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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 yo… read more

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#571 Sustainable Development Standards in Lakewood, CO

May 26th, 2023


Points for the planet. Two guests joined the podcast to talk about how the City of Lakewood, Colorado has used sustainable development standards to …

#570 The Fight to Save the Town with Michelle Wilde Anderson

May 19th, 2023


Reimagining Discarded America. Michelle Wilde Anderson, author and Larry Kramer Professor of Law at Stanford School of Law, joined the podcast to …

#569 Alternative 911 Responses with Gabriela Solis, Harvard Kennedy School Government Performance Lab

May 10th, 2023


A New 911. Gabriela Solis, a Project Leader for the Harvard Kennedy School Government Performance Lab, joined the podcast to talk about alternative …

#568 Strategy and People with Jackie Wehmeyer, Parkland, FL

May 5th, 2023


Balancing new ideas with institutional knowledge. Jackie Wehmeyer, Senior Director of Strategy and Intergovernmental Affairs for the City of Parkland, Florida, joined the podcast to talk about local government strategy …

#567 Small Town Management and Tourism with Greg LeBlanc, Snowmass Village, CO

April 28th, 2023


The s'more-iest season on record. Greg LeBlanc, Assistant Town Manager for the Town of Snowmass, Colorado, joined the podcast to talk about small …

#566 Human Centered Design in Chicago Public Schools

April 21st, 2023


Putting people first. Four guests joined the podcast to talk about human centered design in Chicago Public Schools. They discussed the CPS community …

#565 Humans of Public Service with Brian Whittaker

April 14th, 2023


Stories of Public Servants. Brian Whittaker, Founder of Humans of Public Service and the Chief Innovation Officer for the Federal Deposit Insurance Corporation, joined the podcast to talk about Humans of Public Service, …

#564 GovLove in Love with Onyinye Akujuo, Houston-Galveston Area Council

April 7th, 2023


Texas Two Step. Onyinye Akujo, Chief Operating Officer for the Houston-Galveston Area Council, joined the podcast to talk about her work with the Houston-Galveston Council and being in a local government relationship …

#563 Improving Technology with Santi Garces, Boston, MA

March 31st, 2023


Embrace the uncertainty. Santi Garces, Chief Information Officer for the City of Boston, Massachusetts, joined the podcast to talk about improving …

#562 Implementing Green Plans with Oliver Kroner, Cincinnati, OH

March 24th, 2023


Building a sustainable and equitable city. Oliver Kroner, Director of Environment and Sustainability for the City of Cincinnati, Ohio, joined the podcast to talk about implementing the Green Cincinnati Plan. He shared …

#561 Vision Zero and Tactical Urbanism with Barkha Patel, Jersey City, NJ

March 17th, 2023


Infrastructure feedback in real-time. Barkha Patel, Director of Infrastructure for the City of Jersey City, New Jersey, joined the podcast to talk about infrastructure and vision zero. She shared how the City implements …

#560 Hiring a 21st Century Workforce with Alex Lawrence, Boston, MA

March 10th, 2023


Human-centered local government. Alex Lawrence, Chief People Officer for the City of Boston, Massachusetts, joined the podcast to talk about hiring a 21st-century workforce. She discussed new recruitment strategies, …

#559 Mindful Public Management with Ian Coyle, Livingston County, NY

March 3rd, 2023


Grateful government. Ian Coyle, County Administrator for Livingston County, New York, joined the podcast to talk about mindfulness in local …

#558 Digital Innovation with Sara Hall, Philadelphia, PA

February 24th, 2023


Phila Dot Gov. Sara Hall, Director of Digital Services with the City of Philadelphia, Pennsylvania, joined the podcast to talk about digital innovation. She discussed the work of the Digital Services team she leads, …

#557 Climate Action, Sustainability, and Resiliency with Grace Rink, Denver, CO

February 17th, 2023


Urgently responding to the climate crisis. Grace Rink, Chief Climate Officer and Executive Director of the Office of Climate Action, Sustainability, …

#556 Strategy and Confronting Complex Challenges with Jacques Colon, Tacoma, WA

February 10th, 2023


A better Tacoma for tomorrow. Jacques Colon, Chief Strategy Officer with the City of Tacoma, Washington, joined the podcast to talk about strategy …

#555 Equity and Engagement in Decatur, GA with Renae Jackson

February 3rd, 2023


Transformative action in equity. Renae Jackson, Equity and Engagement Director with the City of Decatur, Georgia, joined the podcast to talk about her work in equity and engagement. She shared lessons learned in her …

#554 Community Carbon Neutrality in Ann Arbor, MI with Dr. Missy Stults

January 27th, 2023


Addressing climate change, now. Dr. Misty Stults, Sustainability and Innovations Director with the City of Ann Arbor, Michigan, joined the podcast to …

#553 Integrating Data with Justin Elszasz, Baltimore, MD

January 20th, 2023


Incorporating data into local government. Justin Elszasz, Chief Data Officer with the City of Baltimore, Maryland, joined the podcast to talk about …

#552 High Performance Organizations with Hannes Zacharias, University of Kansas

January 13th, 2023


Culture eats strategy. Hannes Zacharias, Professor of Practice at the University of Kansas School of Public Affairs and Administration, joined the …

#551 Hack Your Bureaucracy with Marina Nitze

January 6th, 2023


Ask simple questions. Marina Nitze, co-author of Hack Your Bureaucracy and Fellow at New America, joined the podcast to talk about the book and getting things done in government. She shared strategies people at any …

#550 The 2022 GovieLovies

December 30th, 2022


Another year, another snake draft. The GovLove co-hosts teamed up to hand out awards and recap the seventh full year of a podcast about local …

#549 Facilitating Public Deliberation with Nicole Hunter and Keith Greaves

December 23rd, 2022


Behind the scenes of public deliberation. Two guests joined the podcast to talk about their book, Facilitating Deliberation - A Practical Guide. …

#548 Using Data to Prevent Homelessness with John Littlemore and Helen Sunderland

December 16th, 2022


Practical data to reduce homelessness. Two guests joined the podcast to talk about how they are using data to prevent homelessness. John Littlemore, Head of Housing & Community Service at the Maidstone Borough …

#547 Resilience and Sustainability in Charleston, SC with Dale Morris and Katie McKain

December 9th, 2022


Planning for a safer and greener Charleston. Two guests joined the podcast to talk about how the City of Charleston, South Carolina has worked to …

#546 Local Government Engagement with Warren Kagarise, King County, WA

December 2nd, 2022


Better engaging residents. Warren Kagarise, Digital Engagement Manager for the King County, Washington, returned to the podcast to talk about engagement strategies in local government. He shared the pros and cons of …

#545 Managing Phoenix with Jeff Barton, Phoenix, AZ

November 18th, 2022


Leading the largest council-manager government. Jeff Barton, City Manager for the City of Phoenix, Arizona, joined the podcast to talk about his first year on the job as a City Manager. He discussed his career path with …

#544 Advancing Data in Local Government with Ruth Puttick, Lauren Su, & Lisa Mae Fiedler

November 11th, 2022


Improving data-driven efforts. Three guests joined the podcast to discuss their research and insight into the advancement of data in local government. They shared their new definition of data-driven local government and …

#543 From Librarian to City Manager with Abigail Elder, Hood River, OR

November 4th, 2022


Books to Boardroom. Abigail Elder, City Manager for the City of Hood River, Oregon, joined the podcast to talk about her first year on the job as a City Manager. She detailed her career path in local government, which …

#542 Reducing Crime in Danville, VA with Chief Scott Booth and Robert David

October 28th, 2022


Bigger than black and blue. Two guests joined the podcast to talk about how the City of Danville, Virginia has worked to reduce violent crime. Scott …

#541 Recruitment for Local Government Careers with Hannah Lipman and Moses Amidei

October 21st, 2022


Two guests joined the podcast to talk about recruiting for local government. Hannah Lipman, the Assistant Village Manager for the Village of Tinley Park, IL, and Moses Amidei, Village Administrator for the Village of …

#540 Local Autonomy and COVID-19 Response with Dr. Dana Patton and Joshua Pine

October 7th, 2022


Two guests joined the podcast to talk about a research paper in the State and Local Government Review that examined local government response to the …

#539 Building a Culture of Strategy and Innovation with Rafael Baptista, Buncombe County, NC

September 30th, 2022


Incremental steps to improvement. Rafael Baptista, Director of Strategy and Innovation for Buncombe County, North Carolina, joined the podcast to …

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

September 23rd, 2022


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 …

#537 Diversity and Inclusion in Peoria, IL with Melodi Green

September 16th, 2022


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 …

#536 An 11-year-old talks Parks and Ice Rinks with Zach Navin, Waukesha County, WI

September 13th, 2022


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 …

#535 Using Education to Reduce Trash in DC Waterways with Layne Marshall and Julie Lawson

September 9th, 2022


Two guests joined the podcast to talk about reducing litter and trash in waterways. Layne Marshall, a Biologist at the US Environmental Protection …

#534 Improving Traffic and Pedestrian Safety with Victoria Barrett, Chicago Metropolitan Agency for Planning

September 2nd, 2022


Better biking, walking, and public transit. Victoria Barrett, Transportation Planner for the Chicago Metropolitan Agency for Planning, joined the …

#533 Leadership & Career Development with Eric Marsh, Rolesville, NC

August 26th, 2022


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 …

#532 The Job of a Prothonotary with Noah Marlier, Montgomery County, PA

August 19th, 2022


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 …

#531 Communication & Sharing the Work of Local Government with Jessica VanderKolk, Battle Creek, MI

August 12th, 2022


Being a liaison between local government and the community. Jessica VanderKolk, Communications Manager for the City of Battle Creek, Michigan, joined …

#530 Returning to the Politics vs. Administration Debate with Dr. Kimberly Nelson, University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill

August 5th, 2022


Dr. Kimberly Nelson, Professor of Public Administration and Government at the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill, returns to the podcast to …

#529 Inclusive Prosperity in Economic Development with Jessica L. González Martínez and Sterling Johnson

July 29th, 2022


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 …

#528 ADA Compliance & Improving Accessibility with Linda Mastandrea, Chicago Metropolitan Agency for Planning

July 22nd, 2022


Linda Mastandrea, Director of Regional ADA Planning and Local Safety for the Chicago Metropolitan Agency for Planning, joined the podcast to talk …

#527 Infrastructure & Leadership Training with Denise Bevan, Palm Coast, FL

July 15th, 2022


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 …

#526 Employee Engagement & Culture with Dan Biles, Pasco County, FL

July 8th, 2022


People, purpose, and performance. Dan Biles, County Administrator for Pasco County, Florida, joined the podcast to discuss employee engagement and …

#525 Resilient Building Codes with Jennifer Carpenter, U.S. HUD

July 1st, 2022


Helping communities better withstand natural hazards and severe weather events. Jennifer Carpenter, Assistant Director of Policy for the Disaster …

#524 Management & Leadership with Scott Neal, Edina, MN

June 24th, 2022


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 …

#523 Equity in the Library with Christy Mulligan & Ayanna Muata, Hennepin County, MN

June 17th, 2022


Two guests joined the podcast to talk about diversity, equity, and inclusion work in libraries. Christy Mulligan is the Equity, Diversity, and …

#522 Arbitrary Lines, the Case Against Zoning with M. Nolan Gray, UCLA Lewis Center

June 10th, 2022


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 …

#521 Tulsa Community Partnerships & ARP Funding with Jen Tolentino & Alisa Dougless

June 4th, 2022

Alisa Dougless, Program Manager at the City of Tulsa, Oklahoma, and Jen Tolentino, Director of Local Practice at Results for America, joined the …

#520 Ocean Protection & Climate Action with Dr. Tiffany Wise-West, Santa Cruz, CA

May 27th, 2022

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 …

#519 Building Organizational Culture with Scot Simpson, River Falls, WI

May 24th, 2022


One City, one team. Scot Simpson, City Administrator for the City of River Falls, Wisconsin, joined the podcast to talk about strategies for shaping …

#518 Troubling Signs at the Supreme Court with Amanda Karras, Lisa Soronen, & Brian Connolly

May 20th, 2022

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 …

#517 The Hidden World of Deathcare with Staci Zavattaro, University of Central Florida

May 17th, 2022


What cities should think about related to deathcare. Staci Zavattaro, Professor of Public Administration at the University of Central Florida, joined …

#516 Mayors & Local Political Violence with Heidi Gerbracht & Sue Thomas

May 13th, 2022


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 …

#515 Climate Action & Heat Mitigation in Phoenix, AZ with Nancy Allen & David Hondula

May 11th, 2022

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 …

#514 Elevating Analysis in Fire & Emergency Services with Preet Bassi, Center for Public Safety Excellence

May 6th, 2022


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 …

#513 Sustainability & Building IQ with Tessa Schreiner, Aspen, CO

May 3rd, 2022

Leading by example. Tessa Schreiner, Climate Action Manager for the City of Aspen, Colorado, joined the podcast to talk about sustainability and …

#512 Navigating as a Leader with Daniel Roberts, BrightDrop

April 29th, 2022


Being bold and pushing boundaries. Daniel Roberts, the Head of Communications at BrightDrop, joined the podcast to talk about lessons he's learned as …

#511 Starting a Public Service Career with Jonathan Henry, NFBPA Student Representative

April 26th, 2022


Step up and stand out. Jonathan Henry, the Student Representative on the NFBPA Board of Directors, joined the podcast to talk about starting his …

#510 Becoming a City Manager with Tanisha Briley, Gaithersburg, MD

April 22nd, 2022


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 …

#509 Innovative City Planning with Paul Lewis, Orlando, FL

April 19th, 2022

Planning for the future. Paul Lewis, Chief Planning Manager for the City of Orlando, Florida, joined the podcast to talk about the innovative …

