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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Posted by Jay Dawkins | 20 November 2020
Leverage EJSCREEN data in – meet the Environmental Data Module

You work hard to make sure your public engagement efforts are equitable. Before your project's public participation outreach begins, you try to anticipate the needs of your community. Where should your limited resources go, and what would be most beneficial to your residents? During your project, you take the steps to make your outreach equitable....

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Posted by Hunter Gardner | 28 July 2020
Navigating the “new NEPA” — What MPOs & DOTs Need To Know

The National Environmental Protection Act (NEPA) — a pillar of environmental law that has undergone little reform since its creation 50 years ago — saw major rollbacks this summer after proposed changes were finalized by The Council of Environmental Quality (CEQ). REGISTER HERE After reading the 194 page document, here’s what you need to know...

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Posted by Hunter Gardner | 22 June 2020
5 signs that virtual public meetings are here to stay

Mixed-mode surveying — using a variety of traditional and virtual tactics — is a proven public engagement best practice. Now, in light of COVID-19, government organizations have been put in the challenging position of “going completely virtual”. The biggest challenge? Taking in-person meetings online. Virtual public meetings created new virtual hurdles, with off-the-shelf solutions and...

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Posted by Jay Dawkins | 21 June 2020
Introducing Meeting Coach and simplified virtual meeting management

Virtual public meetings are not easy. There, we said it.  Despite any claim to the contrary from conferencing software companies, it's important to recognize that hosting virtual public meetings come with a learning curve for a number of reasons: You're trying to organize real-time interactions between dozens (if not hundreds) of people Attendees are joining...

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Posted by Jay Dawkins | 13 April 2020
States issue legal guidance for Virtual Public Meetings

A non-exhaustive sample of state guidance on virtual public meetings Below we've assembled policy guidance issued by a number of states on holding open public meetings during the COVID-19 crisis. While it is by no means intended to be an exhaustive list, it does provide illustrative examples of what constitutes legally-compliant virtual public meetings. In...

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Posted by Bronlea Mishler | 06 April 2020
From the Success Team: Best practices for hosting a virtual public meeting

Nationwide, agencies are transitioning to virtual meetings and many are left with guesswork when it comes to implementing best practices. Online public meetings require the same attention to detail as in-person meetings, and it’s important to understand and manage the expectations for participating residents. Regardless of your meeting topic, there are some universal best practices that...

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