Category: Morning Buzz


Right Now with Nick Smith (Linkedin/Twitter) What I’m watching:  YouTube videos about completing the side missions in Red Dead Redemption 2 (I’m thisclose to being 100% done, y’all). What I’m listening to:  The Hold Steady – Stay Positive Good morning, everyone! I was just reading Kendra Davis’ recent Morning Buzz trying to figure out which 500-700 … Continued

Morning Buzz: The First Big Mistake

What I’m watching – our City Council’s last Priority Setting session because it will be MY job to coordinate it this year, and I need all the help I can get. What I’m reading – Heartland by Sarah Smarsh, which is such an honest, tender, unapologetic look at my home state and the people there. … Continued

Join the Morning Buzz Team

ELGL has a team of people who produce the daily “Morning Buzz” posts that provide interesting insights into local government topics. We’re currently looking for a few more people to join the Buzz Team. The application is online here, and is due by December 28. Frequently Asked Questions What’s the Morning Buzz? The Morning Buzz … Continued

Go for the Joke!

What I’m Reading: Spider-Man: Enter the Spider-Verse (2018) #1 What I’m Watching: The Ballad of Buster Scruggs What I’m Listening to: When A Cowboy Trades His Spurs For Wings– Willie Watson and Tim Blake Nelson Go for the Joke! Morning Buzz with Douglas Shontz In the local government profession, we deal with important issues. These … Continued

Appreciation With a Traeger Bow

Morning Buzz by Kirsten Wyatt What I’m Reading: Pachinko by Min Jin Lee What I’m Watching: Rewatching West Wing on Netflix What I’m Listening To: The Daily Podcast by New York Times Over the years, I’ve met people who claim to be “so busy” and can’t find any time to welcome someone new to the … Continued

Four Lessons from Rebranding West Allis

Jenny Kosek, Communications Strategist for the City of West Allis, WI is taking over the Morning Buzz today to share her stories of rebranding. My city, West Allis, WI, just went through a rebranding process that was a long time in the making. In 2017, our Common Council adopted a Five Year Strategic Plan with … Continued

Holding Space

I’ll keeping this one short and sweet. We all know someone struggling this holiday season.  And we all know someone who is struggling and holding it all in so no one knows. May we all remember that we have colleagues, co-workers and yes, even constituents we serve, who are bearing burdens this holiday season seen … Continued

#ELGLThankful: How Lucky You Are

Fellow Board Member Stacy Schweikhart started the #ELGLThankful hashtag. She has posted thirty days’ worth of gratitude on behalf of ELGL. The campaign led me to ask myself, “what am I most thankful to have experienced related to ELGL?” For me,  it is the amazing people I have met and our experiences at the ICMA … Continued

Hunger and Homelessness Happen, Together We Can Make It Better!

What I am watching: Manifest What I am reading: Crucial Confrontations What I am most thankful for: The community in Broomfield, Colorado.  In my free time, I serve as the Chair for the Board of Trustees for my local food bank.  In the last week, our community has been so amazingly generous with funds, and … Continued

Maintaining Job Descriptions

Right Now with Kylie Bayer, Human Resources Manager, City of McMinnville (LinkedIn, Twitter) What I’m reading: Mink River by Brian Doyle What I’m watching: Just finished Big Mouth. It’s about growing up. It’s gross but pretty darn accurate and I love it. But really, it’s vulgar and gross so don’t start it unless you can handle gross. … Continued

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