GovLove - A Podcast About Local Government

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GovLove is a podcast about the people, policies and profession of local government. From Mayors and City Managers to interns and everyone in between, we interview the people making a difference in their communities to learn about the great work being done at the local level. GovLove is brought to you by Engaging Local Government Leaders (ELGL).

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#538 A Community-Centered Approach to Public Safety with Ryan Smith, Durham, NC
01:04:03

Sending the right response. Ryan Smith, Director of Community Safety for the City of Durham, North Carolina, joined the podcast to talk about a new approach to public safety. He shared why and how the Community Safety Department was formed. Ryan outlined all of the pilot programs they are currently testing and how they are developing a first responder culture. Ryan also described what metrics they are tracking.

Host: Toney Thompson

Sep 23, 2022
#537 Diversity and Inclusion in Peoria, IL with Melodi Green
43:03

Advancing equity in government systems. Melodi Green, Chief Diversity and Inclusion Officer for the City of Peoria, Illinois, joined the podcast to talk about diversity and inclusion. She shared her path to her current role and how her legal background guides her work today. Melodi shared her work on the Peoria Equity Accountability Program. She also talked about why it was an important initiative and how metrics from the program can be used in the future.

Host: Ben Kittelson

Sep 16, 2022
#536 An 11-year-old talks Parks and Ice Rinks with Zach Navin, Waukesha County, WI
16:42

Kids need to know about local government too! To celebrate the start of the new school year, we gave the hosting duties to Mason Zeemering an 11-year-old in Athens, Georgia. Mason talked with Zach Navin, the Parks Supervisor for Waukesha County, Wisconsin all about managing parks and ice rinks. Zach shared his career background, how kids can learn about parks and recreation activities, and what it takes to manage ice arenas. 

Host: Mason Zeemering

Sep 13, 2022
#535 Using Education to Reduce Trash in DC Waterways with Layne Marshall and Julie Lawson
37:41

Two guests joined the podcast to talk about reducing litter and trash in waterways. Layne Marshall, a Biologist at the US Environmental Protection Agency's Trash Free Waters Program, and Julie Patton Lawson, Workforce Program Analyst for the DC City Government, joined the podcast to discuss a pilot study that used an education campaign to reduce trash leakage associated with curbside municipal trash collection. They shared why this education campaign was initiated, how the neighborhoods in DC were chosen, and what the impact was, as well as lessons for other local governments.

Host: Lauren Palmer

Sep 09, 2022
#534 Improving Traffic and Pedestrian Safety with Victoria Barrett, Chicago Metropolitan Agency for Planning
01:10:05

Better biking, walking, and public transit. Victoria Barrett, Transportation Planner for the Chicago Metropolitan Agency for Planning, joined the podcast to talk about improving traffic and pedestrian safety. She shared how the inputs into roadway design affect non-vehicular traffic and the other approaches that can improve pedestrian safety. Victoria also discussed how technology can help with improvements too.

Host: Dan Bolin

Sep 02, 2022
#533 Leadership & Career Development with Eric Marsh, Rolesville, NC
01:00:24

From doer to leader. Eric Marsh, Assistant Town Manager of the Town of Rolesville, North Carolina, joined the podcast to talk about his work and career path. He discussed the transition into leadership and how he learned about his own leadership style. He also shared how he got to know the Rolesville organization and how the Town is managing growth and development.

Host: Ben Kittelson

Aug 26, 2022
#532 The Job of a Prothonotary with Noah Marlier, Montgomery County, PA
36:24

Noah Marlier, Prothonotary for Montgomery County, Pennsylvania, joined the podcast to talk about what a Prothonotary does. Noah shared what being the elected civil clerk of the Court of Common Pleas means, the kind of procedures his office processes, and how he runs his office. He also shared how the pandemic affected operations within the office.

Host: Lauren Palmer

Aug 19, 2022
#531 Communication & Sharing the Work of Local Government with Jessica VanderKolk, Battle Creek, MI
44:29

Being a liaison between local government and the community. Jessica VanderKolk, Communications Manager for the City of Battle Creek, Michigan, joined the podcast to talk about local government communications. She shared how staff can help share their stories with the community and highlight the work of their organization. She also talked about her career path into local government from journalism and her new role on the ELGL Board of Directors.  

Host: Toney Thompson

Aug 12, 2022
#530 Returning to the Politics vs. Administration Debate with Dr. Kimberly Nelson, University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill
47:05

Dr. Kimberly Nelson, Professor of Public Administration and Government at the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill, returns to the podcast to talk about her most recent article about the politics versus administration debate. She provides an in-depth explanation of the role of the Local Government Manager in policymaking as it relates to the politics vs. administration dichotomy.

Host: Ben Kittelson

Aug 05, 2022
#529 Inclusive Prosperity in Economic Development with Jessica L. González Martínez and Sterling Johnson
53:23

Two guests joined the podcast to talk about inclusive prosperity in economic development. Jessica L. González Martínez is an Inclusive Economic Development Advisor for the New Growth Innovation Network. Sterling Johnson is the Just Opportunity Portfolio Director for the Partnership for Southern Equity. They discussed the joint partnership between their organizations to produce the Communication Resource Guide for Inclusive Economic Development and how local governments can integrate equity and inclusion into economic development strategies.

Host: Lauren Palmer

Jul 29, 2022
#528 ADA Compliance & Improving Accessibility with Linda Mastandrea, Chicago Metropolitan Agency for Planning
48:44

Linda Mastandrea, Director of Regional ADA Planning and Local Safety for the Chicago Metropolitan Agency for Planning, joined the podcast to talk about the Americans with Disabilities Act and creating more accessible communities. She shared some of the history of the ADA, how compliance can help cities, and what cities should be doing to create an ADA transition plan. Linda also shared her career path from Paralympic athlete to working with local governments to create a more equitable region.

Host: Dan Bolin

Jul 22, 2022
#527 Infrastructure & Leadership Training with Denise Bevan, Palm Coast, FL
52:51

Preparation and service. Denise Bevan the City Manager of the City of Palm Coast, Florida joined the podcast to discuss her career path from environmental planner to City Manager. She talked about the history of Palm Coast and the infrastructure challenges the City deals with. She shared an internal leadership training program used to develop and retain staff. She also discussed her time as interim City Manager and the transition to taking on the role permanently.

Host: Ben Kittelson

Jul 15, 2022
#526 Employee Engagement & Culture with Dan Biles, Pasco County, FL
01:10:58

People, purpose, and performance. Dan Biles, County Administrator for Pasco County, Florida, joined the podcast to discuss employee engagement and culture. He shared what makes a place great to work at and tools to get organizational buy-in. Dan outlined the robust training the County offers to build leaders and shared employee retention strategies.

Host: Ben Kittelson

Jul 08, 2022
#525 Resilient Building Codes with Jennifer Carpenter, U.S. HUD
34:35

Helping communities better withstand natural hazards and severe weather events. Jennifer Carpenter, Assistant Director of Policy for the Disaster Recovery & Special Issues Division at the U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development, joined the podcast to discuss resilient building codes. She outlined the work of the Disaster Recovery & Special Issues Division and the Community Development Block Grant Disaster Recovery Program. She also shared the benefits and how cities can get started to modernize building codes.

Host: Lauren Palmer

Jul 01, 2022
#524 Management & Leadership with Scott Neal, Edina, MN
50:20

Building the future of city management. Scott Neal, City Manager for the City of Edina, Minnesota, joined the podcast to discuss his career in city management. He shared how the City's Management Fellowship works and his goal of creating leaders for the profession. He talked about affordable house and equity work happening in Edina and he provided an in-depth look at his career path along with many lessons learned along the way.

Host: Ben Kittelson

Jun 24, 2022
#523 Equity in the Library with Christy Mulligan & Ayanna Muata, Hennepin County, MN
51:09

Two guests joined the podcast to talk about diversity, equity, and inclusion work in libraries. Christy Mulligan is the Equity, Diversity, and Inclusion Coordinator for Hennepin County Library. Ayanna Muata is the Equity, Diversity, and Inclusion Project Manager for Hennepin County Library. They talked about how they have integrated equity into programs, the origins of their work, and the impact of COVID-19 and the murder of George Floyd on their work. 

Host: Ben Kittelson

Jun 17, 2022
#522 Arbitrary Lines, the Case Against Zoning with M. Nolan Gray, UCLA Lewis Center
57:12

What do we want city planning to do? M. Nolan Gray, author and researcher at the UCLA Lewis Center for Regional Policy Studies, joined the podcast to talk about his new book, Arbitrary Lines: How Zoning Broke the American City and How to Fix It. Nolan provides an in-depth history of zoning including the impacts and ways zoning has distorted American cities. He shared ways that cities can reform zoning and what a city without zoning might look like. He also discussed what the future of planning profession would be without zoning.

Host: Ben Kittelson

Jun 10, 2022
#521 Tulsa Community Partnerships & ARP Funding with Jen Tolentino & Alisa Dougless
55:32
Alisa Dougless, Program Manager at the City of Tulsa, Oklahoma, and Jen Tolentino, Director of Local Practice at Results for America, joined the podcast to talk about spending federal funding from American Rescue Plan. They discussed best practices in managing and spending funds as well as working how the City of Tulsa worked with local partners.

Host: Alyssa Dinberg

Jun 04, 2022
#520 Ocean Protection & Climate Action with Dr. Tiffany Wise-West, Santa Cruz, CA
46:13
Sustainability steps for the future. Dr. Tiffany Wise-West, Sustainability and Climate Action Manager for the City of Santa Cruz, California, joined the podcast to talk about local government ocean protection and planning for sea level rise. She discussed the City's Climate Action Plan, their sea level rise explorer app, and how the City earned the "Blue City" recognition for being committed to clean oceans. She also highlighted what steps the City is taking to grow its green economy.

Host: Ben Kittelson

May 27, 2022
#519 Building Organizational Culture with Scot Simpson, River Falls, WI
24:44

One City, one team. Scot Simpson, City Administrator for the City of River Falls, Wisconsin, joined the podcast to talk about strategies for shaping organizational culture. He shared how they prioritized employee engagement and created opportunities to build relationships between employees across departments. He discussed the importance of onboarding, recognizing long serving employees, and how they focused on culture during the COVID-19 pandemic.

Host: Ashley Copeland

May 24, 2022
#518 Troubling Signs at the Supreme Court with Amanda Karras, Lisa Soronen, & Brian Connolly
01:01:20
Three guests joined the podcast to discuss the City of Austin v. Reagan National Advertising Supreme Court case. They provided in-depth analysis of the case and how the decision will impact local government sign regulations. Amanda Karras is the Executive Director and General Counsel for the International Municipal Lawyers Association. Lisa Soronen is the Executive Director of the State and Local Legal Center. Brian Connolly is a land use Attorney at Otten Johnson.

Host: Dan Bolin

May 20, 2022
#517 The Hidden World of Deathcare with Staci Zavattaro, University of Central Florida
01:01:15

What cities should think about related to deathcare. Staci Zavattaro, Professor of Public Administration at the University of Central Florida, joined the podcast to talk about deathcare and its relationship to local government. She outlined the elements of deathcare and how she became involved in the field. Staci highlighted the role and importance of local government cemeteries and the impact of COVID-19 on deathcare.

Host: Toney Thompson

May 17, 2022
#516 Mayors & Local Political Violence with Heidi Gerbracht & Sue Thomas
39:07

An assault on local democracy. Two guests joined the podcast to talk about a new report on political violence toward mayors. Heidi Gerbracht is the Founder of the Equity Agenda and Sue Thomas is a Senior Research Scientist at the Pacific Institute for Research and Evaluation. The report founds that political violence against mayors is common and more prevalent for women mayors and mayors of color.

Host: Kirsten Wyatt

May 13, 2022
#515 Climate Action & Heat Mitigation in Phoenix, AZ with Nancy Allen & David Hondula
45:35
Becoming a sustainable desert city. Two guests from the City of Phoenix, Arizona joined the podcast to talk about the City's climate action plan and addressing urban heat. Nancy Allen is the Environmental Programs Manager and David Hondula is the Director of Heat Response and Mitigation. They talked about developing the City's first community-wide climate action plan and implementing actions to combat heat.

Host: Ben Kittelson 

May 11, 2022
#514 Elevating Analysis in Fire & Emergency Services with Preet Bassi, Center for Public Safety Excellence
36:56

Data-informed decision making. Preet Bassi, the Chief Executive Officer at the Center for Public Safety Excellence, joined the podcast to talk about elevating analysis in fire and emergency services. She discussed the Center for Public Safety Excellence's accreditation process and benefits. She also shared how fire analysts can provide public comment on the new standard from the National Fire Protection Association on the job requirements for staff who use, analyze, or evaluate public safety data.

Host: Toney Thompson

May 06, 2022
#513 Sustainability & Building IQ with Tessa Schreiner, Aspen, CO
59:16
Leading by example. Tessa Schreiner, Climate Action Manager for the City of Aspen, Colorado, joined the podcast to talk about sustainability and energy use. She highlighted the City's Building IQ program, the logistics behind it, and the importance of data collection and benchmarking for building performance standards. She also shared how the City approaches climate change policy through an equity lens.

Host: Ben Kittelson

May 03, 2022
#512 Navigating as a Leader with Daniel Roberts, BrightDrop
35:54

Being bold and pushing boundaries. Daniel Roberts, the Head of Communications at BrightDrop, joined the podcast to talk about lessons he's learned as a leader early in his career. He discussed his leadership philosophy, developing staff, and working in both the public and private sectors.

This episode was recorded from the National Forum for Black Public Administrators (NFBPA) Forum 2022 in Grand Rapids, Michigan.

Host: Toney Thompson

Apr 29, 2022
#511 Starting a Public Service Career with Jonathan Henry, NFBPA Student Representative
20:13

Step up and stand out. Jonathan Henry, the Student Representative on the NFBPA Board of Directors, joined the podcast to talk about starting his career, his interest in accounting and information technology, and the value of internships. He discussed how students can position themselves for success in the workplace and in their job and internship searches.

This episode was recorded from the National Forum for Black Public Administrators (NFBPA) Forum 2022 in Grand Rapids, Michigan.

Host: Toney Thompson

Apr 26, 2022
#510 Becoming a City Manager with Tanisha Briley, Gaithersburg, MD
45:39

Sharing experiences and learning from each other. Tanisha Briley, the City Manager of the City of Gaithersburg, Maryland, rejoined the podcast to talk about how to become a City Manager. She explained her leadership style along with obstacles faced in her career. Tanisha shared skills needed and advice for those who want to become a City Manager.

This episode was recorded from the National Forum for Black Public Administrators (NFBPA) Forum 2022 in Grand Rapids, Michigan.

Host: Toney Thompson

Apr 22, 2022
#509 Innovative City Planning with Paul Lewis, Orlando, FL
51:55
Planning for the future. Paul Lewis, Chief Planning Manager for the City of Orlando, Florida, joined the podcast to talk about the innovative planning practices in the City of Orlando. He shared the City's tables of connection initiative that was completed as part of the AARP Community Challenge program. Paul also detailed how Orlando incorporates age-friendly and future ready concepts into their planning practices as well as several past master planning projects and their impact on the City.

Host: Ben Kittelson

Apr 19, 2022
#508 The Impact of the Great Resignation with Ronnie Dampier, Melody Lenox, & Margarita Hudgins
01:11:26
Three guests joined the podcast to talk about the Great Resignation, the impact on the local government workforce, and how to engage staff. Ronnie Dampier is the Chief of Staff for the District Department of Transportation in Washington, DC. Melody Lennox is the Senior Vice President of People Operations for Axxess. Magarita Hudgins is the Assistant Vice President of Colonial Life. They shared challenges and best practices regarding retention.

This episode was recorded from the National Forum for Black Public Administrators (NFBPA) Forum 2022 in Grand Rapids, Michigan.

Host: Toney Thompson

Apr 15, 2022
#507 Data and Longmont CAReS with Becky Doyle & Sandi Seader, Longmont, CO
59:55
Slaying the data dragon. Two guests from the City of Longmont, Colorado joined the podcast to discuss the City's use of data and recent What Works Cities Certification. Becky Doyle is the Executive Director of Consolidated Services and Sandi Seader is the Assistant City Manager. They discussed the Longmont CAReS program, which makes it easier for community members to receive assistance, and how they are shifting the conversation around data and decision making. They also talked about the assistance the City provided to their neighboring community, Louisville, to help with disaster recovery after a fire.

Host: Ben Kittelson

Apr 12, 2022
#506 Improving Fiscal Strategy with Lawrence Greenspun & Mark Funkhouser
53:33

Creating a better functioning society. Two guests joined the podcast to discuss their partnership to improve fiscal strategy for local governments. Mark Funkhouser, President of Funkhouser & Associates, and Lawrence Greenspun, Director of Public Sector Engagement at the Drucker Institute, discussed a combined learning approach to fiscal strategy. They also discussed making public finance more relatable and a new approach to citizen engagement.

Host: Lauren Palmer

Apr 08, 2022
#505 Urban Forestry & Sustainability in Eugene, OR with Scott Altenhoff & Marisa Repka
54:06

Keeping carbon captured. Two guests joined the podcast to discuss urban forestry and sustainability. Scott Altenhoff, an Urban Forestry Management Analyst with the City of Eugene, OR, and Marisa Repka, the Co-Founder and CFO of Cambium Carbon, discussed more sustainable ways of disposing of deceased trees.  They covered end users, implementation, and data tracking for the City's new Reforestation Hub Assessment.

Host: Ben Kittelson

Apr 05, 2022
#504 Outreach & Education on Building ADUs in Salinas, CA
49:12
Livable communities for people of all ages. Three guests from the City of Salinas, California joined the podcast to talk about creating an Accessory Dwelling Unit (ADU) educational campaign that included brochures, bilingual workshops for the public, and a technical workshop for contractors and other professionals that develop ADUs in the City. Raul Ortega is a Junior Engineer in Permit Services, Adam Garrett is an Assistant Planner, and Holly Hodge served as an Housing Production Coordinator VISTA. They shared the common questions they get from the community and the impact of the outreach.

Host: Alyssa Dinberg

Apr 01, 2022
#503 Technology & Digital Self-Service with Tyler Douthit, Lawrence, IN
33:01

Improving access for utility payments. Tyler Douthit, City Controller / Utilities CFO for the City of Lawrence, Indiana, joined the podcast to talk about how the City worked to increase customer options for making utility payments. He discussed implementing a kiosk and online self-service payments. He also shared how the COVID-19 pandemic impacted this work and how they reallocated staff time after implementing digital payment options.

Host: Kirsten Wyatt

Mar 29, 2022
#502 Women in Fire Service with Anna Koons & Danielle Dulin, Warrensburg, MO
34:22

She leads the way. Two guests from the City of Warrensburg, Missouri joined the podcast to discuss women in the fire service. Danielle Dulin, City Manager, and Anna Koons, Fire Department Captain, discussed recruitment and retention strategies for firefighters and how they have achieved a fire department comprised of over 30% women. Danielle and Anna also shared advice for how women can move into local government leadership roles along with messages to young women interested in the profession.

Host: Lauren Palmer

Mar 25, 2022
#501 Building a Culture of Equity with Danya Perry, Wake County, NC
58:16

Reach In, Reach Out, Reach Over. Danya Perry, Director of Diversity, Equity, and Inclusion for Wake County, North Carolina, joined the podcast to discuss his work in local government diversity, equity, and inclusion (DEI). He provided a definition of DEI along with what change looks like in local government. Danya highlighted the common mistakes of DEI work and what we can do day to day to improve DEI.

Host: Toney Thompson

Mar 22, 2022
#500 GovLove Moments, Producer Picks, & ELGL History
01:53:15

A very special episode of GovLove. To mark the occasion of 500 episodes of a podcast about local government, the team looks back at some of their favorite moments of the podcast. Kirsten Wyatt and Kent Wyatt talked about the origins of ELGL and how the organization has grown (00:02:53). The GovLove Producers, Ben Kittelson and Michael Montgomery, share their favorite segments of the podcast (00:44:22). All of the GovLove Co-Hosts discussed moments that have stuck with them from the podcast (01:26:13).

Hosts: Kirsten Wyatt, Ben Kittelson, Alyssa Dinberg, Toney Thompson, Lauren Palmer, Dan Bolin, & Ashley Copeland

Mar 18, 2022
#499 Making Zoning Easier to Understand with Sara Bronin, Cornell University
48:45

Sara Bronin, Professor of Architecture and Planning at Cornell University, joined the podcast to discuss a recent article she wrote about the need for a zoning atlas. She talked about her time on the Planning Commission in the City of Hartford, Connecticut and how they updated the City's zoning code. She discussed founding Desegregate Connecticut and creating the Connecticut Zoning Atlas as well as how better information about zoning affects the conversation about reform.

Host: Ben Kittelson

Mar 15, 2022
#498 Data and Coding It Forward with Eva Pereira, Los Angeles, CA
24:47

Empowering the next generation of mission-driven technologists. Eva Pereira, Chief Data Officer for the City of Los Angeles, California, joined the podcast to discuss hosting a Fellow from Coding it Forward. She shared the positive experience she had with the program including the work they completed and the talent that the Fellow brought to the City. She also talked about the work of her team and her career path into local government.

Host: Kirsten Wyatt

Mar 11, 2022
#497 COVID-19 Sniffing Dogs with Captain Paul Douglas, Bristol County, MA
37:11

Using K9s to fight COVID-19. Paul Douglas, Sheriff's Office Captain for Bristol County, Massachusetts, joined the podcast to discuss using the K9 unit to detect COVID-19. He shared how the program started and how the dogs are trained. Paul discussed the partnership between the Sheriff's Office and local school districts to better detect positive COVID-19 cases.

Host: Alyssa Dinberg

Mar 08, 2022
#496 Engagement and Service Delivery in Augusta and Atlanta with Odie Donald
27:38

Odie Donald, Chief of Staff for the City of Atlanta, Georgia, joined the podcast just before his transition to his current job to talk about his time as the Administrator for the consolidated government of Augusta–Richmond County, Georgia. He discussed the City's work engaging the community and incorporating feedback into the budget process. He also talked about leading the organization during the COVID-19 pandemic and the incentive program the City offered to encourage vaccinations. Odie also shared his career path and his new role with the City of Atlanta.

Host: Ashley Copeland

Mar 04, 2022
#495 Green Building Standards and Recruiting Architects to Local Government with Farah Ahmad
39:25
Sustainable design. Farah Ahmad, Architect for the City of New York City, NY, joined the podcast to talk about green building standards and sustainability. She shared some of the trends in the architecture and design fields as well as initial steps into implementing sustainable design. She also shared her career path into local government and how organizations can do a better job recruiting architects.

Host: Kirsten Wyatt

Mar 01, 2022
#494 Equity and Inclusion in Ottawa County, MI with Robyn Afrik and John Shay
53:51

Identifying and correcting bias in County operations and service delivery. Two guests from Ottawa County, Michigan joined the podcast to discuss diversity, equity, and inclusion. Robyn Afrik, Director of Diversity, Equity, and Inclusion, and John Shay, Acting County Administrator, discussed the history of how the DEI Office was formed, the goals, and what equity looks like internally with with employees and externally with the public. They also highlighted two DEI programs and the importance of communicating about the intention of equity efforts.

