Category: Knope of the Week

Knope of the Week: Trevor Minyard, City of McKinney, TX

Knope of the Week Lands on Ted Talks The Knope of the Week recognizes sustained excellence in local government. It’s the Heisman Trophy, Noble Peace Prize, James Beard Award all rolled into one. Many have vied for the honor over the years, but only a few winners have emerged. President Obama, Bono, and Cam Newton … Continued

Knope of the Week: Christian Williams, City of Goodyear, AZ

Knope of the Week Lands on Ted Talks The Knope of the Week recognizes sustained excellence in local government. It’s the Heisman Trophy, Noble Peace Prize, James Beard Award all rolled into one. Many have vied for the honor over the years, but only a few winners have emerged. President Obama, Bono, and Cam Newton — none of … Continued

Knope of the Week: Pat Martel, ICMA President and City of Daly City, CA

Knope of the Week Lands on Ted Talks The Knope of the Week recognizes sustained excellence in local government. It’s the Heisman Trophy, Noble Peace Prize, James Beard Award all rolled into one. Many have vied for the honor over the years, but only a few winners have emerged. President Obama, Bono, and Cam Newton — none of … Continued

Knope of the Week: Heather Geyer, City of Wheat Ridge, CO

Knope of the Week Lands on Ted Talks Panelist. Mentor. Gov Bud for Life. Heather Geyer (LinkedIn and Twitter), City of Wheat Ridge, CO, is the Knope of the Week. Heather was one of ELGL’s first members from Colorado and has said “yes” everytime that we’ve asked her to write an article, serve on a panel, … Continued

The City Planner Behind Parks and Rec

Matt Wojnowski, Altus, OK, Assistant City Manager (aka Ben Wyatt season three) interviews the local government consultant from ELGL’s favorite TV show, “Parks and Recreation.” Also, check out the GovLove podcast episode with Gary/Jerry/Larry – Podcast: Jerry! Jim O’Heir from NBC’s Parks & Rec. Parks and Recreation actually addresses real life politics? As the NBC TV series … Continued

Knope of the Week: Rick Usher, Kansas City (MO) Assistant City Manager

Knope of the Week Lands on Ted Talks Rick Usher (LinkedIn and Twitter) is the Assistant City Manager for Small Business & Entrepreneurship and has been employed by the City of Kansas City, Mo. since 1985. He’s a guru on Google Fiber. He’s a historian on Cookingham. And he’s a master communicator on Twitter. And now, … Continued

Knope of the Week: Sam Taylor, City of Morro Bay, CA

“One of my favorite examples of showing gratitude is done by a group who awards the Knope of the Week,” said Jefferson Smith during a 2014 Ted Talk. Kirsten WyattI’m the co-founder and executive director of ELGL. I love my job. Other things I love: local government, my family, my dog Michael Jordan, sandwiches, naps, books, … Continued

Knope of the Week: Phil Smith-Hanes, Humboldt County, CA

Eloquent, Funny, and Succinct After a couple of months off to mourn the finale of Parks and Rec, the Knope of the Week returns. We return invigorated to spread gratitude to those changing the status quo of government.  Kirsten WyattI’m the co-founder and executive director of ELGL. I love my job. Other things I love: local … Continued

Knope of the Week Lands on Ted Talks

Former Oregon state legislator Jefferson Smith delivered a Ted Talk on the importance of expressing gratitude to those who often go unrecognized. He references his “favorite example of showing thanks is from a group that awards the Knope of the Week.”  Kirsten WyattI’m the co-founder and executive director of ELGL. I love my job. Other … Continued

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