Dear ELGL members,
A heads up that in this coming week, I’m going to start doing more fundraising to get ELGL ready for our five conferences in 2017: our annual conference on May 11 and 12 in Detroit, and our four pop ups in Charlotte, Kansas City, Dallas, and Portland on September 22.
We’ve also started offering advertising options on ELGL’s podcast, GovLove. It’s a really easy way to get your organization or company name out there to avid listeners of local government’s top podcast. Check out the options to advertise on GovLove.
Lastly, please join me in welcoming Jacob Johnson to the ELGL team. He wrote an About Me post so you can learn more about him and his work on ELGL’s #InstitutionalKnowledge project. We’re pleased to have Jacob on board.
What I’m Reading
What I’m Listening To
What I’m Watching
- ESPN’s OJ: Made in America
Birthdays & Books
Love books? Love ELGL? Don’t forget to sign up for the the 2017 Birthdays and Books initiative. This fun program matches ELGL members up to share books with each other on their birthdays. If you participated in 2016, you need to sign up again for 2017; participation does not roll over.
This past week we kicked off Mentor Month with three great posts. Special thanks to Sarah Hazel and Erik Clarke for coordinating this series as part of the ELGL management team:
- “Go Home, Scot” And Other Words of Wisdom from Local Gov Mentors
- “We’re Out There In This Shared World. We Can Help Each Other”
- Mutual Mentorship: the Platonic Leslie Knope to My Ben Wyatt
State of Place Partnership
Featured Job Posts
We posted two great job openings for our organizational members this week (as a reminder, organizational members get free stand-alone job postings and sharing on ELGL’s social network) and we also posted an ELGL-managed recruitment for the city of Hillsboro, Oregon.
- ELGL-Managed Recruitment: City of Hillsboro, Oregon HR Director: Apply Now
- Management Fellow, Boulder, CO
- Public Works Operator, Sumner, WA
Homelessness Policy Summit
Also this week, we hosted the first ELGL policy summit. We’ve wanted to try a new way of conferencing for a while now, and after some feedback after #ELGL16, we decided to focus our first online summit on the topic of homelessness. Thanks to ELGL member Rae Trotta, we pulled together four sessions from different West Coast cities on their approaches to homelessness topics and on January 12, hosted the ELGL Policy Summit: Homelessness. ELGL members can access the videos and Twitter chat from the summit.
It was my turn this week to host GovLove, and I talked to Councilor Lacey Beaty from the city of Beaverton, and Councilor Michelle Dykstra from the city of Roanoke for this episode titled You (Yes You!) Can Run for Local Office. It was great to learn more from these two first time elected officials about their campaigns. If you’ve ever considered running for elected office, I highly recommend this podcast episode.
Guest Bloggers & New Member Profiles
My Life in Presidential Terms by Russell Terry
On Momentum & Progress: #13Percent to #GenderBalance by Stacy Schweikhart
TCU Takeaways: It’s Time for a Hotwash by Chad Doran