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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
    • 4.8 • 200 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).

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

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

    Being a liaison between local government and the community. Jessica VanderKolk, Communications Manager for the City of Battle Creek, Michigan, joined the podcast to talk about local government communications. She shared how staff can help share their stories with the community and highlight the work of their organization. She also talked about her career path into local government from journalism and her new role on the ELGL Board of Directors.  
    Host: Toney Thompson

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

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

    Dr. Kimberly Nelson, Professor of Public Administration and Government at the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill, returns to the podcast to talk about her most recent article about the politics versus administration debate. She provides an in-depth explanation of the role of the Local Government Manager in policymaking as it relates to the politics vs. administration dichotomy.
    Host: Ben Kittelson

    • 47 min
    Inclusive Prosperity in Economic Development with Jessica L. González Martínez and Sterling Johnson

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

    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 is the Just Opportunity Portfolio Director for the Partnership for Southern Equity. They discussed the joint partnership between their organizations to produce the Communication Resource Guide for Inclusive Economic Development and how local governments can integrate equity and inclusion into economic development strategies.
    Host: Lauren Palmer

    • 53 min
    ADA Compliance & Improving Accessibility with Linda Mastandrea, Chicago Metropolitan Agency for Planning

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

    Linda Mastandrea, Director of Regional ADA Planning and Local Safety for the Chicago Metropolitan Agency for Planning, joined the podcast to talk about the Americans with Disabilities Act and creating more accessible communities. She shared some of the history of the ADA, how compliance can help cities, and what cities should be doing to create an ADA transition plan. Linda also shared her career path from Paralympic athlete to working with local governments to create a more equitable region.
    Host: Dan Bolin

    • 48 min
    Infrastructure & Leadership Training with Denise Bevan, Palm Coast, FL

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

    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 Coast and the infrastructure challenges the City deals with. She shared an internal leadership training program used to develop and retain staff. She also discussed her time as interim City Manager and the transition to taking on the role permanently.
    Host: Ben Kittelson

    • 52 min
    Employee Engagement & Culture with Dan Biles, Pasco County, FL

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

    People, purpose, and performance. Dan Biles, County Administrator for Pasco County, Florida, joined the podcast to discuss employee engagement and culture. He shared what makes a place great to work at and tools to get organizational buy-in. Dan outlined the robust training the County offers to build leaders and shared employee retention strategies.
    Host: Ben Kittelson

    • 1 hr 10 min

Customer Reviews

4.8 out of 5
200 Ratings

200 Ratings

crneilsen ,

Great, informative

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 !

us2centralAm ,

Stop w/the long lightning rounds pls

Many of the topics have shared pertinent info, but I question why so much time is spent on the long winded multiple question lightning rounds. I believe the meat of the topics often times is a long wait, and the lightning rounds lead onto longer discussions that are often awkward and not pertinent.

Councilmember2 ,

Pretty good

I’ve been exposed to a lot of good information via this podcast. I’m a council member in a small city, and this is a great resource to expand the professionals, and their thinking, that I’m exposed to. That said, the interviewers could sometimes ask more critical questions. For example, a recent guest posited that adjoining use conflicts could be better resolved by one-on-one arbitration by planners, or civil litigation between the parties, rather than preemptive but sometimes-blunt traditional zoning. While there’s much to critique about zoning, the interviewer really should have called them out on that one. Sometimes a guest has something of relevance to me, sometimes not, but it is often enough I keep coming back.

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