Role Reversal: CPBB Puts ELGL Through the Lens

Posted on August 10, 2013

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The most recent Center for Priority Based Budgeting newsletter has a feature on ELGL. The feature discusses our history, and more importantly, our future. Thanks to Erik Fabian, CPBB Chief Creative Officer for highlighting our efforts. Now onto the feature:

CPBB Local Government Regional Focus:

The Center for Priority Based Budgeting is always on the lookout for innovative and creative local government partners. We love nothing more than sharing ideas, concepts and philosophies with others who are as passionate about the future of local government communities as we are.

Oregon Emerging Local Government Leaders (Oregon ELGL) is just such a group. The mission of the Oregon Emerging Local Government Leaders Network is to enhance communication between emerging and experienced government professionals; provide for professional advancement in the field by identifying employment opportunities and through targeted training and education; and support the advancement of professional local government management. ELGL is a growing network of local government professionals who meet regularly to discuss topics of interest; share knowledge and information; and support one another in their career aspirations in public service.With the changing workforce, there is no longer a set path for becoming a finance director or city manager so ELGL promotes local government in general with the goals of retaining and recruiting high quality people to the profession.
The Founding Fathers

ELGL was founded at the inaugural ELGL meeting at Oswego Grill on September 14, 2010. This meeting was attended by the ELGL “Founding Fathers“, a group of 16 local government aficionados with a common goal to build connections among all areas of the government arena. Most professional associations are limited to one function such as finance officers, planner, or city managers. ELGL breaks down those labels and encourages involvement from any and all professionals involved in the government arena.

Oregon ELGL Expansion
ELGL’s expansion plans are based on member interest. The newest chapter, Midwest ELGL, would be the third chapter along with Central Oregon and Willamette Valley. They’ve had preliminary discussions in expanding into California and South Carolina. Their future expansion ambition – in the spirit of the ongoing 50 Nifty Initiative, is to have a presence in all 50 states in the next ten years. Government is the one profession where almost everything is public record and can be shared among cities and county; however; based on the track record, government has not done a good job utilizing this advantage. ELGL’s hope is to begin to make these connections and encourage collaboration whether it is between two Oregon cities or an Oregon city to a small town in South Carolina.

Social Media Philosophy

Twitter is the most important for outreach to the media. It also enables ELGL to proactively communicate their message. For example, they recently announced a leadership panel with former Governors Gregoire (State of Washington) and Kulongoski (State of Oregon) to be held at the ELGL annual conference in October. They “tweeted” this information and it was quickly posted by and then included in the next day’s print edition. That said, ELGL has a presence on Facebook, Google+, LinkedIn, and Pinterest and each outlet attracts a different audience. They use these social media tools to draw readers to their website,, which attracts 10,500 hits per month.

ELGL Cool Links

What is the Knope of the Week? It’s ELGL’s way of recognizing an individual or group of individuals who have excelled in promoting the public sector. Recipients may come from the public or private sector and are nominated by ELGL members. Recipients receive an incredible amount of recognition and prizes that we are not at liberty to disclose. The storied history of the award dates back to 2012. CPBB won this critically important award earlier this year!

Knope of the Week: Center for Priority Based Budgeting

ELGL’s excellent interview with X-Factor author Rob Gurwitt
The Rest of the Story with Rob Gurwitt, How Generation X is Shaping Government

ELGL Annual Conference
ELGL Annual Conference: 10.4.2013 in Portland, OR

ELGL is…
Kent Wyatt – Senior Management Analyst, City of Tigard
Kirsten Wyatt – Assistant City Manager, City of West Linn
Megan Messmer – Assistant to the City Manager, City of Florence
Ben Kittelson – Portland State University, MPA Student

CPBB is a proud strategic partner with Oregon ELGL in furthering local government.

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