Sunshine Week 2021 guest blog
Posted by Heather Barefoot | 19 March 2021
Virtual Meetings and Sunshine Laws

Every state has open government laws regarding requirements and policies for public records and public meetings. A year ago, during Sunshine Week 2020, most states enacted emergency orders to rescind those laws due to the COVID-19 pandemic. For state and local governments in particular, agencies and personnel were faced with an unprecedented challenge to manage...

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Posted by Heather Barefoot | 08 March 2021
8 Women who Paved the Way for Civil Rights and a More Inclusive Government

As we strive everyday to work toward a more equitable future, we can't help but reflect on the many women who we have to thank for paving the way to an inclusive world. March is a month-long celebration of the contributions of countless women who have made our world a better place.  As part of...

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Posted by Hunter Gardner | 26 February 2021
Making The Invisible Visible: A Look at Diversity in Local Government and Equity in Community Engagement in 2020

The Diversity Dashboard is a year-round project conducted by ELGL, made possible by their staff and First started in 2018, the Diversity Dashboard is the first ever national data collection on the gender, race, age, and veteran status of local government employees. In 2020, overall participation in the Diversity Dashboard doubled from 2019, with...

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Posted by Hunter Gardner | 09 February 2021
NCHRP Project “Metropolitan Planning Organizations: Strategies for Future Success” To Enter Next Phase of MPO Outreach

Information Forums will be open to all MPOs and partners to participate in nationwide research project. The first forum, on micromobility, has been announced: RSVP here. February 9, 2021 Washington, D.C.: The National Cooperative Highway Research Program (NCHRP) is launching the next phase of NCHRP 08-122, “Metropolitan Planning Organizations: Strategies for Future Success”, carried out...

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Posted by Hunter Gardner | 04 February 2021
GovLove Podcast: Community Engagement During COVID-19

Ashley Traynum-Carson from The City of Asheville recently joined CEO Jay Dawkins on GovLove, the podcast produced by Engaging Local Government Leaders (ELGL). Recorded on Inauguration Day 2021, Ashley, Jay, and host Kirsten Wyatt look back on a historically challenging year for government marked by social distancing and social unrest. Ashley and Jay agree...

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Posted by Jay Dawkins | 07 January 2021
When things go sideways, rebuilding trust starts local

Yesterday, an unprecedented attack on our nation’s capitol left many of us shocked, saddened, and discouraged. How could this be real? A violent mob forcefully took control of the legislative chambers of the world’s most powerful democracy. Former president George W. Bush summed up the shock succinctly by saying, “This is how election results are...

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