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ELGL's Annual Conference: October 14-16, 2020
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#ELGL20 is the Engaging Local Government Leaders (ELGL) annual conference. ELGL's vision is to amplify the good in local government. ELGL's mission is to engage the brightest minds in local government. #ELGL20 is our once-a-year opportunity to connect with each other and learn more about local government topics.

#ELGL20 is October 14-16, 2020 in Portland, Oregon. Full agenda details and special event information are included below.

Your ticket price includes full day conferencing on Thursday, October 15 and Friday, October 16. It also includes breakfast, lunch, and social hour on Thursday and breakfast and a snack on Friday. Two add-on summits, focused on creative placemaking and innovation, are available on October 14.

ELGL members receive a $50 discount off of ticket prices. Please contact Emily if you are an ELGL member but do not see your discount at registration.

This link has an overview of all events as well as a justification memo if you need to request approval to attend #ELGL20. Students can apply for a reduced conference rate by filling out this form.

Please note: the conference was originally scheduled for May 13-15, but was rescheduled due to public health concerns related to coronavirus. If you see reference to this date in any ELGL materials, please note that we're actively working to update to the new, rescheduled date.

#ELGL20 Agenda

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Keynote Sessions:

All attendees will attend keynote sessions.

  • How to be a #BigLocalGov Baller
  • How to Incorporate Academic Research Into Your Local Government
  • How to Create a Chief Diversity Officer Position
  • How to Become a Strategic Planning Wizard

Concurrent Sessions:

During concurrent session times, attendees will select one of four sessions to attend. You can stay on one track, or attend sessions from every track.

Equity Track

  • How to Use an Equity Index
  • How to Attract the Next Generation to Transportation
  • How to Address Homelessness
  • How to Manage Gentrification

Happiness Track

  • How to Engage Your Community in Long Range Planning
  • How to Use Humor in Local Government Communications
  • How to Future-Ready Your Organization
  • How to Fail Forward

Efficiency Track

  • How to Eliminate Single Family Zoning
  • How to Shape Policy With Your Procurement Processes
  • How to Use Behavioral Insights
  • How to Use Asset Management as an Organizational Strategy

Skills Lab

  • How to Use Trello/Project Management
  • How to Use Excel/Spreadsheets
  • How to Use Canva/Graphic Design
  • How to Use Robert’s Rules of Order

#ELGL20 Hotel

Jupiter Hotel

The #ELGL20 hotel is The Jupiter. Please follow the below directions to book your room. We have a variety of rooms negotiated at prices ranging from $119-$159/night.

    •  Online
      • To book your room at the special group rate until September 22nd please follow the instructions below:

Go to:

Click:  the “Book Now” button in the top right corner of the page

Enter: your dates

Click: "Got a Code?"

Enter: “ELGL2020" (the booking code is case sensitive)

      • By Phone

        • Reservations can also be made 24 hours a day by calling the hotel directly at 503.230.9200.  Callers must ask for the “Engaging Local Government Leaders” group rate in order to receive the discounted group rate.

      •  Email

        • Reservations can be made by emailing the sales office at [email protected]. We do require that guests have a cc number to secure their reservations – please pass along the cc auth form attached below to your guests.  If you would prefer to be responsible for guaranteeing your guests stay, we are happy to use the cc we have on file from you to guarantee their reservations.  Please notify your guests that should they choose this route we will confirm their reservation within 48 hours.

For any guests who would like to book shoulder dates (before or after the contracted dates), please have them call or email their reservations in. Please remind your guests that the last day to make reservations at the group rate is before September 22, 2020. On this date, all unreserved rooms will be released back into our general inventory and resold at our prevailing best available rates. 

Learn More About #ELGL20 Events & Activities

October 14, 2020

October 14-16, 2020

October 14-16, 2020

Registration Prices & Dates

Registration Date – Member/Non-member Prices - Updated Due to Postponement March 13, 2020

  • January 15 – $340/$390
  • February 15 – $440/$490
  • August 1 – $540/$590
  • September 1 – $640/$690
  • October 1 – $775/$825

No ticket sales will be allowed after October 12, 2020.

Students wishing to register at the volunteer rate should fill out this form to apply for a volunteer placement.

Registration Links

ELGL Members: Discounted Event Registration

ELGL Non-Members: Full Price Event Registration

If you are a speaker, sponsor, or student volunteer, please email [email protected] to receive your promo codes for registration.

To request student volunteer slots, fill out this google form before contacting Emily.

If you’ve purchased a ticket but now cannot make the new date, we’ll be sad – but we’ll understand. To process your refund, you can follow these instructions from the ticketing website.


Here are some frequently asked questions about ELGL's annual conference:

I can't make the new date. How do I get a refund?

To process your refund, you can follow these instructions from the ticketing website. If you need to reach us directly, please email [email protected] or [email protected], but please be patient as we respond to an unusual volume of requests.

Refund requests will be accepted through August 1 so our members have plenty of time to plan ahead for the event. Ticket prices will remain the same and we’ll modify the pricing increase structure to reflect the postponement of the event.

I can make the new date. What do I need to do?

We have worked with our event venue and the conference hotel to make this change. If you’ve already registered for the May conference and if your calendar can accommodate the date change to October, you do not need to do anything – we’ll transfer your ticket registration for you.

You should verify your hotel registration directly with the hotel and contact your airline as quickly as possible for a no-fee change or rebooking.

Did the agenda change with the postponement?

All of the other goodness planned for #ELGL20 will remain in effect – the agenda, the Summits, the connector events, and the experiential learning opportunities.

What's the theme of this year's conference?

#ELGL20 has three tracks this year: Equity, Happiness, and Efficiency. We're also offering a Skills Lab to bone up on practical software skills and functions.

Do I have to be an ELGL member to attend?

ELGL members receive $50 off the ticket price so it pays to be a member! If you're not yet, you can sign up here.

Can I just attend one of the Summits?

The Summits are add-on, deep-dive learning for #ELGL20 attendees only. You must register for the conference to attend the Summits.

Do you offer a special registration rate for students?

Yes. A special student rate of $100 + volunteer hours is available by contacting Emily.

Are there volunteer opportunities?

We are excited to work with our student attendees to volunteer at the event.


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