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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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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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Highlights the best of local gov peeps

By TheHaga5 - Dec 21 2019
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I’m not sure what I love more, the in-depth discussions that provide real insights and useful, tangible actions or the breadth of topics that demonstrate the diversity of how local gov impacts lives. Or just that the format is so fun and accessible. Regardless, it is a valuable resource.

Top notch

By Boomya568 - Dec 05 2018
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Love this show. This is my favorite multi city government podcast. Check it out!

iTunes Ratings

169 Ratings
Average Ratings
160
3
3
1
2

Highlights the best of local gov peeps

By TheHaga5 - Dec 21 2019
Read more
I’m not sure what I love more, the in-depth discussions that provide real insights and useful, tangible actions or the breadth of topics that demonstrate the diversity of how local gov impacts lives. Or just that the format is so fun and accessible. Regardless, it is a valuable resource.

Top notch

By Boomya568 - Dec 05 2018
Read more
Love this show. This is my favorite multi city government podcast. Check it out!
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GovLove - A Podcast About Local Government

Latest release on Jan 24, 2020

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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).

Rank #1: #264 Right-of-Way Management: Cell Towers, Scooters & Free Speech

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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

1hr 33mins

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Rank #2: #278 High Performance Government with Nick Kittle, Cartegraph

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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

1hr 3mins

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Rank #3: #80 The Importance of Organizational Culture with Ron Holifield

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Ron Holifield from Strategic Government Resources comes on the podcast to discuss culture and how it can impact hiring and brand perception. The interview covers everything from servant leadership to how prepared local governments are for the "silver tsunami."

Oct 14 2016

55mins

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Rank #4: #15 Tom Lundy, County Manager, Catawba County, NC

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From intern to County Manager. Tom Lundy has become a legend in Catawba County, NC. He's been the Manager at Catawba for 36 years as well as served as the President of ICMA, the National Association of County Administrators, and the North Carolina City-County Management Association. In this GovLove Episode, Lundy talks about his perspective on local government, how things have changed during his career, and some of his advice.

Aug 28 2015

42mins

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Rank #5: #252 The Future of Government Websites with Ken Clark, Indianapolis, IN

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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

59mins

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Rank #6: #231 City on the Line: Outcome Budgeting with Andrew Kleine

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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

57mins

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Rank #7: #173 The New Localism with Bruce Katz & Jeremy Nowak

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The authors of a new book, The New Localism: How Cities Can Thrive in the Age of Populism, Bruce Katz and Jeremy Nowak joined the podcast to talk urbanism and cities. Bruce and Jeremy share how localism isn't just local government solving problems, but bringing different stakeholders together to tackle big issues that cities face.

Topics: Lightning round (1:40), Mt. Rushmore of Mayors (8:15), Writing "The New Localism" after the 2016 election & Brexit (19:20), Writing as co-authors & the aim of the book (23:30), The story of Pittsburgh & localism (36:20), Dealing with homelessness through localism (39:40), Diversity in the workforce (44:55), and The issues that need to be addressed in 2018 (51:50).

Jan 19 2018

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Rank #8: #111 There's No Perfect Path to Leadership

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The career ladder is becoming more of a career jungle gym, there's no one path to leadership in local government. To talk about a couple of non-traditional career paths Kirsten chatted with Amber Mathiesen, City Manager of Mt. Angel, OR, and AJ Fawver, Planning Director of Amarillo, TX. They shared how their backgrounds in records and planning prepared them for leadership positions.

Mar 10 2017

47mins

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Rank #9: #244 The Business Case for Employee Engagement with Bob Lavigna

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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

55mins

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Rank #10: #65 Standing Up to Gender Discrimination with Kirsten Wyatt

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Kent, Kirsten and Ben were together in Wrightsville Beach, NC and used the opportunity to talk together about Kirsten's gender discrimination tort claim notice and eventual departure from West Linn, Oregon. They talk about discrimination, the step-by-step process to stand up for yourself, and Kirsten's transition from local government practitioner to ELGL Executive Director.

Jul 29 2016

1hr 6mins

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Rank #11: #42 In Defense of Special Districts

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By now you have probably heard John Oliver's "Last Week Tonight" segment on special districts where he proclaimed them, among other things, ghost governments. On this week's episode we have two administrators that work for special districts to explain the benefits of this unique form of government. Cassandra Ulven from Tualatin Valley Fire & Rescue in the Portland, OR metro region and Bobbi Nance from the Park District of Oak Park, IL lend their perspective and expertise.

Mar 18 2016

49mins

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Rank #12: #274 Strategy & Performance in Olathe, KS and Durham, NC

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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

28mins

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Rank #13: #150 The Effect of Driverless Cars & Amazon on Local Government

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How cities will be adjusting to automated vehicles and e-commerce. Dr. Ben Clark & Dr. Nico Larco from the University of Oregon join the podcast to discuss the impact of driverless cars and online shopping. Local governments will be adjusting through their tax and revenue policies, land use and more. These changes are already here, many brick and mortar retail stores are closing and Uber and Lyft are impacting how the public uses streets and parking.

