Category: State of Local Government

Beyond the Request for Proposal (RFP)

Brian Alexander is a summer research fellow at CoProcure and a first-year Master of Public Policy candidate at UC Berkeley’s Goldman School of Public Policy. Previously, he served as a Senior Policy Analyst at the Maryland Governor’s Office for Children with a focus on reducing the impact of parental incarceration on children and families. A … Continued

The Pain of Public Procurement: Process

Mariam Pallathucheril is a summer research fellow at CoProcure and a current MPA/MPP candidate at Columbia University (SIPA) and the Hertie School of Governance concentrating in Economic Policy and Technology. She received her Bachelor’s degree in Economics and Government from Georgetown University. Public purchasing is incredibly important; but it’s also a painful process for government staff … Continued

The Pain of Public Procurement: People

Mariam Pallathucheril is a summer research fellow at CoProcure and a current MPA/MPP candidate at Columbia University (SIPA) and the Hertie School of Governance concentrating in Economic Policy and Technology. She received her Bachelor’s degree in Economics and Government from Georgetown University. Procurement is the way governments purchase goods and services. Policies regulate purchasing, but individuals … Continued

The Pain of Public Procurement: Policy

Mariam Pallathucheril is a summer research fellow at CoProcure and a current MPA/MPP candidate at Columbia University (SIPA) and the Hertie School of Governance concentrating in Economic Policy and Technology. She received her Bachelor’s degree in Economics and Government from Georgetown University. Procurement is the way governments purchase goods and services from businesses. Governments use … Continued

I Have to Ask: Civilians in the Police Department

In this series, guest columnists respond to one of three topics selected by ELGL co-founder Kent Wyatt. This week Cassie Johnson (LinkedIn & Twitter), Scottsdale (AZ) Police Department, Police Analyst II, provides a first hand account of working in a police department when you are not a police officer. Not just a career, but an … Continued

Ask Ellie and Jill: Loud Talkers, Uncomfortable Conversations and a Book Recommendation

In the series, ELGL members can anonymously send their questions, difficulties or scenarios to answers@elgl.org and receive a response from the ghost writing response team. Your name, organization and other details will not be shared in the posting or subsequent response. Dear Ellie & Jill, There’s a long-tenured employee on my team whose voice naturally carries, and she frequently … Continued

Future of Public Hearings

Travis Parker, City of Lakewood Colorado Planning Director, writes about how the role of technology played in changing the public hearing process in Lakewood.   Throughout our country the business of local government is conducted in public hearings. Councils, boards and commissions sit behind a dais on a weeknight and listen to public comment before deliberating … Continued

Local Focus: Banning the M-Word

Local Focus is the League of Oregon Cities’ monthly magazine covering current city issues and trends. It is distributed to 3,500 city officials each month, primarily mayors, city councilors and city managers. ELGL has agreed to write a monthly article for the publication. Classifying and categorizing objects is a deeply ingrained aspect of human nature. Most … Continued

Humanism in Local Government

Kyle Knott, LinkedIn & Twitter, has worked at Village of Mukwonago, Wisconsin, Elk Grove Township, Illinois, and DeKalb County Business Incubator.  My first post was about the concept of professionalism. I wanted to convey that, at its core, professionalism calls for an abandonment of individuality to conform to a culture. This culture stresses the necessity of responsibility, accountability, and … Continued

I Have to Ask: Creating a Policy Lab

In this series, guest columnists respond to one of three topics selected by ELGL co-founder Kent Wyatt. This week Ben Clark, Associate Professor of Public Administration at the University of Oregon, writes about the potential of a Lane County-PPPM Policy Lab. For more info, read the policy lab report by Katie Fields, Keith Frazee, Darian Lightfoot, and Grace … Continued

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