#508 The Impact of the Great Resignation with Ronnie Dampier, Melody Lenox, & Margarita Hudgins

April 15th, 2022

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 …

#507 Data and Longmont CAReS with Becky Doyle & Sandi Seader, Longmont, CO

April 12th, 2022

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 …

#506 Improving Fiscal Strategy with Lawrence Greenspun & Mark Funkhouser

April 8th, 2022


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 …

#505 Urban Forestry & Sustainability in Eugene, OR with Scott Altenhoff & Marisa Repka

April 5th, 2022


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 …

#504 Outreach & Education on Building ADUs in Salinas, CA

April 1st, 2022

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, …

#503 Technology & Digital Self-Service with Tyler Douthit, Lawrence, IN

March 29th, 2022


Improving access for utility payments. Tyler Douthit, City Controller / Utilities CFO for the City of Lawrence, Indiana, joined the podcast to talk …

#502 Women in Fire Service with Anna Koons & Danielle Dulin, Warrensburg, MO

March 25th, 2022


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 …

#501 Building a Culture of Equity with Danya Perry, Wake County, NC

March 22nd, 2022


Reach In, Reach Out, Reach Over. Danya Perry, Director of Diversity, Equity, and Inclusion for Wake County, North Carolina, joined the podcast to …

#500 GovLove Moments, Producer Picks, & ELGL History

March 18th, 2022


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 …

#499 Making Zoning Easier to Understand with Sara Bronin, Cornell University

March 15th, 2022


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 …

#498 Data and Coding It Forward with Eva Pereira, Los Angeles, CA

March 11th, 2022


Empowering the next generation of mission-driven technologists. Eva Pereira, Chief Data Officer for the City of Los Angeles, California, joined the …

#497 COVID-19 Sniffing Dogs with Captain Paul Douglas, Bristol County, MA

March 8th, 2022


Using K9s to fight COVID-19. Paul Douglas, Sheriff's Office Captain for Bristol County, Massachusetts, joined the podcast to discuss using the K9 …

#496 Engagement and Service Delivery in Augusta and Atlanta with Odie Donald

March 4th, 2022


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 …

#495 Green Building Standards and Recruiting Architects to Local Government with Farah Ahmad

March 1st, 2022

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 …

#494 Equity and Inclusion in Ottawa County, MI with Robyn Afrik and John Shay

February 25th, 2022


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, …

#493 Housing First with Cathy Alderman, Colorado Coalition for the Homeless

February 22nd, 2022


Joining together to reduce homelessness. Cathy Alderman, the Chief Communications and Public Policy Officer at the Colorado Coalition for the …

#492 Transforming the 911 System with Rebecca Neusteter, University of Chicago Health Lab

February 18th, 2022


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 …

#491 Rethinking Local Government Revenue with Shayne Kavanagh & Jason Loya

February 15th, 2022


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

#490 Bereavement Leave for Loss of Pregnancy with Bobby Wilson, Pittsburgh, PA

February 11th, 2022


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 …

#489 GovLove in Love with Derek Burnham, Burnham Planning & Development

February 8th, 2022

Being a sounding board. Derek Burnham, Principal at Burnham Planning & Development and who's partner Meredith Reynolds is Deputy City Manager of …

#488 Organizational Rules, Green Tape, and Employee Turnover with Erin Borry & Leisha DeHart-Davis

February 4th, 2022


Can effective organizational rules reduce turnover? Dr. Erin Borry, Associate Professor at the University of Alabama-Birmingham, and Dr. Leisha …

#487 GovLove in Love with Joe Walters, West Linn, OR

February 1st, 2022

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 …

#486 Workforce Development & Procurement Challenges with Ellory Monks, The Atlas

January 28th, 2022


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 …

#485 Texas Target Communities with Texas A&M University and Nolanville, TX

January 25th, 2022


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 …

#484 Arts Data in the Public Sector with Erin Harkey and David Andersson

January 21st, 2022


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 …

#483 Small-Scale Manufacturing as Economic Development with Ilana Preuss

January 18th, 2022


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 …

#482 Living in One Neighborhood with Penn State and State College, PA

January 14th, 2022


An invitation to engage. Two guests joined the podcast to talk about the Living in One Neighborhood (LION) program between Pennsylvania State …

#481 Addressing the Rise of Local Official Harassment with Brooks Rainwater, National League of Cities

January 11th, 2022


From harassment to a more civil discourse. Brooks Rainwater, Senior Executive and Director of Center for City Solutions at the National League of …

#480 Leadership and Organizational Change with Brian Bosshardt, Clear Creek County, CO

January 7th, 2022


Culture change and engaging employees. Brian Bosshardt, County Manager of Clear Creek County, Colorado, joined the podcast to talk about taking on …

#479 UniverCity Alliance with Waunakee, WI and Ho-Chunk Nation

January 5th, 2022


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 …

#478 The 2021 GovieLovies

December 31st, 2021


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. …

#477 Rapid Community Innovation with Geneva, NY and Hobart and William Smith Colleges

December 28th, 2021


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 …

#476 Investing in Women and Minority Businesses with Angela Rollins, Rochester, NY

December 21st, 2021


Entrepreneurship opportunities for all. Angela Rollins, Coordinator of Financial Empowerment Initiatives for the City of Rochester, New York joined …

#475 COVID-19 Ambassadors Program with UMass Amherst & Amherst, MA

December 17th, 2021


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, …

#474 Planning Commissioner Training with Michael Blue, APA & Teska Associates

December 14th, 2021


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 …

#473 Community & COVID-19 Response with Grinnell College & Grinnell, IA

December 10th, 2021


Derechos and #GrinnTogether. Russell Behrens, City Manager of the City of Grinnell, IA, and Monica Chavez-Silva, Vice President of Community …

#472 The Peoples Academy with Sarah Poulton, Chapel Hill, NC

December 8th, 2021


Learn, connect, and lead. Sarah Poulton, Downtown Special Projects Manager for the Town of Chapel Hill, NC, joined the podcast to talk about the …

#471 Responding to COVID-19 & Off Campus Issues with the Manchester Student Partnership

December 3rd, 2021


Proactively responding to off campus issues. Three guests joined the podcast to talk about how the City of Manchester, University of Manchester, …

#470 The Opportunity Project, Open Data and Technology

December 1st, 2021


Open innovation for all. Three guests joined the podcast to talk about The Opportunity Project, or TOP, which is a framework for agencies to …

#469 Recreation Programming and Behavioral Health with Cameron Marlin, Clear Creek Metropolitan Recreation District

November 23rd, 2021


Holistic wellness. Cameron Marlin, the General Manager of the Clear Creek Metropolitan Recreation District, joined the podcast to talk about how they …

#468 Strategies for Affordable Housing with Jerrah Crowder and Namon Freeman

November 19th, 2021


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 …

#467 Techno-Resiliency in Organizations with Dr. Rob Graham

November 17th, 2021


Mandate to be great. Dr. Rob Graham, the Founder & CEO of, joined the podcast to talk about his book, Mandate to be Great: The 5 Traits of Techno-Resilient People and Organizations. He shared …

#466 Zoning Reform with Jake Seid, Chicago Metropolitan Agency for Planning

November 12th, 2021


Housing for all. Jake Seid, a Senior Planner with the Chicago Metropolitan Agency for Planning, joined the podcast to talk about zoning reform.  He …

#465 Innovation, Procurement, and Technology with Nick Lyell, CivStart

November 10th, 2021


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 …

#464 Planning for Advanced Air Mobility Impacts on Local Government

November 5th, 2021


Urban air mobility. Two guests joined the podcast to talk about advanced air mobility and how it could change the transportation landscape for …

#463 Planting Trees to Cool Down Milan with Adam Freed, Bloomberg Associates

November 3rd, 2021


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 …

#462 Bringing Great People into Government in the Age of COVID-19 with Eliza Edwards & Joy Ruff

October 29th, 2021


Improving internships. Eliza Edwards, a Policy Analyst for the State of North Carolina Office of Strategic Partnerships, and Joy Ruff, the Executive …

#461 Effective Messaging to Address COVID-19 Vaccine Hesitancy with Crystal Son

October 26th, 2021


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 …

#460 Planning, Transportation & Economic Mobility in Memphis & South Bend

October 22nd, 2021


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 …

#459 Recruiting Diverse & Talented Workforces in Georgia and Southern California

October 20th, 2021


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 …

#458 Equity and Data in Climate Action Planning in Fort Collins, CO and Norfolk, VA

October 15th, 2021


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 …

#457 Pandemic and Beyond, Engaging a Larger, More Diverse Population with Graham Stone

October 12th, 2021


A year to try new things. Graham Stone, the Vice President of Government Relations at Public Input, joined the podcast to talk about citizen …

#456 Implementing a COVID-19 Vaccine Mandate with Craig Talsma, Hoffman Estates Park District, IL

October 8th, 2021


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 …

#455 Monuments & Racial Justice in Newark, NJ

October 6th, 2021


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 …

#454 Everything You Need to Know about ARPA with Emily Brock & Mehreen Haroon, GFOA

October 1st, 2021


All your ARPA questions answered. Emily Brock, Director of Federal Liasion Center at Government Finance Officers Association (GFOA), and Mehreen …

#453 Addressing Homelessness in Ten Global Cities with Linda Gibbs and Tamiru Mammo

September 28th, 2021


Innovations that work. Linda Gibbs, Principal with Bloomberg Associates, and Tamiru Mammo, Consultant with Bloomberg Associates, joined the podcast …

#452 Creating Community Schoolyards with Danielle Denk, Trust for Public Land

September 24th, 2021


Addressing park equity. Danielle Denk, Community Schoolyard Initiative Director for the Trust for Public Land, joined the podcast to discuss the

#451 Engaging the Entire Community on Planning & Middle Housing

September 17th, 2021


Connecting with Gen Z and underrepresented populations. Sophie McGinley, Assistant Planner for the City of Eugene, OR, and Cody Kleinsmith, Climate …

#450 Past & Future of Transparency with Tom Spengler, Rock Solid Technologies

September 10th, 2021


Resident-centric government. Tom Spengler, Chief Executive Officer of Rock Solid Technologies, joined the podcast to discuss how local governments …

#449 Transportation for a Strong Town with Charles Marohn

September 7th, 2021


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 …

#448 Managing Rapid Growth with Julie Karins, Goodyear, AZ

September 3rd, 2021


Preparing for growth through thoughtful planning. Julie Karins, City Manager for the City of Goodyear, Arizona, joined the podcast to discuss …

#447 Equity & Economic Inclusion with Aleea Slappy Wilson, Norfolk, VA

August 31st, 2021


Championing equity and inclusion. Aleea Slappy Wilson, Diversity, Equity, and Inclusion Officer and LGBTQ Liaison for the City of Norfolk, Virginia, …

#446 Best Practices in Animal Welfare and Shelter Operations

August 27th, 2021


Improving animal safety and health. Three guests joined the podcast to discuss a recent article in the State and Local Government Review journal on …

#445 Creating More Affordable Cities with Shane Phillips, UCLA Lewis Center

August 25th, 2021


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, …

#444 Curb Management with Chrissy Mancini Nichols, Walker Consultants

August 20th, 2021


Maximizing the curb. Chrissy Mancini Nichols, National Director of Curb Management and New Mobility at Walker Consultants, joined the podcast to …

#443 Peer Support for Public Safety Command Staff with Matthew Kelly & Dan Davis

August 18th, 2021


Supporting first responders. Matthew Kelly, Captain with Miami County, Kansas Sheriff's Office, and Dan Davis, Lieutenant with the City of Belton, …

#442 Peer Support for 911 Dispatchers with Kristin Boyes, Lenexa, KS

August 13th, 2021


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 …

#441 GovLove in Love with Holly Krejci, Seattle, WA

August 10th, 2021


Finding your greatest self. Holly Krejci, Talent Management Partner for the City of Seattle, Washington came on the podcast to discuss her love and …

#440 Onboarding New Employees with Benjamin Mead-Harvey

August 6th, 2021


Making onboarding successful. Benjamin Mead-Harvey, Adjunct Instructor for the University of Illinois School of Information Sciences, came back to …

#439 Distraction Free Messaging with Brad Dunn, Whispir

August 3rd, 2021


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 …

#438 Fires, Floods, & Taxicabs with Jeffrey Roth, New York, NY

July 30th, 2021


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 …

#437 Service Design & Innovation with Anna Chung, MBTA

July 28th, 2021


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 …

#436 Government-to-University Initiative with Peter Morrissey, Volcker Alliance

July 23rd, 2021


Regional networks of governments and universities. Peter Morrissey, an Associate Director at the Volcker Alliance, joined the podcast to talk about …

#435 Preemption & Taxation with Alexandria Zhang, Pew Research Center

July 20th, 2021


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 …

#434 Good Governance & Leadership with Ian McCormack

July 16th, 2021


Local governance done well. Ian McCormack, the President of Strategic Steps, Inc. a local government consulting firm, joined the podcast to talk …

#433 Resilience & Sustainability with Sarah Hazel, Charlotte, NC

July 13th, 2021


Resilient Queen City. Sarah Hazel, the Chief Sustainability & Resiliency Officer for the City of Charlotte, North Carolina, joined the podcast to …

#432 Testing a Guaranteed Income Program in Durham, NC

July 9th, 2021


Helping the justice-involved. Three guests joined the podcast to talk about a guaranteed income pilot program in the City of Durham, North Carolina. …

#431 The Public Sector Pivot with Kaitlyn Rentala

July 6th, 2021


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 …

#430 Building Socially Connected Communities with Oswaldo Mestre & Risa Wilkerson

July 2nd, 2021


Solutions for social isolation. Oswaldo Mestre, Chief Service Officer & Director of Citizen Services for the City of Buffalo, NY, and Risa …

#429 Wastewater Monitoring for COVID-19 & Opioids with Stephanie Deitrick, Tempe, AZ

