#ELGL14 Complete Schedule

Posted on September 1, 2014

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Conference title page (1) The countdown is on: registration for #ELGL14 opens at 7:00 a.m. on Friday, September 5.  Here’s the full conference agenda so you can get early approval to spend October 17 with ELGL at the Kennedy School.  You’ll notice one very important thing: this conference agenda is chock full o’ relevant local government information that will make you more effective in your public service career.!


The-Social-SceneOctober 17, 8:00 – 9:00

The Social Media Scene

  • Patrick Rollens, Social Media Coordinator, Oak Park, IL
  • Bridget Doyle, Communications Coordinator, Village of Lombard, IL
  • Kimburly Ervin, Senior Social Media Strategist, Pyramid Communications
  • MODERATOR: Julie Underwood, Assistant City Manager, Daly City, CA

We’ll start our day with an in-depth discussion about the ways that local governments successfully (and sometimes, unsuccessfully) use social media tools to engage their communities. This is your chance to learn about what different communities are doing, and ways you can incorporate those lessons into your own organization.  We’ll also kick start our day of live tweeting our conference sessions using the hashtag #ELGL14 so our ELGL friends who can’t make the conference can follow along with each session.


Managing-College-Towns-3October 17, 9:20 – 10:20

Managing A College Town          

  • Jon Ruiz, City Manager, Eugene, OR
  • Jim Patterson, Former City Manager, Corvallis, OR; Oregon State University
  • Michael Sykes, City Manager, Forest Grove, OR
  • MODERATOR: Randy Ealy, Chief Administrative Officer, Beaverton, OR

This session will explore the ins and outs of managing a college town.  Managers from Eugene, Corvallis, and Forest Grove will provide us with an in-depth discussion on the realities of working with the University of Oregon, Oregon State University, and Pacific University.


October 17, 9:20 – 10:20

Growing Our Regional Economy              

  • John Tapogna, President, ECONorthwest
  • MODERATOR: Mike Rogoway, The Oregonian

Let’s talk about the trending issues related to economic development!  Whether you’re from a small town or a big city, this session will discuss the emerging issues that you need to know about as your community explores economic development efforts.

Next Gov Job picOctober 17, 9:20 – 10:20

Finding Your Next Local Government Job

  • Ron Holifield, President, Strategic Government Resources
  • INTRODUCTION: Ben McCready, Assistant to the City Manager, Rock Island, IL

Strategic Government Resources (SGR) is one of the largest local government search firms in the country.  Join Ron as he shares his ideas and perspectives about how you can best position yourself to take the next step in your career.


ELGL StoryOctober 17, 10:40 – 11:40             

The ELGL Story 

  • Kirsten Wyatt,  Assistant City Manager, West Linn, OR
  • Kent Wyatt, Senior Management Analyst, Tigard, OR
  • Ben McCready, Assistant to the City Manager, Rock Island, IL
  • MODERATOR: Ben Kittelson, Newsroom, Oregon Metro

Are you interested in getting more involved in ELGL?  Forming a regional chapter, taking on a leadership role, or contributing to our original content series?  We’ll talk about the organization’s growth, the new strategic plan, and ways that you can build out your region’s ELGL chapter.

60-Ideas-in-60-minOctober 17, 10:40 – 11:40             

60 Local Gov Ideas in 60 Minutes             

  • Carolyn Eagan, Business Advocate, Bend, OR
  • Justin Cutler, Director, Sunrise Recreation District
  • Jennie Day-Burgett, Prichard Communications
  • Marissa Grass, Associate Planner, Tigard, OR
  • MODERATOR: Emily Leuning, ELGL Project Assistant

This fast paced and fun conversation will share the best local government ideas from some of ELGL’s favorite friends.  With an idea a minute, get ready for a firehose approach to taking home some cool new ideas to your community after the conference.

Public participation trends conceptsOctober 17, 10:40 – 11:40             

Public Participation Trends & Concepts               

  • Jim Middaugh, Communications Director, Oregon Metro
  • Steve Faust, Senior Planner, Cogan Owens Cogan
  • MODERATOR: Anna Johnson, Communications Director, Deschutes County, OR

The process of engaging citizens on issues of importance is changing.  Technology and expectations are evolving, and this panel will work through the trends that are most influential now, and the concepts that will be in play in the future.


Power of YesOctober 17, Noon – Lunch

The Power of “Yes”       

  • J.D. Roth, Author, speaker, advisor
  • INTRODUCTION: Eric King, City Manager, Bend, OR

Enjoy pizza and (root) beer as we learn from J.D. Roth about relishing the richness of life and learning to live in the moment.  His talk “The Power of Yes” is a reminder of fulfilling our full potential as public servants.


My Career PathOctober 17, 1:20 – 2:20 

My Career Path:  Marissa Madrigal, Steve Wax & Leah Treat     

  • Marissa Madrigal, Chief Operating Officer, Multnomah County, OR
  • Steve Wax, Federal Public Defender, District of Oregon
  • Leah Treat, Director, Portland Bureau of Transportation
  • INTRODUCTIONS: Alex McIntyre, City Manager, Menlo Park, CA

This unique panel format introduces three of ELGL’s favorite public servants and their career paths.  We’ll learn about their career directions and leadership perspectives in 20-minute snapshots from each speaker.


Fiber, Fiber, FiberOctober 17, 2:30 – 3:30

Fiber, Fiber, Fiber          

  • Mary Beth Henry, Director, Office of Community Technology, Portland, OR
  • Scott Lazenby, City Manager, Lake Oswego, OR
  • Joe Knapp, IT Director, Sandy, OR
  • MODERATOR: Skip Newberry, Technology Association of Oregon

Not many people have it, everyone wants it, and only a few people truly understand it.  Learn from three experts on municipal fiber installation and how communities can benefit and work with the providers.  We’ll talk Google fiber, independent fiber, and more.


The MothOctober 17, 2:30 – 3:30 

The Moth: True Stories Told Live             

  • Marissa Grass, Associate Planner, Tigard, OR
  • INTRODUCTION: Patrick Preston, Public Affairs Manager, Hillsboro, OR

The Moth is an acclaimed not-for-profit organization dedicated to the art and craft of storytelling. It is a celebration of both the raconteur, who breathes fire into true tales of ordinary life, and the storytelling novice, who has lived through something extraordinary and yearns to share it. At the center of each performance is, of course, the story.


Bargaining Unit ContractOctober 17, 2:30 – 3:30

Costing A Bargaining Unit Contract         

  • Steven Schuback, Labor Relations Attorney, LGPI
  • Brandi Leos, Human Resources Analyst, LGPI
  • MODERATOR:  David Donaldson, Vice President for Human Resources, Woodland Park Zoo

Get your calculator app ready for this session.  If you want to learn how to be most effective at the bargaining table, this session is for you.  We’ll work through multiple math problems so you can cost on the fly during bargaining unit negotiations.


imrsOctober 17, 3:45 – 4:45

Emily Badger, the Washington Post

Our final speaker at #ELGL14 is a former Oregonian intern and current Washington Post reporter. ELGL first met Emily during an May 2013 interview where we learned her love of Chicago, Powell’s Books, and Deschutes Brewery.  Connect: TwitterWashington PostWorld Wide Web

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