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GovLove - A Podcast About Local Government


GovLove - A Podcast About Local Government

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

Fri, 15 Oct 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 equity and data in climate action planning. They discussed how the Cities are modifying their climate actions plans to be more equitable and the What Works Cities certifications. John Phelan is the Energy Services Manager in Fort Collins, Molly Saylor is the Senior Sustainability Specialist in Fort Collins, Pete Buryk is the Chief of Staff in Norfolk, and Lori Crouch is the Director of Communications in Norfolk.

This episode was recorded live at the #ELGL21 Annual Conference.

Host: Alyssa Dinberg

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

Tue, 12 Oct 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 engagement. He shared how to simultaneously handle virtual and in-person engagement. Graham discussed the impact of COVID-19 on citizen engagement along with ways to implement successful virtual tools. He also talked about what to do with increased engagement and the importance of making sense of it all.

This episode was recorded live at the #ELGL21 Annual Conference.

Host: Ben Kittelson

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

Fri, 08 Oct 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 shared how he engaged staff and legal resources to design a policy as well as the other pandemic precautions that the District has implemented. He also discussed his career path and the work of the park district.

Host: Dan Bolin

#473 Monuments & Racial Justice in Newark, NJ

Wed, 06 Oct 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 Christopher Columbus statue with a monument to Harriet Tubman. The City conducted a national open call for artists to replace the statue and artist Nina Cooke John was selected to begin working on the monument. Fayemi Shakur is the Arts and Cultural Director for the City of Newark and David Andersson and Tracey Knuckles are part of the Arts Team at Bloomberg Associates. 

This episode was recorded live at the #ELGL21 Annual Conference.

Host: Ashley Copeland

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

Fri, 01 Oct 2021

All your ARPA questions answered. Emily Brock, Director of Federal Liasion Center at Government Finance Officers Association (GFOA), and Mehreen Haroon, Federal Policy Associate at GFOA, joined the podcast to discuss the State and Local Fiscal Recovery Funds of the American Rescue Plan Act (ARPA) of 2021. They detailed the four eligible expense categories.  Emily and Mehreen talked about the most common questions and challenges they receive from local governments. They also shared the reporting requirements and highlighted best practices for administering the funds.

Host: Toney Thompson

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