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The ELGL Annual Conference is fast approaching. We'll be gathering in Durham, North Carolina on May 16 & 17 to learn from the brightest minds in local government. To get you ready for the conference we'll be rolling out the agenda, announcing one session a day until you won't be able to take it any...

By Brandi Leos, Senior HR Business Partner at City of Tigard, Oregon What I’m reading: Becoming by Michelle Obama What I’m listening to:  The Daily podcast What I’m watching: The final season of Fixer Upper My favorite government job before I got into human resources was as a management analyst with a large state agency. ...

This guest blog is by ELGL member Melissa Asher, the Director of Training and Recruitment for CPS HR Consulting (full bio below). Read Part I of this post! Training and Development This brings us to strategy four – training and development.  This has emerged as a huge retention factor for today’s workforce. Employees recognize the need...

The following organizations joined ELGL with an All-In or Supersize membership this month. This means that they can add up to 10 (All-In) or 20 (Supersize) staff members to their ELGL membership accounts, and they get free unlimited job postings for the year! Your organization can join too - just sign up here to get...

This blog was co-created by ELGL members Lawrence Grodeska and judi lynn brown with input from the rest of the CivicMakers team, and is cross-posted from the CivicMakers site. The govtech movement holds great promise, but is hindered by a glaring blindspot — the assumption that technology alone will solve our public problems, without considering either the...

What I am watching: The West Wing What I am listening to: local news coverage of another incoming snowmaggedon What I am reading: Final copy of Mayor's State of the City address When a larger than expected snowstorm arrived this past weekend, and as a result southwest Ohio panicked like we'd never seen snow before...

The ELGL Annual Conference is fast approaching. We'll be gathering in Durham, North Carolina on May 16 & 17 to learn from the brightest minds in local government. To get you ready for the conference we'll be rolling out the agenda, announcing one session a day until you won't be able to take it any...

This guest blog is by ELGL member Melissa Asher, the Director of Training and Recruitment for CPS HR Consulting (full bio below). Two years ago no one was talking about retention in the public sector.  Sure, we were collecting and reporting on turnover metrics, but retention wasn’t a big concern. In fact, during and after the...

What I am watching: Monty Python and the Holy Grail...again What I am listening to: I'll give you one hint...keep reading What I am reading: The "Color of Magic" by Terry Pratchett Since the beginning of 2019, I’ve had one song on repeat: Ariana Grande’s “Thank U, Next.” It's not the typical type of music I listen to,...

Guest post, brought to you by CitySourced CitySourced (LinkedIn, Twitter, Facebook) is an enterprise platform that provides governments with a complete native mobile app for residents to communicate with every department of their community: Mobile | Web | 311 | CRM. Citizens are central to your government’s mission and operations, and so whether you call it customer experience or...

The ELGL Annual Conference is fast approaching. We'll be gathering in Durham, North Carolina on May 16 & 17 to learn from the brightest minds in local government. To get you ready for the conference we'll be rolling out the agenda, announcing one session a day until you won't be able to take it any...

Howdy and Happy New Year from Baytown, Texas! Your tour guides on this Texas-sized takeover are Natasha Barrett, Tara Barton, Jenna Harte, and Sabrina Martin from the City of Baytown’s Public Affairs, Parks and Recreation, Library, and Tourism departments respectively. We can’t wait to show you around town on Tuesday, January 15. You may remember...

On May 15, 16 and 17 the brightest minds in local government will convene at a national conference in Durham, North Carolina.  #ELGL19 includes four concurrent session tracks. You can bebop between tracks, or stay focused on one track during your #ELGL19 experience. More information about each track is included below: Strategy & Performance Equity...

What I am watching: Old seasons of the Deadliest Catch What I am listening to: Whatever is on the radio! What I am reading: In between books at the moment. First off, a HUGE THANK YOU to Ashley Wooten, Logan Masenthin and Bridget Kozlowski for writing articles about their respective experiences.  It is on all...

The ELGL Annual Conference is fast approaching. We'll be gathering in Durham, North Carolina on May 16 & 17 to learn from the brightest minds in local government. To get you ready for the conference we'll be rolling out the agenda, announcing one session a day until you won't be able to take it any...

In this series, guest columnists respond to one of three topics selected by ELGL Co-Founder Kent Wyatt. This week, Ryan Adams writes about balancing being a father to two young boys and advancing his professional career.  Hear more from Ryan on this GovLove podcast, Dad Talk, Balancing Diapers and Budgets. Sign up to be a guest columnist for...

Shannon Delaney Design Strategist for the City of Durham LinkedIn Favorite song from 2018:  Beyond by Leon Bridges  Favorite book from 2018:  Untethered Soul by Michael Singer  Proudest work accomplishment in 2018:  Finished grad school and started working for the City of Durham People who most positively impacted you in 2018:  ma and da New Year's Resolution(s)...

We asked, and you delivered... an ELGL member and politics professor who teaches an internship course asked for feedback on the books he should include on the syllabus. Here's what you recommended: The Federalist Papers by Hamilton, Madison & Jay The World is Flat by Thomas Friedman Triumph of the City by Edward Glaeser We...

What I'm Watching: You What I'm Reading: Nothing at the moment... What I'm Listening to:  The Internet The other day my Soror (Sorority Sister for those unfamiliar with D9 lingo) text me, and asked me to share with her the most disturbing microaggression I have ever experienced.  She experienced an incident that made her uncomfortable,...

Chris Floore Assistant to the County Manager for Public Affairs Macon-Bibb County, GA LinkedIn | Twitter Communications and media relations. Chris Floore, the Assistant to the County Manager for Public Affairs in Macon-Bibb County, Georgia, joined the podcast to talk about his work and building relationships with the media. Chris discussed the importance of the public...

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