Host: Ben Kittelson

Feb 25, 2022
#493 Housing First with Cathy Alderman, Colorado Coalition for the Homeless
27:35

Joining together to reduce homelessness. Cathy Alderman, the Chief Communications and Public Policy Officer at the Colorado Coalition for the Homeless, joined the podcast to talk about putting housing first to reduce homelessness. She shared the work of the Colorado Coalition for the Homeless and what Denver’s innovative Supportive Housing Social Impact Bond initiative is doing to help.  Cathy discussed the advantages of putting housing first for those who are homeless and the data to support it.

Host: Alyssa Dinberg

Feb 22, 2022
#492 Transforming the 911 System with Rebecca Neusteter, University of Chicago Health Lab
44:40

Examining the equity and effectiveness of emergency communications systems. Rebecca Neusteter, the Executive Director of University of Chicago Health Lab, joined the podcast to talk about the Transform911 initiative which is exploring how the nation’s 911 system can better prioritize health and safety and ensure the right responder is dispatched at the right time. She shared the history of emergency response services in America, ways to build trust in the 911 system, and ensuring staff have the appropriate support and capacity. She also discussed new approaches and best practices that local governments are testing out to improve 911 response.

Host: Alyssa Dinberg

Feb 18, 2022
#491 Rethinking Local Government Revenue with Shayne Kavanagh & Jason Loya
55:26

Aligning revenues with a modern economy. Shayne Kavanagh, Senior Manager of Research for GFOA, and Jason Loya, Management Analyst for the City of Monrovia, CA, joined the podcast to talk about GFOA's Rethinking Revenue initiative. The initiative poses that local government revenues have not kept up with the times and need to be rethought to make them more equitable. Shayne and Jason gave background on the initiative and examples of new revenue strategies like urban wealth funds, entrepreneurial thinking, segmented pricing, and legal financing.

Host: Ben Kittelson

Feb 15, 2022
#490 Bereavement Leave for Loss of Pregnancy with Bobby Wilson, Pittsburgh, PA
46:05

Shining light on the invisible loss. Bobby Wilson, Council Member for the City of Pittsburgh, PA, joined the podcast to talk about bereavement leave for loss of pregnancy. He shared how the City of Pittsburgh came up with the idea and formed to policy to enact this leave for City employees. Bobby explained the different types of pregnancy losses included in the leave. He also let listeners know the first steps they can take to enact a similar policy at their organization.

Host: Kirsten Wyatt

Feb 11, 2022
#489 GovLove in Love with Derek Burnham, Burnham Planning & Development
18:48
Being a sounding board. Derek Burnham, Principal at Burnham Planning & Development and who's partner Meredith Reynolds is Deputy City Manager of Long Beach, CA, joined the podcast to discuss how he supports his partner in local government. Derek highlighted the need for work-life balance and how his knowledge of local government has helped him better understand the work of his partner.

Host: Kirsten Wyatt

Feb 08, 2022
#488 Organizational Rules, Green Tape, and Employee Turnover with Erin Borry & Leisha DeHart-Davis
50:43
Can effective organizational rules reduce turnover? Dr. Erin Borry, Associate Professor at the University of Alabama-Birmingham, and Dr. Leisha DeHart-Davis, Professor at the University of North Carolina-Chapel Hill, joined the podcast to talk about research into the impact of runes on employee turnover. Their article uses survey and administrative data to show that that effective organizational rules are associated with lower turnover intention. They discussed what green tape is, the different types of green tape, and how it impacts innovation. Host: Kirsten Wyatt
Feb 04, 2022
#487 GovLove in Love with Joe Walters, West Linn, OR
25:19
Supporting local government. Joe Walters, who's partner Jules Walters is the Mayor of the City of West Linn, OR, joined the podcast to talk about how public service impacts their family. He discussed what it was like to support her through the campaign and how they have shared a love for public service with their children. He also shared his thoughts on work-life balance in local government and attracting more people to elected office.

Host: Kirsten Wyatt

Feb 01, 2022
#486 Workforce Development & Procurement Challenges with Ellory Monks, The Atlas
47:54

Essential inputs for modernizing American infrastructure. Ellory Monks, Co-Founder at The Atlas, joined the podcast to talk about workforce development and procurement challenges as it relates to the Infrastructure Investment and Jobs Act (IIJA). She shared issues facing local government and strategies for tackling both of these problems. Ellory also highlighted how local governments can prepare for IIJA funding.

Host: Lauren Palmer

Jan 28, 2022
#485 Texas Target Communities with Texas A&M University and Nolanville, TX
46:30

Big ideas in small cities. Three guests joined the podcast to talk about the Texas Target Communities program. Kara Escajeda is the City Manager of Nolanville, Texas. Dr. Wei Li is an Associate Professor and Jaimie Masterson is the Director at Texas Target Communities, both from Texas A&M University. They outlined the innovative partnership between the city and university. They shared the greatest outcomes of the partnership along with how to get involved.

Host: Alyssa Dinberg

Jan 25, 2022
#484 Arts Data in the Public Sector with Erin Harkey and David Andersson
42:01

Strategies for local arts agencies. Two guests joined the podcast to talk about a new guide from Bloomberg Associates on data and art. Erin Harkey is the Commissioner of the Department of Cultural Affairs and Special Events for the City of Chicago, IL. David Andersson is part of Arts Team for Bloomberg Associates. They shared how arts-minded cities can better leverage data to help local arts organizations.

Host: Alyssa Dinberg

Jan 21, 2022
#483 Small-Scale Manufacturing as Economic Development with Ilana Preuss
35:15

Recast your city. Ilana Preuss, author and CEO of Recast City, joined the podcast to talk about her new book Recast Your City, about how small-scale manufacturing is a better way to create thriving communities and strong economic development. She shared what small-scale manufacturing is and how cities can embrace it as an economic development tool. 

Host: Kirsten Wyatt

Jan 18, 2022
#482 Living in One Neighborhood with Penn State and State College, PA
40:42

An invitation to engage. Two guests joined the podcast to talk about the Living in One Neighborhood (LION) program between Pennsylvania State University and State College, PA. Kevin Kassab, Community Engagement Manager, and Douglas Shontz, Assistant to the Manager, from the Borough of State College, PA highlighted key elements of the LION program as well as how State College partnered with Pennsylvania State University during the pandemic.

This is part of a series with the International Town Gown Association looking at how college and university communities have worked together to address the COVID-19 pandemic.

Host: Lauren Palmer

Jan 14, 2022
#481 Addressing the Rise of Local Official Harassment with Brooks Rainwater, National League of Cities
46:05

From harassment to a more civil discourse. Brooks Rainwater, Senior Executive and Director of Center for City Solutions at the National League of Cities, joined the podcast to talk about his recent report, On the Frontlines of Today's Cities: Trauma, Challenges, and Solutions. He explained the purpose of the report along with the root causes of harassment toward local elected officials. Brooks shared what can be done to combat polarization and the importance of allowing elected leaders to share the harassment they are facing. He highlighted how to restore civility in 2022.

Host: Kirsten Wyatt

Jan 11, 2022
#480 Leadership and Organizational Change with Brian Bosshardt, Clear Creek County, CO
33:52

Culture change and engaging employees. Brian Bosshardt, County Manager of Clear Creek County, Colorado, joined the podcast to talk about taking on his current role and the transition as a new manager. He discussed his leadership philosophy, facilitating conversations with County staff, and organizational development. He also shared his approach to engaging a leadership team and making decisions as a team.

Host: Toney Thompson

Jan 07, 2022
#479 UniverCity Alliance with Waunakee, WI and Ho-Chunk Nation
54:51

Better places, together. Two guests joined the podcast to talk about the UniverCity Year partnership between the Village of Waunakee, WI, the Ho-Chunk Nation, and students from the University of Wisconsin. Todd Schmidt is the Village Manager of Waunakee and Bill Quackenbush is the Tribal Historic Preservation Officer for the Ho-Chunk Nation. They shared how the partnership came about and what the organizations worked on together.

Host: Lauren Palmer

Jan 05, 2022
#478 The 2021 GovieLovies
01:29:13

Awarding the best of the best. The GovLove co-hosts teamed up to hand out awards and recap the sixth full year of a podcast about local government. Kirsten, Toney, Lauren, Dan, Ashley, and Ben all selected three of their favorite episodes to honor with the most prestigious award in local government podcasting, a GovieLovie. They also shared their favorite lightning round question, the most embarrassing thing they've done in an interview, and the one thing they can't let go of from 2021.

Hosts: Kirsten Wyatt, Ben Kittelson, Toney Thompson, Lauren Palmer, Dan Bolin, & Ashley Copeland

The GovieLovies

Kirsten

  1. Onboarding New Employees with Benjamin Mead-Harvey
  2. Managing Rapid Growth with Julie Karins, Goodyear, AZ
  3. Building and Construction Services with JC Hudgison, Tampa, FL

Ben

  1. The First 100 Days as a New City Manager with Tanisha Briley, Gaithersburg, MD
  2. The Role of a County Clerk with Brianna Lennon, Boone County, MO
  3. The Promise of Public Interest Technology with Tara Dawson McGuinness & Hana Schank

Toney

  1. Zoning Reform with Jake Seid, Chicago Metropolitan Agency for Planning
  2. Transportation for a Strong Town with Charles Marohn
  3. Restorative Housing Reparations with Nicholas Cummings, Evanston, IL

Lauren

  1. GovLove in Love with Holly Krejci, Seattle, WA
  2. Truth and Reconciliation with Gina Peebles, Alachua County, FL
  3. Addressing Homelessness in Ten Global Cities with Linda Gibbs and Tamiru Mammo

Dan

  1. Designing Effective Interview Questions and Processes with Benjamin Mead-Harvey
  2. Curb Management with Chrissy Mancini Nichols, Walker Consultants
  3. Everything You Need to Know about ARPA with Emily Brock & Mehreen Haroon, GFOA

Ashley

  1. Civil Rights & Racial Equality with Joshua Barr, Des, Moines, IA
  2. GovLove in Love with Holley Krejci, Seattle, WA
  3. Equity and Workforce Diversity with Nefertiri Sickout, Philadelphia, PA
Dec 31, 2021
#477 Rapid Community Innovation with Geneva, NY and Hobart and William Smith Colleges
01:07:27

Community resilience and COVID-19 response. Three guests joined the podcast to talk about how the City of Geneva, New York and the Hobart and William Smith Colleges were affected by and respond to the COVID-19 pandemic Chris Annear is an Associate Professor and Craig Talmage is an Assistant Professor at Hobart and William Smith Colleges. Emma Falkenstein is the Assistant Director of Development at BluePrint Geneva and was a student at Hobart and William Smith Colleges. They published a paper titled, Rapid Community Innovation: a Small Urban Liberal Arts Community Response to COVID-19.

This is part of a series with the International Town Gown Association looking at how college and university communities have worked together to address the COVID-19 pandemic.

Host: Toney Thompson

Dec 28, 2021
#476 Investing in Women and Minority Businesses with Angela Rollins, Rochester, NY
29:48

Entrepreneurship opportunities for all. Angela Rollins, Coordinator of Financial Empowerment Initiatives for the City of Rochester, New York joined the podcast to talk about their women and minority owned business program. She discussed why Rochester is focusing on women and minority owned businesses along with what steps they are taking to grow these businesses in the community. Angela detailed the role of the Office of Community Wealth Building and goals for moving the program forward.

Host: Toney Thompson

Dec 21, 2021
#475 COVID-19 Ambassadors Program with UMass Amherst & Amherst, MA
44:13

Coming together to fight COVID-19. Two guests from the Town of Amherst, MA joined the podcast to talk about their COVID-19 Ambassadors Program. Joseph Maspo, COVID-19 Ambassador Coordinator, and Bill Laramee, Neighborhood Liaison Officer, discussed the creation of the program and the role of the ambassadors. Joseph and Bill shared details about funding the program and how they worked with UMass Amherst students. They also highlighted data collection and the future of the program.

This is part of a series with the International Town Gown Association (ITGA) looking at how college and university communities have worked together to address the COVID-19 pandemic.

Host: Alyssa Dinberg

Dec 17, 2021
#474 Planning Commissioner Training with Michael Blue, APA & Teska Associates
55:01

Ensuring effective commissioners. Michael Blue, Principal at Teska Associates, joined the podcast to talk about planning commissions. He discussed the purpose of Planning Commissions along with common issues they address. Michael shared what the American Planning Association is doing to assist cities with training their Planning Commissioners. Lastly, he gave strategies for how to engage members of the public in the Planning Commission process.

Host: Dan Bolin

Dec 14, 2021
#473 Community & COVID-19 Response with Grinnell College & Grinnell, IA
59:21

Derechos and #GrinnTogether. Russell Behrens, City Manager of the City of Grinnell, IA, and Monica Chavez-Silva, Vice President of Community Engagement and Strategic Planning at Grinnell College, joined the podcast to talk about their community's response to the COVID-19 pandemic. They talked about the early coordination and communication involved in the response, working together to help local businesses, and how they will continue partnering to support the community.

This is part of a series with the International Town Gown Association (ITGA) looking at how college and university communities have worked together to address the COVID-19 pandemic.

Host: Ben Kittelson

Dec 10, 2021
#472 The Peoples Academy with Sarah Poulton, Chapel Hill, NC
01:00:06

Learn, connect, and lead. Sarah Poulton, Downtown Special Projects Manager for the Town of Chapel Hill, NC, joined the podcast to talk about the Town's People's Academy, which is for anyone who lives, works, plays, prays, or studies in Chapel Hill. She shared how they worked to make it accessible, how their academy is formatted, and how they engage with UNC students. Sarah also discussed the recruitment and communications strategies they used to attract participants.

Host: Toney Thompson

Dec 08, 2021
#471 Responding to COVID-19 & Off Campus Issues with the Manchester Student Partnership
01:08:41

Proactively responding to off campus issues. Three guests joined the podcast to talk about how the City of Manchester, University of Manchester, Manchester Metropolitan University, and Greater Manchester Police partnered to respond to the COVID-19 pandemic. Poppy Humphrey is the Off Campus Student Affairs Officer at the University of Manchester. Cooper Healey is the Manager at Manchester Student Homes. Richard Timson is the South District Commander for the Greater Manchester Police. They shared how a student strategy partnership originally formed to deal with community concerns around students living off campus was used to share information and employ strategies to deal with the pandemic.

This is part of a series with the International Town Gown Association (ITGA) looking at how college and university communities have worked together to address the COVID-19 pandemic.

Host: Kirsten Wyatt

Dec 03, 2021
#470 The Opportunity Project, Open Data and Technology
58:35

Open innovation for all. Three guests joined the podcast to talk about The Opportunity Project, or TOP, which is a framework for agencies to facilitate collaboration between technologists and community advocates. Haley Ashcom is a Communications Strategist for the US Census Open Innovation Labs. Katya Abazajian is a Fellow at Beeck Center for Social Impact + Innovation. Rebecca Ierardo is a Senior Associate at Centre for Public Impact.

Host: Kirsten Wyatt

Dec 01, 2021
#469 Recreation Programming and Behavioral Health with Cameron Marlin, Clear Creek Metropolitan Recreation District
33:00

Holistic wellness. Cameron Marlin, the General Manager of the Clear Creek Metropolitan Recreation District, joined the podcast to talk about how they offered new recreation programming to meet the community's mental health needs during the COVID-19 pandemic. She shared how they identified instructors, partnered with Clear Creek County to use CARES Act funding, and are measuring success. She also talked about how this wellness programming has changed CCMRD and their plans for this programming in the future.

Host: Lauren Palmer

Nov 23, 2021
#468 Strategies for Affordable Housing with Jerrah Crowder and Namon Freeman
48:52

Building a foundation. Two guests joined the podcast to talk about strategies for affordable housing. Jerrah Crowder is a Manager for the Office of Affordability and Sustainable Housing for the City of Newark, New Jersey, and Namon Freeman is a Manager for Housing Affordability at Bloomberg Associates. They discussed housing goals in Newark, the effects of COVID-19 on affordable housing, and what other cities can do to get started to address the issue.

Host: Alyssa Dinberg

Nov 19, 2021
#467 Techno-Resiliency in Organizations with Dr. Rob Graham
01:00:40

Mandate to be great. Dr. Rob Graham, the Founder & CEO of Techno-Resiliency.com, joined the podcast to talk about his book, Mandate to be Great: The 5 Traits of Techno-Resilient People and Organizations. He shared the definition of Techno-Resiliency and how it relates to organizations.  He discussed pockets of resiliency and how to find them.  Lastly, he provided in-depth information on the five traits of techno-resiliency.

Host: Kirsten Wyatt

Nov 17, 2021
#466 Zoning Reform with Jake Seid, Chicago Metropolitan Agency for Planning
54:14

Housing for all. Jake Seid, a Senior Planner with the Chicago Metropolitan Agency for Planning, joined the podcast to talk about zoning reform.  He shares why zoning reform is needed and why there is an increased interest in the topic. Jake discussed the limitations of traditional single-family zoning and exclusionary zoning.  Lastly, he shared four solutions local governments can implement for more equitable zoning.

Host: Dan Bolin

Nov 12, 2021
#465 Innovation, Procurement, and Technology with Nick Lyell, CivStart
36:07

Honest and inclusive ecosystems. Nick Lyell, the Co-Founder and Chief Impact Officer for CivStart, joined the podcast to talk about connecting startups with local governments. He discussed the programs that CivStart runs including challenge-based procurement and pilot programs. He also talked about the mission of CivStart and how they help local governments and startups solve challenges. 

Host: Kirsten Wyatt

Nov 10, 2021
#464 Planning for Advanced Air Mobility Impacts on Local Government
40:20

Urban air mobility. Two guests joined the podcast to talk about advanced air mobility and how it could change the transportation landscape for cities. Robert Pearce is the Associate Administrator for NASA's Aeronautics Research Mission Directorate and Davis Hackenberg is the Integration Manager for Advanced Air Mobility at NASA. They discussed the types of aircraft this sort of travel would involve, how it might be used, and the impact on local governments.

Host: Lauren Palmer

Nov 05, 2021
#463 Planting Trees to Cool Down Milan with Adam Freed, Bloomberg Associates
50:10

Urban design and sustainability. Adam Freed, Principal with Bloomberg Associates, joined the podcast to talk about how the City of Milan, Italy is working to plant 3,000,000 trees by 2030. He shared how the City is accelerating planting, changing process, and partnering to fund the tree initiative. He also talked about the importance of trees in controlling temperature in a city and how cities can do similar work. 

This episode was recorded live at the #ELGL21 Annual Conference.

Host: Alyssa Dinberg

Nov 03, 2021
#462 Bringing Great People into Government in the Age of COVID-19 with Eliza Edwards & Joy Ruff
57:49

Improving internships. Eliza Edwards, a Policy Analyst for the State of North Carolina Office of Strategic Partnerships, and Joy Ruff, the Executive Director of the Local Government Academy, joined the podcast to talk about strategies for recruiting people into government. They discussed the talent needs of government during the pandemic along with innovative talent interventions that have taken place. They also shared important strategies for interns and internships.

This episode was recorded live at the #ELGL21 Annual Conference.

Host: Peter Morrissey

Oct 29, 2021
#461 Effective Messaging to Address COVID-19 Vaccine Hesitancy with Crystal Son
32:25

Creative messaging for local governments. Crystal Son, the Healthcare Analytics Director at Civis Analytics, joined the podcast to talk about COVID-19 vaccination messaging for those who are hesitant to receive the vaccination. She outlined the scientific approach to studying vaccine messaging as well as effective and ineffective vaccine messages. She also shared tips for employers on how they can provide the best messages to their employees.

Host: Kirsten Wyatt

Oct 26, 2021
#460 Planning, Transportation & Economic Mobility in Memphis & South Bend
01:02:36

Connecting people and jobs. John Zeanah, the Director of Planning and Development for the City of Memphis and Shelby County, Tennessee, joined the podcast to talk about providing opportunities for economic mobility. He discussed the City's new comprehensive plan and how they are working to make it easier for residents to get to their workplaces through both land use and the transportation system. Then Denise Linn Riedl, Chief Innovation Officer for the City of South Bend, Indiana, joined to talk about transportation insecurity and their Commuters Trust initiative.

This episode was recorded live at the #ELGL21 Annual Conference.

Host: Toney Thompson

Oct 22, 2021
#459 Recruiting Diverse & Talented Workforces in Georgia and Southern California
55:29

Attracting talent. Two guests joined the podcast to talk about two different partnerships to measure local government workforce needs and the methods for recruiting talented staff. Greg Wilson, Unit Manager at the University of Georgia, and Charles Goldman, Senior Economist at the RAND Corporation, discuss the “Jobs with Purpose” Initiative in Georgia and a new report studying barriers to a diverse government workforce in Southern California.

This episode was recorded live at the #ELGL21 Annual Conference.

Host: Lauren Palmer

Oct 20, 2021
#458 Equity and Data in Climate Action Planning in Fort Collins, CO and Norfolk, VA
57:57

Putting people in the process. Four guests from the City of Fort Collins, Colorado and the City of Norfolk, Virginia joined the podcast to talk about equity and data in climate action planning. They discussed how the Cities are modifying their climate actions plans to be more equitable and the What Works Cities certifications. John Phelan is the Energy Services Manager in Fort Collins, Molly Saylor is the Senior Sustainability Specialist in Fort Collins, Pete Buryk is the Chief of Staff in Norfolk, and Lori Crouch is the Director of Communications in Norfolk.

This episode was recorded live at the #ELGL21 Annual Conference.

Host: Alyssa Dinberg

Oct 15, 2021
#457 Pandemic and Beyond, Engaging a Larger, More Diverse Population with Graham Stone
54:35

A year to try new things. Graham Stone, the Vice President of Government Relations at Public Input, joined the podcast to talk about citizen engagement. He shared how to simultaneously handle virtual and in-person engagement. Graham discussed the impact of COVID-19 on citizen engagement along with ways to implement successful virtual tools. He also talked about what to do with increased engagement and the importance of making sense of it all.

This episode was recorded live at the #ELGL21 Annual Conference.

Host: Ben Kittelson

Oct 12, 2021
#456 Implementing a COVID-19 Vaccine Mandate with Craig Talsma, Hoffman Estates Park District, IL
46:42

Challenges and lessons learned. Craig Talsma, the Executive Director of the Hoffman Estates Park District in Illinois, joined the podcast to talk about how his organization implemented a COVID-19 vaccine mandate. He shared how he engaged staff and legal resources to design a policy as well as the other pandemic precautions that the District has implemented. He also discussed his career path and the work of the park district.

Host: Dan Bolin

Oct 08, 2021
#455 Monuments & Racial Justice in Newark, NJ
32:18

Public memory and public art. Three guests joined the podcast to talk about the process the City of Newark, New Jersey went through to replace a Christopher Columbus statue with a monument to Harriet Tubman. The City conducted a national open call for artists to replace the statue and artist Nina Cooke John was selected to begin working on the monument. Fayemi Shakur is the Arts and Cultural Director for the City of Newark and David Andersson and Tracey Knuckles are part of the Arts Team at Bloomberg Associates. 

