Who Are You? with Simon Corson, City of Geneva, NY

Posted on January 27, 2016

As part of a grueling ELGL initiation process, new members are asked to complete our version of the Wonderlic test. It’s an open book test and participants do not have to use a dull number 2 pencil to fill in tiny circles.

Simon Corson (LinkedIn) is a Project Manager for the Business Improvement District Board in Geneva, NY. He is a student at Hobart and William Smith Colleges.


Complete the following sentences.

I feel…


I joined ELGL because…

I am interested in engaging with other young professionals.

If I were in a talent show I would…


perform a juggling act.

My life will only be complete if…

I died, I hope to continue to explore and learn with no end in sight.

The last book that I read was…

Some Great Idea by Edward Keenan.

My most memorable experience in government is…

Creating a comprehensive report that explains how two municipalities can collaborate and share services in the future.

You should probably know…

That I am not only knowledgeable about local politics, but also geospatial technologies including ArcGIS.

Do you agree/disagree with the following statement(s)……Explain….

My peer group views local government as a desirable profession. 

I have to disagree because I live in upstate New York where many municipalities face intense financial difficulties. Thus, local government employees do not have high salaries despite their challenging jobs.

I plan on spending the rest of my career in local government.

I disagree. I would like to engage with local government throughout my career, but plan to apply myself working in both the public and private sectors.

Local government is effective at communicating with the public.

I agree. The answer to this question has a lot to do with where you have lived. At times, City Council members fail to represent the people within their wards. When a local government facilitates the creation of neighborhood groups and initiatives, the communication between the public and the government become most effective.

Generational stereotypes are helpful.

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I disagree. General stereotypes tend to generalize a group of people. I would suggest having a wide array of perspectives within local government is helpful.

City staff should be required to live in the city in which they work.

I agree.

Local governments should have an employee dress code.

I agree. Government employees should present themselves in a professional manner.

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