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GovLove - A Podcast About Local Government

GovLove - A Podcast About Local Government

#598 Transitioning from Military to Local Government with Ben Effinger, Los Angeles County, CA

Fri, 08 Dec 2023

Ben Effinger, Cash Management Operations Chief for the Treasurer and Tax Collector in Los Angeles County, CA joined the podcast to discuss transitioning from the military to the local government. He shared how military roles can transition to local government, what local governments can do to help military members, and the importance of men's mental health.

Host: Rafael Baptista

#597 Community Wellness Hubs with NRPA and Shawnee, KS

Fri, 01 Dec 2023

Outcomes and processes. Three guests joined the podcast to discuss community wellness hubs. Kristine Stratton is the President and CEO of the National Recreation and Park Association (NRPA). Matt Mann, Recreation Program Manager, and Sean Kennan, Recreation Superintendent, both work for the City of Shawnee, Kansas. They shared what defines a community wellness hub and an in-depth example of the Shawnee Community Wellness Hub. They also discussed the role of health equity in hubs and the NRPA Community Wellness Hubs toolkit.

Host: Ben Kittelson

#596 Demystifying Development Finance with Jed Byrne, Oak City CRE

Fri, 24 Nov 2023

Jed Byrne, Editor at Oak City CRE, joined the podcast to discuss development finance. He shared the important role of developers, the lifecycle of a project, and shared examples of how projects are financed.

Host: Rafael Baptista

#595 Improving Roadway Safety and Meeting Community Priorities with Conor Semler, Kittelson & Associates

Fri, 17 Nov 2023

Helping communities weigh tradeoffs on their roadways. Conor Semler, Principal Planner for Kittelson & Associates, joined the podcast to talk about a new tool that will help communities make streets safer. He shared his recent research into roadway cross-section reallocation and how cities can use the tool to balance community priorities with roadway usage. He also discussed the issue with outdated standards and the tradeoffs communities should consider when designing streets

Host: Ben Kittelson

#594 Community Building and Agricultural Urbanism with Tim Maslow, Groveland, FL

Fri, 10 Nov 2023

Planning with natural charm. Tim Maslow, Community and Economic Development Director for the City of Groveland, Florida, joined the podcast to talk about planning and urbanism. He shared how Groveland is working to manage population growth, retain natural amenities, and create walkable places. Tim talked about creating the City's new form-based code and establishing pre-approved plans in the Florida Vernacular style to streamline the development process.

Host: Ben Kittelson

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