Emerging Local Government Leaders Host First Annual Conference on October 4 in Portland

Posted on August 12, 2013

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For Immediate Release:

Portland, Ore.- Emerging Local Government Leaders (ELGL), a nonprofit focused on innovative local government networking, will present its inaugural annual conference on Friday, Oct. 4 from 7:45 a.m. to 5 p.m. at McMenamins Kennedy School (5736 NE 33rd Ave., Portland, OR).

“ELGL has grown from 16 members to more than 400 members,” said Kent Wyatt, co-founder of ELGL. “Not only is the conference a chance for our members to gather in one place, but we thought it would be an excellent way for our members to gain some valuable insight into what it takes to be a local government leader.”

The Annual ELGL Conference kicks off with a breakfast presented by Cosgrave Vergeer Kester and closes with a social hour, presented by Johnson Controls. Special thanks to the Annual ELGL Conference title sponsors, Key Bank and D.A. Davidson & Co., and the presenting sponsors MetroMac’s ListCFM Strategic Communications, Inc.; Alliance Resource Consulting; and, Waldron HR.

Guest speakers and topics include:

Strategic Look at Municipal Budgets: Sharing of Burdens and Benefits Across the Metro Region, 

  • Moderator: Jeff Mapes, The Oregonian
  • Mayor Charlie Hales, City of Portland
  • Mayor Shane Bemis, City of Gresham
  • Mayor Denny Doyle, City of Beaverton

Communications Best Practices for Local Government Success,

  • Moderator: George Rede, Editorial Page editor; Hillsboro Argus and Forest Grove Leader
  • Mac Prichard, Prichard Communications/Mac’s List
  • Dave Austin, Multnomah County Communications Director
  • Tom Eiland, CFM Communications

Hindsight is 20/20: Perspectives on Leadership

Moderator: Phil Keisling, director of Center for Public Service

  • Oregon Governor Ted Kulongoski
  • Washington Governor Chris Gregoire

In the Trenches: Learning from Practical Experiences in Oregon Economic Development

Moderator: Randy Ealy, city of Beaverton’s chief administrative officer

  • John Southgate, former Hillsboro Director of Economic Development; principal John Southgate LLC
  • Karen Williams, former PDC general counsel; partner with Carrol Community Investments

Local Government Finance Options: Realistic Solutions for Your Community

Moderator: Kasia Benoit, Fixed Income Capital Markets, D.A. Davidson & Co.

  • Matt Donahue, vice president of public finance, D.A. Davidson & Co.


  • Dion Jordan, “The Potentialist”

For a more detailed schedule or to register, please visit www.ELGL.org.

Registration opens Aug. 12. To purchase tickets, please visit www.ELGL.org. Space is limited. Tickets are $40 for ELGL members and $60 for non-members. For more information, please contact Michelle Tagmyer at elglconference@gmail.com

Emerging Local Government Leaders has evolved from an informal organization of 16 “members” in Sept. 2010 to a nonprofit of more than 400 dues paying individual members. ELGL has 18 organization members with three chapters in the Central United States; Central Oregon; Portland Metro; and Willamette Valley. ELGL’s members hold a variety of positions from interns to city managers and attorneys whom all represent the public and private sectors.

ELGL recognizes the path to local government leadership can begin in a variety of disciplines and membership is not limited to those who currently work in management. For more information about the organization, please visitwww.ELGL.org. Follow ELGL on Twitter @OregonELGL or like us on Facebook at www.Facebook.com/ORELGL for more information, updates and ELGL news.

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Contact: Michelle Tagmyer
503.201.4692 / elglconference@gmail.com


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