This episode was recorded live at the #ELGL21 Annual Conference.

Host: Ashley Copeland

Oct 06, 2021
#454 Everything You Need to Know about ARPA with Emily Brock & Mehreen Haroon, GFOA
01:12:25

All your ARPA questions answered. Emily Brock, Director of Federal Liasion Center at Government Finance Officers Association (GFOA), and Mehreen Haroon, Federal Policy Associate at GFOA, joined the podcast to discuss the State and Local Fiscal Recovery Funds of the American Rescue Plan Act (ARPA) of 2021. They detailed the four eligible expense categories.  Emily and Mehreen talked about the most common questions and challenges they receive from local governments. They also shared the reporting requirements and highlighted best practices for administering the funds.

Host: Toney Thompson

Oct 01, 2021
#453 Addressing Homelessness in Ten Global Cities with Linda Gibbs and Tamiru Mammo
01:02:00

Innovations that work. Linda Gibbs, Principal with Bloomberg Associates, and Tamiru Mammo, Consultant with Bloomberg Associates, joined the podcast to talk about their new book, How Ten Global Cities Take on Homelessness. They shared what led to writing the book, how the issue of homelessness and housing differed between the ten cities, and the common struggles that individuals experiencing homelessness were dealing with. They also discussed the interventions that help address homelessness and the management solutions to administer them.

This episode was recorded live at the #ELGL21 Annual Conference.

Host: Dan Bolin

Sep 28, 2021
#452 Creating Community Schoolyards with Danielle Denk, Trust for Public Land
34:05

Addressing park equity. Danielle Denk, Community Schoolyard Initiative Director for the Trust for Public Land, joined the podcast to discuss the initiative to turn schoolyards into community parks that are more welcoming, sustainable, and accessible. She talked about the problem with current schoolyards that are often not open to the community after school hours and made up of asphalt. She also shared how opening schoolyards can provide public space to more families and how creating greener schoolyards can address heat islands.

Host: Kirsten Wyatt

Sep 24, 2021
#451 Engaging the Entire Community on Planning & Middle Housing
01:05:32

Connecting with Gen Z and underrepresented populations. Sophie McGinley, Assistant Planner for the City of Eugene, OR, and Cody Kleinsmith, Climate Resiliency Analyst with Lane County, OR, joined the podcast to discuss how local governments can engage their entire community. Sophie and Cody shared how they engaged on the topic of middle housing. They talked about how local governments can engage unrepresented populations in their community and especially the Gen Z population.

Host: Kirsten Wyatt

Sep 17, 2021
#450 Past & Future of Transparency with Tom Spengler, Rock Solid Technologies
45:10

Resident-centric government. Tom Spengler, Chief Executive Officer of Rock Solid Technologies, joined the podcast to discuss how local governments use technology to improve access and transparency. He talked about his time leading Granicus and the early days of getting organizations to stream and archive their meetings. He also shared his thoughts on future trends and technology to encourage resident engagement with local government meetings.

Host: Kirsten Wyatt

Sep 10, 2021
#449 Transportation for a Strong Town with Charles Marohn
01:15:05

Designing streets for neighborhoods. Charles Marohn, the President and Co-Founder of Strong Towns, joined the podcast to talk about his new book on transportation, Confessions of a Recovering Engineer. He discussed streets, roads, and stroads, as well as the importance of designing streets for the speeds and outcomes communities want to see. He also shared his thoughts on speed design, traffic signals, and departments of transportation.

Host: Ben Kittelson

Sep 07, 2021
#448 Managing Rapid Growth with Julie Karins, Goodyear, AZ
45:03

Preparing for growth through thoughtful planning. Julie Karins, City Manager for the City of Goodyear, Arizona, joined the podcast to discuss managing rapid growth. She talked about the strategies for overseeing population expansion in a city that is close to 200 square miles. She also highlighted the background and importance of water rights as well as adapting to growth internally within the organization.

Host: Lauren Palmer

Sep 03, 2021
#447 Equity & Economic Inclusion with Aleea Slappy Wilson, Norfolk, VA
48:02

Championing equity and inclusion. Aleea Slappy Wilson, Diversity, Equity, and Inclusion Officer and LGBTQ Liaison for the City of Norfolk, Virginia, joined the podcast to discuss the City's equity initiative. She shared how the diversity, equity, and inclusion efforts started in Norfolk and the focus areas for the work. She also talked about her background in economic development and the work the City is doing to create a more inclusive economy.

Host: Ben Kittelson

Aug 31, 2021
#446 Best Practices in Animal Welfare and Shelter Operations
01:06:10

Improving animal safety and health. Three guests joined the podcast to discuss a recent article in the State and Local Government Review journal on animal control ordinances and how local governments approach animal services. Laura Reese is a Professor of Urban and Regional Planning at Michigan State University and wrote the article, which focused on animal control in Detroit, Michigan. Casey Smith is the County Manager of Davidson County, North Carolina and he led a revamp of operations at the County's animal shelter. Aimee Wall is a Professor of Public Law and Government at the University of North Carolina and wrote a book on animal services law in North Carolina.

Host: Alyssa Dinberg

Aug 27, 2021
#445 Creating More Affordable Cities with Shane Phillips, UCLA Lewis Center
01:04:35

Strategies to put housing within reach. Shane Phillips, Housing Initiative Project Manager at the UCLA Lewis Center, joined the podcast to discuss his book, The Affordable City. He shared strategies around supply, stability, and subsidy that local governments should pursue to create more affordable housing. He discussed why cities should be pursuing affordable strategies even if affordable housing isn't an issue in their market. Shane also talked about the UCLA Housing Voice Podcast he co-hosts that discusses research on housing topics.

Host: Ben Kittelson

Aug 25, 2021
#444 Curb Management with Chrissy Mancini Nichols, Walker Consultants
01:00:33

Maximizing the curb. Chrissy Mancini Nichols, National Director of Curb Management and New Mobility at Walker Consultants, joined the podcast to discuss curb management policy. She shared the difference between the analog curb and the digital curb. Chrissy talked about how local government can best determine pricing, equity, and access for curb space. She also shared how the pandemic has changed curb management.

Host: Toney Thompson

Aug 20, 2021
#443 Peer Support for Public Safety Command Staff with Matthew Kelly & Dan Davis
46:02

Supporting first responders. Matthew Kelly, Captain with Miami County, Kansas Sheriff's Office, and Dan Davis, Lieutenant with the City of Belton, Missouri Police Department joined the podcast to discuss the Mid-America Regional Council's Peer Support Program for command staff. They talked about the stressors that command staff deal with and the importance of having someone to talk to. They also their personal connection to this work and their experience with the peer support program.

Host: Lauren Palmer

Aug 18, 2021
#442 Peer Support for 911 Dispatchers with Kristin Boyes, Lenexa, KS
36:13

Supporting first responders. Kristin Boyes, Dispatcher for the City of Lenexa, Kansas, joined on the podcast to discuss the Mid-America Regional Council's 911 Peer Support Program. She shared why it is important for dispatchers to get that support and how 911 calls affect call takers. She also talked about the training that peer supporters receive and how they work with people seeking help.

Host: Lauren Palmer

Aug 13, 2021
#441 GovLove in Love with Holly Krejci, Seattle, WA
44:59

Finding your greatest self. Holly Krejci, Talent Management Partner for the City of Seattle, Washington came on the podcast to discuss her love and support of Kathy Nyland, Assistant City Manager for the City of Tigard, Oregon. She shared her insights on job transitions, work-life balance, and the return to the workplace after the pandemic.

Host: Kirsten Wyatt

Aug 10, 2021
#440 Onboarding New Employees with Benjamin Mead-Harvey
01:04:06

Making onboarding successful. Benjamin Mead-Harvey, Adjunct Instructor for the University of Illinois School of Information Sciences, came back to the podcast to discuss onboarding. He shared tips on how to improve in three areas: welcome elements, training with the team, and onboarding check-in meetings. He also talked about the outcomes of onboarding that employers should be looking for and the details that matter for employees.

Host: Kirsten Wyatt

Aug 06, 2021
#439 Distraction Free Messaging with Brad Dunn, Whispir
53:17

Making messaging more effective. Brad Dunn, Chief Product Officer at Whispir, joined the podcast to talk about distraction-free messaging. He shared how local governments can better craft messages to members of the public. He also discussed the difference between prediction and engagement in messaging.

Host: Kirsten Wyatt

Aug 03, 2021
#438 Fires, Floods, & Taxicabs with Jeffrey Roth, New York, NY
49:22

Taking a bite out of big apple bureaucracy. Jeffrey Roth, Deputy Commissioner of the Veterans Services Department for New York City, New York, joined the podcast to talk about his career in local government and his new book Fires, Floods, and Taxicabs. He shared his lessons learned and how he earned trust and buy-in from large organizations. He also discussed his experience going through a mayoral appointment process.

Host: Kirsten Wyatt

Jul 30, 2021
#437 Service Design & Innovation with Anna Chung, MBTA
47:52

A celebrity interview. In this special episode we're partnering with Montgomery County, Maryland to share one of their innovation celebrity interviews, part of their open innovation events which are internal learning sessions for staff. Anna Chung, a UX Designer at Massachusetts Bay Transit Authority (MBTA), talked with Michael Baskin, Chief Innovation Officer for Montgomery County, about the work of innovation and design. She shared a project she worked on with the County's 311 team, using plain language, and her career path.

Jul 28, 2021
#436 Government-to-University Initiative with Peter Morrissey, Volcker Alliance
54:59

Regional networks of governments and universities. Peter Morrissey, an Associate Director at the Volcker Alliance, joined the podcast to talk about the Government-to-University Initiative, which is an innovative approach to addressing critical governance challenges by building government and university partnerships. He shared how governments can make targeted connections and lasting relationships.  He also discussed the work the Alliance is doing to help students navigate the state and federal government hiring processes and how local governments do a better job recruiting.

Host: Lauren Palmer

Jul 23, 2021
#435 Preemption & Taxation with Alexandria Zhang, Pew Research Center
31:24

Improving budget flexibility. Alexandria Zhang, a Research Officer at the Pew Research Center, joined the podcast to talk about her research on local tax limitations. She shared how limits on local government revenue imposed by state governments affect localities. She also makes the case that state governments need to reevaluate limitations they currently have in place.

Host: Kirsten Wyatt

Jul 20, 2021
#434 Good Governance & Leadership with Ian McCormack
56:29

Local governance done well. Ian McCormack, the President of Strategic Steps, Inc. a local government consulting firm, joined the podcast to talk about his new book Who's Driving the Grader? He discussed what led to the writing of the book and who he wrote the book for. He also shared his career path and his perspectives on leadership and governing.

Host: Alyssa Dinberg

Jul 16, 2021
#433 Resilience & Sustainability with Sarah Hazel, Charlotte, NC
56:30

Resilient Queen City. Sarah Hazel, the Chief Sustainability & Resiliency Officer for the City of Charlotte, North Carolina, joined the podcast to talk about how the City is working to be more environmentally sustainable. She discussed the City's Strategic Energy Action Plan, working with Duke Energy, and electrifying the City's fleet. She also shared a workforce training program for sustainability jobs that the City has implemented and her career path into the role.

Host: Ben Kittelson

Jul 13, 2021
#432 Testing a Guaranteed Income Program in Durham, NC
59:10

Helping the justice-involved. Three guests joined the podcast to talk about a guaranteed income pilot program in the City of Durham, North Carolina. Amber Wade, Assistant to the Mayor, and City Council Members Mark-Anthony Middleton and Pierce Freelon shared why Durham is doing the pilot and how the pilot will be administered. They also discussed the target population and what they hope to see come from the pilot.

Host: Toney Thompson

Jul 09, 2021
#431 The Public Sector Pivot with Kaitlyn Rentala
41:30

A renaissance in public service. Kaitlyn Rentala, an author and student at the University of Pennsylvania, joined the podcast to talk about her new book, The Public Sector Pivot: How Gen Z Will Lead a Renaissance in Public Service. She shared strategies for how government agencies can better attract people to public service. Kaitlyn also discussed how government can market its strengths compared to the private sector  and what government can do to retain workers once hired.

Host: Kirsten Wyatt

Jul 06, 2021
#430 Building Socially Connected Communities with Oswaldo Mestre & Risa Wilkerson
55:12

Solutions for social isolation. Oswaldo Mestre, Chief Service Officer & Director of Citizen Services for the City of Buffalo, NY, and Risa Wilkerson, Executive Director of Healthy Places by Design, discussed a new report on creating socially connected communities. They shared why social isolation is an issue that cities need to pay attention to as well as strategies to address it. Oswaldo shared what the City of Buffalo did to create community, even during hard winters, and Risa talked about the work of Healthy Places by Design and the different aspects that contribute to social isolation.

Host: Ben Kittelson

Jul 02, 2021
#429 Wastewater Monitoring for COVID-19 & Opioids with Stephanie Deitrick, Tempe, AZ
01:14:38

Data and public health. Stephanie Deitrick, Enterprise GIS & Analytics Manager for the City of Tempe, Arizona, joined the podcast to talk about monitoring wastewater to understand public health trends. She shared how the City partnered with Arizona State University to begin monitoring for opioid usage, which they then pivoted to use for the response to COVID-19 pandemic. She also discussed how the City set up their open data policy and approach with support from What Works Cities.

Host: Kirsten Wyatt

Jun 29, 2021
#428 Community Resilience & Climate Response with Jennifer Jurado, Broward County, FL
54:41

Sharing resources and expertise. Jennifer Jurado, Chief Resilience Officer for Broward County, Florida, joined the podcast to talk about resiliency and climate response. She talked about resiliency and climate response plans as well as the County's resilience and environmental dashboards. She also discussed the Southeast Florida Regional Climate Change Compact.

This episode was recorded from the Florida City/County Managers Association (FCCMA) 2021 Annual Conference in Orlando, Florida.

Host: Ben Kittelson

Jun 25, 2021
#427 Mayors for a Guaranteed Income with Michael Tubbs
23:30

Ending economic insecurity. Michael Tubbs, Special Adviser for Economic Mobility and Opportunity to California Governor Gavin Newsom, joined the podcast to talk about guaranteed income. He shared his path to becoming one of the youngest mayors in America and the programs he implemented to try and end poverty in Stockton, California. He also discussed how he helped create Mayors for a Guaranteed Income and their partnership with the Center for Guaranteed Income at the University of Pennsylvania.

Host: Toney Thompson

Jun 22, 2021
#426 Supporting the Nighttime Economy with Sarah Hannah-Spurlock, Fort Lauderdale, FL
43:15

Economy after dark. Sarah Hannah-Spurlock, the Nighttime Economy Manager for the City of Fort Lauderdale, Florida, joined the podcast to talk about how the City manages the nighttime economy. She shared what her job looks like day to day, how she engages with business owners, and the policy changes they have made to help the nighttime economy. She also discussed the goal of building an 18-hour City and why cities around the world have created similar roles.

This episode was recorded from the Florida City/County Managers Association (FCCMA) 2021 Annual Conference in Orlando, Florida.

Host: Ben Kittelson

Jun 18, 2021
#425 Designing Effective Interview Questions and Processes with Benjamin Mead-Harvey
01:22:35

Get a little better every week. Benjamin Mead-Harvey, Adjunct Instructor for the University of Illinois School of Information Sciences, joined the podcast to discuss interview processes and reducing bias in hiring. He discussed types of interview questions including behavioral and situational questions. He also shared his career path and passion for management problems, which he writes about on his website Better-Boss.com.

Host: Kirsten Wyatt

Jun 16, 2021
#424 Management & Neighborhood Engagement with Cynthia Barber, Tallahassee, FL
53:17

Making a difference. Cynthia Barber, Deputy City Manager for the City of Tallahassee, Florida, joined the podcast to discuss infrastructure projects and how the City involves the community through their Neighborhood First program. She shared how Tallahassee earned LEED certification and how hurricane plans were used during COVID-19. She also highlighted two youth leadership and development programs, TEMPO and TFLA, that have made an impact on youth in the community.

This episode was recorded from the Florida City/County Managers Association (FCCMA) 2021 Annual Conference in Orlando, Florida.

Host: Ben Kittelson

Jun 11, 2021
#423 Truth and Reconciliation with Gina Peebles, Alachua County, FL
23:06

A path forward. Gina Peebles, Chief of Staff for Alachua County, Florida, joined the podcast to discuss Alachua County's truth and reconciliation initiative. This work was driven by the Equal Justice Initiative (EJI) museum and memorial for lynching victims. Gina shared how the process was community-driven and how other local governments can start a similar effort.

This episode was recorded from the Florida City/County Managers Association (FCCMA) 2021 Annual Conference in Orlando, Florida.

Host: Ben Kittelson

Jun 08, 2021
#422 Regional Climate Action Plans with Lindsey Constance & Mike Kelly
44:58

Climate action from the heart of America. Lindsey Constance, President of Climate Action KC, and Mike Kelley, Mayor of Roeland Park, KS, joined the podcast to talk about Climate Action KC. They shared the origin story and how local leaders came together to take regional action on climate change. Lindsey and Mike also discussed how they worked across state lines to form the KC Regional Action Climate Plan and key components of the plan.

Host: Lauren Palmer

Jun 04, 2021
#421 Digital Hiring Best Practices with Lauren Duncan, Mallory Verez & Sam Cathcart
51:39

From recruitment to onboarding. Three guests joined the podcast to talk about their research into effective ways that local governments have hired staff in a remote or virtual environment. Lauren Duncan, Mallory Verez, and Sam Cathcart, MPA Candidates at the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill, highlighted their research methods and the various aspects of the hiring process. They shared their key findings, best practices, and recommendations for local governments who need to attract, recruit, and hire staff virtually.

Host: Kirsten Wyatt

May 28, 2021
#420 Data & Engagement During COVID-19 with Brianna Sunryd, Amherst, MA
20:38

Using data to improve engagement. Brianna Sunryd, Communications Manager at the Town of Amherst, Massachusetts, joined the GovLove Phonebooth from the CivicPlus Summit conference to discuss how communication changed during the COVID-19 pandemic. She shared which engagement strategies that the Town used during COVID-19 will stay around and how data collection is used to improve the City's website.

Host: Kirsten Wyatt

May 25, 2021
#419 Mobility & Equity with Charles T. Brown, Equitable Cities
01:04:33

Arrested mobility. Charles T. Brown, the Founder & CEO of Equitable Cities and Professor of Planning & Public Policy at Rutgers University, joined the podcast to talk about the connection between mobility and equity. He discussed the concept of arrested mobility and how the movement of marginalized communities is overly policed. Charles also shared how planners and planning departments should understand how their work intersects with other issues and policies.

Host: Ben Kittelson

May 21, 2021
#418 Regional Benchmarking Initiative with Kate Bender, Stephen Wade & Reagan Mitchell
44:23

Using data to make better decisions. Three guests joined the podcast to talk about how the Regional Benchmarking Initiative in the Kansas City metro area. Kate Bender, Deputy Performance Officer for the City of Kansas City, Missouri; Stephen Wade, Budget and Performance Manager for the City of Topeka, Kansas; and Reagan Walsh, Former Budget & Performance Intern for the City of Olathe, Kansas highlighted the relationship between the Regional Benchmarking Initiative and the University of Kansas Masters of Public Administration students. They also shared what benchmarks the students explored and capacity issues with data collection.

Host: Toney Thompson

May 18, 2021
#417 Civil Rights & Racial Equity with Joshua Barr, Des Moines, IA
01:10:50

Breaking bread, building bridges. Joshua Barr, Director of Civil & Human Rights at the City of Des Moines, Iowa, joined the podcast to discuss his work with the City, including his Emmy Award-winning documentary. He talked about the engagement and policy work the City has done around equity, including their Bridging the Gap initiative and a cultural competency training for employees. Joshua also gave a sneak preview of his #ELGLPopUps keynote session.

Host: Ben Kittelson

May 14, 2021
#416 Land Use & Sprawl in Houston with William Fulton, Rice University
57:12

Building better cities. William Fulton, the Director of the Kinder Institute for Urban Research at Rice University, joined the podcast for a wide ranging conversation about development, planning, and land use in Houston, Texas. He talked about the market forces in an environment with low regulation and sprawl, plus how gentrification is occurring in Houston. He also discussed how the City is planning for resilience, what other cities can learn from Houston, and his new book about the Texas Triangle.

Host: Ben Kittelson

May 11, 2021
#415 Investing in Infrastructure with Kip Eideberg, Association of Equipment Manufacturers
49:55

Rebuild with purpose. Kip Eideberg, Sr. Vice President at the Association of Equipment Manufacturers (AEM), joined the podcast to talk about infrastructure and manufacturing. He shared results from AEM's recent Infrastructure Vision 2050 report and the need for federal infrastructure investments to be targeted at States and local governments. He also discussed rural broadband and building the manufacturing workforce.

Host: Kirsten Wyatt 

May 07, 2021
#414 Sustainability & Energy Management with John Morrill, Fairfax County, VA
01:13:37

Audacious goals and clean energy. John Morrill, Division Manager for Innovation & Sustainability at Fairfax County, Virginia, joined the podcast to talk about sustainability and energy efficiency. He discussed the strategies needed to implement local government sustainability plans and the goals associated with them. John also talked about the energy grid, the need for electrification to meet energy goals, and power purchase agreements.

Host: Toney Thompson

May 05, 2021
#413 Student-Led Sustainability Action Planning with Victoria Castor & Steve Russell
49:13

Students helping cities. Victoria Caster, Water Conservation and Sustainability Coordinator at the City of Peoria, AZ, and Steve Russell, Program Manager of Project Cities at Arizona State University, joined the podcast to talk about student-led sustainability plans. They discussed projects that students with Project Cities have completed, like in the City of Peoria, and the impact of those projects on the communities they worked with. They shared how communities in Arizona could partner with Project Cities and how cities across the nation can partner with EPIC-N to bring students into their organization.

Host: Javon Davis

Apr 30, 2021
#412 COVID-19 Relief Spending with Michael Hotard and Kevin Kearney
45:07

How relief funds are being spent. Michael Hotard, Director of Operations at CivicPulse, and Kevin Kearney, City Manager of the City of Bradbury, California, joined the podcast to talk about COVID-19 relief funding for local government. They discussed the key findings of CivicPulse's survey on past and future COVID-19 relief spending. They also shared how local governments can use these results in their own community.

Host: Lauren Palmer

Apr 27, 2021
#411 Expanding Housing Options for the Unhoused Community with Brian Platt, Kansas City, MO
42:44

The Land Bank Dollar Sale. Brian Platt, City Manager for the City of Kansas City, Missouri, joined the podcast to talk about the Land Bank Dollar Sale. He shared other creative things the City is doing to expand housing options for the unhoused community. Brian discussed starting a new Housing Department within the City. He also shared lessons learned while working with the unhoused community and the next steps for others looking to start this work.

Host: Kirsten Wyatt

Apr 23, 2021
#410 Restorative Housing Reparations with Nicholas Cummings, Evanston, IL
38:43

Redressing institutional racism and redlining. Nicholas Cummings, Corporation Counsel for the City of Evanston, Illinois, joined the podcast to talk about the new program approved last month to address the historic impacts of housing discrimination. He shared the details of the program and the City's Local Reparations Fund. Nicholas also discussed the legal limits of reparations programs in local government and how the program fits into the broader racial equity conversation.

