CEO of Dig Deep Research, identifies how local government can overcome challenges in the grant-seeking process. Governments are like any other business entity in that the biggest challenges often revolve around securing external money … Continued

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