ELGL pop up conferences are on September 22, 2017 in
Charlotte, NC; Kansas City, MO; Grand Prairie (Dallas), TX; and Portland, OR.

Four conferences in four states on one day?!

We know that conference travel can be challenging, so we strategically pick locations across the country so ELGL members can come together for one day of local gov learning and friendship.

All conference locations have creative and interesting agendas under the theme “stuff you should have learned in school.” Let’s face it: for some of us, MPA or MURP school was a long time ago. And even if grad school isn’t that far in your rearview, the topics and trends in local government are constantly changing. The #ELGLPopUps will give you unique perspectives into some of the most topical local government challenges.

Your ticket to an #ELGLPopUp is $25/students, $50/ELGL members, and $75/non members (includes ELGL membership). This price includes coffee, lunch, and a social hour, thanks to our generous sponsors and creative #ELGLPopUps planning teams in each location.

Registration is now open!

Registration is now open!

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Portland, Oregon Agenda

9:00 – 9:40

How to Build a Local Government Equity Strategy

Learn from Jen Lleras Van Der Haeghen, City of Eugene, about how to build equity and inclusion into every level of your local government organization.

10:00 – 10:40

How Local Governments Are Getting SaaS-y

Rebecca Woodbury, City of San Rafael will learn how local governments are using software as a service to move operations forward in communities across the country. Luke Fretwell, Rachel Keyser, and Autumn Carter will provide industry perspective to this panel.

11:00 – 11:40

How To Reinvent Your Local Government Agency & Shift Organizational Culture

Jared Weiner from Prosper Portland and Sarah Medary from the City of Eugene will tell their stories about how their organizations made substantial and significant shifts to evolve and adapt into the 21st century.


How to Deal With a Rare Astronomical Event: Public Outreach and the Solar Eclipse

Three local government professionals in the “path of totality” will describe the approaches and responses they employed in Madas, Corvallis, and Benton County on August 21, 2017 during the total solar eclipse. Learn from Nick Snead, Patrick Rollens, and Lili’a Neville about this once in a lifetime astronomical event.

1:00 – 1:40

How To Create a 21st Century Economic Development Strategy

This lively panel will describe the new ways that local governments are updating their economic development strategies to incorporate technology and regional approaches. Matt Lorenzen, City of Estacada; Zach Ratkai, City of Richland; and Ryley Iverson, Townfolio.co will lead this interactive discussion.

2:00 – 2:40

How to Use Data to Make Local Government Decisions: Case Studies from Parks & Recreation

Your Parks and Recreation department is the perfect place to start with data-driven decision making. Bobbi Nance, RecResults; and Kylie Bayer-Fertterer, Tualatin Hills Parks & Recreation District will walk you through case studies so you can implement data collection and evaluation in your agency.

3:00 – 3:40

How to Plan for Driverless Vehicles

We’re talking autonomous vehicles in this session – with an expert from the Mountain View Police Department (home of Google…) and the leading Oregon academics on the topic. Join Lieutenant Saul Jaeger, Professor Ben Clark, and Professor Nico Larco as we jump headfirst in front of self driving cars.

Grand Prairie (Dallas), Texas Agenda

  • Presented in partnership with UMANT
  • The Summit – 2975 Esplanade, Grand Prairie, TX 75052
  • Registration opens at 8:30
  • Coffee, lunch, and social hour provided

How to Play Moneyball with Developers

Join Michael Kovacs, Justin Weiss, and Will Rugeley from the City of Fate, TX as they share background stories and information about their popular post on land use development.

How To Improve Your Citizen Engagement Skills

Amanda Nagl, Jose Madrigal, CoCo Good, and Shannah Hayley headline this all-star session on how to make your local government engagement pop. Learn from this panel’s unique experiences engaging community members.

How to Create and Implement Innovation Trends in Your Community

Aimee Kaslik, Chris Sanchez, and Jeff Jones talk about local government innovation in practical and realistic terms. Learn how your organization can turn innovative concepts into a reality this fiscal year.

How to Use Culture & Climate Surveys to Improve Employee Engagement and Retention

Adrienne Lothery and Ben Thatcher share their perspectives on how community surveys have an impact not only on operations, but also on employee relationships, engagement, and retention.

Reflections from Hurricane Harvey

ELGL Board Member Dan Weinheimer will interview Clay Pearson and Nick Woolery about the municipal response to Hurricane Harvey, and the short- and long-term plans for their suburban communities.

Kansas City, Missouri Agenda

How to Improve your Citizen Engagement Skills (9-10am)

For many organizations, Citizen Engagement follows the Ron Popeil method (Set it and forget it!). In this session Bang The Table CEO Matt Crozier will explore how you can better engage your community and highlight some of the more creative ways cities are keeping in touch with residents without boring them to tears.

How Two Cities Revitalized and Reinvented their Entire Core (10:20-11:20am)

Downtown North Kansas City went from empty warehouses to the new entertainment hotspot packed with restaurants and breweries. Mission, Kansas, took an outdated commercial and traffic corridor and turned it into a new downtown the Mission business owners and residents can be proud of. Learn how local gov, developers, and grassroots groups can creatively collaborate to build a strong downtown.

Sara Copeland, Community Development Director, North Kansas City
Kevin Fullerton, Springboard Creative and Mission Forward
Meredith Hauck, Assistant City Manager, Merriam, Kansas

How To Recognize Talented Veterans & the Skills They Bring to Local Gov (12:30-1:30pm)

Darrin Tangeman talks about the important work of the Veterans Local Government Fellowship program and how it is building a bridge between local government and those who served in the military.

Darrin Tangeman, District Manager in Pueblo West, Colorado
Bill Ebel, City Manager, Overland Park, Kansas
Tony Hofman, Public Works Director, Overland Park, Kansas
Jose Vargas, Fleet Maintenance Supervisor, Overland Parks, Kansas

How To Respond to Public Records Requests (Legally, and Efficiently) (1:50-2:50pm)

Responding to a public records request does not have to be a scary prospect. Learn how NextRequest is taking the old process of shuffling through dusty documents and turning it into an easier and less stressful endeavor.

Bridgette Cobbins, Wyandotte County, Kansas, Clerk
Tamara Manik-Perlman, CEO, NextRequest

How to Work With the Next Generation of Elected Officials (3-4pm)

As local government professionals, we are passionate about the work we do. So, how do we share that enthusiasm with our elected leaders? This Q&A session will give our group a chance to hear from some elected leaders from around Kansas City to hear why they got involved and how we can help support one another – regardless of what generation we come from.

Councilman Quinton Lucas, Kansas City, Missouri
Councilman David E. Waters, Westwood, Kansas
Mayor Eileen Weir, Independence, Missouri

RECESS! Chicken N Pickle, 1761 Burlington, North Kansas City

There is plenty you should have learned in school, but we all know Recess was your favorite subject. Join us at North Kansas City’s newest outdoor attraction, Chicken N Pickle. This two-story bar features yard games, life-sized Jenga, a six-foot tall Battleship game and – of course – pickle-ball courts.

Join your fellow conference attendees for an evening of good #LocalGov conversation. Drinks and appetizers provided.

Charlotte, North Carolina Agenda

  • Harvey B. Gantt Center, 551 S Tryon St, Charlotte, NC 28202
  • Registration opens at 8:00 am
  • Coffee, lunch, and social hour provided

Walking Map: Check out points of interest around the conference center on breaks.

Keynote Speakers:

How to be a winning city

Speaker: Marcus Jones (Bio)

Vibrant, thriving communities, don’t just happen by accident. They are made. City Manager, Marcus Jones will discuss the traits great places have in common, and how you too can build and work towards a vision that will make your community, a winning one! Marcus D. Jones is the city manager for the City of Charlotte, he began his new role on Dec. 1, 2016. Before moving to Charlotte, Jones served as the city manager of ​Norfolk, Virginia.

How to understand segregation and gentrification

Speaker: Dr. Tom Hanchett, Community Historian (Twitter | Website)

Did you know that racial and economic segregation are not age-old givens, but products of a decades-long process? Did you know that long ago Charlotte’s whites and blacks, workers and business owners, all lived intermingled in a “salt-and-pepper” pattern. When urban renewal and other federal funds became available in the mid-twentieth century, local leaders used the money to complete the sorting out process, creating a “sector” pattern in which wealthy whites increasingly lived on one side of town and blacks on the other. Tom Hanchett, renown Historian will discuss the history of segregation and its relationship to gentrification.

How to solve problems in a fish bowl

Speaker: Dena Diorio (LinkedIn | Twitter | GovLove)

Dena Diorio is the Mecklenburg County M​anager. Dena joined Mecklenburg County in 2007 as director of the Department of Financial Services. In 2013, she was promoted to assistant county manager for fiscal control, policies and standards compliance where she provided executive management oversight of the County’s Financial Services Department. Raised in Westchester County, New York, Dena started her career in New York City, eventually working for then-Mayor Rudy Giuliani. Later, she took jobs in Stamford and Danbury, Connecticut until moving to Mecklenburg County.

9:30 AM Concurrent:

How to Make a Big Impact with Small Projects

Speakers: Monica Carney Holmes (LinkedIn & Twitter) | Rae Buckley (LinkedIn & Twitter) | Sarah Hazel (LinkedIn & Twitter)

One of the core components of a great city is an engaged community where people feel connected to one another and the places they experience. In this session we will highlight small projects that are all about trying new ways to engage residents and make our public places more enjoyable and fun. By dreaming big, but starting small, larger opportunities and lessons have emerged that set the foundation for an even greater city.

How to Create and Communicate with Data

Speakers: Samuel McClenney (LinkedIn & Twitter) | Chris Matthews (LinkedIn & Twitter) | Frances Ruiz (LinkedIn) | Eric Jackson (LinkedIn & Twitter)

Are you comfortable with your level of data literacy? Join us for an open discussion about using data to create and communicate in local government. How do we develop internal and external tools or applications, data visualizations or even just general presentations in a way that is understandable and accessible to people from all walks of life?

11:00 AM Concurrent:

How to Put the “Public” Back in Public Streets

Speakers: Tracy Newsome | Vivian Coleman (LinkedIn) | Ben Miller (LinkedIn & Twitter)

For the last six decades, the American public street has been imagined in a mostly unimaginative (and expensive) way. For years, transportation planners and engineers considered motor vehicles to be the only objects belonging on public streets, and focused almost exclusively on maintaining “throughput” and widening roads to try to solve congestion. With the continued challenges of congestion and the competition to create vibrant, livable and economically healthy  cities, there is a transportation revolution underway to put the “Public” back in public streets – and it involves changing how people think about the common city street. This session will discuss how and why re-imagining public streets will make your city a safer place, in addition to attracting new people and businesses to your community. Let’s be a part of the transportation revolution to reclaim the public street!

How to make local government more diverse

Speakers: Sarah Dickson (Bio, LinkedIn & Twitter) | Libby Seguin (Bio, LinkedIn & Twitter) | Rosemary Stump (BioLinkedIn & Twitter) | Toney Thompson (Bio, LinkedIn & Twitter)

Local governments are the front-line service providers to residents of the United States, delivering quality of life services such as education, public safety, safe water, housing, transportation, and more. However, local governments remain highly segregated, and there is currently no precedent for collecting data regarding representation. Learn how a group of UNC MPA students partnered with ELGL to compile race and gender data on local government leadership in North Carolina. Take our lessons learned back to your organization and help bring the conversation about representation – one of our country’s founding values – out into the open. To learn more about ELGL’s data collection project visit : diversitydashboard.org.

2:30 PM Concurrent:

How to Be Safe in Cyber-Space

Speakers: Hemant Desai (LinkedIn) | Jeff Stovall (LinkedIn) | Randy Moulton (LinkedIn) | Jason Punda (LinkedIn)

Cyberattacks on local governments increased by 32% last year, and over 50% of cities and counties have an insufficient number of cybersecurity staff. Local governments are rich in data that can be used to steal the identity of citizens, and it’s our responsibility to secure that information. Learn how to protect against security breaches, eliminate vulnerabilities, and prepare for business continuity.

How to Create Affordable Housing in a Growing Community

Speakers: Melissa Maddox-Evans (LinkedIn & GovLove) | Dan Levine (LinkedIn) | George Barrett (Bio) | Nate Broman-Fulks (LinkedIn & Twitter)

One mark of a successful community is great diversity. Growing communities across the country are struggling to maintain diversity as residents fight rising housing prices. This session will provide innovative and practical strategies for providing and preserving affordable housing in your community, helping ensure its continued success.