Category: I Have to Ask

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

I Have to Ask: Coordinating a Successful Neighborhood Program

In this series, guest columnists respond to one of three topics selected by ELGL co-founder Kent Wyatt. This week Karen Tapahe, City of Provo, Utah, Community Relations Coordinator, writes about Provo’s neighborhood program. Background Provo City’s Neighborhood Program just turned 50 years old and I am happy to say it is still going strong. Provo … Continued

I Have to Ask: Adopting Cloud-Based Budgeting Software

In this series, guest columnists respond to one of three topics selected by ELGL co-founder Kent Wyatt. This week Paul Felton, OpenGov, addresses common misconceptions about cloud-based budgeting software. As many of you know or are learning, budgeting and planning in the public sector can be a huge challenge.   Not only is it mission critical … Continued

Book Excerpt: City on the Line

City on the Line is full of stories about public servants working to change an entrenched budget system.  The following excerpt is one of these stories, about an agency head who went from fighting Outcome Budgeting to using it to change his agency for the better. Previously: An Interview with Andrew Kleine, Author of City of … Continued

An Interview with Andrew Kleine, Author of City of the Line

ELGL Co-Founder Kent Wyatt sat down with Andrew Kleine, the former Baltimore budget director whose new book, City on the Line: How Baltimore Transformed its Budget to Beat the Great Recession and Deliver Outcomes, will be published in October.  The book is available for pre-order here. ELGL: What motivated you to write City on the … Continued

I Have to Ask: When Is the Right Time

In this series, guest columnists respond to one of three topics selected by ELGL co-founder Kent Wyatt. This week Rafael Baptista, City of Raleigh, NC, writes about a recent job transition. Back in October of 2017, I left my position as the Strategic Initiatives Analyst for the Durham County Manager’s Office to become the Strategic … Continued

I Have to Ask: Working for Four Cities

In this series, guest columnists respond to one of three topics selected by ELGL co-founder Kent Wyatt. This week Nic Westendorf, City of Tualatin, shares takeaways from working for four cities in the Portland Metro area. This past year was a whirlwind. As a ELGL Local Government Fellow, I spent the last 12 months working … Continued

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