Category: News

Data Stories with Matthias: Guest Post by Chuck!

In this update, our Diversity Dashboard data coordinator, Chuck Lehmuller writes about response patterns for the Diversity Dashboard. As you know, we started collecting data for the Diversity Dashboard in March 2017. We’ve been analyzing the data for interesting patterns. Our previous posts have focused on the stories told by response categories. In this post, … Continued

I Have to Ask: What I Learned from a Decade as a Reporter

In this series, guest columnists respond to one of three topics selected by ELGL co-founder Kent Wyatt. This week, Jessica VanderKolk, Communications Manager, City of Battle Creek, Michigan, writes how working as a reporter prepared her for a career in local government.  Spending a decade as a newspaper reporter, some of that covering local government, set … Continued


HUGE thanks to Milwaukee Pop Up organizers – Chad Doran, Josh Schoemann, Mitch Foster & Zach Navin! The event sent ripples throughout the Milwaukee area and nationally. Check out the pictures & tweets. Trending on Twitter Milwaukee County Executive Chris Abele Before we all pay attention to absolutely nothing that doesn't involve @Brewers baseball (may … Continued

Mindset Matters!

What I’m listening to – Pundits discussing the Kavanaugh confirmation fallout What I’m watching – Some much needed rain What I’m doing – A Swedish death cleanse… feels so good to let go of the clutter! As a parent of elementary-aged boys I spend a fair amount of my time thinking about their development. The … Continued

Chicagoland Supper Club | November 2

Chicagoland Supper Club Two Brothers Tap House in Warrenville, IL | Friday, November 2 ELGL Supper Club returns to Chicagoland! These events are informal opportunities for you to expand your network, share your passion for local government with colleagues, and exchange ideas. There is no formal agenda, no speakers — just a safe space to let out … Continued

Strong Cities Have Lots of Zeros

This guest blog is by ELGL member Clay Pearson. Big cities have big responsibilities. Coming with that are big scale, scope, complexities, priorities, and challenges. Texas has growth and all the other `bigs. We are not shying away from the `bigs’ and building great communities. To get there requires numbers with lots of zeros behind them. A recent … Continued

#ELGLTakeoverTuesday: Winter Park, Florida

Hello ELGL! My name is Lauren Luna, Events and Marketing Coordinator at City of Winter Park, FL. I am hosting the ELGL Instagram account takeover on Tuesday, October 2, 2018. I’ve been in my current position since January 2018. My main duties include; coordinating city events, writing press releases and proclamations and not so secretly … Continued

Transparency & Storytelling Are More Important Now Than Ever Before

Are there too many public information officers (PIOs)?  Share your perspective by signing up to write an article for ELGL. Nick Smith, City of Gaithersburg, Maryland, kicked off the column with his take. Now, Chris Floore, Assistant to the County Manager for Public Affairs, Macon-Bibb County, writes about his experience. I’m not going to attack the report nor … Continued

Kudos to GovPros & Keep Them Flowing All Year Long

The #Goviree series is authored by Francie Palmer. The past several months, weeks and in recent days; we have witnessed devastating natural disasters and crisis situations our communities have faced.  Our brothers and sisters in fire, police, city, county, state and federal government have been called to action using training they had hoped they’d never … Continued

Role of the PIO: Aren’t There Two Sides to Every Story?

Are there too many public information officers (PIOs)? Share your perspective by signing up to write an article for ELGL. Nick Smith, City of Gaithersburg, Maryland, kicks off the column with his take.  It seems strange to me that, in a time when the Executive of the Federal Government is coming after journalists as though … Continued

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