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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).
 
If you are a local government enthusiast, looking for fresh conversations over a hot cup of morning coffee (or tea or while you’re driving, or walking the dog ... you do you) ... you are in the right place. Welcome to the Local Gov Café Podcast. Hosted by Susan Gardner and Ann Mitchell, this podcast is devoted to having conversations that matter. We’ll be covering the full menu of municipal topics. You’ll discover guests who bring insight and inspiration to the issues that drive and challeng ...
 
The Local Government Bulletin is a regular publication of the Dullah Omar Institute at the University of the Western Cape. The Bulletin publishes a variety of submissions from policy briefs, case summaries, summaries of legislation, commentaries and opinion pieces. They all relate to the law, policy and financial arrangements affecting local government. The emphasis is on local government in South Africa but articles on local government elsewhere on the African continent and on global issues ...
 
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On this episode of the Local Government News Roundup - October Series, the topic is councillor remuneration - and whether the level of remuneration acts as a barrier for improving the diversity of representation at the local level. Chris Eddy speaks with Tanya Jakimow, an Associate Professor at the Australian National University who has led a team …
 
Incremental steps to improvement. Rafael Baptista, Director of Strategy and Innovation for Buncombe County, North Carolina, joined the podcast to talk about the work of his team and how they support the County organization as internal consultants. He shared how they support the County's strategic plan, transparency efforts, and policy initiatives. …
 
Are more women entering or leaving politics? Today in the café, Susan and Ann are chatting with Taneen Rudyk, President of the Federation of Canadian Municipalities (FCM). Taneen talks about her ongoing role of councillor of the Town of Vegreville, Alberta and the challenges she has faced as a woman at the forefront of local government. Plus, a loo…
 
25th September, episode 162 In this episode, a councillor’s social media remarks referred to the conduct registrar; a reduction in councillor numbers for Western Australia under new reforms; sensational corruption claims against a NSW Mayor to be investigated; and a NT council in the spotlight over claims of a toxic workplace culture. Just some of …
 
Sending the right response. Ryan Smith, Director of Community Safety for the City of Durham, North Carolina, joined the podcast to talk about a new approach to public safety. He shared why and how the Community Safety Department was formed. Ryan outlined all of the pilot programs they are currently testing and how they are developing a first respon…
 
Episode 161, 21st September 2022 In this episode, confirmation of a new railway station for Melbourne’s west; two councils celebrate wins in the Premier’s Sustainability Awards; a Victorian regional affordable housing summit announced; a Northern Territory mayor steps down after being charged with drug-related offences, and a former NSW mayor censu…
 
On the Roundup today, Moreland about to officially become Merri-bek; claims of a flawed business case strongly refuted by Indigo Shire Council; advocacy wins for Victorian councils; a Qld council stripped of its strategic planning role in housing; a string of CEO level announcements; and a SA council set to govern with just three members. Links to …
 
Advancing equity in government systems. Melodi Green, Chief Diversity and Inclusion Officer for the City of Peoria, Illinois, joined the podcast to talk about diversity and inclusion. She shared her path to her current role and how her legal background guides her work today. Melodi shared her work on the Peoria Equity Accountability Program. She al…
 
In this episode of the Local Government News Roundup, a new CEO announced at Campaspe Shire; exciting infrastructure announcements from Victorian councils; a bold plan to fast track a council demerger in NSW; objections to a freeway widening plan in Sydney’s northwest; and a former Tasmanian mayor found guilty of misuse of office. Links to stories …
 
Kids need to know about local government too! To celebrate the start of the new school year, we gave the hosting duties to Mason Zeemering an 11-year-old in Athens, Georgia. Mason talked with Zach Navin, the Parks Supervisor for Waukesha County, Wisconsin all about managing parks and ice rinks. Zach shared his career background, how kids can learn …
 
In this episode, Councils step up advocacy campaigns on local issues; more councils taking action on the housing crisis; councillors attracting criticism over public comments; South Australian mayors elected unopposed, while some fail to attract any mayoral nominations at all; sector reforms confirmed in WA; a new CEO announced for the City of Swan…
 
Two guests joined the podcast to talk about reducing litter and trash in waterways. Layne Marshall, a Biologist at the US Environmental Protection Agency's Trash Free Waters Program, and Julie Patton Lawson, Workforce Program Analyst for the DC City Government, joined the podcast to discuss a pilot study that used an education campaign to reduce tr…
 
Today on the Local Government News Roundup, Melbourne to push for a change of date for Australia Day; two more Victorian Councils going to market for a new CEO, and another gets a contract extension; a merger of two South Australian councils to be put to a plebiscite; the cost of councillor complaints revealed at Adelaide City Council; and the Euro…
 
