The Top 5 GovLove Episodes — Engaging Local Government Leaders

ELGL has been recording and producing the GovLove Podcast for almost a full calendar year and with 85 episodes one of the most common questions we get is, where should I start? GovLove is recorded by three alternating hosts: Kent Wyatt, Kirsten Wyatt and Ben Kittelson and we all have our own opinions on what episodes are…

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KC municipal court officials say legislative reforms would make things worse | The Kansas City Star

A municipal court reform bill awaiting Missouri Gov. Jay Nixon’s signature reduces fines and eliminates jail for many municipal offenses. But officials in Kansas City and nearby suburbs say it endangers public safety and neighborhoods. Legislation is part of the aftermath of riots in Ferguson and other St. Louis area cities.

Source: KC municipal court officials say legislative reforms would make things worse | The Kansas City Star

Barge traffic makes a resurgence on the Missouri River

Associated Industries of Missouri

From the Associated Press

The Missouri River is slowly resuming its role as a transportation corridor for commodities such as grain, scrap metal and fertilizer, but proponents of the barge industry acknowledge they’re still swimming upstream against a perception that the river is not reliable enough to be profitable.

Some small, private barge companies never stopped using the river but public ports along the nearly 760-mile span from Sioux City, Iowa, to St. Louis, Missouri, disappeared in the late 1990s and early 2000s after a combination of drought, economic recession, low commodity prices and politic infighting led shippers to turn to rail and trucks.

As prices stabilized and droughts eased, attention turned to reopening some public ports, with the Woodswether terminal port in Kansas City last August being the first since 2007.

About an hour north, the St. Joseph Regional Port Authority is improving its infrastructure and plans to attract…

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Cities Aren’t Designed For Women. Here’s Why They Should Be.


Making cities less dangerous and more livable for women actually makes them better for everyone.

detroitBy Kate Abbey-Lambertz, Reprinted from Huffpost Women

At first glance, a gathering of 60 or so women in Detroit earlier this month looked like a typical networking event — a few speeches, lots of mingling, plenty of wine. But instead of making contacts to boost their careers, the women discussed how to use their collective power to improve the city.

“The grassroots, networking aspect of what is going on right now in the city is just extremely powerful,” Wendy Lewis Jackson, interim co-managing director for the Kresge Foundation’s Detroit Program, told The Huffington Post. She was also a speaker at the Sister City event, which the Detroit Women’s Leadership Network held at the Urban Consulate, a new space that hosts conversations about city life.

“It is shaping decisions and conversations about improving the quality of life in the…

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