Weekly Update

Posted on January 29, 2017

Dear ELGL members,

This week, we shared with you experiences from three local government conferences in Missouri, Texas, and Colorado:

I think Kent said it best in his thank you message to the ELGL members who participated in the different conferences:

Just a quick note to thank you for being involved in one of the most active weeks in ELGL history. Three conferences, three different states. The social media activity was great and the blog posts added more depth on the conference experience. (At the SGR Conference, one conference attendee commented that they enjoy ELGL because we simply look like we’re having fun.) People tracking the three conferences on social media and the website we’re blown away that an organization with a paid staff of zero could have such a broad reach. I wish I could provide more than this simple “thanks” because your willingness to represent ELGL at these events is much appreciated and impactful. Between family, work, and other hobbies, we’re all busy these days but it’s refreshing to know a group like this which is not too busy to be part of changing local government. Please let me know if I can ever return the favor (as long as it doesn’t involve karaoke). On to #ELGL17….

Thank you,


What I’m Reading

What I’m Listening To

What I’m Watching

Friendly Rivalries

Opportunities to Influence Government

Kent wrote a post titled “Six Opportunities to Influence Local Government” during last weekend’s marches to share some action items for ELGL members who want to continue being more active in their communities. His post then spurred three addition posts with more responses from our members:

Featured Job Posts

Lots of job postings this week, including a new ELGL-managed recruitment for a village administrator position in upstate New York:


On GovLove this week, we heard from ELGL member Ed Blaney abut innovation efforts in Louisville, Kentucky: Podcast: Disruptive Innovation in Louisville, KY

And, we learned how a large city in Michigan prepares for inclement winter weather (and how excited snow makes the city manager): Podcast: Preparing for the Snowpocalypse with Mark Vanderpool


Guest Bloggers & New Member Profiles

Member Exclusive Price for Hometown Summit

The Hometown Summit is America’s biggest conference for small cities, bringing together hundreds of local leaders alongside national media, foundations, and policy experts from across the United States for workshops, talks, farm-to-table food, public art, block parties, and more in Charlottesville, VA this April 13-15. Learn more and register now. For ELGL members: use the code “GOVLOVE17” to get 20% off the price of registration. (Note: if you are not an ELGL member and attempt to use the code, your computer will evaporate.) Not an ELGL member? Students can join for free, individuals for $25, and organizations/businesses for $250. We’ll preview the Hometown Summit on an upcoming GovLove episode – Adam Klein is Chief Strategist for the American Underground, and Carolyn Zelikow, Urban Innovation Lab at the Aspen Institute.

GIF of the Week 

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