June 29th, 2021


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 …

#428 Community Resilience & Climate Response with Jennifer Jurado, Broward County, FL

June 25th, 2021


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 …

#427 Mayors for a Guaranteed Income with Michael Tubbs

June 22nd, 2021


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 …

#426 Supporting the Nighttime Economy with Sarah Hannah-Spurlock, Fort Lauderdale, FL

June 18th, 2021


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 …

#425 Designing Effective Interview Questions and Processes with Benjamin Mead-Harvey

June 16th, 2021


Get a little better every week. Benjamin Mead-Harvey, Adjunct Instructor for the University of Illinois School of Information Sciences, joined the …

#424 Management & Neighborhood Engagement with Cynthia Barber, Tallahassee, FL

June 11th, 2021


Making a difference. Cynthia Barber, Deputy City Manager for the City of Tallahassee, Florida, joined the podcast to discuss infrastructure projects …

#423 Truth and Reconciliation with Gina Peebles, Alachua County, FL

June 8th, 2021


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) …

#422 Regional Climate Action Plans with Lindsey Constance & Mike Kelly

June 4th, 2021


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 …

#421 Digital Hiring Best Practices with Lauren Duncan, Mallory Verez & Sam Cathcart

May 28th, 2021


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, …

#420 Data & Engagement During COVID-19 with Brianna Sunryd, Amherst, MA

May 25th, 2021


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 …

#419 Mobility & Equity with Charles T. Brown, Equitable Cities

May 21st, 2021


Arrested mobility. Charles T. Brown, the Founder & CEO of Equitable Cities and Professor of Planning & Public Policy at Rutgers University, …

#418 Regional Benchmarking Initiative with Kate Bender, Stephen Wade & Reagan Mitchell

May 18th, 2021


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 …

#417 Civil Rights & Racial Equity with Joshua Barr, Des Moines, IA

May 14th, 2021


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 …

#416 Land Use & Sprawl in Houston with William Fulton, Rice University

May 11th, 2021


Building better cities. William Fulton, the Director of the Kinder Institute for Urban Research at Rice University, joined the podcast for a wide …

#415 Investing in Infrastructure with Kip Eideberg, Association of Equipment Manufacturers

May 7th, 2021


Rebuild with purpose. Kip Eideberg, Sr. Vice President at the Association of Equipment Manufacturers (AEM), joined the podcast to talk about …

#414 Sustainability & Energy Management with John Morrill, Fairfax County, VA

May 5th, 2021


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 …

#413 Student-Led Sustainability Action Planning with Victoria Castor & Steve Russell

April 30th, 2021


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 …

#412 COVID-19 Relief Spending with Michael Hotard and Kevin Kearney

April 27th, 2021


How relief funds are being spent. Michael Hotard, Director of Operations at CivicPulse, and Kevin Kearney, City Manager of the City of Bradbury, …

#411 Expanding Housing Options for the Unhoused Community with Brian Platt, Kansas City, MO

April 23rd, 2021


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 …

#410 Restorative Housing Reparations with Nicholas Cummings, Evanston, IL

April 21st, 2021


Redressing institutional racism and redlining. Nicholas Cummings, Corporation Counsel for the City of Evanston, Illinois, joined the podcast to talk …

#409 American Rescue Plan Act FAQs with Ryan Gallant, SLATE Research & Consulting

April 16th, 2021


The impacts of the Federal funding. Ryan Gallant, CEO & Founder of SLATE Research & Consulting, joined the podcast to dive deep on the …

#407 The First 100 Days as a New City Manager with Tanisha Briley, Gaithersburg, MD

April 9th, 2021


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 …

#406 Building and Construction Services with JC Hudgison, Tampa, FL

April 6th, 2021


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 …

#405 The American Rescue Plan Act with Chris Fabian, ResourceX

April 2nd, 2021


Spending stimulus dollars responsibly. Chris Fabian, the CEO and Co-Founder of ResourceX, joined the podcast to talk about the funding for local …

#404 Creating a State of the City Event with Kent Wyatt, Tigard, OR

March 30th, 2021


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 …

#403 The Role of a County Clerk with Brianna Lennon, Boone County, MO

March 26th, 2021


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 …

#402 Civic Technology and Public Service with Cyd Harrell

March 23rd, 2021


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 …

#401 Changing Culture & COVID-19 Response with Raymond Gonzales, Adams County, CO

March 19th, 2021


Driving culture and the pandemic one year later. Raymond Gonzales, County Manager at Adams County, Colorado, joined the podcast to talk about …

#400 Educational Local Government Partnerships at Indiana University

March 16th, 2021


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 …

#399 Community Partnerships to Address Human Trafficking

March 12th, 2021


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 …

#398 Harnessing Public Entrepreneurship with Mitchell Weiss, Harvard Business School

March 9th, 2021


Possibility government. Mitchell Weiss, Professor of Management Practice at Harvard Business School, joined the podcast to talk about his new book We …

#397 From Deputy to City Manager with Marlon Brown, Sarasota, FL

March 5th, 2021


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 …

#396 Solving Complex Problems with Salimah Samji, Harvard Kennedy School

March 2nd, 2021


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 …

#395 Electric Vehicles & Infrastructure with Kevin Miller, ChargePoint

February 26th, 2021


The electric revolution. Kevin Miller, the Director of Public Policy for ChargePoint, joined the podcast to talk about electric vehicles and the …

#394 Supporting Small Business Recovery in Mesa, AZ with Jaye O'Donnell & Jenny Poon

February 23rd, 2021


Mesa Cares. Two guests joined the podcast to talk about supporting entrepreneurship and economic development using an online tool and technical …

#393 Public Health & Equity in Lawrence, KS with Dr. Farris Muhammad & Ruaa Hassaballa

February 19th, 2021


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, …

#392 The Future of Public Administration with University of Alabama at Birmingham Students

February 16th, 2021


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 …

#391 The Future of Public Administration with Professor Peter Jones

February 12th, 2021


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 …

#390 Showing GovLove with Catie Miller, General Services Administration

February 9th, 2021


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 …

#389 Assisting the Recently Homeless with Claire Elizabeth Williams, Foundations for Social Change

February 5th, 2021


Consult early and consult often. Claire Elizabeth Williams, CEO & Co-Founder of Foundations for Social Change, joins the podcast to discuss the

#388 Common Community Engagement Mistakes with Kevin Lyons, FlashVote

February 2nd, 2021


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 …

#387 Placemaking in Native Communities with Joseph Kunkel, MASS Design Group

January 29th, 2021


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. …

#386 Community Engagement During COVID-19 with Ashley Traynum-Carson & Jay Dawkins

January 26th, 2021


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 …

#385 Consumer Safety & COVID-19 with Commissioner Nikki Fried, State of Florida

January 22nd, 2021


Adapting the Agriculture and Consumer Services Department. Nikki Fried, Commissioner of Agriculture and Consumer Services for the State of Florida, …

#384 Using Behavioral Nudges in Local Government with Alissa Fishbane & Aurélie Ouss

January 19th, 2021


Reducing unnecessary warrants and jail time. Alissa Fishbane, Managing Director at ideas42, and Dr. Aurélie Ouss, Assistant Professor of Criminology …

#383 Community Court for Homelessness with Christopher Leonard, Fort Lauderdale, FL

January 15th, 2021


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 …

#382 Managing Your Hometown with Nick Edwards, Joplin, MO

January 12th, 2021


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 …

#381 COVID-19 Vaccine Public Sentiment with Eyal Feder-Levy, Zencity

January 8th, 2021


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 …

#380 The Kinston, NC Arts & Cultural District with Raney Rogers, Adam Short, & Sarah Arney

January 5th, 2021


Redevelopment through arts and culture. Three guests joined the podcast to talk about how the City of Kinston, North Carolina has redeveloped their …

#379 Equity and Workforce Diversity with Nefertiri Sickout, Philadelphia, PA

January 1st, 2021


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 …

#378 The 2020 GovieLovies

December 24th, 2020


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, …

#377 Communications and Podcasting with Christine Martindale, Port Orange, FL

December 18th, 2020


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 …

#376 Rural Placemaking in the Kentucky Highlands with Sandi Curd

December 11th, 2020


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 …

#375 Community Engagement & Video Etiquette with Becky Hirst

December 4th, 2020


Tips for video conferencing. Becky Hirst, Community Engagement Consultant from McLaren Vale, South Australia, joined the podcast to talk about her …

#374 Technology & Change Management with Jamie Hellen, Franklin, MA

November 27th, 2020


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 …

#373 Historic Preservation in Brooklyn with Rebecca Bellan

November 24th, 2020


Preserving black history. Rebecca Bellan, Freelance Reporter for Forbes and CityLab, joined the podcast to tell the story of 227 Duffield in …

#372 Community Media Centers with Dana Healy, CTV North Suburbs

November 20th, 2020


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 …

#371 Micromobility and Urban Transportation with Kyle Rowe, Spin Inc.

November 13th, 2020


Freedom to move. Kyle Rowe, Global Head of Partnerships for Spin, joined the podcast to talk about the role of micromobility in transportation. He …

#370 The Future of Government Communications & GovComms Festival with David Pembroke

November 10th, 2020


Government after shock. David Pembroke, Founder & CEO of contentgroup, joined the podcast to talk about how the COVID-19 pandemic is changing …

#369 Greedy Bastards with Sheryl Sculley, San Antonio, TX

November 6th, 2020


A Texas-sized struggle to avoid financial crisis. Sheryl Sculley, former City Manager for the City of San Antonito, Texas, joined the podcast to …

#368 Recruiting in the City of Bend, OR with Eric King & Stephanie Betteridge

November 3rd, 2020


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 …

#367 Food Access and Public Art in Jackson, MS with Salam Rida and Travis Crabtree

October 30th, 2020


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, …

#366 Developing Data-Driven Insights with Nathan Lee, Civic Pulse

October 27th, 2020


Empowering local governments. Nathan Lee, the Founder and Managing Director of Civic Pulse, joined the podcast to talk about their research and data …

#365 Civic-Minded Journalism with Lucas Grindley, Next City

October 23rd, 2020


Inspiring equitable cities. Lucas Grindley, the Executive Director of Next City, joined the podcast to talk about local journalism and the role Next …

#364 Empowering Women in Local Government with Pamela Antil

October 16th, 2020


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 …

#363 Building a Successful Internship Program with Pat Madej and Molly Gaskin

October 9th, 2020


Creating meaningful experience. Pat Madej, Senior Budget & Management Analyst for the City of Durham, NC, and Molly Gaskin, Graduate MPA Student …

#362 Responding to Financial Crisis with Shayne Kavanagh & Greg Devereaux

October 2nd, 2020


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 …

#361 COVID-19 Exposure Notification in Colorado with Sarah Tuneberg

September 29th, 2020


Technology and emergency response. Sarah Tuneberg, the Innovation Response Team Lead for the State of Colorado, joined the podcast to talk about a …

#360 Public Power and COVID-19 Response with Joy Ditto, APPA

September 25th, 2020


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 …

#359 Civic Hacking with Amanda Renteria, Code for America

September 22nd, 2020


Reimagining government. Amanda Renteria, the CEO of Code for America, joined the podcast to talk about using technology to serve communities and use …

#358 Data Driven Road Maintenance in Savannah, GA

September 18th, 2020


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 …

#357 Equity and Engagement with Manisha Paudel, Des Moines, IA

September 15th, 2020


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 …

#356 Growing Up in City Hall with Meredith Reynolds and Jan Reynolds

September 11th, 2020


City management as a family business. Meredith Reynolds, Park Planning & Partnership Manager for the City of Long Beach, California, and Jan …

#355 Public Art & Black Lives Matter with Amina Cooper, Arts & Science Council

September 8th, 2020


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 …

#354 Reducing Reliance on Police with Alex Vitale, Brooklyn College

September 4th, 2020


Making communities safer. Alex Vitale, Professor of Sociology and Coordinator of the Policing and Social Justice Project at Brooklyn College, joined …

#353 Supporting Akron Businesses During COVID-19 with James Hardy and Michael Mazur

September 1st, 2020


Rewards for shopping local. James Hardy, Deputy Mayor for Integrated Development at the City of Akron, Ohio, and Michael Mazur, Vice President for …

#352 Effects of Carceral Contact on Civic Participation with Brandon Davis, University of Kansas

August 28th, 2020


Feeling politics. Brandon Davis, Assistant Professor of Law and Society for the University of Kansas School of Public Affairs and Administration, …

#351 Bendable in South Bend, IN with Rick Wartzman & Jennifer Henecke

August 21st, 2020


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 …

#350 Data Collaboration & Responsible Use with Natalie Evans Harris, BrightHive

August 14th, 2020


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 …

#349 Equity and Neighborhoods with Majestic Lane, Pittsburgh, PA

August 7th, 2020


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 …

#348 Engaging through Art with Carrie Christensen, Minneapolis Park & Recreation Board

August 4th, 2020


Meaning making and synthesizing. Carrie Christensen, Senior Planner for the Minneapolis Park and Recreation Board, joined the podcast to talk about …

#347 Embracing Failure in Local Government with Andi Mirviss

July 31st, 2020


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 …

#346 Supporting Main Street with Richard Berry, Kauffman Mayors Council

July 28th, 2020


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 …

#345 Workforce Equity with Ben Duncan, Multnomah County, OR

July 24th, 2020


Community organizing in government. Ben Duncan, Chief Diversity and Equity Officer for Multnomah County, Oregon, joined the podcast to talk about his …

#344 Building an Entrepreneurial Ecosystem with Sly James, Kauffman Mayors Council

July 21st, 2020


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 …

#343 Community Safety & Innovation with Sarita Nair, Albuquerque, NM

July 17th, 2020


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 …

#342 Leadership Through Crisis with Betsy Hodges, Kauffman Mayors Council

July 14th, 2020


Managing ongoing uncertainty. Betsy Hodges, former Mayor of Minneapolis, Minnesota, jointed the podcast to talk about the work of the Kauffman …

#341 Local Matters with Janice Allen Jackson

July 10th, 2020


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 …

#340 Encouraging Entrepreneurship with Mark Stodola, Kauffman Mayors Council

July 7th, 2020


Thinking outside the box about economic development. Mark Stodola, former Mayor of Little Rock, Arkansas and attorney, jointed the podcast to talk …

#339 Race and Equity in Minneapolis with Joy Marsh Stephens

July 3rd, 2020


Planning for a stronger, more equitable Minneapolis. Joy Marsh Stephens, the Director of the Division of Race & Equity for the City of …

#338 US Digital Response and COVID-19 with Raylene Yung

June 30th, 2020


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 …

#337 Innovation & Combating Poverty in Rochester, NY with Henry Fitts and Kate May

June 26th, 2020


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 …

#336 Planning and Engagement with Christian Williams, Goodyear, AZ

June 23rd, 2020


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 …

#335 Leadership in Times of Crisis - The Drucker Playbook

June 19th, 2020


Don't be clever, be conscientious. Lawrence Greenspun, Director of Public Sector Engagement for the Drucker Institute, and Tanya Ange, Deputy City …

#334 Passion and Public Works with Joey Garcia, Torrance, CA

June 16th, 2020


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 …

#333 Reopening and COVID-19 Testing with Sean Knierim, SidePorch

June 12th, 2020


Creating a culture of health. Sean Knierim, the Co-Founder of SidePorch, joined the podcast to talk about resources for communities in reopening …

#332 The Experience of Black Social Media Managers with Christina Roach and Victor Henderson

June 5th, 2020


"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 …

#331 Creating a 21st Century Government with Rick Cole

May 29th, 2020


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 …

#330 Parks & Recreation During COVID-19 with Alison Rhodes, Boulder, CO

May 22nd, 2020


Thinking creatively about being mission critical. Alison Rhodes, the Director of Parks and Recreation for the City of Boulder, Colorado, joined the …

#329 Building Strong Towns with Chuck Marohn

May 15th, 2020


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 …

#328 Smart Cities & Government Technology with Jonathan Reichental

May 12th, 2020


Smart cities for dummies. Jonathan Reichental, is the CEO of Human Future, author, and former Chief Information Officer of Palo Alto, CA. He joined …

#327 Addressing Equity During COVID-19 with Shannon Hardin, Columbus, OH

May 8th, 2020


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 …

#326 Human Resources Response to COVID-19 with Greg Preece and Matt Hartleib

May 5th, 2020


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 …

#325 Running for Office During COVID-19 with Josh Schoemann, Washington County, WI

May 1st, 2020


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 …

#324 Library Operations During COVID-19 with Jamie Eustace, Baytown, TX

April 28th, 2020


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 …

#323 Budgeting During COVID-19 with Gregory Patrick, Norfolk, VA

April 24th, 2020


Strategic planning and managing resources during a crisis. Gregory Patrick, the Budget Director for the City of Norfolk, Virginia, joined the podcast …

#322 Utility Operations & COVID-19 with Todd Danielson, Avon Lake Regional Water

April 17th, 2020


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 …

#321 Policy and Management Response to COVID-19 with Blaine Williams, Athens-Clarke County, GA

April 10th, 2020


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 …

#320 Census 2020 in an Age of COVID-19 with Lorena Molina

April 7th, 2020


Outreach and operations during a pandemic. Lorena Molina, the Director of Operations for the Census Open Innovation Labs, joined the podcast to give …

#319 Remote Public Meetings & COVID-19 with Lindsay Lara, San Rafael, CA

April 3rd, 2020


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 …

#318 Digital Communications and COVID-19 Response in King County, WA

March 27th, 2020


Strategy and public health information. Warren Kagarise, Digital Engagement Manager, and Colette Cosner, Public Health Digital Lead, from King …

#317 Public Health & COVID-19 Response with Sarah Martin, mySidewalk

March 20th, 2020


Data science for public service. Sarah Martin, the Vice President of Health Solutions for mySidewalk and former Deputy Director of the Kansas City …

#316 Fiscally Sustainable Planning with Kevin Shepherd and AJ Fawver

March 13th, 2020


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, …

#315 Engagement, Arts, and Cities with Lynn Osgood, Civic Arts

March 10th, 2020


Intersection of community development and arts. Lynn Osgood, the Executive Director of Civic Arts Austin, joined the podcast to talk about bringing …

#314 Building Inclusive Communities with Juan Carlos Gonzalez, Oregon Metro

March 6th, 2020


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 …

#313 Local Politics is the Best Politics with Professor Emily Farris

February 28th, 2020


The best of American politics. Emily Farris, Associate Professor of Politics at Texas Christian University, joined the podcast to talk about teaching …

#312 Performance Auditing to Kansas City Mayor with Mark Funkhouser

February 25th, 2020


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 …

#311 Advocating for Public Records with Ginger McCall

February 21st, 2020


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 …

#310 State Chief Data Officers Network with Tyler Kleykamp

February 18th, 2020


Connecting leaders to improve policy and service delivery. Tyler Kleykamp, the Director of the State Chief Data Officers Network at the Beeck Center …

#309 Leadership and FireStat with Chief Reginald Freeman, Hartford, CT

February 14th, 2020


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 …

#308 Creative Placemaking in Local Government with Lyz Crane

February 11th, 2020


Using arts and culture to shape communities. Lyz Crane, the Deputy Director of Artplace America, joined the podcast to talk about the work …

#307 Putting People First in Birmingham, AL with Ed Fields

February 7th, 2020


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. …

#306 Reducing Evictions in Newark, NJ with Khabirah Myers

January 31st, 2020


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 …

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

January 24th, 2020


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 …

#304 Enhancing Public Services with the Fellowship

January 17th, 2020


Improving access to city programs online. Erin Hattersley, Manager at, and Maegen Fisher, Program Manager Fellow, joined the podcast to …

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

January 10th, 2020


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 …

#302 Technology & Public Safety with Matt Polega, Mark43

January 3rd, 2020


Cloud-based first responder dispatch. Matt Polega, the Co-Founder and Head of Marketing at Mark43, joined the podcast to talk about how technology …

#301 The GovieLovies - Best Episodes of 2019

December 27th, 2019


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. …

#300 Thinking Like a Designer with Patrick McDonnell

December 20th, 2019


Urbanist, Designer and Technologist. Patrick McDonnell joined the podcast to talk about his career path, which started in urban planning, to serving …

#299 Childcare for Public Meetings with Politisit

December 13th, 2019


Engaging families in civic activities. Rachel Sowray, the Founder of Politisit, joined the podcast to talk about encouraging parents to participate …

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

December 6th, 2019


Running for office as a city employee. Chad Doran, the Communications Coordinator for Appleton, Wisconsin, joined the podcast to talk about his …

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

December 3rd, 2019


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 …

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

November 29th, 2019


Working to protect the health and social well-being of Houstonians. Stephen Williams, the Director of the Health Department in Houston, Texas, joined …

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

November 27th, 2019


Building a responsible vacation rental market. Philip Minardi, the Director of Policy Communications at Expedia Group, joined the podcast to talk …

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

November 22nd, 2019


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 …

#293 Managing Lewes, DE with Ann Marie Townshend

November 15th, 2019


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 …

#292 Life Coaching with Meredith Hauck, Merriam, KS

November 12th, 2019


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 …

#291 Chief Innovators Studio at CityLab DC

November 8th, 2019


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 …

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

November 5th, 2019


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 …

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

November 1st, 2019


Transitioning into a new leadership role. Martha Bennett, the City Manager of Lake Oswego, Oregon, joined the podcast to talk about her first two …

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

October 29th, 2019


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 …

#287 Shared Services & Consolidation with Ed Henschel

October 25th, 2019


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 …

#286 Healthy Democracy with Linn Davis

October 18th, 2019


Tackling tough policy questions with citizens. Linn Davis from Healthy Democracy joined the podcast to talk about the work of Healthy Democracy and …

#285 Quality & Performance in El Paso, TX with Tommy Gonzalez

October 11th, 2019


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 …

#284 Communication & Measuring Resident Opinion with Lisa Holder & Rachel Rembrandt

October 8th, 2019


Reliable insights for policy makers. Two guests join the podcast to talk about best practices in local government communications, using social media …

#283 Civic Innovation & Tech in Toronto with Paula Kwan

October 4th, 2019


Tackling complex challenges affecting Toronto residents. Paula Kwan the Director of the Civic Innovation Office for the City of Toronto joined the …

#282 Data-Driven Approach to the 2020 Census with Civis Analytics

September 27th, 2019


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 …

#281 The All-American Cities Award with Rebecca Trout

September 24th, 2019


Recognizing communities for civic engagement, collaboration, inclusiveness and innovation. Rebecca Trout, the Program Director of the All-America …

#280 Priority Based Budgeting with Chris Fabian, ResourceX

September 20th, 2019


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 …

#279 Economic Development & Data with Dr. Eric Trevan

September 17th, 2019


Data equity and local solutions. Dr. Eric Trevan, public administration faculty at Evergreen State College, joined the podcast to talk about economic …

#278 A Librarian's Guide to Homelessness with Ryan Dowd

September 13th, 2019


An empathy-driven approach to solving problems and serving everyone. Ryan Dowd the Executive Director of Hesed House, a homeless shelter in Aurora, …

#277 Effective Local Outreach with Perla Ni, Census Outreach Project

September 10th, 2019


Using mobile messaging to connect with hard-to-count populations. Perla Ni is the Founder and CEO of CommunityConnect Labs, the Census Outreach …

#276 Operationalizing Racial Equity in Austin, TX with Brion Oaks

September 6th, 2019


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 …

#275 Shoreline Management & Beach Renourishment in North Carolina

August 30th, 2019


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 …

#274 Transportation, Engagement & Libraries from the Code for America Summit

August 23rd, 2019


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 …

#273 Open Government & Innovation at Guilford County, NC with Jason Jones

August 16th, 2019


Analytics and open data. Jason Jones, the Analytics and Innovation Manager for Guilford County, North Carolina, joined the podcast to talk about his …

#272 Local Government Workplaces Initiative with Dr. Leisha DeHart-Davis, UNC School of Government

August 9th, 2019


Helping cities and counties listen to their employees. Dr. Leisha DeHart-Davis joined the podcast to talk about the University of North Carolina …

#271 Census 2020 & The Opportunity Project with Denice Ross, Lorena Molina-Irizarry & Drew Zachary

August 2nd, 2019


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 …

#270 Family Ties in Charleston, SC with Former Mayor Joe Riley & Citibot's Bratton Riley

July 26th, 2019


Public service and civil rights. A father-son duo joined the podcast to talk about their different paths working with local government. Former Mayor …

#269 Strategic Communications & Networking with Mac Prichard

July 23rd, 2019


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 …

#268 Legal Challenges to Parking Enforcement with ShawnTe Raines & Matthew DiCianni, Ancel Glink

July 19th, 2019


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 …

#267 Leadership & Scenario Planning with Matt Finch

July 16th, 2019


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 …

#266 Public Service with Mayor Tara Campbell, Yorba Linda, CA

July 12th, 2019


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 …

#265 The City Link Program in Springfield, OR with Niel Laudati

July 9th, 2019


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 …

#264 Teaching Ethics through Parks & Rec with Dr. Erin Borry

July 5th, 2019


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 …

#263 Tackling Blight & Innovation with Terrance Smith, Mobile, AL

June 28th, 2019


Solving problems. Terrance Smith, the Director of the Innovation Team in the City of Mobile, Alabama, joined the podcast to talk about innovation, …

#262 Food Waste & Government Consolidation with Mayor Liz Lempert, Princeton, NJ

June 26th, 2019


From borough and township to municipality. Mayor Liz Lempert joined the podcast for a wide ranging interview on consolidating governments and …

#261 The Municipal Equality Index with Xavier Persad, Human Rights Campaign

June 21st, 2019


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 …

#260 High Performance Government with Nick Kittle, Cartegraph

June 19th, 2019


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 …

#259 CivicPRIDE with Pam Davis, Boulder, CO

June 14th, 2019


Advancing inclusive local government. In honor of Pride Month, Pam Davis, Sr. Management Analyst for the City of Boulder, Colorado and the Leader of

#258 The Myth of Bureaucratic Neutrality with Shannon Portillo, University of Kansas

June 11th, 2019


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

#257 Rethinking the Library in Hillsboro, OR with Stephanie Chase & Hillary Ostlund

June 7th, 2019


Leading (r)evolution in public libraries. Stephanie Chase, Library Director, and Hillary Ostlund, Library Manager, from the Hillsboro, Oregon public …

#256 Strategy & Performance in Olathe, KS and Durham, NC

June 4th, 2019


Measuring success. A trio of strategic planning and performance measurement experts joined the podcast to talk about their work: Ed Foley the …

#255 Policing & Drones with Chief Gary Jenkins, Pullman, WA

May 31st, 2019


Public safety and collaboration. Gary Jenkins, the Police Chief for Pullman, Washington, shared how his department uses drones to enhance their …

#254 Entrepreneurial Mindset in Albuquerque, NM with Tom Darling

May 28th, 2019


Unleash employees. Tom Darling the Division Manager of Public Service University at the City of Albuquerque, NM joined the podcast to talk about …

#253 Budgeting & War Eagle with Barrett Warren, Auburn, AL

May 24th, 2019


Budgeting in a college town. Barrett Warren the Budget & Strategic Planning Manager for the City of Auburn, AL joined the podcast to talk about …