Sep 15 2017

1hr 4mins

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Rank #14: #255 Engagement in Local Government with Jay Dawkins, PublicInput

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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

40mins

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Rank #15: #181 Local Government Workforce of the Future

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Balancing work and life, recruiting the best and brightest, and preparing future leaders. Three guests joined GovLove to talk about the workforce of the future and their perspectives. The panel included: Joey Garcia an Administrative Analyst in Torrance, CA; Peter Castro the Assistant to the City Manager in Indian Wells, CA; and Kristen Nelson a Sr. Executive Assistant in Indian Wells, CA and Director of Programming at MMASC.

This episode was recorded in front of a live audience at the ELGL Roadshow in La Quinta, California on January 25, 2018.

Mar 23 2018

1hr 2mins

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Rank #16: #245 Data-Driven Innovation in Los Angeles, CA with Miguel Sangalang & Amanda Daflos

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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

36mins

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Rank #17: #98 You Can Run for Local Elected Office

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Beaverton, OR City Councilor Lacey Beaty and Roanoke, VA City Councilor Michelle Dykstra join GovLove for a wide ranging interview on what it takes to run for local office. We talk to each of them individually about their paths to public service and get them together to compare notes and give advice to anyone interested in how to run for city council.

Jan 13 2017

1hr 20mins

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Rank #18: #154 Battling Homelessness with Andrew Hening, San Rafael, CA

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Local solutions to homelessness and practicing radical empathy. Andrew Hening the Director of Homeless Planning & Outreach for the City of San Rafael, California joins GovLove to discuss his work reducing the homeless population in Silicon Valley. He also discussed his career path into local government, from law school to Americorps Vista. Andrew Hening took the #1 spot in this year's ELGL Traeger List of local government influencers. This episode was hosted by Javon Davis and Alyssa Dinberg, two Cookingham-Noll Management Fellows in Kansas City, MO.

Oct 13 2017

57mins

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Rank #19: #107 Managing Adorable Communities

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What's it like managing a community with a theme? Marvin Collins, the City Manager of historic colonial Williamsburg, VA, and Joel Walinski, the City Manager of the Bavarian themed Leavenworth, WA, join GovLove to talk about the unique challenges of managing a city with a theme. From code that requires use from the 1700s to reworking the McDonald's logo to make it Bavarian, they cover it all.

Feb 17 2017

1hr 3mins

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Rank #20: #211 Innovation and Performance in Seattle, WA with Tina Walha

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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

50mins

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#323 Mobility and Infrastructure in Pittsburgh, PA with Karina Ricks

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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

55mins

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#322 Enhancing Public Services with the Google.org Fellowship

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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

47mins

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#321 Trends in Human Resources with Kylie Bayer, McMinnville, OR

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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

46mins

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#320 Technology & Public Safety with Matt Polega, Mark43

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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

47mins

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#319 The GovieLovies - Best Episodes of 2019

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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

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#318 Thinking Like a Designer with Patrick McDonnell

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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

49mins

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#317 Childcare for Public Meetings with Politisit

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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

25mins

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#316 Communicator Turned Candidate in Appleton, WI with Chad Doran

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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

56mins

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#315 University Partnerships in Grand Forks, ND with Todd Feland

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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

25mins

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#314 Health & Human Services in Houston, TX with Stephen Williams

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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

51mins

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#313 Short Term Rental Policy with Philip Minardi, Expedia Group

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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

56mins

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#312 Green Initiatives and Employee Engagement in King County, WA with Dow Constantine

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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

41mins

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#311 Managing Lewes, DE with Ann Marie Townshend

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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

39mins

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#310 Life Coaching with Meredith Hauck, Merriam, KS

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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

33mins

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#309 Chief Innovators Studio at CityLab DC

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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

1hr 52mins

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#308 Hiring a City Manager with Mayor Rick Rogers, Newberg, OR

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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

28mins

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#307 Starting as a City Manager & Unique Local Governments with Martha Bennett

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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

51mins

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#306 A Taste of Tennessee: Hot Chicken & Local Government

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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

1hr 20mins

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#305 Shared Services & Consolidation with Ed Henschel

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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

57mins

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#304 Healthy Democracy with Linn Davis

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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

47mins

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169 Ratings
Average Ratings
160
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3
1
2

Highlights the best of local gov peeps

By TheHaga5 - Dec 21 2019
Read more
I’m not sure what I love more, the in-depth discussions that provide real insights and useful, tangible actions or the breadth of topics that demonstrate the diversity of how local gov impacts lives. Or just that the format is so fun and accessible. Regardless, it is a valuable resource.

Top notch

By Boomya568 - Dec 05 2018
Read more
Love this show. This is my favorite multi city government podcast. Check it out!