We put the spotlight on our upcoming Global Local Cllr Showcase. This category of the Cllr Awards 2022 is an opportunity to highlight and recognise the great work of elected leaders in local government near and far.
Global Local Cllr Showcase 2022
This week, we’re putting the spotlight on our upcoming Global Local Cllr Showcase. This is an opportunity to highlight and recognise the great work of elected leaders in local government near and far.
As readers of Global Local, you know our work focuses on sharing innovation and information that supports sustainable, successful communities around the globe to inspire innovation and effective implementation. So to take this goal even further, we’re now asking you to recommend councillors or elected representatives to local government from outside of Great Britain for our Global Local Cllr Showcase.
Know a great councillor based in England, Wales or Scotland?
We have you covered with our LGIU and CCLA Cllr Awards.
The Global Local Showcase is looking for representatives who have worked tirelessly over the last year to use their position within their local government to bring residents’ voices into decision-making, support their projects and ideas, and bridge diverse opinions within the community. From public health, environmental challenges, supporting people into work, revitalising neighbourhoods or any of the many ways that councillors deliver for their communities, we are looking for stories of change and impact.
The Global Local Cllr Showcase will be featured at the 2022 Cllr Awards ceremonies taking place in October. And their stories will be shared in Global Local throughout the following year.
How to submit
To suggest a councillor or put yourself forward, please use the form here to briefly describe what’s been achieved and outline why the councillor involved deserves to have their work reach a wider audience and inspire others.
For further details, please email Simone.Short@lgiu.org.
Inspiring stories from LGIU
For over a year, our Global Local newsletter has championed the successes of local government from all around the world as they tackle the most critical issues impacting communities today.
As a result, our archive collection of Global Local is now a brilliant showcase of the hard work, innovation and achievements being spearheaded by councillors, officers and local government advocates near and far. Check out our full archive to see the vast topics we’ve covered already along with many inspiring ideas.
Voices from Ukrainian local government
In March, LGIU supported and partnered with the Swedish International Centre for Local Democracy to host a panel discussion on the topic of local government in Ukraine during the war outbreak. Here you can find an overview of the event along with both heartbreaking and inspiring stories from our local government colleagues in Ukraine.
Read the overview here.
Hawaii’s biodiesel production supports circular economy model
Kelly King, Maui County councilmember and co-founder of Pacific Biodiesel, reflects on her experience at COP26 and explores the role of biofuels in supporting a circular economy and the wider community. Read the blog here.
Beating the heat in Miami-Dade County: a coordinated approach
As the climate crisis worsens, extreme heat events are becoming increasingly common across the world. Miami-Dade County is one place that is leading the way in addressing extreme heat, as discussed in this blog by Mayor Daniella Levine Cava. Read the article here.
Previous International Showcase
To gain some inspiration, check out this video from the 2020 international showcase which spotlights the hard work and successes of two councillors from opposite sides of the world.
Cllr Eugene Cassidy from Meath County Council in the Republic of Ireland spearheaded the transformation of an overgrown, derelict space into a stunning, new landscaped public amenity with new pathways, roads, car parking space and a safer access route to a nearby school. It was thanks to his perseverance in campaigning that the council were able to secure a €100,000 grant to complete the project which is set to become even more vital in the future.
Over in Georges River Council, New South Wales, Australia, Cllr Sandy Grekas impressed our judges with her pioneering work through the launch of a ‘Women developing futures leaders programme’ that inspired over 100, year 9 and 10 pupils across local schools. The programme seeks to empower and support female youth by encouraging their independence and leadership – all with the ambition that these young women can become the next generation of leaders in their country.
Policy & Resource
The National League of Cities (USA) has a huge range of resources to support elected officials, including their ‘Cities in Action’ case study series across a range of issues from using data to support equitable access to affordable housing to measuring trust in local government and much more.
The Federation of Canadian Municipalities runs a range of support programmes, including an impressive leadership development programme for women in local government. It supports elected officials, reaches out to potential candidates and supports women in local leadership internationally.
The League of Wisconsin Municipalities has budgeting support that ranges from the basics, and to information on how you can get citizens involved in the budgeting process.
We like how Local Government New Zealand has stated clear policy objectives on six themes that run through all of its support to local government. They also run an awards scheme which highlights the work of local government and its inspirational leadership.
Training for committed councillors: Don’t miss out on our interactive and timely training with industry experts over the next few months. Dive into our popular sessions designed especially for councillors like our upcoming training on working effectively with officers -– 29 Sept! Be sure to use your LGIU membership discount on all LGIU trainings if you have one.
Skills for new councillors: In case you missed our edition of Global Local which put the spotlight on councillors, by exploring the key skills they need to perform their roles effectively and how best to support them.
LGIU and SGS are partnering with the Australian Local Government Association to bring regular updates to both elected and appointed officials on funding programmes, events and policy announcements alongside our briefings and weekly news. If you are based in Australia make sure you’re signed up for our Aware package to get it.
Hear directly from people who inspire us with the Global Local Podcast
Winnipeg councillor Sherri Rollins discusses what it’s like to be an Indigenous woman in local government; why representation matters; and how we all can have a role in choosing the leaders of the future.
Mayor Lay of Lawrenceburg, Tennessee discusses the significance of cultural heritage, including the value of creating a thriving arts scene to help support local economic prosperity. He also outlines how they brought a new university campus and redesigned an old, enormous factory into an ‘industrial mall’.
Jill Riseley, Chief Executive of the Metropolitan Waste Resource and Recovery Group in Melbourne, Australia talks about engaging citizens in waste reduction and collaborative work with councils.
Thanks for reading!
Next week, we'll be exploring the topic of workforce planning and what local government need to consider for the future of employment.
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