Host: Alyssa Dinberg

Apr 21, 2021
#409 American Rescue Plan Act FAQs with Ryan Gallant, SLATE Research & Consulting
33:55

The impacts of the Federal funding. Ryan Gallant, CEO & Founder of SLATE Research & Consulting, joined the podcast to dive deep on the American Rescue Plan Act and answer questions about how it will impact local government. He discussed what the funding could be used for and how it differs from the CARES Act funding. He also makes the case for using ARPA funding for IT needs and digitizing services.

Host: Alyssa Dinberg

Apr 16, 2021
#408 The Promise of Public Interest Technology with Tara Dawson McGuinness & Hana Schank
57:10

Power to the public. Two guests join the podcast to talk about their new book, Power to the Public: The Promise of Public Interest Technology. Tara Dawson McGuinness, Fellow at New America and Founder of the New Practice Lab, and Hana Schank, Director of Strategy for Public Interest Technology at New America, explain the process of writing their book and explain public interest technology. They shared the importance of data, design, and delivery to public services and in implementing policies in government. They also discuss what must happen for successful change to occur as well as the role of technology.

Host: Ben Kittelson

Apr 13, 2021
#407 The First 100 Days as a New City Manager with Tanisha Briley, Gaithersburg, MD
49:48

Leadership lessons. Tanisha Briley, the City Manager of the City of Gaithersburg, Maryland, joined the podcast to talk about her first 100 days on the job. She shared how she prioritized her time and focus as well as how she approached change management in a high performing organization. Tanisha talked about what it was like to take over a leadership position virtually during the COVID-19 pandemic. She also discussed her career path and her time as City Manager of Cleveland Heights, Ohio.

Host: Lauren Palmer

Apr 09, 2021
#406 Building and Construction Services with JC Hudgison, Tampa, FL
49:31

Permitting and inspections. John (JC) Hudgison, the Chief Building Official and Construction Services Center Manager for the City of Tampa, Florida, joined the podcast to talk about development services. He discussed the work of a Chief Building Official in enforcing the building code and working to provide good customer service. He also shared what it was like to transition to a new job during the pandemic and his recent article for ELGL on having a seat at the table.

Host: Ben Kittelson

Apr 06, 2021
#405 The American Rescue Plan Act with Chris Fabian, ResourceX
44:48

Spending stimulus dollars responsibly. Chris Fabian, the CEO and Co-Founder of ResourceX, joined the podcast to talk about the funding for local governments within the recently passed federal stimulus package, the American Rescue Plan Act. He shared best practices for local governments to spend and allocate the stimulus funds along with how to distribute the money equitability. He also gave guidance on budget development for the coming year.

Host: Kirsten Wyatt

Apr 02, 2021
#404 Creating a State of the City Event with Kent Wyatt, Tigard, OR
50:19

Late night in Tigard. Kent Wyatt, Communications Director for the City of Tigard, Oregon, joined the podcast to talk about the City's creative approach to the annual State of the City address. He discussed how to make the State of the City more authentic and relatable to members of the public, the importance of partnering with a community media center to produce a video, and where to find inspiration. He also stressed the importance of making communications from your city accessible to all members of the community.

Host: Kirsten Wyatt

Mar 30, 2021
#403 The Role of a County Clerk with Brianna Lennon, Boone County, MO
52:21

Elections administration. Brianna Lennon, County Clerk for Boone County, Missouri and Co-Host of High Turnout Wide Margins, joined the podcast to talk about the work of County Clerks and what it takes to administer elections. She shared how the COVID-19 pandemic impacted elections, the experience of running the 2020 election, and engaging with the public. She also discussed her career path and how she thinks elections administration will change.

Host: Alyssa Dinberg

Mar 26, 2021
#402 Civic Technology and Public Service with Cyd Harrell
37:56

Move carefully and fix things. Cyd Harrell joined the podcast to talk about her new book, A Civic Technologist's Practice Guide. She shared her perspective on working in civic technology as a volunteer and as part of the Federal Government for 18F. She discussed lessons for government and civic technologists as well as the importance of user research.

Host: Kirsten Wyatt

Mar 23, 2021
#401 Changing Culture & COVID-19 Response with Raymond Gonzales, Adams County, CO
01:09:43

Driving culture and the pandemic one year later. Raymond Gonzales, County Manager at Adams County, Colorado, joined the podcast to talk about changing the culture in Adams County. He outlined how he scrapped the traditional Human Resources Department and implemented a People & Culture Services Department. Raymond also reflected and detailed the County's response to COVID-19. He shared what changes he thinks will stay after the pandemic and what challenges lie ahead.

Host: Ben Kittelson

Mar 19, 2021
#400 Educational Local Government Partnerships at Indiana University
56:31

Sustaining Hoosier Communities. Two guests join the podcast to talk about the Educational Partnerships for Innovation in Communities – Network (EPIC-N). Jane Rogan, Director of Sustaining Hoosier Communities at Indiana University, and Barry Jeskewich, former Parks and Recreation Director at the City of Bedford, Indiana, discussed how the university and local government worked together to serve communities and how students at Indiana University used a local fish hatchery to enhance their learning. They also shared how other communities can get involved with EPIC-N.

Host: Kirsten Wyatt

Mar 16, 2021
#399 Community Partnerships to Address Human Trafficking
50:02

Recognizing trafficking. Two guests join the podcast to talk about how local government staff can be part of the effort to eliminate human trafficking. Margaret Henderson, Director of the Public Intersection Project at the UNC School of Government, and Angela Sowers, Environmental Health Specialist at Orange County, North Carolina, discussed the signs of trafficking and how local governments can prepare staff in different departments to be part of the solution.

Host: Lauren Palmer

Mar 12, 2021
#398 Harnessing Public Entrepreneurship with Mitchell Weiss, Harvard Business School
46:12

Possibility government. Mitchell Weiss, Professor of Management Practice at Harvard Business School, joined the podcast to talk about his new book We the Possibility. He discusses how bringing entrepreneurship into government can help solve complex problems and improve services. He also shared how public entrepreneurship is different than starting a pilot program. 

Host: Kirsten Wyatt

Mar 09, 2021
#397 From Deputy to City Manager with Marlon Brown, Sarasota, FL
52:12

Mentors matter. Marlon Brown, City Manager for the City of Sarasota, joined the podcast to discuss his career path, including his recent transition from Deputy City Manager to City Manager. He talked about working with the City Commission and his plans for his first few months in his new role. He also shared the importance of finding a mentor and how the City has responded to the COVID-19 pandemic.

Host: Ben Kittelson

Mar 05, 2021
#396 Solving Complex Problems with Salimah Samji, Harvard Kennedy School
01:04:02

A new way to solve problems. Salimah Samji, the Director of Building State Capability at the Harvard Kennedy School, joined the podcast to talk about a step by step process that allows for flexible learning and adaptation called Problem Driven Iterative Adaptation (PDIA). She shared how this process allows stakeholders to determine what the problems are rather than outsiders. Salimah also discussed examples of PDIA in local government, training, and how data is used in the process.

Host: Toney Thompson

Mar 02, 2021
#395 Electric Vehicles & Infrastructure with Kevin Miller, ChargePoint
41:30

The electric revolution. Kevin Miller, the Director of Public Policy for ChargePoint, joined the podcast to talk about electric vehicles and the infrastructure to support them. He shared how electric vehicles and charging stations can be integrated into the built environment. Kevin also discussed how cities can support the adoption of electric vehicles such as by making changes to building codes.

Host: Javon Davis

Feb 26, 2021
#394 Supporting Small Business Recovery in Mesa, AZ with Jaye O'Donnell & Jenny Poon
01:02:21

Mesa Cares. Two guests joined the podcast to talk about supporting entrepreneurship and economic development using an online tool and technical assistance. Jay O'Donnell, Assistant Economic Development Director for the City of Mesa, Arizona, and Jenny Poon, Founder & CEO of CO+HOOTS, discussed how the City worked with CO+HOOTS to support small businesses. Jaye shared what the City was looking for in providing technical assistance to help businesses recover from the COVID-19 pandemic. Jenny talked about how CO+HOOTS got involved and the creation of the online HUUB platform.

Host: Lauren Palmer

Feb 23, 2021
#393 Public Health & Equity in Lawrence, KS with Dr. Farris Muhammad & Ruaa Hassaballa
58:41

Maintaining equity during a pandemic. Two guests joined the podcast to talk about how they promote equity during the COVID-19 pandemic. Dr. Farris Muhammad, Director of Equity and Inclusion for the City of Lawrence, Kansas, and Ruaa Hassaballa, COVID Testing Equity Project Manager for Lawrence-Douglas County Public Health, shared how the partnership between the City and Public Health Department has helped promote equity in testing and vaccine distribution. They also discussed other equity and inclusion efforts and how Dr. Muhammad has worked to start a equity and inclusion program in Lawrence.

Host: Ben Kittelson

Feb 19, 2021
#392 The Future of Public Administration with University of Alabama at Birmingham Students
58:03

Learning about public administration. Three undergraduate students from the University of Alabama at Birmingham, Faiza Mawani, Mary Gilmore, & Kyle Adams, joined the podcast to discuss what they learned from a class about public administration. The students shared their notions of the profession before and after the class. Each guest highlighted their favorite GovLove episode and how it helped form their public service portfolio, an assignment in which each student created a vision and mission for public service. Lastly, they commented on what they are seeking from future employers.

Host: Alyssa Dinberg

Feb 16, 2021
#391 The Future of Public Administration with Professor Peter Jones
58:43

Teaching local government. Dr. Peter Jones, Assistant Professor at the University of Alabama-Birmingham, joined the podcast to talk about his classes teaching students about public service careers. He discussed how he teaches students about different government government careers and ways to be a public servant. He also shared what students are interested in and might be helpful in recruiting and retaining the next generation of leaders. Dr. Jones even talked about how he has used GovLove Podcast episodes in his classes.

Host: Alyssa Dinberg

Feb 12, 2021
#390 Showing GovLove with Catie Miller, General Services Administration
27:42

Celebrating public service. Catie Miller, Strategic Communications Manager for the General Services Administration, joins the podcast to discuss the Federal agency's #GovLove campaign to highlight success stories in government. She shared the types of successes they are highlighting and how other organizations can participate. She also talked about the work of the Office of Shared Solutions & Performance Improvement within GSA.

Host: Kirsten Wyatt

Feb 09, 2021
#389 Assisting the Recently Homeless with Claire Elizabeth Williams, Foundations for Social Change
44:00

Consult early and consult often. Claire Elizabeth Williams, CEO & Co-Founder of Foundations for Social Change, joins the podcast to discuss the New Leaf Project. She outlined how the New Leaf Project distributed a direct cash payment of $7,500 (CAD) to 50 recipients who recently became homeless in Vancouver, British Columbia. Claire shared the results of the project as well as lessons learned and how other local governments could implement a similar program.

Host: Toney Thompson

Feb 05, 2021
#388 Common Community Engagement Mistakes with Kevin Lyons, FlashVote
58:06

Pizza, beer, & public input. Kevin Lyons, CEO & Co-Founder of FlashVote, joins the podcast to discuss community engagement. He highlights common mistakes made with various types of communication channels as well as mistakes organizations make in town halls, social media, online forums, and surveys. Kevin also shares with resources to improve community engagement.

Host: Alyssa Dinberg

Feb 02, 2021
#387 Placemaking in Native Communities with Joseph Kunkel, MASS Design Group
52:33

Sustainable planning and design. Joseph Kunkel, Principal at MASS Design Group and Director of the Sustainable Native Communities Design Lab, joined the podcast to talk about planning projects with Native communities. He discussed his work on affordable housing in Indian Country and engaging with the community to incorporate local context and art. He also shared examples of projects incorporating placemaking.

This episode is part of ELGL’s Creative Community series, a partnership with ArtPlace America and CivicArts to write, explore, share, and learn about creative placemaking.

Host: Ben Kittelson

Jan 29, 2021
#386 Community Engagement During COVID-19 with Ashley Traynum-Carson & Jay Dawkins
57:48

From public meetings to communications. Two guests joined the podcast to talk about how communication and engagement has changed during the COVID-19 pandemic. Ashley Traynum-Carson, Communication Specialist for the City of Asheville, North Carolina, and Jay Dawkins, CEO of Public Input, shared their perspectives and lessons learned. They discussed how receiving comments changed and how local governments are using technology. They also shared how the changes made make participation more accessible for residents.

Host: Kirsten Wyatt

Jan 26, 2021
#385 Consumer Safety & COVID-19 with Commissioner Nikki Fried, State of Florida
44:59

Adapting the Agriculture and Consumer Services Department. Nikki Fried, Commissioner of Agriculture and Consumer Services for the State of Florida, joined the podcast to talk about her journey to becoming Commissioner and what her Department does. She discussed how COVID-19 has impacted the work of the Department and how they have adapted, highlighting the Be SMART Florida campaign. She also shared advice to other women considering running for office or applying for executive-level positions in government.

Host: Alyssa Dinberg

Jan 22, 2021
#384 Using Behavioral Nudges in Local Government with Alissa Fishbane & Aurélie Ouss
47:54

Reducing unnecessary warrants and jail time. Alissa Fishbane, Managing Director at ideas42, and Dr. Aurélie Ouss, Assistant Professor of Criminology at the University of Pennsylvania, joined the podcast to talk about their study to reduce the number of arrest warrants for failure to appear in court in the New York City criminal justice system. The guests highlighted the use of behavioral interventions, or nudges, that were low cost and easy to implement. They also shared how other local governments can apply behavioral science practices.

Host: Toney Thompson

Jan 19, 2021
#383 Community Court for Homelessness with Christopher Leonard, Fort Lauderdale, FL
38:23

Social services, not jail. Christopher Leonard, Administrative Supervisor for the City of Forth Lauderdale, Florida, joined the podcast to talk about the City's community court that serves individuals experiencing homelessness. The program focuses on the root causes of each defendant’s issues and applies mandates such as community service, drug treatment, or social services to have their cases dismissed. He also explained how the court has continued to operate during the COVID-19 pandemic.

Host: Kirsten Wyatt

Jan 15, 2021
#382 Managing Your Hometown with Nick Edwards, Joplin, MO
44:24

Who says you can't go home? Nick Edwards, City Manager of the City of Joplin, Missouri joined the podcast to talk about his career path in local government and coming home to Joplin to become the City Manager. He talked about building new relationships during COVID-19 and how the City has responded to the pandemic. Nick also shared the City's strategic planning process and his plans for 2021.

Host: Lauren Palmer

Jan 12, 2021
#381 COVID-19 Vaccine Public Sentiment with Eyal Feder-Levy, Zencity
35:31

Building community trust. Eyal Feder-Levy, CEO & Founder of Zencity, joined the podcast to talk about the work Zencity is doing to track the public sentiment of the COVID-19 vaccine in cities across America. He shared there is currently twice as much negative sentiment towards the vaccine as positive. He also outlined the impact local governments and leaders can have on the sentiment of the vaccine for their community. Zencity recently published a guide to help local governments build trust in the vaccine.

Host: Toney Thompson

Jan 08, 2021
#380 The Kinston, NC Arts & Cultural District with Raney Rogers, Adam Short, & Sarah Arney
49:34

Redevelopment through arts and culture. Three guests joined the podcast to talk about how the City of Kinston, North Carolina has redeveloped their community through the implementation of a arts and cultural district. Raney Rogers, Executive Director of smART Kinston, details the 12-block residential area in downtown Kinston where artists live and work by long-term residents in colorful houses. Adam Short, Planning Director, and Sarah Arney, Community Development Planner, for the City of Kinston outline the positive impact this district has had on the City, highlighting increased tourism and lower vacancy rates.

This episode is part of ELGL’s Creative Community series, a partnership with ArtPlace America and CivicArts to write, explore, share, and learn about creative placemaking.

Host: Ben Kittelson

Jan 05, 2021
#379 Equity and Workforce Diversity with Nefertiri Sickout, Philadelphia, PA
51:24

Building an inclusive government. Nefertiri Sickout, the Acting Chief Diversity, Equity, and Inclusion Officer for the City of Philadelphia, Pennsylvania, joined the podcast to talk about the work of advancing equity and improving the diversity of the City's workforce. She shared how the City has changed specific hiring practices and methods to improve the diversity of candidates and how the City is working to improve the diversity of businesses that participate in the procurement process. She also shared her career path into local government and how COVID-19 and the protests in 2020 impacted her work.

Host: Ben Kittelson

Jan 01, 2021
#378 The 2020 GovieLovies
01:21:43

It's been a year. The GovLove co-hosts teamed up to hand out awards and recap the fifth full year of a podcast about local government. Kirsten, Kent, Alyssa, Javon, and Ben all selected four of their favorite episodes to honor with the most prestigious award in local government podcasting, a GovieLovie. They also debated the best holiday movie, made up local government themed songs, and shared a memory from the first five years of GovLove. Plus meet some new GovLove contributors for 2021 in Lauren, Toney, & Mike.

Hosts: Kirsten Wyatt, Kent Wyatt, Ben Kittelson, Alyssa Dinberg, & Javon Davis

 

The GovieLovies

Kirsten

  1. Race and Equity in Minneapolis with Joy Marsh Stephens
  2. Public Art & Black Lives Matter with Amina Cooper, Arts & Science Council
  3. Greedy Bastards with Sheryl Sculley, San Antonio, TX
  4. Remote Public Meetings & COVID-19 with Lindsay Lara, San Rafael, CA

Ben

  1. Leadership and FireStat with Chief Reginald Freeman, Hartford, CT
  2. Community Safety & Innovation with Sarita Nair, Albuquerque, NM
  3. Building Inclusive Communities with Juan Carlos Gonzalez, Oregon Metro
  4. Budgeting During COVID-19 with Gregory Patrick, Norfolk, VA

Javon

  1. Civic-Minded Journalism with Lucas Grindley, Next City
  2. Embracing Failure in Local Government with Andi Mirviss
  3. Reducing Reliance on Policing with Alex Vitale, Brooklyn College
  4. Reducing Evictions in Newark, NJ with Khabirah Myers

Alyssa

  1. Leadership Through Crisis with Betsy Hodges, Kauffman Mayors Council
  2. Building Strong Towns with Chuck Marohn
  3. Addressing Equity During COVID-19 with Shannon Hardin, Columbus, OH
  4. Leadership in Times of Crisis – The Drucker Playbook with Tanya Ange and Lawrence Greenspun

Kent

  1. Advocating for Public Records with Ginger McCall
  2. Recruiting in the City of Bend, OR with Eric King & Stephanie Betteridge
  3. Supporting Akron Businesses During COVID-19 with James Hardy and Michael Mazur
  4. Library Operations During COVID-19 with Jamie Eustace, Baytown, TX

 

Exit music: The 12 Clogs of Christmas by NEORSD

Dec 24, 2020
#377 Communications and Podcasting with Christine Martindale, Port Orange, FL
52:18

The Port Orange Government Show. Christine Martindale, Public Information Officer for the City of Port Orange, Florida, joined the podcast to talk about her new podcast for the City of Port Orange. She shared her transition from the private sector into local government as well as all of the work she does as a department of one. Christine and Ben discuss the benefits of podcasting and how easy it is to start a podcast of your own.

Host: Ben Kittelson

Dec 18, 2020
#376 Rural Placemaking in the Kentucky Highlands with Sandi Curd
50:19

Placemaking and economic development. Sandi Curd, Promise Zone Coordinator for the Kentucky Highland Investment Corporation, joined the podcast to talk about her work supporting communities and small businesses through placemaking. She shared how the Promise Zone impacts the 22-county service area in southeastern Kentucky and how placemaking can serve as an economic incubator. Sandi also discussed placemaking examples and how the community drives what they do.

This episode is part of ELGL’s Creative Community series, a partnership with ArtPlace America and CivicArts to write, explore, share, and learn about creative placemaking.

Host: Ben Kittelson

Dec 11, 2020
#375 Community Engagement & Video Etiquette with Becky Hirst
47:20

Tips for video conferencing. Becky Hirst, Community Engagement Consultant from McLaren Vale, South Australia, joined the podcast to talk about her work as a community engagement consultant and her new e-book covering video conferencing etiquette. She discussed how she works with communities to inform the decision-makers by connecting with the community. She also shared the 10 tips for video conferencing in her new e-book such as testing your equipment, rules of engagement, and how to minimize distractions during meetings.

Host: Kirsten Wyatt

Dec 04, 2020
#374 Technology & Change Management with Jamie Hellen, Franklin, MA
50:05

Doing it all. Jamie Hellen, Town Administrator for the Town of Franklin, Massachusetts, joined the podcast to talk about innovation, change management, and responding to COVID-19. He shared how the Town takes a customer focused approach to their work and the freedom departments have to implement new technology. He also discussed how smaller local governments have to manage large issues with fewer resources.

Host: Kirsten Wyatt

Nov 27, 2020
#373 Historic Preservation in Brooklyn with Rebecca Bellan
39:35

Preserving black history. Rebecca Bellan, Freelance Reporter for Forbes and CityLab, joined the podcast to tell the story of 227 Duffield in Brooklyn, New York. This home has ties to New York's abolitionist movement and is believed to have been part of the underground railroad. In two articles this year she's detailed the battle over preserving the home and the fight to preserve black history. Articles: What It Takes to Preserve a Building Tied to Black History and Did a Brooklyn Home’s Tunnel Provide Passage to Escaped Slaves?

Host: Alyssa Dinberg

Nov 24, 2020
#372 Community Media Centers with Dana Healy, CTV North Suburbs
35:40

Don't make videos, make an impact. Dana Healy, Executive Director of CTV North Suburbs, joined the podcast to talk about the benefits of local community media centers. She discussed CTV North Suburbs which is a collaboration between nine cities in the Minneapolis area that creates video content on behalf of those local governments. The core function of the non-profit is to can help local governments promote and amplify their message. Dana also shared the upcoming content series with ELGL on effective relationships with community media centers and local governments.

Host: Kirsten Wyatt

Nov 20, 2020
#371 Micromobility and Urban Transportation with Kyle Rowe, Spin Inc.
52:52

Freedom to move. Kyle Rowe, Global Head of Partnerships for Spin, joined the podcast to talk about the role of micromobility in transportation. He discussed how micromobility helps people travel the last mile to their destination and how Spin, Inc. works with local governments to improve the experience of traveling by bike or scooter. He talked about how COVID-19 has impacted micromobility programs. Kyle also shared his career path which included time in the City of Seattle Department of Transportation.

Host: Javon Davis

Nov 13, 2020
#370 The Future of Government Communications & GovComms Festival with David Pembroke
39:28

Government after shock. David Pembroke, Founder & CEO of contentgroup, joined the podcast to talk about how the COVID-19 pandemic is changing communications and digital tools in the public sector. He is the host of the upcoming GovComms Festival, which is an online event exploring how government communications is changing around the world. He talked about how COVID-19 has shown that communications needs to be a central, strategic function of government.

