Weekly Update

Weekly Update

Dear ELGL members,

It seemed like a short week, with the Thanksgiving holiday and the quiet Friday off for a lot of our ELGL members. ELGL was open every day, though. It’s part of our commitment to our members to continually share and be responsive about events and news in the local gov realm; although I might argue that some people overshare… case in point:

I hope your transition back to work goes smoothly, and that your long Thanksgiving weekend was full of fun and reasons to be thankful. Here’s an update from the past week.

Thank you,


What I’m Reading

J.D. Vance, “Hillbilly Elegy”

What I’m Listening To

Michael Buble, “Christmas”

What I’m Watching

Elizabeth & Elizabeth: the Golden Age

New Utah ELGL Outreach

Please join me in welcoming Jacob Johnson to the ELGL team. Jacob is a student at BYU in Provo, Utah and he’s stepped up to organize events and activities in Utah for ELGL. Jacob first found ELGL through GovLove, and both the podcast and organization spoke to his interest in a public service career. You can connect with Jacob on LinkedIn.

Recruitment Reminders

As a reminder, ELGL is currently collecting applications for the Oregon Local Government Fellowship, a great first job post-MPA or post-MURP. And in the coming weeks, we’ll also be helping the city of Hillsboro, Oregon find a new HR Director.

2016 Annual Report

In this next week, I’ll be pulling together information for ELGL’s first-ever annual report. I’ll be reporting back to the membership on Supper Clubs, Webinars, Finances, Trainings & Travel, #ELGL16, Podcasts, Buzz & Readers, Guest Writers, Blogs, Awards, and Membership. If there’s anything else you want to learn about in summary, please let me know.

Festivus for the Rest of Us

We’re launching a year-end celebration of our members – a Festivus for the Rest of Us. The scoop: if you’re an ELGL member, throw your name in the hat to win books, swag and more from ELGL. It’s our way of sharing some books we loved this year, and also clearing out 2016 swag to get ready for 2017. If you’re not an ELGL member, become one – and then sign up today.

Mug Swap 2016

This is the last week to sign up for the 2016 ELGL Mug Swap. We’ll draw names for the mug exchange on December 3. As a reminder: the idea is that you give a mug, and then get a mug. It’s a way to make a new connection with another ELGL member. Sign up here.


ELGL member Pam Weir suggested that cities turn their logos into turkeys on the day before Thanksgiving and encouraged everyone to share their art via #CityBrandTurkey. The submissions ranged from artistic to “creative.” Here are some of the submissions:

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Guest Bloggers & New Member Profiles

Each week, ELGL posts profiles of new members, and guest blog posts from ELGL members. These are important offerings by ELGL. When you’re profiled, you can use the link to introduce yourself via email or social media to immediately share information about yourself as you grow your local government network.

When you guest blog for ELGL, you’re creating an online writing sample that you can link to from your LinkedIn profile or online resume. You’re also showing your passion for public service online, which will help you (again) build your local gov network and share your perspectives with current and future local government contacts or employers.

Here are this week’s profiles and guest blogs:

GIF of the Week

To close, here’s my favorite GIF this week (thanks to Katie Babits and the Shine text), with a reminder to use reflection time as a way to boost productivity: