GovLove is a podcast about the people, policies and profession of local government. From Mayors and City Managers to interns and everyone in between, we interview the people making a difference in their communities to learn about the great work being done at the local level. GovLove is brought to you by Engaging Local Government Leaders (ELGL).
Engaging the Entire Community on Planning & Middle Housing
Connecting with Gen Z and underrepresented populations. Sophie McGinley, Assistant Planner for the City of Eugene, OR, and Cody Kleinsmith, Climate Resiliency Analyst with Lane County, OR, joined the podcast to discuss how local governments can engage their entire community. Sophie and Cody shared how they engaged on the topic of middle housing. They talked about how local governments can engage unrepresented populations in their community and especially the Gen Z population.
Host: Kirsten Wyatt
Past & Future of Transparency with Tom Spengler, Rock Solid Technologies
Resident-centric government. Tom Spengler, Chief Executive Officer of Rock Solid Technologies, joined the podcast to discuss how local governments use technology to improve access and transparency. He talked about his time leading Granicus and the early days of getting organizations to stream and archive their meetings. He also shared his thoughts on future trends and technology to encourage resident engagement with local government meetings.
Host: Kirsten Wyatt
Transportation for a Strong Town with Charles Marohn
Designing streets for neighborhoods. Charles Marohn, the President and Co-Founder of Strong Towns, joined the podcast to talk about his new book on transportation, Confessions of a Recovering Engineer. He discussed streets, roads, and stroads, as well as the importance of designing streets for the speeds and outcomes communities want to see. He also shared his thoughts on speed design, traffic signals, and departments of transportation.
Host: Ben Kittelson
Managing Rapid Growth with Julie Karins, Goodyear, AZ
Preparing for growth through thoughtful planning. Julie Karins, City Manager for the City of Goodyear, Arizona, joined the podcast to discuss managing rapid growth. She talked about the strategies for overseeing population expansion in a city that is close to 200 square miles. She also highlighted the background and importance of water rights as well as adapting to growth internally within the organization.
Host: Lauren Palmer
Equity & Economic Inclusion with Aleea Slappy Wilson, Norfolk, VA
Championing equity and inclusion. Aleea Slappy Wilson, Diversity, Equity, and Inclusion Officer and LGBTQ Liaison for the City of Norfolk, Virginia, joined the podcast to discuss the City's equity initiative. She shared how the diversity, equity, and inclusion efforts started in Norfolk and the focus areas for the work. She also talked about her background in economic development and the work the City is doing to create a more inclusive economy.
Host: Ben Kittelson
Best Practices in Animal Welfare and Shelter Operations
Improving animal safety and health. Three guests joined the podcast to discuss a recent article in the State and Local Government Review journal on animal control ordinances and how local governments approach animal services. Laura Reese is a Professor of Urban and Regional Planning at Michigan State University and wrote the article, which focused on animal control in Detroit, Michigan. Casey Smith is the County Manager of Davidson County, North Carolina and he led a revamp of operations at the County's animal shelter. Aimee Wall is a Professor of Public Law and Government at the University of North Carolina and wrote a book on animal services law in North Carolina.
Host: Alyssa Dinberg
As a new professional as a city administrator, I’ve found this podcast to be incredibly helpful, with great speakers. Perfect for my commute to work !
Empowering, insightful and actionable! 🙌
Whether you’re well established as someone innovating in local government, or just getting started as a catalyst for change - this is a must-listen podcast for you! Kirsten and the entire ELGL team do an incredible job leading conversations that cover a huge breadth of topics related to the ins and outs of building a thriving culture and organization - with local leaders who’ve actually experienced success themselves. Highly recommend listening and subscribing!
Highlights the best of local gov peeps
I’m not sure what I love more, the in-depth discussions that provide real insights and useful, tangible actions or the breadth of topics that demonstrate the diversity of how local gov impacts lives. Or just that the format is so fun and accessible. Regardless, it is a valuable resource.