Host: Ben Kittelson

Nov 10, 2020
#369 Greedy Bastards with Sheryl Sculley, San Antonio, TX
01:03:08

A Texas-sized struggle to avoid financial crisis. Sheryl Sculley, former City Manager for the City of San Antonito, Texas, joined the podcast to discuss her book Greedy Bastards, which tells the story of her time leading San Antonio and dealing with financial challenges. Sculley was at the center of renegotiating public union safety contracts, which if not changed, would have bankrupted the City. She also talked about her career path and leadership style.

Host: Kirsten Wyatt

Nov 06, 2020
#368 Recruiting in the City of Bend, OR with Eric King & Stephanie Betteridge
52:46

Attracting aspiring local government leaders. Eric King, City Manager, and Stephanie Betteridge, Chief Innovation Officer, joined the podcast to talk about a new recruitment in the City of Bend, Oregon. The City is hiring for a Strategic Initiatives Manager (and other roles) and they shared what led to creating this position, what skills they are looking for, and what the first few months on the job will be like. Eric and Stephanie also shared their own career paths in local government and what makes Bend unique.

Host: Kirsten Wyatt

Nov 03, 2020
#367 Food Access and Public Art in Jackson, MS with Salam Rida and Travis Crabtree
01:06:01

Inspiring dialogue through art. Salam Rida, Project Director, and Travis Crabtree, Project Manager, discuss the Fertile Ground Project in Jackson, Mississippi. This project uses public art to talk about urban farming, the availability of healthy food, and the history of land use in the City of Jackson. Salam and Travis shared what led to the project and how food access intersects with history, class, race, and planning.

This episode is part of ELGL’s Creative Community series, a partnership with ArtPlace America and CivicArts to write, explore, share, and learn about creative placemaking.

Host: Ben Kittelson

Oct 30, 2020
#366 Developing Data-Driven Insights with Nathan Lee, Civic Pulse
46:36

Empowering local governments. Nathan Lee, the Founder and Managing Director of Civic Pulse, joined the podcast to talk about their research and data analysis into local governments. He shared how he started Civic Pulse and the partnership with ELGL on the Diversity Dashboard measuring the diversity of the local government profession. He also discussed Civic Pulse's research into COVID-19 efforts by local governments on compliance and budget impacts.

Host: Alyssa Dinberg

Oct 27, 2020
#365 Civic-Minded Journalism with Lucas Grindley, Next City
51:09

Inspiring equitable cities. Lucas Grindley, the Executive Director of Next City, joined the podcast to talk about local journalism and the role Next City is filling by covering issues that impact cities. He discussed non-profit news organizations and solutions journalism. Lucas also shared he career path into journalism and the topics Next City has covered that local governments can learn from.

Host: Javon Davis

Oct 23, 2020
#364 Empowering Women in Local Government with Pamela Antil
44:16

Encouraging diversity. Pamela Antil, the City Manager of the City of Encinitas, California and Founder of the League of Women in Government, joined the podcast to talk about diversity in local government. She shared what the League of Women in Government does and why they were founded as well as the value of diversity. Pamela also talked about her new position, why data is important to the conversation, and ELGL's Diversity Dashboard.

Host: Alyssa Dinberg

Oct 16, 2020
#363 Building a Successful Internship Program with Pat Madej and Molly Gaskin
40:38

Creating meaningful experience. Pat Madej, Senior Budget & Management Analyst for the City of Durham, NC, and Molly Gaskin, Graduate MPA Student at the University of North Carolina, joined the podcast to talk about the City of Durham's internship program. Pat discussed how the Budget Department established its internship program. Molly shared what it was like to be an intern during the COVID-19 pandemic. They also discussed the project Molly worked on this summer which added a performance measurement and equity lens to evaluating budget requests.

Host: Kirsten Wyatt

Oct 09, 2020
#362 Responding to Financial Crisis with Shayne Kavanagh & Greg Devereaux
40:41

GFOA Fiscal First Aid. Shayne Kavanagh, Senior Manager of Research for GFOA, and Greg Devereaux, retired Chief Executive Officer of San Bernardino County, CA, joined the podcast to talk about recovering from a financial crisis. GFOA has identified a 12 step process for dealing with any crisis. Even the best-prepared local governments can be impacted by situations where there isn't enough money to do everything that people expect to get done. 

Host: Alyssa Dinberg

Oct 02, 2020
#361 COVID-19 Exposure Notification in Colorado with Sarah Tuneberg
28:07

Technology and emergency response. Sarah Tuneberg, the Innovation Response Team Lead for the State of Colorado, joined the podcast to talk about a new COVID-19 exposure notification app that uses bluetooth to alert people if they have exposed to someone who has tested positive for COVID-19. She described how the technology works and how it helps as another tool in the State's response to the coronavirus. Sarah also shared how she ended up working on the Innovation Response Team and what else the group is working on.

Host: Alyssa Dinberg

Sep 29, 2020
#360 Public Power and COVID-19 Response with Joy Ditto, APPA
38:49

Powering communities. Joy Ditto, the President and CEO of the American Public Power Association (APPA), joined the podcast to talk about public power utilities and how the electric industry has responded to the COVID-19 pandemic. She discussed how APPA shared best practices to keep employees safe and how incorporating pandemic response measures fits with the safety culture in the electric industry. She also talked about the role of public power agencies.

Host: Kirsten Wyatt

Sep 25, 2020
#359 Civic Hacking with Amanda Renteria, Code for America
34:53

Reimagining government. Amanda Renteria, the CEO of Code for America, joined the podcast to talk about using technology to serve communities and use technology for good. She discussed how Code for America wants to encourage a delivery driven government that starts with people it serves. She also shared her career path in public service and example projects completed by Code for America brigades.

Host: Javon Davis

Sep 22, 2020
#358 Data Driven Road Maintenance in Savannah, GA
45:50

Using data and technology to monitor streets. Three guests joined the podcast to talk about how the City of Savannah, Georgia is using new technology to understand the condition of their road infrastructure and more efficiently maintain their roads. Heath Lloyd is the Chief Infrastructure & Development Officer for the City of Savannah, Joe Shearhouse is the Assistant to the City Manager for the City of Savannah, and Stuart Frick is a Partner Success Lead for RoadBotics. They talked about how Savannah adopted RoadBotics to measure road condition more effectively and use data to better invest road maintenance funding.

Host: Alyssa Dinberg

Sep 18, 2020
#357 Equity and Engagement with Manisha Paudel, Des Moines, IA
45:45

Inequity eliminator. Manisha Paudel, Equity Coordinator for the City of Des Moines, Iowa, joined the podcast to talk about implementing racial equity work and engaging with the community. She shared her career path doing equity and engagement work as well as how she works to normalize racial equity concepts and identify inequities in the City.

Host: Ben Kittelson

Sep 15, 2020
#356 Growing Up in City Hall with Meredith Reynolds and Jan Reynolds
01:05:28

City management as a family business. Meredith Reynolds, Park Planning & Partnership Manager for the City of Long Beach, California, and Jan Reynolds, Retired City Manager for the City of Hanford, California, joined the podcast to talk about their careers in local government. Meredith shared what she learned from growing up with a father who was a City Manager and how it has impacted her career choices. Jan shared what he learned in his career and his advice for people that want to become City Managers.

Host: Kent Wyatt

Sep 11, 2020
#355 Public Art & Black Lives Matter with Amina Cooper, Arts & Science Council
50:23

Authentically reflecting community values. Amina Cooper, Program Director of Public Art CLT for the Arts & Science Council, joined the podcast to talk about creating more equitable and diverse public art. She discussed the recent efforts by communities across the country to rethink their public art and what it emphasizes or honors. Amina also talked about how the way public art programs are administered can exclude artists from marginalized backgrounds.

This is part of ELGL’s Creative Community, a partnership with ArtPlace America and CivicArts to write, explore, share, and learn about creative placemaking.

Host: Javon Davis

Sep 08, 2020
#354 Reducing Reliance on Police with Alex Vitale, Brooklyn College
46:30

Making communities safer. Alex Vitale, Professor of Sociology and Coordinator of the Policing and Social Justice Project at Brooklyn College, joined the podcast to talk about rethinking public safety and his book, The End of Policing. He discussed how past policing reforms have not been successful at changing outcomes and the need to solve community problems in new ways rather than just using the criminal justice system. He also shared examples from across the country of how cities are reducing the role of police (Examples: The Ithaca Plan, CAHOOTS, Cure Violence, and City of Berkeley).

Host: Ben Kittelson

Sep 04, 2020
#353 Supporting Akron Businesses During COVID-19 with James Hardy and Michael Mazur
57:19

Rewards for shopping local. James Hardy, Deputy Mayor for Integrated Development at the City of Akron, Ohio, and Michael Mazur, Vice President for Business Development for Colu, joined the podcast to talk about an app that connects Akron residents with local businesses. The Akronite app gives retailers marketing tools and incentivizes shopping local by providing rewards at participating Akron businesses to residents. 

Host: Alyssa Dinberg

Sep 01, 2020
#352 Effects of Carceral Contact on Civic Participation with Brandon Davis, University of Kansas
39:52

Feeling politics. Brandon Davis, Assistant Professor of Law and Society for the University of Kansas School of Public Affairs and Administration, joined the podcast to discuss a recent paper he published titled, Feeling Politics: Carceral Contact, Well-Being, and Participation. His paper is about the impact that contact with police and the criminal justice system have on civic participation. Brandon discussed what his research found and how local governments can address this issue.

Host: Kirsten Wyatt

Aug 28, 2020
#351 Bendable in South Bend, IN with Rick Wartzman & Jennifer Henecke
54:40

Creating a City of lifelong learning. Jennifer Henecke, the Communications Manager for the St. Joseph County Public Library, and Rick Wartzman, Head of the KH Moon Center for a Functioning Society, joined the podcast to talk about a new online learning resource developed for South Bend residents. The Drucker Institute partnered with the Library and the community to create Bendable, a platform with curated resources for professional development and training. They also designed community collections with local experts on topics like buying your first house, coding, and film making.

Host: Alyssa Dinberg

Aug 21, 2020
#350 Data Collaboration & Responsible Use with Natalie Evans Harris, BrightHive
33:49

Increasing impact through data. Natalie Evans Harris, the Co-Founder and Head of Strategic Initiatives at BrightHive, joined the podcast to talk about using data to improve local government's response to COVID-19. She shared how BrightHive is partnering with public sector agencies and their recently released Responsible Data Use Playbooks. Natalie also discussed trends she's seeing in public sector data use.

Host: Kirsten Wyatt

Aug 14, 2020
#349 Equity and Neighborhoods with Majestic Lane, Pittsburgh, PA
50:35

Focusing on people, not just place. Majestic Lane, Chief Equity Officer and Deputy Chief of Staff for the City of Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania, joined the podcast to talk about the creation and work of the City's Office of Equity. He discussed gentrification and how cities need to focus on people and impacts of who is served by new investments. Majestic also talked about workforce development efforts and the work Pittsburgh is doing to improve the diversity of businesses it works with. 

Host: Ben Kittelson

Aug 07, 2020
#348 Engaging through Art with Carrie Christensen, Minneapolis Park & Recreation Board
56:15

Meaning making and synthesizing. Carrie Christensen, Senior Planner for the Minneapolis Park and Recreation Board, joined the podcast to talk about how she has used art and artists in engagement. Using artists has improved the quality of engagement and brought more diverse residents to the table.

This is part of ELGL’s Creative Community, a partnership with ArtPlace America and CivicArts to write, explore, share, and learn about creative placemaking.

Host: Kirsten Wyatt

Aug 04, 2020
#347 Embracing Failure in Local Government with Andi Mirviss
45:44

Linking innovation and impact. Andi Mirviss, Program Manager for the Centre for Public Impact, joined the podcast to talk about failure in government. She shared how failure is key to innovation and embracing it allows people to embrace new ideas. The Centre for Public Impact has a new report about Failing Forward and understanding how local governments can fail forward and create a culture of innovation.

Host: Javon Davis

Jul 31, 2020
#346 Supporting Main Street with Richard Berry, Kauffman Mayors Council
57:30

Lessons from the Great Recession. Richard Berry, former Mayor of Albuquerque, New Mexico, joined the podcast to talk about the work of the Kauffman Mayors' Council and the long term effects of the COVID-19 pandemic. He shared what it was like to go through the Great Recession and the need to support local businesses. He also discussed how Albuquerque supported entrepreneurs through accelerator programs and changing the regulatory environment.

This interview is part of a four part series with the Kauffman Mayors' Council. The Mayors' Council harnesses the knowledge and experience of former mayors to support cities across the county in efforts to build equitable community wealth.

Host: Alyssa Dinberg

Jul 28, 2020
#345 Workforce Equity with Ben Duncan, Multnomah County, OR
51:32

Community organizing in government. Ben Duncan, Chief Diversity and Equity Officer for Multnomah County, Oregon, joined the podcast to talk about his career working on equity issues which began with environmental justice and health issues. He discussed the County's Workforce Equity Strategic Plan and how employees have been engaged to improve their workplace. He also shared the work he's done on the strategies Multnomah County is implementing to improve the diversity of their workforce and how the organization uses an equity lens.

Host: Ben Kittelson

Jul 24, 2020
#344 Building an Entrepreneurial Ecosystem with Sly James, Kauffman Mayors Council
48:17

An entrepreneurial mayor. Sly James, former Mayor of Kansas City, Missouri, jointed the podcast to talk about the work of the Kauffman Mayors' Council and attracting talent and supporting entrepreneurs. He shared two programs led by the City of Kansas City, an innovation partnership program and a startup in residence program. He also discussed the racial gap in entrepreneurship and the need to incorporate equity in economic development.

This interview is part of a four part series with the Kauffman Mayors' Council. The Mayors' Council harnesses the knowledge and experience of former mayors to support cities across the county in efforts to build equitable community wealth.

Host: Alyssa Dinberg

Jul 21, 2020
#343 Community Safety & Innovation with Sarita Nair, Albuquerque, NM
43:49

One Albuquerque. Sarita Nair, the Chief Administrative Officer for the City of Albuquerque, New Mexico, joined the podcast to talk about a new approach to public safety and implementing innovation. She discussed the City's new Community Safety Department, the impacts of COVID-19, and creating a fund to support the Black community in Albuquerque. She also shared how innovation training has changed culture and her career path into local government.

Host: Ben Kittelson

Jul 17, 2020
#342 Leadership Through Crisis with Betsy Hodges, Kauffman Mayors Council
39:22

Managing ongoing uncertainty. Betsy Hodges, former Mayor of Minneapolis, Minnesota, jointed the podcast to talk about the work of the Kauffman Mayors' Council and leading during a time of crisis. She discussed the importance of communication, understanding what's right, and self care. She also shared why she ran for Mayor and what it was like dealing with the aftermath of an officer-involved shooting.

This interview is part of a four part series with the Kauffman Mayors' Council. The Mayors' Council harnesses the knowledge and experience of former mayors to support cities across the county in efforts to build equitable community wealth.

Host: Alyssa Dinberg

Jul 14, 2020
#341 Local Matters with Janice Allen Jackson
52:28

Public service and voter education. Janice Allen Jackson, Principal at Janice Allen Jackson & Associates and Host of Local Matters, joined the podcast to talk about her career path in local government and her current efforts to engage and educate voters through her podcast. She discussed how the conversation about defunding police should shift to interdisciplinary public safety. Janice also shared stories from her time leading the cities of Albany and Augusta, Georgia.

Host: Ben Kittelson

Jul 10, 2020
#340 Encouraging Entrepreneurship with Mark Stodola, Kauffman Mayors Council
40:24

Thinking outside the box about economic development. Mark Stodola, former Mayor of Little Rock, Arkansas and attorney, jointed the podcast to talk about the work of the Kauffman Mayors' Council and the importance of entrepreneurship. He talked about his work as Mayor including his time as President of the National League of Cities (NLC). He also discussed the work of the Kauffman Foundation to support small businesses.   

This interview is part of a four part series with the Kauffman Mayors' Council. The Mayors' Council harnesses the knowledge and experience of former mayors to support cities across the county in efforts to build equitable community wealth.

Host: Alyssa Dinberg

Jul 07, 2020
#339 Race and Equity in Minneapolis with Joy Marsh Stephens
01:05:48

Planning for a stronger, more equitable Minneapolis. Joy Marsh Stephens, the Director of the Division of Race & Equity for the City of Minneapolis, Minnesota, joined the podcast to talk about the work her team is doing to advance racial equity and the current moment of activism around structural racism. She discussed the City's Strategic and Racial Equity Action Plan and the policies the City is pursuing to address racial equity. She also talked about the importance of cultural change and capacity building. 

Host: Ben Kittelson

Jul 03, 2020
#338 US Digital Response and COVID-19 with Raylene Yung
41:43

Support for crisis response. Raylene Yung, the Co-Founder and CEO of US Digital Response, joined the podcast to talk about how they are connecting technologists to work with governments in responding to the COVID-19 crisis. These volunteers with experience in software and technology help governments find creative ways to deliver services and operate during the pandemic. She shared examples of their work and how to work with US Digital Response.

Host: Kirsten Wyatt

Jun 30, 2020
#337 Innovation & Combating Poverty in Rochester, NY with Henry Fitts and Kate May
57:58

Understanding the drivers of poverty. Two members of the Office of Innovation and Strategic Initiatives joined the podcast to talk about their work addressing poverty and working with departments to use data. Henry Fitts is the Grant Management and Research Coordinator and former Director of Innovation and Kate May is the City's Chief Performance Officer. They discussed the City's work in helping residents find employment and testing a micro loan program for entrepreneurs.

Host: Ben Kittelson

Jun 26, 2020
#336 Planning and Engagement with Christian Williams, Goodyear, AZ
59:09

Making the career leap. Christian Williams, Planner for the City of Goodyear, Arizona, joined the podcast to talk about his recent career change to working in planning and his career path in local government. He shared how the City is engaging residents in the planning process and encouraging people to participate. Christian also discussed his recent post about his experience as a Black person and being vulnerable in sharing his stories.

Host: Ben Kittelson

Jun 23, 2020
#335 Leadership in Times of Crisis - The Drucker Playbook
50:37

Don't be clever, be conscientious. Lawrence Greenspun, Director of Public Sector Engagement for the Drucker Institute, and Tanya Ange, Deputy City Manager of Boulder, Colorado, joined the podcast to talk about leadership in times of crisis and the new Drucker Playbook for the Public Sector. Lawrence shared the story of Peter Drucker and the principles of leadership that inform their training and approach. Tanya discussed how the City of Boulder is using the Drucker Playbook to train staff and develop leaders.

Host: Alyssa Dinberg

Jun 19, 2020
#334 Passion and Public Works with Joey Garcia, Torrance, CA
01:02:20

Keeping the fire lit. Joey Garcia, Senior Administrative Analyst for the City of Torrance, California, joined the podcast to talk about his career path and public works. He shared his experience finding that first job in local government, what he's learned from working in public works, and the impact of COVID-19 on their operations. Joey also discussed culture change and finding your passion.

Host: Ben Kittelson

Jun 16, 2020
#333 Reopening and COVID-19 Testing with Sean Knierim, SidePorch
35:12

Creating a culture of health. Sean Knierim, the Co-Founder of SidePorch, joined the podcast to talk about resources for communities in reopening after COVID-19 shutdowns and expanding testing capacity. He talked about the need to be adaptive and flexible in procurement as well as being ready to scale small actions. 

Host: Kirsten Wyatt

Jun 12, 2020
#332 The Experience of Black Social Media Managers with Christina Roach and Victor Henderson
51:52

"Y’all, I’m hurt." Christina Roach, Digital Content Officer for the City of Dallas, Texas, and Victor Henderson, Communications Specialist for the North Central Texas Council of Governments, joined the podcast to talk about what it's like working in communications right now. They shared what they deal with as black government social media managers and managing social feeds with nonstop reminders of unjust and lethal treatment of people of color. They discussed how coworkers can be supportive and what led them to share their experience in a post to other government communicators. 

Host: Kirsten Wyatt 

Jun 05, 2020
#331 Creating a 21st Century Government with Rick Cole
01:12:26

Do more of what works and less of what doesn't. Rick Cole, long time public servant and former City Manager of Santa Monica, California, joined the podcast to talk about his vision for how government needs to change to meet the new challenges it faces. He shared lessons on leadership and how to shift government from providing legacy services to solving problems. He also discussed his career path and departure from Santa Monica.

Host: Ben Kittelson

May 29, 2020
#330 Parks & Recreation During COVID-19 with Alison Rhodes, Boulder, CO
36:25

Thinking creatively about being mission critical. Alison Rhodes, the Director of Parks and Recreation for the City of Boulder, Colorado, joined the podcast to talk about operating during COVID-19.  She shared how the pandemic has affected the work of her department and what they are doing to creatively offer services. Alison also talked about her career path and how she sees the parks profession changing after the pandemic.

Host: Kirsten Wyatt

May 22, 2020
#329 Building Strong Towns with Chuck Marohn
01:30:57

A bottom-up revolution. Chuck Marohn, the Founder and President of Strong Towns, joined the podcast to discuss about his new book and the work he is doing to shape the conversation about development in cities. He shared what led him to leave the engineering and planning field to start Strong Towns and his new book, Strong Towns, A Bottom-Up Revolution to Rebuild American Prosperity. He talked about how the way America has built cities since World War II has led to developments that do not generate enough tax revenue to pay for their infrastructure. He also shared the ways that local governments can change their approach and create stronger communities.

Host: Ben Kittelson

May 15, 2020
#328 Smart Cities & Government Technology with Jonathan Reichental
48:57

Smart cities for dummies. Jonathan Reichental, is the CEO of Human Future, author, and former Chief Information Officer of Palo Alto, CA. He joined the podcast to talk about the role of government technology and his view on what makes a smart city. He also shared what he thinks the impact of the COVID-19 pandemic on government technology will be and how organizations will change. Jonathan discussed a book on smart cities that he is writing and a new training for public sector leaders. 

Host: Kirsten Wyatt

May 12, 2020
#327 Addressing Equity During COVID-19 with Shannon Hardin, Columbus, OH
52:30

If it's not for all, it's not for us. Shannon Harding, the Council President for the City of Columbus, Ohio, joined the podcast to talk about how the City is responding to COVID-19 and the policy responses they are pursuing. He discussed the disparate impacts of the pandemic on marginalized communities and how they are bringing equity into the response, from providing a hotel for homeless community members to supporting black businesses. Shannon also shared his career path into public service.

Host: Alyssa Dinberg

May 08, 2020
#326 Human Resources Response to COVID-19 with Greg Preece and Matt Hartleib
01:07:14

From preparation to reopening. Greg Preece, Human Resources Manager in Oakland, California, and Matt Hartleib, Human Resources Manager in La Porte, Texas, joined the podcast to talk about how the COVID-19 pandemic has impacted their organizations. They shared how each human resources office prepared and managed the crisis, as well as the unique leave and telework dynamics of their organizations. They also discussed the planning process for reopening each workplace as states begin to relax stay at home orders.

Host: Ben Kittelson

May 05, 2020
#325 Running for Office During COVID-19 with Josh Schoemann, Washington County, WI
51:26

Becoming an elected official during a pandemic. Josh Schoemann, the County Executive of Washington County, Wisconsin, joined the podcast to talk about running for office and leading a County during the COVID-19 outbreak. The form of government changed from an appointed County Administrator to an elected County Executive, and Josh chose to run for office to keep his position leading the County. He talked about the experience of running for office and how they are navigating reopening after the shutdown.

Host: Kent Wyatt

May 01, 2020
#324 Library Operations During COVID-19 with Jamie Eustace, Baytown, TX
37:39

Curbside pickup to digital story time. Jamie Eustace, the Library Director for the City of Baytown, Texas, joined the podcast to talk about how running the library has changed during the COVID-19 pandemic. She shared how staff have found creative ways to continue serving library patrons and how operations will change once they are allowed to open the library again.

Host: Kirsten Wyatt

Apr 28, 2020
#323 Budgeting During COVID-19 with Gregory Patrick, Norfolk, VA
54:48

Strategic planning and managing resources during a crisis. Gregory Patrick, the Budget Director for the City of Norfolk, Virginia, joined the podcast to talk about how his office is putting together an annual budget during COVID-19. He shared how their process has changed and what the financial impacts of the crisis may be. Gregory also talked about budget engagement and his department's telework policy, which was in place before the pandemic and allowed their office to keep talented employees. 

Host: Kirsten Wyatt

Apr 24, 2020
#322 Utility Operations & COVID-19 with Todd Danielson, Avon Lake Regional Water
48:44

Providing water and wastewater during a pandemic. Todd Danielson, Chief Utilities Executive of Avon Lake Regional Water, joined the podcast to talk about how COVID-19 is impacting utility operations. He shared how they have changed shift schedules to protect staff and adjusted their billing to aid customers. Todd also talked about working with the Ohio EPA and how they have adjusted their planned capital projects.

Host: Ben Kittelson

Apr 17, 2020
#321 Policy and Management Response to COVID-19 with Blaine Williams, Athens-Clarke County, GA
57:46

From economic resiliency to teleworking. Blaine Williams, the Manager of Athens-Clarke County, Georgia, joined the podcast to talk about how his organization has been responding to the COVID-19 pandemic. He discussed preparation, issuing a stay at home order, and coordinating with the State of Georgia. He also talked about working with the Mayor and Commission in the response and enforcing social distancing guidelines through education.

Host: Ben Kittelson

Apr 10, 2020
#320 Census 2020 in an Age of COVID-19 with Lorena Molina
30:55

Outreach and operations during a pandemic. Lorena Molina, the Director of Operations for the Census Open Innovation Labs, joined the podcast to give an update on how Census 2020 is being impacted by COVID-19. She also shared outreach tools and the value of continuing to share the importance of completing the Census during this time of uncertainty.

Host: Kirsten Wyatt

Apr 07, 2020
#319 Remote Public Meetings & COVID-19 with Lindsay Lara, San Rafael, CA
39:46

From public comment to live broadcasting. Lindsay Lara, the City Clerk for the City of San Rafael, California, joined the podcast to discuss how the City Clerk and Digital Services teams set up public meetings in an age of social distancing. She talked about the changes to public meetings rules in California and how residents of San Rafael are still able to participate through YouTube comments.

Host: Kirsten Wyatt

Apr 03, 2020
#318 Digital Communications and COVID-19 Response in King County, WA
56:04

Strategy and public health information. Warren Kagarise, Digital Engagement Manager, and Colette Cosner, Public Health Digital Lead, from King County, Washington joined the podcast to talk about communicating during COVID-19. King County has been one of the epicenters of the outbreak and has been dealing with cases since February. They shared their tips for communication strategy, keeping residents informed, and self-care in a time of pandemic.

Host: Kirsten Wyatt

Mar 27, 2020
#317 Public Health & COVID-19 Response with Sarah Martin, mySidewalk
49:58

Data science for public service. Sarah Martin, the Vice President of Health Solutions for mySidewalk and former Deputy Director of the Kansas City Health Department, joined the podcast to talk about the role of public health and responding to disease. She talked about the policy role of public health departments and how they are responding to COVID-19. Sarah also discussed her work for mySidewalk and shared the resources for local governments they are providing in the face of the COVID-19 pandemic.

Host: Ben Kittelson

Mar 20, 2020
#316 Fiscally Sustainable Planning with Kevin Shepherd and AJ Fawver
50:40

Changing how communities are built. Two people joined the podcast from Verdunity, a planning, engineering, and engagement firm focused on fiscal sustainability. Kevin Shepherd, the Founder and CEO, and AJ Fawver, Program Leader, talked about the mission of Verdunity, how cities can build better places, and the cost of maintaining infrastructure. 

Host: Kirsten Wyatt

Mar 13, 2020
#315 Engagement, Arts, and Cities with Lynn Osgood, Civic Arts
46:28

Intersection of community development and arts. Lynn Osgood, the Executive Director of Civic Arts Austin, joined the podcast to talk about bringing arts and culture into the way cities are built. She discussed some example projects of how artists have helped communities with visioning and design. 

This is part of ELGL's Creative Community, a partnership with ArtPlace America and Civic Arts to write, explore, share, and learn about creative placemaking.

Host: Kirsten Wyatt

Mar 10, 2020
#314 Building Inclusive Communities with Juan Carlos Gonzalez, Oregon Metro
51:39

It does not happen by accident. Councilor Juan Carlos Gonzalez from Oregon Metro, the regional government for the Portland, Oregon area, joined the podcast to talk about his choice to run for office and how to build inclusive communities. He talked about engaging with residents to ensure local government meets their needs and a ballot measure for dealing with homelessness. Councilor Gonzalez also discussed how Metro is working on transportation and affordable housing.

Host: Kent Wyatt

Mar 06, 2020
#313 Local Politics is the Best Politics with Professor Emily Farris
01:01:10

The best of American politics. Emily Farris, Associate Professor of Politics at Texas Christian University, joined the podcast to talk about teaching local politics. She shared how she includes local government in her courses and gets students to learn about what's going on in Fort Worth, Texas. Professor Farris also shared her career path and what influenced her to study this field. 

Host: Kent Wyatt

Feb 28, 2020
#312 Performance Auditing to Kansas City Mayor with Mark Funkhouser
56:12

Creating good government and fiscal sustainability. Mark Funkhouser, President of Funkhouser & Associates, joined the podcast to talk about his career as an auditor, running for Kansas City Mayor, and more. He talked about navigating the Great Recession as Mayor and the importance of an independent auditor. He also shared his career path into public service and his time as Publisher of Governing Magazine.

Host: Javon Davis

Feb 25, 2020
#311 Advocating for Public Records with Ginger McCall
38:31

Improving transparency in government. Ginger McCall, the former Oregon Public Records Advocate, joined the podcast to talk about her time in the State of Oregon and the importance of providing transparency to the public. She discussed the events that led to her resignation and keeping the public records advocate independent. Ginger also shared best practices for providing public records and how local governments can meet the needs of requesters. 

Host: Kirsten Wyatt

Feb 21, 2020
#310 State Chief Data Officers Network with Tyler Kleykamp
39:09

Connecting leaders to improve policy and service delivery. Tyler Kleykamp, the Director of the State Chief Data Officers Network at the Beeck Center for Social Impact and Innovation at Georgetown University, joined the podcast to talk about how data can be used to inform policy decisions. He shared how he supports Chief Data Officers across the country and the skills needed to become a Chief Data Officer. Tyler also shared his career path, which included being the first Chief Data Officer for the State of Connecticut. 

Host: Kirsten Wyatt

Feb 18, 2020
#309 Leadership and FireStat with Chief Reginald Freeman, Hartford, CT
48:42

Data and fire service. Chief Reginald Freeman of the Hartford, Connecticut Fire Department joined the podcast to talk about his department's FireStat program and change management. Chief Freeman discussed how they monitor and evaluate performance measures, engaging with fire fighters, and his philosophy on leadership. He also discussed his career path into the fire service, including time in the military. 

Host: Ben Kittelson

Feb 14, 2020
#308 Creative Placemaking in Local Government with Lyz Crane
38:00

Using arts and culture to shape communities. Lyz Crane, the Deputy Director of Artplace America, joined the podcast to talk about the work strengthening the field of creative placemaking, which is about integrating arts into community planning and development. She gave examples of how communities can integrate artists in local government including using artists to improve engagement. Lyz also announced a new Creative Community partnership with ELGL around highlighting these local government stories. 

This is part of ELGL's Creative Community, a partnership with ArtPlace America and CivicArts to write, explore, share, and learn about creative placemaking.

Host: Kirsten Wyatt 

Feb 11, 2020
#307 Putting People First in Birmingham, AL with Ed Fields
42:51

Engagement from campaigning to governing. Ed Fields, Senior Advisor and Chief Strategist for the City of Birmingham, Alabama, joined the podcast to talk about how they engage residents in the work of local government. He also discussed transitioning a new mayoral administration and how he works to drive Mayor Woodfin's agenda. 

Host: Ben Kittelson

Feb 07, 2020
#306 Reducing Evictions in Newark, NJ with Khabirah Myers
45:04

Equitable growth and reducing displacement. Khabirah Myers, the Coordinator for the Office of Tenant Legal Services, joined the podcast to talk about her work aiding renters in the City of Newark.The City created an Office where residents facing eviction can turn for resources and even legal representation. Khabirah talked about the eviction issue in Newark, how her Office is working to combat the problem, and how reducing evictions is part of an equitable growth strategy.

Host: Ben Kittelson

Jan 31, 2020
#305 Mobility and Infrastructure in Pittsburgh, PA with Karina Ricks
55:01

Economic development through transportation. Karina Ricks, the Director of the Mobility and Infrastructure Department in Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania, joined the podcast to talk about how Pittsburgh is working with transportation companies in a collaborative way and how her department emphasizes mobility. She also shared details of the City's new Bike Plan and her career path into local government. 

Host: Ben Kittelson

Jan 24, 2020
#304 Enhancing Public Services with the Google.org Fellowship
47:46

Improving access to city programs online. Erin Hattersley, Manager at Google.org, and Maegen Fisher, Program Manager Fellow, joined the podcast to talk about how Google is partnering with the City of Boulder, Colorado and the goals of the Fellowship Program. Google.org launched the Fellowship Program to bring small teams of Google employees into nonprofits and local governments to provide six months of pro bono work. Fellows use their technical expertise in product management, software engineering and UX design. 

Host: Alyssa Dinberg

Jan 17, 2020
#303 Trends in Human Resources with Kylie Bayer, McMinnville, OR
46:08

Human Resources as a strategic partner. Kylie Bayer, the Human Resources Manager for the City of McMinnville, Oregon, joined the podcast to share the issues and trends that she sees affecting the human resources industry in local government. From pay equity to sabbaticals, and why City Managers should bring HR to the executive leadership team. Kylie also gave a preview of #ELGL20, ELGL's Annual Conference in Portland this May.

Host: Kirsten Wyatt

Jan 10, 2020
#302 Technology & Public Safety with Matt Polega, Mark43
47:35

Cloud-based first responder dispatch. Matt Polega, the Co-Founder and Head of Marketing at Mark43, joined the podcast to talk about how technology can improve public safety. He discussed the importance of computer aided dispatch and the flexibility that being cloud-based provides. Mark also talked about how public safety agencies can work better together and what he would change about the procurement process.

Host: Kirsten Wyatt

Jan 03, 2020
#301 The GovieLovies - Best Episodes of 2019
53:53

The year in review. Four of the regular GovLove hosts teamed up to hand out awards and recap the fourth year of a podcast about local government. Kirsten, Alyssa, Javon, and Ben all selected five of their favorite episodes to honor with the most prestigious award in local government podcasting, a GovieLovie. The hosts also shared their favorite holiday desserts and what they are looking forward to in 2020.

Hosts: Kirsten Wyatt, Ben Kittelson, Alyssa Dinberg, & Javon Davis

The Picks

Kirsten

  1. Leadership & Scenario Planning with Matt Finch
  2. Near the Top Report with Leisha Dehart-Davis & Kimberly Nelson
  3. Civic Innovation & Tech in Toronto with Paula Kwan
  4. Family Ties in Charleston, SC with Former Mayor Joe Riley & Citibot's Bratton Riley
  5. Open Government & Innovation at Guilford County, NC with Jason Jones

Ben

  1. Chief Innovators Studio at CityLab DC
  2. Tackling Blight & Innovation with Terrance Smith, Mobile, AL
  3. Rethinking the Library in Hillsboro, OR with Stephanie Chase & Hillary Ostlund
  4. Starting as a City Manager & Unique Local Governments with Martha Bennett
  5. Communicator to Candidate in Appleton, WI with Chad Doran

Javon

  1. CivicPride with Pam Davis, Boulder, CO
  2. Politics & Administration Career Paths with Sarah Moss
  3. Legal Challenges to Parking Enforcement with Shawnte Raines & Matthew Dicianni
  4. Policing & Drones with Chief Gary Jenkins, Pullman, WA
  5. Community Healing with Melissa Glaser

Alyssa

  1. A Taste of Tennessee: Hot Chicken & Local Government
  2. Operationalizing Racial Equity in Austin, TX with Brion Oaks
  3. Life Coaching with Meredith Hauck, Merriam, KS
  4. Childcare for Public Meetings with Politisit
  5. Priority Based Budgeting with Chris Fabian, ResourceX
Dec 27, 2019
#300 Thinking Like a Designer with Patrick McDonnell
49:34

Urbanist, Designer and Technologist. Patrick McDonnell joined the podcast to talk about his career path, which started in urban planning, to serving on Innovation Teams in Austin, Texas and Anchorage, Alaska. He talked about the role of a designer, skills that local government needs and the importance of user experience. Patrick also shared some of the projects he worked on like improving access to food stamps in Anchorage.

Host: Kirsten Wyatt

Dec 20, 2019
#299 Childcare for Public Meetings with Politisit
25:49

Engaging families in civic activities. Rachel Sowray, the Founder of Politisit, joined the podcast to talk about encouraging parents to participate in public meetings. Politisit reimburses parents and other caregivers for child care costs while they attend meetings and activities. Rachel also talked about her time as a Federal Prosecutor in Oregon and what inspired her to start Politisit.

Host: Kirsten Wyatt 

Dec 13, 2019
#298 Communicator Turned Candidate in Appleton, WI with Chad Doran
56:57

Running for office as a city employee. Chad Doran, the Communications Coordinator for Appleton, Wisconsin, joined the podcast to talk about his decision to run for Mayor. He discussed why he thinks his current role has prepared him to be Mayor and what he wants to do once he's in office. Chad also shared his accomplishments as spokesman for the City and how he has to work with every department in Appleton.

Host: Kent Wyatt

Dec 06, 2019
#297 University Partnerships in Grand Forks, ND with Todd Feland
25:13

Public works to city management. Todd Feland, the City Administrator for Grand Forks, North Dakota, joined the podcast to talk about partnering on projects with the University of North Dakota and the impact of the college on the city. He also shared his career path into local government, which started in public works. 

This episode was recorded from the 2019 ICMA Conference in Nashville, TN.

Host: Alyssa Dinberg

Dec 03, 2019
#296 Health & Human Services in Houston, TX with Stephen Williams
51:02

Working to protect the health and social well-being of Houstonians. Stephen Williams, the Director of the Health Department in Houston, Texas, joined the podcast to talk about the role of the health departments in the local government landscape and the services they provide in Houston, like their See to Succeed initiative. He shared how they work toward health equity and the root causes of health problems. Stephen also talked about the Health Department's role in responding to natural disasters. 

Host: Ben Kittelson

Nov 29, 2019
#295 Short Term Rental Policy with Philip Minardi, Expedia Group
56:27

Building a responsible vacation rental market. Philip Minardi, the Director of Policy Communications at Expedia Group, joined the podcast to talk about the short term rental industry and local policy regulating the vacation rental market. He shared what cities are doing it well, setting responsible limits and building a policy that ensures compliance and even collects taxes. 

Host: Alyssa Dinberg

Nov 27, 2019
#294 Green Initiatives and Employee Engagement in King County, WA with Dow Constantine
41:42

Making sure residents have the opportunity to thrive. Dow Constantine, the Executive of King County, Washington, shares his path to public service and the work King County has done to be an employer of choice. He also shared the initiatives they have undertaken to address the challenges of climate change and his love of the Seattle music scene. 

Host: Kirsten Wyatt

Nov 22, 2019
#293 Managing Lewes, DE with Ann Marie Townshend
39:04

First Town in the First State. Ann Marie Townshend, the City Manager of Lewes, Delaware, joined the podcast to talk about her career path and what it's like to manage the oldest community in Delaware. She talked about how she started her career in planning and what it took to get the experience she needed to take the step to become a City Manager.

This episode was recorded from the 2019 ICMA Conference in Nashville, TN.

Host: Kirsten Wyatt

Nov 15, 2019
#292 Life Coaching with Meredith Hauck, Merriam, KS
33:48

Moving forward with confidence and clarity. Meredith Hauck, Assistant City Administrator in Merriam, Kansas, joined the podcast to talk about her side work as life coach. She shared her approach to leadership, self care and positive energy. She also talked about her career in local government and advice for communicating with people in the workplace.

This episode was recorded from the 2019 ICMA Conference in Nashville, TN.

Host: Alyssa Dinberg

Nov 12, 2019
#291 Chief Innovators Studio at CityLab DC
01:52:10

Celebrating municipal innovation from California to Israel. Brent Stockwell and Amanda Daflos took over GovLove from the CityLab gathering in Washington, DC to talk innovation with four different guests. Beth Blauer is the Executive Director of GovEx at Johns Hopkins University (4:10). Tracy Colunga is the Chief Innovation Officer in Long Beach, CA (29:10). Itai Eiges is the Director of a new initiative called Hazira that will support innovation teams in Israel (51:50). Jason Reisdorfer is Director of Innovation & Technology for Sioux Falls, SD (77:30).

This episode was recorded from the Chief Innovators Studio at 2019 CityLab in Washington, DC.

Hosts: Brent Stockwell & Amanda Daflos

Nov 08, 2019
#290 Hiring a City Manager with Mayor Rick Rogers, Newberg, OR
28:24

Behind the scenes of recruiting a City Manager. Mayor Rick Rogers from the City of Newberg, Oregon joined the podcast to talk about how they are approaching hiring a new City Manager. He describes the community and what the City Council is looking for in a new manager. Mayor Rogers also shared his path into public service.

Host: Kirsten Wyatt

Nov 05, 2019
#289 Starting as a City Manager & Unique Local Governments with Martha Bennett
51:24

Transitioning into a new leadership role. Martha Bennett, the City Manager of Lake Oswego, Oregon, joined the podcast to talk about her first two months on the job. She also talked about her time leading two unique local government agencies Metro, a regional government for the Portland area, and the Columbia River Gorge Commission.

Host: Ben Kittelson

Nov 01, 2019
#288 A Taste of Tennessee: Hot Chicken & Local Government
01:20:39

Career advice, elected office and transportation all with a side of hot chicken. Four guests come on the podcast to talk about local government in the State of Tennessee and share a meal of Nashville Hot Chicken with GovLove. Eric Stuckey is the City Administrator of Franklin, TN. Brenda Wynn is the County Clerk for Davidson County, TN. Bill Purcell served as the Mayor of Nashville from 1999 to 2007. Felix Castrodad is the Director of Planning & Grants for the Nashville Metropolitan Transit Authority.

This episode was recorded live from the 2019 ICMA Conference in Nashville, Tennessee.

Hosts: Alyssa Dinberg & Kirsten Wyatt

Oct 29, 2019
#287 Shared Services & Consolidation with Ed Henschel
57:27

Delivering services in a better, faster, and more efficient way. Author Ed Henschel joined the podcast to talk about his career in local government and his new book, which is a practical guide to municipal service consolidation. Ed describes the different types of consolidation and shared service delivery, real world examples and his experience with navigating consolidation. 

Book: Municipal Shared Service and Consolidation Handbook

Host: Kirsten Wyatt

Oct 25, 2019
#286 Healthy Democracy with Linn Davis
47:46

Tackling tough policy questions with citizens. Linn Davis from Healthy Democracy joined the podcast to talk about the work of Healthy Democracy and how they use citizen juries to inform decisions. He also shared how they have worked with local governments like Milwaukie, Oregon to engage citizens on the decision on what to pay elected officials.

Host: Alyssa Davis

Oct 18, 2019
#285 Quality & Performance in El Paso, TX with Tommy Gonzalez
55:06

Managing an international city. Tommy Gonzalez, the City Manager of El Paso, Texas, joined the podcast for a wide ranging interview. He talked about his career path, which started with 22 years in the US Army, how he revamped the El Paso budget process and the complexities of running a community on the border. He also shared how he has supported process improvement and what it took to win quality awards at two different organizations.

Host: Ben Kittelson

Oct 11, 2019
#284 Communication & Measuring Resident Opinion with Lisa Holder & Rachel Rembrandt
54:03

Reliable insights for policy makers. Two guests join the podcast to talk about best practices in local government communications, using social media and finding better ways to measure resident opinion. Lisa Holder is the Communications Officer for the City of Sanford, Florida and shared her approach to keeping residents informed. Rachel Rembrandt the Head of Customer Success for ZenCity shared how their platform uses artificial intelligence and data from different social media platforms to gather insights for policy makers. 

Host: Javon Davis

Oct 08, 2019
#283 Civic Innovation & Tech in Toronto with Paula Kwan
54:14

Tackling complex challenges affecting Toronto residents. Paula Kwan the Director of the Civic Innovation Office for the City of Toronto joined the podcast to talk about leading an Innovation Team and driving culture change in an organization. Paula discussed her career path, which started in Toronto's technology sector, and working on issues like translation for residents that speak many languages. 

Host: Ben Kittelson

Oct 04, 2019
#282 Data-Driven Approach to the 2020 Census with Civis Analytics
56:14

Democratizing data science. Two members of the Civis Analytics team join the podcast to talk about their work and engaging with local governments around Census 2020. Mo Cheeks is a Sr. Business Development Manager, and former Madison, WI Council Member, and Christopher Dick is the Managing Director of Civis Analytics. They talked about using data in a Census outreach campaign.

Host: Kent Wyatt

Sep 27, 2019
#281 The All-American Cities Award with Rebecca Trout
33:40

Recognizing communities for civic engagement, collaboration, inclusiveness and innovation. Rebecca Trout, the Program Director of the All-America City Award & Membership, joined the podcast to talk about the National Civic League's work. She shared the history of the All-America City Award and stories from some of the communities they have recognized.

Host: Javon Davis

Sep 24, 2019
#280 Priority Based Budgeting with Chris Fabian, ResourceX
49:04

Reinventing fiscal analytics. Chris Fabian, the Co-Founder of ResourceX, joined the podcast to talk about his work with local governments and improving how they prioritize the services they provide. Chris shared why ResourceX was started and examples from communities doing priority based budgeting. He also talked about government as a platform and starting a city from scratch on the moon.

Host: Alyssa Dinberg

Sep 20, 2019
#279 Economic Development & Data with Dr. Eric Trevan
43:05

Data equity and local solutions. Dr. Eric Trevan, public administration faculty at Evergreen State College, joined the podcast to talk about economic development and analytics. He talked about his career path, which included time in local government and leading an economic development agencies, as well as the perspective of Native American communities. 

Host: Javon Davis

Sep 17, 2019
#278 A Librarian's Guide to Homelessness with Ryan Dowd
53:02

An empathy-driven approach to solving problems and serving everyone. Ryan Dowd the Executive Director of Hesed House, a homeless shelter in Aurora, Illinois joined the podcast to talk about serving people experiencing homelessness. Ryan talked about his book, A Librarian's Guide to Homelessness, and his training for libraries on how to work with challenging homeless patrons. He also dispelled myths around homelessness and discussed different policy approaches. 

Host: Kent Wyatt

Sep 13, 2019
#277 Effective Local Outreach with Perla Ni, Census Outreach Project
33:03

Using mobile messaging to connect with hard-to-count populations. Perla Ni is the Founder and CEO of CommunityConnect Labs, the Census Outreach Project, and GreatNonprofits. She joined the podcast to talk about how local governments can reach all of their residents for the upcoming census. She shared how it's important to meet people where they are and how the Census Outreach Project can help.

Host: Javon Davis

Sep 10, 2019
#276 Operationalizing Racial Equity in Austin, TX with Brion Oaks
50:31

Building and sustaining a culture of equity. Brion Oaks, the Chief Equity Officer for the City of Austin, Texas, joined the podcast to talk about how they make racial equity actionable. He shared how they work to create a shared understanding around the history of segregation and discrimination in Austin and how old policies still impact the city today. Plus he described how the equity office works with departments to examine what they do with a racial equity lens and include that value in their work and budgets.

Host: Ben Kittelson

Sep 06, 2019
#275 Shoreline Management & Beach Renourishment in North Carolina
01:15:48

Managing beaches in an era of climate change. Two guests joined the podcast to discuss shoreline management at the local level. First, Dr. Robert Young from the Program for the Study of Developed Shorelines discussed a recent report that they published which did a cost-benefit analysis of buying out property owners in North Topsail Beach, NC versus maintaining the shoreline. Then Greg "Rudi" Rudolph, the Shoreline Protection Manager for Carteret County, NC, talked about his day to day work, the mechanics of beach renourishment, and his perspective on the report. Rudi also shared how they plan for sea level rise.

Read the report: Coastal Hazards & Targeted Acquisitions, A Reasonable Shoreline Management Alternative

Host: Ben Kittelson

Aug 30, 2019
#274 Transportation, Engagement & Libraries from the Code for America Summit
50:23

Designing better government. Earlier this summer GovLove hosted a live recording at the Code for America Summit in Oakland, California. Three guests joined to talk about trends in local government and how they interact with data and technology in their organization. Warren Logan is the Policy Director of Mobility & Interagency Relations in Oakland, CA; Laura Biediger is a Community Engagement Strategist in Durham, NC; and Stephanie Chase is the Director of Libraries for Hillsboro, OR. 

Host: Kirsten Wyatt

Aug 23, 2019
#273 Open Government & Innovation at Guilford County, NC with Jason Jones
01:09:29

Analytics and open data. Jason Jones, the Analytics and Innovation Manager for Guilford County, North Carolina, joined the podcast to talk about his work and career path. Jason shared what it took to set up a data program at Guilford County, how they have partnered with universities on projects and the importance of adding context to data. He also talked about his career path, creating his current role and how working in human resources has informed his career.

Host: Ben Kittelson

Aug 16, 2019
#272 Local Government Workplaces Initiative with Dr. Leisha DeHart-Davis, UNC School of Government
36:24

Helping cities and counties listen to their employees. Dr. Leisha DeHart-Davis joined the podcast to talk about the University of North Carolina School of Government's Workplaces Initiative. She shared her research into public sector organizational dynamics and how managers can make their employees feel valued and part of a community.

Host: Javon Davis

Aug 09, 2019
#271 Census 2020 & The Opportunity Project with Denice Ross, Lorena Molina-Irizarry & Drew Zachary
51:17

Data for good. Three people joined the podcast to talk about the 2020 Census and ways that local governments can ensure their communities get counted. They are all working with the Census Opportunity Project a process for engaging government, communities, and the technology industry to create digital tools related to the Census. Denice Ross is a Fellow in Residence for the Beeck Center for Social Impact & Innovation; Lorena Molina-Irizarry is the Director of Operations of Census Open Innovation Labs; and Drew Zachary is the Co-Director of Census Opportunity Project.

Host: Kirsten Wyatt

Aug 02, 2019
#270 Family Ties in Charleston, SC with Former Mayor Joe Riley & Citibot's Bratton Riley
55:23

Public service and civil rights. A father-son duo joined the podcast to talk about their different paths working with local government. Former Mayor Joe Riley led the City of Charleston, SC for 40 years and was involved in redeveloping downtown Charleston and starting the International African American Museum. Bratten Riley is the Co-Founder and Chief Executive Officer of Citibot, a software platform that allows residents to text their local government for information and for organizations to keep residents informed.

Host: Kent Wyatt

Jul 26, 2019
#269 Strategic Communications & Networking with Mac Prichard
42:10

Sharing ideas, experiences and stories. Mac Prichard the President of Prichard Communications and Founder of Mac's List joined the podcast to talk about local government communications and job searching. He talked about how communications plans need to be strategic and align with the goals of the organization. Mac also discussed his "Find Your Dream Job" podcast and the skills of job searching.

Host: Kirsten Wyatt

Jul 23, 2019
#268 Legal Challenges to Parking Enforcement with ShawnTe Raines & Matthew DiCianni, Ancel Glink
35:08

To chalk or not to chalk. Two lawyers from Ancel Glink joined the podcast to talk about the recent court ruling outlawing the use of chalk to enforce parking requirements. ShawnTe Raines, Partner, and Matthew DiCianni, Associate, walked through the case and the implications for local governments. They also touched on a few other legal issues at the local level that have their attention. 

Host: Javon Davis

Jul 19, 2019
#267 Leadership & Scenario Planning with Matt Finch
01:06:40

Strategy, planning, storytelling, innovation. Matt Finch joined the podcast to talk about his work with libraries and other government entities on planning for the future. In this wide ranging interview he shared his path into doing this work, becoming future ready and tools for growth and change.  

Host: Kirsten Wyatt

Jul 16, 2019
#266 Public Service with Mayor Tara Campbell, Yorba Linda, CA
36:01

The youngest female Mayor in the country. Mayor Tara Campbell from the City of Yorba Linda, California joined the podcast to talk about her two roles in local government, serving as Mayor of her hometown and working as Chief of Staff for Orange County Supervisor Donald Wagner. Mayor Campbell talked about what led her to local government, why she wanted to run for office and what she works on as a Chief of Staff. She also shared how her two roles influence one another and the issues facing cities in Orange County, CA. 

Host: Ben Kittelson

Jul 12, 2019
#265 The City Link Program in Springfield, OR with Niel Laudati
40:44

Empowering new leaders. Niel Laudati,Legislative and Public Affairs Director for the City of Springfield, OR, joined the podcast to talk about how the City is working to empower under-represented leaders. Through their City Link program participants meet leaders from different departments, learn about local government and build their resume for serving on boards or running for office. Niel also shared his career path in local government and his passion for Springfield.

Host: Kirsten Wyatt

Jul 09, 2019
#264 Teaching Ethics through Parks & Rec with Dr. Erin Borry
37:36

Linking theory to television. Dr. Erin Borry from the University of Alabama at Birmingham is teaching ethics in a creative way, by using the show Parks & Recreation. Scenes involving your favorite City of Pawnee employees are great case studies for understanding the dilemmas that public servants can face. Dr. Borry shares why she wanted to use the show in her classroom and examples of what students learn. 

Host: Kirsten Wyatt

Jul 05, 2019
#263 Tackling Blight & Innovation with Terrance Smith, Mobile, AL
53:17

Solving problems. Terrance Smith, the Director of the Innovation Team in the City of Mobile, Alabama, joined the podcast to talk about innovation, working with departments and taking on blight. Terrance shared the process the i-Team went through to get a handle on the problem of blight and then how to address it, which eventually led to a change in state law. He also talked about how they communicate about their work and how they bring in other city staff to explain their process.

Host: Ben Kittelson

Jun 28, 2019
#262 Food Waste & Government Consolidation with Mayor Liz Lempert, Princeton, NJ
57:09

From borough and township to municipality. Mayor Liz Lempert joined the podcast for a wide ranging interview on consolidating governments and providing compost service in Princeton, New Jersey. Mayor Lempert shared her path into elected office and winning the 2018 Mayors Challenge for their composting initiative. She also walked through the process of consolidating Princeton Township with Princeton Borough and the impact it has had on both the community and government operations.

Jun 26, 2019
#261 The Municipal Equality Index with Xavier Persad, Human Rights Campaign
25:42

Examining the inclusiveness of cities. Xavier Persad, Sr. Legislative Counsel for the Human Rights Campaign, joined the podcast to talk about the Municipal Equality Index. Each year cities are rated based on non-discrimination laws, the municipality as an employer and the city leadership's public position on equality. He also shared what cities have made strides on the index and what policies cities should look at to improve how inclusive they are.

Jun 21, 2019
#260 High Performance Government with Nick Kittle, Cartegraph
01:03:34

Sustainable innovation. Nick Kittle, Government Innovation & Performance Coach and author, shares his lessons on leadership, innovation and improving local government. He talked about his experience as a Chief Innovation Officer, his book Sustainovation and the work he's doing now for Cartegraph. From building momentum to not being afraid to get fired, Nick has great advice for those wanting to make a difference. 

Jun 19, 2019
#259 CivicPRIDE with Pam Davis, Boulder, CO
01:01:08

Advancing inclusive local government. In honor of Pride Month, Pam Davis, Sr. Management Analyst for the City of Boulder, Colorado and the Leader of CivicPRIDE joined the podcast to talk about empowering LGBTQIA+ leadership in local government. CivicPRIDE is the first nationally recognized LGBTQIA+ professional association for local government management. Pam shared her coming out story and why a group like CivicPRIDE is needed in local government. She also discussed what organizations can do to be more inclusive of the LGBTQIA+ community.

Jun 14, 2019
#258 The Myth of Bureaucratic Neutrality with Shannon Portillo, University of Kansas
37:59

Institutionalized inequity in hiring. Dr. Shannon Portillo from the University of Kansas discusses how we have to challenge the assumption that merit-based hiring practices are "neutral." She and a co-author argue in a recent journal article that those practice can actually reinforce the preference of white men in public organizations. The article argues that if organizations want to encourage a diverse workforce they need to challenge these long standing hiring practices. 

Jun 11, 2019
#257 Rethinking the Library in Hillsboro, OR with Stephanie Chase & Hillary Ostlund
01:30:11

Leading (r)evolution in public libraries. Stephanie Chase, Library Director, and Hillary Ostlund, Library Manager, from the Hillsboro, Oregon public library joined the podcast. They talked about how they are adapting their expectations of employees and the service to patrons to improve customer service. In this wide ranging interview they covered everything from throwing out the organizational chart to night libraries and serving homeless patrons.

Jun 07, 2019
#256 Strategy & Performance in Olathe, KS and Durham, NC
28:59

Measuring success. A trio of strategic planning and performance measurement experts joined the podcast to talk about their work: Ed Foley the Performance Management Analyst for the City of Olathe, Kansas, Josh Edwards the Strategy & Performance Director for the City of Durham, North Carolina, and Laura Chandler a Director at Clearpoint Strategy. Ed and Josh both shared their organizations' journey and Laura added the perspective of a software platform geared for strategic plans and performance measures. 

This interview was recorded from the 2019 Transforming Local Government Conference in Reno, Nevada.

Jun 04, 2019
#255 Policing & Drones with Chief Gary Jenkins, Pullman, WA
41:39

Public safety and collaboration. Gary Jenkins, the Police Chief for Pullman, Washington, shared how his department uses drones to enhance their police work and improve operations. Chief Jenkins talked about how they started their program, training staff and how they collaborate with other city departments and organizations. He also shared his career path to becoming a police chief and the unique challenges of policing in a college town.

This interview was recorded from the 2019 Transforming Local Government Conference in Reno, Nevada.

May 31, 2019
#254 Entrepreneurial Mindset in Albuquerque, NM with Tom Darling
54:51

Unleash employees. Tom Darling the Division Manager of Public Service University at the City of Albuquerque, NM joined the podcast to talk about training staff and changing culture. He discusses why "entrepreneurship" is a useful trait and why it's important to bring to local government. He also talks about motivation and inspiring employees int he workplace.

This interview was recorded from the 2019 Transforming Local Government Conference in Reno, Nevada.

May 28, 2019
#253 Budgeting & War Eagle with Barrett Warren, Auburn, AL
24:21

Budgeting in a college town. Barrett Warren the Budget & Strategic Planning Manager for the City of Auburn, AL joined the podcast to talk about her path into local government and working in a college town. She shared how Auburn is balancing the demands of housing a big college student population with maintaining its small town aesthetic. She also explained "War Eagle" and how the city is working to communicate about the budget.

This interview was recorded from the 2019 Transforming Local Government Conference in Reno, Nevada.

May 24, 2019
#252 Law in Plain English with Jenny Kosek and David Silverman
34:32

Writing legalese for residents. GovLove Legal returns with a discussion of how to write about complex legal topics in a way that is understandable for residents and elected officials. Jenny Kosek, Communications Strategist in West Allis, WI, and David Silverman, Partner at Ancel Glink Law Firm, share their perspectives and tips for taking complex legal topics and communicating them clearly.

May 17, 2019
#251 Data & NOLAlytics in New Orleans, LA
35:49

Solving real-world problems with data. Three people from the City of New Orleans, Louisiana joined the podcast to talk about how the City uses data and earning a What Works Cities Certification. Melissa Schigoda is the Director of the Office of Performance and Accountability, Eric Ogburn is the Director of Enterprise Information and Jonathan Wisbey is the Chief Technology Officer. They shared how the certification process helped them improve their processes and transitioning their data program from Mayor Landrieu to Mayor Cantrell.

May 14, 2019
#250 Civic Lab in Sacramento with Adrienne Moretz & Monica Hernandez
54:15

Testing innovative solutions. Adrienne Moretz, Civic Lab Project Manager, and Monica Hernandez, Director of Innovation & Partnerships, joined the podcast to talk about their work for the Sacramento Area Council of Governments (SACOG). They discussed Civic Lab, a program that works with teams from around their region to design and launch pilot projects aimed at regional challenges. In year one they took on "Smart Mobility" and had some innovative approaches to transportation that covered both downtown Sacramento and rural parts of their region. Both guests also shared their career path to local government and their plans for year two of the program.

This interview was recorded from the 2019 Transforming Local Government Conference in Reno, Nevada.

May 10, 2019
#249 Game of Drones in Manatee County, FL with Diana Robinson
36:33

Using new technology for sustainability. Diana Robinson, Energy Manager for Manatee County, FL, discussed how they are using drones to support their work on sustainable buildings, communications and more. Diana shared what it was like setting up a drone program and using different types of cameras. 

This interview was recorded from the 2019 Transforming Local Government Conference in Reno, Nevada.

May 07, 2019
#248 Community Healing with Melissa Glaser
42:43

Lessons for recovery after a large-scale trauma. Author and psychologist Melissa Glaser joined the podcast to talk about how a community deals with traumatic events. She shared her experience working in Newtown, CT after the Sandy Hook shooting. She also discussed lessons for community leaders dealing with tragic events. 

May 03, 2019
#247 Lead for America with Joe Nail
57:28

Community service. Joe Nail the CEO and Co-Founder of Lead for America joined the podcast to talk about their two-year fellowship program for young leaders in local government. The program takes undergraduate students interested in public service and matches them with organizations in their community. Joe shared his background and why he wanted to start this program. He also explained how local governments can participate and what the experience is like for fellows.

Apr 30, 2019
#246 Right-of-Way Management: Cell Towers, Scooters & Free Speech
01:33:14

Trends in planning. GovLove was recently at the National Planning Conference for a session all about right-of-way. Local governments hold the public right-of-way in trust for the benefit of the public; but rapid changes in technology, federal policy, and constitutional law are increasing demands for services and challenging local regulatory authority. Experienced local government attorneys, and industry professionals discuss best practices for right-of-way management in the face of emerging challenges. Panelists include: Alan Weinstein, Cleveland State University; Alicia Giudice, San Rafael, CA; Brandon Bordenkircher, Chaddick Institute for Metropolitan Development; Daniel J. Bolin, Ancel Glink; Gail A. Karish, Best Best & Krieger LLP; and Isidro A. Jimenez, San Francisco, CA.

This episode was recorded from the 2019 National Planning Conference in San Francisco, CA. 

Apr 26, 2019
#245 Code for America Summit with Dan Hon
49:36

Designing better government. Dan Hon, the Co-Chair for the 2019 Code for America Summit, joined the podcast to talk about the work of Code for America, how he got involved and why technologists should work with governments. Dan also shared some of the agenda they are planning for the conference and tips for attendees. 

Apr 23, 2019
#244 Innovate Durham & Faith with Eric Marsh, Durham County, NC
37:22

Local government innovation and faith in public service. Eric March, Strategic Initiatives Analyst for Durham County, NC joined the podcast to discuss Innovate Durham, a partnership program between the County, City of Durham and local startups. Eric shared his path in public service from an engineer to an innovation office. He also discussed his work for a church and compared the similarities of the work to local government.

This interview was recorded from the 2019 Transforming Local Government Conference in Reno, Nevada.

Apr 19, 2019
#243 Strategic Planning in Lancaster, PA from Execution to Implementation
01:10:14

Two Mayors and a Chief of Staff. Mayor Danene Sorace, former Mayor Rick Gray and former Chief of Staff Pat Brogan joined the podcast to talk about creating and advancing Lancaster's strategic plan. Mayor Gray and Pat Brogan shared the creation of the city's first strategic plan and current Mayor Sorace talked about embracing and continuing to advance the plan. They also shared their paths into public service, the role of Chief of Staff and both mayors' perspectives on leadership.

Apr 16, 2019
#242 McCormick-Stillman Railroad Park, Scottsdale, AZ
31:40

ELGL Knope Award Winner. Brent Stockwell, the Assistant City Manager of Scottsdale, Arizona, discussed their award-winning park the McCormick-Stillman Railroad Park. He talked about the work that went into winning the ELGL Knope Award, stories from park staff and how they tried to improve their communications strategy during each round of the competition.

This podcast was recorded from the 2019 Transforming Local Government Conference in Reno, Nevada. 

Apr 13, 2019
#241 Politics & Administration Careers with Sarah Moss
44:41

Civic dreamer and doer. Sarah Moss joined GovLove to talk about her unique career path that has switched between campaign and political roles to administrative roles. She shared what led to her first role in politics and how she ended up in local government. Sarah also discussed her work as a consultant and her professional philosophy.

Apr 05, 2019
#240 Neighborhood Planning with Mercy Murguia, Dina Newman and AJ Fawver
57:42

Engagement and shaping communities. Three guests join the podcast to discuss approaches to neighborhood planning and the work that goes into engaging residents. Mercy Murguia is a Commissioner for Potter County, TX; Dina Newman is the Director of the Center for Neighborhoods at the University of Missouri at Kansas City; and, AJ Fawver is the Planning Director for the City of Lubbock, TX. All three discussed their perspectives on planning and engagement as well as how each of their communities approach neighborhoods.

Mar 29, 2019
#239 Perspectives on Procurement with Chris Van Beke, Vendor Registry
49:58

Purchasing and RFPs. Chris Van Beke the CEO and Co-Founder of Vendor Registry talks about improving the way vendors and governments work together, from updating paper processes to improving communication. Chris also shared his career path to leading a tech company focused on procurement. 

Mar 22, 2019
#238 Managing as a Team in Iowa City with Geoff Fruin and Ashley Monroe
01:02:54

Can't be neutral on a moving train. Two members of the leadership team in Iowa City, IA joined the podcast to talk management, recruitment and their path to public service. Geoff Fruin, City Manager, and Ashley Monroe, Assistant City Manager, shared their experiences going through hiring processes and what they look for in hiring leadership positions. Geoff and Ashley also talked about what they are working on, from data driven policing to engagement. 

Mar 15, 2019
#237 Engagement in Local Government with Jay Dawkins, PublicInput
40:38

Meeting people where they are. Jay Dawkins the CEO of PublicInput joined the podcast to talk about community engagement and reaching more people through engagement. Jay shared his career path to leading a software company and how they work with local governments. He talked about pitfalls in engagement like the "if you build it, they will come" mistake and why engagement matters. 

Mar 12, 2019
#236 Near the Top Report with Leisha Dehart-Davis & Kimberly Nelson
40:54

Diversity in the local government profession. Two professors from the University of North Carolina School of Government share findings from recent research on the diversity of city and county managers. Leisha Dehart-Davis and Kimberly Nelson talked about what they heard from interviewing managers for their "Near the Top" report and the importance of attracting women and people of color to local government management. 

Mar 08, 2019
#235 Local Government Law: Drones
01:05:27

Using and regulating drones in government. GovLove Legal is back. Derke Price and Erin Pell from the law firm Ancel Glink join the podcast to talk about the regulations around drones. From how the law varies from state to state to how the Federal government treats drones they cover what you need to know. Derke and Erin also share examples of how local governments are using drones to support their work. 

Mar 01, 2019
#234 The Future of Government Websites with Ken Clark, Indianapolis, IN
59:24

Shift Indy. Ken Clark the Chief Information Officer for the City of Indianapolis and Marion County, Indiana discussed his career path and his work updating the organization's website. Ken shared how he got buy in for a new approach to the website, the work that went into bringing it into the 21st century and how they improved the user experience. Ken also talked about the importance of understanding finances and how he cut his departmental budget while also taking on this enormous project.

Feb 22, 2019
#233 Civic Imagination in Bologna, Italy with Deputy Mayor Matteo Lepore
26:05

Engagement in Bologna, Italy. The Deputy Mayor of Bologna, Matteo Lepore, talked about how his city won an Engaged Cities award for their work engaging residents with local government. By engaging with residents the City is able to bring people into the process of shaping public spaces. Learn more from their case study: Co-Creating Urban Commons.

Feb 19, 2019
#232 Empowering Residents to Solve Problems with James Wagner, Tulsa, OK
40:29

Finding innovative ideas with residents not just for them. Tulsa, Oklahoma has been empowering their residents to address longstanding or emerging civic challenges in partnership with city staff. James Wagner, the Chief Financial Officer and former Chief of Performance Strategies and Innovation, talked about their Urban Data Pioneers and Civic Innovation Fellowship programs. Through these programs Tulsa residents can learn about data analysis or human centered design as they bring new ideas into City Hall. The city received an Engaged Cities Award for their efforts. 

Feb 15, 2019
#231 Engaged Cities with Myung Lee, Cities of Service
34:28

Celebrating the most effective solutions to engagement. Myung Lee, the Executive Director of Cities of Service, joins the podcast to talk about their Engaged Cities Award, spotlighting solutions from around the world and her winding career path. Myung also shared the work of Cities of Service and how they help Mayors build stronger cities.

Feb 12, 2019
#230 Fostering an Inclusive City with Mayor Steve Callaway, Hillsboro, OR
01:08:42

Leading Hillsboro. Mayor Steve Callaway from Hillsboro, Oregon joined the podcast to talk about his path into public service, how his city works to attract people into local government and reaching out to the Latino community. Mayor Callaway also discussed his viral social media post on dealing with a racism and his love of the Hillsboro Hops.

