ELGL Annual Conference Survey is contemplating offering a one-day conference in Fall 2013. Please take this very short survey to share your opinions about this idea, and to guide the ELGL board as they consider this possibility.
Join ELGL: Free for students; $20 for individuals; $250 for organizations (includes ten memberships). Affiliation is open to current, future, and retired local government leaders.
Striking a Balance White Paper – This White Paper presents 1) a summary of current financial trends that cities are facing; 2) an exploration of how city managers are coping with those financial realities and the strategies they have adopted—particularly in the areas of personnel, core services and programs, service partnerships, and restructuring; 3) examples of successful citizen participation efforts, barriers to meaningful participation, and methods and mechanisms used to overcome those barriers; and 4) a proposed framework for essential and nonessential service prioritization that incorporates citizen collaboration and empowerment into the process.
One-Stoplight Town Seeks Just One Mayor – Wanted: a mayor for this tiny South Carolina town. Like many rural communities across the country, Little Mountain has seen its population drop over the decades. Businesses closed on Main Street. Residents moved to nearby Columbia, seeking jobs and a faster pace.
13 Things Overachievers Do – But this award mania isn’t bad — it is one of the ways overachievers keep score for themselves. They are out to change the world. And, in reality, the best and brightest overachievers are not competing with you, but only themselves.
We need your help! My name is April Buzby. I am a graduate student in the Department of Planning, Public Policy and Management at the University of Oregon. I am conducting a survey of community leaders in Lane County to better understand the region’s ability to come together in local actions towards economic development. These organized local actions, termed as community efficacy, are a vital aspect of a community’s ability to engage in viable and sustainable economic development over time.
‘Parks And Rec’ Launches Rent-A-Swag Pinterest Page (PHOTO) – The entrepreneurial “Parks and Rec” character started his own business of renting his absurd clothes to teens so they can look great for cheap. The page is filled with shots of Tom modeling some of the flyest clothes to ever grace the streets of Pawnee, Indiana. Yep, even the “Drive” scorpion jacket is there.
Twitter’s Winners and Losers – A lot can go right or wrong in just 140 characters. A look at the Mars Curiosity, Chris Brown, Donald Trump, and more of the best and worst tweets of 2012.
Facebook in 2013: More Growing Pains Ahead – How did middle-of-the-road analyst expectations underperform by anything like $175 billion in corporate value? What happened? The answer, in four numerals:2012. I’ve been wracking my brain, but I can’t remember a comparable year in which events went south this fast for a technology company.