#252 Law in Plain English with Jenny Kosek and David Silverman

May 17th, 2019


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 …

#251 Data & NOLAlytics in New Orleans, LA

May 14th, 2019


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 …

#250 Civic Lab in Sacramento with Adrienne Moretz & Monica Hernandez

May 10th, 2019


Testing innovative solutions. Adrienne Moretz, Civic Lab Project Manager, and Monica Hernandez, Director of Innovation & Partnerships, joined the …

#249 Game of Drones in Manatee County, FL with Diana Robinson

May 7th, 2019


Using new technology for sustainability. Diana Robinson, Energy Manager for Manatee County, FL, discussed how they are using drones to support their …

#248 Community Healing with Melissa Glaser

May 3rd, 2019


Lessons for recovery after a large-scale trauma. Author and psychologist Melissa Glaser joined the podcast to talk about how a community deals with …

#247 Lead for America with Joe Nail

April 30th, 2019


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 …

#246 Right-of-Way Management: Cell Towers, Scooters & Free Speech

April 26th, 2019


Trends in planning. GovLove was recently at the National Planning Conference for a session all about right-of-way. Local governments hold the public …

#245 Code for America Summit with Dan Hon

April 23rd, 2019


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 …

#244 Innovate Durham & Faith with Eric Marsh, Durham County, NC

April 19th, 2019


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 …

#243 Strategic Planning in Lancaster, PA from Execution to Implementation

April 16th, 2019


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 …

#242 McCormick-Stillman Railroad Park, Scottsdale, AZ

April 13th, 2019


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 …

#241 Politics & Administration Careers with Sarah Moss

April 5th, 2019


Civic dreamer and doer. Sarah Moss joined GovLove to talk about her unique career path that has switched between campaign and political roles to …

#240 Neighborhood Planning with Mercy Murguia, Dina Newman and AJ Fawver

March 29th, 2019


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; …

#239 Perspectives on Procurement with Chris Van Beke, Vendor Registry

March 22nd, 2019


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 …

#238 Managing as a Team in Iowa City with Geoff Fruin and Ashley Monroe

March 15th, 2019


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, …

#237 Engagement in Local Government with Jay Dawkins, PublicInput

March 12th, 2019


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 …

#236 Near the Top Report with Leisha Dehart-Davis & Kimberly Nelson

March 8th, 2019


Diversity in the local government profession. Two professors from the University of North Carolina School of Government share findings from recent …

#235 Local Government Law: Drones

March 1st, 2019


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 …

#234 The Future of Government Websites with Ken Clark, Indianapolis, IN

February 22nd, 2019


Shift Indy. Ken Clark the Chief Information Officer for the City of Indianapolis and Marion County, Indiana discussed his career path and his work …

#233 Civic Imagination in Bologna, Italy with Deputy Mayor Matteo Lepore

February 19th, 2019


Engagement in Bologna, Italy. The Deputy Mayor of Bologna, Matteo Lepore, talked about how his city won an Engaged Cities award for their work …

#232 Empowering Residents to Solve Problems with James Wagner, Tulsa, OK

February 15th, 2019


Finding innovative ideas with residents not just for them. Tulsa, Oklahoma has been empowering their residents to address longstanding or emerging …

#231 Engaged Cities with Myung Lee, Cities of Service

February 12th, 2019


Celebrating the most effective solutions to engagement. Myung Lee, the Executive Director of Cities of Service, joins the podcast to talk about their …

#230 Fostering an Inclusive City with Mayor Steve Callaway, Hillsboro, OR

February 8th, 2019


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 …

#229 A 9-year-old talks Parks with Bobbi Nance, Recreation Results

February 5th, 2019


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 …

#228 Innovation & Using Scrum with Michelle Thong, San Jose, CA

February 1st, 2019


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 …

#227 Data-Driven Innovation in Los Angeles, CA with Miguel Sangalang & Amanda Daflos

January 25th, 2019


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. …

#226 The Business Case for Employee Engagement with Bob Lavigna

January 18th, 2019


Measuring employee engagement. Bob Lavigna the Director of the Institute for Public Sector Employee Engagement at CPS HR joined the podcast to talk …

#225 Why Local Governments need PIOs with Chris Floore, Macon-Bibb, GA

January 11th, 2019


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 …

#224 Minneapolis 2040 Comprehensive Plan with Heather Worthington & Paul Mogush

January 4th, 2019


Battling disparities through planning. Two people from the City of Minneapolis, MN join the podcast to talk about the hottest comprehensive plan in …

#223 The GovieLovies - 2018 Year in Review

December 28th, 2018


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, …

#222 A New Way of Doing Things in Jersey City with Brian Platt

December 21st, 2018


Problem solving in government. Brian Platt the Business Administrator of Jersey City, New Jersey joined the podcast to talk about managing the day to …

#221 Pizza to the Polls with Scott Duncombe

December 19th, 2018


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 …

#220 PennDOT Connects with Secretary Leslie Richards & Brian Hare

December 14th, 2018


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 …

#219 Rhode Island Commerce Secretary Stefan Pryor

December 7th, 2018


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 …

#218 Local Reporting in San Antonio with Iris Dimmick, The Rivard Report

November 30th, 2018


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 …

#217 Technology and Permitting in Shrewsbury, MA with John Covey

November 28th, 2018


Applying technology to make things better. John Covey, Chief Information Office of Shrewsbury, Massachusetts, joined the podcast to talk about …

#216 Digital Services & Process Improvement with Mike Sarasti, Miami, Florida

November 22nd, 2018


Putting people first. Mike Sarasti, the Chief Innovation Officer and Director of Innovation & Technology for the City of Miami, Florida, joined …

#215 What Government Innovation Really Looks Like with Hana Schank

November 16th, 2018


Getting the work done. Hana Schank, Public Interest Technology Fellow for New America, joined the podcast to talk about her recently published report …

#214 The Best of Nextdoor with Jenn Takahashi

November 13th, 2018


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 …

#213 City on the Line: Outcome Budgeting with Andrew Kleine

November 9th, 2018


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 …

#212 Data and Continuous Improvement in Louisville, KY with Daro Mott

November 6th, 2018


LouieStat and changing culture. Daro Mott, the Chief of Performance Improvement for the City of Louisville, Kentucky, joined the podcast to talk …

#211 Local Government Law: Unions and the Janus Decision

November 2nd, 2018


Navigating the Supreme Court decision. Earlier this year the case of Janus v. AFSCME changed part of the relationship between local governments and …

#210 Crisis Ready, Building an Invincible Brand with Melissa Agnes

October 30th, 2018


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 …

#209 Government Communications for Super Bowl Sunday in Minneapolis, MN

October 26th, 2018


A lot of preparation and work goes into hosting a Super Bowl. Two communications professionals from the City of Minneapolis, Minnesota shared their …

#208 Economic Development in Providence, RI with Laurie White, Chamber of Commerce President

October 23rd, 2018


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 …

#207 Evaluation & Good Government in Washington, DC with Jenny Reed

October 19th, 2018


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 …

#206 University of Nebraska Game Day in Lincoln with Tom Casady, Public Safety Director

October 12th, 2018


College Football and Local Government. We continue our series on the relationship between local governments and universities. Tom Casady, Director of …

#205 Changing the Local Government Workplace

October 9th, 2018


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 …

#204 The Poisoned City: Flint's Water & the American Urban Tragedy with Anna Clark

October 5th, 2018


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 …

#203 Building Trust through Strategic Planning with Kevin Knutson, Envisio

October 2nd, 2018


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 …

#202 The Georgia-Florida Game Day in Jacksonville, FL

September 28th, 2018


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 …

#201 Karen Pinkos, ICMA President & City Manager, El Cerrito, CA

September 25th, 2018


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 …

#200 Data Driven Decision Making in Kansas City, MO

September 21st, 2018


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 …

#199 Parkour & Parks with Colin MacDonald, Parkour Visions

September 18th, 2018


Parkour! Running, jumping and climbing through the urban landscape is catching on as a new form of play. Colin MacDonald the Design Director for …

#198 Getting to Washington Game Day with Glenn Bartolome, King County Transit

September 14th, 2018


College Football and Local Government. GovLove is looking at how local governments across the country deal with game day. Glenn Bartolome, a System …

#197 Public Participation & Engagement with Kit Cole, IAP2 Board Member

September 11th, 2018


Getting outcomes from engagement. Kit Cole is a public engagement consultant and a board member of the International Association for Public …

#196 The Shrink Smart Project: Managing Population Loss in Rural Communities

September 7th, 2018


Preserving quality of life in shrinking Iowa cities. A grant from the National Science Foundation is exploring how communities can protect quality of …

#195 University of Alabama Game Day with Tuscaloosa Mayor Walt Maddox

August 31st, 2018


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 …

#194 Changing Recruitment in Local Government with Ron Holifield

August 28th, 2018


Playing matchmaker and reducing implicit bias. The CEO of Strategic Government Resources (SGR), Ron Holifield, joined GovLove to talk about how they …

#193 Innovation and Performance in Seattle, WA with Tina Walha

August 24th, 2018


Using data and design to creatively solve problems. Tina Walha the Director of the Innovation & Performance team at the City of Seattle, …

#192 Oregon's Most Wired Community - Independence

August 21st, 2018


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 …

#191 Stories from the National Day of Civic Hacking

August 17th, 2018


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 …

#190 Creating a Culture of Health with the Robert Wood Johnson Foundation

August 10th, 2018


The Robert Wood Johnson Foundation's Culture of Health Prize recognizes communities that have placed a priority on health and are creating powerful …

#189 Filling Top Level Vacancies with Michael Brown, City Manager, Hillsboro, OR

August 7th, 2018


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 …

#188 The First Lady of Water Cathy Bailey, Greater Cincinnati Water Works

August 3rd, 2018


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 …

#187 The Most Innovative City in the Nation, Fayetteville, NC with Rebecca Jackson

July 27th, 2018


In Governing and Living Cities' 2018 Equipt to Innovate survey the City of Fayetteville, North Carolina was chosen as the top overall performer. …

#186 Get into Dodge City, Kansas with Melissa McCoy

July 20th, 2018


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 …

#185 Running Jackson, MS with Dr. Robert Blaine, Chief Administrative Officer

July 13th, 2018


Managing change and investing in dignity in Mississippi's state capital. Dr. Robert Blaine joined the podcast to talk about his role as the Chief …

#184 Building a Mobile City Hall with Andrew Kirk, CitySourced

July 6th, 2018


Trends in civic technology. Andrew Kirk, the Chief Revenue & Operations Officer for CitySourced, joined the podcast to talk about civic …

#183 Data & Procurement in Boston, MA with Laura Melle & Stefanie Costa Leabo

July 3rd, 2018


Two Innovation & Technology staff from the City of Boston, Massachusetts joined the podcast to talk about their work. Laura Melle is the Sr. …

#182 Smart Sewers in Cincinnati, OH with Reese Johnson, Principal Engineer

June 29th, 2018


The Metropolitan Sewer District of Greater Cincinnati was the inaugural winner of ELGL & The Atlas' Water You Waiting For Award, recognizing the …

#181 Managing Stockton, California with Kurt Wilson, City Manager

June 26th, 2018


From municipal bankruptcy to universal basic income. Kurt Wilson, the City Manager of Stockton, California, has managed the city through a lot of change. Kurt came on GovLove for a wide ranging conversation that covered …

#180 Turning Buzzwords Into Reality in San Diego, CA with Almis Udrys & Maksim Pecherskiy

June 22nd, 2018


Performance and analytics in the City of San Diego, California. Almis Udrys, Deputy Chief of Staff for Innovation & Performance, and Maksim Pecherskiy, Chief Data Officer, joined the podcast to discuss their work …

#179 Civic Tech Chat with Ryan Koch

June 19th, 2018


A podcast on technology in the public sector. Civic Tech Chat is hosted by Ryan Koch and explores everything from open data to innovation. Ryan …

#178 Local Government Law: Police Body Cameras

June 15th, 2018


From public records requests to emergency communications we talk with two local government attorneys about all the legal questions that come with …

#177 Innovation & Equity in Parks & Recreation with Kylie Bayer-Fertterer, Justin Cutler & Peter Cosmiano

June 12th, 2018


Three Parks and Recreation professionals from across the country joined GovLove to talk about their work. They talked about how they are working to be more equitable, from serving the Spanish speaking community to …

#176 Empowering the Use of Data in San Francisco with Joy Bonaguro, Chief Data Officer

June 8th, 2018


Building capacity and empowering employees through the use of data. Joy Bonaguro, the Chief Data Officer for the City and County of San Francisco, California discusses her path to local government, her approach to data …

#175 The Color of Law with Richard Rothstein

June 1st, 2018


Talking housing segregation and public policy. Richard Rothstein is the author of "The Color of Law," a book about a forgotten history of how the …

#174 Tear it Down & City Council Chronicles with Michael Karlik

May 25th, 2018


The genius behind City Council Chronicles, Michael Karlik, is back with a new podcast. Tear It Down tells the story of North College Hill, Ohio and a …

#173 Changing Demographics - Live from the Kansas City-County Management Conference

May 18th, 2018


From data to policing, the impact of demographics. Three panelists shared their expertise on how Kansas is changing: Sergeant Amy Rhoads, from …

#172 Running for the Future with Aaron Rouse, Virginia Beach Council Candidate

May 11th, 2018


From the NFL to the campaign trail. Aaron Rouse, former Green Bay Packer, is running for City Council in Virginia Beach, Virginia. He talked about why he's running for office, how local government needs to change to be …

#171 Palo Alto's Chief Technology & Information Officer, Jonathan Reichental

May 4th, 2018


Local Government IT in Silicon Valley. Jonathan Reichental the Chief Information Officer and Chief Technology Officer in Palo Alto, California shared …

#170 NFBPA & Diversity with Christine Edwards & James Gaston

April 27th, 2018


Christine Edwards, the Community Relations Coordinator for Mecklenburg County, NC, and James Gaston III, a Budget Analyst for Petersburg, VA, join the podcast to talk about the work of NFBPA and making local government …

