Weekly Update: #ELGLPopUps, #ELGLTech, Board Goals, Supper Clubs

Posted on July 23, 2017

[vc_row][vc_column][vc_column_text]Dear ELGL members,

The ELGL summer schedule is bananas. We’re preparing for #ELGLPopUps on September 22, assembling a robust calendar of webinars and meet ups, and continuing with new blog series and learning opportunities.

Behind the scenes, I have a bunch of new reports and projects I’m working on for the board, mainly related to finances and memberships. That’s a huge new change; for a long time, we’ve operated this organization on a cash basis, so to have a financial plan and also membership goals, is taking us into that next level of professionalism and sustainability.

Have a great week –

Kirsten[/vc_column_text][vc_text_separator title=”#ELGLPopUps” color=”chino”][vc_column_text css_animation=”fadeIn”]Work continues on the individual plans for the #ELGLPopUps in Portland, Kansas City, Dallas, and Charlotte. Each pop up has the same theme (“stuff you should have learned in school”) but each planning team is charged with developing the sessions, choosing the location, planning the social event, and managing logistics. It’s great to watch our team get creative and inspiring with their planning and ideas.

Ticket sales opened this week! We’re “racing to 50” to see which location can get to the first 50 tickets sold first. Here are the current standings:

As a reminder, we only have 100 spots for sale at each #ELGLPopUps location, so early registration is suggested so you don’t miss out on these great learning opportunities. In the next week, we’ll be highlighting agendas and also sharing hotel and travel information.[/vc_column_text][vc_text_separator title=”#ELGLTech” color=”chino”][vc_column_text css_animation=”fadeIn”]

We’re continuing with planning for the very popular #ELGLTech webinar series. As a reminder – in this series, we highlight different tech tools that can help local government work more efficiently. The fabulous Mike Ekey coordinates this series and he puts in a ton of work coordinating schedules, scripts, and planning. If you get a minute – please tweet at Mike to say thanks for putting these sessions together:

LinkedIn (video from 7/18 webinar)

Online Procurement with SmartProcure – August 12

Financial Storytelling with PFM – TBD

Requests Requests and FOIAs with NextRequest – October 12

Crowd Funding Public Projects with Patronicity – TBD November

Digital Economic Developmwnt with Townfolio – TBD December

Civic Engagement with CitySourced – TBD January

[/vc_column_text][vc_text_separator title=”Board Goals” color=”chino”][vc_column_text css_animation=”fadeIn”]The Board of Directors wrote this great recap of our Phoenix trip and the resulting goals and work plans for FY18. The immediate feedback I heard from this post was how much people appreciated the inclusion of “joy” as one of our pillars. We sometimes take for granted how much fun we have in our work for ELGL and so including this pillar reminds all of us that having fun and enjoying our local government service is a huge part of what we do and why we do it.

Here’s another favorite line from the Board’s post:

Plus, we are adding to our programming. More GovLove. More Webinars. More Columns. More events. In the coming year we will add a reputable best practices inventory, an expanded member profile feature and a one-of-a-kind vendor directory.

These are all projects that are getting underway and you’ll start to hear more about later this summer and fall.

[/vc_column_text][vc_text_separator title=”Supper Clubs” color=”chino”][vc_column_text css_animation=”fadeIn”]Supper Club season is underway! Kent and I hosted one at our house a few weeks ago and there were three more this past week in Durham, Chicago, and Denver. If you want to host one – it’s easy! There are three main steps:

  1. Pick a location
  2. Pick a date
  3. Tell ELGL and we’ll help you with the hype and hoopla to make it happen.

See? Easy peasy. If your region hasn’t had a Supper Club yet, or if it has been a while, consider hosting one and getting on our schedule. Just email Kent to get it going.

Durham Supper Club!


Denver Supper Club!


Chicago Supper Club!


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