Today on the Local Government News Roundup: A landmark collaboration announced between Barwon Water and four councils; the City of Melbourne may push for a change of date for Australia Day; another council to exit aged care services; local government represented at the federal jobs and skills summits; and senior executive appointment and resignatio…
 
Better biking, walking, and public transit. Victoria Barrett, Transportation Planner for the Chicago Metropolitan Agency for Planning, joined the podcast to talk about improving traffic and pedestrian safety. She shared how the inputs into roadway design affect non-vehicular traffic and the other approaches that can improve pedestrian safety. Victo…
 
Local Government News Roundup, 31st August 2022 Coming up in this edition: a Melbourne council considering its future as a kindergarten service provider; Victorian councils called on to do more about protection against second-hand smoke; another Queensland councillor charged with drink driving; and a long awaited review of the NSW rate peg confirme…
 
In this edition of the Local Government News Roundup, a peak body’s call for consistency in flood mapping in Victoria; senior executive news and new mayors elected; a NSW council demerger gets the go-ahead; and a former Council CEO jailed for 2 years. Plus much more from a busy week in local government news. You can find links to stories referenced…
 
From doer to leader. Eric Marsh, Assistant Town Manager of the Town of Rolesville, North Carolina, joined the podcast to talk about his work and career path. He discussed the transition into leadership and how he learned about his own leadership style. He also shared how he got to know the Rolesville organization and how the Town is managing growth…
 
24th August 2022 On the Roundup today: Controversial new governance rules passed in Yarra City; excitement over a potential new train station in Melbourne’s west; bin service changes at some Melbourne councils in the news; a NSW council’s financial troubles in the spotlight; and Devonport doubles down on a proposed council amalgamation. And why are…
 
21st August 2022: Coming up in this edition: a series of conduct complaints against a former Frankston mayor have been dismissed; Port Phillip decides against selling three early years centres; a coastal bid for the Commonwealth Games marathon; a move to get the conversation going again on constitutional recognition for local government; and much m…
 
Noah Marlier, Prothonotary for Montgomery County, Pennsylvania, joined the podcast to talk about what a Prothonotary does. Noah shared what being the elected civil clerk of the Court of Common Pleas means, the kind of procedures his office processes, and how he runs his office. He also shared how the pandemic affected operations within the office. …
 
Today on the Local Government News Roundup A new mayor elected at Northern Grampians after the passing of the former mayor; The new ED of Local Government Victoria announced; Councils campaign for the state to take over funding of school crossing supervisors; A notorious Tasmanian councillor suspended for three months; Election results from NSW, an…
 
In episode 150 of the Local Government News Roundup: Councils react after the Suburban Rail Loop East gets the green light from the government; The impact of councils exiting aged care services in the news; Victorian councils join the push for non-resident owners to help with the housing crisis; The councillor suing her own council; It was the week…
 
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 …
 
On the Roundup today: Remembering two former Wodonga civic leaders who have passed away; More councillors throwing their hat in the ring for State Parliament; The results of a boundary change survey are in, but is there a clear winner? A former senator confirms a run at Lord Mayor of Adelaide; And 1 in 3 Tasmanian Mayors are calling it quits ahead …
 
Susan Gardner and Ann Mitchell welcome you to the Local Gov Cafe. Tune in to this first episode to learn about your hosts. You'll discover why they are so passionate about local government. And you'll find out what they have in store for the episodes ahead.Local Gov Cafe による
 
It’s been a week of Councillor and CEO news in Victoria; The 2026 Commonwealth Games at the centre of advocacy activities around the state; There’s a distinct awards flavour to the news this week, with winners in NSW, finalists in Victoria, and a call to vote for the national local government awards; Redland Councillors still making news; And a spe…
 
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…
 
The Victorian local government sector is in mourning after the death of a Northern Grampians Mayor Tony Driscoll. That leads this edition of the Local Government News Roundup. Also today: a former mayor sentenced after an IBAC investigation; the outgoing Geelong CEO pulls no punches in a speech to the development industry; the mayor of Redland sent…
 
Darebin’s new CEO announced, and a SA Council CEO loses his job. Those developments lead this edition of the Local Government News Roundup. Also today: lots more CEO and General Manager appointment news; Melbourne to review its Australia Day arrangements; a call for action on sector culture before the Victorian state election; and a demerger recomm…
 