#169 The Parties vs. the People with Mickey Edwards, former Congressman

April 20th, 2018


Talking public service, partisanship and policy. Mickey Edwards is a vice president at the Aspen Institute where he leads a bipartisan fellowship …

#168 Battling for Equality with Jenn Brown, Civic Nation Executive Director

April 18th, 2018


Organizing to solve our nation's problems. Jenn Brown the Executive Director of Civic Nation joined GovLove to talk about her work fighting for …

#167 Public Service in the NFL & City Management with Tom & Connor Barwin

April 13th, 2018


Making the world better. A father-son duo join the podcast this week,  Tom Barwin is the City Manager of Sarasota, FL and his son Connor Barwin is an NFL defensive end and Pro Browler. They talked about their …

#166 What Works Cities Certification with Simone Brody & Jennifer Park

April 6th, 2018


A new program from Bloomberg's What Works Cities is recognizing and celebrating the local governments that are leading the nation in the use of data. Simone Brody, the Executive Director of What Works Cities, and …

#165 Rethinking Procurement with Mariel Reed, CEO of CoProcure

March 30th, 2018


The procurement process often frustrates local governments and vendors alike, but it seems like a process that will never change. Mariel Reed the Founder and CEO of CoProcure wants to rethink that. CoProcure is a …

#164 Implementing Innovation with Ben Berkowitz, CEO of SeeClickFix

March 27th, 2018


The CEO and Co-Founder of SeeClickFix, Ben Berkowitz, joined GovLove to talk about civic technology and innovation. Ben described how the SeeClickFix …

#163 Local Government Workforce of the Future

March 23rd, 2018


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 …

#162 The National League of Cities with Clarence Anthony, CEO

March 16th, 2018


Clarence Anthony the CEO/Executive Director of the National League of Cities (NLC) joins GovLove to talk about the work of the organization and his path into elected office. Clarence ran for Mayor of South Bay, FL at …

#161 The Gatekeepers, Chiefs of Staff in Local Government

March 2nd, 2018


The second in command and go-to person. Three Chiefs of Staff join GovLove to talk about the uniqueness of their job. From gatekeeper to stand in, Chiefs of Staff handle different things everyday. Samantha Harkins works …

#160 Technology & Innovation in San Antonio, TX

February 23rd, 2018


Using tech and innovation to improve people's lives. Two CIOs, one city. Jose De La Cruz the Chief Innovation Officer and Craig Hopkins the Chief Information Officer from San Antonio, Texas joined the podcast to talk …

#159 Planning Peeps

February 16th, 2018


Finding a human way to talk about planning. Kyle Kingma the founder of Planning Peeps and a Planning Manager in Texas joined GovLove to talk about the memes and fun spirit behind the community for planners, by planners. …

#158 NBC Parks & Rec Memories with Jim O'Heir (Jerry Gergich)

February 9th, 2018


A very Parks & Rec episode for you. Jim O'Heir the actor that played the lovable Jerry Gergich (or is Garry?) came on GovLove to talk about the hit NBC show, his career in the entertainment industry and more. Jim …

#157 Susan Brown, Chapel Hill Public Library Director

February 2nd, 2018


Design thinking, pop-up coffee shops and open data in the library. Susan Brown the Director of the Chapel Hill Public Library joined GovLove to talk about running a local government library and prototyping. She also …

#156 Mayor Megan Barry, Nashville, TN

January 26th, 2018


Using power to make a difference in people's lives. Nashville, Tennessee's first female Mayor, Megan Barry, joins GovLove to talk about her path into public service and her time as Mayor. Mayor Barry discusses inspiring …

#154 Smart City Coordinator Kate Garman, Seattle, WA

January 16th, 2018


The first Smart City Coordinator for the City of Seattle, Washington, Kate Garman, joined GovLove to talk about her role and her thoughts on tech and …

#153 The City of Detroit's Chief Storyteller, Aaron Foley

January 12th, 2018


Aaron Foley is an author, journalist and now the Chief Storyteller for the City of Detroit, MI. He joined GovLove to talk about his position, which …

#152 City Manager Troy Schulte, Kansas City, MO

January 5th, 2018


Leading Kansas City. Troy Schulte, the City Manager of Kansas City, MO, joined GovLove to talk about leading an organization of 4,400 employees. He …

#151 The GovieLovie Awards & 2017 Year End Look Back

December 29th, 2017


We take the last episode of the year to recognize our favorite episodes and interviews of 2017. GovLove hosts Kent Wyatt, Kirsten Wyatt and Ben Kittelson all handed out awards in different categories to their 15 …

#150 Placemaking with the Project for Public Spaces

December 22nd, 2017


Creating spaces for people. Two representatives from the Project for Public Spaces, Laura Torchio and Elka Gotfryd, joined the podcast to talk about how to shape and influences places. They discussed projects that they …

#149 The New Urban Crisis with Richard Florida

December 15th, 2017


The acclaimed writer, urbanist and best selling author, Richard Florida joins the podcast to discuss his new book and the challenges cities face. Richard is a professor and Director of Cities for the Martin Prosperity …

#148 Gathering a Tribe of Civic Innovators in San Jose, CA and The Atlas

December 8th, 2017


Improving collaboration and innovation in local government. Ellory Monks from The Atlas and Kip Harkness, the Deputy City Manager of San Jose, CA, …

#147 Pay for Success Contracting with Brian Beachkofski, Third Sector Capital Partners

December 1st, 2017


Paying for the service outcome rather than the cost of implementation. Brian Beachkofski from Third Sector Capital Partners joins GovLove to talk about a new contracting model called Pay for Success contracting. He …

#146 Player-Coach Management with Jestin Johnson, Athens-Clarke County, Georgia

November 24th, 2017


Managing in a consolidated city and county government. Jestin Johnson, the Assistant Manager of Athens-Clarke County, GA consolidated government, …

#145 Trends in Human Resources with Heidi Voorhees, GovHR USA

November 21st, 2017


Recruiting & retaining talent in local government. Heidi Voorhees, the President of GovHR USA, joined GovLove to talk about the work of finding and attracting talented local government employees. Heidi discussed her …

#144 Behavioral Insights & Benchmarking in Scottsdale, AZ with Brent Stockwell

November 17th, 2017


Brent Stockwell, Assistant City Manager of Scottsdale, AZ, joined GovLove to discuss his work on performance measurement, behavioral insights and his …

#143 GovLaunch, Connecting Startups & Cities with Barry Greenfield

November 14th, 2017


What startups and local government can do to work better together. Barry Greenfield the Co-Founder of GovLaunch, a platform for local governments to …

#142 Serving with Your Whole Heart in Little Rock, Arkansas with Melissa Bridges & Susan Langley

November 10th, 2017


Innovation, performance and public service in Little Rock. Two people from the City of Little Rock, AR join GovLove to talk about their work. Melissa Bridges, Performance & Innovation Coordinator, and Susan Langley, …

#141 Leadership & ICMA with Peggy Merriss, City Manager, Decatur, GA

November 7th, 2017


Get to know the City Manager of Decatur, Georgia. Peggy Merriss joins GovLove to discuss her career in local government, which includes 24 years as City Manager and stints in leadership positions with ICMA. She talked …

#140 Managing Crisis in Gatlinburg, TN with City Manager Cindy Cameron Ogle

November 3rd, 2017


Forest fire and emergency response. Cindy Cameron Ogle the City Manager of Gatlinburg, Tennessee joins GovLove to discuss what it was like to manage the city through a forest fire that destroyed 2500 buildings last …

#139 Lean Six Sigma & Roundabouts with Jennifer Teal, City Administrator, Gahanna, OH

October 31st, 2017


Leading Gahanna, Ohio and improving processes. City Administrator Jennifer Teal joins GovLove to discuss how she's used her black belt in Lean Six Sigma to improve operations and the unique way they taught residents to …

#138 Power to the People with Marc Ott, Executive Director of ICMA

October 27th, 2017


From City Manager of Austin, Texas to leading ICMA, get to know Marc Ott. The Executive Director of the International City/County Management Association (ICMA), Marc Ott, joined GovLove to discuss his career path in …

#137 Practical Innovation in Syracuse & Anchorage with Sam Edelstein & Brendan Babb

October 20th, 2017


Open data and innovation from coast to coast. Brendan Babb, the Chief Innovation Officer of Anchorage, Alaska and Sam Edelstein, the Chief Data Officer of Syracuse, New York join GovLove. They answered questions from …

#136 Battling Homelessness with Andrew Hening, San Rafael, CA

October 13th, 2017


Local solutions to homelessness and practicing radical empathy. Andrew Hening the Director of Homeless Planning & Outreach for the City of San …

#135 Finding Your Role Model with John Keisler, Long Beach, CA

October 6th, 2017


He started as a management assistant and now he's the Director of Economic and Property Development for the City of Long Beach, California, get to know John Keisler. John was also the innovation team director in Long …

#134 The Opioid Epidemic & Reporting on Government with Ian Birrell

September 29th, 2017


An international perspective on reporting and government. We're joined by a columnist and foreign correspondent during his recent trip to Kettering, …

#133 Responding to Hurricane Irma with Dan Biles, Pasco County, Florida

September 22nd, 2017


Hurricane Irma made landfall in Florida on September 10 but the preparation to weather the major storm started well before then. Dan Biles, the County Manager of Pasco County, FL joins the podcast to discuss all the …

#132 The Effect of Driverless Cars & Amazon on Local Government

September 15th, 2017


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 …

#131 A 2nd Grader Interviews a County Manager about Local Government with Phil Smith-Hanes

September 8th, 2017


Career day with the County Manager of Ellis County, Kansas. To celebrate the start of the new school year we have an interview between second grader …

#130 Managing Waco, TX with City Manager Dale Fisseler

September 1st, 2017


Film permits, building applications and more. Dale Fisseler, the City Manger of Waco, Texas, joins GovLove to talk about his career and managing a …

#129 Local Government Law: Are You Tweeting Into Trouble?

August 25th, 2017


Local government law and social media. In a new series we're exploring the legal side of local government and this week it's all about social media. …

#128 Community Outreach in Saint John, New Brunswick with Jacqueline Hamilton

August 22nd, 2017


Community development and managing growth in Saint John, Canada. Jacqueline Hamilton the Commissioner of Growth and Community Development joins GovLove to talk about the City of Saint John's one-stop development shop …

#127 Social Innovation in Las Vegas with Dr. Lisa Morris Hibbler

August 18th, 2017


Helping kids and creating social innovation. Dr. Lisa Morris Hibbler joins GovLove to discuss her work at the City of Las Vegas, NV. She talked about …

#126 Love in Public Administration, Married Couples in Local Government

August 15th, 2017


True love in local government. We talk with three people whose spouse also works in public administration. They discuss balancing two local government careers, discussing issues at the kitchen table and taking advantage …

#125 Getting Women & Girls Involved in Government with Commissioner Denise Driehaus, Hamilton County, OH

August 11th, 2017


Encouraging women and girls to get involved with local government. Commissioner Denise Driehaus is the first woman to serve on the Hamilton County, …

#124 Preparing for the Solar Eclipse in Oregon with Lili’a Uili Neville & Patrick Rollens

August 8th, 2017


Local government in the path of totality. Lili’a Uili Neville from Benton County, OR and Patrick Rollens from the City of Corvallis, OR join GovLove …

#123 All in the Family with Tom and Mike Bonfield

August 4th, 2017


Two brothers, two City Managers. Tom and Mike Bonfield join the podcast to discuss what led them to public service, how they motivate employees and the toughest decisions they've made on the job. Tom Bonfield is the …

#122 Leading Richmond with Mayor Levar Stoney, Richmond, VA

July 28th, 2017


The youngest Mayor ever elected to serve the City of Richmond, VA joins GovLove. Mayor Levar Stoney talked about why he wanted to run for local office, what he's learned so far in his seven months on the job and how …

#121 Civic Innovation in Calgary, Canada with Jonathan Veale

July 25th, 2017


GovLove International returns! Jonathan Veale from the City of Calgary, Alberta talked about how he works to inspire innovation and solve civic …

#120 Making the Move with Tanya Ange, Kristin Donald and Clay Pearson

July 21st, 2017


Moving for a job opportunity is often a reality for someone pursuing a local government career. Three professionals who recently moved for a job join GovLove to give their advice and perspective on making that move. …

#119 Reimagine Phoenix with Ginger Spencer, Public Works Director

July 14th, 2017


Talking trash. Ginger Spencer, the Public Works Director of the City of Phoenix, AZ joins the podcast to talk about their ambitious waste diversion plans and the innovative programs they have to encourage economic …

#118 The Role of Housing Authorities with Melissa Maddox-Evans, Charleston, SC

July 7th, 2017


The need for affordable housing is an issue that cities across the country are facing. Melissa Maddox-Evans joins the podcast to discuss the role of …

#117 Harnessing the Power of Data with Leigh Tami, Cincinnati, OH

June 30th, 2017


The Chief Performance Officer of the City of Cincinnati, OH, Leigh Tami, joins GovLove to discuss data and performance. She shares her background and path to local government, what she looks for when hiring and the …

#116 Revisionist History with Malcolm Gladwell

June 23rd, 2017


The legendary Malcolm Gladwell joins the podcast to discuss the education system in America, social justice and the second season of his podcast, …

#115 Somebody is Everybody with Pete Haga, Grand Forks, ND

June 20th, 2017


Talking community relations, battling the opioid epidemic and the Uber of food trucks, meet Pete Haga from the City of Grand Forks, North Dakota. Pete joins GovLove to discuss his work as the Community/Government …

#114 Race & Diversity in the Planning Profession with Giovania Tiarachristie

June 16th, 2017


Giovania Tiarachristie argues that if planning was a room, the elephant in it would be race. Giovania is the author of an amazing report exploring …