Feb 08, 2019
#229 A 9-year-old talks Parks with Bobbi Nance, Recreation Results
31:53

Cool things about parks. To celebrate the start of the #ELGLKnope Award contest for the best Park facility in the country we have an interview between Eleanor Wyatt and Bobbi Nance. Eleanor is a 9-year-old that has strong opinions about parks and Bobbi is the President of Recreation Results, a company that uses data and strategy to advise local governments in the parks and recreation sector.

Feb 05, 2019
#228 Innovation & Using Scrum with Michelle Thong, San Jose, CA
01:04:07

Using scrum in local government. Michelle Thong, the Digital Services Lead at the City of San Jose, CA, joined the podcast to talk innovation, iteration and engaging the tech community. She shared the three innovation behaviors her office works to encourage in the organization and how she works to be a multiplier. Michelle also talked about starting the Code for San Jose brigade and how the City works with volunteers.

Feb 01, 2019
#227 Data-Driven Innovation in Los Angeles, CA with Miguel Sangalang & Amanda Daflos
36:16

Transforming data into action. Miguel Sangalang, Deputy Mayor for Budget & Innovation, and Amanda Daflos, Innovation Team Director, joined GovLove to talk about their work at the City of Los Angeles, California. They discussed earning the top level of the What Works Cities Certification and how they are pairing budget with innovation. They also shared why they think data is important and how the City uses data to make decisions.

Jan 25, 2019
#226 The Business Case for Employee Engagement with Bob Lavigna
55:29

Measuring employee engagement. Bob Lavigna the Director of the Institute for Public Sector Employee Engagement at CPS HR joined the podcast to talk about why organizations should take employee engagement seriously. He argues that there is a business case to keeping employees engaged at the workplace and that the best organizations have recognized this. He also shared his path into working with governments and the value of employee surveys.

Jan 18, 2019
#225 Why Local Governments need PIOs with Chris Floore, Macon-Bibb, GA
37:56

Communications and media relations. Chris Floore, the Assistant to the County Manager for Public Affairs in Macon-Bibb County, Georgia, joined the podcast to talk about his work and building relationships with the media. Chris discussed the importance of the public information officer role and how he prepares staff to work with the media. He also responded to a report from the Society of Professional Journalists says public information officers are making it more difficult to get access to interviews and information.

Jan 11, 2019
#224 Minneapolis 2040 Comprehensive Plan with Heather Worthington & Paul Mogush
01:00:04

Battling disparities through planning. Two people from the City of Minneapolis, MN join the podcast to talk about the hottest comprehensive plan in the country, Minneapolis 2040. Heather Worthington is the Director of Long Range Planning and Paul Mogush is the Manager of Community Planning for Minneapolis. Heather and Paul discussed the goals of the new comprehensive plan, which put dealing with racial disparities at the center of their work, and how they engaged the public throughout the process. The new plan will make big changes to land use in the city including eliminating single family zoning and parking minimums. 

Jan 04, 2019
#223 The GovieLovies - 2018 Year in Review
01:13:54

The best episodes of the year. All five regular GovLove hosts teamed up to hand out awards and recap the year of GovLove. Kirsten, Alyssa, Javon, Kent and Ben all selected four of their favorite episodes to honor with the most prestigious award in local government podcasting, a GovieLovie. In addition to handing out awards, the hosts shared what they hope to cover on the podcast in the future, their favorite holiday food and highlights from ELGL’s 2018.

The Top Episodes of the Year:

Kirsten

  1. #195 Innovation & Equity in Parks & Recreation with Kylie Bayer-Fertterer, Justin Cutler & Peter Cosmiano
  2. #236 Local Reporting in San Antonio with iris Dimmick, The Rivard Report
  3. #206 The First Lady of Water Cathy Bailey, Greater Cincinnati Water Works
  4. #232 The Best of Nextdoor with Jenn Takahashi

Javon

  1. #179 The Gatekeepers, Chiefs of Staff in Local Government
  2. #171 The City of Detroit's Chief Storyteller, Aaron Foley
  3. #238 PennDOT Connects with Secretary Leslie Richards & Brian Hare
  4. #217 Parkour & Parks with Colin MacDonald, Parkour Visions

Alyssa

  1. #176 NBC Parks & Rec Memories with Jim O'Heir (Jerry Gergich)
  2. #228 Crisis Ready, Building an Invincible Brand with Melissa Agnes
  3. #213 University of Alabama Game Day in Tuscaloosa with Mayor Walt Maddox
  4. #219 Karen Pinkos, ICMA President & City Manager, El Cerrito, CA

Kent

  1. #188 NFBPA & Diversity with Christine Edwards & James Gaston
  2. #210 Oregon's Most Wired Community - Independence
  3. #222 The Poisoned City - Flint's Water & the American Urban Tragedy with Anna Clark
  4. #185 Public Service in the NFL & City Management with Tom & Connor Barwin

Ben

  1. #233 What Government Innovation Really Looks Like with Hana Schank
  2. #223 Changing the Local Government Workplace
  3. #225 Evaluation & Good Government in Washington, DC with Jenny Reed
  4. #193 The Color of Law with Richard Rothstein
Dec 28, 2018
#222 A New Way of Doing Things in Jersey City with Brian Platt
01:03:03

Problem solving in government. Brian Platt the Business Administrator of Jersey City, New Jersey joined the podcast to talk about managing the day to day operations of the city, innovation in local government and being named a babe of Jersey City. Brian previously served as the Chief Innovation Officer and he shared the work of the city's i-Team and how they've approached problem solving. 

Dec 21, 2018
#221 Pizza to the Polls with Scott Duncombe
50:56

Hungry for democracy. The national non-profit, Pizza to the Polls, tries to make waiting in line to vote a little better. They take reports of long lines from people around the country and then find local pizza places to deliver slices to voters. Scott Duncombe is one of the founders of Pizza to the Polls, he tells the story of how it started and how they delivered over 10,000 pizzas in the 2018 election.

Dec 19, 2018
#220 PennDOT Connects with Secretary Leslie Richards & Brian Hare
50:56

Transportation & engagement. The Pennsylvania Secretary of Transportation, Leslie Richards, and the PennDOT Planning Chief, Brian Hare, join the podcast to talk engagement and the future of transportation. They shared their PennDOT Connects initiative which works to engage Pennsylvania residents before they implement transportation projects. Secretary Richards and Brian also talked about their career paths and how the State works with local governments.

Dec 14, 2018
#219 Rhode Island Commerce Secretary Stefan Pryor
28:43

Economic development at the state level. Stefan Pryor, the Secretary of Commerce for the State of Rhode Island, joins the podcast to talk about his work attracting companies to the state. Stefan discussed the policies they've used to turn around Rhode Island's economy. He also shared his career path to the position, which included a stint as Deputy Mayor in Newark, NJ. 

Dec 07, 2018
#218 Local Reporting in San Antonio with Iris Dimmick, The Rivard Report
01:07:18

The City Hall beat. Iris Dimmick, Senior Reporter at The Rivard Report, talks covering local government in the City of San Antonio, Texas. She talked about the non-profit journalism that The Rivard Report conducts, her path to becoming a reporter and the future of local journalism. Then Iris discussed three propositions that were voted on by residents in November, each had a different impact on the City of San Antonio, including one that targeted the City Manager. 

Nov 30, 2018
#217 Technology and Permitting in Shrewsbury, MA with John Covey
25:12

Applying technology to make things better. John Covey, Chief Information Office of Shrewsbury, Massachusetts, joined the podcast to talk about software, local government IT and improving processes. John shared his career path to working at the Town of Shrewsbury, his definition of a technologist and what he sees as trends in the field. He also shared their experience working with ViewPoint Cloud to improve the permitting process. 

Nov 28, 2018
#216 Digital Services & Process Improvement with Mike Sarasti, Miami, Florida
01:00:16

Putting people first. Mike Sarasti, the Chief Innovation Officer and Director of Innovation & Technology for the City of Miami, Florida, joined the podcast to talk about his role driving innovation and scaling solutions throughout the organization. He discussed his path to becoming a CIO, how they put users first through process design and working with Code for Miami. He also talked about how adding IT to his portfolio has impacted the innovation work in Miami, from training his employees on these tools to using tech as an entry point for process improvement. 

Nov 22, 2018
#215 What Government Innovation Really Looks Like with Hana Schank
56:41

Getting the work done. Hana Schank, Public Interest Technology Fellow for New America, joined the podcast to talk about her recently published report on innovation in government. She interviewed problem solvers working across Federal, State and local governments to learn how they are trying to make government services better for residents. From what this field of innovation should be called, what teams across the country look like and common projects that teams are working on, Hana gave more info on what she found in her report. She also talked about the necessity of buy-in from top leadership and the importance of process over technology. 

Read the report: Getting the Work Done - What Government Innovation Really Looks Like

Nov 16, 2018
#214 The Best of Nextdoor with Jenn Takahashi
35:36

Quality neighborhood drama. Jenn Takahashi, the chief lurker and founder of the parody account Best of Nextdoor, joined the podcast to talk about sharing the entertaining drama that happens on Nextdoor. Jenn shares what caused her to start the account, what the Nextdoor CEO thinks of it and what it's been like to have the account get so popular.  

Nov 13, 2018
#213 City on the Line: Outcome Budgeting with Andrew Kleine
57:55

Budgeting for Outcomes. In his new book Andrew Kleine, the former Budget Director for the City of Baltimore, MD, challenges how local governments budget. He writes about how he changed budgeting in Baltimore to focus on outcomes rather than line items. He joined the podcast to talk about how he learned about outcome budgeting, the process of writing a book, and his career path in government. 

Nov 09, 2018
#212 Data and Continuous Improvement in Louisville, KY with Daro Mott
42:50

LouieStat and changing culture. Daro Mott, the Chief of Performance Improvement for the City of Louisville, Kentucky, joined the podcast to talk about their use of data and focus on process improvement. Daro described Louisville's particular focus on professional development and training employees to change culture. He also shared his path into local government and their work to earn the What Works Cities Certification.

Nov 06, 2018
#211 Local Government Law: Unions and the Janus Decision
44:34

Navigating the Supreme Court decision. Earlier this year the case of Janus v. AFSCME changed part of the relationship between local governments and unions. No longer can cities and counties collect union dues for non-union employees that benefit from union negotiations. Matthew DiCianni from the Chicago based law firm, Ancel Glink, joined the podcast to talk about the role of unions and the impact of the Janus decision.

Nov 02, 2018
#210 Crisis Ready, Building an Invincible Brand with Melissa Agnes
40:14

Talking crisis management and communication. Melissa Agnes, the author of Crisis Ready: Building an Invincible Brand in an Uncertain World, joined the podcast to talk handling crises. Melissa shared her perspective on plans versus programs and the importance of communication. 

Oct 30, 2018
#209 Government Communications for Super Bowl Sunday in Minneapolis, MN
01:06:16

A lot of preparation and work goes into hosting a Super Bowl. Two communications professionals from the City of Minneapolis, Minnesota shared their story of hosting Super Bowl 52 in their city. Greta Bergstrom is the Communications Director and Jordan Gilgenbach is the Digital Media Relations Coordinator for the City of Minneapolis. They talked about the working with dozens of partners to keep residents and guests informed, how they prepared for cold weather and all the rowdy fans, plus they also described the training and support they got from the Federal government in preparation for the game. 

Oct 26, 2018
#208 Economic Development in Providence, RI with Laurie White, Chamber of Commerce President
59:38

The President of the Greater Providence, Rhode Island Chamber of Commerce, Laurie White, joined the podcast to share how Providence works to attract businesses and entrepreneurs. She talks about how important it is to know your workforce, what businesses are looking for and how she works together with the State Secretary of Commerce.  

Oct 23, 2018
#207 Evaluation & Good Government in Washington, DC with Jenny Reed
39:56

Good government for the people. Jenny Reed the Director of the Office of Budget & Performance Management for the City of Washington, DC joined the podcast to talk about how they use evaluation and performance management. She shared the work of the Lab @ DC, how they want to make a more data driven budget process and their use of low cost evaluations. Jenny also shared the process of earning the What Works Cities Certification and how that process helped her office and the City improve.

Oct 19, 2018
#206 University of Nebraska Game Day in Lincoln with Tom Casady, Public Safety Director
32:20

College Football and Local Government. We continue our series on the relationship between local governments and universities. Tom Casady, Director of Public Safety, joined the podcast to talk about the game day atmosphere in Lincoln, the preparation it takes to get ready for the influx of fans and his favorite memories. On Saturdays enough people come to Lincoln to make it the third largest city in the state. Prior to being named Public Safety Director, Tom was the Lincoln Police Chief from 1994-2011. 

Oct 12, 2018
#205 Changing the Local Government Workplace
01:16:06

A panel of local government staff, an elected official and a tech company staffer discussed the changing workplace. They shared their opinions on what they want to see from their employers, how government can better engage with residents and how local government needs to deal with diversity and inclusion. The group also took questions from the audience that hit on the urban-rural divide, the role of elected officials and white male privilege. The panel included: Lacey Beaty, City Council President at Beaverton, OR; Kylie Bayer, Human Resources Manager at McMinnville, OR; Jose Esparza, Community Engagement Specialist at Tualatin Hills Park & Recreation District; Pat Rollens, Public Information Specialist at Corvallis, OR; and Casey Earp, Engagement Manager at Bang the Table. 

This episode was recorded live from 2018 League of Oregon Cities conference in Eugene, OR. 

Oct 09, 2018
#204 The Poisoned City: Flint's Water & the American Urban Tragedy with Anna Clark
01:11:00

The author of a new book on the Flint water crisis joined the podcast to talk about what happened. Anna Clark, the author of "The Poisoned City: Flint's Water and the American Urban Tragedy," shared her perspective on the role of government in the crisis, the decline of local journalism and the importance of infrastructure. Anna also talked about instant replay, what a book tour is like and whether she still has trust in government. 

Oct 05, 2018
#203 Building Trust through Strategic Planning with Kevin Knutson, Envisio
32:07

Trust and accountability in local government. Kevin Knutson, the Vice President of Customer Success at Envisio, joined the podcast to talk about strategic planning, accountability and his view on the biggest challenges facing local governments. He also shared how Envisio, a software company, is helping organizations stick to and achieve their strategic plans. 

Oct 02, 2018
#202 The Georgia-Florida Game Day in Jacksonville, FL
50:38

Game day for one of college football's storied rivalries. Every year, the City of Jacksonville, Florida plays host to the Georgia-Florida Game (or Florida-Georgia, depending on the year) and welcomes two fanbases from rival schools for events, tailgating and more. Brent Fine, the Special Events Manager for the City of Jacksonville, and Rick Catlett, the President/CEO of Gator Bowl Sports, joined the podcast to talk about the planning it takes to pull off the annual event. They shared how they manage relationships with both universities, the unique history and tradition associated with the game, and the coordination on everything from parking enforcement to trash pickup. 

Sep 28, 2018
#201 Karen Pinkos, ICMA President & City Manager, El Cerrito, CA
50:40

Live from the 2018 ICMA Conference in Baltimore, MD. The new ICMA President, Karen Pinkos, joined the podcast to talk about her career path, leadership and her tips for young professionals. She answered questions from the audience and talked about her new role as ICMA's 4th female President. Karen was recently selected to serve as the next City Manager of El Cerrito, CA, where she has been the Assistant City Manager since 2001. 

Sep 25, 2018
#200 Data Driven Decision Making in Kansas City, MO
42:50

Transparency before it was cool. Three people from the City of Kansas City, Missouri joined the podcast to talk about how KCMO uses data to inform their decision making and how they hold themselves accountable to achieving their strategic plan. Kate Bender, Deputy Performance Officer, Bo McCall, Performance Analyst, and Chris Hernandez, Communications Director, shared the story of KC Stat, a monthly data and performance meeting. They also explained how the What Works Cities Certification helped them and what they learned from going through that process.

Sep 21, 2018
#199 Parkour & Parks with Colin MacDonald, Parkour Visions
37:08

Parkour! Running, jumping and climbing through the urban landscape is catching on as a new form of play. Colin MacDonald the Design Director for Parkour Visions came on the podcast to talk about adding parkour elements to parks and teaching parkour. He explained how parkour can activate otherwise bland landscape and teaches people how to fall.

Sep 18, 2018
#198 Getting to Washington Game Day with Glenn Bartolome, King County Transit
46:09

College Football and Local Government. GovLove is looking at how local governments across the country deal with game day. Glenn Bartolome, a System Impacts & Events Coordinator for King County Metro Transit, joined the podcast to discuss how they get thousands of fans to the University of Washington football stadium. The stadium is located in a dense urban neighborhood and both the University and the county encourage fans to take transit to the game, Glenn explains how they work together to provide that service, how it impacts operations and who pays to shuttle fans from across the city. 

Sep 14, 2018
#197 Public Participation & Engagement with Kit Cole, IAP2 Board Member
49:52

Getting outcomes from engagement. Kit Cole is a public engagement consultant and a board member of the International Association for Public Participation (IAP2). She discusses the value and types of engagement, plus the importance of engagement in local government. Kit also compares the approaches to engagement in big, urban cities like Los Angeles versus small, rural communities like Brownsville, Oregon. Prior to becoming a consultant Kit worked for public utilities, Waste Management Inc. and the California state government. 

Sep 11, 2018
#196 The Shrink Smart Project: Managing Population Loss in Rural Communities
59:03

Preserving quality of life in shrinking Iowa cities. A grant from the National Science Foundation is exploring how communities can protect quality of life and community infrastructure while they lose population. The Shrink Smart Project aims to develop data-driven tools to assist towns in actively planning for shrinkage. Three people from Iowa State University joined the podcast: Kimberly Zarecor is an Associate Professor of Architecture, Sara Hamideh is an Assistant Professor of Community & Regional Planning, and Eric Davis is an Assistant Professor of Computer Science. They discussed how they are using both data and qualitative research to figure out why some rural communities are maintaining their quality of life while they shrink and others don't. 

 

Sep 07, 2018
#195 University of Alabama Game Day with Tuscaloosa Mayor Walt Maddox
30:30

College Football and Local Government. Fall is here and that means football season, and at GovLove we are taking a look at how local governments across the country deal with game day. Mayor Walt Maddox from the City of Tuscaloosa, Alabama talked about how they handle the influx of fans filling the University of Alabama stadium, which seats over 100,000 people. From trash pickup and security to planning and transportation Mayor Maddox gives a behind the scenes look at one of the most raucous game day atmospheres in the county and how local government makes it possible. 

Aug 31, 2018
#194 Changing Recruitment in Local Government with Ron Holifield
48:39

Playing matchmaker and reducing implicit bias. The CEO of Strategic Government Resources (SGR), Ron Holifield, joined GovLove to talk about how they are pushing local governments to change how they recruit. He shared his career path from time as a City Manager to leading a recruiting firm. Ron talked about his company's philosophy, the hierarchy of leadership and the SGRecruiter tool, which will match passive job seekers with organizations and help reduce implicit bias. 

Aug 28, 2018
#193 Innovation and Performance in Seattle, WA with Tina Walha
50:51

Using data and design to creatively solve problems. Tina Walha the Director of the Innovation & Performance team at the City of Seattle, Washington joined the podcast to talk about her team's work. She shared her path into local government, which started with a stint in Mayor Bloomberg's administration in New York City. Tina discussed the work of Seattle's i-Team, how they are building on the use of data and what Seattle did to earn a What Works Cities Certification. 

Aug 24, 2018
#192 Oregon's Most Wired Community - Independence
57:02

A smart rural community. David Clyne the City Manager and Shawn Irvine the Economic Development Director join GovLove to talk about their work for the City of Independence, Oregon. This small city of about 9,000 people has used technology like municipal broadband to infuse a culture of technology into the work of the City and the culture of the community. They have worked on projects using a virtual situation room, agricultural technology and more.

Aug 21, 2018
#191 Stories from the National Day of Civic Hacking
28:49

Code for America recently hosted a National Day of Civic Hacking as a call to action bringing together civic leaders, local governments, and community organizations. Groups across the country got together to work on some of our toughest challenges. ELGL Executive Director, Kirsten Wyatt, was down in San Francisco, California at the Code for America headquarters and talked to three participants in the National Day of Civic Hacking. Alex Gaesser discussed working on bike transportation, Connor English talked about a project dealing with foster care and Matt Castillon lead a group working with building inspections data to deal with affordable housing.

Aug 17, 2018
#190 Creating a Culture of Health with the Robert Wood Johnson Foundation
52:24

The Robert Wood Johnson Foundation's Culture of Health Prize recognizes communities that have placed a priority on health and are creating powerful partnerships and deep commitments to provide everyone, especially those facing the greatest challenges, with a fair and just opportunity for health and well-being. Katie Wehr from the Robert Wood Johnson Foundation and Julie Willems Van Dijk from the University of Wisconsin's Institute of Public Health joined GovLove to talk about what a culture of health is, stories from communities that are doing it well and different approaches to public health. 

Aug 10, 2018
#189 Filling Top Level Vacancies with Michael Brown, City Manager, Hillsboro, OR
47:22

The City Manager of Hillsboro, Oregon, Michael Brown, joined GovLove to talk about his approach to recruiting for department directors and other top level vacancies. Michael shared how when his Assistant City Manager announced their retirement he spent time rethinking the position and allowing the departments and staff that will report to the new person to have input on what to look for. He also shared his career path into local government and his passion for the band Tool.

Aug 07, 2018
#188 The First Lady of Water Cathy Bailey, Greater Cincinnati Water Works
58:19

The Director of the Greater Cincinnati Water Works Department, Cathy B. Bailey, joined GovLove to talk about her career path. Cathy started as a chemist in 1992 for the Cincinnati, OH water department and was named the director in 2015. She talked about how her department is removing lead lines by working with partners across the community, what her job is like day to day, and her perspective on diversity in local government. 

Aug 03, 2018
#187 The Most Innovative City in the Nation, Fayetteville, NC with Rebecca Jackson
34:02

In Governing and Living Cities' 2018 Equipt to Innovate survey the City of Fayetteville, North Carolina was chosen as the top overall performer. Rebecca Jackson, the Strategic Performance Analytics Director, joined the podcast to talk about her work and what it means to be chosen as the most innovative city in the nation. Rebecca shared Fayetteville's approach to strategic planning, how they include resident input and their process improvement work. 

This interview was recorded from the North Carolina Local Government Budget Association (NCLGBA) 2018 Summer Conference in Atlantic Beach, NC.

Jul 27, 2018
#186 Get into Dodge City, Kansas with Melissa McCoy
40:57

Why not Dodge? Melissa McCoy, Assistant City Manager/Public Affairs, joins GovLove to talk about the tourism industry and the old west. The City of Dodge City, Kansas turned around the old phrase "get the heck out of Dodge" into an effort to bring people to the queen of the cowtowns. In 1997 residents of Dodge City voted to approve a dedicated portion of the sales tax to fund projects to encourage tourism. 

Jul 20, 2018
#185 Running Jackson, MS with Dr. Robert Blaine, Chief Administrative Officer
56:30