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 t…
 
in this interview special from the Local Government News Roundup, Chris Eddy speaks with the President of LGPro, Liana Thompson, about the review of culture in the Victorian local government sector, and to get reaction to the Insights Report that was released in May. LGPro is the member association for people working in local government in Victoria…
 
27th July 2022 On the Local Government News Roundup today, more councillors put their hand up for state Parliament; Darebin decides the fate of its local golf course, Boroondara airs concerns about the North East LinkTunnel project, and Southern Grampians is worried about a potential foot and mouth disease outbreak. Plus elections take 2 in New Sou…
 
Councillor conduct investigation outcomes, CEO level changes and the appointment of a municipal monitor. That’s all ahead in this edition of the Local Government News Roundup. Also today: councils band together to push for new planning policies in support of sustainability aims; advocating for better services in Ballarat, more police in Gunnedah, a…
 
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 …
 
A controversial sale is set to proceed in Hepburn Shire. That development leads this edition of the Local Government News Roundup. Also today: frustration at the City of Melbourne over poker machine developments; the search for solutions to traffic woes at the start of this year’s snow season; revelations from an ICAC investigation of former NSW co…
 
A new CEO for Alpine Shire, and more councillors stepping aside for a run at State Parliament.. Those developments lead this edition of the Local Government News Roundup. Also today: two councils pushing for a new peri-regional status to unlock more funding opportunities; a controversial sale proposal to be decided by Hepburn Shire this week; a cou…
 
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 r…
 
Calls for a rethink of rail infrastructure priorities in Melbourne intensify. That development leads this edition of the Local Government News Roundup. Also today: Ballarat presses its case to host the Commonwealth Games marathon events; councillor resignations and election results, plus CEO appointments confirmed and pending; he Pisasale name will…
 
More CEO resignations and appointments, and a former councillor pleads guilty to personal interests non-disclosures. Those developments lead this edition of the Local Government News Roundup. Also today: Melbourne CEO Justin Hanney to return yacht race donations; a Brimbank park up for an international award; the Livingstone/Rockhampton boundary re…
 
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…
 
A call for ministerial intervention from another Victorian Council. Also today: mayors calling for a rethink on Suburban Rail Loop station design; Moreland a step closer to changing its name; a SA council found to have committed maladministration; and major sector reforms on the way in Western Australia. Plus the result of the countback to fill an …
 
Another municipal monitor is about to be appointed to a Victorian Council. That development leads this edition of the Local Government News Roundup. Also today: a preferred new name identified for Moreland City Council; a new contract for the City of Melbourne’s CEO; a rural council votes to continue January 26 ceremonies; and a Qld mayor charged w…
 
Helping communities better withstand natural hazards and severe weather events. Jennifer Carpenter, Assistant Director of Policy for the Disaster Recovery & Special Issues Division at the U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development, joined the podcast to discuss resilient building codes. She outlined the work of the Disaster Recovery & Special…
 
A CEO contract extension, and an interim CEO appointment announced. Those developments lead this edition of the Local Government News Roundup. Also today: census data reveals the LGAs in population growth and decline; new building regulations described as unworkable for councils; a mayor under increasing pressure to resign; and another censured by …
 
A surprise change in local government minister in Victoria is part of a portfolio reshuffle announced this week. Also today: the local government inspectorate withdraws an application to have a councillor stood down; concerns raised about the culture at the City of Melbourne; more councillors declare a run at state parliament; and 30 new additions …
 
Building the future of city management. Scott Neal, City Manager for the City of Edina, Minnesota, joined the podcast to discuss his career in city management. He shared how the City's Management Fellowship works and his goal of creating leaders for the profession. He talked about affordable house and equity work happening in Edina and he provided …
 
23rd June 2022 Yarra’s municipal monitor to remain in place for an additional three months. That development leads this edition of the Local Government News Roundup. Also today: a councillor to donate her allowance to local charities; a contentious social housing proposal voted down in Greater Shepparton; a CEO reappointed, while another is appoint…
 
17th June 2022 Today on the Local Government News Roundup: A new mayor in Greater Geelong, and a new chair of Regional Cities Victoria; new mandatory reporting requirements on the euthanisation of animals in Victorian shelters; a countback scheduled to fill a vacancy on Greater Shepparton Council; a mayor calls for an end to facial recognition surv…
 
Two guests joined the podcast to talk about diversity, equity, and inclusion work in libraries. Christy Mulligan is the Equity, Diversity, and Inclusion Coordinator for Hennepin County Library. Ayanna Muata is the Equity, Diversity, and Inclusion Project Manager for Hennepin County Library. They talked about how they have integrated equity into pro…
 
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