#113 Jane's Walk Toronto with Alia Scanlon

June 13th, 2017


The GovLove international team returns with the City Organizer of Jane's Walk Toronto, Alia Scanlon. She talks about the mission of Jane's Walk, an organization that puts on free, locally organized walking tours, in …

#112 Reason for Running with Sara Eskrich & Hannah Lebovits

June 9th, 2017


We talk running for City Council with Sara Eskrich, Alder for District 13 of Madison, WI, and Hannah Lebovits, candidate for University Heights, OH City Council. They discuss why they wanted to run for office, the …

#111 Car-Free Planning in DC & Key West, FL with Chris Hamilton

June 6th, 2017


Chris Hamilton joins GovLove to talk all about car-free transportation, planning and paradise. Chris is the Car-Free Key West program manager and former Transportation Bureau Chief for Commuter Services in Arlington …

#110 Attracting High-Quaility, Diverse Employees with Michael Lawson, Aurora, CO

June 2nd, 2017


The Intern Files is back, this time Madison Thesing interviews Michael Lawson from the City of Aurora, Colorado. Michael leads the city's special …

#109 Public Service Perspectives from Indonesia & Singapore

May 26th, 2017


This week we get an international perspective on public service from Indonesia and Singapore. Shaffira Gayatri and Jerry Lewis Ong are two Legislative Process and Governance Professional Fellows visiting the United …

#108 Our Erie with the Jefferson Educational Society

May 19th, 2017


Ferki Ferati & Ben Speggan join GovLove to talk about their work with the Jefferson Educational Society in Erie, Pennsylvania. The Jefferson Society has been active in creating civic dialogue, exposing residents and …

#107 The Local Government Management Fellowship Experience

May 12th, 2017


The latest Intern Files is back to discuss the ICMA local government fellow experience and getting started in a local government career. Madison Thesing is joined by David Nash-Hernandez, Eli Ritchie, Hunter Harris, …

#106 Citizen Engagement with Matthew Crozier of Bang the Table

May 9th, 2017


Figuring out the best way to get residents involved and participating in local government has been a hot topic in cities across the country. Matthew …

#105 Lauren Lockwood Chief Digital Officer, City of Boston, MA

May 5th, 2017


Lauren Lockwood, the Chief Digital Officer for Boston, MA joined GovLove to talk about technology, communications and bringing new thinking to local …

#104 Broadening Neighborhood Engagement in Seattle, WA with Kathy Nyland

April 28th, 2017


Kathy Nyland the Director of the Seattle, WA department of neighborhoods joined GovLove to talk about rethinking neighborhood engagement. With the …

#103 Kick-Starting Local Government with Stephen Goldsmith, Harvard Kennedy School

April 21st, 2017


Stephen Goldsmith, Director of the Innovations Program at the Harvard Kennedy School of Government and the former Mayor of Indianapolis, IN joins …

#102 Trends & Topics in MPA Programs with Justin Marlowe & Alicia Shatteman

April 18th, 2017


Justin Marlowe from the University of Washington Evans School & Alicia Shatteman from Northern Illinois University join GovLove to discuss what …

#101 GFOA's New Executive Director, Chris Morrill

April 14th, 2017


Chris Morrill, the City Manager of Roanoke, VA for one more day, joins GovLove to talk about his next career step. He discussed his career, which …

#100 Water Works with David LaFrance, CEO of AWWA

April 11th, 2017


The CEO of the American Water Works Association, David LaFrance joins the podcast to talk about his work with the professional association, the challenges to Water service, Flint and more. David also discusses his …

#99 GovLove International with Gord Hume

April 7th, 2017


Welcome to the first episode of GovLove International! In this new monthly series we'll interview a local government professional from outside the US. This month John sat down with Gord Hume a speaker and advisor on …

#98 City Attorney to City Manager with Jane Brautigam, Boulder, CO

March 31st, 2017


Jane Brautigam the City Manager of Boulder, CO joined GovLove to talk about her career path and making the leap from law to management. She also …

#97 Leading Mecklenburg with Dena Diorio, County Manager

March 24th, 2017


The Manager of North Carolina's largest county joins GovLove to discuss her career path, building trust in government, communications and more. Dena …

#96 K-12 Leadership, Public Administration & Education with Chris Reykdal

March 21st, 2017


Chris Reykdal is a graduate of the North Carolina MPA program, former teacher and the new superintendent of public instruction for the State of …

#95 The ICMA President & the Intern with Lee Feldman, Ft. Lauderdale, FL

March 17th, 2017


The latest installment of the Intern Files features the president! Lee Feldman, the City Manager of Ft. Lauderdale, FL, is the current president of ICMA. Madison asked him about his career path, his plans for his …

#94 The City Hall Challenge Final - Peoria vs. Vancouver

March 14th, 2017


The City of Peoria, IL and the City of Vancouver, WA squared off last week in the championship round of the ELGL City Hall Challenge. This March Madness style bracket asked cities from across the country to compete for …

#93 There's No Perfect Path to Leadership

March 10th, 2017


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 …

#92 Leadership & Infrastructure with Dan Biles, Jefferson County, AL

March 7th, 2017


Dan Biles, the Deputy County Manager of Jefferson County, Alabama, joined GovLove to talk about his career path, perspective on leadership and rebuilding infrastructure after a municipal bankruptcy. We discussed his …

#91 Guided by Public Service with Cari Anne Cashon

March 3rd, 2017


Cari Anne Cashon, entrepreneur and author, joined GovLove to talk about her passion for public service. She talked with Kent about her interest in …

#90 Hometown Summit in Charlottesville, VA with Adam Klein and Carolyn Zelikow

February 24th, 2017


Coming to Charlottesville, VA in April is the Hometown Summit, a celebration of small and mid-sized cities across the country. The summit is a convention and celebration of leaders who have spearheaded some of the …

#89 Managing Themed Communities in Williamsburg, VA & Leavenworth, WA

February 17th, 2017


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 …

#88 Customer Service & Permitting How LocalGov Can Do Better

February 14th, 2017


Dan Ralley the Assistant City Manager of Upper Arlington, OH and Carl Anderson from ViewPoint Solutions joined GovLove to talk about how to better …

#87 The Wellbeing Initiative with Julie Rusk, Santa Monica, CA

February 10th, 2017


Our fearless intern is back! The ICMA/ELGL Oregon Management Fellow, Madison Thesing talked with Julie Rusk, the Chief of Civic Wellbeing in Santa …

#86 Empathy & Disruption in City Management with Kelly McAdoo, Hayward, CA

February 7th, 2017


Taking a Silicon Valley approach to city management, Kelly McAdoo discusses her innovative approach to leading the City of Hayward, CA. McAdoo describes how customer empathy and disruption are key to better serving …

#85 Analyst Turned Candidate with Greg Clay, Atlanta, GA

February 3rd, 2017


Atlanta City Council Candidate, Greg Clay, talked all about the ATL and public service. Greg earned his MPA from Kansas University and has worked in city hall as an administrator in Georgia and Kansas. He talked about …

#84 Preparing for the Snowpocalypse with Mark Vanderpool, Sterling Heights, MI

January 27th, 2017


What does it take to handle winter weather? From pre-treatment to salting and plowing the City Manager of Sterling Heights, MI talks about all the preparation and work that goes into keeping roads clear in even the …

#83 Disruptive Innovation with Ed Blayney, Louisville, KY

January 24th, 2017


The City of Louisville, KY is one of the leaders in local government innovation and we sat down with Ed Blayney, their innovation project manager. He discussed how they used civic hacking to cut down on fires in vacant …

#82 Love and Community with Hyong Yi, Charlotte, NC

January 20th, 2017


We sat down with Assistant City Manager of Charlotte, NC and sock of the month club member, Hyong Yi. He shared his inspiring story of dealing with tragedy and finding the power of love and community. After the death of …

#81 Celebrating Mentor Month with Traca Savadogo

January 17th, 2017


January is Mentor Month! ELGL has been celebrating by telling the stories of mentor relationships and the best advice people have gotten over the years. To celebrate the month we sat down with Traca Savadogo from Tall …

#80 You Can Run for Local Elected Office

January 13th, 2017


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 …

#79 The Blue & You, Policing & Diversity with Dr. Brian Williams

January 6th, 2017


Dr. Brian Williams from the University of Georgia School of Public and International Affairs, joins GovLove to talk about policing. From community …

#78 The Year in Review with Kent, Kirsten & Ben

December 30th, 2016


The three GovLove hosts, Kent, Kirsten and Ben, got together to take a look back at 2016. They each picked their Top 5 episodes of the year and discussed their selections (43:50). Segments included: The most listened to …

#77 A Bottomless Pit of Ideas, Leaders in LocalGov Podcasting

December 23rd, 2016


Podcast on podcasting! Kent sat down with three leaders in local government podcasting: Dana Berchman of Gilbert, AZ host of Government Gone Digital; …

#76 Get to Know the Queen City, Charlotte, NC

December 20th, 2016


Earlier this month, GovLove hit the road and explored Charlotte, NC thanks to an invite to the NCLGBA Winter Conference. We used the conference as an excuse to talk to two awesome administrators working for the City of …

#75 Getting a Burgh's Eye View on Innovation in Pittsburgh, PA

December 16th, 2016


GovLove takes a visit to the Steel City in this week's episode. We chatted with two people from the Pittsburgh, PA Office of Innovation & Performance about their open data and innovation efforts. Debra Lam, the …

#74 Behind the Voting Booth with Tim Tsujii, Forsyth County, NC

December 9th, 2016


We take a deep dive on the administrative side of elections with Tim Tsujii the Elections Director of Forsyth County, NC. We talked what it takes to prepare for an election, common misconceptions and more.

#73 The Power of Story with Paul Leonard, Upper Dublin Township, PA

December 2nd, 2016


Paul Leonard the Township Manager of Upper Dublin, PA came on the podcast to talk public safety, emergency response and his favorite podcasts. Paul …

#72 SimCity Influencing a Generation of Local Government Leaders

November 25th, 2016


The game that launched a thousand local government careers. From future planners to city managers, SimCity inspired lots of local government leaders to pursue their chosen career. We talked with Ocean Quigley, the …

#71 Let's Get Innovative with Nick Kittle Adams County, CO

November 18th, 2016


We sit down with Nick Kittle about his work with Adams County, CO on innovation and sustainability initiatives. Nick shares how he combats "energy vampires," and shares his definition of "innovation." Nick also gets …

#70 Swapcast with Archive Social CEO Anil Chawla

November 15th, 2016


We sat down with the CEO of Archive Social, Anil Chawla to talk civic technology and the GovTech Podcast. Then the tables get turned and Anil asks …

#69 Water Wise with George Hawkins, CEO of DC Water

November 11th, 2016


George Hawkins the CEO of DC Water comes on the podcast to talk about his path to local government, the innovative things the DC water system is doing and more.

#68 The League of Women in Government

November 8th, 2016


The League of Women in Government is an exciting new group working to bring attention to the issue of gender equality in local government. Specifically they've focused on raising the percentage of women in chief …

#67 Between Two Interns with Anthony Hooper, Public Works DIrector

November 4th, 2016


The return of Between Two Interns! For their first episode they grill Anthony Hooper, the Public Works Director of Lake Oswego, OR. Our new interns, Ashley Sonoff and Madison Thesing, are both Fellows in the Portland, …

#66 Election Season with the League of Minority Voters

October 28th, 2016


The 2016 Election season is in the home stretch with contests at every level of government. We sat down with Promise King the Executive Director of the Oregon League of Minority Voters to talk about voter turnout, …

#65 Recapping the ELGL16 Pop-Up Conferences

October 25th, 2016


On October 21st Engaging Local Government Leaders (ELGL) held six pop-up conferences across the country involving more than 550 local government …

#64 Twitter & Free Speech: What's mute got to do with it?

October 22nd, 2016


How does blocking or muting someone on Twitter affect free speech? Angela Greben has been doing research into precisely this topic. She has been filing records requests across the country to find out who elected …

#63 Local Government Website Do's and Don'ts

October 18th, 2016


What's it like to launch a new city website? In an interview from the 2016 ICMA Conference in Kansas City, Mike Ekey from the City of Raymore, MO and Ashley Fruechting from Vision Internet tell the story of Raymore's …

#62 The Importance of Organizational Culture with Ron Holifield

October 14th, 2016


Ron Holifield from Strategic Government Resources comes on the podcast to discuss culture and how it can impact hiring and brand perception. The …

#61 Talking Kansas City, MO with Assistant City Manager Rick Usher

October 7th, 2016


We sat down with Assistant City Manager Rick Usher while we were in Kansas City, MO for the 2016 ICMA Conference. He discussed the city’s new streetcar, bringing Google Fiber to the region and supporting the start-up …

#60 Dad Talk, Balancing Diapers and Budgets

September 30th, 2016


It's all dad talk in this week's episode! Four guests come on the podcast to talk about balancing being a father and working in local government. …

#59 The Future of Libraries with Amy Garmer, Aspen Institute

September 27th, 2016


Live from #ICMA2016! GovLove was in Kansas City, MO for the annual conference and found some time to sit down with Amy Garmer from the Aspen Institute and the director of the Dialogue on Public Libraries. She talks how …

#58 Barn-Raising & Battling Incivility with Julia Novak

September 23rd, 2016


As President of The Novak Consulting Group, Julia Novak helps cities across the country with everything from executive recruitment to strategic …

#57 Michigan Municipal League with Bridget & Kirsten

September 20th, 2016


Reporting from the Michigan Municipal League conference from the top of the mitten, Bridget Doyle and Kirsten Wyatt talk about what they've learned at the conference and what they spoke on. They also end the episode …

#56 Deciphering the New Labor Rules for Exempt Employees with Kristin Donald, Apex Park and Recreation District

September 16th, 2016


The Department of Labor released new rules for exempt and non-exempt employees. In this episode we sit down with Kristin Donald, the finance manager …

#55 Smart Cities with Ed Krafcik from Soofa

September 9th, 2016


Soofa Benches' Ed Krafcik comes on GovLove to talk about smart urban furniture appliances. Soofa creates solar powered charging stations that double …

#54 Civic Tech with Chris Maddox, CEO of Seneca Systems

September 6th, 2016


Chris Maddox comes on the podcast to talk about local government and technology. The conversation covered everything from his career in the tech …

#53 Impacting Florida with Matt Surrency, Mayor of Hawthorne, FL

September 2nd, 2016


Mayor Matt Surrency joins Kent to chat about local government in Florida. They discuss his decision to run for elected office and his time as President of the Florida League of Cities.

