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Jessica VanderKolk Communications Manager City of Battle Creek, Michigan Bio | LinkedIn | Twitter Being a liaison between local government and the community. Jessica VanderKolk, Communications Manager for the City of Battle Creek, Michigan, joined the podcast to talk about local government communications. She shared how staff can help share their stories with the community...

The ELGL Board of Directors is excited to announce the appointment of three new Board Members. Rafael Baptista, Warren Kagarise, and Jessica VanderKolk were selected to serve three-year terms earlier this month. They will allow the Board to serve the ELGL membership and set the strategic direction of the organization. "Rafael, Warren, and Jessica each...

Jessica VanderKolk City of Battle Creek, MI Communications Manager LinkedIn | Twitter Solid, Outgoing, Exceptional Jessica is dedicated to informing her community through the city's social media channels. Battle Creek has one of the best local government social media presences out there. Jessica is a one-of-a-kind gem in local government and invaluable to the City...

This article in Splash Into Local Government Series was written by Jessica VanderKolk, Communications Manager for the City of Battle Creek, Michigan. She is an eternal communicator, storyteller and local government nerd, who adores her husband, son, and dog. Her self-care is daily running, local restaurants, and Twitter. You can contact her by email and LinkedIn....

We hope you can deal with change because we're changing up new member introductions. ELGL has grown tired of everyone and everything being proclaimed as "the best ever." From now on, we'll only believe it if our members dub it so. Hold onto your keyboard and mouse. Our new members are here to inform you about the...

We hope you can deal with change because we're changing up new member introductions. ELGL has grown tired of everyone and everything being proclaimed as "the best ever." From now on, we'll only believe it if our members dub it so. Hold onto your keyboard and mouse. Our new members are here to inform you about the...

Today's Morning Buzz is by Jessica VanderKolk, Communications Manager for the City of Battle Creek. Let's be pocket friends on Twitter and LinkedIn! What I'm wearing: All peppermint, all the time. This is my #PeppermintSeason. What I'm watching: Season 5 of The Crown What I'm hearing: All holiday music, all the time As I sit...

I’m sure many of you are still basking in the joy of the ELGL 2022 Conference held in Phoenix last week. It was a great opportunity to finally meet many people we’d only gotten to know online—pocket friends as ELGL board member Jessica VanderKolk has called us—and to discuss the work so near and dear...

Rafael Baptista Director of Strategy and Innovation Buncombe County, NC LinkedIn Incremental steps to improvement. Rafael Baptista, Director of Strategy and Innovation for Buncombe County, North Carolina, joined the podcast to talk about the work of his team and how they support the County organization as internal consultants. He shared how they support the County's...

Welcome, dear pocket friends. Today's Morning Buzz is by Jessica VanderKolk, Communications Manager for the City of Battle Creek in Southwest Michigan. Hit me up on Twitter and LinkedIn. What I'm watching: Trying to squeeze in as much Offspring as possible. I got there late, and it's about to get the boot off Netflix. What...

#CityHallSelfie Day on August 15, 2022 was a huge success - people from across the world took a minute to snap a selfie in front of their local government building. We'll announce some winners each day so we can remember all of the great selfies that were shared on the big day. See all the...

You are buzzing today with Jessica VanderKolk, Communications Manager for the City of Battle Creek, Michigan. Connect with me on Twitter and LinkedIn! What I'm watching: Won't You Be My Neighbor (I love Mister Rogers.) What I'm reading: Prince Charles: The Passions and Paradoxes of an Improbable Life (Why yes, I DID just finish S4...

Today's Morning Buzz is by Jessica VanderKolk, Communications Manager for the City of Battle Creek, in Southwest Michigan. Connect with me on LinkedIn, and chat with me on Twitter! What I'm reading: The President's Daughter by James Patterson What I'm watching: The Crown As the COVID-19 pandemic continues and we're all as busy as ever,...

Today's Morning Buzz is by Jessica VanderKolk. I'm the Communications Manager for the City of Battle Creek, Michigan. Come talk to me about bling booties and home spa items on Twitter and connect on LinkedIn. What I'm reading: Blue Nights by Joan Didion and Going There by Katie Couric What I'm watching: Grey's Anatomy in...

Today's Morning Buzz is by Jessica VanderKolk, Communications Manager for the City of Battle Creek, Michigan. Connect with me on Twitter and LinkedIn! What I'm reading: Fires, Floods, and Taxicabs by Jeffrey Roth What I'm watching: Nailed It on Netflix - absolutely hilarious What I'm listening to: That sweet, sweet #ELGL Spotify playlist   I...

I am Jessica VanderKolk, Communications Manager buzzing with you from the City of Battle Creek, Michigan. Connect with me on Twitter and LinkedIn. What I'm reading: Out of Orange by Cleary Wolters What I'm watching: Grey's Anatomy (I'm binging on Netflix and I'm on Season 9... no spoilers!) I felt inspired to write today's Morning...

Today's Buzz is by Jessica VanderKolk, Communications Manager in the City of Battle Creek, Michigan. Find me on Twitter and LinkedIn. What I'm reading: I've started a handful of books and am making slooow progress. Two are Pawnee: The Greatest Town in America by Leslie Knope; and Greenlights by Matthew McConaughey What I'm watching: Gilmore...

Cohort participants are often supported by volunteer members of ELGL who have years of practical knowledge and expertise in their field. Participants gain valuable one-on-one access to experts in their field who can connect them with the people and resources they need; mentors have an opportunity to give back to others and increase their profile...

This article was written by Jessica VanderKolk, Communications Manager for the City of Battle Creek. Jessica wrote this article as part of the Crisis Management Cohort with Drucker Institute. Read all the articles from the cohort. Connect with Jessica on email, Twitter, or LinkedIn. I am Jessica VanderKolk, Communications Manager for the City of Battle...

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