Title Game: Peoria, IL vs. Vancouver, WA (Updated 3/10)

Posted on March 4, 2017

Bonus: GovLove will interview the wizards behind the social media accounts in Peoria & Vancouver later this week.

Update: You can vote once a day. Multiple votes from the same IP address will be removed from the final vote total. 

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Here’s how you can participate:

  1. Vote. You can vote once a day.
  2. Comment. A positive comment for your favorite city hall equals another vote.
  3. Tweet. Tweet your support using #ELGLCityHall for another vote for your favorite city hall.
  4. CityHallSelfie. A picture in front of your favorite city hall equals two votes.

Voting ends on Friday, March 10 at midnight EST. (ELGL members: Throughout the week, we’ll be providing exclusive analysis on Laugh, Cry, Think.)

The winner will receive the prestigious Leslie Barbara Knope trophy, a complimentary ELGL organizational membership which includes unlimited job postings for the year, and extreme bragging rights.

Photo Album

Check out a sampling of selfies from the ELGL Facebook page. Vancouver has their own impressive album of selfies. Peoria has posted numerous selfies on their Facebook and Twitter pages. Fun Fact: Golden State Warrior and Peoria native Shaun Livingston tweeted his support.

Press Clippings

Peoria Public Radio: ‘Selfie’ Takers Swarm Outside City Hall, as Competition Comes to a Close

KGW News: Mayor Leavitt campaigns for Vancouver

The Columbian: City aims for the ‘Leslie Knope Greatest City Hall Trophy’

CI Proud: Finals: Peoria City Hall faces off against Vancouver, Washington

Peoria Public Radio: Peoria Leads Opponent in ‘Best City Hall’ Finals Matchup

Post-Crescent: Little Chute falls to Vancouver in semifinals


Central Illinois Proud: Peoria City Hall in National Championship

NBC 25: Peoria City Hall makes final two

1470 WMBD: Peoria City Hall Finalist In Competition

Peoria Journal Star: Peoria City Hall reaches contest finals

Fun Facts: Vancouver, WA City Hall

  • The building is Gold LEED Certified – meaning it’s design is energy efficient and environmentally-conscious!
  • The two-story lobby and meeting spaces feature rotating public art exhibits each month
  • The City of Vancouver took strategic advantage of a tough real estate market and bought the new City Hall building and vacant land for $18.5 million – about half its actual value in 2010.

Fun Facts: Peoria, IL City Hall 

  • Opened in 1899
  • Cost: $271,500
  • In 1978, the 5-story building was added to the National Register of Historic Places
  • The building’s façade is red sandstone from Lake Superior
  • The center tower was saved from the previous Peoria City Hall

Media Information

Engaging Local Government Leaders (ELGL) is a big-tent organization with more than 1,900 members from across the country. ELGL is committed to increasing diversity and inclusion in local government through the #13Percent initiative, embracing new technologies, and communicating in a “human voice” to attract and retain the talented professionals.

In 2016, ELGL hosted the first International City Hall Selfie Day which attracted more than 1,500 entries and highlighted the pride of local government professionals.

GovLove, an ELGL podcast production, has produced more than 100 episodes with guests ranging from Gabe Klein, author of The Start-Up City, Ocean Quigley, former Creative Director at EA in charge of SimCity, George Hawkins, DC Water CEO, Leah Treat, Portland Bureau of Transportation Director, and Pat Martel, City Manager of Daly City, CA and former ICMA President.

GovLoop has named ELGL a top government professional association and StateTech named ELGL a must-read state and local IT blog.

Word on the Street

“ELGL is among the most creative and insightful professional groups in the nation today,” says Matt Horn, City of Geneva, NY City Manager.

“ELGL is Changing the Face of Local Government,” writes John Thomson, PayIt Founder.

“ELGL is growing to be quite an influential organization among local government professionals in its relative short history.  The ELGL leadership is innovative, creative and leading edge,” says Bonnie Svrcek, City of Lynchburg, VA, City Manager.

“I continue to be encouraged and amazed at the effort ELGL and its members give to providing information and support to students and public service professionals so that they can be even more effective public servants,” remarks Bill Monahan, retired city manager.

ELGL In the News

The Oregonian: ELGL works for gender equality, collaboration in local government

Tigard Times: ELGL spreads across country

American City County Magazine: Municipal Outreach

The Cap Times: ELGL awards best municipal public service announcement

American City County Magazine: Faces of the Future

KC Biz Journal: KCMO wins national social media competition

Roanoke Times: Roanoke managers named to ‘Chris Traeger List’ for enthusiasm

The Finger Lake Times: Horn named to Top 100 list

The Journal News: Hamilton city manager makes unique top 100 list

Mac’s List: Find Your Dream Job, Ep. 010: Landing a Government Job

Launch Yourself: LY Podcast feat. Kent Wyatt from ELGL

The Plural of You: Bringing Local Government and the Public Together

Route 50:  Why Local Governments Are Taking CityHall Selfies

Kansas City Star Article: It’s #CityHallSelfie day, so you can officially have fun with that

ELGL Contacts

Kent Wyatt – kent@elgl.org

Kirsten Wyatt – kirsten@elgl.org

Ben McCready – benm@elgl.org

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