#52 Modern Policing & Social Media with Captain Chris Hsiung, Mountain View, CA

August 26th, 2016


Kirsten, ELGL's Executive Director, talks with Captain Chris Hsiung from the Mountain View, CA police department about everything from affordable …

#51 Reporting on Local Government with Kate Queram, News & Record

August 19th, 2016


Ben sits down with Kate Queram from the Greensboro News And Record to talk about media coverage of local government. Prior to her tenure covering Guilford County, NC, Ms. Queram worked as a reporter in Wilmington, NC …

#50 Get to know ICMA with Rob Carty

August 12th, 2016


In this episode of GovLove, Kirsten talks with Rob Carty from ICMA, one of #ELGL16 sponsors. Learn about ICMA's work on local government management topics. Note: this episode of GovLove was taped before the announcement …

#49 Podcast on Podcast with Jim Hurley, McHenry County, IL

August 9th, 2016


In this bonus episode we return to Wisconsin for an interview with the Assistant to the County Administrator of McHenry County, Jim Hurley. He and Kent talk all things communications including Jim's own dive into the …

#48 A Day In The Life of Innovation Offices in Illinois, North Carolina & Florida

August 5th, 2016


So what does an innovation office do? Kirsten aims to answer just that question in this three part episode with Kate Green from Peoria, IL, Josh Edwards from Durham, NC and Sam Timko from Ft. Lauderdale, FL. The three …

#47 Standing Up to Gender Discrimination with Kirsten Wyatt

July 29th, 2016


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 …

#46 Leveraging Data to Improve Local Government with Zach Markovits, What Works Cities

July 22nd, 2016


What does it take to make cities more innovative and efficient? What Works Cities is an organization that strives to answer that question. Kent Wyatt sat down with Director of City Programs for What Works Cities, Zach …

#45 The NIU Experience with Dr. Zeemering & Jon Pape

July 19th, 2016


In another report from Wisconsin, Kent Wyatt talks all things public administration. Joining him from Northern Illinois University, Dr. Eric …

#44 Texas Sunset Commission with Jennifer Jones

July 15th, 2016


Deep in the heart of Texas. Kirsten Wyatt sat down with Jennifer Jones, the Deputy Director of the Texas Sunset Commission, to talk about her work improving the efficiency of State government. Their evaluation team …

#43 Recruiting Local Government with Heidi Voorhees

July 12th, 2016


Reporting from Wisconsin Kent Wyatt sat down with Heidi Voorhees of GovHR USA to talk about recruiting in local government. He also discussed the search for the new ICMA director.

#42 Participatory Budgeting in Greensboro, NC

July 8th, 2016


In honor of the New Fiscal Year we have a budgeting focused episode. Participatory budgeting is one of the latest trends sweeping cities across the country, we sat down with Karen Kixmiller from the City of Greensboro, …

#41 Attracting Veterans to Local Government with Josh Schoemann, Washington County, WI

July 4th, 2016


To celebrate Independence Day we're sharing this interview with Josh Schoemann the County Administrator of Washington County, WI. He discussed how his experience in the military shapes his work in local government as …

#40 Data Download: Examining Women in the Profession

June 30th, 2016


How many women lead local governments across the country? Is it still 13 percent, or is there more to the story? Kirsten Wyatt and Stacy Schweikart come on the podcast to discuss the latest ICMA data on women in the …

#39 Charlotte, NC Open Streets & Community Engagement

June 24th, 2016


This week we profile an innovative community engagement effort from the City of Charlotte, North Carolina. Sarah Hazel and Monica Holmes come on to …

#38 Between Two Interns with Scott Lazenby, City Manager of Lake Oswego, OR

June 17th, 2016


The interns make their triumphant return! Roger Gonzalez and Mark Yager talked with Lake Oswego, OR city manager and Portland State professor, Scott Lazenby. Their conversation covered innovations in local government, …

#37 The "Appycademy" & Communications in Appleton, WI

June 10th, 2016


We sat down with Chad Doran the communications coordinator for Appleton, WI. Recently he started a citizens academy to help residents learn more about the operations of the city and engage with their local government. …

#36 Tackling Minimum Wage at the Local Level

June 3rd, 2016


Across the nation communities are dealing with the issue of minimum wage, especially in cities with rising rents. Cities and counties are taking the initiative to raise their own local wage in response. For this episode …

#35 Best Local Government Video Ever

May 26th, 2016


Kent is joined this week by Brian Ligon from Round Rock, TX and Scott McDonell from Dane County, WI. These two are the brains behind Ron Pitchman and Chad Vader, the stars of two of the most creative local government …

#34 Annual vs. Biennial Budgeting Smackdown with Casey Camors & Haley Fish

May 20th, 2016


The Finance Directors of Milwaukie, OR and Canby, OR join Kirsten to discuss the pros and cons of annual budgeting and biennial budgeting. Casey Camors and Haley Fish share their experiences and trade jabs in this …

#33 Talking Finance & GFOA With Marc Gonzales

May 13th, 2016


Clackamas County, OR Finance Director and incoming GFOA President, Marc Gonzales, joins us this week. Marc discussed everything from how he got into local government accounting to joining GFOA and seeing Bruce …

#32 Parks and Planning with New York City Commissioner Mitchell Silver

May 6th, 2016


What's it like to manage a parks system for over 8.5 million people? For this week's episode we sat down with New York City Parks and Recreation Commissioner Mitchell Silver. He's a planner with over 30 years of …

#31 The Candidates with Josh Dukelow and Jon Stehle

April 29th, 2016


This week on GovLove Kent Wyatt sits down with Josh Dukelow and Jon Stehle on what it's like to run for local elected office. Everything from dealing with the pressure of debates to endorsements and fundraising. This …

#30 Getting Millennials to Choose Government with Philip Joyce, University of Maryland

April 22nd, 2016


This week we sit down with Professor Philip Joyce from the University of Maryland School of Public Policy. He recently wrote an article for Governing …

#29 Between Two Interns with Michael Brown, City Manager of Hillsboro, OR

April 15th, 2016


Intern takeover! The Oregon local government fellows, Roger Gonzalez and Mark Yager take the reigns on this week's episode. They chatted with Hillsboro, OR City Manager Michael Brown on everything from his hatred of …

#28 Talking Plainly about Infrastructure with Taylor Huckaby, BART

April 8th, 2016


This week's guest went viral recently with his honest and straightforward tweets about the state of public transportation in San Francisco, CA. Taylor Huckaby chatted with Kirsten Wyatt about the importance of transit, …

#27 The Start-Up City with Gabe Klein & Leah Treat

April 1st, 2016


Kent Wyatt sits down with Gabe Klein and Leah Treat to talk about their time in the City of Chicago Mayor's Office, Leah's work as Portland's director of transportation, and Gabe's book, "The Start-Up City." Their …

#26 Public Service Alphabet Soup with Jenni Tan, City Councilor, West Linn, OR

March 25th, 2016


Kirsten Wyatt sat down with West Linn City Councilor Jenni Tan to talk about the work she's done as a member of several National League of Cities committees with emphasis on developing leaders both at home and abroad.

#25 Gaming Urban Design with GreaterPlaces

March 25th, 2016


Gaming and urban planning meet in this week's episode. Lisa Nisenson and Sarah Lewis from GreaterPlaces join GovLove to talk about how they are using a card game to help people talk about their communities. They are the …

#24 In Defense of Special Districts with Bobbi Nance and Cassandra Ulven

March 18th, 2016


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 …

#23 Kirsten and Bridget Get Frank from the 2016 Frank Conference

March 11th, 2016


Bridget Doyle and Kirsten Wyatt get together to recap their #Frank2016 experience. The Frank conference is all about public focused communication. Between quoting Damn Daniel and avoiding bats Kirsten and Bridget …

#22 Glass Ceiling Shattering Police Chiefs with Jeri Williams, Phoenix, AZ & Denise Turner, Gilroy, CA

March 4th, 2016


This week we have a throwback episode! Two glass ceiling shattering women joined GovLove back in 2016 to talk about policing. Chief Jeri Williams, …

#21 The Poll of Record with Dr. Kenneth Fernandez, Elon University

March 3rd, 2016


It's polling season! With primaries across the nation underway and the national election coming this fall the news and internet have been flooded …

#20 Say Yes Guilford, Creating Opportunity Through Education with Mary Vigue

February 19th, 2016


What if there was a way to get local governments, school systems and non-profits all working toward the same goal of improving student achievement? …

#19 Between Two Interns with Pat Martel, ICMA President & City Manager, Daly City, CA

February 12th, 2016


The Oregon local government interns are back! Roger Gonzalez and Mark Yager sat down with ICMA president Pat Martel for an edition of Between 2 Interns. They chatted about everything from getting started in local …

#18 Local Government Technology, Next Request and Seneca Systems

February 5th, 2016


A few months ago, ELGL Co-Founder and GovLove host, Kent Wyatt sat down with two people active in the local government tech scene. His guests were, Tamara Manik-Perlman, CEO of Next Request and Chris Maddox, CEO of …

#17 A Regional Approach with Lee Worsley, Executive Director of the Triangle J Council of Governments

January 29th, 2016


This week GovLove sits down with Lee Worsley the Executive Director of the Triangle J Council of Governments in North Carolina. He explains what a …

#16 Resiliency In Joplin, Missouri with Sam Anselm, City Manager

January 22nd, 2016


After one of the worst tornados on record, many thought the city of Joplin, Missouri would never be the same. But local residents, nearby agencies …

#15 Navigating a Local Government Career Together, Meet Bo & Michelle Ferguson

January 2nd, 2016


What's it like to balance a two career household when both people are in local government? Meet Bo and Michelle Ferguson, they've been doing just …

#14 Veterans In Local Government with Will Doerfer and Darrin Tangeman

December 11th, 2015


Two local government administrators who also happen to be veterans. Will Doerfer (Hyde County, NC, Special Assistant County Manager and NCACC/ICMA Management Fellow) and Darrin Tangeman (District Manager, ‎Pueblo West …

#13 Lets Get Ethical, Local Government Staff Debating ICMA's Two Year Guideline

November 28th, 2015


Join Tim Wolff (Lake Isabella, MI), Matt Yager (Plano,TX), Mike Ekey (Raymore, MO) and Ben DeClue (Lebanon, MO) as they discuss the benefits and …

#12 Let's Get Ethical, Explaining ICMA's Two Year Guideline with Martha Perego & Julie Underwood

November 20th, 2015


This week the GovLove team sits down with Martha Perego from ICMA and Julie Underwood the Assistant City Manager of Daly City, CA to discuss one of …

#11 Halloween in Chapel Hill, NC Managing Large Downtown Crowds

November 6th, 2015


In honor of Halloween we’ve got a scary local government story. What would your town do if about 80,000 people descended upon it for a night? That …

#10 Between Two Interns, Meet Roger Gonzalez & Mark Yager, the Oregon Local Government Fellows

October 23rd, 2015


We introduce a semi-recurring series called 'Between Two Interns,' and talk with the Oregon Local Government Interns. Roger Gonzalez and Mark Yager discuss everything from their impressions of Oregon to the term …

#9 Millennials in the Workplace, a Conversation with Cam Marston

October 9th, 2015


In this episode of GovLove, we talk with Cam Marston, an expert on the impact of generational change and its impact on the marketplace. As an author, …

#8 The Asheville Budget Explorer with Eric Jackson & Tony McDowell

September 18th, 2015


Anyone that works in local government knows that the annual budget is one of the most important efforts an organization goes through each year. But …

#7 Tom Lundy, County Manager, Catawba County, NC

August 28th, 2015


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 …

#6 We Love Local Government with Glen Ocsko

August 20th, 2015


"A computer beat me once at chess, but it was no match for me at kickboxing." Glen Ocsko is chock full of these kinds of equal parts hilarious and …

#5 Reducing Domestic Violence with Catherine Johnson, Family Justice Center, Guilford County, NC

August 14th, 2015


Guilford County recently opened its own Family Justice Center with the vision, "To protect the vulnerable, stop the violence, restore hope, and make …

#4 Social Media in Local Government, Lori Hall, West Linn, OR

August 6th, 2015


How can governments up their Twitter followers? Increase traffic to parks? Lori Hall, the Citizen Engagement Coordinator at the City of West Linn, …

#3 Increasing Women in Leadership, Gender Equality in Local Government

July 24th, 2015


GovLove Co-Host Kirsten Wyatt and Bridget Kozlowski, Community Relations Director for Sterling Heights, MI, dive into the important issue of increasing the percentage of women in local government. These two women have …

#2 Budgeting & Engagement in Durham, NC with Bertha Johnson & John Allore

July 9th, 2015


Two guests from the City of Durham, North Carolina join GovLove to discuss budgeting and engaging residents in the budget process. Bertha Johnson, …

#1 Local Government Finance with Casey Camors, Milwaukie, OR

July 9th, 2015


GovLove Co-Host Kirsten Wyatt interviews Casey Camors, the new Finance Director of Milwaukie, Oregon. They discuss her unique path to a leadership position in Finance plus her passion for working in local government. 

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