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GovLove is a podcast about the people, policies and profession of local government. From Mayors and City Managers to interns and everyone in between, we interview the people making a difference in their communities to learn about the great work being done at the local level. GovLove is brought to you by Engaging Local Government Leaders (ELGL).

GovLove - A Podcast About Local Government Engaging Local Government Leaders (ELGL)

    • Government
    • 4.9, 178 Ratings

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).

    Equity and Neighborhoods with Majestic Lane, Pittsburgh, PA

    Equity and Neighborhoods with Majestic Lane, Pittsburgh, PA

    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 Equity. He discussed gentrification and how cities need to focus on people and impacts of who is served by new investments. Majestic also talked about workforce development efforts and the work Pittsburgh is doing to improve the diversity of businesses it works with. 
    Host: Ben Kittelson

    • 50 min
    Engaging through Art with Carrie Christensen, Minneapolis Park & Recreation Board

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

    Meaning making and synthesizing. Carrie Christensen, Senior Planner for the Minneapolis Park and Recreation Board, joined the podcast to talk about how she has used art and artists in engagement. Using artists has improved the quality of engagement and brought more diverse residents to the table.
    This is part of ELGL’s Creative Community, a partnership with ArtPlace America and CivicArts to write, explore, share, and learn about creative placemaking.
    Host: Kirsten Wyatt

    • 56 min
    Embracing Failure in Local Government with Andi Mirviss

    Embracing Failure in Local Government with Andi Mirviss

    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 people to embrace new ideas. The Centre for Public Impact has a new report about Failing Forward and understanding how local governments can fail forward and create a culture of innovation.
    Host: Javon Davis

    • 45 min
    Supporting Main Street with Richard Berry, Kauffman Mayors Council

    Supporting Main Street with Richard Berry, Kauffman Mayors Council

    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 shared what it was like to go through the Great Recession and the need to support local businesses. He also discussed how Albuquerque supported entrepreneurs through accelerator programs and changing the regulatory environment.
    This interview is part of a four part series with the Kauffman Mayors' Council. The Mayors' Council harnesses the knowledge and experience of former mayors to support cities across the county in efforts to build equitable community wealth.
    Host: Alyssa Dinberg

    • 57 min
    Workforce Equity with Ben Duncan, Multnomah County, OR

    Workforce Equity with Ben Duncan, Multnomah County, OR

    Community organizing in government. Ben Duncan, Chief Diversity and Equity Officer for Multnomah County, Oregon, joined the podcast to talk about his career working on equity issues which began with environmental justice and health issues. He discussed the County's Workforce Equity Strategic Plan and how employees have been engaged to improve their workplace. He also shared the work he's done on the strategies Multnomah County is implementing to improve the diversity of their workforce and how the organization uses an equity lens.
    Host: Ben Kittelson

    • 51 min
    Building an Entrepreneurial Ecosystem with Sly James, Kauffman Mayors Council

    Building an Entrepreneurial Ecosystem with Sly James, Kauffman Mayors Council

    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 programs led by the City of Kansas City, an innovation partnership program and a startup in residence program. He also discussed the racial gap in entrepreneurship and the need to incorporate equity in economic development.
    This interview is part of a four part series with the Kauffman Mayors' Council. The Mayors' Council harnesses the knowledge and experience of former mayors to support cities across the county in efforts to build equitable community wealth.
    Host: Alyssa Dinberg

    • 48 min

Customer Reviews

4.9 out of 5
178 Ratings

178 Ratings

TheHaga5 ,

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.

Brandoncito ,

It just keeps improving

Seriously. I’ve been a subscriber for what feels like ages and all they do is get better. Better guests, better audio quality, better content. They are dedicated to giving insight into how all politics are local.

Misssrae91 ,

10/10 would recommend — even for non-government related people!

As someone who’s worked for government and is now on the side of helping governments work better, the information in these podcasts are extremely beneficial in finding ways to do just that — amazing quality and work for the time put in!

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