#CityHallSelfie Day wrap up: our favorite shots of the day

Long Beach, Calif., city staff pose outside their new city hall

This year’s #CityHallSelfie day is officially over. The social media trend, started and managed by Engaging Local Government Leaders (ELGL) is a yearly tradition that showcases the importance of local government work by encouraging public servants and community members alike to post their best selfies from city hall online for the world to see.

“It’s all about finding and showcasing pride in local government and joy in the work,” said ELGL executive director and co-founder Kirsten Wyatt. “There’s really just so much goodness and happiness that comes out of people celebrating local government service around the world.”

[Read: How #CityHallSelfie Day became a local government tradition]

Yesterday’s social feeds were full of great photos celebrating local government work from city halls around the world. And while ELGL may not have officially announced their 2019 award winners yet, Bloomberg Cities wanted to highlight some of the best photos from cities in our network.

Here are some of our favorite #CityHallSelfie Day 2019 photos:

Fun Fact: Scottsdale received Silver What Works Cities Certification this year for using tools like predictive analytics to figure out how much water the city will need.

Fun Fact: Helsinki likes to think outside the box when it comes to community engagement and has used creative tools like board games to increase public participation.

Fun Fact: Lansing Mayor Andy Schor was one of the 40 mayors in the second class of Bloomberg Harvard City Leadership Initiative. He has pushed his staff to innovate and experiment by using a lighthearted “swear jar” approach to risk-aversion to discourage staff from saying that things are done a specific way because “they’ve always been done that way.”

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Fun Fact: Phoenix’s new mayor, Kate Gallego, was sworn into office this past March. She’s one of 41 mayors in this year’s Bloomberg Harvard City Leadership Initiative.

Fun Fact: The Long Beach Office of Civic Innovation started as Bloomberg-funded i-Team back in 2015, and now functions as a team-for-hire within the city. It’s a great example of one way local governments can get innovation capacity to be sustainable over time.

Celebrating public sector progress and innovation in cities around the world. Run by @BloombergDotOrg’s Government Innovation program. bloombergcities.org

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